Now that the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 is over and everyone has processed everything that has happened over the last week, got over their hangovers and travelled back from Vienna, it is time to have a look at the results from this year’s contest.

The semi-finals saw twenty countries join the seven pre-qualified countries to make the final line-up. Russia and Sweden were the winners of their respective semi-finals and went on to become the winner and runner-up at the grand final (Sweden winning and Russia coming second). Latvia and Belgium, two countries not known for having particularly strong Eurovision track records both finished second in their semi-finals and also went on to achieve top ten results at the grand final.

Russia's Polina Gagarina performing at the Grand Final

As well as Latvia making a return to the grand final for the first time since 2008, other countries also made welcome returns. Israel made an appearance at the final after missing out since 2010, Slovenia qualified after being absent since 2011. Serbia and Cyprus also qualified upon returning to the competition after they both sat out for the 2014 edition.

Greece, Romania, Russia and Azerbaijan all maintained their 100% qualification record. All have been present at the grand final since the semi-finals were introduced in 2004 and Azerbaijan have yet to miss out since they made their debut in 2008.

The top two countries both scored more than 300 points, the first time that this has occurred. Polina Gagarina scored 303 for Russia and Italy’s Il Volo finished at third place with 292 points, matching Lordi’s winning score from 2006.

Il Volo - the favourite of the voting public

Best results were achieved by Montenegro and the Czech Republic. Montenegro managed to qualify for the second year in succession and ended up in thirteenth place at the grand final. More interestingly, the Czech Republic achieved their best result before the contest had even taken place. Prior to 2015, their previous entrants in 2007, 2008 and 2009 had never finished higher than eighteenth place in a semi-final. As the semi-final in which the Czech Republic were participating this year only consisted of seventeen countries, they would achieve their best result before even singing a single line of their song.

Knez achieved Montenegro's best Eurovision result

Australia also did very well at their first Eurovision outing. Although they did not achieve their goal of winning in order to return next year, the possibility of regular Australian participation has not been ruled out by the European Broadcasting Union. Australia finished fifth at the grand final, one of the best Eurovision debuts of all-time.

Guy Sebastian performing Australia's Eurovision debut - Tonight Again

The members of the Big Five performed dismally in 2015. As previously mentioned, Italy were the exception to this, finishing in third after actually winning the televote. But Spain, the United Kingdom, France and Germany all finished near bottom of the scoreboard.

Germany and Austria both matched their worst Eurovision results by failing to score a single point at the grand final. The United Kingdom also had its second-worst points tally, scoring just five points from the other voting countries – the only time the UK has scored lower was with Jemini’s nul points finish in 2003.

Sweden’s sixth Eurovision win means that they have overtaken the UK, Luxembourg and France on the league table of Eurovision winners. Only Ireland now sits ahead of them with seven wins but with two Swedish wins in four years, will it be long before this record is matched or even surpassed? As well as Sweden’s sixth win, their score of 365 points from Eurovision 2015 now makes them the highest scoring Eurovision nation ever, comfortably eclipsing the UK who previously held the record.

Sweden's sixth Eurovision win

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