Eurovision Song Contest 2010

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Eurovision Song Contest 2010
Share the Moment
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Dates
Semi-final 125 May 2010 (2010-05-25)
Semi-final 227 May 2010 (2010-05-27)
Final29 May 2010 (2010-05-29)
Host
Venue Telenor Arena
Oslo, Norway [1]
Presenter(s)
Directed by
  • Ole Jørgen Grønlund
  • Kim Strømstad
Executive supervisor Svante Stockselius
Executive producer Jon Ola Sand
Host broadcaster Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK)
Opening actFinal: Alexander Rybak performing "Fairytale"
Interval act
  • Semi-final 1: "Human sounds" video and stage act
  • Semi-final 2: A video about a boy that gets to the Eurovision venue and makes an exhibition of breakdance live on stage
  • Final: A flashmob styled performance with Madcon performing "Glow", alongside live and taped footage of audiences dancing around Europe
Website eurovision.tv/event/oslo-2010 OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
Participants
Number of entries39
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countriesFlag of Georgia.svg  Georgia
Non-returning countries
  • ESC 2010 Map.svg     Participating countries     Did not qualify from the semi final     Countries that participated in the past but not in 2010
Vote
Voting systemEach country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs.
Nul points None
Winning song
2009  Eurovision Song Contest  2011

The Eurovision Song Contest 2010 was the 55th edition of the annual 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. [1] [3] The three live shows were hosted by Erik Solbakken, Haddy N'jie and Nadia Hasnaoui. [2]

Contents

Thirty-nine countries took part in the contest, with Georgia returning after its one-year absence. Meanwhile, Andorra, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Montenegro all decided against participation, mainly for financial reasons related to the global financial crisis. Lithuania originally announced its non-participation, but was later among the participants confirmed by the EBU. [4] [5]

The winner was Germany with the song "Satellite", performed by Lena and written by Julie Frost and John Gordon. This was Germany's second victory in the contest, following their win in 1982, and their first win as a unified country. It was also the first win for one of the "Big Four" countries, since the rule's introduction in 2000. Turkey, Romania, Denmark and Azerbaijan rounded out the top five. Romania, finishing third, equalled their best result from 2005, while Georgia achieved their best result to date, finishing ninth. It was also the first and to date only time since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004 that Sweden failed to qualify for the final. The last time Sweden was absent from the Eurovision final was in 1976.

The global financial crisis at the time, affected how the event was run; the host broadcaster NRK was forced to sell its broadcast rights for the 2010 FIFA World Cup to TV 2 and Viasat in order to finance the event. [6]

The EBU announced prior to the contest, that the voting system used in the semi-finals would change from previous years to balance jury voting with televoting. A return of accompaniment by orchestra was also proposed, but did not happen.

Location

Venue

Telenor Arena, Oslo - host venue of the 2010 contest. Telenor Arena Eurovision 2010.JPG
Telenor Arena, Oslo - host venue of the 2010 contest.

150 million Norwegian kroner (17 million) was originally the venue budget agreed upon by Trond Giske and Hans-Tore Bjerkaas, respectively the Norwegian Minister for Culture and the head of Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK). [7] [8] This represents a larger budget than that allotted in the 2007 Contest in Helsinki, but is not as much as the budget in Moscow for 2009. [7] The revised estimated cost for the concert now stands at 211 million kroner (€24 million). [9]

At a press conference in Oslo on 27 May 2009, it was announced that the show was to be held in the Oslo metropolitan area. NRK argued that Oslo was the only city with the required capacity, venues, and infrastructure to hold the show. On 3 July 2009, it was decided that the venue would be the newly constructed Telenor Arena, in the municipality of Bærum neighbouring Oslo. [10] The Oslo Spektrum was ruled out to host the contest due to its smaller size and capacity [1] as was Vallhall Arena in Oslo and the Hamar Vikingskipet.

Format

Visual design

Screenshot from the rehearsals where the design can be seen CreativeDesignLetteringESC2010.JPG
Screenshot from the rehearsals where the design can be seen

NRK announced the theme art, slogan and design for the contest on 4 December 2009, during the Host City Insignia Exchange between the Mayors of Moscow, Oslo and Bærum, marking the official kick-off of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 season. [11] The theme art, a series of intersecting circles, was selected to "represent gathering people and the diversity of emotions surrounding the Eurovision Song Contest." [12] In addition to the base colour of white, the logo was created in black, gold, and pink. [13] A preview of the stage design was released on 6 May 2010, featuring no LED screens, opting instead for various other lighting techniques. [14]

Postcards

Unlike the 2009 and the 2008 postcards, the 2010 postcards were based in simplicity but also included an innovative idea, they are shown like they could be seen right in the venue, over the crowd's heads.

The basic synopsis of the postcards is a numerous group of little golden balls (the theme of the ESC 2010) forms the shape of each country. Then, they move and form a screen where we can see a pre-recorded video of a little crowd from in a city of the country (usually the capital) about to perform supporting and cheering their act. After that, a few seconds of the performer of the country getting ready in the stage are shown; and then, the balls form the flag of the country supported.

