Eurovision Song Contest 2015

The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 was the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Vienna, Austria, following the country's victory at the 2014 contest with the song "Rise Like a Phoenix" by Conchita Wurst. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF), the contest was held at the Wiener Stadthalle and consisted of two semi-finals on 19 and 21 May, and a final on 23 May 2015. The three live shows were presented by Austrian television presenters Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer, while the previous edition's winner Conchita Wurst acted as the green room host.

Eurovision Song Contest 2015
Building Bridges
Esc2015logo.png
Dates
Semi-final 119 May 2015 (2015-05-19)
Semi-final 221 May 2015 (2015-05-21)
Final23 May 2015 (2015-05-23)
Host
VenueWiener Stadthalle
Vienna, Austria
Presenter(s)
Directed byKurt Pongratz
Executive supervisorJon Ola Sand
Executive producerEdgar Böhm
Host broadcasterÖsterreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)
Opening act
Interval act
Websiteeurovision.tv/event/vienna-2015 Edit this at Wikidata
Participants
Number of entries40
Debuting countries Australia
Returning countries
Non-returning countries Ukraine
  • Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Slovakia in the Eurovision Song ContestAustria in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Croatia in the Eurovision Song ContestBosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song ContestMontenegro in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song ContestRomania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Ukraine in the Eurovision Song ContestGeorgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Turkey in the Eurovision Song ContestCyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Morocco in the Eurovision Song ContestLiechtenstein in the Eurovision Song ContestAndorra in the Eurovision Song ContestMonaco in the Eurovision Song ContestPoland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Czech Republic in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song ContestLebanon in the Eurovision Song ContestTunisia in the Eurovision Song ContestA coloured map of the countries of Europe
    About this image
         Participating countries     Did not qualify from the semi final     Countries that participated in the past but not in 2015
Vote
Voting systemEach country/jury awards 12, 10, 8–1 points to their top 10 songs.
Nul points in final
Winning song
2014 ← Eurovision Song Contest → 2016

Forty countries participated in the contest, with Australia making a guest appearance. Cyprus and Serbia returned, after their one-year absence, while the Czech Republic returned after their last participation in 2009. Meanwhile, Ukraine announced their non-participation due to financial and political crises related to the Russo-Ukrainian War.

The winner was Sweden with the song "Heroes", performed by Måns Zelmerlöw and written by Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad, Joy Deb and Linnea Deb. This was the country's second win in just three years, having also won the 2012 edition. It also marked the shortest gap between two wins for the same country since Ireland's 1994 and 1996 victories. Russia, Italy, Belgium and Australia rounded out the top five. This was the first time since the juries were reintroduced alongside the televoting in 2009 that the winner did not place first in the televoting; Italy was the televote winner, while Sweden was the jury winner. Further down the table, Montenegro achieved its best result since its independence, finishing thirteenth.

For the first time, the top four of the contest all scored 200 points or better. Russia's entry "A Million Voices" became the first non-winning Eurovision song to score over 300 points. Austria and Germany became the first countries since 2003 to score no points in the final, with Austria also becoming the first host country to score no points.

The EBU reported that over 197 million viewers worldwide watched the contest, beating the 2014 viewing figures by 2 million.

LocationEdit

 
Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna – host venue of the 2015 contest

VenueEdit

The event took place in Vienna, Austria, with the venue being the Wiener Stadthalle, after Austria won the right to host this edition of the Eurovision Song Contest after winning the 2014 edition with the song "Rise Like a Phoenix", performed by Conchita Wurst. The Wiener Stadthalle hosts the annual Erste Bank Open tennis tournament, along with many concerts and events throughout the year and has a capacity of approximately 16,000 attendees.[1]

Bidding phaseEdit

After Austria's victory in the 2014 contest, their delegation revealed the possibility of hosting the contest either in the capital city, Vienna, or in Salzburg.[2] Vienna, Klagenfurt, Innsbruck, Lower Austria, Graz, Upper Austria, Burgenland, and Vorarlberg were all reportedly interested in hosting the contest; Salzburg pulled out of the bidding phase as the city was not able to meet the cost of the venue and promotion.[3]

