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
Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Latvia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 19 times since making its debut at the contest in 2000, where the group Brainstorm finished third with the song "My Star". Latvia won the contest with Marie N and the song "I Wan na", defeating Malta by 12 points. Latvia is the second former Soviet country to win the contest; the 2003 contest was held in the Latvian capital Riga. The country achieved its third top 10 result in 2005, when Walters and Kazha finished fifth with "The War Is Not Over". Latvia did not participate in the final from 2009 to 2014, when they failed to qualify from the semi-finals for six consecutive years, including finishing last on three occasions, in 2009, 2010 and 2013. Latvia qualified for the final for the first time since 2008 at the 2015 contest with Aminata and the song "Love Injected", her sixth place in the final is Latvia's fourth top 10 finish and best result in the contest since 2005. Latvia made its 10th appearance in the final in 2016. Latvia has had seventeen Eurovision entries since its debut.
All of Latvia's entries have been performed in English, except for three entries: in 2004, Fomins & Kleins performed "Dziesma par laimi" for Latvia in Latvian. To select the 2017 Latvian Eurovision entry, Spotify data was included in national Eurovision vote. Table key NOTES: 1. ^ The song is in English. 2. If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition from 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. If, for example and France placed inside the top ten, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries; as of 2018, Latvia's voting history is as follows: Points to and from Latvia eurovisioncovers.co.uk
Dagmāra Legante is a Latvian TV personality, actress. Legante has participated in several LNT humor and various other shows. In 2004, she became. In the final, Dagmāra Legante beat Renata Ražnauskienė from Koit Toome from Estonia. In 2008, together with Oleg Kuznetsov, participated in the TV3 show "Dancing with Star 2", but was voted out of the show. In 2010, together with Normunds Rutulis led the talent show "O! Karte Academy". Legante has played in two drama theater plays: "The Fierce Tears of Peter von Kant", "Lodes over Broadway", she has starred in Jānis Streičs's 2010 film Rudolf's Legacy. Legante is married to businessman Normunds Celmiņš. On October 8, 2010 they in November 2013 their second daughter. In 2018, together with Justs Sirmais, she co-hosted Supernova 2018. Dagmāra Legante on IMDb
Funny Girl (Laura Rizzotto song)
"Funny Girl" is a song written and performed by Latvian-Brazilian singer Laura Rizzotto. The song was released as a digital download on 6 December 2017, it represented Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Portugal. In December 2017, Rizzotto was announced as one of the competitors in Supernova 2018, the Latvian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, with the song "Funny Girl"; the song advanced to the televised rounds after being selected from both an online vote and live audition. Rizzotto competed in the third semi-final on 17 February 2018, became one of the two qualifiers to advance to the final on 24 February. On 24 February, the song was chosen as the winner of the competition; the song competed in the second semi-final, held on 10 May 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal
Eurovision Song Contest 2018
The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 was the 63rd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Lisbon, following Salvador Sobral's win at the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine with the song "Amar pelos dois", it was the first time that the contest took place in Portugal – 53 years after the country made its debut. The contest was held at the Altice Arena, consisted of two semi-finals on 8 and 10 May, the final on 12 May 2018; the three live shows were hosted by Filomena Cautela, Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah and Catarina Furtado. Forty-three countries participated in the contest, equalling the record of the 2008 and 2011 editions. Russia returned after their absence from the previous edition, for the first time since 2011, no country withdrew from the contest; the winner was Israel with the song "Toy", performed by Netta, written by Doron Medalie and Stav Beger. This was Israel's fourth victory in the contest, following their wins in 1978, 1979, 1998, their first top five placing in more than a decade.
