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Eurovision Song Contest 2005

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The presenters, Maria Efrosinina and Pavlo Shylko

The Eurovision Song Contest 2005 was won by Greece. It was the 50th Eurovision competition and was held in Kiev, Ukraine on May 21, 2005. The semi-finals took place on May 19, 2005. 10 out of 25 countries with the highest scores in the semi-final joined 14 already pre-qualified countries in the final. Both events were televised across Europe. The event took place at the Palace of Sports in downtown Kiev in front of over 6000 spectators. Organisers hope that this event will boost Ukraine's image abroad and increase tourism, while the country's new government hopes it will also give a modest boost to the long-term goal of acquiring European Union membership. Bulgaria and Moldova took part for the first time while Hungary returned after a hiatus since 1998. Lebanon was also expected to make a debut appearance but was forced to withdraw after announcing they would show commercials over the Israeli entry. The hosts for the event were television presenter Maria "Masha" Efrosinina and DJ Pavlo "Pasha" Shylko, along with the previous winner Ruslana and the famous Ukrainian boxers Vitali Klitschko & Wladimir Klitschko. A special trophy was presented to the winner by Ukraine's president, Viktor Yushchenko.

The winner was Greece's "My Number One" performed by the Greek singer Helena Paparizou, who scored 230 points. Malta's "Angel" performed by Chiara was the runner up with 192 points. Romania, Israel and Latvia rounded out the Top 5. The host Ukraine along with the so-called "Big 4" (Spain, United Kingdom, France, and Germany) propped up the bottom of the table.

Contents

Participating countries

Pre-qualified for the final

Taking part in the semi-final

Running order

Semi-Final: 19 May 2005

Artist Song Country Composer(s) Lyricist(s)
01 Global Kryner "Y as" Template:AUT Edi Khldorfer & Christof Sprk Christof Sprk
02 Laura and The Lovers "Little By Little" Template:LIT Bobby Ljunggren & William Butt Bobby Ljunggren & William Butt
03 2B "Amar" Template:POR Ernesto Leite & Jos da Ponte Alexandre Honrado, Ernesto Leite & Jos da Ponte
04 Zdob şi Zdub "Bunica Bate Doba" Template:MOL
05 Valters & Kaža "The War Is Not Over" Template:LAT Mārtiņš Freimanis Mārtiņš Freimanis
06 Lise Darly "Tout de moi" Template:MON
07 Shiri Maymon "Hasheket Shenish'ar" Template:ISR Pini Aaronbayev Pini Aaronbayev & Eyal Shachar
08 Anzhelika Agurbash "Love Me Tonight" Template:BLR Nikos Terzis Nektarios George Tyrakis
09 Glennis Grace "My Impossible Dream" Template:NLD Robert D. Fisher Bruce Smith
10 Selma "If I Had Your Love" Template:ISL orvaldur Bjarni orvaldsson & Vignir Snr Vigfsson Linda Thompson
11 Nuno Resende "Le grand soir" Template:BEL Alec Mansion Frdric Zeitoun
12 Suntribe "Let's Get Loud" Template:EST Sven Lhmus Sven Lhmus
13 Wig Wam "In My Dreams" Template:NOR Trond “Teeny” Holter Trond “Teeny” Holter
14 Luminiţa Anghel & Sistem "Let Me Try" Template:ROM Christian Faur Christian Faur
15 NOX "Forogj vilg" Template:HUN Szabolcs Harmath Attila Valla
16 Geir Rnning "Why" Template:FIN Mika Toivanen Steven Stewart
17 Martin Vucić "Make My Day" Template:FYROM Dragan Vucic Branka Kostic
18 Marian van de Wal "La mirada interior" Template:AND Rafael Artesero Rafael Artesero, Daniel Aragay & Rafael Fernndez
19 Vanilla Ninja "Cool Vibes" Template:SUI David Brandes John O'Flynn
20 Boris Novković feat. Lado Members "Vukovi Umiru Sami" Template:CRO Franjo Valentić Boris Novković
21 Kaffe "Lorrain" Template:BGR Vesselin Vesselinov-Eko Vesselin Vesselinov-Eko & Orlin Pavlov
22 Donna and Joseph McCaul "Love?" Template:IRL Karl Broderick Karl Broderick
23 Omar Naber "Stop" Template:SVN Urša Vlašič Urša Vlašič
24 Jakob Sveistrup "Talking to You" Template:DEN Jacob Launbjerg & Andreas Mrck
25 Ivan i Delfin "Czarna dziewczyna" Template:POL Łukasz Lazer Ivan Komarenko & Michał Szymański

