Eurovision Song Contest 2010

The Eurovision Song Contest 2010 was the 55th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Oslo, Norway, following the country's victory at the 2009 contest with the song "Fairytale" by Alexander Rybak. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK), the contest was held at the Telenor Arena, and consisted of two semi-finals on 25 and 27 May, and a final on 29 May 2010, tying with the 1999 edition for the contest hosted the latest.[1][3] The three live shows were presented by Norwegian television presenters Erik Solbakken and Nadia Hasnaoui and singer Haddy N'jie.[2]

Eurovision Song Contest 2010
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Dates
Semi-final 125 May 2010 (2010-05-25)
Semi-final 227 May 2010 (2010-05-27)
Final29 May 2010 (2010-05-29)
Host
VenueTelenor Arena
Oslo, Norway[1]
Presenter(s)
Directed by
  • Ole Jørgen Grønlund
  • Kim Strømstad
Executive supervisorSvante Stockselius
Executive producerJon Ola Sand
Host broadcasterNorsk rikskringkasting (NRK)
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Participants
Number of entries39
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countries Georgia
Non-returning countries
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Voting systemEach country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs.
Nul points in finalNone
Winning song
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Thirty-nine countries took part in the contest, with Georgia returning after its one-year absence. Meanwhile, Andorra, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Montenegro all decided against participation, mainly for reasons related to the 2007–2008 financial crisis. Lithuania originally announced its non-participation, but was later among the participants confirmed by the EBU.[4][5]

The winner was Germany with the song "Satellite", performed by Lena and written by Julie Frost and John Gordon. This was Germany's second victory in the contest, following their win in 1982, and their first win as a unified country. It was also the first win for one of the "Big Four" countries since the rule's introduction in 2000. Turkey, Romania, Denmark and Azerbaijan rounded out the top five. Romania, finishing third, equalled their best result from 2005, while further down the table, Georgia achieved their best result to date, finishing ninth. For the first time since the introduction of semi-finals in 2004, Sweden failed to qualify for the final. The last time Sweden was absent from a Eurovision final was in 1976.

The global financial crisis at the time affected how the event was run; the host broadcaster NRK was forced to sell its broadcast rights for the 2010 FIFA World Cup to TV 2 and Viasat in order to finance the event.[6]

Prior to the contest, the EBU announced that the voting system used in the semi-finals would change from previous years to balance jury voting with televoting. A return of accompaniment by orchestra was also proposed, but ultimately did not occur.

LocationEdit

VenueEdit

 
Telenor Arena, Oslo – host venue of the 2010 contest.

150 million Norwegian kroner (17 million) was originally the venue budget agreed upon by Trond Giske and Hans-Tore Bjerkaas, respectively the Norwegian Minister for Culture and the head of Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK).[7][8]

At a press conference in Oslo on 27 May 2009, it was announced that the show was to be held in the Oslo metropolitan area. NRK argued that Oslo was the only city with the required capacity, venues, and infrastructure to hold the show. On 3 July 2009, it was decided that the venue would be the newly constructed Telenor Arena, in the municipality of Bærum neighbouring Oslo.[9] The Oslo Spektrum (host venue in 1996) was ruled out to host the contest due to its smaller size and capacity,[1] as was Vallhall Arena in Oslo and the Hamar Vikingskipet. NRK had decided they wanted to take the contest back to the basics and after the contest in 2009, where LEDs were widely used, they used none. The 2010 was also produced on a considerably lower budget than the year before.[10]

FormatEdit

Visual designEdit

 
Screenshot from the rehearsals where the design can be seen

NRK announced the theme art, slogan and design for the contest on 4 December 2009, during the Host City Insignia Exchange between the Mayors of Moscow, Oslo and Bærum, marking the official kick-off of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 season.[11] The theme art, a series of intersecting circles, was selected to "represent gathering people and the diversity of emotions surrounding the Eurovision Song Contest."[12] In addition to the base colour of white, the logo was created in black, gold, and pink.[13] A preview of the stage design was released on 6 May 2010, featuring no LED screens, opting instead for various other lighting techniques.[14]

PostcardsEdit

Unlike the 2009 and the 2008 postcards, the 2010 postcards were based in simplicity but also included an innovative idea, they are shown like they could be seen right in the venue, over the crowd's heads.

The basic synopsis of the postcards is a numerous group of little golden balls (the theme of the ESC 2010) forms the shape of each country. Then, they move and form a screen where we can see a pre-recorded video of a little crowd from in a city of the country (usually the capital) about to perform supporting and cheering their act. After that, a few seconds of the performer of the country getting ready in the stage are shown; and then, the balls form the flag of the country supported.

In the part of the shape of the country, there were little discrepancies: some countries' shapes, such as those for Serbia, Israel, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, were not completely shown, due to territorial or border disputes in those areas.

PresentersEdit

 
Presenters of the 2010 contest, from left to right – Nadia Hasnaoui, Erik Solbakken and Haddy Jatou N'jie.

NRK announced the hosts of the contest on 10 March 2010. Those chosen were Erik Solbakken, Haddy Jatou N'jie, and Nadia Hasnaoui. Solbakken and N'jie opened the three shows, introduced the artists, and reported from the green room during the voting, with Hasnaoui presenting the voting section and scoreboard announcements.[2][15] This was the second Eurovision Family of Events that Hasnaoui had co-hosted, after doing so at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2004, in Lillehammer. The trio guided the audience and viewers through the night in English, French, and Norwegian.[16] This was the second time that more than two hosts were presenting the shows, after the 1999 contest.

Voting systemEdit

On 11 October 2009, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced that the format of the semi-finals was to be changed so that the results would be determined by a combination of 50% national jury and 50% televoting, making it more consistent with the final. Each country's votes were determined by combining the jury votes and the televoting results; the countries with the top ten highest points in each semi-final then qualify to participate in the final of the contest.[17] This replaces the semi-final format used in the 2008 and 2009 contests in which the countries with the top nine highest points from the televoting results in each semi-final qualified for the final. The tenth semi-final place was then given to the country with the highest number of points from the jury's votes which had not already qualified for the final from the televoting results.[18] On 26 October 2009, the EBU announced that the voting would be open throughout the competition and would conclude 15 minutes after the end of the very last song.[19]

Possible return of the orchestraEdit

A number of fans began a campaign on social networking site Facebook for the return of an orchestra to the contest in Oslo, for the first time since 1998. An orchestra, which had been used since the first contest in 1956, was dropped after the 1998 contest due to rapid developments in music technology, which made backing tracks more useful.[20][21] Jan Fredrik Heyerdahl of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra said that they were interested in participating in the 2010 contest if the EBU and NRK approved the return of an orchestra.[20][21] However, no such change to the contest had been approved.

IntervalEdit

The interval act involved a number of live public outdoor dance events from across Europe, which were planned for promotional purposes, but done in the style of a series of spontaneous flashmobs. The outdoor footage was intercut with webcam footage from individual private households. Peter Svaar, Head of Press for the contest on behalf of broadcaster NRK, said: "We want to share the Eurovision Song Contest, rather than just broadcast it."[22] The seven and a half minute long song, called "Glow", was produced and co-written by the Element team and performed and co-written by Madcon.[23][better source needed]

Semi-final allocation drawEdit

On Sunday 7 February 2010, the draw to decide which countries were to appear in either the first or second semi-final took place. The participating countries excluding the automatic finalists (France, Germany, Norway, Spain & the United Kingdom) were split into six pots, based upon how those countries had been voting. From these pots, half (or as close to half as is possible) competed in the first Semi Final on 25 May 2010. The other half in that particular pot will compete in the second Semi Final on 27 May 2010. This draw also doubled up as an approximate running order, in order for the delegations from the countries to know when their rehearsals commenced. The draw also determined in which Semi Final the automatic finalists voted in.[24][25] The draw for the running order of the semi-finals, finals, and the order of voting, took place on 23 March 2010.[4]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5

Participating countriesEdit

 
  Countries in the first semi-final
  Countries voting in the first semi-final
  Countries in the second semi-final
  Countries voting in the second semi-final

A total of 39 countries confirmed their participation for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, including Georgia, which returned to the contest after its absence in 2009.[26]

Lithuania's broadcaster Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT) initially announced its non-participation after failing to achieve the necessary funds of 300,000 litas (90,000) for participation.[5] It was later confirmed by the EBU that Lithuania would indeed participate in Oslo.[4] Funding was eventually given by Lithuanian company Teo LT, which allowed Lithuania to participate in the contest.[27]

Thirty-four countries participated in the semi-finals of the contest. The semi-final allocation draw took place on 7 February 2010, while the draw for the running order was held on 23 March 2010.

To keep tension high, the qualifiers were announced in random order, and scores were published online only after the final took place.[28]

Returning artistsEdit

Bold indicates a previous winner.

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Feminnem   Croatia 2005 (for   Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Hera Björk   Iceland 2008 (as backing singer for Euroband), 2009 (as backing singer for Yohanna)
Kristján Gíslason (backing singer for Hera Björk) 2001 (as member of Two Tricky)
Niamh Kavanagh   Ireland 1993

Semi-final 1Edit

The first semi-final took place in Oslo on 25 May 2010. The ten countries in this semi-final with the highest scoring points, according to a combination of televotes and jury votes from each voting country, qualified for the final. France, Germany and Spain voted in this semi-final.[29][30][31][32]

  Qualifiers
R/O Country Artist Song Language[33] Points Place[34]
1   Moldova SunStroke Project and Olia Tira "Run Away" English 52 10
2   Russia Peter Nalitch and Friends "Lost and Forgotten" English 74 7
3   Estonia Malcolm Lincoln "Siren" English 39 14
4   Slovakia Kristína "Horehronie" Slovak 24 16
5   Finland Kuunkuiskaajat "Työlki ellää" Finnish 49 11
6   Latvia Aisha "What For?" English 11 17
7   Serbia Milan Stanković "Ovo je Balkan" (Oво je Балкан) Serbian 79 5
8   Bosnia and Herzegovina Vukašin Brajić "Thunder and Lightning" English 59 8
9   Poland Marcin Mroziński "Legenda" English, Polish 44 13
10   Belgium Tom Dice "Me and My Guitar" English 167 1
11   Malta Thea Garrett "My Dream" English 45 12
12   Albania Juliana Pasha "It's All About You" English 76 6
13   Greece Giorgos Alkaios and Friends "Opa" (Ώπα) Greek[a] 133 2
14   Portugal Filipa Azevedo "Há dias assim" Portuguese 89 4
15   Macedonia Gjoko Taneski[b] "Jas ja imam silata" (Јас ја имам силата) Macedonian 37 15
16   Belarus 3+2 feat. Robert Wells "Butterflies" English 59 9
17   Iceland Hera Björk "Je ne sais quoi" English[c] 123 3