This edition saw Cyprus and the Czech Republic achieve the best placings in their Eurovision history, coming in second and sixth place, respectively. Portugal finished in the last place, making this the third time that the host country ranked in the bottom five since 2015. For the first time since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, Azerbaijan and Russia all failed to qualify for the final. No countries in the Caucasus region participated in the final for the first time since 2005; the EBU reported that the contest had a worldwide audience of around 186 million viewers, surpassing the 2017 edition by over 4 million. The Altice Arena in Lisbon is a multi-purpose indoor arena built for the Expo'98 and has a capacity of 20,000 attendees, making it the largest indoor venue in Portugal and among the largest in Europe, it is located in the Parque das Nações riverside district in the northeast of Lisbon, renovated to host the 1998 world's fair. It is connected by metro to the nearby international airport and by train to the rest of the country and Europe.
On the day of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 final, it was reported that Portuguese broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal would accept the challenge of organising the 2018 contest in case of a victory. Following Sobral's triumph, the European Broadcasting Union's Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand, issued the hosting invitation to RTP during the winner's press conference; the following day, the director-general of RTP, Nuno Artur Silva, confirmed that the broadcaster would organise the contest in 2018 and mentioned MEO Arena in Lisbon as a venue to host the contest. On 15 May 2017, RTP appeared to have confirmed Lisbon as the host city, but clarified the following day that no final decision had been taken regarding both the host city and venue; the basic requirements to select a host city were set out in a document presented by the EBU to RTP following their win in Kiev: A suitable venue that can accommodate around 10,000 spectators. An international press centre for 1,500 journalists with adequate facilities for all the delegates.
A good distribution of hotel rooms, at different price categories, able to accommodate at least 2,000 delegates, accredited journalists and spectators. An efficient transport infrastructure, including a nearby international airport with available connections with the city and hotels. Besides Lisbon, other cities signalled their interest in bidding to host the 2018 contest: Braga, Faro, Guimarães, Santa Maria da Feira; the mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, declared he would not be interested in "spending millions of euros" to host the contest, but he would support a bid from the Metropolitan Area of Porto. On 13 June 2017, RTP representatives met with the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group at the EBU headquarters in Geneva. During the meeting, RTP officials attended a workshop covering several topics related with hosting the Eurovision Song Contest and learned from the experience of the Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC, they had the opportunity to present their first plans for the 2018 contest, including multiple proposals for the host city and venue.
On 25 July 2017, the EBU and RTP announced that Lisbon had been selected as the host city, overcoming confirmed bids from Braga, Guimarães, Santa Maria da Feira. In addition, RTP indicated the Parque das Nações, where Altice Arena is located, as the site for the shows. Key: Host venue The Eurovision Village was the official Eurovision Song Contest fan and sponsors area during the event weeks, where it was possible to watch performances by contest participants and local artists, as well as the live shows broadcast from the main venue, it was located in Lisbon's downtown Praça do Comércio, a large central square open to the Tagus river. The EuroClub was the venue for the official after-parties and private performances by contest participants. Unlike the Eurovision Village, access to the EuroClub was restricted to accredited fans and press, it was located at the "Ministerium" club, next to the Eurovision Village. The "Blue Carpet" event, where all the contestants and their delegations are presented before the accredited press and fans, took place on 6 May 2018 at the Museum of Art and Technology in Lisbon's Belém district.
This preceded the official Opening Ceremony of the 2018 contest, which took place at the nearby Electricity Museum. The theme for the contest, All Aboard!, was unveiled on 7 November 2017 in a press conference held at the Lisbon Oceanarium. Its visual design featur
Eurovision Song Contest 2016
The Eurovision Song Contest 2016 was the 61st edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Stockholm, following Måns Zelmerlöw's win at the 2015 contest in Vienna, Austria with the song "Heroes"; this was the third time the contest had taken place in Stockholm, after 1975 and 2000. The contest was held at the Ericsson Globe and consisted of two semi-finals on 10 and 12 May and the final on 14 May 2016, with all three live shows hosted by Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede; the winner of the contest was written and performed by Jamala. This was Ukraine's second win and its first since 2004; this was the first time since the introduction of professional jury voting in 2009 that the overall winner won neither the jury vote, won by Australia, nor the televote, won by Russia, with Ukraine placing second in both. It was the first song with lyrics in Crimean Tatar to win or enter the contest; the win was controversial as, under the old voting system, Australia would have won the competition on only their second attendance.
