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Eurovision Song Contest 2015
Building Bridges
Esc2015logo.png
Dates
Semi-final 1 date 19 May 2015
Semi-final 2 date 21 May 2015
Final date 23 May 2015
Host
Venue Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria
Presenter(s)
Director Kathrin Zechner
Executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand
Executive producer Edgar Böhm
Host broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)
Opening act
Interval act
Participants
Number of entries 40
Debuting countries  Australia
Returning countries
Withdrawing countries
Vote
Voting system Each country/jury awards 12, 10, 8–1 points to their top 10 songs.
Nul points
Winning song
Eurovision Song Contest
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The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 was the 60th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest musical event. The contest took place in Vienna, Austria, following Austrian Conchita Wurst's victory in the 2014 edition. This was the second time that Austria hosted the contest; its 1967 edition was also held in Vienna. The 2015 contest consisted of two semi-finals, which took place on 19 and 21 May, and a final, held on 23 May 2015. The shows were presented by Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer while Conchita Wurst was hosting the green room.

Forty countries participated in the contest, with Australia making its first appearance, and Cyprus, the Czech Republic, and Serbia returning. Ukraine, however, announced their withdrawal due to financial and political reasons around the Ukrainian crisis.

After a tense voting process, based on 50% jury and 50% televoting, Sweden won the contest for the sixth time, with Måns Zelmerlöw's song "Heroes". Sweden became the first country to win the contest twice in the 21st century and in the current format, and this was the country's second win in three years. Italy won the viewers voting with Russia in second place, and Sweden in third place. Sweden won the jury voting, with Latvia in second place and Russia in third place. This is the first time since 2009 that the winner hasn't won the televoting.[1] For the first time, the top three of the contest all scored 280 points or better. Russia's entry "A Million Voices" became the first non-winning Eurovision song to score over 300 points. Austria and Germany became the first countries since 2003 to score no points in the final. Austria is also the first host country to score no points. The 2015 contest also saw the best ever result for Montenegro since its independence, and the Czech Republic.

Location

For more details on the host country, see Austria.
The venue of the contest, Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna

On 6 August 2014, Austrian public broadcaster ORF announced Vienna as the host city for the 2015 contest. The contest was later held at the Wiener Stadthalle, which has an overall capacity of approximately 16,000 people.[2]

Bidding phase

After Austria's victory in the 2014 Contest, their delegation revealed the possibility of hosting the contest either in the capital city, Vienna, or in Salzburg.[3] Vienna, Klagenfurt, Innsbruck, Lower Austria, Graz, Upper Austria, Burgenland, and Vorarlberg were all reportedly interested in hosting the contest; Salzburg pulled out of the bidding phase as the city was not able to meet the cost of the venue and promotion.[4]

Vienna, the capital, considered the front-runner, had two venues in the phase: the Wiener Stadthalle which hosts the annual Erste Bank Open tennis tournament, along with many concerts and events throughout the year, and the trade fair centre, Messe Wien. These venues have capacities of up to 16,000 and 30,000 respectively. Also in the race were Stadthalle Graz and Schwarzl Freizeit Zentrum, both located in the second largest city of Austria, Graz. With a maximum capacity of 30,000, the Wörthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt also joined the race; however, it would require the construction of a roof for the contest to be hosted there. Innsbruck also joined the race with Olympiahalle, which hosted ice hockey and figure skating at the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. A fifth city, Linz, joined the race with Brucknerhaus, although the venue is not big enough for the contest. Being geographically close to Linz, Wels showed desire to host the event as well.[5] Oberwart, with the Exhibition hall, and Vorarlberg, with the Vorarlberger Landestheater, were the latest cities to declare an interest.

On 29 May 2014, host broadcaster for the 2015 contest ORF and the EBU released some requirements and details about the venue.[6][7] ORF requested interested parties to respond by 13 June 2014.[8]

  • The venue must be available for at least 6 to 7 weeks before the contest and one week after the conclusion of the contest.
  • The venue must not be open-air, but an air-conditioned building with a capacity of at least 10,000 and a minimum ceiling height of 15 metres (49 ft), insulated for sound and light.
  • The Green Room should be located in the arena or as near it as possible, with a capacity of 300.
  • An additional room at least 6,000 square metres (65,000 sq ft) in area, to house 2 catering stands, a viewing room, make-up rooms, wardrobe, and booths for approximately 50 commentators.
  • Separate offices to house the press centre, open between 11 and 24 May 2015, at least 4,000 square metres (43,000 sq ft) in area, with a capacity of at least 1,500 journalists.[6]

After the deadline on 13 June 2014, ORF announced 12 venues interested in hosting the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest:[9] ORF announced on 21 June 2014 that 3 cities (Vienna, Innsbruck, and Graz) had been short-listed in the final stage of the bidding process.[10][11][12] The contest was provisionally set to take place on 12, 14 and 16 May 2015, but the dates were later pushed back a week in order to accommodate the candidate cities.[13]