In the part of the shape of the country, there were little discrepancies: some countries' shapes, such as those for Serbia, Israel, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, were not completely shown, due to territorial or border disputes in those areas.

Presenters

Presenters of the 2010 contest, from left to right - Nadia Hasnaoui, Erik Solbakken and Haddy Jatou N'jie. Eurovision 2010 hosts.JPG
Presenters of the 2010 contest, from left to right – Nadia Hasnaoui, Erik Solbakken and Haddy Jatou N'jie.

NRK announced the hosts of the contest on 10 March 2010. Those chosen were Erik Solbakken, Haddy Jatou N'jie, and Nadia Hasnaoui. Solbakken and N'jie opened the three shows, introduced the artists, and reported from the green room during the voting, with Hasnaoui presenting the voting section and scoreboard announcements. [2] [15] This was the second Eurovision Family of Events that Hasnaoui had co-hosted, after doing so at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2004, in Lillehammer. The trio guided the audience and viewers through the night in English, French, and Norwegian. [16] This was the second time that more than two hosts were presenting the shows, after the 1999 Contest.

Voting

On 11 October 2009 the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced that the format of the semi-finals was to be changed so that the results would be determined by a combination of 50% national jury and 50% televoting, making it more consistent with the final. Each country's votes were determined by combining the jury votes and the televoting results; the countries with the top ten highest points in each semi-final then qualify to participate in the final of the contest. [17] This replaces the semi-final format used in the 2008 and 2009 contests in which the countries with the top nine highest points from the televoting results in each semi-final qualified for the final. The tenth semi-final place was then given to the country with the highest number of points from the jury's votes which had not already qualified for the final from the televoting results. [18] On 26 October 2009 the EBU announced that the voting would be open throughout the competition and would conclude 15 minutes after the end of the very last song. [19]

Possible return of the orchestra

A number of fans began a campaign on social networking site Facebook for the return of an orchestra to the contest in Oslo, for the first time since 1998, with more than 5,000 people joining [20] An orchestra, which had been used since the first contest in 1956, was dropped after the 1998 contest due to rapid developments in music technology, which made backing tracks more useful. [21] [22] Jan Fredrik Heyerdahl of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra said that they were interested in participating in the 2010 Contest if the EBU and NRK approved the return of an orchestra. [21] [22] However, no such change to the contest had been approved.

Interval

The interval act involved a number of live public outdoor dance events from across Europe, which were planned for promotional purposes, but done in the style of a series of spontaneous flashmobs. The outdoor footage was intercut with webcam footage from individual private households. Peter Svaar, Head of Press for the contest on behalf of broadcaster NRK, said: "We want to share the Eurovision Song Contest, rather than just broadcast it." [23] The seven and a half minute long song, called "Glow", was produced and co-written by the Element team and performed and co-written by Madcon. [24]

Semi-final allocation draw

On Sunday 7 February 2010, the draw to decide which countries were to appear in either the first or second semi-final took place. The participating countries excluding the automatic finalists (France, Germany, Norway, Spain & the United Kingdom) were split into six pots, based upon how those countries had been voting. From these pots, half (or as close to half as is possible) competed in the first Semi Final on 25 May 2010. The other half in that particular pot will compete in the second Semi Final on 27 May 2010. This draw also doubled up as an approximate running order, in order for the delegations from the countries to know when their rehearsals commenced. The draw also determined in which Semi Final the automatic finalists voted in. [25] [26] The draw for the running order of the semi-finals, finals, and the order of voting, took place on 23 March 2010. [4]

Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4Pot 5

Participating countries

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Countries in the first semi-final
Countries voting in the first semi-final
Countries in the second semi-final
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  Countries voting in the first semi-final
  Countries in the second semi-final
  Countries voting in the second semi-final

A total of 39 countries confirmed their participation for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, including Georgia, which returned to the contest after its absence in 2009 when its entry, "We Don't Wanna Put In" (by Stephane & 3G), was disallowed owing to political references to the newly elected Russian President Vladimir Putin, which violated contest rules. [27]

The EBU announced that they would work harder to bring back Austria, Italy, and Monaco to the 2010 Contest. [28] In September 2009 the EBU's director Bjørn Erichsen stated during an EBU press conference that "Austria will be back", and that the EBU "has reasons to believe that Luxembourg and Monaco" were also to participate and that "now we are only missing Italy". [29] [30] [31] In late October 2009, the 2010 Contest project manager Jon Ola Sand has stated that "countries such as Monaco and Luxembourg have indicated that they wish to participate in next year's competition in Norway". [29] [32] However, the representatives of broadcasters of Austria, Monaco and Luxembourg denied participation in the 2010 contest. Wolfgang Lorenz, the programme director of the Austrian broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF), informed Austria would not take part in the competition stating that the contest has been "ruined by the regulations". [33] Télé Monte Carlo (TMC) has also declared that Monaco would not be returning to the Eurovision Song Contest for the 2010 Edition, mainly due to a lack of finances to send a Monegasque entry. [34] The RTL Group had announced that they were having serious discussions regarding a possible comeback for Luxembourg in the contest for the first time since 1993, but later confirmed that the country would not be present for the 2010 Contest either. [35] San Marino also considered returning to the competition in 2010. However, after deliberations with Italian artists, including Italian sister duo Paola & Chiara, Sammarinnese broadcaster Radiotelevisione della Repubblica di San Marino (SMRTV) was informed to withhold returning after failing to receive funding from the Sammarinnese parliament or sponsors. [36]

