Eurovision Song Contest 2010

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Eurovision Song Contest 2010
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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
VenueTelenor Arena
Oslo, Norway[1]
Presenter(s)
Directed by
  • Ole Jørgen Grønlund
  • Kim Strømstad
Executive supervisorSvante Stockselius
Executive producerJon Ola Sand
Host broadcasterNorsk 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
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Participants
Number of entries39
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countries Georgia
Non-returning countries
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Vote
Voting systemEach country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs.
Nul pointsNone
Winning song
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The Eurovision Song Contest 2010 was the 55th edition of the 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 presented by Erik Solbakken, Haddy N'jie and Nadia Hasnaoui.[2]

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[edit]

Venue[edit]

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[edit]

Visual design[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5

Participating countries[edit]

  Countries in the first semi-final
  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 seriesDeutschland 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. 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[edit]

Lead artists[edit]

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Feminnem  Croatia 2005 (for  Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Hera Björk  Iceland 2008 (as backing singer for Euroband), 2009 (as backing singer for Yohanna)
Niamh Kavanagh  Ireland 1993

Backing performers[edit]

Artist Country Previous year(s)
May Kristin Kaspersen  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 Kajević  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 Gíslason  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 Ahverdova  Armenia 2006 (for  Russia, as backing singer for Dima Bilan),

2007 (for  Belarus, as backing singer for Koldun),

and 2008 (for  Ukraine, as backing singer for Ani Lorak)

Jaana Vähämäki  Denmark 2001 (for  Sweden, as backing singer for Friends),

and 2007 (for  Malta, as backing singer for Olivia Lewis)

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

Semi-final 1[edit]

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]

Draw Country Artist Song Language[55] Place[56] Points
01  Moldova SunStroke Project and Olia Tira "Run Away" English 10 52
02  Russia Peter Nalitch and Friends "Lost and Forgotten" English 7 74
03  Estonia Malcolm Lincoln "Siren" English 14 39
04  Slovakia Kristina "Horehronie" Slovak 16 24
05  Finland Kuunkuiskaajat "Työlki ellää" Finnish 11 49
06  Latvia Aisha "What For?" English 17 11
07  Serbia Milan Stanković "Ovo je Balkan" (Oво je Балкан) Serbian 5 79
08  Bosnia and Herzegovina Vukašin Brajić "Thunder and Lightning" English 8 59
09  Poland Marcin Mroziński "Legenda" English, Polish 13 44
10  Belgium Tom Dice "Me and My Guitar" English 1 167
11  Malta Thea Garrett "My Dream" English 12 45
12  Albania Juliana Pasha "It's All About You" English 6 76
13  Greece Giorgos Alkaios and Friends "OPA" (ΩΠΑ) Greek[a] 2 133
14  Portugal Filipa Azevedo "Há dias assim" Portuguese 4 89
15  Macedonia Gjoko Taneski "Jas ja imam silata" (Јас ја имам силата) Macedonian 15 37
16  Belarus 3+2 feat Robert Wells "Butterflies" English 9 59
17  Iceland Hera Björk "Je ne sais quoi" English 3 123

Semi-final 2[edit]

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]

Draw Country Artist Song Language[55] Place[57] Points
01  Lithuania InCulto "Eastern European Funk" English 12 44
02  Armenia Eva Rivas "Apricot Stone" English 6 83
03  Israel Harel Skaat "Milim" (מילים) Hebrew 8 71
04  Denmark Chanée and N'evergreen "In a Moment Like This" English 5 101
05   Switzerland Michael von der Heide "Il pleut de l'or" French 17 2
06  Sweden Anna Bergendahl "This Is My Life" English 11 62
07  Azerbaijan Safura "Drip Drop" English 2 113
08  Ukraine Alyosha "Sweet People" English 7 77
09  Netherlands Sieneke "Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)" Dutch 14 29
10  Romania Paula Seling and Ovi "Playing with Fire" English 4 104
11  Slovenia Ansambel Žlindra and Kalamari "Narodnozabavni rock" Slovene 16 6
12  Ireland Niamh Kavanagh "It's for You" English 9 67
13  Bulgaria Miro "Angel si ti" (Ангел си ти) Bulgarian, English 15 19
14  Cyprus Jon Lilygreen and The Islanders "Life Looks Better in Spring" English 10 67
15  Croatia Feminnem "Lako je sve" Croatian 13 33
16  Georgia Sofia Nizharadze "Shine" English 3 106
17  Turkey maNga "We Could Be the Same" English 1 118

Final[edit]

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.

