Eurovision Song Contest 2005

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Eurovision Song Contest 2005
Awakening
Kyiv ESC 2005.svg
Dates
Semi-final19 May 2005 (2005-05-19)
Final21 May 2005 (2005-05-21)
Host
Venue Palace of Sports
Kyiv, Ukraine
Presenter(s)
Directed by Sven Stojanovic
Executive supervisor Svante Stockselius
Executive producerPavlo Grytsak
Host broadcaster National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU)
Opening act
  • Semi-final: The Song and Dance Company of Ukraine Military Forces, A-6 Ballet and Diezel DJ Power (Freak show)
  • Final: Ruslana performing a medley of "Wild Dances" and "Heart on Fire"
Interval act
  • Semi-final: Irina Mazur's Ballet "Life"
  • Final: Kyiv Percussion Ensemble ARS NOVA, Anatoliy Zalevskiy and Ruslana performing "The Same Star"
Website eurovision.tv/event/kyiv-2005 OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
Participants
Number of entries39
Debuting countries
Returning countriesFlag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
Non-returning countriesNone
  • ESC 2005 Map.svg     Participating countries     Did not qualify from the semi final     Countries that participated in the past but not in 2005
Vote
Voting systemEach country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs.
Nul points None
Winning song
2004  Eurovision Song Contest  2006

The Eurovision Song Contest 2005 was the 50th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Kyiv, Ukraine, following the country's victory at the 2004 contest with the song "Wild Dances" by Ruslana. It was the first time Ukraine had hosted the contest - only 2 years after the country made its debut. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU), the contest was held at the Palace of Sports, and consisted of a semi-final on 19 May, and the final on 21 May 2005. The two live shows were presented by Maria Efrosinina and Pavlo Shylko.

Contents

Thirty-nine countries participated in the contest, three more than the previous record of thirty-six, that took part the year before. Bulgaria and Moldova made their first participation this year, while Hungary returned to the contest after a six-year absence, having last taken part in 1998.

The winner was Greece with the song "My Number One", performed by Helena Paparizou and written by Manos Psaltakis, Christos Dantis and Natalia Germanou. This was Greece's first victory in the contest, in 31 years of participation. Malta, Romania, Israel and Latvia rounded out the top five. Malta equalled their best result from 2002, while Romania achieved their best result in their Eurovision history. Unusually, all "Big Four" countries (France, Germany, Spain and United Kingdom) ended up as the "Last Four", all placing in the bottom four positions in the final.

Location

Palace of Sports, Kyiv - host venue pictured during the 2005 contest. Kyiv Palace of Sports.jpg
Palace of Sports, Kyiv – host venue pictured during the 2005 contest.

Kyiv is the capital and largest city of Ukraine, located in the north central part of the country on the Dnieper. The Palace of Sports, a multi-purpose indoor arena, was confirmed by officials as the host venue in September 2004. [1] However, in order to host the contest, the facilities had been brought up to the standard required by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

At the end of December 2004, work began on the renovation of the hall, [2] for which approximately 4 million francs were allocated. [3] Renovation works were to be finished by 20 April, [4] however, they were completed at the beginning of May. [5] [6] The arena could accommodate over 5,000 seated spectators. Additionally 2,000 press delegates were catered for.

Hotel rooms were scarce as the contest organisers asked the Ukrainian government to put a block on bookings they did not control themselves through official delegation allocations or tour packages: this led to many people's hotel bookings being cancelled. [7]

Organizers hoped that by hosting Eurovision, it would boost Ukraine's image abroad and increase tourism, while the country's new government hoped that it would also give a modest boost to the long-term goal of acquiring European Union membership.

Format

Visual design

The official logo of the contest remained the same from the 2004 contest with the country's flag in the heart being changed. Following Istanbul's 'Under The Same Sky', the slogan for the 2005 show was 'Awakening', which symbolised the awakening of the country and city ready to present itself to Europe. The postcards (short clips shown between performances) for the 2005 show illustrated Ukraine's culture and heritage along with a more modern and industrial side to the country.