Semi-final 2Edit

The second semi-final took place in Oslo on 27 May 2010. The ten countries in this semi-final with the highest scoring points, according to a combination of televotes and jury votes from each voting country, qualified for the final. Norway and the United Kingdom voted in this semi-final.[31][32]

  Qualifiers
R/O Country Artist Song Language[33] Points Place[35]
1   Lithuania InCulto "Eastern European Funk" English 44 12
2   Armenia Eva Rivas "Apricot Stone" English 83 6
3   Israel Harel Skaat "Milim" (מילים) Hebrew 71 8
4   Denmark Chanée and N'evergreen "In a Moment like This" English 101 5
5   Switzerland Michael von der Heide "Il pleut de l'or" French 2 17
6   Sweden Anna Bergendahl "This Is My Life" English 62 11
7   Azerbaijan Safura "Drip Drop" English 113 2
8   Ukraine Alyosha "Sweet People" English 77 7
9   Netherlands Sieneke "Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)" Dutch 29 14
10   Romania Paula Seling and Ovi "Playing with Fire" English 104 4
11   Slovenia Ansambel Žlindra and Kalamari "Narodnozabavni rock" Slovene 6 16
12   Ireland Niamh Kavanagh "It's for You" English 67 9
13   Bulgaria Miro "Angel si ti" (Ангел си ти) Bulgarian, English 19 15
14   Cyprus Jon Lilygreen and the Islanders "Life Looks Better in Spring" English 67 10
15   Croatia Feminnem "Lako je sve" Croatian 33 13
16   Georgia Sofia Nizharadze "Shine" English 106 3
17   Turkey Manga "We Could Be the Same" English 118 1

FinalEdit

 
Lena performing the winning entry, "Satellite," for Germany.

The final took place on 29 May 2010 at 21:00 CEST in Telenor Arena, Bærum, Akershus, Greater Oslo, Norway. The "Big Four" and the host country, Norway, qualified directly for the final. From the two semi-finals on 25 and 27 May 2010, twenty countries qualified for the final. A total of twenty-five countries competed in the final. The voting system used was similar to that used in the 2009 contest (with a combination of televotes and jury votes), but viewers were able to vote during the performances; the voting window ended 15 minutes after the conclusion of the songs.

  Winner
R/O Country Artist Song Language[33] Points Place[36]
1   Azerbaijan Safura "Drip Drop" English 145 5
2[d]   Spain Daniel Diges "Algo pequeñito" Spanish 68 15
3   Norway Didrik Solli-Tangen "My Heart Is Yours" English 35 20
4   Moldova SunStroke Project and Olia Tira "Run Away" English 27 22
5   Cyprus Jon Lilygreen and the Islanders "Life Looks Better in Spring" English 27 21
6   Bosnia and Herzegovina Vukašin Brajić "Thunder and Lightning" English 51 17
7   Belgium Tom Dice "Me and My Guitar" English 143 6
8   Serbia Milan Stanković "Ovo je Balkan" (Oво je Балкан) Serbian 72 13
9   Belarus 3+2 feat. Robert Wells "Butterflies" English 18 24
10   Ireland Niamh Kavanagh "It's for You" English 25 23
11   Greece Giorgos Alkaios and Friends "Opa" (Ώπα) Greek[a] 140 8
12   United Kingdom Josh Dubovie "That Sounds Good to Me" English 10 25
13   Georgia Sofia Nizharadze "Shine" English 136 9
14   Turkey Manga "We Could Be the Same" English 170 2
15   Albania Juliana Pasha "It's All About You" English 62 16
16   Iceland Hera Björk "Je ne sais quoi" English[c] 41 19
17   Ukraine Alyosha "Sweet People" English 108 10
18   France Jessy Matador "Allez Ola Olé" French 82 12
19   Romania Paula Seling and Ovi "Playing with Fire" English 162 3
20   Russia Peter Nalitch and Friends "Lost and Forgotten" English 90 11
21   Armenia Eva Rivas "Apricot Stone" English 141 7
22   Germany Lena "Satellite" English 246 1
23   Portugal Filipa Azevedo "Há dias assim" Portuguese 43 18
24   Israel Harel Skaat "Milim" (מילים) Hebrew 71 14
25   Denmark Chanée and N'evergreen "In a Moment like This" English 149 4

Detailed voting resultsEdit

The split jury/televoting results were announced by the EBU in June 2010. Only the split totals received by each country were given, not the full breakdown.[41]

Semi-final 1Edit

In the first semifinal, one unknown country had only a jury because the votes of the country did not meet the EBU threshold.[42]