Locations of the candidate cities. The chosen host city is marked in red. The cities marked in orange were short-listed cities in the final bidding stage.
City[9] Venue[9] Notes[9]
Candidate cities[10][11][14]
Graz Stadthalle Graz Hosted the 2010 European Men's Handball Championship.
Innsbruck Olympiaworld Hosted the figure skating and ice hockey events at both the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympic Games.
Vienna Wiener Stadthalle, Hall D Hosts the annual Erste Bank Open tennis tournament and many events throughout the year.
Failed bids[10][11]
Klagenfurt Wörthersee Stadion Served as host for some matches of UEFA Euro 2008.
Oberwart Messezentrum
Vienna Schönbrunn Palace
Vienna International Airport, Parking C[15]
Heldenplatz
New All-round Concert Hall in Neu Marx[15]
Marx hall
Trabrennbahn Krieau
Wels Messehalle

Inclusive traffic lights in Vienna

The city of Vienna introduced temporary new traffic signals on many streets, featuring same-sex couples holding hands or hugging. They were introduced as part of events connected to the theme of tolerance and inclusion in the lead-up to Eurovision.[16]

Format

The competition consisted of two semi-finals and a final, a format which has been in use since 2008. The ten countries with the highest scores in each semi-final qualified to the final where they joined the host nation Austria, the five main sponsoring nations (known as the Big Five): France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, and Australia which was invited this year to commemorate the Contest's 60th anniversary.[17]

Each participating country had their own national jury, which consisted of five professional members of the music industry. Each member of a respective nation's jury was required to rank every song, except that of their own country. The voting results from each member of a particular nation's jury were combined to produce an overall ranking from first to last place. Likewise, the televoting results were also interpreted as a full ranking, taking into account the full televoting result rather than just the top ten. The combination of the jury's full ranking and the televote's full ranking produced an overall ranking of all competing entries. The song which scored the highest overall rank received 12 points, while the tenth-best ranked song received 1 point.[18] In the event of a televoting failure (insufficient amount of votes/technical issues) or jury failure (technical issue/breach of rules), only one of the methods was used by each country.[19][20]

Semi-final allocation draw

The draw that determined the semi-final allocation was held on 26 January 2015 at the Vienna Rathaus and hosted by Andi Knoll and Kati Bellowitsch.[21] The participating countries, excluding the automatic finalists (hosts Austria, the Big Five and Australia), were split into five pots, based on voting patterns from the previous ten years. The pots were calculated by the televoting partner Digame and were as follows:[22]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5

Running order

The final running order of the competing performances at the semi-finals and the final were decided by the producers of the show and approved by the EBU Executive Supervisor and the Reference Group, as had been done since the 2013 Contest, in contrast to a draw system for the contest's editions up until 2012 (apart from an ongoing draw method for the host country's direct position at the final). Hosts Austria drew their running order position on 16 March 2015 at the heads of delegations meeting, drawing starting position fourteen.[23] The running order of the semi-finals were revealed on 23 March 2015. It was decided that Moldova would open the first semi-final and Lithuania the second. The running order for the grand final was announced shortly after the winner's press conference of the second semi-final, with Slovenia opening the show and Italy performing last.[24]

Graphic design

On 31 July, the EBU released a new and revamped version of the generic logo as a celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest's 60th anniversary.[25] On 11 September 2014, the slogan for the 2015 Contest was revealed to be "Building Bridges". The Director General of ORF, Alexander Wrabetz, commented in reference to the slogan: "With the song contest in Vienna, we want music to build bridges across borders, cultures and languages. In light of the unifying power of this great common European event, we invite all to build bridges and to join hands."[26] One way of realising the slogan will be introduced in the beginning of the contest's final, as the competing artists will enter the arena via a structure which simulates a "magic bridge" of light.[27] The graphic design of the contest was revealed by the EBU on 25 November 2014.[28] The theme depicts a wave made up of many spheres, meant to symbolise diversity and the bridging of connections and encounters people experience on a constant basis. The colours of the theme intend to highlight individualism whilst simultaneously also representing the building of musical bridges and the diversity and variety of the artists, songs and audience. The theme art will be incorporated in all contest related developments such as crew uniforms, on-air graphics and merchandise.[28]

The postcards of this year's contest also witness the slogan "Building Bridges". In the postcards, each of the clips start with every contestant receiving an invitation to Austria in their home country. More specifically, the invitation is to a region in the host country with all nine Austrian states taking part. The story continues with the contestants making their way to one of the states where they have an individual task to fulfil. The tasks on the journeys vary from culture to sports, from economics to science and tradition to modern.[29]

In this year's contest, all the hashtags for participating countries incorporated the ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 country codes for them which were displayed on the television screen, preceded by the names of the performing countries. For example, the first country in semifinal 1, Moldova, which would normally have been displayed as "01 Moldova"; became "01 Moldova #MDA" under the new changes. When the hashtags were used on Twitter, they became "hashflags", and appeared by the accompanying of a heart symbol with the flag of the country of the hashtag.[30]

Presenters

The presenters (from left) Alice Tumler, Mirjam Weichselbraun and Arabella Kiesbauer.

