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Best of Eurovision

Best of Eurovision
Final20 May 2006
VenueNDR Studios, Hamburg, Germany
Presenter(s)Thomas Hermanns[1]
Executive supervisorSvante Stockselius
Host broadcasterEBU, NDR
Number of entries19
Voting systemTelevote, jury vote and online poll. (Germany only)
Winning song

The Best of Eurovision (Die Grand Prix Hitliste) was a unique one-off contest, held in Hamburg, Germany, on 20 May 2006. Its aim was to determine the best song from the Eurovision Song Contest, by means of an opinion poll. Eurovision winners and German Eurovision entries competed. Only entries from 1960 to 2005 were included in the contest.

On the television programme "Best of Eurovision", Ruslana's "Wild Dances" was presented as the winner, ahead of famous songs, such as "Waterloo" and Germany's "Ein bisschen Frieden", which finished sixth and twelfth, respectively. The programme was viewed by a television audience of approximately six million people in Germany.[2]

Participating countries

The top nineteen Eurovision acts voted for in an online poll participated in the live show. No acts were performed live but their original performances in their respective years was shown to viewers instead. After all nineteen songs were shown the voting lines opened by televote and once again via online poll. All votes were combined and counted as the final results. At the end of the show Ruslana was announced as the winner with a 7251 vote lead over runner-up Sertab Erener.

Year Country Language Artist Song English translation Place Votes
1960  France French Jacqueline Boyer "Tom Pillibi" Tom Pillibi 19 6208
1972  Germany German Mary Roos "Nur Die Liebe Läßt Uns Leben" Only Love Lets Us Live 11 8423
1972  Luxembourg French Vicky Leandros "Après toi" After You 3 57514
1973  Luxembourg French Anne-Marie David "Tu Te Reconnaîtras" You will recognise yourself 17 6278
1974  Sweden English ABBA "Waterloo" 6 21659
1977  France French Marie Myriam "L'oiseau et l'enfant" The bird and the child 16 6287
1979  Germany German Dschinghis Khan "Dschinghis Khan" Genghis Khan 15 7321
1981  Germany German Lena Valaitis "Johnny Blue" 9 13506
1981  United Kingdom English Bucks Fizz "Making Your Mind Up" 8 15011
1982  Germany German Nicole "Ein bißchen Frieden" A little peace 12 8092
1985  Germany German Wind "Für Alle" For everyone 13 7821
1985  Norway Norwegian Bobbysocks "La Det Swinge" Let it swing 14 7420
1986  Belgium French Sandra Kim "J'aime La Vie" I love life 18 6227
1993  Germany German Münchner Freiheit "Viel Zu Weit" Much Too Far 10 10225
2003  Turkey English Sertab Erener "Every Way That I Can" 2 63958
2004  Germany English, Turkish Max "Can't Wait Until Tonight" 5 24084
2004  Ukraine English, Ukrainian Ruslana "Wild Dances" 1 71209
2005  Germany English Gracia "Run & Hide" 7 19157
2005  Greece English Helena Paparizou "My Number One" 4 51960

See also


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  2. ^ Busa, Alexandru (24 May 2007). "Ruslana - The best of Eurovision". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 17 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-03.