Eurovision Song Contest 1959
The Eurovision Song Contest 1959 was the fourth edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Cannes, following André Claveau's win at the 1958 contest in Hilversum, Netherlands with the song "Dors, mon amour", it was the first time. The contest was held at Palais des Festivals et des Congrès on Wednesday 11 March 1959, was hosted by Jacqueline Joubert. Eleven countries participated in the contest. Monaco made its début this year; the United Kingdom returned after their absence from the previous edition. The winner was the Netherlands with the song "Een beetje", performed by Teddy Scholten, written by Willy van Hemert and composed by Dick Schallies; this was the Netherlands' second victory in the contest, following their win in 1957 - marking the first time a country had won more than once. Willy van Hemert wrote the first Dutch winner that year; the event took place in Cannes, with the venue being the original building of Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, after France got the right to host this edition of the Eurovision Song Contest for winning its previous 1958 edition with the song "Dors, mon amour" performed by André Claveau.
Cannes, a city located on the French Riviera, is a busy tourist destination and known worldwide for hosting the annual Cannes Film Festival, with the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès hosting the Film Festival. The original building was built in 1949 and was located on the boulevard of Promenade de la Croisette, on the present site of the JW Marriott Cannes. A new rule was created for this Eurovision, ensuring that no professional publishers or composers were allowed in the national juries. During the voting, Italy gave one point to France, no points to the UK and seven points to the Netherlands placing them just three points ahead of the UK. On, France gave only three points to Italy and four points to the Netherlands thus giving them a five-point lead over the UK, who were only one point ahead of France, leaving Italy behind in sixth position, behind Denmark, on nine points. Something that occurred this year, but never again, was that more than the winning entry was performed once again.
The third- and second-placed songs and United Kingdom were allowed to sing again at the end of the show, together with the eventual winner, the Netherlands. Luxembourg withdrew from the contest for the first time; the United Kingdom returned after missing the previous contest and finished second for the first time. The UK would have 15 second-place finishes in the country's history in the contest. Monaco came last; each performance had a conductor. France - Franck Pourcel Denmark - Kai Mortensen Italy - William Galassini Monaco - Franck Pourcel Netherlands - Dolf van der Linden Germany - Franck Pourcel Sweden - Franck Pourcel Switzerland - Franck Pourcel Austria - Franck Pourcel United Kingdom - Eric Robinson Belgium - Francis Bay The contest saw the return of two artists who had participated in previous editions of the contest: Birthe Wilke for Denmark and Domenico Modugno for Italy; the table above shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1959 contest along with the spokesperson, responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country.
Each national broadcaster sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language. Details of the commentators and the broadcasting station for which they represented are included in the table below. Official website
Aline Lahoud is a Lebanese singer. Her parents are producer Nahi Lahoud. Lahoud studied singing and dramatic art from 1997 until 1999. In 2002, she had a BA degree in Communication Arts, majoring in Directing Studies. After winning the international prize at the Megahit-International Mediterranean Song Contest in Turkey, Lahoud was set to represent Lebanon in Eurovision 2005. However, Lebanon pulled out of the contest. In 2014, she joined the third season of the French edition of The Voice: la plus belle voixFor her blind audition, Lahoud sang a rendition of "Khedni Maak" in the Arabic language from the repertoire of her mother, the Lebanese singer Salwa Al Katrib, with all four judges, Mika and Florent Pagny turning their chairs, she picked to be in Pagny's team. On the March 1, 2014, in the initial battle round, Lahoud faced Stacey King from Florent Pagny's team on a rendition of Pink's song "Sober". Following the performance, Pagny picked Stacey Aline was eliminated from the show. Aline Lahoud Official Website
Eurovision Song Contest 2006
The Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was the 51st edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Athens, 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 and 20 May 2006, the organising was done by the Greek national broadcaster Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation; 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 hard rock song to win the contest, since Eurovision is associated with softer pop music and schlager. This was Finland's first victory in Eurovision after waiting forty-five years, it is 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, 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 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. An official CD and DVD was released and a new introduction was an official fan book released from this year, every year to come with detailed information of every country; the 2006 contest 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 sung in the semi-final. Armenia entered the contest for the first time; the venue, chosen as the host venue was the Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall, located in the Athens Olympic Sports Complex, in the capital city of Greece.
Completed in 1995, it was the largest indoor venue in use for sporting events at the 2004 Summer Olympics. 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 based on the Phaistos Disc, 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 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 on-screen; the spokespersons only announced the countries scoring 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 caused problems, giving his mobile number to presenter Rouvas during the Dutch results, slowing down proceedings by announcing the first seven points. Constantinos Christoforou saluted from "Nicosia, the last divided capital in Europe"; 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 instead of being abbreviated as it has been in previous years. 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. 23 countries performed and all 37 participants and Serbia & Montenegro voted. Shaded countries qualified for the Eurovision Final Notes 1.^ The song contains phrases in Spanish. 2.^ The song contains phrases in French. The finalists were: the four automatic qualifiers France, Germany and the United Kingdom; the final was won by Finland.
