Eurovision Song Contest 2006

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.[1] 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.

Eurovision Song Contest 2006
Feel The Rhythm!
Eurovision Song Contest 2006 logo
Semi-final18 May 2006
Final20 May 2006
VenueNikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall, Athens, Greece
Directed byVolker Weicker
Executive supervisorSvante Stockselius
Executive producerFotini Yannoulatou
Host broadcasterHellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT)
Opening act
  • Semi-final: Eurovision medley performed by Greek gods and goddesses; "Love Shine a Light" performed by Sakis Rouvas and Maria Menounos
  • Final: "The Mermaid Song" performed by Foteini Darra accompanied by Greek dancers; "My Number One" performed by Helena Paparizou
Interval act
  • Semi-final: "I'm In Love With You" performed by Sakis Rouvas; Greek musical and dance pieces (composed by Dimitris Papadimitriou, choreographed by Fokas Evangelinos)
  • Final: "Mambo!" performed by Helena Paparizou; 4000 Years of Greek Song (composed by Dimitris Papadimitriou, choreographed by Fokas Evangelinos)
Number of entries37
Debuting countries Armenia
Returning countriesNone
Withdrawing countries
Voting systemEach country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs
Nul pointsNone
Winning song


Athens Olympic Indoor Hall - exterior
Olympic Indoor Hall, Athens - host venue of the 2006 contest.

The venue that was chosen as the host venue was the Nikos Galis Olympic Indoor Hall, which is 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.


Visual design

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,[2] 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

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

Draw Country Artist Song Language[3] Place Points
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
04  Andorra Jenny "Sense tu" Catalan 23 8
05  Belarus Polina Smolova "Mum" English 22 10
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
17  Netherlands Treble "Amambanda" English, Imaginary 20 22
18  Lithuania LT United "We Are the Winners" English2 5 163
19  Portugal Nonstop "Coisas de nada" Portuguese, English 19 26
20  Sweden Carola "Invincible" English 4 214
21  Estonia Sandra Oxenryd "Through My Window" English 18 28
22  Bosnia and Herzegovina Hari Mata Hari "Lejla" Bosnian 2 267
23  Iceland Silvia Night "Congratulations" English 13 62


1.^ The song also contains phrases in Spanish.
2.^ The song also contains phrases in French.


The finalists were:

  • the four automatic qualifiers France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom;
  • the top 10 countries from the 2005 final (other than the automatic qualifiers);
  • the top 10 countries from the 2006 semi-final.

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.

Draw Country Artist Song Language[3] Place Points
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
05  Norway Christine Guldbrandsen "Alvedansen" Norwegian 14 36
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 15 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
16  Greece Anna Vissi "Everything" English 9 128
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
20  Croatia Severina "Moja štikla" Croatian 12 56
21  Ireland Brian Kennedy "Every Song Is a Cry for Love" English 10 93
22  Sweden Carola "Invincible" English 5 170
23  Turkey Sibel Tüzün "Süper Star" Turkish, English 11 91
24  Armenia André "Without Your Love" English 8 129


3.^ The song also contains words in Spanish.

Voting during the final and spokespersons

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.[4] A draw was held to determine each country's voting order. Countries revealed their votes in the following order:

  1.  Slovenia - Peter Poles
  2.  Andorra - Xavi Palma
  3.  Romania - Andreea Marin Bănică (Presenter of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006)
  4.  Denmark - Jørgen de Mylius
  5.  Latvia - Mārtiņš Freimanis (Latvian singer in the 2003 Contest as part of F.L.Y.)
  6.  Portugal - Cristina Alves
  7.  Sweden - Jovan Radomir
  8.  Finland - Nina Tapio
  9.  Belgium - Yasmine (Hilde Rens)
  10.  Croatia - Mila Horvat
  11.  Serbia and Montenegro - Jovana Janković (Co-presenter of the 2008 Contest)
  12.  Norway - Ingvild Helljesen
  13.  Estonia - Evelin Samuel (Estonian singer in the 1999 Contest and veteran of several 1990s Eurolauls)
  14.  Ireland - Eimear Quinn (Irish winner of the 1996 Contest)
  15.  Malta - Moira Delia (Presenter of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014)
  16.  Lithuania - Lavija Šurnaitė
  17.  Cyprus - Constantinos Christoforou (Cypriot singer in the 1996, 2002 and 2005 Contests)
  18.  Netherlands - Paul de Leeuw
  19.   Switzerland - Jubaira Bachmann
  20.  Ukraine - Igor Posypaiko
  21.  Russia - Yana Churikova (Commentator of the 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 contests for Channel One)
  22.  Poland - Maciej Orłoś
  23.  United Kingdom - Fearne Cotton
  24.  Armenia - Gohar Gasparyan (Co-presenter of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2011)
  25.  France - Sophie Jovillard
  26.  Belarus - Corrianna
  27.  Germany - Thomas Hermanns
  28.  Spain - Sonia Ferrer
  29.  Moldova - Svetlana Cocoş
  30.  Bosnia and Herzegovina - Vesna Andree-Zaimović
  31.  Iceland - Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir
  32.  Monaco - Églantine Eméyé
  33.  Israel - Dana Herman
  34.  Albania - Leon Menkshi
  35.  Greece - Alexis Kostalas
  36.  Bulgaria - Dragomir Simeonov
  37.  Macedonia - Martin Vučić (Macedonian singer in the 2005 Contest)
  38.  Turkey - Meltem Yazgan

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.

Score sheet

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.


Televoting Results
Total Score Slovenia Andorra Romania Denmark Latvia Portugal Sweden Finland Belgium Croatia Serbia and Montenegro Norway Estonia Ireland Malta Lithuania Cyprus Netherlands Switzerland Ukraine Russia Poland United Kingdom Armenia France Belarus Germany Spain Moldova Bosnia and Herzegovina Iceland Monaco Israel Albania Greece Bulgaria Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Turkey
Contestants Armenia 150 2 3 12 12 12 3 7 12 3 3 12 7 7 12 2 10 3 10 8 10
Bulgaria 36 1 8 4 5 8 3 6 1
Slovenia 49 1 6 7 5 2 2 2 7 3 4 7 3
Andorra 8 8
Belarus 10 1 6 3
Albania 58 1 2 7 3 10 2 2 1 3 5 7 12 3
Belgium 69 5 7 3 2 5 3 3 5 7 2 1 7 4 3 2 4 6
Ireland 79 3 5 4 4 1 4 3 1 6 6 6 4 3 2 1 2 8 1 2 7 5 1
Cyprus 57 4 4 1 3 7 7 1 2 10 4 12 2
Monaco 14 3 2 1 8
Macedonia 76 8 1 8 10 6 8 10 12 5 8
Poland 70 3 1 2 7 1 8 2 10 5 1 3 2 4 6 4 4 3 2 2
Russia 217 4 4 7 1 12 7 7 6 2 3 6 4 10 4 8 12 10 1 12 8 12 12 5 12 4 6 12 5 12 5 4
Turkey 91 10 6 8 1 10 8 10 8 12 3 6 1 8
Ukraine 146 2 6 8 6 10 2 2 5 4 3 3 6 6 10 6 10 10 3 10 3 5 2 8 4 3 2 7
Finland 292 10 10 5 10 8 8 12 10 10 8 8 12 10 10 10 7 6 5 6 8 12 12 5 8 12 10 5 8 12 7 8 7 7 6
Netherlands 22 2 4 1 3 4 1 2 5
Lithuania 163 6 5 3 4 10 5 4 8 7 5 3 5 8 12 4 5 5 4 10 10 6 1 6 2 8 4 1 6 4 2
Portugal 26 12 7 7
Sweden 214 7 8 6 12 5 12 10 5 4 4 10 7 8 12 5 2 4 4 4 3 7 6 6 5 4 7 7 6 10 8 6 5 4 1
Estonia 28 2 7 8 5 1 5
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
Iceland 62 7 1 3 6 7 1 2 7 5 2 7 5 1 6 1 1
The table is ordered by appearance in the semi-final, then by pre-determined voting order.

12 points

Below is a summary of all 12 points in the semi-final:

N. Contestant Voting nation
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
Albania Macedonia
Cyprus Greece
Lithuania Ireland
Macedonia Albania
Portugal Andorra
Turkey Bosnia and Herzegovina


Televoting Results
Total Score Slovenia Andorra Romania Denmark Latvia Portugal Sweden Finland Belgium Croatia Serbia and Montenegro Norway Estonia Ireland Malta Lithuania Cyprus Netherlands Switzerland Ukraine Russia Poland United Kingdom Armenia France Belarus Germany Spain Moldova Bosnia and Herzegovina Iceland Monaco Israel Albania Greece Bulgaria Macedonia Turkey
Contestants Switzerland 30 1 12 3 4 6 4
Moldova 22 12 3 3 2 1 1
Israel 4 4
Latvia 30 3 4 8 4 1 2 8
Norway 36 1 6 2 5 3 7 1 1 3 4 1 2
Spain 18 12 6
Malta 1 1
Germany 36 3 3 1 1 3 3 7 5 5 5
Denmark 26 8 3 6 1 8
Russia 248 4 6 8 2 12 7 7 12 3 7 5 3 10 5 5 12 8 2 12 10 1 12 2 12 6 7 10 6 5 12 4 8 10 8 5
Macedonia 56 6 8 8 4 7 8 3 6 6
Romania 172 5 3 6 2 10 6 6 2 5 4 4 4 6 10 1 10 1 1 4 3 6 4 7 3 5 12 12 2 2 10 2 7 2 2 3
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
Lithuania 162 3 7 7 10 4 3 8 4 6 3 5 8 12 1 4 6 5 5 8 10 6 1 4 4 10 7 3 4 1 3
United Kingdom 25 2 4 1 1 2 2 8 3 1 1
Greece 128 1 10 4 1 10 6 8 3 12 5 5 7 8 5 2 8 1 1 8 12 7 4
Finland 292 8 10 4 12 8 6 12 8 10 7 12 12 10 7 10 5 7 8 7 8 12 12 8 7 10 10 6 7 12 7 12 5 6 7
Ukraine 145 2 5 3 5 12 1 2 4 2 5 1 2 7 6 1 10 6 10 10 3 8 5 6 2 6 5 3 5 8
France 5 2 3
Croatia 56 10 10 6 2 12 4 10 2
Ireland 93 1 4 2 5 4 5 5 4 2 7 6 4 6 4 3 2 2 8 3 1 4 1 10
Sweden 170 7 8 5 10 7 8 7 5 3 1 10 7 7 6 5 2 6 2 7 4 6 3 5 6 2 3 7 5 5 10 1
Turkey 91 6 7 12 10 3 12 12 10 1 7 3 4 4
Armenia 129 1 12 2 7 10 8 12 5 10 8 3 8 7 8 10 8 10
The table is ordered by appearance in the final, then by pre-determined voting order.

12 points

Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:

N. Contestant Voting nation
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
2 Armenia Belgium, Russia
Greece Cyprus, Bulgaria
Romania Moldova, Spain
1 Croatia Bosnia and Herzegovina
Lithuania Ireland
Moldova Romania
Spain Andorra
Switzerland Malta
Ukraine Portugal

Other Awards

Marcel Bezençon Awards

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.[5] The awards are divided into 3 categories; Press Award; Artistic Award; and Composer Award.[6]

Category Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s) Final result Points
Artists Award
(Voted by previous winners)
 Sweden "Invincible" Carola Thomas G:son, Bobby Ljunggren,
Henrik Wikström, Carola
5th 170
Composer Award  Bosnia and Herzegovina "Lejla" Hari Mata Hari Željko Joksimović,
Fahrudin Pecikoza, Dejan Ivanović
3rd 229
Press Award  Finland "Hard Rock Hallelujah" Lordi Mr. Lordi 1st 292

Barbara Dex Award

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.

Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s)
 Portugal "Coisas de nada" Nonstop José Manuel Afonso, Elvis Veiguinha

Other countries


  • Austria Austria - On 18 June 2005, Austrian newspaper Kurier reported that the Austrian broadcaster ORF would not be taking part in the 2006 contest.
  • Czech Republic Czech Republic - On 6 October 2005 Česká televize announced that the Czech Republic would not participate, however also made its debut Next Year.
  • Georgia (country) Georgia - On 5 October 2005 the managing director of Georgia Television & Radio Broadcasting stated that Georgia would not enter the 2006 contest, however made its debut next year.
  • Hungary Hungary - On 9 December 2005 Hungarian broadcaster Magyar TV announced that Hungary would not participate for financial reasons.
  • Italy Italy - Italy did not take part in the Contest between 1997 and 2011.
  • Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro - Serbia and Montenegro withdrew from the contest due to a scandal in the selection process, which has caused tensions between the Serbian broadcaster, RTS, and the Montenegrin broadcaster, RTCG. Serbia and Montenegro did retain voting rights for the contest (which resulted in Macedonia entering the final instead of Poland). Serbia and Montenegro's withdrawal left a vacancy in the final. In the delegations meeting on 20 March, it was decided that Croatia, who finished 11th in the 2005 Contest, would fill the empty spot.


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,, reported visits from over 200 countries and over 98 million page views, compared with 85 million in 2005.

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous Year(s)
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)
Fabrizio Faniello  Malta 2001
Ich Troje  Poland 2003
Carola  Sweden 1983, 1991 (winner)


International broadcasts

Australia Australia 
Although Australia was not itself eligible to enter, the semi-final and final were broadcast on SBS. As is the case each year, they were not however broadcast live due to the difference in Australian time zones. Australia aired the United Kingdom's broadcast, including commentary from Paddy O'Connell and Terry Wogan. Before the broadcasts, viewers were told by an SBS host that the Eurovision Song Contest was one of their most popular programmes. The final rated an estimated 462,000, and was ranked 21st of the broadcaster's top rating programs for the 2005/06 financial year. [4]
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 
Azerbaijan were willing to enter the contest but since AzTV applied for active EBU membership but was denied on June 18, 2007, they missed the contest and had to wait until they were accepted. Another Azerbaijan broadcaster, İctimai, broadcast the contest. It was a passive EBU member, and had broadcast it for the last 2 years. It was the only non-participating broadcaster this year to send its own commentators to the contest.[5]
Italy Italy
Italian television did not enter because RAI, the national broadcaster, is in strong competition with commercial TV stations and they believe that the Eurovision Song Contest would not be a popular show in Italy. They have not broadcast the contest in recent years, although an independent Italian channel for the gay community has shown the show.
A live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast worldwide by satellite through Eurovision streams such as Channel One Russia, ERT World, TVE Internacional, TVP Polonia, RTP Internacional and TVR i. The official Eurovision Song Contest website also provided a live stream without commentary using the peer-to-peer transport Octoshape.
Gibraltar Gibraltar
Gibraltar screened only the final.


Official album

Eurovision Song Contest: Athens 2006
ESC 2006 album cover
Compilation album by
Released28 April 2006
  • 53:38 (CD 1)
  • 56:12 (CD 2)
Eurovision Song Contest chronology
Eurovision Song Contest: Kyiv 2005
Eurovision Song Contest: Athens 2006
Eurovision Song Contest: Helsinki 2007

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.[28]

CD 1
1."Sense tu" (Andorra)Jenny3:00
2."Zjarr e ftohtë" (Albania)Luiz Ejlli3:10
3."Without Your Love" (Armenia)André3:01
4."Lejla" (Bosnia and Herzegovina)Hari Mata Hari3:03
5."Je t'adore" (Belgium)Kate Ryan3:01
6."Let Me Cry" (Bulgaria)Mariana Popova2:54
7."Mum" (Belarus)Polina Smolova2:30
8."If We All Give a Little" (Switzerland)six4one3:02
9."Why Angels Cry" (Cyprus)Annet Artani2:58
10."No No Never" (Germany)Texas Lightning3:00
11."Twist of Love" (Denmark)Sidsel Ben Semmane3:00
12."Through My Window" (Estonia)Sandra Oxenryd3:01
13."Un Blodymary" (Spain)Las Ketchup3:01
14."Hard Rock Hallelujah" (Finland)Lordi3:01
15."Il était temps" (France)Virginie Pouchain2:57
16."Teenage Life" (United Kingdom)Daz Sampson3:03
17."Everything" (Greece)Anna Vissi3:00
18."Moja štikla" (Croatia)Severina2:56
Total length:53:38
CD 2
1."Every Song Is a Cry for Love" (Ireland)Brian Kennedy2:59
2."Together We Are One" (Israel)Eddie Butler3:05
3."Congratulations" (Iceland)Silvia Night3:01
4."We Are the Winners" (Lithuania)LT United2:29
5."I Hear Your Heart" (Latvia)Vocal Group Cosmos3:00
6."La Coco-Dance" (Monaco)Séverine Ferrer2:59
7."Loca" (Moldova)Arsenium feat. Natalia Gordienko2:58
8."Ninanajna" (Macedonia)Elena Risteska3:00
9."I Do" (Malta)Fabrizio Faniello2:53
10."Amambanda" (Netherlands)Treble2:59
11."Alvedansen" (Norway)Christine Guldbrandsen2:55
12."Follow My Heart" (Poland)Ich Troje feat. Real McCoy2:58
13."Coisas de nada" (Portugal)Nonstop2:58
14."Tornero" (Romania)Mihai Trăistariu3:00
15."Never Let You Go" (Russia)Dima Bilan3:00
16."Invincible" (Sweden)Carola3:00
17."Mr Nobody" (Slovenia)Anžej Dežan3:02
18."Süper Star" (Turkey)Sibel Tüzün3:01
19."Show Me Your Love" (Ukraine)Tina Karol2:55
Total length:56:12


Chart (2006) Peak
German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[29] 2


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Andorra in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

Andorra's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was chosen in an internal selection by national broadcaster RTVA. From over 44 candidates, the selectors chose Jenny, with the song "Sense tu" (Without you), which they described as similar to the music of artists such as Sam Brown and Anastacia.

Jenny was born in Asturias, Spain, and was a student of music under Helen Rowson in Barcelona. She was a new artist in both Spain and Andorra, with no previous commercial success in either country. The producer of this, as well as the 2005 entry, was Rafael Artesero.

Not having advanced to the final in 2005, Andorra had to compete in the semifinal in 2006 as well. As both previous Andorran entries, it fared quite poorly. Jenny failed to qualify to the final as well, finishing last of the 23 semifinal contestants.

Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

Belgium participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens, Greece. The Belgian entry was selected through a national selection, Eurosong '06, organised by the Belgian broadcaster Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT). Kate Ryan represented Belgium with the song "Je t'adore", which failed to qualify from the competition's semi-final, placing 12th and scoring 69 points.

Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was Lejla by Hari Varešanović. It was selected as the country's entry by the national broadcaster, PBSBiH.

The song was composed by Eurovision Song Contest 2004 runner-up Željko Joksimović from Serbia and Montenegro, while Fahrudin Pecikoza and Dejan Ivanović wrote the lyrics that "have a touch of Bosnia & Herzegovina and tell about an unhappy love". Its visual identity contained elements of ancient national decoration and the rich ethnic tradition of the people of Bosnia & Herzegovina in a modern styled variant.

During the song's performance at the Eurovision, the on-stage performers were:

Hari Varešanović (vocalist)

Izudin Kolečić (percussion)

Karlo Martinović (lead guitarist and backing vocalist)

Nihad Voloder (bass guitarist and backing vocalist)

Ksenija Milošević (violinist and backing vocalist)

Ivana Čabraja (backing vocalist and accordion player)

Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

Cyprus participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with "Why Angels Cry" performed by Annet Artani. The song placed 15th in the semi-final with 57 points and therefore did not qualify for the final.

Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

Denmark chose their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in a final held on 11 February at the Gigantium Arena in Aalborg. Sidsel Ben Semmane was unanimously selected to represent Denmark in Athens with the song "Twist of Love". Sidsel had a good presentation of her song which is a mix of elements from country and rock 'n' roll. Twist of Love picked up top marks from all four regional juries. The song was written and composed by Niels Drevsholt.

