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Australian Dami Im Finishes Second At Eurovision Song Contest

The votes are in. Ukraine has taken out Eurovision 2016.

15/05/2016 7:38 AM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:52 PM AEST
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Australian Dami Im has come runner up at the 2016 Eurovision song contest.

The 27-year-old Aussie scored a total of 511 points from national juries and the public, but that wasn't good enough to beat Ukraine on 534 points. Russia finished third.

Im earlier wowed the big crowd at Stockholm's Ericsson Global stadium with a knockout performance of her power ballad Sound of Silence in the grand final, early Sunday morning.

Bookmakers had installed the former X Factor winner as second frontrunner behind Russia to take out the singing competion as she headed into the final.

The votes from the national juries gave Im the edge with many giving Im a maximum 12 points. But Ukraine overtook the Aussie when the public votes rolled in.

Im's performance in the final was a crowd favourite and online pundits declared she "absolutely nailed" it.

Her silvery asymmetric gown and futuristic staging and choreography have also been praised as ideal for Eurovision.

Voting in the competition opened shortly after 7am (AEST) Sunday and fans could vote up to 20 times.

The 27-year-old was the second Aussie to compete in Eurovision after Guy Sebastian in 2015.

Im was born in South Korea, moved to Australia at the age 9, and went to school at John Paul College in Logan in Queensland where a large group of students have gathered to watch the final.

She won X Factor in 2013 and has already released 3 albums.

The ABC's online poll had almost 90 percent of respondents tipping Im to take out the contest.

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