  Qualifiers
Split results of semi-final 1[41]
Place Combined Jury Televoting
Country Points Country Points Country Points
1   Belgium 167   Belgium 165   Greece 151
2   Greece 133   Portugal 107   Iceland 149
3   Iceland 123   Greece 99   Belgium 146
4   Portugal 89   Albania 96   Russia 92
5   Serbia 79   Bosnia and Herzegovina 86   Serbia 92
6   Albania 76   Iceland 85   Finland 69
7   Russia 74   Malta 66   Albania 68
8   Bosnia and Herzegovina 59[e]   Serbia 65   Belarus 63
9   Belarus 59[e]   Estonia 64   Portugal 58
10   Moldova 52   Macedonia 62   Moldova 54
11   Finland 49   Poland 58   Bosnia and Herzegovina 42
12   Malta 45   Belarus 47   Malta 40
13   Poland 44   Moldova 42   Poland 38
14   Estonia 39   Russia 41   Slovakia 34
15   Macedonia 37   Finland 37   Macedonia 30
16   Slovakia 24   Slovakia 25   Estonia 22
17   Latvia 11   Latvia 15   Latvia 12
Detailed voting results of semi-final 1[43][44]
Total score
Moldova
Russia
Estonia
Slovakia
Finland
Latvia
Serbia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Poland
Belgium
Malta
Albania
Greece
Portugal
Macedonia
Belarus
Iceland
France
Germany
Spain
Contestants
Moldova 52 5 1 2 7 4 8 7 10 3 5
Russia 74 12 12 3 10 4 2 8 5 1 3 1 12 1
Estonia 39 12 12 1 5 1 1 4 1 2
Slovakia 24 2 6 5 1 5 5
Finland 49 3 10 2 6 1 7 2 7 6 3 2
Latvia 11 6 5
Serbia 79 3 4 1 6 3 12 3 3 7 2 10 3 12 4 6
Bosnia and Herzegovina 59 1 2 5 12 6 3 7 5 8 4 6
Poland 44 2 6 4 6 6 3 7 7 3
Belgium 167 6 10 8 10 10 8 7 4 12 12 4 10 12 4 8 12 10 12 8
Malta 45 3 12 1 1 6 2 2 3 6 2 4 2 1
Albania 76 4 2 7 4 8 6 12 12 10 2 5 4
Greece 133 7 7 2 8 8 10 8 7 10 8 10 10 3 5 8 4 8 10
Portugal 89 5 5 4 6 7 5 3 2 4 4 5 2 7 8 10 12
Macedonia 37 4 1 1 8 10 12 1
Belarus 59 8 12 4 3 5 3 5 6 7 5 1
Iceland 123 10 8 7 7 7 2 3 10 12 10 8 8 6 1 6 5 6 7

12 pointsEdit

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the 1st semi-final:

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
5   Belgium   Germany,   Iceland,   Malta,   Poland,   Portugal
3   Russia   Belarus,   Estonia,   Moldova
2   Albania   Greece,   Macedonia
  Estonia   Finland,   Latvia
  Serbia   Bosnia and Herzegovina,   France
1   Belarus   Russia
  Bosnia and Herzegovina   Serbia
  Iceland   Belgium
  Macedonia   Albania
  Malta   Slovakia
  Portugal   Spain

Semi-final 2Edit

  Qualifiers
Split results of semi-final 2[41]
Place Combined Jury Televoting
Country Points Country Points Country Points
1   Turkey 118   Georgia 117   Azerbaijan 126
2   Azerbaijan 113   Turkey 93   Turkey 119
3   Georgia 106   Azerbaijan 89   Romania 113
4   Romania 104   Israel 88   Denmark 106
5   Denmark 101   Armenia 84   Georgia 102
6   Armenia 83   Ireland 84   Armenia 90
7   Ukraine 77   Denmark 83   Ukraine 77
8   Israel 71   Romania 80   Lithuania 65
9   Ireland 67[f]   Cyprus 79   Sweden 64
10   Cyprus 67[f]   Ukraine 78   Cyprus 53
11   Sweden 62   Sweden 76   Netherlands 49
12   Lithuania 44   Croatia 54   Israel 46
13   Croatia 33   Lithuania 27   Ireland 43
14   Netherlands 29   Netherlands 26   Croatia 22
15   Bulgaria 19   Bulgaria 25   Bulgaria 15
16   Slovenia 6   Switzerland 14   Slovenia 11
17   Switzerland 2   Slovenia 5   Switzerland 1
Detailed voting results of semi-final 2[45][46]
Total score
Lithuania
Armenia
Israel
Denmark
Switzerland
Sweden
Azerbaijan
Ukraine
Netherlands
Romania
Slovenia
Ireland
Bulgaria
Cyprus
Croatia
Georgia
Turkey
Norway
United Kingdom
Contestants
Lithuania 44 2 1 4 2 12 2 1 8 5 7
Armenia 83 1 12 3 5 8 10 10 8 12 10 4
Israel 71 8 8 7 6 12 3 5 1 4 5 7 5
Denmark 101 5 5 7 5 12 6 5 4 12 10 4 2 3 4 3 6 8
Switzerland 2 2
Sweden 62 3 3 12 10 2 6 1 5 1 2 2 12 3
Azerbaijan 113 2 5 5 6 3 12 1 8 8 10 7 10 10 12 12 2
Ukraine 77 10 10 2 3 8 2 5 1 2 6 6 6 7 3 4 2
Netherlands 29 4 4 2 1 6 3 1 5 3
Romania 104 6 4 8 8 4 7 5 3 3 4 6 4 8 4 8 10 12
Slovenia 6 1 5
Ireland 67 7 1 3 6 12 4 8 4 2 3 1 6 10
Bulgaria 19 1 5 7 6
Cyprus 67 4 6 10 7 6 3 4 6 5 12 4
Croatia 33 7 2 7 1 12 1 3
Georgia 106 12 12 6 1 2 10 7 5 2 7 7 10 7 7 10 1
Turkey 118 8 10 8 10 12 10 7 7 3 8 12 8 6 1 8

12 pointsEdit

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the 2nd semi-final:

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
3   Azerbaijan   Georgia,   Turkey,   Ukraine
2   Armenia   Cyprus,   Israel
  Denmark   Romania,   Sweden
  Georgia   Armenia,   Lithuania
  Sweden   Denmark,   Norway
  Turkey   Azerbaijan,   Bulgaria
1   Croatia   Slovenia
  Cyprus   Croatia
  Ireland   Switzerland
  Israel   Netherlands
  Lithuania   Ireland
  Romania   United Kingdom

FinalEdit

  Winner
Split results of the final[41]
Place Combined Jury Televoting
Country Points Country Points Country Points
1   Germany 246   Germany 187   Germany 243
2   Turkey 170   Belgium 185   Turkey 177
3   Romania 162   Romania 167   Denmark 174
4   Denmark 149   Georgia 160   Armenia 166
5   Azerbaijan 145   Israel 134   Azerbaijan 161
6   Belgium 143   Ukraine 129   Romania 155
7   Armenia 141   Denmark 121   Greece 152
8   Greece 140   Turkey 119   France 151
9   Georgia 136   Azerbaijan 116   Georgia 127
10   Ukraine 108   Armenia 116   Serbia 110
11   Russia 90   Greece 110   Russia 107
12   France 82   Albania 97   Spain 106
13   Serbia 72   Portugal 69   Ukraine 94
14   Israel 71   Bosnia and Herzegovina 65   Belgium 76
15   Spain 68   Russia 63   Iceland 40
16   Albania 62   Ireland 62   Bosnia and Herzegovina 35
17   Bosnia and Herzegovina 51   Norway 61   Albania 35
18   Portugal 43   Cyprus 57   Moldova 28
19   Iceland 41   Iceland 57   Israel 27
20   Norway 35   Spain 43   Portugal 24
21   Cyprus 27   Serbia 37   Norway 18
22   Moldova 27   France 34   Belarus 18
23   Ireland 25   Moldova 33   Cyprus 16
24   Belarus 18   Belarus 22   Ireland 15
25   United Kingdom 10   United Kingdom 18   United Kingdom 7
Detailed voting results of the final[47][48]
Total score
Romania
Ireland
Germany
Serbia
Albania
Turkey
Croatia
Poland
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Finland
Slovenia
Estonia
Russia
Portugal
Azerbaijan
Greece
Iceland
Denmark
France
Spain
Slovakia
Bulgaria
Ukraine
Latvia
Malta
Norway
Cyprus
Lithuania
Belarus
Switzerland
Belgium
United Kingdom
Netherlands
Israel
Macedonia
Moldova
Georgia
Sweden
Armenia
Contestants
Azerbaijan 145 3 12 8 7 8 1 4 2 7 12 12 2 12 7 10 6 2 5 7 3 7 8
Spain 68 2 7 4 5 4 12 2 4 5 8 1 1 4 2 7
Norway 35 2 7 3 5 3 3 6 4 2
Moldova 27 10 6 6 4 1
Cyprus 27 4 12 1 2 4 1 3
Bosnia and Herzegovina 51 12 6 8 10 4 5 6
Belgium 143 4 10 12 5 10 6 3 5 5 6 10 10 7 10 1 4 10 3 7 7 6 2
Serbia 72 5 3 8 12 8 10 1 10 1 7 7
Belarus 18 2 1 3 12
Ireland 25 2 1 1 2 6 7 6
Greece 140 7 8 10 12 3 1 6 7 8 8 4 5 5 5 7 12 12 12 3 2 3
United Kingdom 10 4 1 2 3
Georgia 136 5 5 7 4 4 1 8 10 8 5 2 1 6 7 1 5 12 7 1 4 5 5 5 6 12
Turkey 170 8 1 10 3 8 12 10 3 2 6 12 6 12 3 10 8 2 4 3 3 6 10 8 10 5 5
Albania 62 1 1 7 5 2 5 10 7 8 3 1 12
Iceland 41 4 5 4 3 3 6 6 2 8
Ukraine 108 5 7 1 3 7 10 2 7 7 6 6 10 5 7 2 8 7 8
France 82 6 3 4 3 3 8 3 1 7 8 6 7 2 2 4 3 2 3 1 6
Romania 162 7 6 5 2 6 2 7 3 10 7 4 5 8 10 1 2 3 5 10 8 2 1 4 8 5 8 12 10 1
Russia 90 4 10 2 3 6 10 8 5 12 10 10 10
Armenia 141 6 7 1 6 5 12 7 6 8 4 8 6 1 7 5 7 12 12 4 6 10 1
Germany 246 3 8 8 10 10 6 7 8 12 10 12 6 1 1 2 3 12 3 12 12 3 5 12 4 12 4 10 12 10 4 4 8 12
Portugal 43 6 2 1 4 8 6 6 1 5 4
Israel 71 4 1 10 6 5 1 8 3 5 2 8 3 10 1 4
Denmark 149 12 12 2 2 12 2 12 5 1 4 4 12 4 7 10 8 8 3 2 6 2 4 2 8 5

12 pointsEdit

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the final:

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
9   Germany   Denmark,   Estonia,   Finland,   Latvia,   Norway,   Slovakia,   Spain,   Sweden,   Switzerland
5   Denmark   Iceland,   Ireland,   Poland,   Romania,   Slovenia
4   Azerbaijan   Bulgaria,   Malta,   Turkey,   Ukraine
  Greece   Albania,   Belgium,   Cyprus,   United Kingdom
3   Armenia   Israel,   Netherlands,   Russia
  Turkey   Azerbaijan,   Croatia,   France
2   Georgia   Armenia,   Lithuania
1   Albania   Macedonia
  Belarus   Georgia
  Belgium   Germany
  Bosnia and Herzegovina   Serbia
  Cyprus   Greece
  Romania   Moldova
  Russia   Belarus
  Serbia   Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Spain   Portugal

SpokespersonsEdit

Countries revealed their votes in the following order:[49]

  1.   Romania – Malvina Cservenschi
  2.   Ireland – Derek Mooney
  3.   Germany – Hape Kerkeling[50]
  4.   Serbia – Maja Nikolić [sr]
  5.   Albania – Leon Menkshi
  6.   Turkey – Meltem Ersan Yazgan
  7.   Croatia – Mila Horvat
  8.   Poland – Aleksandra Rosiak
  9.   Bosnia and Herzegovina – Ivana Vidmar
  10.   Finland – Johanna Pirttilahti [fi][51]
  11.   Slovenia – Andrea F
  12.   Estonia – Rolf Junior[52]
  13.   Russia – Oxana Fedorova
  14.   Portugal – Ana Galvão [pt][53]
  15.   Azerbaijan – Tamilla Shirinova [az]
  16.   Greece – Alexis Kostalas [el]
  17.   Iceland – Yohanna[54]
  18.   Denmark – Bryan Rice[55]
  19.   France – Audrey Chauveau [fr]
  20.   Spain – Ainhoa Arbizu[56]
  21.   Slovakia – Ľubomír Bajaník [sk]
  22.   Bulgaria – Desislava Dobreva [bg]
  23.   Ukraine – Iryna Zhuravska
  24.   Latvia – Kārlis Būmeisters
  25.   Malta – Chiara Siracusa
  26.   Norway – Anne Rimmen
  27.   Cyprus – Christina Metaxa
  28.   Lithuania – Giedrius Masalskis [lt][57]
  29.   Belarus – Aleksei Grishin
  30.   Switzerland – Christa Rigozzi[58]
  31.   Belgium – Katja Retsin [nl]
  32.   United Kingdom – Scott Mills[59]
  33.   Netherlands – Yolanthe Cabau van Kasbergen
  34.   Israel – Ofer Nachshon [he]
  35.   Macedonia – Maja Daniels
  36.   Moldova – Tania Cergă [ro]
  37.   Georgia – Mariam Vashadze
  38.   Sweden – Eric Saade
  39.   Armenia – Nazeni Hovhannisyan

Non-participating countriesEdit

The EBU announced that they would work harder to bring back Austria, Italy, and Monaco to the 2010 contest.[60] In September 2009 the EBU's director Bjørn Erichsen stated during an EBU press conference that "Austria will be back", and that the EBU "has reasons to believe that Luxembourg and Monaco" were also to participate and that "now we are only missing Italy".[61][62][63] In late October 2009, the 2010 contest project manager Jon Ola Sand has stated that "countries such as Monaco and Luxembourg have indicated that they wish to participate in next year's competition in Norway".[61][64] However, the representatives of broadcasters of Austria, Monaco and Luxembourg denied participation in the 2010 contest. Wolfgang Lorenz, the programme director of the Austrian broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF), informed Austria would not take part stating that the contest has been "ruined by the regulations".[65]Télé Monte Carlo (TMC) has also declared that Monaco would not be returning for the 2010 edition, mainly due to a lack of finances to send a Monegasque entry.[66] The RTL Group had announced that they were having serious discussions regarding a possible comeback for Luxembourg for the first time since 1993, but later confirmed that the country would not be present for the 2010 contest either.[67] San Marino also considered returning in 2010. However, after deliberations with Italian artists, including Italian sister duo Paola & Chiara, Sammarinnese broadcaster Radiotelevisione della Repubblica di San Marino (SMRTV) was informed to withhold returning after failing to receive funding from the Sammarinnese parliament or sponsors.[68]

EBU had talks to Liechtenstein's only broadcaster 1FLTV (1 Fürstentum Liechtenstein Television) for them to join the EBU, and become a part of the Eurovision Song Contest. 1FLTV's programme director Peter Kolbel had confirmed interest in Liechtenstein's participation as soon as full EBU membership is granted, which may have happened in December 2009. Thus they were getting ready to debut in 2010, considering a national final concept similar to the German version of the Idol seriesDeutschland sucht den Superstar (DSDS).[61][69] In November 1FLTV decided against applying for EBU membership in December for financial reasons, ruling out a debut at the 2010 contest.[70][71]

In 2009, Jillian Evans, a representative of the European Parliament from Wales, stated her interest in securing Wales a place in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Norway, but in the end it was decided they would not participate. Their debut was rejected because Wales is not a sovereign state and the BBC has the exclusive right to represent the United Kingdom. Wales could be represented by either BBC Cymru Wales, ITV Cymru Wales or S4C.

From July to December 2009, five countries who participated in the 2009 contest announced their non-participation in 2010. The Czech Republic declared that it would not participate due to a lack of interest from Czech viewers after three successive semi-final failures since their debut in 2007.[72][73]

Andorra's broadcaster Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) announced a 10% reduction in its spending budget for 2010.[74] RTVA had submitted a preliminary application to take part in the contest.[75] However, being unable to secure extra funds by 11 December 2009, it decided to withdraw from the 2010 contest.[76] Following this announcement, many former Andorran Eurovision Song Contest contestants expressed their disappointment in RTVA's decision, and the lack of publicity the country will now receive by not being contestants.[77] Hungary did not enter into the 2010 contest, due to financial difficulties of the national broadcaster Magyar Televízió (MTV).[78] Montenegro and Montenegrin broadcaster Radiotelevizija Crne Gore (RTCG) also refused participation because of financial problems, in a way to reach financial consolidation after three years as an independent state.[79][80]

BroadcastsEdit

Most countries sent commentators to Oslo or commentated from their own country, in order to add insight to the participants and, if necessary, provide voting information.

