Television viewers in the UK have voted Abba’s song Waterloo as the greatest Eurovision Song Contest entry of all time.

Host Graham Norton announced the result during the BBC’s replacement coverage of the contest.

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The final of the 65th edition of the event was due to take place on Saturday night in Rotterdam, but was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The song, which won for the Swedish band in Brighton in 1974, came out top from a list of 19 acts, selected by a panel featuring broadcasters Ken Bruce, Rylan Clark-Neal, Scott Mills and Mel Giedroyc, reports the Press Association.

The special programme, titled Eurovision: Come Together, saw Norton pay tribute to the late Terry Wogan, who he succeeded as host of the BBC’s Eurovision coverage.

He told viewers: "I know this isn’t real Eurovision but this is song nine, and it is a tradition that we raise a glass on song nine for the late Sir Terry Wogan.

"As we look back over 64 years of Eurovision, I am sure that for many of you, Sir Terry was a highlight over the years. So we think of him and raise a glass."

Norton raised a glass at song nine because Sir Terry once warned him not to drink alcohol before that point in the contest, in order to stay alert.

Abba: the winner takes it all 

UK entries such as Making Your Mind Up by Bucks Fizz, from 1981, and Love Shine A Light by Katrina And The Waves, from 1997, were among the list.

Swedish band Abba’s 1974 performance of Waterloo was also broadcast.

"This next group needs no introduction," said Norton.

"Probably the most famous group to ever win Eurovision - it’s Brighton, it’s 1974, it’s Abba and a big pot plant. Waterloo, ladies and gentlemen."

In a readers poll run by the RTÉ entertainment website, Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan’s 1994 Eurovision winner Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids was voted the favourite Irish winner of all time.