The Eurovision Song Contest 2005 was the 50th Eurovision Song Contest, which was held at the Palace of Sports, Kiev, Ukraine. The winner was Greece's My Number One, written by the famous songwriters Christos Dantis and Natalia Germanos and performed by Greek-Swedish singer Helena Paparizou, who scored 230 points, while Malta's Angel, Chiara, was the runner up with 192 points, and the third place went to Romania's Let Me Try.
Moldova and Bulgaria made their debuts, while Hungary returned to the contest for the first time since 1998.
The contest took place on 19 May 2005 for the semi-final and 21 May 2005 for the final. Organizers hoped that this event would boost Ukraine's image abroad and increase tourism, while the country's new government hoped that it would also give a modest boost to the long-term goal of acquiring European Union membership.
All countries, including the Big Four, voted in the Semi Final that was held on 19 May 2005. Only the top ten qualified to the final out of 25 participants.
The Eurovision 2005 final was held on 21 May 2005. The qualifiers to the final were:
- The Big Four (France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom)
- The top 10 non-big four countries of 2004
- The top 10 of the semi final of 2005
- Serbia and Montenegro's automatic place in the 2006 final was taken by Croatia as they withdrew to become independent. The country however, voted anyway.
- Due to the extended time it took with multiple countries voting, this was the last contest where all the points were read during the voting.
- My Number One is the only winner to be an auto-qualifer outside the Big Four.
- Three contestants from the 1995 came back to sing as backing vocalists: