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 organize the show. Under the Greek sun, the 2006 contest took place in Athens!

Unpredictable as ever

There were lots of discussions in Athens among the media and fans who would be the winner of the 51st Eurovision Song Contest. Sweden, represented by Carola and her song Invincible,was named very often. The singer had already won the Eurovision Song Contest in1991 and wanted to be the second person on earth to win it twice. Another hotly tipped winner was Russian heartthrob Dima Bilan, who had already tried to represent Russia the year before.

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

About the winner

However, not many experts expected the masked hardrockers Lordi to get 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. Funnily enough, they had the exact same score in the Semi-Final! These 292 points are the highest amount of points ever achieved in a Eurovision Song Contest to date. Lordi went on to have lots of success with their song which made the top 10 in dozens of European charts.

2006 saw some rule changes in the voting of the Eurovision Song Contest Final. Not all points were read out by the national spokespersons any longer as the marks from 1 point till 7 points were automatically beamed onto the screen, and just the three highest votes were still announced by the national spokespersons. The reason for this was that the voting in the previous years seemed too long, and with this rule change, the organizers wanted to streamline the show.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 20 May 2006


Olympic Indoor Hall, Athens, Greece


Lordi from Finland




Maria Menounos & Sakis Rouvas

Executive Producer

Fotini Yannoulatou

EBU Scrutineer

Svante Stockselius


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 030 16
02 Moldova
Flag of MoldovaTRM
Arsenium & Natalia Gordienko Loca 022 20
03 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Eddie Butler Ze Hazman 004 23
04 Latvia
Flag of LatviaLTV
Cosmos I Hear Your Heart 030 16
05 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Christine Guldbrandsen Alvedansen 036 14
06 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Las Ketchup Bloody Mary 018 21
07 Malta
Flag of MaltaPBS
Fabrizio Faniello I Do 001 24
08 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Texas Lightning No, No, Never 036 14
09 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Sidsel Ben Semmane Twist Of Love 026 18
10 Russia
Flag of RussiaC1R
Dima Bilan Never Let You Go 248 02
11 F.Y.R. Macedonia
Flag of F.Y.R. MacedoniaMKRTV
Elena Risteska Ninanajna 056 12
12 Romania
Flag of RomaniaTVR
Mihai Traistariu Tornero 172 04
13 Bosnia & Herzegovina
Flag of Bosnia & HerzegovinaBHRT
Hari Mata Hari Lejla 229 03
14 Lithuania
Flag of LithuaniaLRT
LT United We Are The Winners 162 06
15 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Daz Sampson Teenage Life 025 19
16 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Anna Vissi Everything 128 09
17 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Lordi Hard Rock Hallelujah 292 01
18 Ukraine
Flag of UkraineNTU
Tina Karol Show Me Your Love 145 07
19 France
Flag of FranceFrance 3
Virginie Pouchin Il était Temps 005 22
20 Croatia
Flag of CroatiaHRT
Severina Moja štikla 056 12
21 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Brian Kennedy Every Song Is A Cry For Love 093 10
22 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Carola Invincible 170 05
23 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Sibel Tüzün Superstar 091 11
24 Armenia
Flag of ArmeniaAMPTV
André Without Your Love 129 08


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