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Eurovision Song Contest 2005

Helena Paparizou was Europe's Number One when she brought Greece to the top of the scoreboard for the first time.


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 decided to withdraw.

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.

In the same year, the Congratulations: 50 Years show was hosted, by Katrina Leskanich and Renars Kaupers of Brainstorm, in Forum Arena, in Copenhagen, Denmark, to celebrate the 50th show.

Gallery

Participants

Semi Final

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.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconAustria Austria Global Kryner Y así English, Spanish Like that 21 30
02 IconLithuania Lithuania Laura and The Lovers Little by little English -- 25 17
03 IconPortugal Portugal 2B Amar English, Portuguese To love 17 51
04 IconMoldova Moldova Zdob şi Zdub Boonika Bate Doba English, Romanian Grandmother beats the drum 2 207
05 IconLatvia Latvia Walters and Kazha The War is Not Over English -- 10 85
06 IconMonaco Monaco Lise Darly Tout de moi French All of me 24 22
07 IconIsrael Israel Shiri Maimon HaSheket SheNish'ar English, Hebrew The silence that remains 7 158
08 IconBelarus Belarus Angelica Agurbash Love Me Tonight English -- 13 67
09 IconThe Netherlands The Netherlands Glennis Grace My Impossible Dream -- 14 53
10 IconIceland Iceland Selma If I Had Your Love -- 16 52
11 IconBelgium Belgium Nuno Resende Le grand soir French The big night 22 29
12 IconEstonia Estonia Suntribe Let's Get Loud English -- 20 31
13 IconNorway Norway Wig Wam In my dreams -- 6 164
14 IconRomania Romania Luminiţa Anghel and Sistem Let Me Try English -- 1 235
15 IconHungary Hungary NOX Forogj, világ! Hungarian Spin, world! 5 167
16 IconFinland Finland Geir Rönning Why? English -- 18 50
17 IconNorth Macedonia North Macedonia Martin Vučić Make my day -- 9 97
18 IconAndorra Andorra Marian van de Wal La mirada interior Catalan The inner glance 23 27
19 IconSwitzerland Switzerland Vanilla Ninja Cool Vibes English -- 8 114
20 IconCroatia Croatia Boris Novković ft. Lado Vukovi umiru sami Croatian Wolves die alone 4 169
21 IconBulgaria Bulgaria Kaffe Lorraine English -- 19 49
22 IconIreland Ireland Donna and Joe Love? -- 14 53
23 IconSlovenia Slovenia Omar Naber Stop Slovene -- 12 69
24 IconDenmark Denmark Jakob Sveistrup Talking to You English -- 3 185
25 IconPoland Poland Ivan and Delfin Czarna dziewczyna Polish, Russian Black haired girl 11 81

Grand Final

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
Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconHungary Hungary NOX Forogj, világ! Hungarian Spin, world! 12 97
02 IconUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Javine Touch My Fire English -- 22 18
03 IconMalta Malta Chiara Angel English -- 2 192
04 IconRomania Romania Luminiţa Anghel and Sistem Let Me Try English -- 3 158
05 IconNorway Norway Wig Wam In My Dreams -- 9 125
06 IconTurkey Turkey Gülseren Rimi Rimi Ley Turkish -- 13 92
07 IconMoldova Moldova Zdob şi Zdub Boonika Bate Doba English, Romanian Grandmother beats the drum 6 148
08 IconAlbania Albania Ledina Çelo Tomorrow I Go English -- 16 53
09 IconCyprus Cyprus Constantinos Christoforou Ela Ela (Come Baby) -- 18 46
10 IconSpain Spain Son de Sol Brujería Spanish Witchcraft 21 28
11 IconIsrael Israel Shiri Maimon HaSheket SheNish'ar English, Hebrew The silence that remains 4 154
12 IconSerbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro No Name Zauvijek moja Montenegrin Forever mine 7* 137
13 IconDenmark Denmark Jakob Sveistrup Talking to You English -- 9 125
14 IconSweden Sweden Martin Stenmarck Las Vegas -- 19 30
15 IconNorth Macedonia North Macedonia Martin Vučić Make My Day -- 17 52
16 IconUkraine Ukraine GreenJolly Razom nas bahato English, Ukrainian, Russian Together we are many 19 30
17 IconGermany Germany Gracia Baur Run & Hide English -- 24 4
18 IconCroatia Croatia Boris Novković and Lado Vukovi umiru sami Croatian Wolves die alone 11 115
19 IconGreece Greece Helena Paparizou My Number One English -- 1 230
20 IconRussia Russia Natalia Podolskaya Nobody Hurt No One English -- 15 57
21 IconBosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Feminnem Call Me -- 14 79
22 IconSwitzerland Switzerland Vanilla Ninja Cool Vibes -- 8 128
23 IconLatvia Latvia Walters and Kazha The War is Not Over -- 5 153
24 IconFrance France Ortal Chacun pense à soi French Everyone thinks of themselves 23 11
  • 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.
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