Forty-two countries participated in the contest. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Ukraine returned after absences from recent contests, while Australia returned after debuting as a special guest in 2015. Portugal withdrew due to their national broadcaster's insufficient promotion of their music-based media, while Romania had planned to participate, but was forced to withdraw due to repeated non-payment of debts by their national broadcaster to the European Broadcasting Union; the contest was the first to implement a voting system change since 1975: each country's professional jury points were announced as before, while the results of each national televote were combined and announced in reverse order. Twenty-six countries competed in the final, the first to be broadcast on live television in the United States; the Czech Republic managed to qualify for the final for the first time in five attempts since its debut in 2007, while both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Greece failed to qualify from the semi-finals for the first time the latter being absent from the final for the first time since 2000.
In the final, Australia finished second, improving on its debut in 2015, while Bulgaria finished fourth, its best result at the time since its debut and first participation in a final since 2007. Justin Timberlake performed during the interval act of the final. A record-breaking 204 million viewers worldwide watched the contest, beating the 2015 viewing figures by over 5 million; the contest took place in the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, following Sweden's victory at the 2015 contest in Vienna with the song "Heroes", performed by Måns Zelmerlöw. The Ericsson Globe has a capacity of 16,000 attendees, this was the second time the contest has been staged at the venue, after the Eurovision Song Contest 2000. Host broadcaster Sveriges Television announced on 24 May, the day after winning the 2015 contest, that the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm was their first choice venue. However, other cities and arenas were invited to apply, those making a bid had three weeks to submit their offer to SVT. SVT announced on 1 June the conditions under which cities and venues could announce their interest in hosting the contest: SVT had to have access to the venue at least 4–6 weeks before the contest to build the stage and rig up lighting and technology.
A press centre with a specific size had to be made available at the venue. A specific number of hotels and hotel rooms had to be made available in the vicinity of the venue; the host city had to be near a major airport. An announcement regarding the venue was expected from SVT by midsummer, with the Ericsson Globe announced as the venue on 8 July. Key Host venue The preliminary dates for the contest were announced on 16 March 2015 at a meeting of Heads of Delegation in Vienna, with the semi-finals took place on 10 and 12 May and the final on 14 May 2016; these were subject to change depending on SVT, but were confirmed when Stockholm was announced as the host city. Discussions were held in 2014 between the EBU and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union regarding the inclusion of a guest performance from the ABU TV Song Festival at the contest; the EBU confirmed on 16 July 2015 that they are looking into the possibility of the proposal, discussed at the ABU General Assembly in 2014. SVT proposed a change of start time of the contest from 21:00 CEST to 20:00 CEST on 9 September, arguing that such a change would help to promote family viewing of the contest in eastern Europe when it would run late into the night.
However, the EBU published the public rules of the contest on 28 October, which stated that the start time would remain at 21:00 CEST. The EBU announced on 23 September that rather than using clips from their respective music videos, extended clips from the dress rehearsals of the six acts who qualified directly to the final would be shown as previews during the semi-final in which they were allocated to vote; the core team for the contest was announced by the EBU on 26 October. Johan Bernhagen and Martin Österdahl were Executive Producers, while Tobias Åberg was Head of Production; the three live shows were directed by Sven Stojanović and the contest was produced by Christer Björkman. The EBU announced on 18 February 2016 that a new voting system would be implemented at the contest for the first time since 1975; the new system, inspired by the voting system of Melodifestivalen, involves each country now awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting.