EBU had talks to Liechtenstein's only broadcaster 1FLTV (1 Fürstentum Liechtenstein Television) for them to join the EBU, and become a part of the Eurovision Song Contest. 1FLTV's programme director Peter Kolbel had confirmed interest in Liechtenstein's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest as soon as full EBU membership is granted, which may have happened in December 2009. Thus they were getting ready to debut in 2010, considering a national final concept similar to the German version of the Idol series Deutschland sucht den Superstar (DSDS). [29] [37] In November 1FLTV decided against applying for EBU membership in December for financial reasons, ruling out a debut in at the 2010 contest. The broadcaster will now look at other options for funding EBU membership in the future. [38] [39]

In 2009, Jillian Evans, a representative of the European Parliament from Wales, stated her interest in securing Wales a place in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Norway. but in the end it was decided they would not to participate in the competition. Because their debut was rejected because Wales is not a sovereign state and the BBC has the exclusive right to represent the United Kingdom. Wales could be represented by either BBC Cymru Wales, ITV Cymru Wales or S4C.

From July to December 2009, five countries who participated in the 2009 contest announced their non-participation in the 2010 contest. The Czech Republic declared that it would not participate due to a lack of interest from Czech viewers after three successive semi-final failures since their debut in 2007. [40] [41]

Andorra's broadcaster Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) announced a 10% reduction in its spending budget for 2010. [42] RTVA had submitted a preliminary application to take part in the contest. [43] However, being unable to secure extra funds by 11 December 2009, it decided to withdraw from the 2010 Contest. [44] Following this announcement, many former Andorran Eurovision Song Contest contestants expressed their disappointment in RTVA's decision, and the lack of publicity the country will now receive by not being contestants in the contest. [45] Hungary did not enter into the 2010 Contest, due to financial difficulties of the national broadcaster Magyar Televízió (MTV). [46] Montenegro and Montenegrin broadcaster Radiotelevizija Crne Gore (RTCG) also refused participation because of financial problems, in a way to reach financial consolidation after three years as an independent state. [47] [48]

Lithuania's broadcaster Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT) initially announced its non-participation after failing to achieve the necessary funds of 300,000 litas (90,000) for participation. [5] It was later confirmed by the EBU that Lithuania would indeed participate in Oslo. [4] Funding was eventually given by Lithuanian company Teo LT, which allowed Lithuania to participate in the contest. [49]

Thirty-four countries participated in the semi-finals of the contest. The semi-final allocation draw took place on 7 February 2010, while the draw for the running order was held on 23 March 2010.

To keep tension high, the qualifiers were announced in random order, and scores were published online only after the final took place. [50]

Returning artists

Lead artists

ArtistCountryPrevious year(s)
Feminnem Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 2005 (for Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Hera Björk Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 2008 (as backing singer for Euroband), 2009 (as backing singer for Yohanna)
Niamh Kavanagh Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 1993

Backing performers

ArtistCountryPrevious year(s)
May Kristin KaspersenFlag of Norway.svg  Norway 2008 (as backing singer for Maria Haukaas Storeng)
Jorunn Hauge 2006 (as backing singer for Christine Guldbrandsen), 2007 (as backing singer for Guri Schanke),

2008 (as backing singer for Maria Haukaas Storeng), 2009 (as backing singer for Alexander Rybak)

Karianne Kjærnes 2005 (as backing singer for Wig Wam), 2006 (as backing singer for Christine Guldbrandsen),

2007 (as backing singer for Guri Schanke), 2008 (as backing singer for Maria Haukaas Storeng),

2009 (as backing singer for Alexander Rybak)

Dunja Gallineo KajevićFlag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2007 (as backing singer for Marija Šestić)
Elma Selimović 2009 (as backing singer for Regina)
Danijela Večerinović 2007 (as backing singer for Marija Šestić), and 2009 (as backing singer for Regina)
Marko Vulinović 2008 (as backing singer for Jelena Tomašević & Bora Dugić)
Kristján GíslasonFlag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 2001 (as member of Two Tricky)
Pétur Örn Guðmundsson 2000 (as backing singer for August & Telma), 2006 (as backing singer for Silvia Night),

and 2008 (as backing singer for Euroband)

Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir 2009 (as backing singer for Yohanna)
Marina AhverdovaFlag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 2006 (for Flag of Russia.svg  Russia, as backing singer for Dima Bilan),

2007 (for Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus, as backing singer for Koldun),

and 2008 (for Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine, as backing singer for Ani Lorak)

Jaana VähämäkiFlag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 2001 (for Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden, as backing singer for Friends),

and 2007 (for Flag of Malta.svg  Malta, as backing singer for Olivia Lewis)

Gry Trampedach Jørgensen 2001 (for Flag of Malta.svg  Malta, as backing singer for Fabrizio Faniello)
Mads Enggaard Jørgensen 2004 (as backing singer for Tomas Thordarson)

Semi-final 1

The first semi-final took place in Oslo on 25 May 2010. The ten countries in this semi-final with the highest scoring points, according to a combination of televotes and jury votes from each voting country, qualified for the final. France, Germany and Spain voted in this semi-final. [51] [52] [53] [54]

DrawCountryArtistSongLanguage [55] Place [56] Points
01Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova SunStroke Project and Olia Tira "Run Away" English 1052
02Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Peter Nalitch and Friends "Lost and Forgotten"English774
03Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Malcolm Lincoln "Siren"English1439
04Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Kristina "Horehronie" Slovak 1624
05Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Kuunkuiskaajat "Työlki ellää" Finnish 1149
06Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Aisha "What For?"English1711
07Flag of Serbia (2004-2010).svg  Serbia Milan Stanković "Ovo je Balkan" (Oво je Балкан) Serbian 579
08Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina Vukašin Brajić "Thunder and Lightning"English859
09Flag of Poland.svg  Poland Marcin Mroziński "Legenda"English, Polish 1344
10Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Tom Dice "Me and My Guitar"English1167
11Flag of Malta.svg  Malta Thea Garrett "My Dream"English1245
12Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Juliana Pasha "It's All About You"English676
13Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Giorgos Alkaios and Friends "OPA" (ΩΠΑ) Greek [lower-alpha 1] 2133
14Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Filipa Azevedo "Há dias assim" Portuguese 489
15Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia Gjoko Taneski "Jas ja imam silata" (Јас ја имам силата) Macedonian 1537
16Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg  Belarus 3+2 feat Robert Wells "Butterflies"English959
17Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland Hera Björk "Je ne sais quoi"English3123

Semi-final 2

The second semi-final took place in Oslo on 27 May 2010. The ten countries in this semi-final with the highest scoring points, according to a combination of televotes and jury votes from each voting country, qualified for the final. Norway and the United Kingdom voted in this semi-final. [53] [54]

DrawCountryArtistSongLanguage [55] Place [57] Points
01Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania InCulto "Eastern European Funk"English1244
02Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia Eva Rivas "Apricot Stone"English683
03Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Harel Skaat "Milim" (מילים) Hebrew 871
04Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Chanée and N'evergreen "In a Moment Like This"English5101
05Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Michael von der Heide "Il pleut de l'or" French 172
06Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Anna Bergendahl "This Is My Life"English1162
07Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan Safura "Drip Drop"English2113
08Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Alyosha "Sweet People"English777
09Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Sieneke "Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)" Dutch 1429
10Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Paula Seling andOvi "Playing with Fire"English4104
11Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia Ansambel Žlindra andKalamari "Narodnozabavni rock" Slovene 166
12Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland Niamh Kavanagh "It's for You"English967
13Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Miro "Angel si ti" (Ангел си ти) Bulgarian, English1519
14Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus Jon Lilygreen and The Islanders "Life Looks Better in Spring"English1067
15Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Feminnem "Lako je sve" Croatian 1333
16Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia Sofia Nizharadze "Shine"English3106
17Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey maNga "We Could Be the Same"English1118

Final

Lena performing the winning entry, "Satellite," for Germany. Lena Oslo3.jpg
Lena performing the winning entry, "Satellite," for Germany.

The final took place on 29 May 2010 at 21:00 CEST in Telenor Arena, Bærum, Akershus, Greater Oslo, Norway. The "Big Four" and the host country, Norway, qualified directly for the final. From the two semi-finals on 25 and 27 May 2010, twenty countries qualified for the final. A total of twenty-five countries competed in the final. The voting system used was similar to that used in the 2009 contest (with a combination of televotes and jury votes), but viewers were able to vote during the performances; the voting window ended 15 minutes after the conclusion of the songs.

DrawCountryArtistSongLanguage [55] Place [58] Points
01Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan Safura "Drip Drop"English5145
02 [lower-alpha 2] Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Daniel Diges "Algo pequeñito" Spanish 1568
03Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Didrik Solli-Tangen "My Heart Is Yours"English2035
04Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova SunStroke Project and Olia Tira "Run Away"English2227
05Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus Jon Lilygreen and The Islanders "Life Looks Better in Spring"English2127
06Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina Vukašin Brajić "Thunder and Lightning"English1751
07Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Tom Dice "Me and My Guitar"English6143
08Flag of Serbia (2004-2010).svg  Serbia Milan Stanković "Ovo je Balkan" (Oво je Балкан)Serbian1372
09Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg  Belarus 3+2 feat Robert Wells "Butterflies"English2418
10Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland Niamh Kavanagh "It's for You"English2325
11Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Giorgos Alkaios and Friends "OPA!" (ΩΠΑ)Greek [lower-alpha 1] 8140
12Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom Josh Dubovie "That Sounds Good to Me"English2510
13Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia Sofia Nizharadze "Shine"English9136
14Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey maNga "We Could Be the Same"English2170
15Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Juliana Pasha "It's All About You"English1662
16Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland Hera Björk "Je ne sais quoi"English1941
17Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Alyosha "Sweet People"English10108
18Flag of France.svg  France Jessy Matador "Allez Ola Olé"French1282
19Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Paula Seling and Ovi "Playing with Fire"English3162
20Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Peter Nalitch and Friends "Lost and Forgotten"English1190
21Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia Eva Rivas "Apricot Stone"English7141
22Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Lena "Satellite"English1246
23Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Filipa Azevedo "Há dias assim"Portuguese1843
24Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Harel Skaat "Milim" (מילים)Hebrew1471
25Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Chanée and N'evergreen "In a Moment Like This"English4149

Scoreboard

The split jury/televoting results were announced by the EBU in June 2010. Only the split totals received by each country were given, not the full breakdown. [64]

Semi-final 1

In the first semifinal, one unknown country had only a jury because the votes of the country did not meet the EBU threshold. [65]

Semi-final 1 voting results [66]
Total score
Moldova
Russia
Estonia
Slovakia
Finland
Latvia
Serbia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Poland
Belgium
Malta
Albania
Greece
Portugal
Macedonia
Belarus
Iceland
France
Germany
Spain
Contestants
Moldova5251274871035
Russia7412123104285131121
Estonia3912121511412
Slovakia24265155
Finland49310261727632
Latvia1165
Serbia79341631233721031246
Bosnia and Herzegovina59125126375846
Poland44264663773
Belgium16761081010874121241012481210128
Malta4531211622362421
Albania76427486121210254
Greece13377288108710810103584810
Portugal89554675324452781012
Macedonia37411810121
Belarus59812435356751
Iceland1231087772310121088616567

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the 1st semi-final:

N.ContestantNation(s) giving 12 points
5Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Flag of Germany.svg  Germany, Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland, Flag of Malta.svg  Malta, Flag of Poland.svg  Poland, Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal
3Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg  Belarus, Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia, Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova
2Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Flag of Greece.svg  Greece, Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Flag of Finland.svg  Finland, Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia
Flag of Serbia (2004-2010).svg  Serbia Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina, Flag of France.svg  France
1Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg  Belarus Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina Flag of Serbia (2004-2010).svg  Serbia
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia Flag of Albania.svg  Albania
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Flag of Spain.svg  Spain

Semi-final 2

Semi-final 2 voting results [67]
Total score
Lithuania
Armenia
Israel
Denmark
Switzerland
Sweden
Azerbaijan
Ukraine
Netherlands
Romania
Slovenia
Ireland
Bulgaria
Cyprus
Croatia
Georgia
Turkey
Norway
United Kingdom
Contestants
Lithuania4421421221857
Armenia831123581010812104
Israel718876123514575
Denmark10155751265412104234368
Switzerland22
Sweden623312102615122123
Azerbaijan1132556312188107101012122
Ukraine77101023825126667342
Netherlands29442163153
Romania1046488475334648481012
Slovenia615
Ireland67713612484231610
Bulgaria191576
Cyprus674610763465124
Croatia3372711213
Georgia106121261210752771077101
Turkey11881081012107738128618

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the 2nd semi-final:

N.ContestantNation(s) giving 12 points
3Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia, Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey, Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
2Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus, Flag of Israel.svg  Israel
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of Romania.svg  Romania, Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia, Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark, Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan, Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria
1Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia
Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom

Final

Final voting results [68]
Total score
Romania
Ireland
Germany
Serbia
Albania
Turkey
Croatia
Poland
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Finland
Slovenia
Estonia
Russia
Portugal
Azerbaijan
Greece
Iceland
Denmark
France
Spain
Slovakia
Bulgaria
Ukraine
Latvia
Malta
Norway
Cyprus
Lithuania
Belarus
Switzerland
Belgium
United Kingdom
Netherlands
Israel
Macedonia
Moldova
Georgia
Sweden
Armenia
Contestants
Azerbaijan145312878142712122127106257378
Spain682745412245811427
Norway35273533642
Moldova27106641
Cyprus2741212413
Bosnia and Herzegovina51126810456
Belgium14341012510635561010710141037762
Serbia7253812810110177
Belarus1821312
Ireland252112676
Greece14078101231678845557121212323
United Kingdom104123
Georgia1365574418108521671512714555612
Turkey1708110381210326126123108243361081055
Albania6211752510783112
Iceland41454336628
Ukraine10857137102776610572878
France8263433831786722432316
Romania1627652627310745810123510821485812101
Russia90410236108512101010
Armenia14167165127684861757121246101
Germany24638810106781210126112312312123512412410121044812
Portugal436214866154
Israel7141106518352831014
Denmark1491212221221251441247108832624285

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the final:

N.ContestantNation(s) giving 12 points
9Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark, Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia, Flag of Finland.svg  Finland, Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia, Flag of Norway.svg  Norway, Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia, Flag of Spain.svg  Spain, Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden, Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
5Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland, Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland, Flag of Poland.svg  Poland, Flag of Romania.svg  Romania, Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia
4Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria, Flag of Malta.svg  Malta, Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey, Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Flag of Albania.svg  Albania, Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium, Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus, Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
3Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia Flag of Israel.svg  Israel, Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands, Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan, Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia, Flag of France.svg  France
2Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia, Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania
1Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia
Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg  Belarus Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina Flag of Serbia (2004-2010).svg  Serbia
Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg  Belarus
Flag of Serbia (2004-2010).svg  Serbia Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal

Broadcasters, commentators and spokespersons

Spokespersons

Countries revealed their votes in the following order: [69]

  1. Flag of Romania.svg  Romania – Malvina Cservenschi
  2. Flag of Ireland.svg  IrelandDerek Mooney
  3. Flag of Germany.svg  GermanyHape Kerkeling [70]
  4. Flag of Serbia (2004-2010).svg  Serbia – Maja Nikolić [71]
  5. Flag of Albania.svg  AlbaniaLeon Menkshi
  6. Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey – Meltem Ersan Yazgan
  7. Flag of Croatia.svg  CroatiaMila Horvat
  8. Flag of Poland.svg  Poland – Aleksandra Rosiak
  9. Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina – Ivana Vidmar
  10. Flag of Finland.svg  Finland – Johanna Pirttilahti [72]
  11. Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia – Andrea F
  12. Flag of Estonia.svg  EstoniaRolf Junior [73]
  13. Flag of Russia.svg  RussiaOxana Fedorova
  14. Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal – Ana Galvão [74]
  15. Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan - Tamilla Shirinova
  16. Flag of Greece.svg  Greece – Alexis Kostalas [75]
  17. Flag of Iceland.svg  IcelandYohanna (Icelandic representative in the 2009 contest)
  18. Flag of Denmark.svg  DenmarkBryan Rice [76]
  19. Flag of France.svg  France – Audrey Chauveau [77]
  20. Flag of Spain.svg  Spain – Ainhoa Arbizu [78]
  21. Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia – Ľubomír Bajaník
  22. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria – Desislava Dobreva
  23. Flag of Ukraine.svg  UkraineIryna Zhuravska
  24. Flag of Latvia.svg  LatviaKārlis Būmeisters (Latvian representative in the 2005 contest as part of Valters and Kaža)
  25. Flag of Malta.svg  MaltaChiara Siracusa (Maltese representative in the 1998, 2005 and 2009 contests) [79]
  26. Flag of Norway.svg  NorwayAnne Rimmen
  27. Flag of Cyprus.svg  CyprusChristina Metaxa (Cypriot representative in the 2009 contest)
  28. Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania – Giedrius Masalskis [80]
  29. Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg  BelarusAleksei Grishin
  30. Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland - Christa Rigozzi [81]
  31. Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium – Katja Retsin
  32. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United KingdomScott Mills [82]
  33. Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NetherlandsYolanthe Cabau van Kasbergen
  34. Flag of Israel.svg  Israel – Ofer Nachshon
  35. Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia – Maja Daniels [83]
  36. Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova – Tanya Cerga
  37. Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia – Mariam Vashadze
  38. Flag of Sweden.svg  SwedenEric Saade (Swedish representative in the 2011 contest)
  39. Flag of Armenia.svg  ArmeniaNazeni Hovhannisyan

Broadcasters and commentators

Most countries sent commentators to Oslo or commentated from their own country, in order to add insight to the participants and, if necessary, provide voting information.