Vienna, considered the front-runner, had two venues in the phase: Wiener Stadthalle and the trade fair centre, Messe Wien, with capacities of up to 16,000 and 30,000 attendees respectively. Also in the race were Stadthalle Graz and Schwarzl Freizeit Zentrum, both located in the second largest city of Austria, Graz. With a maximum capacity of 30,000, the Wörthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt also joined the race; however, it would require the construction of a roof for the contest to be hosted there. Innsbruck also joined the race with Olympiahalle, which hosted ice hockey and figure skating at the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. A fifth city, Linz, joined the race with Brucknerhaus, although the venue would not be big enough for the contest. Being geographically close to Linz, Wels showed desire to host the event as well.[4] Oberwart, with the Exhibition hall, and Vorarlberg, with the Vorarlberger Landestheater, were the latest cities to declare an interest.[citation needed]

On 29 May 2014, Austrian host public broadcaster ORF and the EBU released some requirements and details about the venue.[5][6] ORF requested interested parties to respond by 13 June 2014.[7]

  • The venue must be available for at least 6 to 7 weeks before the contest and one week after the conclusion of the contest.
  • The venue must not be open-air, but an air-conditioned building with a capacity of at least 10,000 and a minimum ceiling height of 15 metres (49 ft), insulated for sound and light.
  • The Green Room should be located in the arena or as near it as possible, with a capacity of 300.
  • An additional room at least 6,000 square metres (65,000 sq ft) in area, to house 2 catering stands, a viewing room, make-up rooms, wardrobe, and booths for approximately 50 commentators.
  • Separate offices to house the press centre, open between 11 and 24 May 2015, at least 4,000 square metres (43,000 sq ft) in area, with a capacity of at least 1,500 journalists.[5]

After the deadline on 13 June 2014, ORF announced 12 venues interested in hosting the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest:[8] ORF announced on 21 June 2014 that 3 cities (Vienna, Innsbruck, and Graz) had been short-listed in the final stage of the bidding process.[9][10][11] On 6 August 2014, ORF announced the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna as the host venue.[1] The contest was provisionally set to take place on 12, 14 and 16 May 2015, but the dates were later pushed back a week in order to accommodate the candidate cities.[12]

Locations of the candidate cities: the chosen host city is marked in blue. The shortlisted cities are marked in green, while the eliminated cities are marked in red.

Key     Host venue  ‡  Shortlisted

City Venue Notes
Graz Stadthalle Graz Hosted the 2010 European Men's Handball Championship.
Innsbruck Olympiaworld Hosted the figure skating and ice hockey events at both the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympic Games.
Klagenfurt Wörthersee Stadion Served as host for some matches of UEFA Euro 2008.
Oberwart Messezentrum
Vienna
Schönbrunn Palace
Wiener Stadthalle, Hall D   Hosts the annual Erste Bank Open tennis tournament and many events throughout the year.
Vienna International Airport, Parking C[13]
Heldenplatz
New All-round Concert Hall in Neu Marx[14]
Marx hall
Trabrennbahn Krieau
Wels Messe Wels

Inclusive traffic lights in ViennaEdit

The city of Vienna introduced temporary new traffic signals for pedestrians on some streets, featuring same-sex couples holding hands or hugging. They were introduced as part of events connected to the theme of tolerance and inclusion in the lead-up to the Eurovision Song Contest.[15]

Traffic lights of the same – copyrighted – design of the kind "Ampelpärchen" (couples for traffic lights) followed before Christopher Street Days in June 2015 in Salzburg and Linz. In Salzburg the initiative SoHo and social democrate mayor Schaden promoted the change of the shape of the LED-lamps. The faceplates in Linz has been financed by sponsors driven by a Facebook-based initiative, but have been removed – without consent – by the new traffic minister of Linz of the party FPÖ in early December 2015.[16][17][18][19]

