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Singer Molly fails to win over Europe

Molly Smitten-Downes came 17th Credit: PA

The UK's drought of Eurovision Song Contest victories continues after the nation's entry again fell well short.

Despite optimism of a strong showing, Molly Smitten-Downes, who trained in Guildford, could only place 17th with Austria's "bearded lady" Conchita Wurst finishing the clear winner

It is estimated the competition was watched by 180 million viewers across 45 countries.

After securing her victory, Conchita said: "This award is dedicated to everybody who believes in a world of peace and freedom.

"You know who you are - we are unity and we are unstoppable"

Austria's Conchita Wurst was the clear winner Credit: PA