Eurovision Song Contest 2006

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Eurovision Song Contest 2006
Feel the Rhythm
Eurovision Song Contest 2006 logo.svg
Dates
Semi-final18 May 2006 (2006-05-18)
Final20 May 2006 (2006-05-20)
Host
Venue Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall
Athens, Greece
Presenter(s)
Directed byVolker Weicker
Executive supervisor Svante Stockselius
Executive producerFotini Yannoulatou
Host broadcaster Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT)
Opening act
  • Semi-final: Eurovision medley performed by Greek gods and goddesses;
  • "Love Shine a Light" performed by Sakis Rouvas and Maria Menounos
  • Final: "The Mermaid Song" performed by Foteini Darra accompanied by Greek dancers;
  • "My Number One" performed by Helena Paparizou
Interval act
Website eurovision.tv/event/athens-2006 OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
Participants
Number of entries37
Debuting countriesFlag of Armenia.svg  Armenia
Returning countriesNone
Non-returning countries
  • ESC 2006 Map.svg     Participating countries     Did not qualify from the semi final     Countries that participated in the past but not in 2006
Vote
Voting systemEach country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points None
Winning song
2005  Eurovision Song Contest  2007

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. [2]

Contents

Thirty-seven countries participated in the contest. Armenia took part for the first time this year. Meanwhile, Austria, Hungary, and Serbia and Montenegro announced their non-participations in the contest for various reasons. Serbia and Montenegro had intended to participate, however, due to a scandal in the national selection, tensions were caused between the Serbian broadcaster, RTS, and the Montenegrin broadcaster, RTCG. Despite this, the nation did retain voting rights for the contest.

The winner was Finland with the song "Hard Rock Hallelujah", performed by Lordi and written by lead singer Mr. Lordi a.k.a. Tomi Petteri Putaansuu. This was Finland's first victory in the contest - and first top five placing - in 45 years of participation. It was the first ever hard rock / heavy metal music song to win the contest, and Lordi was the first band to win since 1997. Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania and Sweden rounded out the top five. Bosnia and Herzegovina achieved their best result in their Eurovision history. Further down the table, Lithuania also achieved their best result to date, finishing sixth. Of the "Big Four" countries Germany placed the highest, finishing joint fourteenth (with Norway).

The contest saw the 1,000th song performed in the contest, when Ireland's Brian Kennedy performed "Every Song Is a Cry for Love" in the semi-final.

Location

The contest took place in Athens, Greece, following the country's victory at the 2005 edition with the song "My Number One", performed by Helena Paparizou. It was the first time Greece hosted the contest. [3]

Venue

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Olympic Indoor Hall, Athens - host venue of the 2006 contest.

The venue that was chosen as the host venue was the Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall (in 2006 it was named as Olympic Indoor Arena), which is located in the Athens Olympic Sports Complex, in the capital city of Greece. Completed in 1995, it was the largest indoor venue used at the 2004 Summer Olympics when hosted gymnastics and the basketball finals and the 2004 Summer Paralympics when hosted the whelchair basketball. [4]

Bidding phase

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Locations of the candidate cities: the chosen host city is marked in blue, while the eliminated cities are marked in red.

When Greece won the 2005 contest, the Head of the Greek Delegation, Fotini Yiannoulatou, said that ERT was ready to host the event in Athens the next year. However, multiple cities bid to host the 2006 contest, including Thessaloniki and Patras, the second and the third largest city in Greece, respectively. The majors of the three cities (Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras) were said that their cities were ready to host the event. The venues that were rumored for each city were Olympic Indoor Hall for Athens, Pylea Sports Hall for Thessaloniki and Dimitris Tofalos Arena for Patras. [5] [6]

Few days after Greece's won in the contest, the Greek public broadcaster stated that “ERT intends to hold the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, taking into account EBU's already expressed wish for the event to be combined with the Olympic facilities and amenities that the city of Athens has to offer”. Mr. Panaghiotis Psomiadis, the Prefect of Thessaloniki stated the city will fight for the hosting of the contest. [5] As the city of Patras seemed not to be available to host the contest, at the end it was a two-horse race between Athens and Thessaloniki.