FormatEdit

The competition consisted of two semi-finals and a final, a format which has been in use since 2008. The ten countries with the highest scores in each semi-final qualified to the final where they joined the host nation Austria, the five main sponsoring nations (known as the "Big Five"): France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, and Australia which was invited this year to commemorate the contest's 60th anniversary.[20] Each participating country had their own national jury, which consisted of five professional members of the music industry. Each member of a respective nation's jury was required to rank every song, except that of their own country. The voting results from each member of a particular nation's jury were combined to produce an overall ranking from first to last place. Likewise, the televoting results were also interpreted as a full ranking, taking into account the full televoting result rather than just the top ten. The combination of the juries' full ranking and the televote's full ranking produced an overall ranking of all competing entries. The song which scored the highest overall rank received 12 points, while the tenth-best ranked song received one point.[21] In the event of a televoting failure (insufficient number of votes or technical issues) or jury failure (technical issue or breach of rules), only one of the methods was used by each country.[22][23]

The 2015 contest was the last time that the scoring system introduced in 1975 was used, before the format was modified the following year.

Organising team formationEdit

During an initial meeting between the host broadcaster ORF and the EBU in late May 2014, the representatives of the core organising team were selected. Edgar Böhm, who is the Head of Entertainment at ORF, was announced as the executive producer.[24]

Graphic designEdit

The graphic design of the 2015 contest, on display across Vienna

On 31 July 2014, the EBU released a new and revamped version of the generic logo as a celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest's 60th anniversary.[25] On 11 September, the slogan for the 2015 contest was revealed to be "Building Bridges".[26] The graphic design of the contest was revealed by the EBU on 25 November.[27] The theme art depicts a wave made up of spheres which symbolise diversity, the bridging of connections and people's experiences.

The postcards of this year's contest was also based on the slogan "Building Bridges". Each postcard starts with a drive-by scene of the contestants' capital city, before showing every contestant receiving an invitation to Austria, where the contestants take part in a local activity.[28] The postcards end with a picture of their activity plastered onto a billboard, placed in different locations across Vienna.

For this year's contest, all hashtags for the participating countries incorporated IOC country codes which were displayed onscreen alongside the main country names.[29]

PresentersEdit

 
The presenters of the 2015 contest (from left): Arabella Kiesbauer, Mirjam Weichselbraun and Alice Tumler.

Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer were the hosts of the 2015 contest; the all-female trio was the first in history to host the contest. The previous edition's winner Conchita Wurst was chosen as green room host.[30]

Semi-final allocation drawEdit

The draw that determined the semi-final allocation was held on 26 January 2015 at the Vienna Rathaus and hosted by Andi Knoll and Kati Bellowitsch.[31] The participating countries, excluding the automatic finalists (host country Austria, the "Big Five" and Australia), were split into five pots, based on voting patterns from the previous ten years. The pots were calculated by the televoting partner Digame and were as follows:[32]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5

Opening and interval actsEdit

The EBU ident's accompanying "Te Deum", which opened the broadcasts, was performed by the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra from the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace for the final. The overture featured violinist Lidia Baich, winner of the Eurovision Young Musicians 1998, who performed live on stage an excerpt of Austria's 1966 winning song "Merci, Chérie" in tribute to Udo Jürgens.[33] The ESC Vienna All-Stars, consisting of Conchita Wurst, the Vienna Boys' Choir, multinational Suparar Children's Choir, rapper Left Boy, and the contest's presenters, then jointly performed the official anthem of the contest, "Building Bridges", accompanied by the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Peter Pejtsik.[34] The twenty-seven finalists later took to the stage during the flag parade via a walkway through the audience from the green room.

