Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Grand Final

The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest will always be known as one of the events that went far beyond its borders and its stories found worldwide attention. From huge audience input for the shows, the global sensation its winner became to some of the highest viewer numbers in the past decade, the Copenhagen contest became a landmark one.

It all started already in the summer of 2013 when DR, the Danish broadcaster, took the challenge and promised to 'modernise the contest'. This they took to another level, when the show producers announced that audience input through social media would be used for the shows in May.

People all over the world flocked to submit their ideas for the shows and posted clips of singing the Danish winning song Only Teardrops or dancing. In the end, that was what DR had had as their guiding light for this contest - the whole of Europe to join them.

But there was another story that got even more attention. It was the story of Conchita Wurst. She had already been in the Austrian selection the year before but in September 2013, the Austrian broadcaster ORF announced it would be her who would carry their flag in Copenhagen.

No song was yet revealed for the drag artist and in fact, became one of the very last songs to be introduced to the public. But there was no stopping of her Rise Like A Phoenix and the self-titled 'bearded lady' won the contest with a smashing 290 points.

However, this did not end there. Immediately after her victory, she became a worldwide phenomenon with show business royalty, from Cher and Elton John to Jean-Paul Gaultier giving her support with huge attention also in Austria.

It wasn’t only the winner that became a huge success but also several of the other songs. One of the biggest successes after the contest, was the Dutch entry Calm After The Storm by The Common Linnets which climbed on top of many charts across Europe and was hailed for its quality.

A little more

  • Under new rules, the names of all jury members were announced on the 1st of May. Additionally, the ranking submitted by each individual jury member for all shows were published right after the Final. To increase diversity, music industry professionals could now only take a seat in a national jury if they had not been in the jury during one of the previous two editions of the contest.
  • Aram MP3 was the main favourite to win before the contest but in the end, finished fourth.
  • Valentina Monetta took part for the third consecutive time for San Marino and for the first time, the country qualified for the Final with her Maybe (Forse).
  • Formerly, the world’s biggest shipyard, B&W Hallerne staged the world’s biggest entertainment show.
  • 2014 was also a turbulent year for public broadcasters all over Europe. It was the year when the Greek broadcaster was revamped and opened as a new one, the financial crisis caused the Cypriot and Croatian broadcasters not to be able to take part but also brought back Portugal. In the end, 37 countries took part, with Slovenia joining the ranks at the very last minute.
  • Several cities were in the running to become the host city but in the end, Copenhagen was chosen.
  • Some 195 million viewers tuned in for this contest.
  • The show was co-hosted by Pilou Asbæk, who had become world-famous in the political drama Borgen.

Facts & Figures

Date

Saturday 10 May 2014

Location

B&W Hallerne, Copenhagen, Denmark

Winner

Conchita Wurst from Austria

Broadcaster

DR

Hosts

Nikolaj Koppel, Pilou Asbæk and Lise Rønne

EBU Executive Supervisor

Jon Ola Sand

Executive Producer

Pernille Gaardbo

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Ukraine
Flag of UkraineNTU
Mariya Yaremchuk Tick - Tock 113 06
02 Belarus
Flag of BelarusBTRC
Teo Cheesecake 043 16
03 Azerbaijan
Flag of Azerbaijanİctimai
Dilara Kazimova Start A Fire 033 22
04 Iceland
Flag of IcelandRÚV
Pollapönk No Prejudice 058 15
05 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Carl Espen Silent Storm 088 08
06 Romania
Flag of RomaniaTVR
Paula Seling & OVI Miracle 072 12
07 Armenia
Flag of ArmeniaAMPTV
Aram MP3 Not Alone 174 04
08 Montenegro
Flag of MontenegroRTCG
Sergej Ćetković Moj Svijet 037 19
09 Poland
Flag of PolandTVP
Donatan & Cleo My Słowianie - We Are Slavic 062 14
10 Greece
Flag of GreeceNERIT
Freaky Fortune feat. RiskyKidd Rise Up 035 20
11 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Conchita Wurst Rise Like a Phoenix 290 01
12 Germany
Flag of GermanyNDR
Elaiza Is it right 039 18
13 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Sanna Nielsen Undo 218 03
14 France
Flag of FranceFrance3
TWIN TWIN Moustache 002 26
15 Russia
Flag of RussiaRTR
Tolmachevy Sisters Shine 089 07
16 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Emma La Mia Città 033 21
17 Slovenia
Flag of SloveniaRTVSLO
Tinkara Kovač Round and round 009 25
18 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Softengine Something Better 072 11
19 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Ruth Lorenzo Dancing in the rain 074 10
20 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Sebalter Hunter Of Stars 064 13
21 Hungary
Flag of HungaryMTV
András Kállay-Saunders Running 143 05
22 Malta
Flag of MaltaPBS
Firelight Coming Home 032 23
23 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Basim Cliche Love Song 074 09
24 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsAVROTROS
The Common Linnets Calm After The Storm 238 02
25 San Marino
Flag of San MarinoSMRTV
Valentina Monetta Maybe (Forse) 014 24
26 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Molly Children of the Universe 040 17

Scoreboard

Participant Albania Armenia Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Denmark Estonia F.Y.R. Macedonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Israel Italy Latvia Lithuania Malta Moldova Montenegro Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia San Marino Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands Ukraine United Kingdom Points Place
Ukraine Ukraine
5108418265251075107576 113 6
Belarus Belarus
871351126 43 16
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
3710121 33 22
Iceland Iceland
2572576181464 58 15
Norway Norway
146372531758273153510 88 8
Romania Romania
86154285812418 72 12
Armenia Armenia
121025841212677261063101478645710 174 4
Montenegro Montenegro
612127 37 19
Poland Poland
2755101338242127 62 14
Greece Greece
2746423142 35 20
Austria Austria
5112843121010712101012121261010721012851212121212812 290 1
Germany Germany
46582275 39 18
Sweden Sweden
761012101042287410877638481221081068127 218 3
France France
11 2 26
Russia Russia
101212168103265824 89 7
Italy Italy
10211262 33 21
Slovenia Slovenia
18 9 25
Finland Finland
4346465637336426 72 11
Spain Spain
122226164445254825 74 10
Switzerland Switzerland
531341522351076331 64 13
Hungary Hungary
8785737105661714126106727143 143 5
Malta Malta
153314510 32 23
Denmark Denmark
166388116541638313 74 9
The Netherlands The Netherlands
4102810127881281212104121212121033210710108 238 2
San Marino San Marino
33341 14 24
United Kingdom United Kingdom
173484355 40 17

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