This was the first edition to be broadcast in widescreen 16:9 format. [8]

Presenters

The hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv were television presenter Maria "Masha" Efrosinina and DJ Pavlo "Pasha" Shylko. Previous winner Ruslana returned to the stage in Kyiv to perform in the interval act and to interview the contestants backstage in the 'green room'. The famous Ukrainian boxers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko opened the televoting, while a special trophy was presented to the winner by Ukraine's president, Viktor Yushchenko.

Publicity

An official CD and DVD was released and a new introduction was an official pin set, which contains heart-shaped pins with the flags of all thirty-nine participating countries. The EBU also commissioned a book "The Eurovision Song Contest – The Official History" by British/American author John Kennedy O'Connor to celebrate the contest's fiftieth anniversary. [9] The book was presented on screen during the break between songs 12 and 13 (Serbia and Montenegro, Denmark). The book was published in English, German, French, Dutch, Swedish, Danish and Finnish.

During the semi final, there were a few sound faults, most notably during the Norwegian song, shortly after the intro and also during the Irish song. These were not fixed for the DVD release.

Incidents

2005 was no exception for scandals regarding the representatives from the countries participating. Germany's entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest rejected calls to quit after her producer admitted manipulating the country's pop charts with mass purchases of her single.

Gracia Baur defended her producer David Brandes, also behind Swiss entry Vanilla Ninja, and said she would go to the finals in Kyiv despite complaints from other German singers. Bulgaria's debut was overshadowed by a scandal. The song "Lorraine" by Kaffe was accused of plagiarism. The song sounded too similar to another one released by Ruslan Mainov in 2001. There were also problems in Malta with the electricity supply during the contest, so TV viewers were unable to watch their national selection from the very beginning. There was a controversy regarding the Turkish entry: TRT got a false jury which led to the victory of the song Gülseren, which the 2003 winner Sertab Erener said was not the best choice. There were similar controversies in Macedonia which led to an eventual victory for Martin Vučić. The Ukrainian song had to be changed because it would bring a political message to the people, and EBU stated that no politics could be involved in the contest. The entry for Serbia and Montenegro was also overshadowed by a scandal and an accusation of plagiarism. Portugal's entry, "Amar", had very poor sound quality, with the female singer's microphone failing many times on stage.

It is also notable that the programme lasted just short of 3.5 hours. This was mainly due to the extremely long voting procedure, where 39 countries voted, reading out every single score. Many people, including United Kingdom commentator Terry Wogan, noticed this and commented about the marathon-like voting procedure, when Russia voted he stated "How many more [countries] have we got to go? What time is it?". Because the show overran so badly, the EBU changed the way the votes were announced in 2006 into a much shorter method, where only the top 3 scores were read out (the rest appeared on the scoreboard automatically).

Ruslana was also intended to be a presenter for the show, but was pulled out before the contest for numerous reasons, including her poor English skills. She opened the contest, and did do a few brief interviews in the green room at a few different stages in the event.

In the semifinal, the first qualifier was Hungary as shown on the card, but instead of showing Hungary's flag, it showed the Bulgarian flag accidentally.

Participating countries

Ruslana performing at the opening of the final Ruslana Eurovision 2005 final.jpg
Ruslana performing at the opening of the final

Thirty-nine countries participated in the 2005 Contest. Hungary returned to the contest after a six-year absence, last competing in 1998. Bulgaria and Moldova competed in the contest for the first time.

Returning artists

ArtistCountryPrevious year(s)
Constantinos Christoforou Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 1996, 2002 (as member of One)
Helena Paparizou Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 2001 (as member of Antique)
Selma Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 1999
Chiara Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 1998

Backing performers

ArtistCountryPrevious year(s)
Anabel Conde Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 1995 (for Flag of Spain.svg  Spain)

Results

Semi-final

The semi-final was held on 19 May 2005 at 21:00 (CET). 25 countries performed and all 39 participants voted.