On 19 December 2014, ORF announced that Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer were the hosts of the 60th contest; the all-female trio was the first in history to host the contest. The winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, Conchita Wurst was also chosen as host of the green room.[31] For the first time since Eurovision Song Contest 2007 each of the presenters between them spoke substantial amounts of French, the second language of the EBU.

National host broadcaster

During an initial meeting between the host broadcaster ORF and the EBU in late May 2014, the representatives of the core organising team were selected. Edgar Böhm, who is the Head of Entertainment at ORF, was announced as the executive producer.[32]

Participants

  Countries in the first semi-final
  Countries also voting in the first semi-final
  Countries in the second semi-final
  Countries also voting in the second semi-final
  Country voting in both semi-finals (Australia)

On 10 February 2015, it was announced that thirty-nine countries (forty including Australia) would participate in the 2015 Contest.[33] Cyprus and Serbia returned after one-year absences, the Czech Republic returned after a five-year absence, while Ukraine withdrew.[33] Australia made its debut as a guest participant. The deadline to apply for participation was 15 September 2014. Countries that applied had until 10 October 2014 to withdraw from participation without financial consequences.[34]

Invitation of Australia

On 10 February 2015, the EBU announced that it had invited Australia to participate in the finals of the contest, represented by SBS, a long-time broadcaster of the ESC in the country.[35] The special circumstances surrounding Australia's entry and "to not reduce the chances" of the semi-final participants have led the organisers to allow Australia to compete directly in the grand final. Its participation was a one-off event in honour of the contest's 60-year anniversary, and the large following in Australia. If Australia won, it would be able to return for the 2016 edition, which would be organised by SBS but held in a European host city of its choice. The EBU considered the possibility of similarly inviting countries to participate in future editions of the contest. Australia's participation brought the number of the finalists up to 27, the highest number of entries in a final in the contest's history.[17][36] It was the first time that a country in Oceania participated in the contest.[17]

Returning artists

Inga Arshakyan, who was part of Genealogy in 2015, represented Armenia in 2009, collaborating with her sister as part of Inga and Anush.[37] Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini both previously represented San Marino at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest: Perniola took part in 2013, and Simoncini took part in 2014 as part of The Peppermints.[38] Amber, who represented Malta, was a backing vocalist for the Maltese entry in 2012. Uzari, who represented Belarus, was a backing vocalist for the Belarusian entry in 2011.[39] Elnur Hüseynov, who was Azerbaijan's debut representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008, as part of the duo Elnur and Samir, was internally selected to represent the nation for a second time.[40] Raay, who is a part of the Slovenian duo Maraaya, was a backing musical performer for the Slovenian entry in 2014.[41] Hera Björk, who previously represented Iceland in 2010, returned as a backing singer for Iceland's entry.[42]

Semi-final 1

16 countries took part in the first semi-final. Australia,[43] Austria, France and Spain voted in this semi-final.[44] The ten songs in places 1 to 10 qualified for the final and are marked in orange.

Draw[45] Country[46] Language Artist[46] Song[46] English translation Place Points
01  Moldova English Eduard Romanyuta "I Want Your Love" 11 41
02  Armenia English Genealogy "Face the Shadow" 7 77
03  Belgium English Loïc Nottet "Rhythm Inside" 2 149
04  Netherlands English Trijntje Oosterhuis "Walk Along" 14 33
05  Finland Finnish Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät "Aina mun pitää" I always have to 16 13
06  Greece English Maria Elena Kyriakou "One Last Breath" 6 81
07  Estonia English Elina Born & Stig Rästa "Goodbye to Yesterday" 3 105
08  Macedonia English Daniel Kajmakoski "Autumn Leaves" 15 28
09  Serbia English Bojana Stamenov "Beauty Never Lies" 9 63
10  Hungary English Boggie "Wars for Nothing" 8 67
11  Belarus English Uzari & Maimuna "Time" 12 39
12  Russia English Polina Gagarina "A Million Voices" 1 182
13  Denmark English Anti Social Media "The Way You Are" 13 33
14  Albania English Elhaida Dani "I'm Alive" 10 62
15  Romania Romanian, English Voltaj "De la capăt (All over Again)" From the beginning 5 89
16  Georgia English Nina Sublatti "Warrior" 4 98

Semi-final 2

17 countries took part in this semi-final. Australia,[43] Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom voted in this semi-final.[44] The ten songs in places 1 to 10 qualified for the final and are marked in orange.