Finally, on June 30, 2005, ERT and EBU announced that Athens will be the host city of the 2006 contest, despite the opposition of some Greek politicians, stated that Athens already had its promotion during the 2004 Summer Olympics and that it's “another city's turn now”. The joint decision of the EBU and ERT is to host the 51st Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, which has several modern Olympic venues, infrastructure and a proven ability to host events of this size. [7]

Other sites

The Eurovision Village was the official Eurovision Song Contest fan and sponsors' area during the events week. There it was possible to watch performances by local artists, as well as the live shows broadcast from the main venue. Located at the Zappeion, it was open from 15 to 21 May 2006. [8] [9]

The EuroClub was the venue for the official after-parties and private performances by contest participants. Unlike the Eurovision Village, access to the EuroClub was restricted to accredited fans, delegates, and press. It was located at Athens Technopolis, an industrial museum and a major cultural venue of the city. [8]

The official "Welcome and Opening Ceremonies" events, where the contestants and their delegations are presented before the accredited press and fans, took place also in Zappeon on 15 May 2006 at 21:00 EET, followed by the Opening Ceremony. [8]

Format

Visual design

The official logo of the contest remained the same from 2004 and 2005 with the country's flag in the heart being changed. The 2006 sub-logo created by the design company Karamela for Greek television was apparently based on the Phaistos Disc which is a popular symbol of ancient Greece. According to ERT, it was "inspired by the wind and the sea, the golden sunlight and the glow of the sand". Following Istanbul's "Under The Same Sky" and Kyiv's "Awakening", the slogan for the 2006 show was "Feel The Rhythm". This theme was also the basis for the postcards for the 2006 show, which emphasized Greece's historical significance as well as being a major modern tourist destination. [10]

The stage for the contest was designed by Greek stage designer Elias Ledakis. He would go on to design the stage for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Kyiv, Ukraine. [11] The stage was a replica of an ancient Greek amphitheatre. [12] [13]

Postcards

As it was referred, the theme "Feel The Rhythm" was also the basis for the postcards, which emphasized Greece's historical significance as well as being a major modern tourist destination. The postcards filmed between March and April 2006. The host broadcaster ERT spent 3 million euros on the production of the 37 postcards. Fanis Papathanisiou of ERT said: “An impressive, international tourism campaign is expensive as well. The Eurovision Song Contest is a perfect platform to achieve equal or even better results. That's why it is worth the investment”. To decide what to show in the postcards, ERT hold surveys in all participating countries, asking what people associate Greece with. [14]

Voting

To save time in the final, the voting time lasted ten minutes and the voting process was changed: points 1-7 were shown immediately on-screen. The spokespersons only announced the countries scoring 8, 10 and 12 points. Despite this being intended to speed proceedings up, there were still problems during voting – EBU imaging over-rode Maria Menounos during a segment in the voting interval and some scoreboards were slow to load. The Dutch spokesperson Paul de Leeuw also caused problems, giving his mobile number to presenter Rouvas during the Dutch results, [15] and slowing down proceedings, also by announcing the first seven points. Constantinos Christoforou (who also represented Cyprus in 1996, 2002 and 2005) saluted from "Nicosia, the last divided capital in Europe"; during Cyprus' reading, the telecast displayed Switzerland by mistake. This voting process has been criticized because suspense was lost by only reading three votes instead of ten. And for the first and only time before the Prespa agreement, the display for the Macedonian entry had the title spelled out in its entirety (as "Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia") instead of being abbreviated as it has been in previous years (as "FYR Macedonia").

Presenters

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Initially, the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) asked Sakis Rouvas to represent again Greece in Athens, an offer which he didn't accept. With the Greek broadcaster wanting Rouvas' involvement in the contest, they offered him to be one of the hosts of the contest, where he accepted. Between the names that were rumored for the female host, included the Greek Canadian actress, screenwriter, director, and producer Nia Vardalos (known for writing and starring in My Big Fat Greek Wedding ), the Greek social entrepreneur and philanthropist Elizabeth Filippouli (later, she founded the Global Thinkers Forum in London), the Greek American actress, producer, and businesswoman Jennifer Aniston (world-known for her role as Rachel Green on the television sitcom Friends (1994–2004), for which she earned Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild awards), all three of them having Greek roots, and the previous edition's winner, Helena Paparizou. [16]

After a lot of speculations, the Greek broadcaster announced on 7 March 2006 that the Greek American entertainment reporter, television personality, professional wrestler, actress, and businesswoman Maria Menounos will be the hostess of the contest. Menounos was starring along with Sean Connery in the movie remake video game James Bond 007: From Russia with love , while in 2002 she joined the NBC show Entertainment Tonight . [17]

Menounos and Rouvas, will also host the allocation draw on March 21, 2006, in order to determine the running order for the semi-final, the grand final and - for the first time in the history of the contest - the voting order. [18] [19]

The "Welcome to the Party" opening ceremony was hosted by actress Zeta Makrypoulia and actor/screenwriter of the show, Giorgos Kapoutzidis, while Ioanna Papanikolopoulou was moderated the press conferences. [20]

Opening and interval acts

Nana Mouskouri appeared as a guest in the grand final. Nana Mouskouri 2012 01.jpg
Nana Mouskouri appeared as a guest in the grand final.

