Eurovision Song Contest 2006
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|Eurovision Song Contest 2006
"Feel The Rhythm"
|Semi-final date||18 May 2006|
|Final date||20 May 2006|
|Venue||Olympic Indoor Hall
|Host broadcaster||Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi (ERT)|
|Opening act||SF: Eurovision Medley performed by Greek dancers,
Sakis Rouvas and Maria Menounos performing "Love Shine a Light"
Final: Foteini Darra performing "The Mermaid Song" accompanied by Greek dancers,
Elena Paparizou performing "My Number One"(Secondary opening act)
|Interval act||SF: Sakis Rouvas performing "I'm in Love with You"
Final: Elena Paparizou performing "Mambo!"
|Number of entries||37|
|Withdrawing countries|| Austria
Serbia and Montenegro
|Voting system||Each country awards 1-8, 10, and 12 points to their 10 favourite songs|
|Winning song|| Finland
"Hard Rock Hallelujah"
|Eurovision Song Contest|
The Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was the 51st Eurovision Song Contest, held at the Olympic Indoor Hall in Athens, Greece on 18 May (for the semi-final) and 20 May 2006 (for the final). The hosting national broadcaster of the contest was Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi (ERT). The Finnish band Lordi won the contest with the song "Hard Rock Hallelujah", written by lead singer Mr. Lordi. "Hard Rock Hallelujah" was the first ever hard rock song to win the contest, since Eurovision is normally associated with softer pop music and schlager. This was Finland's first victory in Eurovision after waiting forty-five years. The hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens were popular Greek singer Sakis Rouvas, the Greek representative at Eurovision in 2004 and 2009, and the Greek American television presenter and actress, Maria Menounos. In the semi-final, both the hosts sang Katrina and the Waves' contest-winning "Love Shine A Light". For one of the intervals, Sakis Rouvas sang an English version of his Greek hit "S'eho Erotefthi" (already a smash hit in Greece) called "I'm in love with you". Elena Paparizou, who performed the winning song in Kiev, returned to the Eurovision stage in Athens. Following the examples of Sertab Erener and Ruslana in the last two years, she sang twice in the final, "My Number One" in the opening and her current song "Mambo!" in the interval (which was also a smash hit in Greece at the time); Greek dancers were also present in the interval acts, as well as other Greek elements. An official CD and DVD was released and a new introduction was an official fan book released from this year, and every year to come with detailed information of every country.
The 2006 contest also saw the 1,000th song to be performed in the contest, when "Every Song Is a Cry for Love" by Ireland's Brian Kennedy was first sung in the semi-final. Armenia also entered for the first time in the contest.
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 Kiev'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.
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, 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 time, 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").
Individual Entries 
Participating countries 
Participating countries in a Eurovision Song Contest must be active members of the EBU.
The semi-final was held on 18 May 2006 at 21:00 (CET). 23 countries performed and all 37 participants and Serbia & Montenegro voted.
Shaded countries qualified for the Eurovision Final
|01||Armenia||English||André||"Without Your Love"||—||6||150|
|02||Bulgaria||English||Mariana Popova||"Let Me Cry"||—||17||36|
|03||Slovenia||English||Anžej Dežan||"Mr Nobody"||—||16||49|
|04||Andorra||Catalan||Jenny||"Sense tu"||Without You||23||8|
|06||Albania||Albanian||Luiz Ejlli||"Zjarr e ftohtë"||Fire and cold||14||58|
|07||Belgium||English||Kate Ryan||"Je t'adore"||I adore you||12||69|
|08||Ireland||English||Brian Kennedy||"Every Song Is a Cry for Love"||—||9||79|
|09||Cyprus||English||Annet Artani||"Why Angels Cry"||—||15||57|
|10||Monaco||French, Tahitian||Séverine Ferrer||"La Coco-Dance"||The Coco Dance||21||14|
|11||Macedonia||English, Macedonian||Elena Risteska||"Ninanajna" (Нинанајна)||—||10||76|
|12||Poland||English, Polish, Spanish, German, Russian||Ich Troje feat. Real McCoy||"Follow My Heart"||—||11||70|
|13||Russia||English||Dima Bilan||"Never Let You Go"||—||3||217|
|14||Turkey||English, Turkish||Sibel Tüzün||"Süper Star"||Superstar||8||91|
|15||Ukraine||English||Tina Karol||"Show Me Your Love"||—||7||146|
|16||Finland||English||Lordi||"Hard Rock Hallelujah"||—||1||292|
|18||Lithuania||English, French||LT United||"We Are the Winners"||—||5||163|
|19||Portugal||English, Portuguese||Nonstop||"Coisas de nada"||Meaningless things||19||26|
|21||Estonia||English||Sandra Oxenryd||"Through My Window"||—||18||28|
|22||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Bosnian||Hari Mata Hari||"Lejla"||Layla||2||267|
The finalists were:
- the four automatic qualifiers France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom;
- the top 10 countries from the 2005 final (other than the automatic qualifiers);
- the top 10 countries from the 2006 semi-final.
