Eurovision Song Contest 2006 Semi-Final
The 2006 Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final brought us the 1000th song to be sung at the Eurovision Song Contest: Ireland's entry Every Song Is A Cry For Love by Brian Kennedy.
A modern, ancient nation hosts the contest
The official logo of the 2006 contest remained the same from 2004 and 2005 with the country's flag in a heart-shaped form. However, the 2006 sub-logo was based on the Phaistos Disc, which is a popular symbol of ancient Greece. According to ERT, it was "inspired by the wind and the sea, the golden sunlight and the glow of the sand." Following Istanbul's Under The Same Sky and Kyi's Awakening, the motto for the 2006 show was Feel The Rhythm. This theme was also the basis for the postcards for the 2006 show, which emphasized Greece's historical significance as well as being a modern tourist destination.
23 countries took part in the Semi-Final, covering all musical ranges: from Finnish hard-rock to Albanian ethnic sounds, via Swedish schlager. Contrary to the 2005 Semi-Final, most experts and fans agreed on the songs that went on to the Final, with the only exception being the shocking exit of Belgian star Kate Ryan, who had had a handful of European smash hits before.
Iceland's diva character Silvia Night had all the cameras zooming in her direction due to her extravagant behaviour, but didn't qualify either. In interviews, she referred to the Finnish participants as "stars without a real make-up artist" and she accused the Swedish participant of poisoning her. People of the host country certainly did not welcome her rather rude comments about Greeks in general, and she was welcomed on stage with loud boo-ing from the audience.
About the results
The lucky 10 that qualified for the final were: Finland, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Russia, Sweden, Lithuania, Armenia, Ukraine, Turkey, Ireland and FYM Macedonia.