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Eurovision Song Contest 2015

Måns Zelmerlöw was Sweden's 6th Hero, with the country topping the scoreboard for the second time this decade.


The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 was the Diamond Anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest and was held at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria, following Conchita Wurst's winning performance at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The contest was held on the 19th, 21st and the 23rd of May and was hosted by Mirjam Weischelbaum, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer. Conchita Wurst acted as the green room host. This marks the first time since trios became the norm in 2010 that the presenters are all female.

Cyprus, the Czech Republic and Serbia returned to the contest after some time away, while Ukraine decided to withdraw. And for the first time, Australia competed in the grand final as a special guest because the country is one of the long-standing fans that are normally not allowed to compete - they voted in both semi-finals as well as the final.

This was the second time the city of Vienna hosted the contest, the first being in 1967. The theme of this year's contest was Building Bridges, symbolizing the unifying power of the event and spreading music across cultures, borders, and languages. The slogan was unveiled by ORF on 11 September 2014. The official graphic design was unveiled on 25 November 2014.

In conjunction with the event in Vienna, a special celebration concert was staged in London to commemorate the contest's 60th anniversary An official 60-year archive was released and is available here.

The contest was won by Sweden with the song Heroes by Måns Zelmerlöw. Russia ended in second place with Italy, Belgium and Australia rounding out the top 5.

On the other end of the scoreboard, Germany and Austria both finished with the ever-dreaded Nul Points. It was the first time since 2003 that an entry had failed to score in the final, and the first time since 1997 that two countries shared the dubious honor. As well, it was the first time that the host country failed to score (Austria also tied Norway's record of being served the nul points 4 times).

This was also the first time the winner did not win televoting, in which Italy placed first, followed by Russia with the actual winner Sweden in third place.

Postcards

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 provinces taking part. The story continues with the contestants making their way through one of the provinces where they have an individual task to fulfill to the host city of Vienna. The tasks on the journeys vary from culture to sports, from economics to science and tradition to modern.

Incidents

The album covers of the songs Heroes (Sweden) and Hour of the Wolf (Azerbaijan) are similar, which some people suspect to be plagiarism.

Both covers feature the lead singer looking left with a transparent graphic version of themselves to the left.

The Swedish entry video was pulled from the official Eurovision channel when it was learned that the cartoon character was copied from another designer. It was replaced with the lyric video and the character was altered for Vienna.

Anti-booing measures had to be put in place for television viewers after the final Jury rehearsal, as Russia was predicted to place well on the night, and politics in Russia have a negative impact on the audience. Many viewers thought the audience sounded "canned" and "unnatural". This was made obvious when Jon Ola Sand and host Alice Tumler made it clear that politics should not be brought into the televoting.

Returning Artists

Artist(s) Previous Year(s)
Elnur Hüseynov 2008 (with Samir)
Michele Perniola JESC 2013
Anita Simoncini JESC 2014 (with The Peppermints)
Amber 2012 (backing for Kurt Calleja)
Uzari 2011 (backing for Anastasia Vinnikova)
Inga Arshakyan (Genealogy) 2009 (with her sister)
Raay (Maraaya) 2014 (composer/backing for Tinkara Kovač)
Hera Björk (backing for María Ólafs) 2010

Participants

The semi-final allocation draw was held on 26 January 2015 at the Rathaus in Vienna, and hosted by Andi Knoll and Kati Bellowitsch. The insignia handover ceremony took place before the draw began, officially beginning the countdown to the contest.

Kati presented the Austrian votes for the final live from the stage of the Eurovision Village, while Andi served as Austrian commentator for ORF.

The pots are as follows, calculated by the EBU's voting providers Digame and based on voting patterns over the past 10 years:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 Finalists
Flag of Albania Albania
Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia
Flag of Montenegro Montenegro
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
Flag of Serbia Serbia
Flag of Malta Malta
Flag of Denmark Denmark
Flag of Finland Finland
Flag of Estonia Estonia
Norway Norway
Flag of Sweden Sweden
Flag of Iceland Iceland
Flag of Latvia Latvia
Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Flag of Belarus Belarus
Flag of Georgia Georgia
Flag of Israel Israel
Flag of Russia Russia
Flag of Armenia Armenia
Flag of Lithuania Lithuania
Flag of Belgium Belgium
Flag of Cyprus Cyprus
Flag of Greece Greece
Flag of Ireland Ireland
Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands
Flag of San Marino San Marino
Flag of Hungary Hungary
Flag of Moldova Moldova
Flag of Romania Romania
Flag of Portugal Portugal
Flag of Poland Poland
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic
Flag of Austria Austria (Host)
France France
Flag of Germany Germany
Flag of Italy Italy
Flag of Spain Spain
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
Flag of Australia Australia (Guest)

Pre-allocations

As per request by the German broadcaster, ARD/NDR, which was approved by the EBU Reference Group, Germany was pre-allocated to broadcast and vote in Semi Final Two.

