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|Eurovision Song Contest 2006|
|Feel The Rhythm!|
|Semi-final||18 May 2006|
|Final||20 May 2006|
|Venue||Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall, Athens, Greece|
|Directed by||Volker Weicker|
|Executive supervisor||Svante Stockselius|
|Executive producer||Fotini Yannoulatou|
|Host broadcaster||Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT)|
|Number of entries||37|
|Voting system||Each country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs|
The Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was the 51st edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Athens, Greece, following Helena Paparizou's win at the 2005 contest in Kiev, Ukraine with the song "My Number One". Held at the Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall in Athens, Greece on 18 May (for the semi-final) and 20 May 2006 (for the final), the organising was done by the greek national broadcaster Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT).
The Finnish band Lordi won the contest with the song "Hard Rock Hallelujah", written by lead singer Mr. Lordi. "Hard Rock Hallelujah" was the first ever hard rock song to win the contest, since Eurovision is normally associated with softer pop music and schlager. This was Finland's first victory in Eurovision after waiting forty-five years. It is also noted that they scored the same amount of points in the semi-final and the grand final.
The hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens were Greek singer Sakis Rouvas, the Greek representative at Eurovision in 2004 and 2009, and the Greek American television presenter and actress, Maria Menounos. In the semi-final, both the hosts sang Katrina and the Waves' contest-winning "Love Shine A Light". For one of the intervals, Sakis Rouvas sang an English version of his Greek hit "S'eho Erotefthi" called "I'm in love with you". Helena Paparizou, who performed the winning song in Kiev, returned to the Eurovision stage in Athens. Following the examples of Sertab Erener, Ruslana and Marie N in the last three years, she sang twice in the final, "My Number One" in the opening and her current song "Mambo!" in the interval (which was also a smash hit in Greece at the time); Greek dancers were also present in the interval acts, as well as other Greek elements. An official CD and DVD was released and a new introduction was an official fan book released from this year, and every year to come with detailed information of every country.
The 2006 contest also saw the 1,000th song to be performed in the contest, when "Every Song Is a Cry for Love" by Ireland's Brian Kennedy was first sung in the semi-final. Armenia also entered for the first time in the contest.
The venue that was chosen as the host venue, was the Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall in Athens, the capital city of Greece.
The official logo of the contest remained the same from 2004 and 2005 with the country's flag in the heart being changed. The 2006 sub-logo created by the design company Karamela for Greek television was apparently 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 Kiev's "Awakening", the slogan 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 major modern tourist destination.
To save time in the final, the voting time lasted ten minutes and the voting process was changed: points 1-7 were shown immediately on-screen. The spokespersons only announced the countries scoring 8, 10 and 12 points. Despite this being intended to speed proceedings up, there were still problems during voting – EBU imaging over-rode Maria Menounos during a segment in the voting interval and some scoreboards were slow to load. The Dutch spokesperson Paul de Leeuw also caused problems, giving his mobile number to presenter Rouvas during the Dutch results, and slowing down proceedings, also by announcing the first seven points. Constantinos Christoforou (who also represented Cyprus in 1996, 2002 and 2005) saluted from "Nicosia, the last divided capital in Europe"; during Cyprus' reading, the telecast displayed Switzerland by mistake. This voting process has been criticized because suspense was lost by only reading three votes instead of ten. And for the first time, the display for the Macedonian entry had the title spelled out in its entirety (as "Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia") instead of being abbreviated as it has been in previous years (as "FYR Macedonia").
Participating countries in a Eurovision Song Contest must be active members of the EBU.
The semi-final was held on 18 May 2006 at 21:00 (CET). 23 countries performed and all 37 participants and Serbia & Montenegro voted.
Shaded countries qualified for the Eurovision Final
|01||Armenia||André||"Without Your Love"||English||6||150|
|02||Bulgaria||Mariana Popova||"Let Me Cry"||English||17||36|
|03||Slovenia||Anžej Dežan||"Mr Nobody"||English||16||49|
|06||Albania||Luiz Ejlli||"Zjarr e ftohtë"||Albanian||14||58|
|07||Belgium||Kate Ryan||"Je t'adore"||English||12||69|
|08||Ireland||Brian Kennedy||"Every Song Is a Cry for Love"||English||9||79|
|09||Cyprus||Annet Artani||"Why Angels Cry"||English||15||57|
|10||Monaco||Séverine Ferrer||"La Coco-Dance"||French, Tahitian||21||14|
|11||Macedonia||Elena Risteska||"Ninanajna" (Нинанајна)||English, Macedonian||10||76|
|12||Poland||Ich Troje feat. Real McCoy||"Follow My Heart"||English, Polish, German, Russian1||11||70|
|13||Russia||Dima Bilan||"Never Let You Go"||English||3||217|
|14||Turkey||Sibel Tüzün||"Süper Star"||Turkish, English||8||91|
|15||Ukraine||Tina Karol||"Show Me Your Love"||English||7||146|
|16||Finland||Lordi||"Hard Rock Hallelujah"||English||1||292|
|18||Lithuania||LT United||"We Are the Winners"||English2||5||163|
|19||Portugal||Nonstop||"Coisas de nada"||Portuguese, English||19||26|
|21||Estonia||Sandra Oxenryd||"Through My Window"||English||18||28|
|22||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Hari Mata Hari||"Lejla"||Bosnian||2||267|
The finalists were:
The final was held on 20 May 2006 at 21:00 (CET) and was won by Finland.