The final was held on 20 May 2006 at 21:00 (CET) and was won by Finland.
Countries in bold automatically qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 Final.
|01||Switzerland||English||six4one||"If We All Give a Little"||—||16||30|
|02||Moldova||English||Arsenium feat. Natalia Gordienko
|03||Israel||English, Hebrew||Eddie Butler||"Together We Are One"||—||23||4|
|04||Latvia||English||Vocal Group Cosmos||"I Hear Your Heart"||—||17||30|
|05||Norway||Norwegian, Danish||Christine Guldbrandsen||"Alvedansen"||The Elf Dance||14||36|
|06||Spain||Spanish||Las Ketchup||"Un Blodymary"||A Bloody Mary||21||18|
|07||Malta||English||Fabrizio Faniello||"I Do"||—||24||1|
|08||Germany||English||Texas Lightning||"No No Never"||—||14||36|
|09||Denmark||English||Sidsel Ben Semmane||"Twist of Love"||—||18||26|
|10||Russia||English||Dima Bilan||"Never Let You Go"||—||2||248|
|11||Macedonia||English, Macedonian||Elena Risteska||"Ninanajna" (Нинанајна)||—||12||56|
|12||Romania||English, Italian||Mihai Trăistariu||"Tornero"||I'll return||4||172|
|13||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Bosnian||Hari Mata Hari||"Lejla"||Layla||3||229|
|14||Lithuania||English, French||LT United||"We Are the Winners"||—||6||162|
|15||United Kingdom||English||Daz Sampson||"Teenage Life"||—||19||25|
|17||Finland||English||Lordi||"Hard Rock Hallelujah"||—||1||292|
|18||Ukraine||English||Tina Karol||"Show Me Your Love"||—||7||145|
|19||France||French||Virginie Pouchain||"Il était temps"||It was time||22||5|
|20||Croatia||Croatian||Severina||"Moja štikla"||My high-heel||12||56|
|21||Ireland||English||Brian Kennedy||"Every Song Is a Cry for Love"||—||10||93|
|23||Turkey||English, Turkish||Sibel Tüzün||"Süper Star"||Superstar||11||91|
|24||Armenia||English||André||"Without Your Love"||—||8||129|
Voting during the final 
Countries revealed their votes in the following order:
Score sheet 
Televoting was used in all nations except Monaco and Albania. Monaco used a jury as the chances of getting enough votes needed to validify 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.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||267||5||10||12||1||3||10||6||6||5||12||10||5||7||12||8||12||8||3||6||10||1||7||12||8||2||12||12||12||2||12||4||6||10||1||8||1||6|
|The table is ordered by appearance in the semi-final, then by pre-determined voting order.|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||229||12||5||2||8||1||7||8||6||12||7||4||6||10||10||6||12||2||10||12||5||12||2||6||12||2||8||4||4||3||12||12||7|
|The table is ordered by appearance in the final, then by pre-determined voting order.|
12 points 
Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:
|N.||Recipient nation||Voting nation|
|8||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Albania, Croatia, Macedonia, Monaco, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey|
|Finland||Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom|
|7||Russia||Armenia, Belarus, Finland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine|
|3||Turkey||France, Germany, Netherlands|
|1||Croatia||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
Other countries 
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- On 18 June 2005, Austrian newspaper Kurier reported that the Austrian broadcaster ORF would not be taking part in the 2006 contest.
- On 5 October 2005 the managing director of Georgia Television & Radio Broadcasting stated that Georgia would not enter the 2006 contest.
- On 6 October 2005 Česká televize announced that the Czech Republic would not participate.
- On 9 December 2005 Hungarian broadcaster Magyar TV announced that Hungary would not participate for financial reasons.
- Italy did not take part in the Contest between 1997 and 2011.
- Serbia and Montenegro withdrew from the contest due to a scandal in the selection process, which has caused tensions between the Serbian broadcaster, RTS, and the Montenegran broadcaster, RTCG. Serbia and Montenegro did retain voting rights for the contest. Serbia and Montenegro's withdrawal left a vacancy in the final. In the delegations meeting on 20 March, it was decided that Croatia, who finished 11th in the 2005 Contest, would fill the empty spot.