Broadcasters and commentators in participating countries
Country Show(s) Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
  Albania All shows TVSH Leon Menkshi
  Armenia All shows Armenia 1 Hrachuhi Utmazyan [hy] and Khoren Levonyan
  Azerbaijan All shows İTV Husniya Maharramova
  Belarus All shows Belarus-1 Denis Kurian
  Belgium All shows één Dutch: André Vermeulen and Bart Peeters
La Une French: Jean-Pierre Hautier and Jean-Louis Lahaye [fr]
Radio 2 Dutch: Sven Pichal [nl] and Michel Follet
La Première French: Patrick Duhamel [fr] and Corinne Boulangier [fr]
  Bosnia and Herzegovina All shows BHT 1 Dejan Kukrić
  Bulgaria BNT Elena Rosberg and Georgi Kushvaliev
  Croatia All shows HRT Duško Ćurlić
  Cyprus All shows RIK 1 Melina Karageorgiou [81]
CyBC Radio 2 Nathan Morley
  Denmark All shows DR1 Nikolaj Molbech [55]
  Estonia All shows ETV Marko Reikop and Sven Lõhmus
  Finland All shows YLE TV2
[82][83][84][85]
YLE Radio Suomi Finnish: Sanna Kojo and Jorma Hietamäki [86][87][88][89]
  France Semi-finals France 4 Peggy Olmi [fr] and Yann Renoard [90]
Final France 3 Cyril Hanouna and Stéphane Bern
  Georgia All shows GPB Sopho Altunashvili
  Germany All shows Das Erste Peter Urban [91]
Final NDR 2 Tim Frühling and Thomas Mohr
  Greece All shows NET Rika Vagiani [92]
Deftero Programma Maria Kozakou
  Iceland All shows Sjónvarpið Sigmar Guðmundsson [93]
  Ireland Semi-finals RTÉ Two Marty Whelan [94]
Final RTÉ One
RTÉ Radio 1 Maxi
  Israel All shows IBA No commentary
  Latvia All shows LTV Kārlis Streips [lv]
  Lithuania All shows LRT Darius Užkuraitis
  Macedonia All shows MRT Karolina Petkovska
  Malta All shows TVM Valerie Vella [95]
  Moldova All shows TVM Marcel Spătari
  Netherlands All shows Nederland 1 Cornald Maas and Daniël Dekker [96]
  Norway All shows NRK1 Olav Viksmo-Slettan
  Poland All shows TVP1 Artur Orzech
  Portugal All shows RTP1 Sérgio Mateus [97]
  Romania All shows TVR1 Leonard Miron and Gianina Corondan
  Russia All shows Russia-1 Olga Shelest [ru] and Dmitry Guberniev
  Serbia SF1/Final RTS1 Duška Vučinić-Lučić
SF2 Dragan Ilić
  Slovakia All shows Dvojka Roman Bomboš
  Slovenia All shows RTVSLO Andrej Hofer [sl]
  Spain SF1/Final La 1, La 2 José Luis Uribarri
  Sweden All shows SVT1 Christine Meltzer and Edward af Sillén [98]
SR P4 Carolina Norén and Björn Kjellman
  Switzerland All shows SF zwei German: Sven Epiney
TSR 2 French: Jean-Marc Richard and Nicolas Tanner
RSI La 1 Italian: Sandy Altermatt [it]
  Turkey All shows TRT 1 Bülend Özveren
  Ukraine All shows First National Timur Miroshnychenko
  United Kingdom Semi-finals BBC Three Paddy O'Connell and Sarah Cawood [99]
Final BBC One Graham Norton
BBC Radio 2 Ken Bruce
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
Country Show(s) Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
  Australia All shows SBS One Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang [100]
  Hungary All shows Duna TV Zsolt Jeszenszky [101]
  Montenegro All shows TVCG 2 Dražen Bauković and Tamara Ivanković