The interval act was provided by percussionist Martin Grubinger and his band, the Percussive Planet Ensemble. The nine-minute performance, based on classical themes of major Austrian composers, included forty instrumentalists as well as the Grammy Award-winning Arnold Schoenberg Choir.[35] Wurst later performed "You Are Unstoppable" and "Firestorm", both from her self-titled debut album.[36]

Participating countriesEdit

 
  Countries in the first semi-final
  Countries also voting in the first semi-final
  Countries in the second semi-final
  Countries also voting in the second semi-final
  Country voting in both semi-finals (Australia)

On 23 December 2014, thirty-nine countries were initially announced to be participating in the 2015 contest.[37] Cyprus and Serbia returned after one-year absences, the Czech Republic returned after a five-year absence, while Ukraine did not enter.[37] Australia was later announced to be making its debut as a guest participant. The deadline to apply for participation was 15 September 2014. Countries that applied had until 10 October 2014 to withdraw from participation without financial consequences.[38]

Invitation of AustraliaEdit

On 10 February 2015, the EBU announced that in honour of the 60th anniversary of Eurovision, it had invited Australia to participate in the final of the contest, represented by Special Broadcasting Service (SBS). SBS had been a long-time broadcaster of the event, which has had a large following in Australia. The Australian entry was placed directly in the grand final. Although it was considered a one-off event, if Australia were to win, SBS would have co-hosted the 2016 contest in a European host city of its choice. The EBU considered the possibility of similarly inviting countries to participate in future editions of the contest. Australia's participation brought the number of the finalists up to 27, the highest number of entries in a final in the contest's history.[20][39]

Returning artistsEdit

Inga Arshakyan, who was part of Genealogy in 2015, represented Armenia in 2009, collaborating with her sister as part of Inga and Anush.[40] Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini both previously represented San Marino at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest: Perniola took part in 2013, and Simoncini took part in 2014.[41] Amber, who represented Malta, was a backing vocalist for the Maltese entry in 2012. Uzari, who represented Belarus, was a backing vocalist for the Belarusian entry in 2011.[42] Elnur Hüseynov, who was Azerbaijan's debut representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008, as part of the duo Elnur and Samir, was internally selected to represent the nation for a second time.[43] Raay, who is a part of the Slovene duo Maraaya, was a backing musical performer for the 2014 entry of Slovenia.[44] Hera Björk, who previously represented Iceland in 2010, returned as a backing singer for Iceland's entry.[45] Nicolas Dorian, part of Witloof Bay, Belgium representatives in 2011, was part of the backing vocalists of Loic Nottet.

Semi-final 1Edit

16 countries took part in the first semi-final. Australia,[46] Austria, France and Spain voted in this semi-final.[47] The highlighted countries qualified for the final.

  Qualifiers
Draw[48] Country[49] Artist[49] Song[49] Language Place[49] Points
01   Moldova Eduard Romanyuta "I Want Your Love" English 11 41
02   Armenia Genealogy "Face the Shadow" English 7 77
03   Belgium Loïc Nottet "Rhythm Inside" English 2 149
04   Netherlands Trijntje Oosterhuis "Walk Along" English 14 33
05   Finland Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät "Aina mun pitää" Finnish 16 13
06   Greece Maria Elena Kyriakou "One Last Breath" English 6 81
07   Estonia Elina Born and Stig Rästa "Goodbye to Yesterday" English 3 105
08   Macedonia Daniel Kajmakoski "Autumn Leaves" English 15 28
09   Serbia Bojana Stamenov "Beauty Never Lies" English 9 63
10   Hungary Boggie "Wars for Nothing" English 8 67
11   Belarus Uzari and Maimuna "Time" English 12 39
12   Russia Polina Gagarina "A Million Voices" English 1 182
13   Denmark Anti Social Media "The Way You Are" English 13 33
14   Albania Elhaida Dani "I'm Alive" English 10 62
15   Romania Voltaj "De la capăt" Romanian, English 5 89
16   Georgia Nina Sublatti "Warrior" English 4 98

Semi-final 2Edit

17 countries took part in this semi-final. Australia,[46] Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom voted in this semi-final.[47] The highlighted countries qualified for the final.