Final: 21 May 2005

Artist Song Country Composer Lyricist
01 NOX "Forogj vilg" Template:HUN Szabolcs Harmath Attila Valla
02 Javine "Touch My Fire" Template:UK John Themis & Javine
03 Chiara "Angel" Template:MLT
04 Luminiţa Anghel & Sistem "Let Me Try" Template:ROM Christian Faur Christian Faur
05 Wig Wam "In My Dreams" Template:NOR Trond "Teeny" Holter Trond "Teeny" Holter
06 Glseren "Rimi rimi ley" Template:TUR Erdin Tun Gksan Arman
07 Zdob şi Zdub "Bunica Bate Doba" Template:MOL
08 Ledina elo "Nser shkoj" Template:ALB Adrian Hila Pandi Laco
09 Constantinos Christoforou "Ela, ela" Template:CYP Constantinos Christoforou Constantinos Christoforou
10 Son de Sol "Brujera" Template:ESP Alfredo Panebianco Alfredo Panebianco
11 Shiri Maymon "Hasheket Shenish'ar" Template:ISR Pini Aaronbayev Pini Aaronbayev & Eyal Shachar
12 No Name "Zauvijek Moja" Template:SCG Slaven Knezovic Milan Peric
13 Jakob Sveistrup "Talking to You" Template:DEN Jacob Launbjerg & Andreas Mrck
14 Martin Stenmarck "Las Vegas" Template:SWE Niklas Edberger, Johan Fransson, Tim Larsson & Tobias Lundgren Niklas Edberger, Johan Fransson, Tim Larsson & Tobias Lundgren
15 Martin Vucić "Make My Day" Template:FYROM Dragan Vucic Branka Kostic
16 Greenjolly "Razom nas bahato" Template:UKR
17 Gracia "Run & Hide" Template:GER Bernd Meinunger David Brandes
18 Boris Novković feat. Lado Members "Vukovi Umiru Sami" Template:CRO Franjo Valentić Boris Novković
19 Helena Paparizou "My Number One" Template:GRE Christos Dantis Christos Dantis & Natalia Germanou
20 Natalia Podolskaya "Nobody Hurt No One" Template:RUS Victor Drobysh M.S. Applegate & J.P. Chase
21 Feminnem "Call Me" Template:BIH Andrej Babić Andrej Babić
22 Vanilla Ninja "Cool Vibes" Template:SUI David Brandes John O'Flynn
23 Valters & Kaža "The War Is Not Over" Template:LAT Mārtiņš Freimanis Mārtiņš Freimanis
24 Ortal "Chacun pense soi" Template:FRA Saad Tabainet Saad Tabainet

Score sheet

See bottom of page for link to semi-final score-sheet. Qualifiers have the country's name highlighted in blue.

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Countries voting but not competing in the final - AD-Andorra, AT-Austria, BY-Belarus, BE-Belgium, BG-Bulgaria, EE-Estonia, FI-Finland, IS-Iceland, IE-Ireland, LT-Lithuania, MC-Monaco, NL-Netherlands, PL-Poland, PT-Portugal, SI-Slovenia.

Individual entries

Albania

The Albanian song was "Nesr shkoj" ("Tomorrow I go") sung by locally famous Ledina elo. The song mixed a modern World Music style with traditional Balkan influence. The 2005 Festivali ne RTSH was held on the 18th December 2004 in Tirana, with semi-finals on the 16th and 17th. It was the first public preselection of the Eurovision Song Contest 2005.

