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The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 was the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest. The contest took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, following Emmelie de Forest's win in 2013 with the song Only Teardrops. This was the third time that Denmark hosted the contest, the last time being in 2001, after the Olsen Brothers' victory in 2000. Denmark is also the first country to win twice in the new millennium, and the second country after Sweden to host the contest twice in the new millennium. Thirty-seven countries confirmed participation. The semi-finals took place on 6 and 8 May 2014, with the grand final on 10 May 2014.

As a token of gratitude for its loyalty and enthusiasm for the contest over the years, Australia was invited to participate as part of the second semi-final interval act.  They have been broadcasting the event since the 1983 contest in Munich.

Conchita Wurst of Austria won the final. This was Austria's first win in the competition since 1966. The Netherlands placed second (their best result since 1975) and Sweden placed third rounding out the Top 3. An estimated 195 million people across Europe and around the world watched the contest, over 5 million tweets with the hashtag #Eurovision were recorded on Twitter during the grand final.

Format

Crimea

The contest was held in the immediate aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution, Russian military intervention in Ukraine, and the crisis in Crimea, in which Crimea was annexed by Russia. It was decided by the EBU and DR in late April 2014, that the televoting result in the region would be counted as Ukrainian votes, due to Ukrainian telecom operators in the area.

"As it stands now there are Ukrainian telecom operators active in Crimea and it should be so during all the shows next week. We at the EBU are not the ones to change these operators". - Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest

Graphics and Postcards

The graphic design of the contest was revealed by the EBU on 18 December 2013 after the first roll-out of tickets. The theme art comprises a blue and purple diamond, within it the generic Eurovision Song Contest logo featuring the Danish flag as well as the hashtag and slogan "#JoinUs" at the centre of the diamond.

The postcards used to introduce a country and their participants, were shot in their respected countries, and feature the artists using unique ways to create their country's flag, e.g. the postcard for the United Kingdom features Molly creating the Union Flag from Routemaster buses, Royal Mail vans, and people wearing blue raincoats along with strips of red and white paper.

Special Segments

Several short featurettes were featured throughout the three shows. They are as follows:

  • Wonderful Copenhagen (Semi 1): Pilou takes viewers and tourists on a hilarious tour of the Danish capital.
  • Euro-stralia (Semi 2): A live feed from Sydney featuring Australian fans as well as SBS commentator Julia Zemiro preceded the semi 2 interval act featuring a display of Australian clichés leading into Jessica Mauboy's performance.
  • The #JoinUs Dance (Semi 2): 37 people young and old chosen from across Europe showed off their dance moves in a unique performance.
  • 12-Point Song (Final): Lise, Pilou and Nikolaj pay tribute to Eurovision's most famous number in song.
  • Museum of Eurovision History (Final): Pilou welcomes visitors to an interactive Eurovision museum featuring cameo appearances by many past Eurovision stars including Herreys, Johnny Logan, Lordi and Gina G.
  • The Eurovision Book of Records (All shows): Profiling the many interesting records of the contest such as the Highest Hair, the Most Claps, the Longest Note and the Most La's among others.

Returning Artists

Artist(s) Previous Year(s)
Valentina Monetta 2013, 2012
Paula Seling & Ovi 2010
Tolmachevy Twins JESC 2006

Results

The official allocation draw took place on 20 January 2014 at Copenhagen City Hall and was hosted by Tine Gøtzsche and Ulla Essendrop.  Participating countries were placed into six pots to determine which Semi Final they will be in as well as which half of their allocated semi they would be performing. This is decided by geographic location and votes to and from that country within the last ten years.

Pre-allocations

Sweden and Norway were allocated to separate semifinals in order to maximize ticket availability for those countries, as a result Sweden was allocated to semi 1 and Norway to semi 2.  Israel requested allocation to semifinal 2 due to their major national holiday falling on the day of semifinal 1.  Germany was allocated to broadcast and vote in semifinal 2 as per a request by ARD/NDR.

During the Head of Delegation meetings on 17 March 2014, Denmark was given spot 23 in the grand final running order.