  Qualifiers
Draw[48] Country[50] Artist[50] Song[50] Language Place[50] Points
01   Lithuania Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila "This Time" English 7 67
02   Ireland Molly Sterling "Playing with Numbers" English 12 35
03   San Marino Anita Simoncini and Michele Perniola "Chain of Lights" English 16 11
04   Montenegro Knez "Adio" (Адио) Montenegrin 9 57
05   Malta Amber "Warrior" English 11 43
06   Norway Mørland and Debrah Scarlett "A Monster Like Me" English 4 123
07   Portugal Leonor Andrade "Há um mar que nos separa" Portuguese 14 19
08   Czech Republic Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta "Hope Never Dies" English 13 33
09   Israel Nadav Guedj "Golden Boy" English 3 151
10   Latvia Aminata "Love Injected" English 2 155
11   Azerbaijan Elnur Hüseynov "Hour of the Wolf" English 10 53
12   Iceland Maria Olafs "Unbroken" English 15 14
13   Sweden Måns Zelmerlöw "Heroes" English 1 217
14    Switzerland Mélanie René "Time to Shine" English 17 4
15   Cyprus John Karayiannis "One Thing I Should Have Done" English 6 87
16   Slovenia Maraaya "Here for You" English 5 92
17   Poland Monika Kuszyńska "In the Name of Love" English 8 57

FinalEdit

As in the 2014 contest, the winner was announced as soon as it was mathematically impossible to catch up. In this case, the winner had been determined by the 36th vote, which came from Cyprus. 27 countries participated in the final, which is the most in any contest ever.

  Winner
Draw[51] Country[52] Artist[52] Song[52] Language Place[52] Points
01   Slovenia Maraaya "Here for You" English 14 39
02   France Lisa Angell "N'oubliez pas" French 25 4
03   Israel Nadav Guedj "Golden Boy" English 9 97
04   Estonia Elina Born and Stig Rästa "Goodbye to Yesterday" English 7 106
05   United Kingdom Electro Velvet "Still in Love with You" English 24 5
06   Armenia Genealogy "Face the Shadow" English 16 34
07   Lithuania Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila "This Time" English 18 30
08   Serbia Bojana Stamenov "Beauty Never Lies" English 10 53
09   Norway Mørland and Debrah Scarlett "A Monster Like Me" English 8 102
10   Sweden Måns Zelmerlöw "Heroes" English 1 365
11   Cyprus John Karayiannis "One Thing I Should Have Done" English 22 11
12   Australia Guy Sebastian "Tonight Again" English 5 196
13   Belgium Loïc Nottet "Rhythm Inside" English 4 217
14   Austria The Makemakes "I Am Yours" English 26[a] 0
15   Greece Maria Elena Kyriakou "One Last Breath" English 19 23
16   Montenegro Knez "Adio" (Адио) Montenegrin 13 44
17   Germany Ann Sophie "Black Smoke" English 27[a] 0
18   Poland Monika Kuszyńska "In the Name of Love" English 23 10
19   Latvia Aminata "Love Injected" English 6 186
20   Romania Voltaj "De la capăt" Romanian, English 15 35
21   Spain Edurne "Amanecer" Spanish 21 15
22   Hungary Boggie "Wars for Nothing" English 20 19
23   Georgia Nina Sublatti "Warrior" English 11 51
24   Azerbaijan Elnur Hüseynov "Hour of the Wolf" English 12 49
25   Russia Polina Gagarina "A Million Voices" English 2 303
26   Albania Elhaida Dani "I'm Alive" English 17 34
27   Italy Il Volo "Grande amore" Italian 3 292