Andorra

The Netherlands-born hotel owner Marian van de Wal represented Andorra with the song "La Mirada Interior" ("The Look Inside"). Marian was chosen using a Pop Idol-style show out of 36 contestants. In the final stage, she narrowly defeated Mar Capdevila and Isthar Ruz, who ended up second in the Andorran National Final in 2004 together as the duo Bis A Bis, and entered separately in 2005. Later, in a song selection show, "La Mirada Interior" was selected from a choice of three songs. It was written by the Catalan composers Rafah Tanit, Daniel Aragay and Rafa Fernndez.

Austria

The Austrian preselection "song.null.fnf" featured popular comedian Alf Poier as well as the locally famous folk band Global Kryner. The most popular Austrian entertainer DJ tzi also considered participating but decided against it when the Austrian television pointed out he had to sing an original song, not a cover. The national final took place on Friday 25 February 2005, and once again it was the televoters who decided which song and performer was to represent Austria. Global Kryner narrowly beat out Alf Poier by a mere four points.

Belarus

Anzhelika Agurbash (Belarusian: Анжаліка Агурбаш) was originally selected to represent Belarus with the rock ballad "Boys & Girls". Television viewers joined internet voters to select three songs from the national final. A jury then chose '"Boys & Girls" out of the three. The song was inspired by the Beslan massacre. However, disappointed by the lukewarm reaction the song received across Europe, the Belarusian authorities opted to take the highly unusual step of allowing Anzhelika to perform a different song in Kiev, entitled "Love Me Tonight".

Belgium

The French speaking RTBF chose its representative at a national final on Sunday 20 March 2005. Only two songs were performed in that final, with the public displaying their preference for Nuno Resende's "Le grand soir" ("The big night") by a wafer-thin margin.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

15 songs competed in the Bosnian final on 6 March. The result was decided by 50% jury and 50% televoting. The 2003 Bosnian representative Mija Martina competed in the preselection. The winning song was "Zovi" performed by Feminnem, a female trio composed of contestants of a television show (Hrvatski Idol, the Croatian version of Pop Idol; they were allowed to compete despite being from Croatia because two of them hail originally from Herzegovina). In Kiev, the group competed with an English language version of the song entitled "Call Me".

Bulgaria

Bulgaria participated for the first time. Their national broadcaster BNT held a national final on 12 February and a jazz inspired band Kaffee was chosen.

Croatia

The Croatian national final ("Dora") was held on 5 March after two semifinals. Notable participants were the former Croatian representatives Magazin (1995), Danijela Martinović; (1995, 1998), Goran Karan (2000) and Vesna Pisarović (2002). Giuliano made his fifth Dora appearance. The eventual winner, however, was Boris Novković featuring members of the ethno group "Lado", with the song "Vukovi Umiru Sami" ("Wolves die alone").

Cyprus

Constantinos Christoforou (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος Χριστοφόρου) sung "Ela Ela" (English title: "Come Baby") for Cyprus. Christoforou previously sang for Cyprus in the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest where he ended ninth and again as part of the group One in the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest when Cyprus took sixth place. He was accompanied by Elena Patroclou, who represented Cyprus in 1991. "Ela Ela" was chosen out of four songs written either by him or other songwriters on a TV show. A combined "expert jury" and televoting system selected the song.

Denmark

The Danish Melodi Grand Prix took place in Horsens Forum on February 12 2005. One major change in the rules that was agreed upon was that from 2005, all contestants participating will be permitted to sing in either Danish or English at the Danish national final. In previous years Danmarks Radio, the televising sponsor of the event, has always insisted that performers sing in Danish at the national final and then in English at the Eurovision contest. The Olsen Brothers, winners of the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 entered a song in the competition in the hope of repeating their triumph but placed only 2nd.

