On May 14th, 2023, the Eurovision Song Contest was held in Liverpool, United Kingdom, with Sweden’s Loreen emerging as the winner for a second time. She won the competition with her pop ballad, “Tattoo,” and became just the second performer to win the competition more than once, after her first victory with her career-altering hit, “Euphoria,” in Baku in 2012.

Sweden’s win ties Ireland for the most victories in the competition, with seven, and it came 50 years after ABBA won with “Waterloo,” the moment that shot them to superstardom. Loreen’s latest triumph has cemented her legacy at the kitsch and wildly celebrated music contest.

The show was held in Britain for the first time in more than two decades, after the country stepped in to handle hosting duties on behalf of 2022 winners Ukraine. Hosting honors will go to winners Sweden next year. The UK put on a dramatic and moving show that paid tribute to those displaced by war and celebrated the music of both countries. However, a request from President Volodymyr Zelensky to address the show was rejected by organizers.

Ukraine’s electronic duo Tvorchi finished in sixth place, while Britain returned to its traditional position towards the bottom of the leaderboard, ranking 25th – the penultimate spot. The top five was rounded out by Finland’s rapper Käärijä, Israel, Italy, and Norway.

Around the host city of Liverpool, Eurovision fans without tickets crowded into venues to watch the show on big screens, with many of them waving Ukrainian flags. The British government made 3,000 tickets available at discounted prices for displaced people from the country.

Eurovision is a famously eccentric festival, and this year’s show lived up to the billing with an array of strong performances from 26 finalists. It also catapulted the dockside city of Liverpool – the home of the Beatles – onto the continent’s cultural map.

“I knew if we wanted to do this, it wasn’t just to tick boxes for Ukraine. We wouldn’t just put up some posters,” Claire McColgan, Liverpool’s director of culture, told CNN in the buildup. “What you see in the city is a real Scouse-Ukrainian mashup, which is what we wanted.” Loreen, Sweden’s winning act, told CNN ahead of the final that her first victory was “one of the most important moments in my life” and that “it’s like home for me, the Eurovision community.” She is the first woman to win the contest twice; only Ireland’s Johnny Logan has done so before. After her victory was announced, Loreen said, “This is so surreal, man, I’m happy and I’m thankful, I’m thankful to all you guys out there that voted for me.”