ScoreboardEdit

Semi-final 1Edit

  Qualifiers
Split results (Semi-final 1)[54]
Place Combined Jury Televoting
Country Points Country Points Country Points
1   Russia 182   Russia 167   Russia 151
2   Belgium 149   Belgium 151   Estonia 136
3   Estonia 105   Greece 99   Belgium 124
4   Georgia 98   Georgia 95   Georgia 97
5   Romania 89   Netherlands 70   Romania 96
6   Greece 81   Hungary 70   Armenia 90
7   Armenia 77   Romania 67   Serbia 86
8   Hungary 67   Belarus 66   Albania 66
9   Serbia 63   Estonia 66   Greece 61
10   Albania 62   Albania 61   Finland 55
11   Moldova 41   Denmark 58   Hungary 50
12   Belarus 39   Armenia 54   Moldova 48
13   Denmark 33[b]   Serbia 47   Belarus 32
14   Netherlands 33   Moldova 46   Denmark 23[c]
15   Macedonia 28   Macedonia 42   Netherlands 23
16   Finland 13   Finland 1   Macedonia 22
Semi-final 1 voting results[55][56][54]
Voting procedure used:
  50% Jury and televote
  100% Jury vote
Total score
Moldova
Armenia
Belgium
Netherlands
Finland
Greece
Estonia
Macedonia
Serbia
Hungary
Belarus
Russia
Denmark
Albania
Romania
Georgia
Australia
Austria
France
Spain
Contestants
Moldova 41 6 5 5 5 2 8 10
Armenia 77 4 12 5 7 7 7 12 5 1 8 5 4
Belgium 149 5 1 12 12 6 10 6 7 10 6 8 12 6 7 5 8 6 12 10
Netherlands 33 6 3 5 1 7 1 3 2 2 3
Finland 13 4 4 2 1 2
Greece 81 3 8 3 6 2 1 4 6 3 3 5 12 6 4 6 4 3 2
Estonia 105 2 4 5 8 8 4 2 2 8 8 10 8 2 3 5 10 4 12
Macedonia 28 1 2 12 10 3
Serbia 63 5 7 4 2 12 4 4 4 1 12 7 1
Hungary 67 4 4 7 12 8 2 4 3 10 2 5 6
Belarus 39 8 7 3 6 3 12
Russia 182 7 10 8 10 10 12 8 8 10 12 12 10 7 12 7 10 12 10 7
Denmark 33 2 1 3 1 1 7 7 5 4 1 1
Albania 62 6 10 10 10 1 3 6 3 7 6
Romania 89 12 3 7 2 6 5 3 3 5 2 1 6 8 1 1 8 8 8
Georgia 98 10 12 2 1 5 8 6 3 1 6 10 7 5 4 4 7 2 5

12 pointsEdit

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the first semi-final. Countries which gave the maximum 12 points apiece from both the professional jury and televoting to the specified entrant are marked in bold.

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
5   Russia   Austria,   Belarus,   Greece,   Hungary,   Romania
4   Belgium   Denmark,   Finland,   France,   Netherlands
2   Armenia   Belgium,   Russia
  Serbia   Australia,   Macedonia
1   Belarus   Georgia
  Estonia   Spain
  Georgia   Armenia
  Greece   Albania
  Hungary   Estonia
  Macedonia   Serbia
  Romania   Moldova
Split 12p televoter selections in the first semi-final
N. Contestant National televoters giving 12 points[54]
3   Armenia   Belgium,   France,   Russia
2   Albania   Greece,   Macedonia
  Belgium   Denmark,   Netherlands
  Estonia   Finland,   Hungary
  Romania   Moldova,   Spain
  Russia   Armenia,   Belarus
  Serbia   Australia,   Austria
1   Finland   Estonia
  Greece   Albania
  Macedonia   Serbia
  Moldova   Romania
Split 12p juries selections in the first semi-final
N. Contestant National group of juries giving 12 points[54]
6   Russia   Australia,   Denmark,   France,   Greece,   Romania,   Spain
5   Belgium   Estonia,   Finland,   Hungary,   Netherlands,   Russia
2   Georgia   Armenia,   Belarus
  Macedonia   Albania,   Serbia
1   Belarus   Georgia
  Estonia   Austria
  Hungary   Belgium
  Romania   Moldova
  Serbia   Macedonia