Draw Country Artist Song Language[55] Place[58] Points
01  Azerbaijan Safura "Drip Drop" English 5 145
02[b]  Spain Daniel Diges "Algo pequeñito" Spanish 15 68
03  Norway Didrik Solli-Tangen "My Heart Is Yours" English 20 35
04  Moldova SunStroke Project and Olia Tira "Run Away" English 22 27
05  Cyprus Jon Lilygreen and The Islanders "Life Looks Better in Spring" English 21 27
06  Bosnia and Herzegovina Vukašin Brajić "Thunder and Lightning" English 17 51
07  Belgium Tom Dice "Me and My Guitar" English 6 143
08  Serbia Milan Stanković "Ovo je Balkan" (Oво je Балкан) Serbian 13 72
09  Belarus 3+2 feat Robert Wells "Butterflies" English 24 18
10  Ireland Niamh Kavanagh "It's for You" English 23 25
11  Greece Giorgos Alkaios and Friends "OPA!" (ΩΠΑ) Greek[a] 8 140
12  United Kingdom Josh Dubovie "That Sounds Good to Me" English 25 10
13  Georgia Sofia Nizharadze "Shine" English 9 136
14  Turkey maNga "We Could Be the Same" English 2 170
15  Albania Juliana Pasha "It's All About You" English 16 62
16  Iceland Hera Björk "Je ne sais quoi" English 19 41
17  Ukraine Alyosha "Sweet People" English 10 108
18  France Jessy Matador "Allez Ola Olé" French 12 82
19  Romania Paula Seling and Ovi "Playing with Fire" English 3 162
20  Russia Peter Nalitch and Friends "Lost and Forgotten" English 11 90
21  Armenia Eva Rivas "Apricot Stone" English 7 141
22  Germany Lena "Satellite" English 1 246
23  Portugal Filipa Azevedo "Há dias assim" Portuguese 18 43
24  Israel Harel Skaat "Milim" (מילים) Hebrew 14 71
25  Denmark Chanée and N'evergreen "In a Moment Like This" English 4 149

Scoreboard[edit]

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[edit]

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
Moldova 52 5 1 2 7 4 8 7 10 3 5
Russia 74 12 12 3 10 4 2 8 5 1 3 1 12 1
Estonia 39 12 12 1 5 1 1 4 1 2
Slovakia 24 2 6 5 1 5 5
Finland 49 3 10 2 6 1 7 2 7 6 3 2
Latvia 11 6 5
Serbia 79 3 4 1 6 3 12 3 3 7 2 10 3 12 4 6
Bosnia and Herzegovina 59 1 2 5 12 6 3 7 5 8 4 6
Poland 44 2 6 4 6 6 3 7 7 3
Belgium 167 6 10 8 10 10 8 7 4 12 12 4 10 12 4 8 12 10 12 8
Malta 45 3 12 1 1 6 2 2 3 6 2 4 2 1
Albania 76 4 2 7 4 8 6 12 12 10 2 5 4
Greece 133 7 7 2 8 8 10 8 7 10 8 10 10 3 5 8 4 8 10
Portugal 89 5 5 4 6 7 5 3 2 4 4 5 2 7 8 10 12
Macedonia 37 4 1 1 8 10 12 1
Belarus 59 8 12 4 3 5 3 5 6 7 5 1
Iceland 123 10 8 7 7 7 2 3 10 12 10 8 8 6 1 6 5 6 7

12 points[edit]

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

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
5  Belgium  Germany,  Iceland,  Malta,  Poland,  Portugal
3  Russia  Belarus,  Estonia,  Moldova
2  Albania  Greece,  Macedonia
 Estonia  Finland,  Latvia
 Serbia  Bosnia and Herzegovina,  France
1  Belarus  Russia
 Bosnia and Herzegovina  Serbia
 Iceland  Belgium
 Macedonia  Albania
 Malta  Slovakia
 Portugal  Spain

Semi-final 2[edit]