Draw[45] Country[47] Language Artist[47] Song[47] English translation Place Points
01  Lithuania English Monika Linkytė & Vaidas Baumila "This Time" 7 67
02  Ireland English Molly Sterling "Playing with Numbers" 12 35
03  San Marino English Michele Perniola & Anita Simoncini "Chain of Lights" 16 11
04  Montenegro Montenegrin Knez "Adio" Goodbye 9 57
05  Malta English Amber "Warrior" 11 43
06  Norway English Mørland & Debrah Scarlett "A Monster Like Me" 4 123
07  Portugal Portuguese Leonor Andrade "Há um mar que nos separa" There's a sea that separates us 14 19
08  Czech Republic English Marta Jandová & Václav Noid Bárta "Hope Never Dies" 13 33
09  Israel English Nadav Guedj "Golden Boy" 3 151
10  Latvia English Aminata "Love Injected" 2 155
11  Azerbaijan English Elnur Hüseynov "Hour of the Wolf" 10 53
12  Iceland English María Ólafs "Unbroken" 15 14
13  Sweden English Måns Zelmerlöw "Heroes" 1 217
14   Switzerland English Mélanie René "Time to Shine" 17 4
15  Cyprus English John Karayiannis "One Thing I Should Have Done" 6 87
16  Slovenia English Maraaya "Here for You" 5 92
17  Poland English Monika Kuszyńska "In the Name of Love" 8 57

Final

No.[48] Country[49] Language Artist[49] Song[49] English translation Place Points
01  Slovenia English Maraaya "Here for You" 14 39
02  France French Lisa Angell "N'oubliez pas" Don't forget 25 4
03  Israel English Nadav Guedj "Golden Boy" 9 97
04  Estonia English Elina Born & Stig Rästa "Goodbye to Yesterday" 7 106
05  United Kingdom English Electro Velvet "Still in Love with You" 24 5
06  Armenia English Genealogy "Face the Shadow" 16 34
07  Lithuania English Monika Linkytė & Vaidas Baumila "This Time" 18 30
08  Serbia English Bojana Stamenov "Beauty Never Lies" 10 53
09  Norway English Mørland & Debrah Scarlett "A Monster Like Me" 8 102
10  Sweden English Måns Zelmerlöw "Heroes" 1 365
11  Cyprus English John Karayiannis "One Thing I Should Have Done" 22 11
12  Australia English Guy Sebastian "Tonight Again" 5 196
13  Belgium English Loïc Nottet "Rhythm Inside" 4 217
14  Austria English The Makemakes "I Am Yours" 26 0
15  Greece English Maria Elena Kyriakou "One Last Breath" 19 23
16  Montenegro Montenegrin Knez "Adio" Goodbye 13 44
17  Germany English Ann Sophie "Black Smoke" 27 0
18  Poland English Monika Kuszyńska "In the Name of Love" 23 10
19  Latvia English Aminata "Love Injected" 6 186
20  Romania Romanian, English Voltaj "De la capăt (All over Again)" From the beginning 15 35
21  Spain Spanish Edurne "Amanecer" Dawn 21 15
22  Hungary English Boggie "Wars for Nothing" 20 19
23  Georgia English Nina Sublatti "Warrior" 11 51
24  Azerbaijan English Elnur Hüseynov "Hour of the Wolf" 12 49
25  Russia English Polina Gagarina "A Million Voices" 2 303
26  Albania English Elhaida Dani "I'm Alive" 17 34
27  Italy Italian Il Volo "Grande amore" Great love 3 292

Scoreboard

Semi-final 1

Voting procedure used:
  50% Jury & televote
  100% Jury vote
Voting results[52]
Total Score Moldova Armenia Belgium Netherlands Finland Greece Estonia Macedonia Serbia Hungary Belarus Russia Denmark Albania Romania Georgia Australia Austria France Spain
Contestants Moldova 41 6 5 5 5 2 8 10
Armenia 77 4 12 5 7 7 7 12 5 1 8 5 4
Belgium 149 5 1 12 12 6 10 6 7 10 6 8 12 6 7 5 8 6 12 10
Netherlands 33 6 3 5 1 7 1 3 2 2 3
Finland 13 4 4 2 1 2
Greece 81 3 8 3 6 2 1 4 6 3 3 5 12 6 4 6 4 3 2
Estonia 105 2 4 5 8 8 4 2 2 8 8 10 8 2 3 4 5 4 12
Macedonia 28 1 2 12 10 3
Serbia 63 5 7 4 2 12 4 4 4 1 12 7 1
Hungary 67 4 4 7 12 8 2 4 3 10 2 5 6
Belarus 39 8 7 3 6 3 12
Russia 182 7 10 8 10 10 12 8 8 10 12 12 10 7 12 7 10 12 10 7
Denmark 33 2 1 3 1 1 7 7 5 4 1 1
Albania 62 6 10 10 10 1 3 6 3 7 6
Romania 89 12 3 7 2 6 5 3 3 5 2 1 6 8 1 1 8 8 8
Georgia 98 10 12 2 1 5 8 6 3 1 6 10 7 5 4 4 7 2 5