The songs were:

  • 01. "Uhh La La La" by Chi Hua Hua
  • 02. "Make A Wish" by Marie Keis Uhre
  • 03. "Tnder p dig" by Jakob Sveistrup
  • 04. "I Believe In Love" by Luna Park
  • 05. "En smule af dig" by Kim Schwartz
  • 06. "Peace, Understanding & Love" by Tamra Rosanes
  • 07. "Little Yellow Radio" by Olsen Brothers (Brdrene Olsen)
  • 08. "Troublesome" by Ditlev Ulriksen
  • 09. "I Must Be Crazy" by Sweethearts
  • 10. "Lonnie fra Berlin" by Kandis

The winning entry was "Tnder p dig" by Jakob Sveistrup. With a Danish language entry thus having won the public's confidence in a 'free language' pre-selection, there was some clamour in support of the proposition that in justice the song ought, in a reversal of recent practice, to remain in Danish for Eurovision. However, it was later switched to English language lyrics, with the new title "Talking to You".

Estonia

The all-girl group Suntribe sung "Let's Get Loud" for Estonia. Its members participated in star casting shows in the past. The song defeated 8 others by televote in the national final Eurolaul.

Finland

Heikki Paasonen and Jaana Pelkonen hosted the four semi finals and the final of the 2005 national finals for Finland. A new record was set when 503 songs were submitted to broadcaster YLE for the 2005 national selection. 476 songs were received in 2002. In addition, YLE invited eight composers to submit songs directly to the competition. Lahti, Jyvskyl, Turku and Imatra were the host towns of the semifinals on January 14, January 21, February 4 and February 11 respectively. The grand final was held at Tampere Hall on February 19 2005 and the winner was "Why" by Geir Rnning.

France

For the first time since Eurovision 2000, France 3 organised a National Preselection. Five singers battled it out for the right to represent France, with Ortal emerging as the popular choice with her song "Chacun pense soi" ("Everyone thinks of themselves").

F.Y.R. Macedonia

The 2005 Macedonian national final was held on 19, February 2005 in Skopje and featured two artists Aleksandra Pileva and Martin Vucic. During the first phase of the preselection both of them were selected to participate in the final by a jury of sixteen music professionals. The two performed 4 songs each - one song was of their own choosing, the other three were from an open competition to submit songs for the final. Martin Vucic turned out to be the winner.

Germany

The German final, Germany 12 Points was held on 12 March in Berlin. It was won by Gracia, with the song "Run & Hide", with other participants including Allee der Kosmonauten, Ellen ten Damme, Stefan Gwildis, Knigwerq, Murphy Brothers, Orange Blue, Under One Flag, Villaine and the Swiss singer Mia Aegerter.

Greece (winners)

Template:Wikinews Helena Paparizou (Greek: Έλενα Παπαρίζου), who won third place for Greece in the 2001 contest together with her group Antique, was selected internally by ERT. She sung "My Number One" in Kiev, chosen by a mixture of televoting and jury selection in the national final on March 2.

Hungary

Hungary returned to the Eurovision Song Contest after six years of absence, with the song "Forogj vilg" ("Spin, world"), performed by NOX.

Iceland

The 1999 Eurovision Song Contest runner-up Selma was internally selected to represent Iceland, and performed the song "If I Had Your Love" in Kiev.

Ireland

RT, the Irish state broadcaster once again ran the You're A Star talent contest to choose an act. The act technically represented only the Republic of Ireland (though entered in the Eurovision under the official name of "Ireland"), but as is common in Ireland, the You're A Star competition is run on an all-Ireland basis, the winner of which, announced on 06 March 2005 at 21:37 GMT, was Donna & Joseph McCaul with the song "Love?"

Israel

For the first time since 2001, a full-scale Israeli preselection ("Kdam") was held on 2 March. Unlike previous years, IBA invited only established artists to the Kdam. Among the better-known participants were Shiri Maymon (runner-up of a popular Pop Idol-style audition show in 2003) as well as Tzvika Pik, composer and producer of the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest winner "Diva". Shiri Maymon's song "Hasheket Shenish'ar" ("The silence that remained") won the event to become Israel's entry in Kiev.