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
Lithuania 44 2 1 4 2 12 2 1 8 5 7
Armenia 83 1 12 3 5 8 10 10 8 12 10 4
Israel 71 8 8 7 6 12 3 5 1 4 5 7 5
Denmark 101 5 5 7 5 12 6 5 4 12 10 4 2 3 4 3 6 8
Switzerland 2 2
Sweden 62 3 3 12 10 2 6 1 5 1 2 2 12 3
Azerbaijan 113 2 5 5 6 3 12 1 8 8 10 7 10 10 12 12 2
Ukraine 77 10 10 2 3 8 2 5 1 2 6 6 6 7 3 4 2
Netherlands 29 4 4 2 1 6 3 1 5 3
Romania 104 6 4 8 8 4 7 5 3 3 4 6 4 8 4 8 10 12
Slovenia 6 1 5
Ireland 67 7 1 3 6 12 4 8 4 2 3 1 6 10
Bulgaria 19 1 5 7 6
Cyprus 67 4 6 10 7 6 3 4 6 5 12 4
Croatia 33 7 2 7 1 12 1 3
Georgia 106 12 12 6 1 2 10 7 5 2 7 7 10 7 7 10 1
Turkey 118 8 10 8 10 12 10 7 7 3 8 12 8 6 1 8

12 points[edit]

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

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

Final[edit]

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
Azerbaijan 145 3 12 8 7 8 1 4 2 7 12 12 2 12 7 10 6 2 5 7 3 7 8
Spain 68 2 7 4 5 4 12 2 4 5 8 1 1 4 2 7
Norway 35 2 7 3 5 3 3 6 4 2
Moldova 27 10 6 6 4 1
Cyprus 27 4 12 1 2 4 1 3
Bosnia and Herzegovina 51 12 6 8 10 4 5 6
Belgium 143 4 10 12 5 10 6 3 5 5 6 10 10 7 10 1 4 10 3 7 7 6 2
Serbia 72 5 3 8 12 8 10 1 10 1 7 7
Belarus 18 2 1 3 12
Ireland 25 2 1 1 2 6 7 6
Greece 140 7 8 10 12 3 1 6 7 8 8 4 5 5 5 7 12 12 12 3 2 3
United Kingdom 10 4 1 2 3
Georgia 136 5 5 7 4 4 1 8 10 8 5 2 1 6 7 1 5 12 7 1 4 5 5 5 6 12
Turkey 170 8 1 10 3 8 12 10 3 2 6 12 6 12 3 10 8 2 4 3 3 6 10 8 10 5 5
Albania 62 1 1 7 5 2 5 10 7 8 3 1 12
Iceland 41 4 5 4 3 3 6 6 2 8
Ukraine 108 5 7 1 3 7 10 2 7 7 6 6 10 5 7 2 8 7 8
France 82 6 3 4 3 3 8 3 1 7 8 6 7 2 2 4 3 2 3 1 6
Romania 162 7 6 5 2 6 2 7 3 10 7 4 5 8 10 1 2 3 5 10 8 2 1 4 8 5 8 12 10 1
Russia 90 4 10 2 3 6 10 8 5 12 10 10 10
Armenia 141 6 7 1 6 5 12 7 6 8 4 8 6 1 7 5 7 12 12 4 6 10 1
Germany 246 3 8 8 10 10 6 7 8 12 10 12 6 1 1 2 3 12 3 12 12 3 5 12 4 12 4 10 12 10 4 4 8 12
Portugal 43 6 2 1 4 8 6 6 1 5 4
Israel 71 4 1 10 6 5 1 8 3 5 2 8 3 10 1 4
Denmark 149 12 12 2 2 12 2 12 5 1 4 4 12 4 7 10 8 8 3 2 6 2 4 2 8 5

12 points[edit]

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

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

Broadcasters, commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Spokespersons[edit]

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

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

Broadcasters and commentators[edit]