The semi-final opened with a medley of former Eurovision songs performed by Greek gods: "Welcome to the Party" (runner-up at the Ellinikós Telikós 2006) of Anna Vissi performed by Muses, "Nel blu, dipinto di blu" (Italy 1958) of Domenico Modugno performed by Zeus, "L'amour est bleu" (Luxembourg 1967) of Vicky Leandros performed by Poseidon, "Save Your Kisses for Me" (United Kingdom 1976) of Brotherhood of Man performed by Hermes, "Making Your Mind Up" (United Kingdom 1981) of Bucks Fizz performed by Athena, "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" (Israel 1978) of Izhar Cohen & The Alphabeta performed by Hephaestus, "Dschinghis Khan" (Germany 1979) of Dschinghis Khan performed by Ares, "Diva" (Israel 1998) of Dana International performed by Aphrodite, "Waterloo" (Sweden 1974) of ABBA performed by Charites, "Wild Dances" (Ukraine 2004) of Ruslana performed by Artemis and "My Number One" (Greece 2005) of Helena Paparizou performed by the ensemble cast of the Greek gods. In addition, the hosts Maria Menounos and Sakis Rouvas sang the winning song of the 1997 contest, "Love Shine a Light" of Katrina and the Waves, representing the United Kingdom.

The grand final opened with a ballet dance, symbolizing the birth of Greece. Greek singer Foteini Darra performed "The Mermaid Song" (also known as "The Song of Life"), while the dancers and the sets mimicked the creative elements (the sea, the wind, the sun). At the end of the ballet, the presenters appeared in the air, suspended from ropes. They landed on the stage and greeted the audience. They immediately introduced the previous year's winner, Helena Paparizou, who covered her winning song, "My Number One".

The interval act of the semi-final began with the English cover of the song "S'eho Erotefthi", performed as "I’m In Love With You" from the host Sakis Rouvas. A folkloric ballet followed, using traditional Greek music and dances, with the pan flute as a conducting element. This ballet was composed by Dimitris Papadimitriou and choreographed by Fokas Evangelinos, while for the grand final, Helena Paparizou performed her song "Mambo!", already a hit in Greece. The interval act closed with a contemporary ballet entitled 4000 Years of Greek Song and which traced the history of the musical culture of the host country. This ballet was also composed by Dimitris Papadimitriou and choreographed by Fokas Evangelinos.

The voting lines for both shows opened by three special guests: for the semi-final the lines opened by Emilia Tsoulfa (Gold medalist in Athens 2004 at 470 class sailing representing Greece) and Dimosthenis Tampakos (Greek gymnast and Olympic gold medalist) and for the grand final the lines opened from the Luxembourgish entrant at the 1963 contest, Nana Mouskouri.

Participating countries

All participating countries in a Eurovision Song Contest must be active members of the EBU.

The EBU initially announced on 16 January 2006 that thirty-eight countries would participate in the contest, [21] with Austria opting not to participate due to the bad result at the previous contest [22] and Hungary also deciding not to participate due to financial reasons. [23] Armenia participated for the very first time in the history of the contest. [24]

Serbia and Montenegro announced its withdrawal on 15 March 2006, reducing the participants number from 38 to 37. [25]

Returning artists

Lead artists

ArtistCountryPrevious year(s)
Anna Vissi Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 1980 (along with the Epikouri) and 1982 (for Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus)
Carola Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1983 and 1991
Eddie Butler Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 1999 (as a member of Eden)
Fabrizio Faniello Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 2001
Ich Troje Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 2003
Victor Diawara (part of LT United)Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 2001 (as a member of Skamp)

Backing performers

ArtistCountryPrevious year(s)
Sigga Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 1990 (as member of Stjórnin), 1992 (as member of Heart 2 Heart), and 1994
Pétur Örn Guðmundsson 2000 (as backing singer for August & Telma)

Additionally, Hari Mata Hari were selected to represented Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1999 contest, but their entry was disqualified. Ireland's Brian Kennedy performed in Lumen, the interval act of the 1995 contest.

Host Sakis Rouvas previously represented Greece at the 2004 contest. If No Name had been permitted to represent Serbia and Montenegro, they would have done so for the second consecutive year.