Latvia

The semi finals took place on 29 January and 5 February, with the national final being aired on 26 February from Ventspils. As in previous years, the concept of a super final continued. After the first round of televoting had taken place, all but three songs were eliminated. After a further performance, viewers were asked to decide which of the three should go to Kiev. Notable was the appearance of Tatjana Timchuka, who finished in the top 3 of the previous two years, and changed her stage name to Marta. However, it was Valters & Kaža that won the event with "The War is Not Over".

Lebanon

The Lebanese broadcaster Tl Liban had internally selected Aline Lahoud to be their debut entrant, but had to withdraw from the contest after doubts were raised over whether Israel's entry would be broadcast in Lebanon. According to reports the Lebanese broadcasters had stated that they would show commercials during the Israeli entry, resulting in their forced withdrawal. Aline had been intended to sing "Quand tout s'enfuit", composed by Jad Rahbani.

Lithuania

The Lithuanian national final, Nacionalinė atranka į Euroviziją 2005, was held in Kaunas on 26 February. 21 songs selected from 7 semifinals participated. Audronė Girkontaitė, who set an all-time low record in a 2004 semifinal of only 22 televotes, more than tripled her points this year and managed to collect 67 votes in one of the semi-finals, still a long way short of qualifying for the final. Laura & the Lovers eventually won through with the song "Little by Little".

Malta

Malta Song for Europe was held on 19 February. Out of 22 participating songs, 5 were written by German Eurovision winning composer Ralph Siegel. Former Maltese Eurovision participants, Chiara (1998) and Fabrizio Faniello (2001) were among the participants, and a televote decided that Chiara's song "Angel" would represent Malta in Kiev.

Moldova

Moldova participated for the first time. Despite earlier rumours, the popular pop band O-Zone did not participate in the national final. The song selected was "Bunica Bate Doba" ("Grandmamma beats the drum") by the group Zdob şi Zdub.

Monaco

The French singer Lise Darly was selected internally to sing "Tout de moi" (All of me) in Kiev. Lise finished second to Mryon in the Monegasque singer selection of 2004.

Netherlands

The Netherlands chose their song for the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest on Sunday, 13 February at the Pepsi Center in Amsterdam. Twenty-four songs participated in the four televised semi finals. From each heat, three songs won places in the final. The heats were broadcasted by TROS and there was no ‘second chance’ round next year. The winner turned out to be a Whitney Houston influenced singer Glennis Grace.

Norway

On March 5 2005, viewers were given the chance to help decide which song should represent Norway at the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev. The rules for the national final were changed for the 2005 contest. Previously NRK issued an open call for songs; in 2005 the broadcaster invited composers and artists directly with the aim of providing eight songs for consideration by televoters. The winner was the song "In My Dreams", sung by Wig Wam.

Poland

The Russian-Polish duo Ivan i Delfin sung the Russian folk-style "Czarna dziewczyna" ("Black haired girl"). The song had one of the fastest beats per minute in Eurovision's history. It was internally selected by TVP amongst 63 songs. The song was performed in both Polish and Russian.

Portugal

The Portuguese entry, "Amar" ("To Love") by 2B was selected internally by RTP (Portugal).

Romania

12 songs competed in the Romanian national final on 5 March 2005. The winning song was "Let Me Try" performed by Luminiţa Anghel and Sistem.

Russia

The Russian final took place on 25 February in Moscow. Three songs that qualified from each of the three semifinals participated. Belarusian Natalia Podolskaya emerged victorious with her song "Nobody Hurt No-one".

Serbia and Montenegro

The national final was held in Podgorica on 4 March 2005. It featured 14 Serbian and 10 Montenegrin songs that had earlier been pre-selected in each republic. "Zauvijek Moja" ("Forever Mine") by the band No Name, a qualifier from Montenegro's semi-final, was the controversial winner of the event which was decided by a mixture of jury selection and televote. All four Montenegrin jurors had noticeably awarded no points whatsoever to Jelena Tomasevic's song "Jutro", the leading qualifier from the Serbian semi-final, which conversely had received high scores from all four Serbian jurors. The probable partisan feeling that led to such a polarised outcome may be partly attributable to the fallout from an earlier heated dispute, initiated by Montenegrin allegations that the Serbian qualifiers had been actively promoted on the airwaves in the run-up to the final, in a perceived breach of a 'gentlemen's agreement' between the two sides. Before allowing "Zauvijek Moja" to be confirmed as Serbia and Montenegro's entry, the EBU launched an investigation into a number of formal complaints, which also related to hotly disputed allegations of plagiarism. However, after prolonged deliberations, the song was given the green light.