12 points

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

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
5 Russia Austria, Belarus, Greece, Hungary, Romania
4 Belgium Denmark, Finland, France, Netherlands
2 Armenia Belgium, Russia
Serbia Australia, Macedonia
1 Belarus Georgia
Estonia Spain
Georgia Armenia
Greece Albania
Hungary Estonia
Macedonia Serbia
Romania Moldova

Semi-final 2

Voting procedure used:
  50% Jury & televote
  100% Jury vote
Voting results[55]
Total Score Lithuania Ireland San Marino Montenegro Malta Norway Portugal Czech Republic Israel Latvia Azerbaijan Iceland Sweden Switzerland Cyprus Slovenia Poland Australia Germany Italy United Kingdom
Contestants Lithuania 67 7 3 4 10 1 4 10 7 4 3 7 4 3
Ireland 35 2 5 2 5 4 2 3 1 1 2 8
San Marino 11 5 6
Montenegro 57 3 5 6 7 2 10 7 1 2 10 4
Malta 43 3 7 10 4 10 3 1 5
Norway 123 8 4 8 6 5 8 7 1 7 10 12 10 6 6 6 8 7 2 2
Portugal 19 4 3 6 4 1 1
Czech Republic 33 1 4 1 1 1 8 1 1 3 8 4
Israel 151 4 8 6 3 10 8 10 2 3 8 8 10 7 10 5 10 7 8 12 12
Latvia 155 12 12 10 7 7 7 8 2 6 7 8 8 8 8 7 10 10 8 10
Azerbaijan 53 6 7 8 3 10 3 2 4 5 3 2
Iceland 14 1 2 2 5 2 2
Sweden 217 10 10 12 8 12 12 12 12 12 12 4 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 10 7
Switzerland 4 1 1 1 1
Cyprus 87 3 6 2 2 6 6 5 6 5 6 5 7 4 6 5 7 6
Slovenia 92 7 1 12 3 4 4 3 6 8 12 6 4 3 5 5 6 3
Poland 57 5 5 6 5 2 5 3 5 2 4 2 1 3 5 4

12 points

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

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
14 Sweden Australia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Switzerland
2 Israel Italy, United Kingdom
Latvia Ireland, Lithuania
Slovenia Azerbaijan, Montenegro
1 Norway Sweden

Final

Voting procedure used:
  50% Jury & televote
  100% Jury vote
  100% Televoting
Voting results (voting order)[59]
Total Score Montenegro Malta Finland Greece Romania Belarus Albania Moldova Azerbaijan Latvia Serbia Denmark Switzerland Belgium France Armenia Ireland Sweden Germany Australia Czech Republic Spain Austria Macedonia Slovenia Hungary United Kingdom Lithuania Netherlands Poland Israel Russia San Marino Italy Iceland Cyprus Norway Portugal Estonia Georgia
Contestants Slovenia 39 4 1 3 3 5 1 8 4 1 6 2 1
France 4 3 1
Israel 97 3 5 3 1 2 5 7 1 6 3 4 5 2 1 2 5 5 4 2 8 5 6 4 7 1
Estonia 106 1 3 10 7 4 4 6 2 6 2 3 2 3 3 6 2 7 8 4 2 3 7 2 1 2 3 1 2
United Kingdom 5 1 1 3
Armenia 34 1 4 3 3 2 3 6 12
Lithuania 30 7 1 7 4 6 2 3
Serbia 53 12 2 5 5 3 3 10 6 1 1 2 3
Norway 102 2 4 6 2 3 10 4 7 4 4 2 4 4 4 5 3 3 6 5 10 6 4
Sweden 365 5 10 12 4 8 10 7 8 6 12 8 12 12 12 8 7 10 10 12 10 8 7 5 12 10 12 10 10 12 10 8 7 12 12 10 12 8 10 7
Cyprus 11 10 1
Australia 196 6 5 5 2 6 3 4 5 3 8 8 4 2 1 5 12 7 7 12 2 8 10 3 8 8 7 4 8 6 8 4 10 5
Belgium 217 7 7 7 8 1 6 4 4 7 2 12 4 2 10 8 6 6 6 5 1 3 12 3 7 12 5 4 10 5 7 4 7 7 5 7 6
Austria 0
Greece 23 10 5 8
Montenegro 44 6 2 12 8 2 4 10
Germany 0
Poland 10 4 3 2 1
Latvia 186 4 6 3 5 5 2 5 1 4 4 7 7 2 12 5 6 7 5 4 1 7 5 7 12 2 10 2 12 4 7 3 8 2 6 4
Romania 35 12 2 5 5 1 5 1 4
Spain 15 2 1 1 1 5 1 1 3
Hungary 19 4 1 1 1 4 8
Georgia 51 2 3 5 10 1 10 1 4 3 6 5 1
Azerbaijan 49 8 8 3 3 12 2 3 10
Russia 303 7 7 8 8 10 12 8 10 12 10 10 10 7 10 10 12 8 6 12 10 8 10 8 6 5 6 6 6 6 8 10 3 5 2 10 12 5
Albania 34 10 6 6 12
Italy 292 6 12 2 12 12 1 12 7 8 8 7 5 6 8 6 6 6 8 3 8 7 12 10 7 8 2 8 1 7 7 12 12 10 6 12 5 12 3 8