Countries in bold automatically qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 Final.
|01||Switzerland||six4one||"If We All Give a Little"||English||16||30|
|02||Moldova||Arsenium feat. Natalia Gordienko||"Loca"||English3||20||22|
|03||Israel||Eddie Butler||"Together We Are One"||Hebrew, English||23||4|
|04||Latvia||Vocal Group Cosmos||"I Hear Your Heart"||English||16||30|
|06||Spain||Las Ketchup||"Un Blodymary"||Spanish||21||18|
|07||Malta||Fabrizio Faniello||"I Do"||English||24||1|
|08||Germany||Texas Lightning||"No No Never"||English||14||36|
|09||Denmark||Sidsel Ben Semmane||"Twist of Love"||English||18||26|
|10||Russia||Dima Bilan||"Never Let You Go"||English||2||248|
|11||Macedonia||Elena Risteska||"Ninanajna" (Нинанајна)||English, Macedonian||12||56|
|12||Romania||Mihai Trăistariu||"Tornerò"||English, Italian||4||172|
|13||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Hari Mata Hari||"Lejla"||Bosnian||3||229|
|14||Lithuania||LT United||"We Are the Winners"||English2||6||162|
|15||United Kingdom||Daz Sampson||"Teenage Life"||English||19||25|
|17||Finland||Lordi||"Hard Rock Hallelujah"||English||1||292|
|18||Ukraine||Tina Karol||"Show Me Your Love"||English||7||145|
|19||France||Virginie Pouchain||"Il était temps"||French||22||5|
|21||Ireland||Brian Kennedy||"Every Song Is a Cry for Love"||English||10||93|
|23||Turkey||Sibel Tüzün||"Süper Star"||Turkish, English||11||91|
|24||Armenia||André||"Without Your Love"||English||8||129|
The following people were the spokespersons for their countries. A spokesperson delivers the results of national televoting during the final night, awarding points to the entries on behalf of his or her country. A draw was held to determine each country's voting order. Countries revealed their votes in the following order:
Although Serbia & Montenegro did not compete in the contest, they still regained voting rights due to a scandal that was caused during their National Selection.
Televoting was used in all nations except Monaco and Albania. Monaco used a jury as the chances of getting enough votes needed to validate the votes were low. Albania used a jury since there were problems with their televote. In the semi final, Monaco and Albania used the jury voting due to insufficient televoting numbers. Coincidentally, Albania and Monaco were two of the three countries that did not vote for the winning entry, the third one was Armenia.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||267||12||1||12||8||2||6||10||12||6||12||12||12||1||6||2||3||5||8||12||8||7||5||4||5||6||3||10||1||8||7||12||1||10||6||10||10||12|
|The table is ordered by appearance in the semi-final, then by pre-determined voting order.|
Below is a summary of all 12 points in the semi-final:
|9||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Croatia, Finland, Monaco, Norway, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey|
|8||Russia||Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Ukraine|
|Armenia||Belgium, Cyprus, France, Netherlands, Russia, Spain|
|Finland||Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom|
|3||Sweden||Denmark, Malta, Portugal|
|Turkey||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||229||12||7||8||2||10||10||6||12||12||8||2||4||2||8||12||10||6||4||5||6||4||7||1||5||3||12||2||12||6||7||12||12|
|The table is ordered by appearance in the final, then by pre-determined voting order.|
Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:
|8||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Albania, Croatia, Macedonia, Monaco, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey|
|Finland||Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom|
|7||Russia||Armenia, Belarus, Finland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine|
|3||Turkey||France, Germany, Netherlands|
|1||Croatia||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first handed out during the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia honoring the best competing songs in the final. Founded by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest and current Head of Delegation for Sweden) and Richard Herrey (member of the Herreys, Eurovision Song Contest 1984 winner from Sweden), the awards are named after the creator of the annual competition, Marcel Bezençon. The awards are divided into 3 categories; Press Award; Artistic Award; and Composer Award.
