Greece wins 2005 Eurovision song contest
Sunday, May 22, 2005
The competition was held in Palace of Sports in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, after its entry, Ruslana, had won the 2004 contest singing Wild Dances. Semi-finals had been held on May 19, 2005. 10 out of 25 countries with the highest scores in the semi-finals then joined 14 already pre-qualified countries in the final. Both events were televised across Europe.
More than 6000 spectators attended the event. Organisers hope that it will boost Ukraine's image abroad and increase European Union membership., while the country's new government hopes that it will also give a modest boost to the long-term goal of acquiring
Bulgaria and Moldova took part for the first time while Hungary returned after a hiatus since 1998. Lebanon had been expected to make its debut appearance but decided to withdraw. For the first time in the history of the contest, Ireland failed to qualify.
The hosts for the event were Maria "Masha" Efrosinina and DJ Pasha, a TV Presenter and Radio DJ.
Finally, it's important to note most countries now choose to sing in English rather than their native language, since rule changes permit the singer to perform in any language they want. It is interesting to note that Spain, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, who all automatically qualify for the final by right of paying the bulk of the budget of the European Broadcasting Union (Eurovision's parent organisation) all finished in the bottom four positions.
|Rank||Country||Total Points||Rank||Country||Total Points|
|2||Malta||192||14||Bosnia & Herzegovina||79|
|7||Serbia & Montenegro||137||19||Sweden||30|
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