In front of a television audience of some 200m across the world, Swedish entry Mans Zelmerlow has been declared winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with Heroes

The fun and upbeat electro-funk infused song is already a huge hit across Europe, and is now set to become even bigger.

Sweden was one of the most celebrated entrants of the evening and had been widely tipped to finish strongly from the outset. Mans, 28, was accompanied on-stage by innovative animated visuals which evidently proved popular with audiences and judges alike.

Russia and Italy, also favourites to nab the titles, finished in second and third respectively. New-entrant Australia made it to fifth.

Although a record 27 countries took part, sadly Ireland failed to qualify for the event. Co. Tipperary-native Molly Sterling, 17, had co-written our entry, Playing With Numbers, but couldn't emerge out of a highly-competitive semi-final on Thursday evening.

Sweden has now won the song competition an impressive six times – just one fewer than front-runner Ireland.

This the 60th Eurovision was held in Vienna following Conchita Wurst's win last year with Rise Like A Phoenix.