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 Armenia.svg ArmeniaAll shows ARMTV Hrachuhi Utmazyan and Khoren Levonyan
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg AzerbaijanAll shows İctimai Televiziya Hüsniyyə Məhərrəmova [84]
Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg BelarusAll shows Belarus 1 Denis Kurian
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg BelgiumAll shows La Une French: Jean-Pierre Hautier and Jean-Louis Lahaye
La Première French: Patrick Duhamel and Corinne Boulangier
één Dutch: André Vermeulen and Bart Peeters
Radio 2 Dutch: Sven Pichal and Michel Follet
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and HerzegovinaAll shows BHT1 Dejan Kukrić
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria BNT Georgi Kushvaliev and Elena Rosberg
Flag of Croatia.svg CroatiaAll shows HRT Duško Čurlić
Flag of Cyprus.svg CyprusAll shows RIK 1 Melina Karageorgiou [85]
CyBC Radio 2 Nathan Morley
Flag of Denmark.svg DenmarkAll shows DR1 Nikolaj Molbech [76]
Flag of Estonia.svg EstoniaAll shows ERR Marko Reikop and Sven Lõhmus
Flag of Finland.svg FinlandAll shows YLE TV2 Finnish: Jaana Pelkonen and Asko Murtomäki [86]
YLE Radio Suomi Finnish: Sanna Kojo and Jorma Hietamäki
YLE TV2 Swedish: Thomas Larsson
Flag of France.svg FranceSemi-finals France 4 Peggy Olmi and Yann Renoard
Final France 3 Cyril Hanouna and Stéphane Bern
Flag of Georgia.svg GeorgiaAll shows GPB Sopho Altunashvili
Flag of Germany.svg GermanyAll shows Das Erste Peter Urban [87]
Final NDR 2 Tim Frühling and Thomas Mohr
Flag of Greece.svg GreeceAll shows NET Rika Vagiani [88]
Second Programme Maria Kozakou
Flag of Iceland.svg IcelandAll shows Sjónvarpið Sigmar Guðmundsson [89]
Flag of Ireland.svg IrelandAll shows RTÉ One Marty Whelan [90] [91]
RTÉ Radio 1 Maxi
Flag of Israel.svg IsraelAll shows IBA No commentator
Flag of Latvia.svg LatviaAll shows LTV Kārlis Streips
Flag of Lithuania.svg LithuaniaAll shows LRT Darius Užkuraitis
Flag of North Macedonia.svg MacedoniaAll shows MRT Karolina Petkovska
Flag of Malta.svg MaltaAll shows TVM Valerie Vella [92]
Flag of Moldova.svg MoldovaAll shows TRM Marcel Spătari
Flag of the Netherlands.svg NetherlandsAll shows Nederland 1 Cornald Maas and Daniël Dekker [93]
Flag of Norway.svg NorwayAll shows NRK1 Olav Viksmo-Slettan
Flag of Poland.svg PolandAll shows TVP1 Artur Orzech
Flag of Portugal.svg PortugalAll shows RTP1 Sérgio Mateus [94]
Flag of Romania.svg RomaniaAll shows TVR1 Leonard Miron and Gianina Corondan
Flag of Russia.svg RussiaAll shows Russia-1 Olga Shelest and Dmitry Guberniev
Flag of Serbia (2004-2010).svg SerbiaSF1/Final RTS1 Duška Vučinić-Lučić
SF2Dragan Ilić
Flag of Slovakia.svg SlovakiaAll shows Dvojka Roman Bomboš
Flag of Slovenia.svg SloveniaAll shows RTVSLO Andrej Hofer
Flag of Spain.svg SpainSF1/Final La 1, La 2 José Luis Uribarri [95]
Flag of Sweden.svg SwedenAll shows SVT1 Christine Meltzer and Edward af Sillén [96]
SR P4 Carolina Norén and Björn Kjellman
Flag of Switzerland.svg  SwitzerlandAll shows SF zwei German: Sven Epiney
TSR 2 French: Jean-Marc Richard and Nicolas Tanner
RSI La 1 Sandy Altermatt
Flag of Turkey.svg TurkeyAll shows TRT 1 Bülend Özveren
Flag of Ukraine.svg UkraineAll shows First National TV Channel Timur Miroshnychenko
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United KingdomSemi-finals BBC Three Paddy O'Connell and Sarah Cawood [97]
Final BBC One Graham Norton
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 Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang [98]
Flag of Hungary.svg HungaryAll shows Duna TV Zsolt Jeszenszky [99]
Flag of Montenegro.svg MontenegroAll shows TVCG 2 Dražen Bauković and Tamara Ivanković

