Eurovision Song Contest 2005
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|Eurovision Song Contest 2005
|Semi-final date||19 May 2005|
|Final date||21 May 2005|
|Venue||Palace of Sports
|Host broadcaster||National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU)|
|Opening act||Ruslana performing a medley of "Wild Dances" and "Heart on Fire"|
|Interval act||Ruslana performing "The Same Star"
Kiev Percussion Ensemble ARS NOVA
|Number of entries||39|
|Debuting countries|| Bulgaria
|Voting system||Each country awards 1 – 8, 10, and 12 points to their 10 favourite songs|
|Winning song|| Greece
"My Number One"
|Eurovision Song Contest|
The Eurovision Song Contest 2005 was the 50th Eurovision Song Contest, which was held at the Palace of Sports, Kiev, Ukraine. The winner was Greece's My Number One, written by famous Greek songwriters Christos Dantis and Natalia Germanou and performed by Swedish-born Greek singer Elena Paparizou, who scored 230 points, while Malta's Angel written and performed by Chiara was the runner up with 192 points and the 3rd place went to Romania's "Let Me Try". The contest took place on 19 May for the semifinal and 21 May 2005 for the final. Organizers hoped that this event 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.
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.
The hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev were television presenter Maria "Masha" Efrosinina and DJ Pavlo "Pasha" Shylko. Previous winner Ruslana returned to the stage in Kiev 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.
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. 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 volume falls in the sound, most notably during the Norwegian song, shortly after the intro. These were not fixed for the DVD release.
The newcomers to the Contest were Bulgaria and Moldova, while Hungary returned after a hiatus since their last entry in the 1998 contest. Lebanon was also expected to make a début with the song "Quand tout s'enfuit", performed by Aline Lahoud, but was forced to withdraw after announcing they would show commercials over the Israeli entry. Many of the favourites with bookmakers; notably Iceland, Belarus, and the Netherlands; failed to qualify from the semifinal in perhaps the biggest shock of the year's contest. It is also notable that Ireland, the only seven-time Eurovision winner, failed to qualify for the final. In the final itself, the host Ukraine along with the so-called 'Big 4' (Spain, United Kingdom, France, and Germany – the biggest contributors to the European Broadcasting Union, who automatically qualify) occupied the bottom five places of the scoreboard, the first (and only) time in Eurovision history such a thing happened to those countries.
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 Kiev 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 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 more countries we got? 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.
Individual Entries 
Participating countries 
The semi-final was held on 19 May 2005 at 21:00 (CET). 25 countries performed and all 39 participants voted.
Shaded countries qualified for the Eurovision Final
|01||Austria||English, Spanish||Global Kryner||"Y así"||Like that||21||30|
|02||Lithuania||English||Laura and The Lovers||"Little by Little"||—||25||17|
|03||Portugal||English, Portuguese||2B||"Amar"||To love||17||51|
|04||Moldova||English, Romanian||Zdob şi Zdub||"Boonika Bate Toba"||Grandmamma beats the drum||2||207|
|05||Latvia||English||Walters and Kazha||"The War is not Over"||—||10||85|
|06||Monaco||French||Lise Darly||"Tout de moi"||All of me||24||22|
|07||Israel||English, Hebrew||Shiri Maimon||"Hasheket Shenish'ar"
|The silence that remains||7||158|
|08||Belarus||English||Angelica Agurbash||"Love me Tonight"||—||13||67|
|09||Netherlands||English||Glennis Grace||"My Impossible Dream"||—||14||53|
|10||Iceland||English||Selma||"If I Had Your Love"||—||16||52|
|11||Belgium||French||Nuno Resende||"Le grand soir"||The big night||22||29|
|12||Estonia||English||Suntribe||"Let's Get Loud"||—||20||31|
|13||Norway||English||Wig Wam||"In My Dreams"||—||6||164|
|14||Romania||English||Luminiţa Anghel and Sistem||"Let Me Try"||—||1||235|
|15||Hungary||Hungarian||NOX||"Forogj, világ!"||Spin, world||5||167|
|17||Macedonia||English||Martin Vučić||"Make My Day"||—||9||97|
|18||Andorra||Catalan||Marian van de Wal||"La mirada interior"||The inner glance||23||27|
|19||Switzerland||English||Vanilla Ninja||"Cool Vibes"||—||8||114|
feat Lado Members
|"Vukovi umiru sami"||Wolves die alone||4||169|
|22||Ireland||English||Donna and Joe||"Love?"||—||14||53|
|24||Denmark||English||Jakob Sveistrup||"Talking to You"||—||3||185|
|25||Poland||Polish, Russian||Ivan & Delfin||"Czarna dziewczyna"||Black-Haired Girl||11||81|
The finalists were:
- the four automatic qualifiers France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom;
- the top 10 countries from the 2004 final (other than the automatic qualifiers);
- the top 10 countries from the 2005 semi-final.