Austria was allocated to perform in the #14 slot in the final during the Head of Delegation meetings on 16 March 2015.

Due to the nature of Australia's participation, they were given a direct pass to the final along with the host country and the Big Five, and given voting rights in both semifinals. This was done to allow the countries allocated to the semifinals a fair chance to qualify on their own merit.

Semi Final One

Flag of Austria Austria,Flag of Australia Australia, France France and Flag of Spain Spain voted in this semi. It was held on 19 May 2015.

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

Semi Final Two

Flag of Germany Germany, Flag of Italy Italy, Flag of Australia Australia and Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom voted in this semi. It was held on 21 May 2015.

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

Final

The Grand Final was held on the 23rd May 2015, and these countries below have qualified from their semi final, or are Big Five, guests, or hosting countries that have auto-qualification to the final. All 40 countries voted

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Maraaya Here For You English -- 14 39
02 France France Lisa Angell N'oubliez pas French Don't forget 25 4
03 Flag of Israel Israel Nadav Guedj Golden Boy English -- 9 97
04 Flag of Estonia Estonia Elina Born & Stig Rästa Goodbye To Yesterday -- 7 106
05 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Electro Velvet Still In Love With You -- 24 5
06 Flag of Armenia Armenia Genealogy Face The Shadow -- 16 34
07 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Monika & Vaidas This Time -- 18 30
08 Flag of Serbia Serbia Bojana Stamenov Beauty Never Lies -- 10 53
09 Norway Norway Mørland & Debrah A Monster Like Me -- 8 102
10 Flag of Sweden Sweden Måns Zelmerlöw Heroes -- 1 365
11 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus John Karagiannis One Thing I Should Have Done -- 22 11
12 Flag of Australia Australia Guy Sebastian Tonight Again -- 5 196
13 Flag of Belgium Belgium Loïc Nottet Rhythm Inside -- 4 217
14 Flag of Austria Austria The Makemakes I Am Yours -- 27 0
15 Flag of Greece Greece Maria-Elena Kyriakou One Last Breath -- 19 23
16 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Nenad Knežević Adio Montenegrin Goodbye 13 44
17 Flag of Germany Germany Ann Sophie Black Smoke English -- 26 0
18 Flag of Poland Poland Monika Kuszyńska In The Name Of Love -- 23 10
19 Flag of Latvia Latvia Aminata Savadogo Love Injected -- 6 186
20 Flag of Romania Romania Voltaj De la capăt (All over Again) Romanian, English From the beginning 15 35
21 Flag of Spain Spain Edurne Amanecer Spanish Dawn 21 15
22 Flag of Hungary Hungary Boggie Wars For Nothing English -- 20 19
23 Flag of Georgia Georgia Nina Sublatti Warrior -- 11 51
24 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Elnur Hüseynov Hour of the Wolf -- 12 49
25 Flag of Russia Russia Polina Gagarina A Million Voices -- 2 303
26 Flag of Albania Albania Elhaida Dani I'm Alive -- 17 34
27 Flag of Italy Italy Il Volo Grande Amore Italian [3] Great love 3 292

Withdrawn countries

  1. Flag of Andorra Andorra will not return in 2015 as stated by RTVA, the broadcaster for Andorra.[4]
  2. Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria BNT made it official on 19 December 2014 that Bulgaria will not participate in 2015 despite a deadline extension by the EBU.[5]
  3. Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina have confirmed that BHRT have financial difficulties and have decided to withdraw from Vienna.[6]
  4. Flag of Croatia Croatia HRT confirmed that Croatia will not participate in 2015.[7]
  5. Flag of Lebanon Télé Liban confirmed that Lebanon will not debut in 2015.[8]
  6. Flag of Liechtenstein 1FLTV stated Liechtenstein would not debut in 2015.[9]
  7. Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg RTL confirmed that Luxembourg would not be participating in 2015. A joint entry with San Marino had been proposed by SMRTV, but was later dropped due to insufficient funding.[10]
  8. Flag of Monaco Monaco had rumours of returning, but TMC have stated they will not participate in 2015.[11]
  9. Flag of Slovakia Slovakia stated they will not participate in 2015 due to a lack of sponsors.[12]
  10. Flag of Turkey Turkey TRT's General Manager confirmed on 5 September 2014 that Turkey will not participate in 2015.[13] However, they will participate in 2016.[14]
  11. Flag of Ukraine Ukraine NTU announced on 19 September 2014 that Ukraine will withdraw for 2015 due to financial, political and military instability.[15]

Other Countries

  • Flag of Canada Canada once again broadcasted the contest on the cable channel OUTtv. Adam Rollins and Tommy D returned as commentators.[16]

Gallery

References

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