Eurovision Song Contest 2005 Semi-Final

The 2005 Eurovision Song Conest Semi-Final took part in Ukraine's capital Kyiv. It was the first big event after the country's so-called Orange Revolution, which took place only months before the Eurovision Song Contest circus turned the capital city into the most cheerful place in Europe.

Heading for Kyiv

After the success of the 2004 Semi-Final and Final in Istanbul, with over seven millions telephone and SMS votes cast, it was decided that this new system for the Eurovision Song Contest would stay the same. The so called 'Big Four' (Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Spain) would compete automatically in the Final just as the ten best placed countries from the 2004 contest. Kyiv would see the arrival of two new countries: Bulgaria and Moldova. Another old friend - Hungary - would return to the contest for the first time since 1998. Lebanon was on the initial list of interested countries, but pulled out when it appeared they could not meet the requirements neccessary to take part.

The 2005 Semi-Final featured 25 songs altogether, of which only ten would proceed to the Final. Press and the fans were divided about who would qualify, and lots of people were surprised about the outcome as favorites like the Dutch entry My Impossible Dream by Glennis Grace and runner-up of the 1999 Song Contest Selma from Iceland didn't make it to the Final.

The singer for Belarus, Angelica Agurbash, embarked on a huge promotion campaign in Kyiv throwing a glamorous party for all the delegations, media and fans, but she also failed to qualify for the Final. The Swiss entry Cool Vibes by popular Estonian girlgroup Vanilla Ninja did make it to the Final though. Composer David Brandes thus had two songs in the Final, as he was also responsible for the German entry Run And Hide, performed by Gracia.

Facts & Figures


Thursday 19 May 2005


Palace of Sports, Kyiv, Ukraine





Maria Efrosinina & Pavlo Shylko

Executive Producer

Pavlo Grytsak

EBU Scrutineer

Svante Stockselius


Sven Stojanovic

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Global.Kryner Y Así
Christof Spörk, Edi Köhldorfer Christof Spörk
030 21
02 Lithuania
Flag of LithuaniaLRT
Laura and the Lovers Little By Little
Bobby Ljunggren Billy Butt
017 25
03 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
2B Amar
Jose da Ponte, Alexandre Honra...
051 17
04 Moldova
Flag of MoldovaTRM
Zdob si Zdub Boonika Bate Toba
207 02
05 Latvia
Flag of LatviaLTV
Walter & Kazha The War Is Not Over
Martins Freimanis
085 10
06 Monaco
Flag of MonacoTMC
Lise Darly Tout De Moi
Didier Fabre Phil Bosco
022 24
07 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Shiri Maymon Hasheket Shenish'ar
Pini Aronbayev Eyal Shachar & Pini Aronbayev
158 07
08 Belarus
Flag of BelarusBTRC
Angelica Agurbash Love Me Tonight
Nikos Terzis Nektarios Tyrakis
067 13
09 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Glennis Grace My Impossible Dream
Robert D. Fisher Bruce Smith
053 14
10 Iceland
Flag of IcelandRÚV
Selma If I Had Your Love
Thorvaldur Bjarni Thorvaldsson... Linda Thompson
052 16
11 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumRTBF
Nuno Resende Le Grand Soir
Alec Mansion & Frédéric Zeitoun
029 22
12 Estonia
Flag of EstoniaERR
Suntribe Let's Get Loud
Sven Lõhmus
031 20
13 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Wig Wam In My Dreams
Trond “Teeny” Holter
164 06
14 Romania
Flag of RomaniaTVR
Luminita Anghel & Sistem Let Me Try
Cristian Faur
235 01
15 Hungary
Flag of HungaryMTV
NOX Forogj Világ
Szabolcs Harmath Attila Valla
167 05
16 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Geir Rönning Why
Mika Toivanen Steven Stewart
050 18
17 F.Y.R. Macedonia
Flag of F.Y.R. MacedoniaMKRTV
Martin Vucic Make My Day
Dragan Vucić Ognen Nedelkovski
097 09
18 Andorra
Flag of AndorraRTVA
Marian van de Wal La Mirada Interior
Rafah Tanit Rafah Tanit, Daniel Aragay & R...
027 23
19 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Vanilla Ninja Cool Vibes
David Brandes
114 08
20 Croatia
Flag of CroatiaHRT
Boris Novkovic feat. Lado members Vukovi Umiru Sami
Franjo Valentiæ Boris Novkoviæ
169 04
21 Bulgaria
Flag of BulgariaBNT
Kaffe Lorraine
Vesselin Ivanov Vesselin Ivanov, Orlin Pavlov
049 19
22 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Donna and Joseph McCaul Love?
Karl Broderick
053 14
23 Slovenia
Flag of SloveniaRTVSLO
Omar Naber Stop
Omar Naber Ursa Vlašič
069 12
24 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Jakob Sveistrup Talking To You
Jacob Launbjerg & Andreas Mørck
185 03
25 Poland
Flag of PolandTVP
Ivan & Delfin Czarna Dziewczyna
Lukasz Lazer Ivan Komarenko & Pawel Radzisz...
081 11


Participant Albania Andorra Austria Belarus Belgium Bosnia & Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Denmark Estonia F.Y.R. Macedonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Israel Latvia Lithuania Malta Moldova Monaco Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Serbia & Montenegro Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Points Place
Austria Austria
5711106 30 21
Lithuania Lithuania
584 17 25
Portugal Portugal
101212512 51 17
Moldova Moldova
381046648510356683101010168121267112125 207 2
Latvia Latvia
772510266121234162 85 10
Monaco Monaco
10102 22 24
Israel Israel
71212343411835726512468834310656 158 7
Belarus Belarus
127682337111034 67 13
The Netherlands The Netherlands
51264588122 53 14
Iceland Iceland
61024108273 52 16
Belgium Belgium
173126 29 22
Estonia Estonia
361112512 31 20
Norway Norway
2252724126212412107663871743852267 164 6
Romania Romania
41038551127154671212581210127781035112548718 235 1
Hungary Hungary
1746378614454578526127107843318101 167 5
Finland Finland
3884610101 50 18
F.Y.R. Macedonia F.Y.R. Macedonia
12410101223410818310 97 9
Andorra Andorra
64107 27 23
Switzerland Switzerland
182335212310633623781225222254 114 8
Croatia Croatia
1012111283122108444654336121261047 169 4
Bulgaria Bulgaria
4110877165 49 19
Ireland Ireland
24151210525412 53 14
Slovenia Slovenia
832810772114673 69 12
Denmark Denmark
8676781527101227410121053481271210 185 3
Poland Poland
5652381043115572518 81 11