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“Every song is a cry for love,” crooned Ireland’s Brian Kennedy during Saturday night’s 51st Eurovision Song Contest. He obviously hadn’t heard Lordi, the Finnish horror rock sensation which beat him and acts from 21 other countries to clinch the most emphatic ever victory in the annual festival of kitsch pop.

Dressed as bloodthirsty orcs and warning Europe to “get ready to get scared” the rockers from Arctic Lapland took the stage as Eurovision outsiders and left as winners who had taken the contest to what Terry Wogan described as a new level of foolishness with their song Hard Rock Hallelujah.

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