MOSCOW (AP) - 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.
Russia is trying to capitalize on the prestigious event to showcase the nation's hospitality and growing role in modern society
Those efforts were undermined several hours earlier when riot police attacked gay pride rallies in the capital.