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The Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was the 51st edition held in Athens, Greece at the OAKA Olympic Arena and was presented by Greek-born American TV personality Maria Menounos and 2004 Eurovision participant Sakis Rouvas. The semi-final was held on 18 May 2006 and the final on 20 May 2006.

A new system was adopted this year regarding the presentation of each country's votes. Instead of having the individual spokesperson read out every point as done in the past, the scores from 1-7 were shown on screen first, followed by the spokesperson only reading out the top 3 scores of 8, 10 and 12 points. This new system helped shave approximately 40 minutes off the show's running time and has been used ever since.

The contest was won by Finland, considered to be the "underachievers" of Eurovision, with the song Hard Rock Hallelujah performed by the group Lordi. It is the first hard rock song to ever win the contest, winning both the semi and the final with the same amount of points. Finland waited a full 45 years for their first victory, eclipsing the previous mark of 31 years set by Greece the year before.

Format

Presenters

Television presenter Maria Menounos and two-time Eurovision entrant for Greece Sakis Rouvas hosted the contest.

Theme

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The logo of the 2006 Contest was created by the design company Karamela, and it was based on the Phaistos Disc - a symbol of ancient Greece. According to ERT, it was "inspired by the wind and the sea, the golden sunlight and the glow of the sand".

The Pre-Song Postcards showed places connected to Greece's history as well as its modern tourism hotspots. .

Incidents

  • Paul de Leeuw, the Dutch spokesperson, insisted on pretending to give Rouvas his phone number and announce points 1 to 7, which were already displayed to save time.
  • Constantinos Christoforou gave his votes from Cyprus whilst the graphic showed Switzerland was calling.
  • EBU imaging overrode Menounos during a voting interval segment.

Participants

37 countries participated, Armenia making its debut with Austria and Hungary withdrawing. Serbia and Montenegro also withdrew due to the country splitting up into two independent nations. Ireland's entry was the 1,000th song performed at the contest.

Semi-final

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Armenia Armenia André Without Your Love English -- 6 150
02 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Mariana Popova Let Me Cry -- 17 36
03 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Anžej Dežan Mr Nobody -- 16 49
04 Flag of Andorra Andorra Jennifer Serrano Sense tu Catalan Without you 23 8
05 Flag of Belarus Belarus Polina Smolova Mum English -- 22 10
06 Flag of Albania Albania Luiz Ejlli Zjarr e ftohtë Albanian Fire and cold 14 58
07 Flag of Belgium Belgium Kate Ryan Je t'adore English, French I adore you 12 69
08 Flag of Ireland Ireland Brian Kennedy Every Song Is a Cry for Love English -- 9 79
09 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Annet Artani Why Angels Cry -- 15 57
10 Flag of Monaco Monaco Séverine Ferrer La Coco-Dance French, Tahitian The Coco-Dance 21 14
11 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia Elena Risteska Ninanajna English, Macedonian -- 10 76
12 Flag of Poland Poland Ich Troje ft. Real McCoy Follow My Heart English, Polish, Spanish, German, Russian -- 11 70
13 Flag of Russia Russia Dima Bilan Never Let You Go English -- 3 217
14 Flag of Turkey Turkey Sibel Tüzün Süper Star English, Turkish Superstar 8 91
15 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Tina Karol Show me your love English -- 7 146
16 Flag of Finland Finland Lordi Hard Rock Hallelujah -- 1 292
17 Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands Treble Amambanda English, Imaginary 20 22
18 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania LT United We Are the Winners English -- 5 163
19 Flag of Portugal Portugal Nonstop Coisas de nada English, Portuguese Meaningless things 19 26
20 Flag of Sweden Sweden Carola Häggkvist Invincible English -- 4 214
21 Flag of Estonia Estonia Sandra Oxenryd Through My Window -- 18 28
22 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Hari Mata Hari Lejla Bosnian Layla 2 267
23 Flag of Iceland Iceland Silvia Night Congratulations English -- 13 62

Final

All countries voted including Serbia and Montenegro. The final took place on 20 May 2006. Lordi won for Finland with the song Hard Rock Hallelujah.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Six4One If We All Give A Little English -- 16 30
02 Flag of Moldova Moldova Arsenium ft. Connect-R & Natalia Gordienko Loca English, Spanish Crazy 20 22
03 Flag of Israel Israel Eddie Butler Together we are one (Ze hazman) English, Hebrew 23 4
04 Flag of Latvia Latvia Vocal Group Cosmos I hear your heart English -- 17 30
05 Norway Norway Christine Guldbrandsen Alvedansen Norwegian The Elf Dance 14 36
06 Flag of Spain Spain Las Ketchup Un Blodymary Spanish A Bloody Mary 21 18
07 Flag of Malta Malta Fabrizio Faniello I do English -- 24 1
08 Flag of Germany Germany Texas Lightning No No Never -- 14 36
09 Flag of Denmark Denmark Sidsel Ben Semmane Twist of Love -- 18 26
10 Flag of Russia Russia Dima Bilan Never Let You Go -- 2 248
11 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia Elena Risteska Ninanajna English, Macedonian -- 12 56
12 Flag of Romania Romania Mihai Trăistariu Tornerò English, Italian I will return 4 172
13 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Hari Mata Hari Lejla Bosnian -- 3 229
14 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania LT United We Are the Winners English -- 6 162
15 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Daz Sampson Teenage Life -- 19 25
16 Flag of Greece Greece Anna Vissi Everything -- 9 128
17 Flag of Finland Finland Lordi Hard Rock Hallelujah -- 1 292
18 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Tina Karol Show me your love -- 7 145
19 France France Virginie Pouchain Il était temps French It was time 22 5
20 Flag of Croatia Croatia Severina Moja štikla Croatian My high heel 12 56
21 Flag of Ireland Ireland Brian Kennedy Every Song Is a Cry for Love English -- 10 93
22 Flag of Sweden Sweden Carola Invincible -- 5 170
23 Flag of Turkey Turkey Sibel Tüzün Süper Star English, Turkish Superstar 11 91
24 Flag of Armenia Armenia André Without Your Love English -- 8 129

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