Televoting votes from all the countries are pooled. After viewers have cast their votes, the
Eurovision Song Contest
The Eurovision Song Contest simply called Eurovision, is an international song competition held among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union. Each participating country submits an original song to be performed on live television and radio casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the winner. At least 50 countries are eligible to compete as of 2018, since 2015, Australia has been allowed as a guest entrant. Winning the Eurovision Song Contest provides a short-term career boost for artists, but results in long-term success. Exceptions include ABBA, Bucks Fizz, Celine Dion, all of whom launched successful careers. Based on the Sanremo Music Festival held in Italy since 1951, Eurovision has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956, making it the longest-running annual international television contest and one of the world's longest-running television programmes, it is one of the most watched non-sporting events, with audience figures of between 100 million and 600 million internationally.
It has been broadcast in several countries that do not compete, such as the United States, New Zealand, China. Since 2000, it has been broadcast online via the Eurovision website. Ireland holds the record for most victories, with seven wins, including four times in five years in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996. Under the current voting system, in place since 2016, the highest-scoring winner is Salvador Sobral of Portugal who won the 2017 contest in Kiev, with 758 points; as a war-torn Europe was rebuilding itself in the 1950s, the European Broadcasting Union —based in Switzerland—set up an ad hoc committee to search for ways of bringing together the countries of the EBU around a "light entertainment programme". At a committee meeting held in Monaco in January 1955 with Marcel Bezençon of the Swiss television as chairman, the committee conceived the idea of an international song contest where countries would participate in one television programme to be transmitted across all countries of the union; the competition was based upon the existing Sanremo Music Festival held in Italy and was seen as a technological experiment in live television.
In those days it was a ambitious project to join many countries together in a wide-area international network. Satellite television did not exist and the Eurovision Network comprised a terrestrial microwave network; the concept known as "Eurovision Grand Prix", was approved by the EBU General Assembly in a meeting held in Rome on 19 October 1955, it was decided that the first contest would take place in spring 1956 in Lugano, Switzerland. The name "Eurovision" was first used in relation to the EBU's network by British journalist George Campey in the London Evening Standard in 1951; the first contest was held in the town of Lugano, Switzerland, on 24 May 1956. Seven countries participated—each submitting two songs, for a total of 14; this was the only contest in which more than one song per country was performed: since 1957, all contests have allowed one entry per country. The 1956 contest was won by Switzerland; the programme was first known as the "Eurovision Grand Prix". This "Grand Prix" name was adopted by Germany, Denmark and the Francophone countries, with the French designation being Le Grand-Prix Eurovision de la Chanson Européenne.
The "Grand Prix" was dropped in 1973 and replaced with Concours in French and in 2001 with the English name in German, but not in Danish or Norwegian. The Eurovision network is used to carry many news and sports programmes internationally, among other specialised events organised by the EBU. However, in the minds of the public, the name "Eurovision" is most associated with the Song Contest; the format of the contest has changed over the years, though the basic tenets have always been thus: participant countries submit original songs, performed live on a television programme broadcast across the Eurovision Network by the EBU to all countries. A "country" as a participant is represented by one television broadcaster from that country: but not always, that country's national public broadcasting organisation; the programme is hosted by one of the participant countries, the programme is broadcast from the auditorium in the host city. During this programme, after all the songs have been performed, the countries proceed to cast votes for the other countries' songs: nations are not allowed to vote for their own song.
At the end of the programme, the song with the most points is declared as the winner. The winner receives the prestige of having won—although it is usual for a trophy to be awarded to the winning songwriters, the winning country is formally invited to host the event the following year; the programme is invariably opened by one or more presenters. Between the songs and the announcement of the voting, an interval act is performed; these acts can be any form of entertainment. Interval entertainment has included such acts as the Wombles and the first international performance of Riverdance; as national broadcasters join and leave the Eurovision feed transmitted by the EBU, the EBU/Eurovision network logo ident is displayed. The accompanying theme music is the prelude to Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Te Deum; the same logo was used for both