Slovenia

The Slovenian national final (EMA) took place on February 13 2005 in Ljubljana. Unlike the last previous years, there was only one show and no semi finals. Songs for consideration were being accepted until December 10th, 2004. "Stop" sung by Omar Naber was the choice to go to Kiev.

Spain

12 acts participated in the Spanish national preselection held in Madrid and broadcasted by TVE on March 4th and 5th, 2005. The list of participants included the controversial trio Las Supremas de Mstoles, who finally ranked second. Son de Sol won the contest featuring their song "Brujera" ("Witchcraft").

Sweden

Four semi finals and one ‘second chance’ show were broadcast to decide the line-up for the grand final. As in recent years the qualifying heats were held across Sweden. The Melodifestival started out in Gteborg and travelled through Linkping, Skellefte, and Vxj before the final. The final was won by Martin Stenmarck with his song "Las Vegas". Nanne Grnvall came second, Alcazar were third, and Shirley Clamp was fourth.

Switzerland

The Estonian girl-band Vanilla Ninja represented Switzerland with the song "Cool Vibes". The band had previously had a major amount of hits in Germany and Switzerland among others and therefore was internally selected by the Swiss television.

Turkey

After two years of selecting an entry for the Eurovision Song Contest internally, Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) decided to return to the public national final system used previously. Ten songs were short-listed by an internal committee at TRT to take part. All songs had to be written in Turkish. "Rimi Rimi Ley" (English title: "Love will find a way"), performed by Glseren, was the eventual choice to represent Turkey in Kiev.

Ukraine

For the first time ever Ukraine held a national final. 527 songs were received by NTU. A jury narrowed this down to 75. Five songs were shown each week from November 1, 2004 on and viewers picked the best one each week for fifteen weeks. The fifteen winners went forward to a public national final on February 27, 2005, although singers of entries that had been published prior to November 2004, including the heavy favourite Ani Lorak, were asked to submit a new song for the final. In addition, four wildcards were added to the line-up for the final and one of these, the hip-hop entry "Razom Nas Bahato" ("Together We Are Many") by the band Grindzholy ("Greenjolly"), was controversially voted the winner, beating Ani Lorak into second place. The controversial decision to add the entrants into the final was initiated by Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister on Humanitarian Policy Mykola Tomenko. While he tried to justify his decision in the contest aftermath arguing that it needed to reflect the dramatic changes in the society due to the recent Orange Revolution, the perceived government intervention into a musical contest attracted much criticism. Indeed, for many weeks the song, which almost certainly owes its victory to its familiarity as an unofficial anthem of the Orange Revolution, appeared to be in danger of falling foul of two criteria for eligibility as an entry in the Eurovision Song Contest. Firstly, it was openly derivative of an older revolutionary song, and therefore was arguably not an original composition, and secondly, the lyrics could be classed as political propaganda, especially since they mentioned President Viktor Yushchenko by name. However, after substantial revisions were made, the song was deemed a legitimate entry by the EBU.

United Kingdom

The BBC held the United Kingdom final Making Your Mind Up on 5 March in London. The five acts taking part were Andy Scott-Lee, Australian-born Gina G (who represented the UK in 1996, coming 8th), Javine, Katie Price (better known as glamour model Jordan), and Tricolore. Voting was open to the public, with votes converted into points in a similar way to the actual contest, and the act receiving the most points representing the UK. Javine and Katie Price each received over 100 points, a large amount more than all the other acts. Throughout the later votes Katie Price and Javine repeatedly swapped positions for first place, but in the end Javine won and represented the UK this year, with the song "Touch My Fire".

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