The youngest artist this year is 17-year-old Sidsel who comes from Århus, Denmark. Her talent was discovered recently by composer Niels Drevsholt who also wrote the song. During her leisure time she likes to perform with the party band Satzmo. Niels Drevsholt has already taken part as composer in the MGP four times. The 2006 song "Twist of Love" tells the story of a young girl like Sidsel that falls in love.

Due to the top-10 result of Jakob Sveistrup the previous year, Denmark proceeded straight to the finals, finishing in 18th place with 26 points.

As Denmark failed to reach top 11 in the final, the country was forced to compete in semi-final of the 2007 Contest.

Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

Finland's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was selected on 10 March 2006 in a final held in the Caribia hall in Turku, hosted by Heikki Paasonen and Jaana Pelkonen. The Finnish viewers chose the band Lordi to perform "Hard Rock Hallelujah", a rock anthem, at Eurovision. The song was a favourite before the competition and also scored major success when released as a single. The song, written and composed by band member Mr. Lordi, went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006, placing first in both the semifinal and final. This gave Finland its first ever win in the competition.

Lordi is a melodic theatrical heavy-rock band, mostly known for their unusual monster costumes and lyrical themes. The members are Lordi, Amen, Ox, Awa, and Kita. Lordi have released four albums with many hit songs. The members have never shown themselves in public without their masks. Lordi itself says the band does not exist without the masks. Before the Athens competition there was some controversy in Finland protesting the selection of such an unusual musical style and stage theatrics. Several newspaper readers' letters called for a reconsideration of the representative in favour of more traditional pop music.

France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

France’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was selected in a national final consisting of talent search performers. It was held on 14 March and the public and a panel of experts, presided by Charles Aznavour, combined to select the winner. Before that, there were seven regional auditions including some in France's overseas territories. Virginie Pouchain was selected to represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with the song Vous, c'est nous (You are us), but the song was later changed to Il était temps (It was time), as Virginie complained to the songwriter, Corneille Nyungura, that it did not suit her style. The song was composed by Corneille Nyungura & Virginie Pouchain.

Virginie Pouchain is a 26-year-old hairdresser, who decided to take part in ‘Entrée des Artistes’, a musical show hosted by Pascal Sevran. Virginie won that competition and along with three other participants, she entered Et si c'était vous?, the French broadcaster's national final for Eurovision, which was intended to have new talents emerge. Out of 21 participants, she was chosen to move on to the next round of the competition along with two others after she interpreted Céline Dion's French hit, Pour que tu m'aimes encore. She won the final after gaining the jury's and televoters' support to gain selection for Athens.

Pouchain was accompanied on stage by Matheson Bayley, the first ever British person to be involved in a French entry at Eurovision. As France is one of the top four donors to the European Broadcasting Union, it gained automatic entry to the final. Pouchain's song finished 22nd out of 24 entries, with just 5 votes compared to the 292 polled by winners Lordi of Finland.

Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

Germany’s selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was held on 9 March, with only three performers and songs as part of a special show celebrating 50 years of Eurovision. Singer/comedian Olli Dittrich with his country/pop band Texas Lightning beat former Modern Talking singer Thomas Anders and 1972 Eurovision winner Vicky Leandros to represent Germany at Eurovision. They represented Germany with the song "No No Never". The song was written and composed by Jane Comerford, lead vocalist of the band.

Texas Lightning is a quintet that describes itself as hip and old fashioned. The group consists of Olli Dittrich, Jon Flemming Olsen, Markus Schmidt, Uwe Frenzel, and Jane Comerford. They have remade songs by country singers such as Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline, but have also recorded hit songs such as "Highway To Hell" and "Like A Virgin" with a country twist. They also recently covered "Waterloo", ABBA's 1974 Eurovision hit.

They finished 14th with 36 points at Eurovision, having automatically gained a place in the final as one of the four largest donors to the European Broadcasting Union.

Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

Ireland’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was "Every Song Is a Cry for Love" by Brian Kennedy. He was selected to sing for the country internally by national broadcaster RTÉ. Irish television viewers selected the entry he would sing during a special edition of The Late Late Show on 17 February. Kennedy's own composition, Every Song Is a Cry for Love was tipped as the winner by the jury members and the audience on the show and, in the end, was triumphant in the public vote. The song is a ballad in the traditional Irish style.

The selection of Kennedy's song provoked something of a controversy. Not only is it written by himself, but his entry arrived in after the initial closing date for potential songs. Prominent Irish journalists, such as John Waters of The Irish Times have also criticised the original judging process of the 200 or so songs which were reduced to three for the Late Late.

39-year-old Brian Edward Patrick Kennedy is an Irish singer-songwriter and author. He was born and grew up on the Falls Road in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He performed on the original Secret Garden version of the song You Raise Me Up and was performer in Riverdance on Broadway in New York City. He also wrote two novels titled, The Arrival of Feargal Flynn and Roman Song.

His semifinal performance was the 1000th song performed in Eurovision history. He finished ninth in the semifinal and tenth in the final.

Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

Israel’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was Together We Are One by Eddie Butler, who had previously represented Israel in the 1999 European Song Contest.

Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

Macedonia selected its song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 on 4 March, where Elena Risteska triumphed over all the other competitors with the song "Ninanajna". The national selection was held at the MKTV studios and the winner was selected by televoting to avoid any possible mistakes and set-ups. "Ninanajna" is an uptempo R&B pop song that contains some disco/dance elements. The music/arrangement was done by Darko Dimitrov with lyrics by Rade Vrchakovski.

As Macedonia failed to reach the top 10 in the final, the country was forced to compete in the semi-final of the 2007 Contest.

Monaco in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

Monaco chose its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in an internal selection by national broadcaster, Télé Monte Carlo. Séverine Ferrer was chosen to represent the principality with the song "La Coco-Dance", the lyrics of which contain words in French and Tahitian. La Coco-Dance was written and composed by J. Woodfeel and Iren Bo, and was choreographed by Bruno Vandelli. Although the song and singer had been chosen in the time around Christmas 2005, they were not announced until March the following year.

Séverine Ferrer was born on 31 October 1977 in Montpellier. She grew up on the island of Réunion and became a local celebrity. In 1991, Severine and her family moved to Paris, where she was certain that she wanted to be an artist. Severine started her career by starring in television series. In 2004, Séverine Ferrer's career picked up with the release of a new album and her clothing line for pregnant women.

Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

The Netherlands’s national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was held on 12 March at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. Each performer sang three songs and the winner was chosen in two rounds of voting. In the first round an expert jury selected the best song by each performer before the eventual winner was chosen by televoting.

The jury chose "Heaven Knows", performed by the foursome Behave, "I'm Alive", performed by 2004 Dutch "Pop Idol" runner-up Maud, and "Amambanda", performed by the female trio Treble. A period of televoting was then held in which the public could vote for their favourite song. The girl group Treble received 72% of the televote which gave them with the ticket to Athens along with the song Amambanda, which contains English imaginary lyrics. The song is written and composed by Caroline Hoffman, Niña van Dijk, & Djem van Dijk, the members of Treble.

The group Treble comprises Caroline Hoffman (29) and sisters Niña (19) and Djem (17) van Dijk. In 2004, they had number one hit single with Ramaganana. After three singles and an album, 2005 was a silent year for Treble. The girls are experienced percussionists and vocalists.

Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

Norway’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was selected in the national final, Melodi Grand Prix 2006, which comprised four semi-finals and a final. In the final, held on 4 February at the Spektrum in Oslo, the final eight songs were performed of which four moved on the super final, after a period of televoting. After another period of televoting for the final four songs, Norway chose to be represented by Christine Guldbrandsen with the song Alvedansen. The song is written and composed by Christine Guldbrandsen, Kjetil Fluge & Atle Halstensen.

Christine Guldbrandsen was born in 1985 in Bergen and immediately showed an interest for music when she joined the child choir at the age of 3. In 2003 she became known in Norway with her debut album “Surfing in the air” that sold over 30.000 copies across Scandinavia. Since then she has become a popular singer across the country and successfully managed many hits. Christine's musical expression and style is still inspired by Norwegian and Nordic folk music, though this came a bit clearer to mind on her debut piece. Folk-ballads or folk-pop could be a good description of her music.

Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

Portugal chose its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in a national final organised by RTP on 10 March. Of the ten songs, Nonstop triumphed with the song Coisas de nada (Meaningless things). The eventual result was actually a tie, between Nonstop and Vânia Olveira. The jury decided the outcome when a tie took place between these two songs, and as they had awarded more points to Nonstop, they were given the victory. The song was written and composed by José Manuel Afonso & Elvis Veiguinha.

As Portugal did not advance to the final of the Eurovision the previous year, it had to compete in the semifinal again in 2006. The Portuguese entry was not very popular with the televoters, coming 19th out of 23 entries.

Nonstop were formed as a result of the TV show 'POPSTARS'. The group consisted of Andrea, Katia, Fatima, Liliana and Rita. Together they released their first album and had huge success with their first single Ao Limite Eu Vou and their second single Basta Um Sorriso. One of the members, Fatima, decided to leave the group after they began singing songs in English to appeal to a boader audience. In 2004 they released their second album, which contained the singles E Tudo Vai Mudar and Play-back, a cover of a Portuguese hit from the eighties.

Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

Russia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens, Greece. The Russian entry was selected internally by the Russian broadcaster Channel One Russia (C1R). Dima Bilan represented Russia with the song "Never Let You Go", which qualified from the semi-final and placed 2nd in the final, scoring 248 points.

Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

Spain's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was selected internally by national broadcaster TVE. After much speculation from Spanish Media, it was revealed officially that Las Ketchup would represent Spain with the song "Un Blodymary", also the name of their next album. "Un blodymary" has a calm rhythm with Andalusian Flamenco elements. The song is written and composed by Manuel Ruiz Gómez (Queco), the man who also produced the 2005 Spanish entry "Brujería", performed by Son de Sol.

Las Ketchup is a Spanish group consisting of four sisters called Pilar, Dolores, Lucía and Rocío Muñoz. Hailing from Córdoba, Las Ketchup are the four daughters of El Tomate, the Flamenco guitarist. Their first album was titled Las Hijas del Tomate (Daughters of the Tomato), which contained their international hit, "The Ketchup Song" ("Aserejé").

Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

Switzerland was represented at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 by six4one, with the song If We All Give A Little. The six members of band are Andreas Lundstedt, Liel, Tinka Milinovic, Claudia D'Addio, Keith Camilleri and Marco Matias. The song has been written by Eurovision foxes Ralph Siegel and Bernd Meinunger and been officially presented at the end of March.

The band was specially assembled for Eurovision from singers famous in countries across Europe.

Andreas Lundstedt comes from Sweden and was a member of the universally known band Alcazar. Switzerland received 0 points from Sweden.

Claudia D'Addio comes from Switzerland. She is known as “The Voice” and earned her fame from the casting-show "MusicStar."

Keith Camilleri comes from Malta and is known in his homeland for his passionate voice and his regular guest appearance on Maltese shows. Switzerland received maximal 12 points from Malta.

Liel comes from Israel and advocates peace in the world with her songs. Switzerland received 4 points from Israel.

Marco Matias has a Portuguese background, but comes from Germany, and in 2005, he reached second place along with his singing partner Nicole Süßmilch in the German “12 Points!” which selected a song for Eurovision. Switzerland received 0 points from Germany, but received 1 point from Portugal.

Tinka Milinović comes from Bosnia and Herzegovina and is a very popular performer and radio/television host. Switzerland received 4 points from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

Turkey took part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with Sibel Tüzün. There was no Turkish National Final in 2006. Instead, TRT decided to send Sibel Tüzün to represent Turkey at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens with the song "Süper Star" which is written and composed by her. TRT presented the song that Sibel will sing in a special televised press conference, and presented the video clip which involves Sibel wearing a red hat with the Turkish flag on it. The song features a combination of a disco theme with oriental elements.

United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006

The United Kingdom was represented at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 by Daz Sampson with the song "Teenage Life". He finished in 19th place with 25 points.

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