International broadcasts

Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Even though Australia was not eligible to enter, the contest was broadcast on Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), a free-to-air television station, as in previous years. [100] As in 2009, the coverage featured local commentary and segments from Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang. [98]
The first semi-final was broadcast on 28 May 2010, the second semi-final on 29 May 2010, and the final on 30 May 2010, with all shows broadcast at 19:30 AEST (09:30 UTC). The first semi final rated a respectable 316,000 viewers, the second semi-final rated 415,000 viewers and the final rated 366,000, a solid result considering Sunday night offers tough competition on the commercial networks. [101] [102]
The final was also simulcast on a special Digital Radio Channel, set-up by the network, which is aired classic Eurovision songs, in the lead-up to the event. SBS also aired the EBU-Produced 'Countdown To Eurovision' specials on 14 May and 21 May at 4 pm. [103]
For the 2010 contest, SBS broadcast a special TV programme "The A to Z of Eurovision" one week before Eurovision. This programme was a 20 to 1 style show that plays the craziest, campest and most controversial moments of Eurovision with great guests and performers. It also featured as a form guide to find out who was hot that year, and what to look out for the following weekend. The A to Z of Eurovision featured Eurovision performers including Johnny Logan and Dima Bilan as well as Australian celebrities. The show was hosted by Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang. [104]
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Although New Zealand is not eligible to enter the contest, the contest was broadcast on Triangle TV's satellite channel STRATOS. It broadcast both the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 semi finals as well as the final as a delayed broadcast. [100]
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
It was announced at the Reference Group meeting on 22 March 2010 that Hungary would be broadcasting the contest. [105] Duna TV, currently an approved member of the EBU, has been confirmed as broadcasting the contest in Hungary after Magyar Televízió, the current Hungarian broadcaster, pulled out. They have also announced that they will attempt to send a Hungarian entry to the 2011 contest. [106]
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan
It was announced at the Reference Group meeting on 22 March 2010 that Kazakhstan would be broadcasting the contest. [105]
Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo
It was announced at the Reference Group meeting on 22 March 2010 that Kosovo would be broadcasting the contest. [105]
Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro
Despite not participating in 2010's Eurovision Song Contest due to financial trouble, the national broadcaster of Montenegro, RTCG, aired both semi finals and the final live on its main channel RTCG2. [107]
Worldwide
The official Eurovision Song Contest website provided a live stream without commentary via the peer-to-peer medium Octoshape. [108]
Eurovision 2010 was also broadcast worldwide through European streams such as BVN, [109] RTS SAT, [110] HRT SAT, [111] RTP Internacional, [112] TVE Internacional, TVP Polonia, [113] TRT Avaz, [114] BNT Sat, [115] ERT World [116] and SVT World, among others. Some radio stations such as Bosnian Radio, Croatian Radio [117] and Radio Tirana broadcast live through their internet websites as well as on their satellite channels.

High-definition broadcasts

For the fourth time, the contest was broadcast in high-definition. Some countries, through their high-definition channel, allowed their country to watch the contest in HD:

Incidents

The performance of Daniel Diges representing Spain was disrupted by Catalan pitch invader Jaume Marquet Cot, also known as Jimmy Jump. The performance continued as Marquet, wearing a barretina, joined in with the carefully choreographed routine, but he ran off when security personnel appeared on the stage. Spain was subsequently allowed to perform their song a second time after Denmark's entry - the 25th and final song - had been performed. [59] [60] [61] [62] [63]

Other awards

In addition to the main winner's trophy, the Marcel Bezençon Awards and the Barbara Dex Award were contested during the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest. The OGAE (French: Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision, English: General Organisation of Eurovision Fans) voting poll also took place before the 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). [118] The awards are divided into three categories: Artistic Award, Composers Award, and Press Award. [119] This is the first and to date the only occasion in which the same representation managed to win in all categories.

CategoryCountrySongPerformer(s)Composer(s)Final resultPoints
Artistic AwardFlag of Israel.svg  Israel "Milim" (מילים) Harel Skaat Tomer Hadadi, Noam Horev14th71
Composers Award
Press Award

OGAE

OGAE is an international organisation which conducts a voting poll for the favourite songs among its members before the annual contest. It consists of a network of over 40 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond. [120] [121] Below is the top five overall results, after all the votes had been cast. [122]

CountrySongPerformer(s)Composer(s)OGAE resultEurovision Ranking
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark "In a Moment Like This" Chanée & N'evergreen Thomas G:son, Henrik Sethsson, Erik Bernholm2204th
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel "Milim" Harel Skaat Tomer Adaddi, Noam Horev17714th
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany "Satellite" Lena Julie Frost, John Gordon1721st
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway "My Heart Is Yours" Didrik Solli-Tangen Hanne Sørvaag, Fredrik Kempe 14620th
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland "Je ne sais quoi" Hera Björk Örlygur Smári, Hera Björk 13019th

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.

PlaceCountryPerformer(s)Votes
1Flag of Serbia (2004-2010).svg  Serbia Milan Stanković138
2Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova SunStroke Project & Olia Tira110
3Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Peter Nalitch and Friends109
4Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Aisha99
5Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia Eva Rivas79

Official album

Eurovision Song Contest: Oslo 2010
ESC 2010 album cover.jpg
Compilation album by
Released17 May 2010
Genre Pop
Length
  • 57:12 (CD 1)
  • 59:49 (CD 2)
Label EMI / CMC
Eurovision Song Contest chronology
Eurovision Song Contest: Moscow 2009
(2009)
Eurovision Song Contest: Oslo 2010
(2010)
Eurovision Song Contest: Düsseldorf 2011
(2011)

Eurovision Song Contest: Oslo 2010 was the official compilation album of the 2010 Contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and released by EMI Records and CMC International on 17 May 2010.The album featured all 39 songs that entered in the 2010 contest, including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify into the grand final. [123]

Charts

Chart (2010)Peak
position
German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [124] 3

Notes

  1. 1 2 Contains one phrase in English.
  2. Spain was given a second chance to perform after Denmark, following a stage invasion by Jimmy Jump, during their performance. [59] [60] [61] [62] [63]

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