Results

Semi-final

The semi-final was held on 18 May 2006 at 21:00 (CET). 23 countries performed and all 37 participants and Serbia and Montenegro voted.

DrawCountryArtistSongLanguage [26] Place [27] Points
01Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia André "Without Your Love" English 6150
02Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Mariana Popova "Let Me Cry"English1736
03Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia Anžej Dežan "Mr Nobody"English1649
04Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra Jenny "Sense tu" Catalan 238
05Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg  Belarus Polina Smolova "Mum"English2210
06Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Luiz Ejlli "Zjarr e ftohtë" Albanian 1458
07Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Kate Ryan "Je t'adore"English1269
08Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland Brian Kennedy "Every Song Is a Cry for Love"English979
09Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus Annet Artani "Why Angels Cry"English1557
10Flag of Monaco.svg  Monaco Séverine Ferrer "La Coco-Dance" French, Tahitian 2114
11Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia Elena Risteska "Ninanajna" (Нинанајна)English, Macedonian 1076
12Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Ich Troje feat. Real McCoy "Follow My Heart"English, Polish, German, Russian [lower-alpha 1] 1170
13Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Dima Bilan "Never Let You Go"English3217
14Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Sibel Tüzün "Süper Star" Turkish 891
15Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Tina Karol "Show Me Your Love"English7146
16Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Lordi "Hard Rock Hallelujah"English1292
17Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Treble "Amambanda"English, Imaginary 2022
18Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania LT United "We Are the Winners"English [lower-alpha 2] 5163
19Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Nonstop "Coisas de nada" Portuguese, English1926
20Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Carola "Invincible"English4214
21Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Sandra Oxenryd "Through My Window"English1828
22Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina Hari Mata Hari "Lejla" Bosnian 2267
23Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland Silvia Night "Congratulations"English1362

Final

The finalists were:

The final was held on 20 May 2006 at 21:00 (CET) and was won by Finland.

DrawCountryArtistSongLanguage [26] Place [28] Points
01Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland six4one "If We All Give a Little" English 1630
02Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova Arsenium and Natalia Gordienko "Loca"English [lower-alpha 1] 2022
03Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Eddie Butler "Together We Are One" Hebrew, English234
04Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Vocal Group Cosmos "I Hear Your Heart"English1630
05Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Christine Guldbrandsen "Alvedansen" Norwegian 1436
06Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Las Ketchup "Un Blodymary" Spanish 2118
07Flag of Malta.svg  Malta Fabrizio Faniello "I Do"English241
08Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Texas Lightning "No No Never"English1436
09Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Sidsel Ben Semmane "Twist of Love"English1826
10Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Dima Bilan "Never Let You Go"English2248
11Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia Elena Risteska "Ninanajna" (Нинанајна)English, Macedonian 1256
12Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Mihai Trăistariu "Tornerò"English, Italian 4172
13Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina Hari Mata Hari "Lejla" Bosnian 3229
14Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania LT United "We Are the Winners"English [lower-alpha 2] 6162
15Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom Daz Sampson "Teenage Life"English1925
16Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Anna Vissi "Everything"English9128
17Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Lordi "Hard Rock Hallelujah"English1292
18Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Tina Karol "Show Me Your Love"English7145
19Flag of France.svg  France Virginie Pouchain "Il était temps" French 225
20Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Severina "Moja štikla" Croatian 1256
21Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland Brian Kennedy "Every Song Is a Cry for Love"English1093
22Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Carola "Invincible"English5170
23Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Sibel Tüzün "Süper Star" Turkish, English [lower-alpha 4] 1191
24Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia André "Without Your Love"English8129

Scoreboard

Televoting was used in all nations except Monaco and Albania. Monaco used a jury as the chances of getting enough votes needed to validate the votes were low. Albania used a jury since there were problems with their televote. In the semi final, Monaco and Albania used the jury voting due to insufficient televoting numbers. Coincidentally, Albania and Monaco were two of the three countries that did not vote for the winning entry, the third one was Armenia.

