Finnish heavy metal band Lordi kept their promise to 'bring rock to Eurovision' and handed their country its first title in the annual song contest's 51-year history.

The masked, horned, quintet finished comfortably ahead of a field of ballads and pop songs with their song 'Hard Rock Hallelujah'.

Thirty-five countries participated in the event, with 24 acts making it to the grand final.

Brian Kennedy finished 10th with his own composition 'Every Song Is A Cry For Love'.

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