DrawCountryArtistSongLanguage [10] Place [11] Points
01Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Global.Kryner "Y así" English, Spanish 2130
02Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Laura & The Lovers "Little by Little"English2517
03Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 2B "Amar" Portuguese, English1751
04Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova Zdob și Zdub "Boonika bate doba"English, Romanian 2207
05Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Walters & Kazha "The War Is Not Over"English1085
06Flag of Monaco.svg  Monaco Lise Darly "Tout de moi" French 2422
07Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Shiri Maimon "Hasheket Shenish'ar" (השקט שנשאר) Hebrew, English7158
08Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg  Belarus Angelica Agurbash "Love Me Tonight"English1367
09Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Glennis Grace "My Impossible Dream"English1453
10Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland Selma "If I Had Your Love"English1652
11Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Nuno Resende "Le grand soir"French2229
12Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Suntribe "Let's Get Loud"English2031
13Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Wig Wam "In My Dreams"English6164
14Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Luminița Anghel & Sistem"Let Me Try"English1235
15Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary NOX "Forogj, világ!" Hungarian 5167
16Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Geir Rönning "Why?"English1850
17Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia Martin Vučić "Make My Day"English997
18Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra Marian van de Wal "La mirada interior" Catalan 2327
19Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Vanilla Ninja "Cool Vibes"English8114
20Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Boris Novković feat. Lado Members "Vukovi umiru sami" Croatian 4169
21Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Kaffe "Lorraine"English1949
22Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland Donna and Joe "Love?"English1453
23Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia Omar Naber "Stop" Slovene 1269
24Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Jakob Sveistrup "Talking to You"English3185
25Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Ivan & Delfin"Czarna dziewczyna" Polish, Russian 1181

Final

Points given to Greece. Points to Greece ESC05.svg
Points given to Greece.

The finalists were:

The final was held on 21 May 2005 at 21:00 (CET) and was won by Greece.

DrawCountryArtistSongLanguage [10] Place [12] Points
01Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary NOX "Forogj, világ!" Hungarian 1297
02Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom Javine "Touch My Fire" English 2218
03Flag of Malta.svg  Malta Chiara "Angel"English2192
04Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Luminița Anghel & Sistem"Let Me Try"English3158
05Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Wig Wam "In My Dreams"English9125
06Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Gülseren "Rimi Rimi Ley" Turkish 1392
07Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova Zdob și Zdub "Boonika bate doba"English, Romanian 6148
08Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Ledina Çelo "Tomorrow I Go"English1653
09Flag of Cyprus (1960-2006).svg  Cyprus Constantinos Christoforou "Ela Ela"English1846
10Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Son de Sol "Brujería" Spanish 2128
11Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Shiri Maimon "Hasheket Shenish'ar" (השקט שנשאר) Hebrew, English4154
12Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro No Name "Zauvijek moja" (Заувијек моја) Montenegrin 7137
13Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Jakob Sveistrup "Talking to You"English9125
14Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Martin Stenmarck "Las Vegas"English1930
15Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia Martin Vučić "Make My Day"English1752
16Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine GreenJolly "Razom nas bahato" (Разом нас багато) Ukrainian, English [lower-alpha 1] 1930
17Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Gracia "Run and Hide"English244
18Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Boris Novković feat. Lado Members "Vukovi umiru sami" Croatian 11115
19Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Helena Paparizou "My Number One"English1230
20Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Natalia Podolskaya "Nobody Hurt No One"English1557
21Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina Feminnem "Call Me"English1479
22Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Vanilla Ninja "Cool Vibes"English8128
23Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Walters & Kazha "The War Is Not Over"English5153
24Flag of France.svg  France Ortal "Chacun pense à soi" French 2311

Scoreboard

The EBU introduced an undisclosed threshold number of televotes that would have to be registered in each voting country in order to make that country's votes valid. If that number was not reached, the country's backup jury would vote instead. This affected Monaco, Andorra and Albania in the semi-final, and Andorra, Monaco and Moldova in the final.