International broadcastsEdit

  •   Australia – Even though Australia was not eligible to enter, the contest was broadcast on Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), a free-to-air television station, as in previous years.[102] As in 2009, the coverage featured local commentary and segments from Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang.[100]
The first semi-final was broadcast on 28 May 2010, the second semi-final on 29 May 2010, and the final on 30 May 2010, with all shows broadcast at 19:30 AEST (09:30 UTC). The first semi final rated a respectable 316,000 viewers, the second semi-final rated 415,000 viewers and the final rated 366,000, a solid result considering Sunday night offers tough competition on the commercial networks.[103][104] The final was also simulcast on a special digital radio station, set-up by the network, which aired classic Eurovision songs in the lead-up to the event. SBS also aired the EBU-produced Countdown To Eurovision specials on 14 May and 21 May at 4 pm.[105]
For the 2010 contest, SBS broadcast a special TV programme The A to Z of Eurovision one week before the contest. This 90-minute programme was a 20 to 1 style show that played the craziest, campest and most controversial moments from Eurovision history with guests and performers. It also featured as a form guide to find out who was hot that year, and what to look out for the following weekend. Eurovision performers including Johnny Logan and Dima Bilan as well as Australian celebrities appeared as guests during the show which was hosted by Zemiro and Pang.[106]
  •   New Zealand – Although New Zealand is not eligible to enter the contest, the contest was broadcast on Triangle TV's satellite channel STRATOS. It broadcast both the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 semi finals as well as the final as a delayed broadcast.[102]
  •   Hungary – It was announced at the Reference Group meeting on 22 March 2010 that Hungary would be broadcasting the contest.[107] Duna TV, currently an approved member of the EBU, has been confirmed as broadcasting the contest in Hungary after Magyar Televízió, the current Hungarian broadcaster, pulled out. They have also announced that they will attempt to send a Hungarian entry to the 2011 contest.[108]
  •   Kazakhstan – It was announced at the Reference Group meeting on 22 March 2010 that Kazakhstan would be broadcasting the contest.[107]
  •   Kosovo – It was announced at the Reference Group meeting on 22 March 2010 that Kosovo would be broadcasting the contest.[107]
  •   Montenegro – Despite not participating in 2010's Eurovision Song Contest due to financial trouble, the national broadcaster of Montenegro, RTCG, aired both semi finals and the final live on its main channel RTCG1.[109]

The official Eurovision Song Contest website provided a live stream without commentary via the peer-to-peer medium Octoshape.[110] Eurovision 2010 was also broadcast worldwide through European streams such as BVN,[111] RTS SAT,[112] HRT SAT,[113] RTP Internacional,[114] TVE Internacional, TVP Polonia,[115] TRT Avaz,[116] BNT Sat,[117] ERT World[118] and SVT World, among others. Some radio stations such as those in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia[119] and Radio Tirana in Albania broadcast live through their internet websites as well as on their satellite channels.

High-definition broadcastsEdit

For the fourth time, the contest was broadcast in high-definition. Some countries, through their high-definition channel, allowed their country to watch the contest in HD:

IncidentsEdit

The performance of Daniel Diges representing Spain was disrupted by Catalan pitch invader Jaume Marquet i Cot, also known as Jimmy Jump. The performance continued as Marquet, wearing a barretina, joined in with the choreographed routine, but he ran off when security personnel appeared on the stage. Spain was subsequently allowed to perform their song a second time after Denmark's entry - the 25th and final song - had been performed.[37][38][39][40]

Other awardsEdit

In addition to the main winner's trophy, the Marcel Bezençon Awards and the Barbara Dex Award were contested during the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest. The OGAE, "General Organisation of Eurovision Fans" voting poll also took place before the contest.

Marcel Bezençon AwardsEdit

The Marcel Bezençon Awards, organised since 2002 by Sweden's then-Head of Delegation and 1992 representative Christer Björkman, and 1984 winner Richard Herrey, honours songs in the contest's final.[120] The awards are divided into three categories: Artistic Award, Composers Award, and Press Award.[121] This is the first and to date the only occasion in which an entry managed to win in all categories.

Category Country Song Performer(s) Songwriter(s)
Artistic Award   Israel "Milim" (מילים) Harel Skaat
  • Tomer Hadadi
  • Noam Horev
Composers Award
Press Award

OGAEEdit

OGAE, an organisation of over forty Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond, conducts an annual voting poll first held in 2002 as the Marcel Bezençon Fan Award. After all votes were cast, the top-ranked entry in the 2010 poll was Denmark's "In a Moment like This" performed by Chanée and N'evergreen; the top five results are shown below.[122][123][124]

Country Song Performer(s) OGAE result
  Denmark "In a Moment like This" Chanée and N'evergreen 220
  Israel "Milim" Harel Skaat 177
  Germany "Satellite" Lena 172
  Norway "My Heart Is Yours" Didrik Solli-Tangen 146
  Iceland "Je ne sais quoi" Hera Björk 130

Barbara Dex AwardEdit

The Barbara Dex Award is a humorous fan award given to the worst dressed artist each year. Named after Belgium's representative who came last in the 1993 contest, wearing her self-designed dress, the award was handed by the fansite House of Eurovision from 1997 to 2016 and is being carried out by the fansite songfestival.be since 2017.

Place Country Performer(s) Votes
1   Serbia Milan Stanković 138
2   Moldova SunStroke Project and Olia Tira 110
3   Russia Peter Nalitch and Friends 109
4   Latvia Aisha 99
5   Armenia Eva Rivas 79

Official albumEdit

 
Cover art of the official album

Eurovision Song Contest: Oslo 2010 was the official compilation album of the 2010 contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and released by EMI Records and CMC International on 17 May 2010.The album featured all 39 songs that entered in the 2010 contest, including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify into the grand final.[125]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2010) Peak
position
German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[126] 3

Notes and referencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Contains one phrase in English
  2. ^ Performance contains uncredited live vocals from Billy Zver
  3. ^ a b Contains two repeated phrases in French
  4. ^ Spain was given a second chance to perform after Denmark, following a stage invasion by Jimmy Jump, during their performance.[37][38][39][40]
  5. ^ a b Despite finishing with the same number of points as Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina is deemed to have finished in eighth place due to receiving a greater individual score from one country, as both countries received points from the same number of national juries.
  6. ^ a b Despite finishing with the same number of points as Cyprus, Ireland is deemed to have finished in ninth place due to receiving points from a greater number of countries.

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