Countries in bold automatically qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 Final.
|01||Hungary||Hungarian||NOX||"Forogj, világ!"||Spin, World||12||97|
|02||United Kingdom||English||Javine||"Touch My Fire"||–||22||18|
|04||Romania||English||Luminiţa Anghel and Sistem||"Let Me Try"||–||3||158|
|05||Norway||English||Wig Wam||"In My Dreams"||–||9||125|
|06||Turkey||Turkish||Gülseren||"Rimi Rimi Ley"||–||13||92|
|07||Moldova||English, Romanian||Zdob şi Zdub||"Boonika bate doba"||Grandmamma Beats The Drum||6||148|
|08||Albania||English||Ledina Çelo||"Tomorrow I Go"||–||16||53|
|09||Cyprus||English||Constantinos Christoforou||"Ela Ela (Come Baby)"||–||18||46|
|10||Spain||Spanish||Son de Sol||"Brujería"||Witchcraft||21||28|
|11||Israel||English, Hebrew||Shiri Maimon||"Hasheket Shenish'ar"
|The Silence That Remains||4||154|
|12||Serbia and Montenegro||Montenegrin ||No Name||"Zauvijek moja" (Заувијек моја)||Forever Mine||7||137|
|13||Denmark||English||Jakob Sveistrup||"Talking to You"||–||9||125|
|14||Sweden||English||Martin Stenmarck||"Las Vegas"||–||19||30|
|15||Macedonia||English||Martin Vučić||"Make My Day"||–||17||52|
|16||Ukraine||English, Ukrainian||GreenJolly||"Razom nas bahato"
(Разом нас багато)
|Together We Are Many||19||30|
|17||Germany||English||Gracia Baur||"Run & Hide"||–||24||4|
|18||Croatia||Croatian||Boris Novković & Lado Members||"Vukovi umiru sami"||Wolves Die Alone||11||115|
|19||Greece||English||Helena Paparizou||"My Number One"||–||1||230|
|20||Russia||English||Natalia Podolskaya||"Nobody Hurt No One"||–||15||57|
|21||Bosnia and Herzegovina||English||Feminnem||"Call Me"||–||14||79|
|22||Switzerland||English||Vanilla Ninja||"Cool Vibes"||–||8||128|
|23||Latvia||English||Walters and Kazha||"The War Is Not Over"||–||5||153|
|24||France||French||Ortal||"Chacun pense à soi"||Everyone Thinks of Themselves||23||11|
Note that Serbia and Montenegro withdrew from the 2006 contest and so their automatic spot in the final was given to Croatia.
Voting during the final 
The semi-finalist countries who did not qualify for the final gave their votes first, in order by performing order. Then, all the finalists gave their votes, in order of performance. Countries revealed their votes in the following order:
Score sheet 
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. In the final this affected Monaco, Andorra and Moldova but in the semi final, Andorra, Monaco and Albania all used the backup jury for this reason.
|Serbia and Montenegro||137||2||6||1||6||10||4||10||3||3||12||6||6||10||12||1||6||12||6||3||4||4||10|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||79||4||7||10||4||4||7||3||10||5||10||6||1||8|
12 points 
Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:
|N.||Recipient nation||Voting nation|
|10||Greece||Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro, Sweden, United Kingdom, Turkey|
|3||Latvia||Ireland, Lithuania, Moldova|
|Norway||Denmark, Finland, Iceland|
|Romania||Israel, Spain, Portugal|
|Serbia and Montenegro||Austria, Croatia, Switzerland|
|2||Croatia||Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia|
|This section requires expansion. (June 2010)|
Each country appointed a spokesperson to announce the points of each country.
Returning artists 
Four artists who had previously taken part in the contest returned in 2005, giving both success and failure: Greece's Elena Paparizou and Malta's Chiara both returned after coming third in previous contests (in 2001 and 1998 respectively), and made up the top two places in the final. The Cypriot entry Constantinos Christoforou returned after coming ninth in 1996 and sixth in 2002 (as a member of the group One), however he wasn't able to replicate his past success, placing 18th in the final. Selma returned for Iceland after being runner-up in 1999, however she too failed to replicate her past success, failing to qualify from the semi-final.Anabel Conde who came second for Spain in 1995 returned in 2005 as a back vocalist for Andorra.
|Constantinos Christoforou||Cyprus||1996, 2002 (part of One)|
|Elena Paparizou||Greece||2001 (part of Antique)|
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