Qualifiers

Montenegro, Slovenia and San Marino all made the final for the first time after many tries, whilst Ireland and Georgia didn't qualify for the final.  Israel, whose song had been a fan favorite and ranked high on many fan polls, also missed qualification to the final, finishing second-last in semifinal 2.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

Flag of Albania Albania
Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia
Flag of Montenegro Montenegro
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland

Flag of Estonia Estonia
Flag of Finland Finland
Flag of Iceland Iceland
Flag of Latvia Latvia
Flag of Lithuania Lithuania

Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Flag of Belarus Belarus
Flag of Georgia Georgia
Flag of Russia Russia
Flag of Ukraine Ukraine

Flag of Armenia Armenia
Flag of Belgium Belgium
Flag of Greece Greece
Flag of Ireland Ireland
Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands

Flag of Austria Austria
Flag of Hungary Hungary
Flag of Poland Poland
Flag of San Marino San Marino

Flag of Malta Malta
Flag of Moldova Moldova
Flag of Portugal Portugal
Flag of Romania Romania

Results

Semi Final One

France France, Flag of Spain Spain and Flag of Denmark Denmark voted in this Semi Final. It was held on 6 May 2014.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Semi Points
01 Flag of Armenia Armenia Aram Mp3 Not Alone English -- 4 121
02 Flag of Latvia Latvia Aarzemnieki Cake to Bake 13 33
03 Flag of Estonia Estonia Tanja Amazing 12 36
04 Flag of Sweden Sweden Sanna Nielsen Undo 2 131
05 Flag of Iceland Iceland Pollapönk No Prejudice 8 61
06 Flag of Albania Albania Hersi Matmuja One Night's Anger 15 22
07 Flag of Russia Russia Tolmachevy Twins Shine 6 63
08 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Dilara Kazimova Start a Fire 9 57
09 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Mariya Yaremchuk Tick-Tock! English -- 5 118
10 Flag of Belgium Belgium Axel Hirsoux Mother 14 28
11 Flag of Moldova Moldova Cristina Scarlat Wild Soul 16 13
12 Flag of San Marino San Marino Valentina Monetta Maybe (Forse) 10 40
13 Flag of Portugal Portugal Suzy Quero ser tua Portuguese I want to be yours 11 39
14 Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands The Common Linnets Calm After the Storm English -- 1 150
15 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Sergej Ćetković Moj Svijet Montenegrin My World 7 63
16 Flag of Hungary Hungary Andras Kállay-Saunders Running English -- 3 127

Semi Final Two

Flag of Germany Germany, Flag of Italy Italy and the Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom voted in this Semi Final. It was held on 8 May 2014.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Semi Points
01 Flag of Malta Malta Firelight Coming Home English -- 9 63
02 Flag of Israel Israel Mei Finegold Same Heart English, Hebrew 14 19
03 Norway Norway Carl Espen Silent Storm English 6 77
04 Flag of Georgia Georgia The Shin & Mariko Three Minutes to Earth 15 15
05 Flag of Poland Poland Donatan & Cleo My Słowianie Polish, English Us Slavs 8 70
06 Flag of Austria Austria Conchita Wurst Rise Like a Phoenix English -- 1 169
07 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Vilija Matačiūnaitė Attention 11 36
08 Flag of Finland Finland Softengine Something Better 3 97
09 Flag of Ireland Ireland Can-linn ft. Kasey Smith Heartbeat 12 35
10 Flag of Belarus Belarus TEO Cheesecake 5 87
11 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia Tijana Dapčević To The Sky 13 33
12 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Sebalter Hunter of Stars 4 92
13 Flag of Greece Greece Freaky Fortune & RiskyKidd Rise Up 7 74
14 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Tinkara Kovač Round and Round English, Slovene 10 52
15 Flag of Romania Romania Paula Seling & Ovi Miracle English 2 125

Grand Final

The Grand Final was held on 10 May 2014.