Semi-final

Semi-final voting results [14]
Voting procedure used:
  100% Televoting
  100% Jury vote
Total score
Austria
Lithuania
Portugal
Monaco
Belarus
Netherlands
Iceland
Belgium
Estonia
Finland
Andorra
Bulgaria
Ireland
Slovenia
Poland
Hungary
United Kingdom
Malta
Romania
Norway
Turkey
Moldova
Albania
Cyprus
Spain
Israel
Serbia and Montenegro
Denmark
Sweden
Macedonia
Ukraine
Germany
Croatia
Greece
Russia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Switzerland
Latvia
France
Contestants
Austria307105116
Lithuania17548
Portugal51105121212
Moldova207810810845363766512112381106101246126105
Latvia85124721066123265271
Monaco2210210
Israel15826121210311247456686573434153838
Belarus67311217372648103
Netherlands5381254281562
Iceland5263810241072
Belgium29126317
Estonia31561211312
Norway1642615212261221037737282474128264756
Romania23510107385814458181281077121212125755171123546
Hungary1677747645174121210686388134108573154
Finland506183108104
Macedonia9743310841012101212108
Andorra2774610
Switzerland114182286121032553122532243633227
Croatia1691243514413281238646101261271012104
Bulgaria495741061871
Ireland5322121012554154
Slovenia69342172817731068
Denmark1856751012107788121071043128125624721
Poland815165354517288210513

12 points

Below is a summary of all 12 points in the semi-final:

N.ContestantNation(s) giving 12 points
6Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Flag of Cyprus (1960-2006).svg  Cyprus, Flag of Greece.svg  Greece, Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary, Flag of Israel.svg  Israel, Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova, Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
5Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Flag of Austria.svg  Austria, Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina, Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia, Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro, Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia
4Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland, Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands, Flag of Norway.svg  Norway, Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova Flag of Romania.svg  Romania, Flag of Russia.svg  Russia, Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey, Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
3Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra, Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg  Belarus, Flag of Monaco.svg  Monaco
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark, Flag of Finland.svg  Finland, Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Flag of France.svg  France, Flag of Germany.svg  Germany, Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
2Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania, Flag of Malta.svg  Malta
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia Flag of Albania.svg  Albania, Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia
1Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg  Belarus Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Flag of Poland.svg  Poland
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia

Final

Final voting results [15]
Voting procedure used:
  100% Televoting
  100% Jury vote
Total score
Austria
Lithuania
Portugal
Monaco
Belarus
Netherlands
Iceland
Belgium
Estonia
Finland
Andorra
Bulgaria
Ireland
Slovenia
Poland
Hungary
United Kingdom
Malta
Romania
Norway
Turkey
Moldova
Albania
Cyprus
Spain
Israel
Serbia and Montenegro
Denmark
Sweden
Macedonia
Ukraine
Germany
Croatia
Greece
Russia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Switzerland
Latvia
France
Contestants
Hungary9722623651086758612623133
United Kingdom188415
Malta1925255548481015102108467101061084812357
Romania1586124135778571076475812123322525
Norway1255411238122144855333121286436
Turkey9271210313884108612
Moldova148210107816633422127244551211710482
Albania53328122105101
Cyprus461031217112
Spain2881244
Israel154135128761586878753636517581210
Serbia and Montenegro13712634410261610410331266101216
Denmark12541108104523756834121031064
Sweden303615276
Macedonia521755107872
Ukraine30712812
Germany422
Croatia1158672121212275221088211287
Greece230413102123412221121261041241212871221271254678
Russia577127710410
Bosnia and Herzegovina791061847104473105
Switzerland1288481071210136631342155433712
Latvia1531266351041012741610812166317715
France11515

12 points

Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:

