Ukraine wins third place in Eurovision Dance Contest

09:37, 08 September 2008
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Poland won the event

Ukraine came third in the Eurovision Dance Contest on Saturday, AFP reports. Poland waltzed off with the Eurovision Dance Contest title in a glitzy final watched by millions of viewers across the continent.

Actor Marcin Mroczek and professional dancer Edyta Herbus won the event at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow with a fusion of Rumba and Cha-Cha with Modern Jazz.

Voters from the 14 participating countries as well as a professional jury awarded the Polish pair 154 points in an event broadcast across Europe.

Russia came second with 121 points and Ukraine third with 119 points.

Each couple comprised a professional dancer and a national celebrity and had just two minutes to wow the judges.

Last year`s inaugural contest in London was won by Finnish couple Jussi Vaananen and Katja Koukkula.

"It was an exciting evening full of great entertainment and very high quality performances, supported by an amazing audience of more than 2,000 people, who raised the roof with enthusiasm," said Tal Barnea, the contest`s executive supervisor.

"We are very impressed with the way the event grew so much from year one to year two and with the high level of the production."

The Eurovision Song Contest annual extravaganza has been running since 1956.

Eurovision TV director Bjoern Erichsen added: "With this competition, we created a fantastic new Eurovision tradition, which we are confident will last for many years to come."


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