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
Country Show(s) Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
 Albania All shows TVSH Leon Menkshi
 Armenia All shows ARMTV Hrachuhi Utmazyan and Khoren Levonyan
 Azerbaijan All shows İctimai Televiziya Hüsniyyə Məhərrəmova [84]
 Belarus All shows Belarus 1 Denis Kurian
 Belgium All 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
 Bosnia and Herzegovina All shows BHT1 Dejan Kukrić
 Bulgaria BNT Georgi Kushvaliev and Elena Rosberg
 Croatia All shows HRT Duško Čurlić
 Cyprus All shows RIK 1 Melina Karageorgiou [85]
CyBC Radio 2 Nathan Morley
 Denmark All shows DR1 Nikolaj Molbech [76]
 Estonia All shows ERR Marko Reikop and Sven Lõhmus
 Finland All shows YLE TV2 Finnish: Jaana Pelkonen and Asko Murtomäki [86]
YLE Radio Suomi Finnish: Sanna Kojo and Jorma Hietamäki
YLE TV2 Swedish: Thomas Larsson
 France Semi-finals France 4 Peggy Olmi and Yann Renoard
Final France 3 Cyril Hanouna and Stéphane Bern
 Georgia All shows GPB Sopho Altunashvili
 Germany All shows Das Erste Peter Urban [87]
Final NDR 2 Tim Frühling and Thomas Mohr
 Greece All shows NET Rika Vagiani [88]
Second Programme Maria Kozakou
 Iceland All shows Sjónvarpið Sigmar Guðmundsson [89]
 Ireland All shows RTÉ One Marty Whelan [90][91]
RTÉ Radio 1 Maxi
 Israel All shows IBA No commentator
 Latvia All shows LTV Kārlis Streips
 Lithuania All shows LRT Darius Užkuraitis
 Macedonia All shows MRT Karolina Petkovska
 Malta All shows TVM Valerie Vella [92]
 Moldova All shows TRM Marcel Spătari
 Netherlands All shows Nederland 1 Cornald Maas and Daniël Dekker [93]
 Norway All shows NRK1 Olav Viksmo-Slettan
 Poland All shows TVP1 Artur Orzech
 Portugal All shows RTP1 Sérgio Mateus [94]
 Romania All shows TVR1 Leonard Miron and Gianina Corondan
 Russia All shows Russia-1 Olga Shelest and Dmitry Guberniev
 Serbia SF1/Final RTS1 Duška Vučinić-Lučić
SF2 Dragan Ilić
 Slovakia All shows Dvojka Roman Bomboš
 Slovenia All shows RTVSLO Andrej Hofer
 Spain SF1/Final La 1, La 2 José Luis Uribarri [95]
 Sweden All shows SVT1 Christine Meltzer and Edward af Sillén [96]
SR P4 Carolina Norén and Björn Kjellman
  Switzerland All shows SF zwei German: Sven Epiney
TSR 2 French: Jean-Marc Richard and Nicolas Tanner
RSI La 1 Italian: Sandy Altermatt
 Turkey All shows TRT 1 Bülend Özveren
 Ukraine All shows First National TV Channel Timur Miroshnychenko
 United Kingdom Semi-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
Country Show(s) Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
 Australia All shows SBS Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang [98]
 Hungary All shows Duna TV Zsolt Jeszenszky [99]
 Montenegro All shows TVCG 2 Dražen Bauković and Tamara Ivanković

International broadcasts[edit]

  •  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 station, set-up by the network, which 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 the contest. This 90-minute programme was a 20 to 1 style show that played the craziest, campest and most controversial moments from Eurovision history with 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. Eurovision performers including Johnny Logan and Dima Bilan as well as Australian celebrities appeared as guests during the show which was hosted by Zemiro and Pang.[104]
  •  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]
  •  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]
  •  Kazakhstan – It was announced at the Reference Group meeting on 22 March 2010 that Kazakhstan would be broadcasting the contest.[105]
  •  Kosovo – It was announced at the Reference Group meeting on 22 March 2010 that Kosovo would be broadcasting the contest.[105]
  •  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 RTCG1.[107]

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 those in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia[117] and Radio Tirana in Albania broadcast live through their internet websites as well as on their satellite channels.

High-definition broadcasts[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Category Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s) Final result Points
Artistic Award  Israel "Milim" (מילים) Harel Skaat Tomer Hadadi, Noam Horev 14th 71
Composers Award
Press Award

OGAE[edit]

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]

Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s) OGAE result Eurovision Ranking
 Denmark "In a Moment Like This" Chanée & N'evergreen Thomas G:son, Henrik Sethsson, Erik Bernholm 220 4th
 Israel "Milim" Harel Skaat Tomer Adaddi, Noam Horev 177 14th
 Germany "Satellite" Lena Julie Frost, John Gordon 172 1st
 Norway "My Heart Is Yours" Didrik Solli-Tangen Hanne Sørvaag, Fredrik Kempe 146 20th
 Iceland "Je ne sais quoi" Hera Björk Örlygur Smári, Hera Björk 130 19th

Barbara Dex Award[edit]

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.

Place Country Performer(s) Votes
1  Serbia Milan Stanković 138
2  Moldova SunStroke Project & Olia Tira 110
3  Russia Peter Nalitch and Friends 109
4  Latvia Aisha 99
5  Armenia Eva Rivas 79

Official album[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest: Oslo 2010
ESC 2010 album cover.jpg
Compilation album by
Released17 May 2010
GenrePop
Length
  • 57:12 (CD 1)
  • 59:49 (CD 2)
LabelEMI / 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[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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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