N.ContestantNation(s) giving 12 points
10Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Flag of Albania.svg  Albania, Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium, Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria, Flag of Cyprus (1960-2006).svg  Cyprus, Flag of Germany.svg  Germany, Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary, Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro, Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden, Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey, Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
3Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland, Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania, Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark, Flag of Finland.svg  Finland, Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Flag of Israel.svg  Israel, Flag of Spain.svg  Spain, Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro Flag of Austria.svg  Austria, Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia, Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
2Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina, Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia
Flag of Cyprus (1960-2006).svg  Cyprus Flag of Greece.svg  Greece, Flag of Malta.svg  Malta
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova Flag of Romania.svg  Romania, Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia, Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Flag of France.svg  France, Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
1Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Flag of Monaco.svg  Monaco
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg  Belarus
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Flag of Poland.svg  Poland

Other countries

Other Awards

In addition to the main winner's trophy, the Marcel Bezençon Awards and the Barbara Dex Award were contested during the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest.

Marcel Bezençon Awards

The Marcel Bezençon Awards honour the best competing songs in the final. Named after the founder of the contest, the awards were created and first handed at the 2002 contest by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the 1992 contest and the country's current Head of Delegation), and Richard Herrey (a member of the Herreys who won the 1984 contest for Sweden). [18] The awards are divided into three categories: Artistic Award which was voted by previous winners of the contest, Composer Award and Press Award. [19]

CategoryCountrySongPerformer(s)Composer(s)Final resultPoints
Artistic AwardFlag of Greece.svg  Greece "My Number One" Helena Paparizou Manos Psaltakis
Christos Dantis
Natalia Germanou
1st230
Composer AwardFlag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro "Zauvijek moja" No Name Slaven Knezović
Milan Perić
7th137
Press AwardFlag of Malta.svg  Malta "Angel" Chiara Chiara Siracusa2nd192

Barbara Dex Award

The Barbara Dex Award is a humorous fan award given to the worst dressed artist each year. Named after Belgium's representative who came last in the 1993 contest, wearing her self-designed dress, the award was handed by the fansite House of Eurovision from 1997 to 2016 and is being carried out by the fansite songfestival.be since 2017. [20]

Place [21] Country [21] Performer(s) [21] Votes [21]
1Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia Martin Vučić 42
2Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland Selma 39
3Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 2B 34
4Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Wig Wam 29
5Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg  Belarus Angelica Agurbash 21

International broadcasts and voting

Voting and spokespersons

The order in which each country announced their votes was compiled by placing the countries that failed to qualify from the semi-final first in the running order they performed in during the semi-final, followed by the finalists which voted in the order they performed in during the final. The spokespersons are shown alongside each country. [22]

