Boyish Norwegian wins Eurovision Song Contest; Israel places 16

May 17, 2009 02:00

A boyish, fiddle-wielding Norwegian singer has won the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow. The event is a musical bonanza that is one of the most watched annual television events on the continent. European telephone voters decided the Belarusian-born Alexander Rybak, 23, gave the top performance Saturday of 25 finalists with his bouncy ditty, "Fairytale." Rybak took the victory by a historic landslide, recording the highest score in Eurovision history. Norway last won the competition in 1995 and as winner will host the show next year. Israel's representatives Achinoam Nini and Mira Awad placed a disappointing 16 with their song "There Must be Another Way."

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