Semi-final

Semi-final voting results [29]
Voting procedure used:
  100% Televoting
  100% Jury vote
Total score
Slovenia
Andorra
Romania
Denmark
Latvia
Portugal
Sweden
Finland
Belgium
Croatia
Serbia and Montenegro
Norway
Estonia
Ireland
Malta
Lithuania
Cyprus
Netherlands
Switzerland
Ukraine
Russia
Poland
United Kingdom
Armenia
France
Belarus
Germany
Spain
Moldova
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland
Monaco
Israel
Albania
Greece
Bulgaria
Macedonia
Turkey
Contestants
Armenia15023121212371233127712210310810
Bulgaria3618458361
Slovenia49167522273473
Andorra88
Belarus10163
Albania58127310221357123
Belgium6957325335721743246
Ireland793544143166643212812751
Cyprus5744137712104122
Monaco143218
Macedonia768181068101258
Poland7031271821051324644322
Russia21744711277623641048121011281212512461251254
Turkey9110681108108123618
Ukraine14626861022543366106101031035284327
Finland2921010510881210108812101010765681212581210581278776
Netherlands2224134125
Lithuania1636534105487535812455410106162841642
Portugal261277
Sweden2147861251210544107812524443766547761086541
Estonia28278515
Bosnia and Herzegovina267121128261012612121216235812875456310187121106101012
Iceland627136712752751611

12 points

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

N.ContestantNation(s) giving 12 points
9Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia, Flag of Finland.svg  Finland, Flag of Monaco.svg  Monaco, Flag of Norway.svg  Norway, Flag of Romania.svg  Romania, Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro, Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia, Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland, Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
8Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia, Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg  Belarus, Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria, Flag of Israel.svg  Israel, Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia, Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania, Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova, Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
6Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium, Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus, Flag of France.svg  France, Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands, Flag of Russia.svg  Russia, Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia, Flag of Germany.svg  Germany, Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland, Flag of Poland.svg  Poland, Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden, Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
3Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark, Flag of Malta.svg  Malta, Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal
1Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia
Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia Flag of Albania.svg  Albania
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina

Final

Final voting results [30]
Voting procedure used:
  100% Televoting
  100% Jury vote
Total score
Slovenia
Andorra
Romania
Denmark
Latvia
Portugal
Sweden
Finland
Belgium
Croatia
Serbia and Montenegro
Norway
Estonia
Ireland
Malta
Lithuania
Cyprus
Netherlands
Switzerland
Ukraine
Russia
Poland
United Kingdom
Armenia
France
Belarus
Germany
Spain
Moldova
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland
Monaco
Israel
Albania
Greece
Bulgaria
Macedonia
Turkey
Contestants
Switzerland301123464
Moldova221233211
Israel44
Latvia303484128
Norway36162537113412
Spain18126
Malta11
Germany363311337555
Denmark2683618
Russia2484682127712375310551282121011221267106512481085
Macedonia56688478366
Romania17253621066254446101101143647351212221027223
Bosnia and Herzegovina2291278210106121282428121064564715312212671212
Lithuania1623771043846358121465581061441073413
United Kingdom252411228311
Greece12811041106831255785281181274
Finland292810412861281071212107105787812128710106712712567
Ukraine145253512124251276110610103856265358
France523
Croatia56101062124102
Ireland93142545542764643228314110
Sweden1707851078753110776526274635623755101
Turkey91671210312121017344
Armenia12911227108125108387810810

12 points

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

N.ContestantNation(s) giving 12 points
8Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina Flag of Albania.svg  Albania, Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia, Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia, Flag of Monaco.svg  Monaco, Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro, Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia, Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland, Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark, Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia, Flag of Greece.svg  Greece, Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland, Flag of Norway.svg  Norway, Flag of Poland.svg  Poland, Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden, Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
7Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia, Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg  Belarus, Flag of Finland.svg  Finland, Flag of Israel.svg  Israel, Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia, Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania, Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
3Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Flag of France.svg  France, Flag of Germany.svg  Germany, Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
2Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium, Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria, Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova, Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
1Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Flag of Malta.svg  Malta
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal

Other countries

Ratings

After the contest, EBU officials stated that the overall ratings for the Semi-Final were 35% higher than in 2005, and for the Final had risen by 28%. [36]

In France, average market shares reached 30.3%, up by 8% over the 2005 figure. Other countries that showed a rise in average market shares included Germany with 38% (up from 29%), United Kingdom with 37.5% (up from 36%), Spain with 36% (up from 35%), Ireland with 58% (up from 35%) and Sweden, which reached over 80% compared to 57% the year previously. [36]

Voting revenues had also risen from the Kyiv contest, and the official Eurovision website, www.eurovision.tv, reported visits from over 200 countries and over 98 million page views, compared with 85 million in 2005.