12 points

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

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
12 Sweden Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, United Kingdom
9 Italy Albania, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain
5 Russia Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Germany
3 Belgium France, Hungary, Netherlands
Latvia Ireland, Lithuania, San Marino
2 Australia Austria, Sweden
1 Albania Macedonia
Armenia Georgia
Azerbaijan Czech Republic
Montenegro Serbia
Romania Moldova
Serbia Montenegro

Other countries

For a country to be eligible for potential participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, it needs to be an active member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).[61] The EBU issued an invitation of participation for the 2015 Contest to all 56 active members.[61] Thirty-nine countries confirmed their participation,[33] whilst the following list of countries declined stating their reasons as shown below.

Active EBU members

  •  Andorra – Andorran broadcaster Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) confirmed that Andorra would not return to the contest in 2015.[62]
  •  Bosnia and Herzegovina – The Bosnian broadcaster, Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT), had submitted a provisional application to participate in the 2015 Contest,[63] whilst they determined how to fund the participation fees.[64] This application was subject to change and participation could subsequently be withdrawn.[65] On 17 November 2014, the broadcaster announced that they had withdrawn their application to participate at the forthcoming contest due to financial reasons.[66]
  •  Bulgaria – Despite sending a preliminary application to participate,[67] on 10 October 2014 the Bulgarian broadcaster BNT announced that it would not return to the contest due to financial reasons.[68] On 31 October 2014 BNT confirmed that they had not yet taken a final decision on participation at the 2015 contest, and that the EBU had given them extra time to resolve outstanding budget issues.[69] However on 18 December 2014 BNT confirmed via their official Eurovision Twitter account that they would not take part in the 2015 Contest.[70]
  •  Croatia – Croatian national broadcaster Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) confirmed that Croatia would not participate in the 2015 contest.[71]
  •  LebanonTélé Liban confirmed that Lebanon would not be making their début in Vienna.[72] Lebanon were initially going to make their début at the 2005 contest, but they pulled out prior to the contest.[73]
  •  Luxembourg – On 31 July 2014, RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg confirmed that Luxembourg would not be returning to the contest in 2015.[74] However, it was reported on 26 October 2014 that the country's Minister of Culture, Maggy Nagel, expressed her desire for the country to return to the contest.[75][76][77] This was later confirmed by Nagel to be a "misunderstanding" and that the country would not be returning.[78] A collaboration with San Marino had been proposed by the broadcaster SMRTV and singer Thierry Mersch,[79][80] but later SMRTV clarified that there have only been talks between the two countries and the broadcaster is evaluating other proposals.[81] However, on 24 November 2014, it was announced that Mersch had failed to raise the necessary funds in time for the project to move forward.[82]
  •  Monaco – Monegasque broadcaster Télé Monte Carlo (TMC) confirmed that Monaco would not return to the contest in 2015.[83]
  •  Morocco – Moroccan broadcaster Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision (SNRT) confirmed that Morocco would not return to the contest in 2015.[84]
  •  SlovakiaRadio and Television Slovakia (RTVS) announced that Slovakia would not return to the contest in 2015 due to financial restrictions and an incompatibility between the contest format and the programming goals of the broadcaster.[85]
  •  Turkey – Though TRT announced that Turkey would not be participating in the 2014 Contest for the second year in a row, it was later reported that a return in the 2015 Contest could be possible with Eurovision event supervisor Sietse Bakker tweeting about the possibility of the country's return.[86][87] In late August 2014, it was reported that international public relations officer for TRT, Yağmur Tüzün, stated that Turkey would not be returning to the contest in 2015 and that TRT currently has no plans to return to the competition.[88][89] The non-participation was further confirmed on 5 September 2014.[90] It was later announced on 6 February 2015, that Turkey would return in 2016.[91]
  •  Ukraine – Ukrainian broadcaster National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU) announced on 19 September 2014 that the country would not be participating in the contest due to financial reasons and the ongoing armed conflict in the country.[92][93]

Require active EBU membership

  •  Liechtenstein – The Liechtenstein broadcaster 1FLTV has suspended plans to join the EBU due to lack of funding.[94]