  1. Flag of Austria.svg  Austria – Dodo Roščić
  2. Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania – Rolandas Vilkončius
  3. Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal – Isabel Angelino
  4. Flag of Monaco.svg  Monaco – Anne Allegrini
  5. Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg  Belarus – Elena Ponomareva
  6. Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NetherlandsNancy Coolen
  7. Flag of Iceland.svg  IcelandRagnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir
  8. Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium – Armelle Gysen
  9. Flag of Estonia.svg  EstoniaMaarja-Liis Ilus
    (participant for Estonia in 1996 and 1997)
  10. Flag of Finland.svg  FinlandJari Sillanpää
    (participant for Finland in 2004)
  11. Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra – Ruth Gumbau
  12. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria – Evgenia Atanasova
  13. Flag of Ireland.svg  IrelandDana
    (winner for Ireland in 1970)
  14. Flag of Slovenia.svg  SloveniaKatarina Čas
  15. Flag of Poland.svg  Poland – Maciej Orłoś
  16. Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary – Zsuzsa Demcsák
  17. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United KingdomCheryl Baker
    (winner for United Kingdom in 1981 as part of Bucks Fizz, British representative in 1978 as part of Co-Co)
  18. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta – Valerie Vella
    (Co-presenter of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016)
  19. Flag of Romania.svg  Romania – Berti Barbera
  20. Flag of Norway.svg  NorwayIngvild Helljesen
  21. Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey – Meltem Ersan Yazgan
  22. Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova – Elena Camerzan
  23. Flag of Albania.svg  Albania – Zhani Ciko
  24. Flag of Cyprus (1960-2006).svg  Cyprus – Melani Steliou
  25. Flag of Spain.svg  Spain – Ainhoa Arbizu
  26. Flag of Israel.svg  Israel – Dana Herman
  27. Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro – Nina Radulović
  28. Flag of Denmark.svg  DenmarkGry Johansen
    (participant for Denmark in 1983)
  29. Flag of Sweden.svg  SwedenAnnika Jankell
  30. Flag of North Macedonia.svg  MacedoniaKarolina Gočeva
    (participant for Macedonia in 2002 and in 2007)
  31. Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine – Maria Orlova
  32. Flag of Germany.svg  GermanyThomas Hermanns
  33. Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia – Barbara Kolar
  34. Flag of Greece.svg  Greece – Alexis Kostalas
  35. Flag of Russia.svg  RussiaYana Churikova
  36. Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and HerzegovinaAna Mirjana Račanović
  37. Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland – Cécile Bähler
  38. Flag of Latvia.svg  LatviaMarija Naumova
    (winner for Latvia in 2002 and co-presenter in 2003)
  39. Flag of France.svg  FranceMarie Myriam
    (winner for France in 1977)

Commentators

Participating countries

Non-participating countries

Official album

Eurovision Song Contest: Kyiv 2005
ESC 2005 album cover.jpg
Compilation album by
Released2 May 2005
Genre Pop
Length
  • 60:17 (CD 1)
  • 56:54 (CD 2)
Label EMI / CMC
Eurovision Song Contest chronology
Eurovision Song Contest: Istanbul 2004
(2004)
Eurovision Song Contest: Kyiv 2005
(2005)
Eurovision Song Contest: Athens 2006
(2006)
Original cover
Eurovision2005AlbumWithLebanon.jpg
The original album cover of the compilation, showing the participation of Lebanon. (bottom row, third from right)

Eurovision Song Contest: Kyiv 2005 was the official compilation album of the 2005 Contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and released by EMI Records and CMC International on 2 May 2005. The album featured all 39 songs that entered in the 2005 contest, including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify into the grand final. [46]

The original cover designed for the album was changed after Lebanon's withdrawal from the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 after announcing they would show advertisements over the Israeli entry. Had they entered, they would have been on track 4, disc 2 with the song "Quand tout s'enfuit" by Aline Lahoud. [47]

It was reported that sales of the 2005 Eurovision merchandise reached record-breaking levels. [48]

Charts

Chart (2005)Peak
position
German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [49] 2

Notes

  1. The song also contains phrases in Czech, French, German, Polish, Russian and Spanish. [13]

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The Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was the 51st edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Athens, Greece, following the country's victory at the 2005 contest with the song "My Number One" by Helena Paparizou. It was the first time Greece had hosted the contest - 32 years after the country made its debut. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), the contest was held at the Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall, and consisted of a semi-final on 18 May, and the final on 20 May 2006. The two live shows were presented by Maria Menounos and Sakis Rouvas.

Andorra in the Eurovision Song Contest Andorra at the Eurovision song contest

Andorra has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest six times, debuting in the 2004 contest and participating every year thereafter until the 2009 contest. As of 2021 the nation remains the only country to have never competed in a grand final, with their best result being a 12th-place finish in the 2007 semi-final and thus failing to qualify. Andorra withdrew from the contest following their 2009 appearance, with the national broadcaster Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) citing financial difficulties preventing their continued participation, and the country has not entered the contest again since. Interest in the contest has however remained high in the principality, while recent statements from the Andorran government and broadcaster indicate a return could be favourable dependent on financial backing.