Aftermath

ERT's net income from the Eurovision event amounted to 7,280,000 euros, while the cost of the entire event reached 5,500,000 euros, said on Thursday in a press conference the president of ERT, Christos Panagopoulos and the authorized consultant George Chouliaras, who stated: "The allegations about the waste of money of the Greek taxpayer do not apply. The Greek people did not pay a penny for the event. It was a commercial and profitable event and the money we spent was donor money". [36] [37]

According to G. Chouliaras, the revenues that ERT had from the event were 3,630,000 euros from national sponsors, 2,200,000 euros from tickets and 1,450,000 euros from the share of international sponsors, advertising revenues outside sponsorships, sms, etc. [36] [37]

Regarding the costs paid by ERT for the event together with the EBU, it amounted to a total of 9 million euros, of which 5.5 million euros were paid by ERT and 3.5 million euros by the EBU. These costs include the costs for the television production, the production of the artistic program, the technical production, the payment of contributions, the organization of the competition and any other direct costs related to the organization of Eurovision 2006. It is also noted that EOT paid for the production of 47 commercials and their promotion during the semifinals and the final 3.5 million euros. [36] [37]

Spectacles and rewards

The president of ERT, Christos Panagopoulos, clarified, however, that the total cost does not include the shows that started in February for the advertising support of the event, for which he estimated that their cost will not exceed 1 million euros. He stated that in essence the net profit of ERT amounts to 745,000 euros, which will be allocated for other cultural events. [36]

It was also clarified that ERT did not pay anything to Anna Vissi, nor to Nikos Karvelas, as well as did not pay for the dress of Anna Vissi. Chouliaras stressed that all the participants of the event were paid at market prices and in particular Zeta Makrypoulia and Giorgos Kapoutzidis received 8-10 thousand euros per month for their four-month employment, Sakis Rouvas 50,000 euros and Maria Menounos 45,000 euros. [36] [37]

It was also clarified that the costs of the "promotour" of Anna Vissi are included in the total cost and that from these the transfers were covered by Olympic Airlines and the hotels, the cost of which amounted to 150,000 euros, by the sponsors. [36]

Regarding the future, Giorgos Chouliaras noted that "ERT should have a dynamic participation in the next Eurovision Song Contests and not devalue the institution, since it is a television product watched by 3.5 million Greeks". [36]

Broadcasters, commentators and spokespersons

Spokespersons

The following people were the spokespersons for their countries. A spokesperson delivers the results of national televoting during the final night, awarding points to the entries on behalf of his or her country. [38] Although Serbia and Montenegro withdrew from the contest, it retained its voting rights. [27] A draw was held to determine each country's voting order. Countries revealed their votes in the following order:

  1. Flag of Slovenia.svg  SloveniaPeter Poles
  2. Flag of Andorra.svg  AndorraXavi Palma
  3. Flag of Romania.svg  RomaniaAndreea Marin Bănică (Presenter of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006)
  4. Flag of Denmark.svg  DenmarkJørgen de Mylius
  5. Flag of Latvia.svg  LatviaMārtiņš Freimanis (Latvian singer in the 2003 contest as part of F.L.Y.)
  6. Flag of Portugal.svg  PortugalCristina Alves
  7. Flag of Sweden.svg  SwedenJovan Radomir
  8. Flag of Finland.svg  FinlandNina Tapio
  9. Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  BelgiumYasmine
  10. Flag of Croatia.svg  CroatiaMila Horvat
  11. Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and MontenegroJovana Janković (later co-presenter of the 2008 contest)
  12. Flag of Norway.svg  NorwayIngvild Helljesen
  13. Flag of Estonia.svg  EstoniaEvelin Samuel (Estonian singer in the 1999 contest)
  14. Flag of Ireland.svg  IrelandEimear Quinn (Irish winner of the 1996 contest)
  15. Flag of Malta.svg  MaltaMoira Delia (Presenter of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014)
  16. Flag of Lithuania.svg  LithuaniaLavija Šurnaitė
  17. Flag of Cyprus.svg  CyprusConstantinos Christoforou (Cypriot singer in the 1996, 2002 and 2005 contests)
  18. Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NetherlandsPaul de Leeuw
  19. Flag of Switzerland.svg   SwitzerlandJubaira Bachmann
  20. Flag of Ukraine.svg  UkraineIgor Posypaiko
  21. Flag of Russia.svg  RussiaYana Churikova
  22. Flag of Poland.svg  PolandMaciej Orłoś
  23. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United KingdomFearne Cotton
  24. Flag of Armenia.svg  ArmeniaGohar Gasparyan (Co-presenter of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2011)
  25. Flag of France.svg  FranceSophie Jovillard
  26. Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg  BelarusCorrianna
  27. Flag of Germany.svg  GermanyThomas Hermanns
  28. Flag of Spain.svg  SpainSonia Ferrer
  29. Flag of Moldova.svg  MoldovaSvetlana Cocoş
  30. Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and HerzegovinaVesna Andree-Zaimović
  31. Flag of Iceland.svg  IcelandRagnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir
  32. Flag of Monaco.svg  MonacoÉglantine Eméyé
  33. Flag of Israel.svg  IsraelDana Herman  [ he ]
  34. Flag of Albania.svg  AlbaniaLeon Menkshi
  35. Flag of Greece.svg  GreeceAlexis Kostalas  [ el ]
  36. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BulgariaDragomir Simeonov
  37. Flag of North Macedonia.svg  MacedoniaMartin Vučić (Macedonian singer in the 2005 contest)
  38. Flag of Turkey.svg  TurkeyMeltem Yazgan