Incidents

Anti-booing technology

During the results loud boos could be heard whenever Russia was mentioned or the country received one of the top three high points.[95] The Russian entrant Polina Gagarina could be seen crying in the green room during the voting procedure, and this was reported by various media to have occurred as a result of the booing. During a break in the countries' reporting of their votes, when the running total showed Russia leading, Eurovision 2014 winner Conchita Wurst announced to Gagarina, "You gave an amazing performance, and you deserve to be in the lead."[95] The Executive Supervisor of ESC, Jon Ola Sand, urged that Eurovision should be a "friendly battlefield....not a political battleground",[96] and presenter Alice Tumler reminded the audience that "Our motto is 'Building Bridges', and music should stand over politics tonight...". The organisers had anticipated such reactions, and had prepared and installed 'anti-booing technology' which was deployed for the first time in Eurovision broadcasting history.[97]

Smoke machine malfunction

During the performance of Georgia in the grand final, a smoke machine malfunction happened, causing the Georgian entrant Nina Sublatti to disappear temporarily on the stage in a cloud of grey smoke.[98]

Macedonia and Montenegro jury results excluded

The jury votes from Macedonia and Montenegro in the final were not included, and only the countries' respective televoting results were counted instead.[99][100]

Other awards

The Marcel Bezençon Awards, the OGAE voting poll and the Barbara Dex Awards are awards that were contested by the entries competing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, in addition to the main winner’s trophy.

Marcel Bezençon Awards

Further information: Marcel Bezençon Awards

The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first handed out during the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia, honouring the best competing songs in the final. Founded by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest and the current Head of Delegation for Sweden) and Richard Herrey (a member of the Herreys and the Eurovision Song Contest 1984 winner from Sweden), the awards are named after the creator of the annual competition, Marcel Bezençon.[101] The awards were divided into three categories: Press Award, Artistic Award, and Composer Award. The winners were revealed shortly before the final on 23 May.[102]

Category Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s)
Artistic Award  Sweden "Heroes" Måns Zelmerlöw Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad, Joy Deb, Linnea Deb
Composer Award  Norway "A Monster Like Me" Mørland & Debrah Scarlett Kjetil Mørland
Press Award  Italy "Grande amore" Il Volo Francesco Boccia, Ciro Esposito

OGAE

Further information: OGAE

Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision (more commonly known as OGAE) is an international organisation that was founded in 1984 in Savonlinna, Finland by Jari-Pekka Koikkalainen.[103] The organisation consists of a network of over 40 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond, and is a non-governmental, non-political, and non-profit company.[104] In what has become an annual tradition for the OGAE fan clubs, a voting poll ran from 1 May 2015 and ended on 10 May 2015, allowing members from forty clubs to vote for their favourite songs of the 2015 contest.[105] The table below shows the top five overall results, after votes from forty-one OGAE clubs had been cast.[106]

Country Performer(s) Song OGAE result[106]
 Italy Il Volo "Grande amore" 367
 Sweden Måns Zelmerlöw "Heroes" 338
 Estonia Elina Born & Stig Rästa "Goodbye to Yesterday" 274
 Norway Mørland & Debrah Scarlett "A Monster Like Me" 243
 Slovenia Maraaya "Here for You" 228

Barbara Dex Award

Further information: Barbara Dex Award

The Barbara Dex Award has been annually awarded by the fan website House of Eurovision since 1997, and is a humorous award given to the worst dressed artist each year in the contest. It is named after the Belgian artist, Barbara Dex, who came last in the 1993 contest, in which she wore her own self designed dress.[107]

International broadcasts and voting

Voting and spokespersons

The voting order was revealed the morning of the final, but due to technical problems in some countries the final voting order was the following:[108]

  1.  MontenegroAndrea Demirović (Montenegrin representative in the 2009 Contest)
  2.  MaltaJulie Zahra (Maltese representative in the 2004 Contest along with Ludwig Galea)
  3.  FinlandKrista Siegfrids (Finnish representative in the 2013 Contest)
  4.  GreeceHelena Paparizou (Greek representative in the 2001 Contest as part of Antique, winner of the 2005 Contest)
  5.  Romania – Sonia Argint Ionescu
  6.  BelarusTeo (Belarusian representative in the 2014 Contest)
  7.  AlbaniaAndri Xhahu
  8.  Moldova – Olivia Furtună
  9.  Azerbaijan – Tural Asadov
  10.  Latvia – Markus Riva
  11.  Serbia – Maja Nikolić
  12.  DenmarkBasim (Danish representative in the 2014 Contest)
  13.   SwitzerlandLaetitia Guarino
  14.  Belgium – Walid
  15.  FranceVirginie Guilhaume
  16.  Armenia – Lilit Muradyan
  17.  IrelandNicky Byrne
  18.  SwedenMariette Hansson
  19.  GermanyBarbara Schöneberger
  20.  AustraliaLee Lin Chin
  21.  Czech Republic – Daniela Písařovicová
  22.  Spain – Lara Siscar
  23.  AustriaKati Bellowitsch
  24.  Macedonia – Marko Mark
  25.  SloveniaTinkara Kovač (Slovene representative in the 2014 Contest)
  26.  Hungary – Csilla Tatár
  27.  United KingdomNigella Lawson
  28.  Lithuania – Ugnė Galadauskaitė
  29.  NetherlandsEdsilia Rombley (Dutch representative in the 1998 Contest and 2007 Contest)
  30.  Poland – Ola Ciupa
  31.  Israel – Ofer Nachshon
  32.  Russia – Dmitry Shepelev (Green room host of the 2009 Contest)
  33.  San MarinoValentina Monetta (Sammarinese representative in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Contest)
  34.  Italy – Federico Russo
  35.  Iceland – Sigríður Halldórsdóttir
  36.  Cyprus – Loukas Hamatsos
  37.  NorwayMargrethe Røed
  38.  PortugalSuzy (Portuguese representative in the 2014 Contest)1
  39.  EstoniaTanja (Estonian representative in the 2014 Contest)1
  40.  Georgia – Natia Bunturi1

