Eurovision Song Contest 2005 Final

The 50th Eurovision Song Contest took place on 21st May 2005 in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. 24 countries participated in the Grand Final.

Many happy returns

The 2005 contest was seen by many as an open competition with fans and pundits divided over which country would win.

The 2005 contest saw many previous participants return to the stage. Helena Paparizou, who represented Greece as part of the group Antique, returned to the contest with the song My Number One. Chiara, who finished third for Malta in 1998, returned to the contest as did Constantinos Christoforou who represented Cyprus in 1996 and in 2002 as part of the group One. Annabel Conde, who represented Spain in 1995 was a backing singer for Andorra and Selma who finished second for Iceland in 1999, failed to qualify from the Semi-Final with her song If I Had Your Love.

About the winner

After an unpredictable start to the voting procedure, it soon became clear that Greece, represented by Helena Paparizou with the song My Number One, would win the contest. Malta's Chiara finished one place higher than her previous appearance finishing in second place. The Romanian entry, Let Me Try by Luminita Anghel & Sistem, came third after winning the Semi-Final.

Facts and Figures

  • The Kyiv contest marked the 50th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest. A gala celebrating this milestone was held later in 2005 in Copenhagen. The event, known as Congratulations, saw ABBA's Waterloo crowned the most popular winner of all time.
  • The Swiss entry Cool Vibes was performed by popular Estonian girl group Vanilla Ninja. The entry was composed by David Brandes who was also responsible for the German entry in 2005, Run And Hide.
  • The slogan for 2005 was Awakening, which reflected the political developments in the country at the time.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 21 May 2005


Palace of Sports, Kyiv, Ukraine


Helena Paparizou from Greece




Maria Efrosinina & Pavlo Shylko

Executive Producer

Pavlo Grytsak

EBU Scrutineer

Svante Stockselius


Sven Stojanovic

Interval Act


The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Hungary
Flag of HungaryMTV
NOX Forogj Világ
Szabolcs Harmath Attila Valla
097 12
02 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Javine Touch My Fire
Javine Hilton & John Themis
018 22
03 Malta
Flag of MaltaPBS
Chiara Angel
Chiara Siracusa
192 02
04 Romania
Flag of RomaniaTVR
Luminita Anghel & Sistem Let Me Try
Cristian Faur
158 03
05 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Wig Wam In My Dreams
Trond “Teeny” Holter
125 09
06 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Gülseren Rimi Rimi Ley
Erdinç Tunç Göksan Arman
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
Adi Hila Pandi Laço
053 16
09 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Constantinos Christoforou Ela Ela
Constantinos Christoforou
046 18
10 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Son de sol Brujería
Alfredo Panebianco
028 21
11 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Shiri Maymon Hasheket Shenish'ar
Pini Aronbayev Eyal Shachar & Pini Aronbayev
154 04
12 Serbia & Montenegro
Flag of Serbia & MontenegroRTS
No Name Zauvijek Moja
Slaven Knezovic Milan Peric
137 07
13 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Jakob Sveistrup Talking To You
Jacob Launbjerg & Andreas Mørc...
125 09
14 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Martin Stenmarck Las Vegas
Niklas Edberger, Johan Fransso...
030 19
15 F.Y.R. Macedonia
Flag of F.Y.R. MacedoniaMKRTV
Martin Vucic Make My Day
Dragan Vucić Ognen Nedelkovski
052 17
16 Ukraine
Flag of UkraineNTU
Greenjolly Razom Nas Bahato
030 19
17 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Gracia Run & Hide
David Brandes, Jane Tempest John O'Flynn
004 24
18 Croatia
Flag of CroatiaHRT
Boris Novkovic feat. Lado members Vukovi Umiru Sami
Franjo Valentiæ Boris Novkoviæ
115 11
19 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Helena Paparizou My Number One
Christos Dantis Christos Dantis & Natalia Germ...
230 01
20 Russia
Flag of RussiaC1R
Natalia Podolskaya Nobody Hurt No One
Victor Drobysh M.S. Applegate, J.P. Chase
057 15
21 Bosnia & Herzegovina
Flag of Bosnia & HerzegovinaPBSBIH
Feminnem Call Me
Andrej Babic
079 14
22 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Vanilla Ninja Cool Vibes
David Brandes
128 08
23 Latvia
Flag of LatviaLTV
Walter & Kazha The War Is Not Over
Martins Freimanis
153 05
24 France
Flag of FranceFrance 3
Ortal Chacun Pense à Soi
Saad Tabainet, Ortal
011 23


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