Broadcasters and commentators

All participating broadcasters may choose to have on-site or remote commentators providing an insight about the show to their local audience and, while they must broadcast at least the semi-final they are voting in and the final, most broadcasters air all three shows with different programming plans. Similarly, some non-participating broadcasters may still want to air the contest. These are the broadcasters that have confirmed their broadcasting plans and/or their commentators:

Broadcasters and commentators in participating countries
CountryShow(s)Broadcaster(s)Commentator(s)Ref(s)
Flag of Albania.svg AlbaniaAll shows TVSH Leon Menkshi
Flag of Andorra.svg AndorraAll shows RTVA Meri Picart and Josep Lluís Trabal
Flag of Armenia.svg ArmeniaAll shows Public Television Gohar Gasparyan and Phelix Khachatryan
Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg BelarusAll shows Belarus 1 Denis Dudinskiy [39]
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg BelgiumAll shows één Dutch: André Vermeulen and Bart Peeters [40]
Radio 2 Dutch: Michel Follet and Sven Pichal
La Une French: Jean-Pierre Hautier
La Première French: Patrick Duhamel and Thomas Gunzig
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and HerzegovinaAll shows BHT1 Dejan Kukrić [41]
Flag of Bulgaria.svg BulgariaAll shows BNT Elena Rosberg and Georgi Kushvaliev
Flag of Croatia.svg CroatiaAll shows HRT Duško Čurlić [42]
Flag of Cyprus.svg CyprusSemi-final RIK 1 Evi Papamichail and Pampina Themistokleous [43]
FinalEvi Papamichail and Vasso Komninou
Flag of Denmark.svg DenmarkAll shows DR1 Mads Vangsø and Adam Duvå Hall [44]
Flag of Estonia.svg EstoniaAll shows ERR Marko Reikop [45]
Flag of Finland.svg FinlandAll shows YLE TV2 Finnish: Heikki Paasonen, Jaana Pelkonen and Asko Murtomäki [46] [47]
YLE Radio Suomi Finnish: Sanna Kojo and Jorma Hietamäki
YLE FST Swedish: Thomas Lundin
Flag of France.svg FranceSemi-final France 4 Peggy Olmi and Éric Jean-Jean [40]
Final France 3 Michel Drucker, Claudy Siar
France Bleu Alexandre Devoise
Flag of Germany.svg GermanyAll shows Das Erste Peter Urban [48] [49]
Deutschlandfunk/NDR 2 Thomas Mohr
Flag of Greece.svg GreeceAll shows ERT, NET Zeta Makrypoulia and Giorgos Kapoutzidis [50]
Second Programme Maria Kozakou [51]
Flag of Iceland.svg IcelandAll shows Sjónvarpið Sigmar Guðmundsson [52]
Flag of Ireland.svg IrelandAll shows RTÉ One Marty Whelan [53]
Final RTÉ Radio 1 Larry Gogan
Flag of Israel.svg IsraelAll shows IBA No commentary
Flag of Latvia.svg LatviaAll shows LTV Kārlis Streips
Flag of Lithuania.svg LithuaniaAll shows LRT Darius Užkuraitis
Flag of Malta.svg MaltaAll shows TVM Eileen Montesin [54]
Flag of Moldova.svg MoldovaAll shows TRM Vitalie Rotaru
Flag of Monaco.svg MonacoAll shows TMC Monte Carlo Bernard Montiel and Églantine Eméyé [55]
Flag of the Netherlands.svg NetherlandsAll shows Nederland 2 Cornald Maas and Paul de Leeuw [56]
Radio 2 Ron Stoeltie
Flag of North Macedonia.svg MacedoniaAll shows MRT Karolina Petkovska
Flag of Norway.svg NorwayAll shows NRK1 Jostein Pedersen [57]
Flag of Poland.svg PolandAll shows TVP1 Artur Orzech [58]
Flag of Portugal.svg PortugalAll shows RTP1 Eládio Clímaco [59]
Flag of Romania.svg RomaniaAll shows TVR1 Andreea Demirgian
Flag of Russia.svg RussiaAll shows C1R Yuri Aksyuta and Tatiana Godunova
Flag of Slovenia.svg SloveniaAll shows RTV SLO Mojca Mavec
Flag of Spain.svg SpainAll shows TVE1 Beatriz Pécker [60]
Flag of Sweden.svg SwedenAll shows SVT1 Pekka Heino [61] [62]
SR P3 Carolina Norén and Björn Kjellman
Flag of Switzerland.svg  SwitzerlandAll shows SF zwei German: Sandra Studer
TSR 1 French: Jean-Marc Richard and Alain Morisod
TSI 2 Italian: Sandy Altermatt and Claudio Lazzarino
Flag of Turkey.svg TurkeyAll shows TRT 1 Bülend Özveren
Flag of Ukraine.svg UkraineAll shows First National TV Channel Pavlo Shylko
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United KingdomSemi-final BBC Three Paddy O'Connell
Final BBC One Terry Wogan
BBC Radio 2 Ken Bruce
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
CountryShow(s)Broadcaster(s)Commentator(s)Ref(s)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg AustraliaAll shows SBS TBC [63]
Flag of Austria.svg AustriaAll shows ORF2 Andi Knoll [64]
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg AzerbaijanAll shows İctimai TBC [65] [66]
Flag of Gibraltar.svg GibraltarFinal GBC TBC [67]
Flag of Italy (2003-2006).svg ItalyAll showsTBCTBC [68]
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg Serbia and MontenegroAll shows RTS1 Serbian: Duška Vučinić-Lučić
TVCG 2 Montenegrin: Dražen Bauković and Tamara Ivanković