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After the Contest, EBU officials that the overall ratings for the Semi-Final were 35% higher than in 2005, and for the Final had risen by 28%.
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.
Voting revenues had also risen from the Kiev 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.
Noteworthy occurrences and records 
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From the Final
- Finland had to wait forty-four years since their debut in 1961 to achieve their first victory. They had only received three 12 points in the history of the contest up to the 2006 contest, and none since 1977.
- Bosnia & Herzegovina reached third place, its highest position ever. The seventh place reached in 1999 had been its most successful entry.
- Sweden's Carola obtained 170 points without receiving 12 points from any one country and reached 5th place.
- Though Turkey was the fourth country with the most 12s (received from France, Germany and the Netherlands), the entry by Sibel Tüzün only reached 11th place with 91 points.
- Lithuania waited 12 years to receive their first 12 points. This was finally realised by points from Ireland.
- Runner-up Russia and 4th placed Romania were voted for by 35 countries, more than winner Finland, who received votes from 34 countries.
- The United Kingdom placed 19th, receiving points from 10 countries, while Macedonia (12th), Croatia (13th) and Denmark (18th) were voted for by 9, 8 and only 5 countries respectively.
- Both Turkey (91) and Finland (292) received the same number of points in the semifinal and the final.
- As of the conclusion of the 2008 contest, Greece holds the record for the most successful run in the Eurovision Song Contest since its shake-up in 2004. It is the only country that has not yet been relegated to the semi-final (excluding the Big Four), after having attained places in the top 10 since then (third in 2004, first in 2005, ninth in 2006). This record has been maintained beyond Athens, reaching seventh in Helsinki 2007, third in Belgrade 2008, seventh in Moscow 2009, eighth in Oslo 2010 and seventh again in Düsseldorf 2011. Turkey is followed after, in 2003 they won with Sertab Erener singing Everyway that I can. In 2004 (4th), In 2007 (4th), In 2008 (7th), In 2009 (4th) and In 2010 (2nd), unfortunately, their break ended when they couldn't participate for the Grand Final in 2011.
- Despite having withdrawn from the 2006 contest, Serbia and Montenegro retained their voting rights. During the announcement of their votes, spokesperson Jovana Janković said "So, as you know, we don't have a song for you this year, but we promise that next year we will give you the best one". Her promise was fulfilled when Marija Šerifović of Serbia won the contest the following year. Janković would also host the 2008 Contest.
- Alexis Kostalas, the long-time Greek spokesman, jokingly described Finland's Lordi "beautiful, gorgeous, sweet-looking creatures" before giving them the maximum twelve points, which eventually cemented their victory.
- The Norwegian entry "Alvedansen" performed by singer, songwriter Christine Guldbrandsen, is the first and until now, the latest entry performed in Norwegian Language since the end of the language-rule in 1999.
- For the first time ever, "Spidercam" technology was used in Eurovision
Returning artists 
|Anna Vissi||Greece||1980, 1982 (for Cyprus)|
|Eddie Butler||Israel||1999 (part of Eden)|
|Viktoras Diawara (part of LT United)||Lithuania||2001 (part of SKAMP)|
|Carola||Sweden||1983, 1991 (winner)|
International broadcasts 
- Although Australia is not itself eligible to enter, the semi-final and final were broadcast on SBS. As is the case each year, they were not however broadcast live due to the difference in Australian time zones. Australia aired the United Kingdom's broadcast, including commentary from Paddy O'Connell and Terry Wogan. Before the broadcasts, viewers were told by an SBS host that the Eurovision Song Contest was one of their most popular programmes. The final rated an estimated 462,000, and was ranked 21st of the broadcasters top rating programs for the 2005/06 financial year. 
- Azerbaijan were willing to enter the contest but since AzTV applied for active EBU membership but was denied on June 18, 2007, they missed the contest and have to wait until they're accepted. Another Azerbaijan broadcaster, OTV, broadcast the contest. It is a passive EBU member, and has broadcast it for the last 2 years. It was the only non-participating broadcaster this year to send its own commentators to the contest.
- Italian television did not enter because RAI, the national broadcaster, is in strong competition with commercial TV stations and they believe that the Eurovision Song Contest would not be a popular show in Italy. They have not broadcast the contest in recent years, although an independent Italian channel for the gay community has shown the show.
- 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.
- Gibraltar screened only the final.
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