Eurovision Song Contest 2007 Edition of singing competition

The Eurovision Song Contest 2007 was the 52nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Helsinki, Finland, following the country's victory at the 2006 contest with the song "Hard Rock Hallelujah" by Lordi. It was the first time Finland had hosted the contest - 46 years after the country made its debut. It was the first contest hosted in a Nordic country since 2001 in Copenhagen. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Yleisradio (Yle), the contest was held at the Hartwall Areena, and consisted of a semi-final on 10 May, and the final on 12 May 2007. The two live shows were presented by Jaana Pelkonen and Mikko Leppilampi. In addition, Krisse Salminen acted as guest host in the green room, and reported from the crowds at the Senate Square.

Tomorrow I Go 2005 song by Ledina Çelo

"Tomorrow I Go" is a song by Albanian singer Ledina Çelo composed by Adi Hila and written by Pandi Laço. The song was released as part of a CD compilation on 29 April 2005 by CMC Records. Musically, it is an English-language folk-influenced dance song that incorporates traditional Albanian sounds in the instrumentation. Lyrically, the song discusses the themes of love and marriage, while also reflecting the story a story of a woman's wedding. "Tomorrow I Go" represented Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 in Kyiv, Ukraine, after Çelo won the pre-selection competition, Festivali i Këngës, with the song's Albanian-language version "Nesër shkoj". The country reached the 16th place in a field of 24, gathering a total of 35 points. During her Albanian-themed performance of the song, Çelo was accompanied by four female backing violinists and a male drummer.

Albania participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 in Kyiv, Ukraine, with the song "Tomorrow I Go" performed by Ledina Çelo. Its selected entry was chosen through the national selection competition Festivali i Këngës organised by Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) in December 2004. This marked the second time that Albania participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since its debut in 2004. Due to the top 10 result in the previous contest, the nation automatically qualified for the grand final, which took place on 21 May 2005. In the final, it performed as number eight and placed 16th out of the 24 participating countries, scoring 53 points.

Belarus participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 with the song "Love Me Tonight" written by Nikos Terzis and Nektarios Tyrakis. The song was performed by Angelica Agurbash. The Belarusian entry for the 2005 contest in Kyiv, Ukraine was selected through a national final organised by the Belarusian broadcaster National State Television and Radio Company of the Republic of Belarus (BTRC). The national final consisted of a semi-final which was a televised production and an untelevised final held on 25 December 2004 and 31 January 2005, respectively. Fifteen competing acts participated in the semi-final where the top three entries as determined by a public televote qualified to the final. In the final, "Boys and Girls" performed by Angelica Agurbash was initially selected as the winner by a jury panel, however the singer opted to withdraw her song and the replacement entry, "Love Me Tonight", was announced on 18 March 2005.

Eurovision Song Contest 2008 53rd Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest 2008 was the 53rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Belgrade, Serbia, following the country's victory at the 2007 contest with the song "Molitva" by Marija Šerifović. It was the first time Serbia had hosted the contest - only 1 year after the country made its debut as an independent nation. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Radio Television of Serbia (RTS), the contest was held at the Belgrade Arena, and consisted of two semi-finals on 20 and 22 May, and the grand final on 24 May 2008. The three live shows were presented by Jovana Janković and Željko Joksimović. It was the first, and as of 2021 only, Eurovision Song Contest held in a former Yugoslav republic with the 1990 contest in Zagreb being held before the dissolution of the country.

Eurovision Song Contest 2009 edition of annual music competition

The Eurovision Song Contest 2009 was the 54th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Moscow, Russia, following the country's victory at the 2008 contest with the song "Believe" by Dima Bilan. It was the first time Russia had hosted the contest - 14 years after the country made its debut. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Channel One (C1R), the contest was held at the Olimpiysky Arena, and consisted of two semi-finals on 12 and 14 May, and the final on 16 May 2009. The semi-finals were presented by Natalia Vodianova and Andrey Malahov, while the final was presented by Ivan Urgant and Alsou Abramova.