International broadcasts

A live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast worldwide by satellite through Eurovision streams such as Channel One Russia, ERT World, TVE Internacional, TVP Polonia, RTP Internacional and TVR i. The official Eurovision Song Contest website also provided a live stream without commentary using the peer-to-peer transport Octoshape.

High-definition broadcast

Large parts of the final were filmed in high-definition to gather "artistic and scientific knowledge" for future contests, but the footage was never intended to be used as part of the original broadcast and was filmed as part of a research experiment carried out by the EBU, host broadcaster ERT, the Institute for Broadcasting Technology in Munich, the research and development laboratories  [ it ] of RAI and the BBC. The footage was broadcast for the first time on Eurovision's YouTube channel on 31 July 2021. [69]

Other awards

In addition to the main winner's trophy, the Marcel Bezençon Awards and the Barbara Dex Award were contested during the 2006 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). [70] The awards are divided into three categories: Artistic Award which was voted by previous winners of the contest, Composer Award, and Press Award. [71]

CategoryCountrySongPerformer(s)Composer(s)Final resultPoints
Artistic AwardFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden "Invincible" Carola Thomas G:son, Bobby Ljunggren,
Henrik Wikström, Carola
5th170
Composer AwardFlag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina "Lejla" Hari Mata Hari Željko Joksimović,
Fahrudin Pecikoza, Dejan Ivanović
3rd229
Press AwardFlag of Finland.svg  Finland "Hard Rock Hallelujah" Lordi Mr. Lordi 1st292

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.

CountrySongPerformer(s)Composer(s)
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal "Coisas de nada" Nonstop José Manuel Afonso, Elvis Veiguinha

Official album

Eurovision Song Contest: Athens 2006
ESC 2006 album cover.jpg
Compilation album by
Released28 April 2006
Genre Pop
Length
  • 53:38 (CD 1)
  • 56:12 (CD 2)
Label CMC
Eurovision Song Contest chronology
Eurovision Song Contest: Kyiv 2005
(2005)
Eurovision Song Contest: Athens 2006
(2006)
Eurovision Song Contest: Helsinki 2007
(2007)

Eurovision Song Contest: Athens 2006 was the official compilation album of the 2006 contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and released by CMC International on 28 April 2006. The album featured all 37 songs that entered in the 2006 contest, including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify into the grand final. [72]

Charts

Chart (2006)Peak
position
German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [73] 2

Notes

  1. 1 2 The song also contains words in Spanish.
  2. 1 2 The song also contains phrases in French.
  3. Following Serbia and Montenegro's withdrawal, Croatia took its place as an automatic qualifier.
  4. The songs was performed entirely in Turkish in the semi-final, and with an English chorus in the final.

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