All 37 countries voted. Albania and San Marino used juries due to insufficient televote capabilities. Georgia's jury vote was declared invalid due to all five jury members voting for the same top 8 (which is statistically impossible according to the EBU), resulting in the televote results being used instead.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Mariya Yaremchuk Tick-Tock! English -- 6 113
02 Flag of Belarus Belarus TEO Cheesecake 16 43
03 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Dilara Kazimova Start a Fire 22 33
04 Flag of Iceland Iceland Pollapönk No Prejudice 15 58
05 Norway Norway Carl Espen Silent Storm 8 88
06 Flag of Romania Romania Paula Seling & Ovi Miracle 12 72
07 Flag of Armenia Armenia Aram Mp3 Not Alone 4 174
08 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Sergej Ćetković Moj Svijet Montenegrin My World 19 37
09 Flag of Poland Poland Donatan & Cleo My Słowianie Polish, English Us Slavs 14 62
10 Flag of Greece Greece Freaky Fortune & RiskyKidd Rise Up English -- 20 35
11 Flag of Austria Austria Conchita Wurst Rise Like a Phoenix 1 290
12 Flag of Germany Germany Elaiza Is It Right? 18 39
13 Flag of Sweden Sweden Sanna Nielsen Undo 3 218
14 France France Twin Twin Moustache French 26 2
15 Flag of Russia Russia Tolmachevy Twins Shine English 7 89
16 Flag of Italy Italy Emma Marrone La Mia Città Italian My city 21 33
17 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Tinkara Kovač Round and Round Slovene, English -- 25 9
18 Flag of Finland Finland Softengine Something Better English 11 72
19 Flag of Spain Spain Ruth Lorenzo Dancing in the Rain 10 74
20 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Sebalter Hunter of Stars 13 64
21 Flag of Hungary Hungary Andras Kállay-Saunders Running 5 143
22 Flag of Malta Malta Firelight Coming Home 23 32
23 Flag of Denmark Denmark Basim Cliché Love Song 9 74
24 Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands The Common Linnets Calm After the Storm 2 238
25 Flag of San Marino San Marino Valentina Monetta Maybe 24 14
26 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Molly Children of the Universe 17 40

Withdrawn Countries

  • Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria - BNT wanted to take part in Copenhagen, but their funds were too low to participate
  • Flag of Croatia Croatia - HRT said they have had bad results since 2010, and their funds are too low.
  • Flag of Cyprus Cyprus - CyBc's budget is also low with banking crisis
  • Flag of Serbia Serbia - RTS have a low budget, and lack of sponsorship for an entry.

Countries that participated in the past but not in 2014

  • Flag of Andorra Andorra – RTVA said they will not return due to their recent placings, and their tight budget.
  • Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina – On 18 December 2013, the Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT) announced that due to a lack of sponsorhip, Bosnia and Herzegovina wouldn't return to the 2014 edition, after an absence of one year. Like Bulgarian National Television, the BHRT firstly wanted to participate in the contest
  • Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic – Česká televize (ČT) confirmed that Czech Republic won't take part in this edition on 30 September 2013. The reasons are low viewing figures and the bad results that the country obtained in the contest. The last Czech entry was in 2009. However, the country will return to the 2015 contest in Vienna.
  • Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg – Alain Berwick, Radio Télé Luxembourg's chief executive officer, said that Luxembourg will be again out in the contest, since its last participation in 1993. The lack of public interest and the potential financial burden of hosting the contest are the reasons. It was confirmed on 24 July 2013.
  • Flag of Monaco Monaco – Télé Monte Carlo (TMC), Monegasque broadcaster, informed a Eurovision news website that Monaco won't return to Eurovision in this year. The last entry from the country was in 2006, after an interruption of 23 years.
  • Flag of Morocco Morocco – Moroccan broadcaster Societé Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision (SNRT) confirmed to a Eurovision news website on 11 September 2013 that Morocco wouldn't be again in Eurovision, but maybe it will comeback in a near future.
  • Flag of Slovakia Slovakia – On 1 September 2013, Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska (RTVS) announced in their Twitter feed that Slovakia will not take part in Copenhagen. Later, it was confirmed on 9 September 2013. The last Slovakian entry was in 2012.
  • Flag of Turkey Turkey – İbrahim Şahin, general director of Türkiye Radyo ve Televizyon Kurumu (TRT), said on 14 September 2013 that there are no plans to return to Eurovision while it maintains the current conditions. Turkey won't be again in the contest due to the dissatisfaction with the introduction of a mixed jury/televote voting system and the use of the Big Five. It was confirmed on 7 November 2013. However, there were rumours about that the country will return in 2015, however this wasn't the case.

Other countries

  • Flag of Kosovo – Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK) didn't state intentions of taking part in 2014 edition, Kosovo's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Petrit Selimi said in Korrespondeterna (Swedish television programme) that Kosovo would be granted EBU membership and so, it would be able to participate in Eurovision 2014. However, Kosovo must be first recognized as independent country by the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) if it wants to be part of the contest.
  • Flag of Liechtenstein – Liechtenstein tried again to participate in the contest, but broadcaster 1 Fürstentum Liechtenstein Television (1FLTV) announced on 10 September 2013 that they won't take part in any foreseeable Eurovision edition until such financial support has been granted by the government of Liechtenstein.
  • Flag of Canada – Canadian cable channel OUTtv broadcast the contest on delay across three consecutive days: the first semifinal airing June 20, the second semifinal airing June 21 and a marathon day on June 22 featuring both semifinals as well as the grand final. Commentary was provided by Adam Rollins and Tommy D.

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