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2009

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2009 was the seventh edition of the annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest and took place in Kyiv, Ukraine. It was scheduled for 21 November. 13 countries were confirmed by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to compete in the contest.

Eurovision Song Contest 2011 56th Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest 2011 was the 56th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Düsseldorf, Germany, following the country's victory at the 2010 contest with the song "Satellite" by Lena. It was the third time Germany had hosted the contest, having previously done so in 1957 and 1983. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcasters Arbeitsgemeinschaft Rundfunkanstalten Deutschland (ARD) and Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), the contest was held at the Esprit Arena and consisted of two semi-finals on 10 and 12 May, and the grand final on 14 May 2011. The three live shows were presented by Anke Engelke, Judith Rakers and Stefan Raab.

Eurovision Song Contest 2010 55th Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest 2010 was the 55th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Oslo, Norway, following the country's victory at the 2009 contest with the song "Fairytale" by Alexander Rybak. It was the third time Norway had hosted the contest, having previously done so in 1986 and 1996. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK), the contest was held at the Telenor Arena, and consisted of two semi-finals on 25 and 27 May, and the final on 29 May 2010. The three live shows were presented by Erik Solbakken, Haddy N'jie and Nadia Hasnaoui.

Eurovision Song Contest 2015 60th Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 was the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Vienna, Austria, following the country's victory at the 2014 contest with the song "Rise Like a Phoenix" by Conchita Wurst. It was the second time Austria had hosted the contest, having previously done so in 1967. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF), the contest was held at the Wiener Stadthalle and consisted of two semi-finals on 19 and 21 May, and the final on 23 May 2015. The three live shows were presented by Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer, while Conchita Wurst acted as green room host.

Eurovision Song Contest 2016 61st Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest 2016 was the 61st edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Stockholm, Sweden, following the country's victory at the 2015 contest with the song "Heroes" by Måns Zelmerlöw. It was the sixth time Sweden had hosted the contest, having previously done so in 1975, 1985, 1992, 2000 and 2013. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT), the contest was held at the Globe Arena and consisted of two semi-finals on 10 and 12 May, and the final on 14 May 2016. The three live shows were presented by Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw.

Ukraine participated in Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with the song "Sweet People" written by Borys Kukoba, Vadim Lisitsa and Olena Kucher. The song was performed by Alyosha.

Ukraine participated in and won the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "1944" written and performed by Jamala. Ukraine returned to the Eurovision Song Contest after the nation withdrew from the 2015 due to financial and political reasons related to the Ukrainian crisis.

Eurovision Song Contest 2017 62nd Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 was the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Kyiv, Ukraine, following the country's victory at the 2016 contest with the song "1944" by Jamala. It was the second time Ukraine had hosted the contest, having previously done so in 2005 also in Kyiv. It was, overall, the fourth Eurovision event that were held in the country, including the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 and 2013. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC), the contest was held at the International Exhibition Centre and consisted of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May, and the final on 13 May 2017. The three live shows were presented by Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk and Timur Miroshnychenko.

Finland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song "Blackbird" written and performed by Lasse Piirainen and Leena Tirronen under the name Norma John. The Finnish broadcaster Yleisradio (Yle) organised the national final Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2017 in order to select the Finnish entry for the 2017 contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. Ten entries competed in a televised national final on 28 January 2017 where the 50/50 combination of votes from ten international juries and votes from the public selected "Blackbird" performed by Norma John as the winner.

Albania participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine, with the song "World" performed by Lindita Halimi. Its selected entry was chosen through the national selection competition Festivali i Këngës organised by Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) in December 2016. To this point, the nation had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 13 times since its first entry in 2004. Prior to the contest, the song was promoted by a music video and live performances in Israel, the Netherlands and Spain. Albania was drawn to compete in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 9 May 2017. Performing as number fourth, the nation was not announced among the top 10 entries of the first semi-final and therefore failed to qualify for the grand final, marking Albania's seventh non-qualification in the contest.

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