Twitter frenzy over Eurovision night

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The Eurovision Song Contest generated 5,384,678 tweets on social media with Austrian drag artist Conchita Wurst crowned the winner.

Following Saturday’s final, Twitter also revealed the number of people following “bearded lady” Conchita jumped from just under 10,000 in the days before her performance to 44,100 after she secured victory in Copenhagen with 290 points.

Singer Conchita Wurst representing Austria performs the song 'Rise Like a Phoenix' during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest

Singer Conchita Wurst representing Austria performs the song 'Rise Like a Phoenix' during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest

Conchita elicited huge cheers from the crowd as she took the stage in a fitted gown, and her trademark facial hair, before delivering an accomplished performance of her song Rise Like A Phoenix.

She went on to secure her victory with three rounds to spare eventually accumulating 290 points.

Sweden finished third with 218 points, behind second placed Dutch act The Common Linnets who totted up 238 points.

The contest has established itself as a showcase of eccentricities and did not disappoint, with highlights provided by France’s entry Twin Twin, which had audience members singing along. Despite optimism of a strong showing in this year’s competition, Britain’s Molly Smitten-Downes could only come 17th.