Eurovision Song Contest 2005 Final

The tension was extremely high on 21st May, 2005 when 24 countries competed to get the crown of Europe's biggest musical event which took place in Kiev in its 50th edition. Ukrainian TV had decided that the motto for the 2005 contest would be Awakening, following the country's political shifts the year before.

No clear favorite

Just like in 2004, ten countries had a reason for partying as the went on to qualify for the Final of the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest: Romania, Moldova, Denmark, Croatia, Hungary, Norway, Israel, Switzerland, FYR Macedonia and Latvia. Unlike in 2004, there was no clear favorite among the ten qualifiers and the 14 who already pre-qualified to the Final. A handful of countries were tipped as the winner.

About the winner

After an exciting start of the voting, it soon became clear that Greece,represented by Helena Paparizou with the song My Number One, and Malta's Chiara would fight for the crown of European music. Both had already participated before in the Eurovision Song Contest; Helena as part of the group Antique, which came 3rd in the 2001 contest (which was Greece's best ever result at that time). Chiara had also come third in a nail-biting finish in Birmingham. in 1998. However, in the last part of the voting, it became clear that Greece would take the trophy home to Athens. The Romanian entry Let Me Try by Luminita Anghel & Sistem came third after winning the Semi-Final. 2005 is the only contest to date where a pre-qualified finalist has won the contest's Final.

The Kyiv contest marked the 50th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest, which later in 2005 would see a gala in Copenhagen to celebrate the birthday of this middle-aged but young hearted lady, better known as the Eurovision Song Contest to millions of European television viewers.

Facts & Figures

Date

Saturday 21 May 2005

Location

Palace of Sports, Kiev, Ukraine

Winner

Helena Paparizou from Greece

Broadcaster

NTU

Hosts

Maria Efrosinina & Pavlo Shylko

Executive Producer

Pavlo Grytsak

EBU Scrutineer

Svante Stockselius

Director

Sven Stojanovic

Interval Act

Ruslana

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Hungary
Flag of HungaryMTV
NOX Forogj Világ 097 12
02 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Javine Touch My Fire 018 22
03 Malta
Flag of MaltaPBS
Chiara Angel 192 02
04 Romania
Flag of RomaniaTVR
Luminita Anghel & Sistem Let Me Try 158 03
05 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Wig Wam In My Dreams 125 09
06 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Gülseren Rimi Rimi Ley 092 13
07 Moldova
Flag of MoldovaTRM
Zdob si Zdub Boonika Bate Toba 148 06
08 Albania
Flag of AlbaniaRTSH
Ledina Celo Tomorrow I Go 053 16
09 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Constantinos Christoforou Ela Ela 046 18
10 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Son de sol Brujería 028 21
11 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Shiri Maymon Hasheket Shenish'ar 154 04
12 Serbia & Montenegro
Flag of Serbia & MontenegroRTS
No Name Zauvijek Moja 137 07
13 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Jakob Sveistrup Talking To You 125 09
14 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Martin Stenmarck Las Vegas 030 19
15 F.Y.R. Macedonia
Flag of F.Y.R. MacedoniaMKRTV
Martin Vucic Make My Day 052 17
16 Ukraine
Flag of UkraineNTU
Greenjolly Razom Nas Bahato 030 19
17 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Gracia Run & Hide 004 24
18 Croatia
Flag of CroatiaHRT
Boris Novkovic feat. Lado members Vukovi Umiru Sami 115 11
19 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Helena Paparizou My Number One 230 01
20 Russia
Flag of RussiaC1R
Natalia Podolskaya Nobody Hurt No One 057 15
21 Bosnia & Herzegovina
Flag of Bosnia & HerzegovinaPBSBIH
Feminnem Call Me 079 14
22 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Vanilla Ninja Cool Vibes 128 08
23 Latvia
Flag of LatviaLTV
Walter & Kazha The War Is Not Over 153 05
24 France
Flag of FranceFrance 3
Ortal Chacun Pense à Soi 011 23

Scoreboard

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
Hungary Hungary
62215673132683102836562 97 12
United Kingdom United Kingdom
5841 18 22
Malta Malta
4558461048788541010525102121763581010 192 2
Romania Romania
5761728832551055127746712312234 158 3
Norway Norway
2433131281241241655382438165 125 9
Turkey Turkey
87108384121036121 92 13
Moldova Moldova
271461265217484810231012105347122 148 6
Albania Albania
352121108102 53 16
Cyprus Cyprus
7101212113 46 18
Spain Spain
12484 28 21
Israel Israel
381865151058623861255786117377 154 4
Serbia & Montenegro Serbia & Montenegro
61231041210106362116661041243 137 7
Denmark Denmark
34526610734431012514101088 125 9
Sweden Sweden
7665312 30 19
F.Y.R. Macedonia F.Y.R. Macedonia
1077817525 52 17
Ukraine Ukraine
812721 30 19
Germany Germany
22 4 24
Croatia Croatia
2812228127176722511012828 115 11
Greece Greece
124412612512273812122271644131041228127101212 230 1
Russia Russia
1277107104 57 15
Bosnia & Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina
1010431748756104 79 14
Switzerland Switzerland
1103411210433732128183647655 128 8
Latvia Latvia
1065716104711312612101284657316 153 5
France France
155 11 23