(Voted by previous winners)
|Sweden||"Invincible"||Carola||Thomas G:son, Bobby Ljunggren,
Henrik Wikström, Carola
|Composer Award||Bosnia and Herzegovina||"Lejla"||Hari Mata Hari||Željko Joksimović,
Fahrudin Pecikoza, Dejan Ivanović
|Press Award||Finland||"Hard Rock Hallelujah"||Lordi||Mr. Lordi||1st||292|
The Barbara Dex Award has been annually awarded by the fan website House of Eurovision since 1997, and is a humorous award given to the worst dressed artist each year in the contest. It is named after the Belgian artist, Barbara Dex, who came last in the 1993 contest, in which she wore her own self designed (awful) dress.
|Portugal||"Coisas de nada"||Nonstop||José Manuel Afonso, Elvis Veiguinha|
After the Contest, EBU officials stated that the overall ratings for the Semi-Final were 35% higher than in 2005, and for the Final had risen by 28%.
In France, average market shares reached 30.3%, up by 8% over the 2005 figure. Other countries that showed a rise in average market shares included Germany with 38% (up from 29%), United Kingdom with 37.5% (up from 36%), Spain with 36% (up from 35%), Ireland with 58% (up from 35%) and Sweden, which reached over 80% compared to 57% the year previously.
Voting revenues had also risen from the Kiev Contest, and the official Eurovision website, www.eurovision.tv, reported visits from over 200 countries and over 98 million page views, compared with 85 million in 2005.
|Anna Vissi||Greece||1980, 1982 (for Cyprus)|
|Eddie Butler||Israel||1999 (part of Eden)|
|Viktoras Diawara (part of LT United)||Lithuania||2001 (part of SKAMP)|
|Carola||Sweden||1983, 1991 (winner)|
|Eurovision Song Contest: Athens 2006|
|Compilation album by Eurovision Song Contest|
|Released||28 April 2006|
|Eurovision Song Contest chronology|
Eurovision Song Contest: Athens 2006 was the official compilation album of the 2006 Contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and released by CMC International on 28 April 2006. The album featured all 37 songs that entered in the 2006 contest, including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify into the grand final.
|1.||"Sense tu" (Andorra)||Jenny||3:00|
|2.||"Zjarr e ftohtë" (Albania)||Luiz Ejlli||3:10|
|3.||"Without Your Love" (Armenia)||André||3:01|
|4.||"Lejla" (Bosnia and Herzegovina)||Hari Mata Hari||3:03|
|5.||"Je t'adore" (Belgium)||Kate Ryan||3:01|
|6.||"Let Me Cry" (Bulgaria)||Mariana Popova||2:54|
|7.||"Mum" (Belarus)||Polina Smolova||2:30|
|8.||"If We All Give a Little" (Switzerland)||six4one||3:02|
|9.||"Why Angels Cry" (Cyprus)||Annet Artani||2:58|
|10.||"No No Never" (Germany)||Texas Lightning||3:00|
|11.||"Twist of Love" (Denmark)||Sidsel Ben Semmane||3:00|
|12.||"Through My Window" (Estonia)||Sandra Oxenryd||3:01|
|13.||"Un Blodymary" (Spain)||Las Ketchup||3:01|
|14.||"Hard Rock Hallelujah" (Finland)||Lordi||3:01|
|15.||"Il était temps" (France)||Virginie Pouchain||2:57|
|16.||"Teenage Life" (United Kingdom)||Daz Sampson||3:03|
|17.||"Everything" (Greece)||Anna Vissi||3:00|
|18.||"Moja štikla" (Croatia)||Severina||2:56|
|1.||"Every Song Is a Cry for Love" (Ireland)||Brian Kennedy||2:59|
|2.||"Together We Are One" (Israel)||Eddie Butler||3:05|
|3.||"Congratulations" (Iceland)||Silvia Night||3:01|
|4.||"We Are the Winners" (Lithuania)||LT United||2:29|
|5.||"I Hear Your Heart" (Latvia)||Vocal Group Cosmos||3:00|
|6.||"La Coco-Dance" (Monaco)||Séverine Ferrer||2:59|
|7.||"Loca" (Moldova)||Arsenium feat. Natalia Gordienko||2:58|
|8.||"Ninanajna" (Macedonia)||Elena Risteska||3:00|
|9.||"I Do" (Malta)||Fabrizio Faniello||2:53|
|11.||"Alvedansen" (Norway)||Christine Guldbrandsen||2:55|
|12.||"Follow My Heart" (Poland)||Ich Troje feat. Real McCoy||2:58|
|13.||"Coisas de nada" (Portugal)||Nonstop||2:58|
|14.||"Tornero" (Romania)||Mihai Trăistariu||3:00|
|15.||"Never Let You Go" (Russia)||Dima Bilan||3:00|
|17.||"Mr Nobody" (Slovenia)||Anžej Dežan||3:02|
|18.||"Süper Star" (Turkey)||Sibel Tüzün||3:01|
|19.||"Show Me Your Love" (Ukraine)||Tina Karol||2:55|
|German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||2|
He has been providing commentary for Irish viewers since 2000 and maintains great enthusiasm for the much lampooned contest.
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