Countries in bold automatically qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 Final. Notes 3.^ The song contains words in Spanish. 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, caused during their National Selection. Televoting was used in all nations except Albania. Monaco used a jury. Albania used a jury. In the semi final and Albania used the jury voting due to insufficient televoting numbers. Coincidentally and Monaco were two of the three countries that d
Eurovision Song Contest 2005
The Eurovision Song Contest 2005 was the 50th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Kiev, following Ruslana's win at the 2004 Contest in Istanbul, Turkey with the song "Wild Dances"; the contest consisted of two shows: the semi-final and final, which took place on 19 and 21 May 2005 at the Palace of Sports. The shows were hosted by Pavlo Shylko. Thirty-nine countries participated, including the débuts of Bulgaria and Moldova and the return of Hungary, last represented in 1998. Organizers hoped that this event would boost Ukraine's image abroad and increase tourism, while the country's new government hoped that it would give a modest boost to the long-term goal of acquiring European Union membership; the winner for 2005 was Greece with the song "My Number One" performed by Helena Paparizou, written by Christos Dantis and Natalia Germanou, both successful singer-songwriters in Greece. It scored 230 points; this was the first victory for Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Romania and Latvia rounded out the top five. The "Big Four" countries ended up as the "Last Four", all placing in the bottom four position of the scoreboard in the final. Kiev is the capital and largest city of Ukraine, located in the north central part of the country on the Dnieper; the Palace of Sports, a multi-purpose indoor arena, was confirmed by officials as the host venue in September 2004. However, in order to host the contest, the facilities had been brought up to the standard required by the European Broadcasting Union. At the end of December 2004, work began on the renovation of the hall, for which 4 million francs were allocated. Renovation works were to be finished by 20 April, they were completed at the beginning of May; the arena could accommodate over 5,000 seated spectators. Additionally 2,000 press delegates were catered for. Hotel rooms were scarce as the contest organisers asked the Ukrainian government to put a block on bookings they did not control themselves through official delegation allocations or tour packages: this led to many people's hotel bookings being cancelled.
The official logo of the contest remained the same from the 2004 contest with the country's flag in the heart being changed. Following Istanbul's'Under The Same Sky', the slogan for the 2005 show was'Awakening', which symbolised the awakening of the country and city ready to present itself to Europe; the postcards for the 2005 show illustrated Ukraine’s culture and heritage along with a more modern and industrial side to the country. The hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev were television presenter Maria "Masha" Efrosinina and DJ Pavlo "Pasha" Shylko. Previous winner Ruslana returned to the stage in Kiev to perform in the interval act and to interview the contestants backstage in the'green room'; the famous Ukrainian boxers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko opened the televoting, while a special trophy was presented to the winner by Ukraine's president, Viktor Yushchenko. An official CD and DVD was released and a new introduction was an official pin set, which contains heart-shaped pins with the flags of all thirty-nine participating countries.
The EBU commissioned a book "The Eurovision Song Contest – The Official History" by British/American author John Kennedy O'Connor to celebrate the contest's fiftieth anniversary. The book was presented on screen during the break between songs 12 and 13; the book was published in English, French, Swedish and Finnish. During the semi final, there were a few volume falls in the sound, most notably during the Norwegian song, shortly after the intro; these were not fixed for the DVD release. 2005 was no exception for scandals regarding the representatives from the countries participating. Germany's entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest rejected calls to quit after her producer admitted manipulating the country's pop charts with mass purchases of her single. Gracia Baur defended her producer David Brandes behind Swiss entry Vanilla Ninja, said she would go to the finals in Kiev despite complaints from other German singers. Bulgaria's debut was overshadowed by a scandal; the song "Lorraine" by Kaffe was accused of plagiarism.
The song sounded too similar to another one released by Ruslan Mainov in 2001. There were problems in Malta with the electricity supply during the contest, so TV viewers were unable to watch their national selection from the beginning. There was a controversy regarding the Turkish entry: TRT got a false jury which led to the victory of the song Gülseren, which the 2003 winner Sertab Erener said was not the best choice. There were similar controversies in Macedonia which led to an eventual victory for Martin Vučić; the Ukrainian song had to be changed because it would bring a political message to the people, EBU stated that no politics could be involved in the contest. The entry for Serbia and Montenegro was overshadowed by a scandal and an accusation of plagiarism. Portugal's entry, "Amar", had poor sound quality, with the female singer's microphone failing many times on stage, it is notable that the programme lasted just short of 3.5 hours. This was due to the long voting procedure, where 39 countries voted, reading out every single score.
Many people, including United Kingdom commentator Terry Wogan, noticed this and commented about the marathon-like voting procedure, when Russia voted he stated "How many more have we got to go? What time is it?". Because the show overran so badly, the EBU changed the way the votes were announced in 2006 into a much shorter method, where o