Eurovision Song Contest 2006 Final

With the Eurovision Song Contest already enjoying enormous popularity in Greece, Helena Paparizou's victory in 2005 created the perfect circumstances to organise the show. Under the Greek sun, the 2006 contest took place in Athens!

Unpredictable as ever

Carola, who won the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden in 1991 and finished third in 1983, returned to the contest with her song Invincible, was widely tipped to do well. Another hotly tipped winner was Russian singer Dima Bilan with his song Never Let You Go.

German group Texas Lightning did well in at the bookmakers with their refreshing pop-country song No No Never, but the song only managed a disappointing 14th place. Anna Vissi, the Greek pop queen who had already participated in the song contest in 1980 and 1982, had high hopes to win the competition with her dramatic performance of Everything.

About the winner

Not many experts expected the masked hardrockers Lordi to win the trophy. With their Hard Rock Hallelujah and their performance filled with spectacular pyrotechnical effects, the Finns managed to win the contest with 292 points, the highest amount of points ever achieved at that time. Lordi went on to have lots of success with their song which made the top 10 in dozens of European charts.

Facts and figures

  • In order to save time only the points 8, 10 and 12 were read out by the national spokespersons. Points 1 to 7 were automatically added to the scoreboard.
  • Nana Mouskouri, who represented Luxembourg in the 1963 contest, appeared on-stage during the Grand Final.
  • The slogan in 2006 was Feel The Rhythm.

Facts & Figures

Date

Saturday 20 May 2006

Location

Olympic Indoor Hall, Athens, Greece

Winner

Lordi from Finland

Broadcaster

ERT

Hosts

Maria Menounos & Sakis Rouvas

Executive Producer

Fotini Yannoulatou

EBU Scrutineer

Svante Stockselius

Director

Volker Weicker

Interval Act

Helena Paparizou, Foteini Darra & Sakis Rouvas

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Six4One If We All Give A Little
Ralph Siegel Bernd Meinunger
030 16
02 Moldova
Flag of MoldovaTRM
Arsenium & Natalia Gordienko Loca
Arsenium
022 20
03 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Eddie Butler Ze Hazman
Eddie Butler Osnat Tsabag, Orly Burg
004 23
04 Latvia
Flag of LatviaLTV
Cosmos I Hear Your Heart
Reinis Sējāns, Andri... Molly-Ann Leikin, Guntars Raès
030 16
05 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Christine Guldbrandsen Alvedansen
Kjetil Fluge, Atle Halstensen,... Kjetil Fluge, Christine Guldbr...
036 14
06 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Las Ketchup Bloody Mary
Manuel Ruiz Gómez (Queco)
018 21
07 Malta
Flag of MaltaPBS
Fabrizio Faniello I Do
Aldo Spiteri, Fabrizio Faniello
001 24
08 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Texas Lightning No, No, Never
Jane Comerford
036 14
09 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Sidsel Ben Semmane Twist Of Love
Niels Drevsholt
026 18
10 Russia
Flag of RussiaC1R
Dima Bilan Never Let You Go
Alexandr Lunyov Karen Kavaleryan, Irina Antonyan
248 02
11 F.Y.R. Macedonia
Flag of F.Y.R. MacedoniaMKRTV
Elena Risteska Ninanajna
Darko Dimitrov Rade Vrcakovski
056 12
12 Romania
Flag of RomaniaTVR
Mihai Traistariu Tornero
Eduard Cîrcotã Cristian Hriscu, Mihaela Deac
172 04
13 Bosnia & Herzegovina
Flag of Bosnia & HerzegovinaBHRT
Hari Mata Hari Lejla
Željko Joksimović Fahrudin Pecikoza & Dejan Ivan...
229 03
14 Lithuania
Flag of LithuaniaLRT
LT United We Are The Winners
Andrius Mamontovas, Saulius Ur... Andrius Mamontovas, Viktoras D...
162 06
15 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Daz Sampson Teenage Life
Daz Sampson, John Matthews
025 19
16 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Anna Vissi Everything
Nikos Karvelas Anna Vissi
128 09
17 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Lordi Hard Rock Hallelujah
Mr. Lordi
292 01
18 Ukraine
Flag of UkraineNTU
Tina Karol Show Me Your Love
Tina Karol
145 07
19 France
Flag of FranceFrance 3
Virginie Pouchin Il était Temps
Corneille
005 22
20 Croatia
Flag of CroatiaHRT
Severina Moja štikla
Boris Novković, Franjo Va... Severina Vučković
056 12
21 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Brian Kennedy Every Song Is A Cry For Love
Brian Kennedy
093 10
22 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Carola Invincible
Thomas G:son, Bobby Ljunggren,... Thomas G:son, Carola Häggkvist
170 05
23 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Sibel Tüzün Superstar
Sibel Tüzün
091 11
24 Armenia
Flag of ArmeniaAMPTV
André Without Your Love
Armen Martirosyan Catherine Bekian
129 08

Scoreboard

Participant Albania Andorra Armenia Belarus Belgium Bosnia & Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Denmark Estonia F.Y.R. Macedonia Finland France Germany Greece 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
Switzerland Switzerland
4341261 30 16
Moldova Moldova
1312321 22 20
Israel Israel
4 4 23
Latvia Latvia
3488142 30 16
Norway Norway
111524631723 36 14
Spain Spain
612 18 21
Malta Malta
1 1 24
Germany Germany
5133315735 36 14
Denmark Denmark
13868 26 18
Russia Russia
4612123610782108122685512121251031078547725121 248 2
F.Y.R. Macedonia F.Y.R. Macedonia
378688646 56 12
Romania Romania
23432225106426757261021101243104451261316 172 4
Bosnia & Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina
1254671228121067632245128427612121101281210 229 3
Lithuania Lithuania
7641647838141012310147584533436510 162 6
United Kingdom United Kingdom
2114281321 25 19
Greece Greece
81821011212715838110645547 128 9
Finland Finland
107875105121268101212107810761212648781012877712 292 1
Ukraine Ukraine
510105346552561657282612310223118 145 7
France France
23 5 22
Croatia Croatia
121024101062 56 12
Ireland Ireland
432564141464107252153428 93 10
Sweden Sweden
1086553310717377575625107852176264 170 5
Turkey Turkey
771044121231610123 91 11
Armenia Armenia
81287103108275112810108 129 8