Notes
1.^ Portugal, Estonia and Georgia were originally scheduled to announce their votes as the 5th, 13th and 30th countries, respectively, but instead voted 38th, 39th and 40th, respectively, after all the other countries announced their votes. The reason for this was technical difficulties in the minutes running up to the voting presentation.

Commentators

Official album

Eurovision Song Contest: Vienna 2015
Compilation album by Eurovision Song Contest
Released 20 April 2015
Genre Pop
Length
  • 58:43 (CD 1)
  • 61:50 (CD 2)
Label Universal
Eurovision Song Contest chronology
Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014
(2014)
Eurovision Song Contest: Vienna 2015
(2015)
TBA
(2016)

Eurovision Song Contest: Vienna 2015 is the official compilation album of the 2015 Contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and was released by Universal Music Group on 20 April 2015. The album features all 40 songs that entered in the 2015 contest, including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify into the grand final.[169]

CD 1
No. Title Artist Length
1. "I'm Alive" (Albania) Elhaida Dani 3:00
2. "Face the Shadow" (Armenia) Genealogy 3:02
3. "I Am Yours" (Austria) The Makemakes 3:00
4. "Tonight Again" (Australia) Guy Sebastian 3:02
5. "Hour of the Wolf" (Azerbaijan) Elnur Hüseynov 2:59
6. "Rhythm Inside" (Belgium) Loïc Nottet 2:53
7. "Time" (Belarus) Uzari & Maimuna 3:03
8. "Time to Shine" (Switzerland) Mélanie René 3:02
9. "One Thing I Should Have Done" (Cyprus) John Karayiannis 3:03
10. "Hope Never Dies" (Czech Republic) Marta Jandová & Václav Noid Bárta 3:04
11. "Black Smoke" (Germany) Ann Sophie 3:12
12. "The Way You Are" (Denmark) Anti Social Media 3:05
13. "Goodbye to Yesterday" (Estonia) Elina Born & Stig Rästa 3:00
14. "Amanecer" (Spain) Edurne 3:04
15. "Aina mun pitää" (Finland) Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät 1:27
16. "N'oubliez pas" (France) Lisa Angell 3:00
17. "Still in Love with You" (United Kingdom) Electro Velvet 2:53
18. "Warrior" (Georgia) Nina Sublatti 3:01
19. "One Last Breath" (Greece) Maria Elena Kyriakou 2:56
20. "Wars for Nothing" (Hungary) Boggie 2:57
Total length:
58:43
CD 2
No. Title Artist Length
1. "Playing with Numbers" (Ireland) Molly Sterling 3:05
2. "Golden Boy" (Israel) Nadav Guedj 3:00
3. "Unbroken" (Iceland) María Ólafs 3:04
4. "Grande amore" (Italy) Il Volo 3:01
5. "This Time" (Lithuania) Monika Linkytė & Vaidas Baumila 3:10
6. "Love Injected" (Latvia) Aminata 3:00
7. "I Want Your Love" (Moldova) Eduard Romanyuta 2:59
8. "Adio" (Montenegro) Knez 3:02
9. "Autumn Leaves" (Macedonia) Daniel Kajmakoski 3:02
10. "Warrior" (Malta) Amber 2:59
11. "Walk Along" (Netherlands) Trijntje Oosterhuis 3:03
12. "A Monster Like Me" (Norway) Mørland & Debrah Scarlett 3:04
13. "In the Name of Love" (Poland) Monika Kuszyńska 2:56
14. "Há um mar que nos separa" (Portugal) Leonor Andrade 3:00
15. "De la capăt (All over Again)" (Romania) Voltaj 3:00
16. "Beauty Never Lies" (Serbia) Bojana Stamenov 2:55
17. "A Million Voices" (Russia) Polina Gagarina 3:07
18. "Heroes" (Sweden) Måns Zelmerlöw 3:11
19. "Here for You" (Slovenia) Maraaya 2:58
20. "Chain of Lights" (San Marino) Michele Perniola & Anita Simoncini 3:01
Total length:
60:37

Charts and certifications

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[170] 4
UK Albums (OCC)[171] 17

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