Semi-final 2Edit

  Qualifiers
Split results (Semi-final 2)[57]
Place Combined Jury Televoting
Country Points Country Points Country Points
1   Sweden 217   Sweden 208   Sweden 195
2   Latvia 155   Latvia 155   Israel 157
3   Israel 151   Norway 144   Latvia 116
4   Norway 123   Israel 114   Poland 114
5   Slovenia 92   Malta 84   Norway 104
6   Cyprus 87   Slovenia 84   Lithuania 98
7   Lithuania 67   Ireland 84   Slovenia 95
8   Poland 57[d]   Cyprus 76   Cyprus 80
9   Montenegro 57   Azerbaijan 67   Montenegro 58
10   Azerbaijan 53   Lithuania 52   Czech Republic 51
11   Malta 43   Montenegro 47   Azerbaijan 37
12   Ireland 35   Czech Republic 34   Malta 32
13   Czech Republic 33   Portugal 23   Portugal 24
14   Portugal 19    Switzerland 15   Iceland 21
15   Iceland 14   Iceland 15   San Marino 16
16   San Marino 11   Poland 10   Ireland 14
17    Switzerland 4   San Marino 6    Switzerland 6
Semi-final 2 voting results[58][59][57]
Voting procedure used:
  50% Jury and televote
  100% Jury vote
Total score
Lithuania
Ireland
San Marino
Montenegro
Malta
Norway
Portugal
Czech Republic
Israel
Latvia
Azerbaijan
Iceland
Sweden
Switzerland
Cyprus
Slovenia
Poland
Australia
Germany
Italy
United Kingdom
Contestants
Lithuania 67 7 3 4 10 1 4 10 7 4 3 7 4 3
Ireland 35 2 5 2 5 4 2 3 1 1 2 8
San Marino 11 5 6
Montenegro 57 3 5 6 7 2 10 7 1 2 10 4
Malta 43 3 7 10 4 10 3 1 5
Norway 123 8 4 8 6 5 8 7 1 7 10 12 10 6 6 6 8 7 2 2
Portugal 19 4 3 6 4 1 1
Czech Republic 33 1 4 1 1 1 8 1 1 3 8 4
Israel 151 4 8 6 3 10 8 10 2 3 8 8 10 7 10 5 10 7 8 12 12
Latvia 155 12 12 10 7 7 7 8 2 6 7 8 8 8 8 7 10 10 8 10
Azerbaijan 53 6 7 8 3 10 3 2 4 5 3 2
Iceland 14 1 2 2 5 2 2
Sweden 217 10 10 12 8 12 12 12 12 12 12 4 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 10 7
Switzerland 4 1 1 1 1
Cyprus 87 3 6 2 2 6 6 5 6 5 6 5 7 4 6 5 7 6
Slovenia 92 7 1 12 3 4 4 3 6 8 12 6 4 3 5 5 6 3
Poland 57 5 5 6 5 2 5 3 5 2 4 2 1 3 5 4

12 pointsEdit

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the second semi-final. Countries which gave the maximum 12 points apiece from both the professional jury and televoting to the specified entrant are marked in bold.

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
14   Sweden   Australia,   Cyprus,   Czech Republic,   Germany,   Iceland,   Israel,   Latvia,   Malta,   Norway,   Poland,   Portugal,   San Marino,   Slovenia,    Switzerland
2   Israel   Italy,   United Kingdom
  Latvia   Ireland,   Lithuania
  Slovenia   Azerbaijan,   Montenegro
1   Norway   Sweden
Split 12p televoter selections in the second semi-final
N. Contestant National televoters giving 12 points[57]
6   Sweden   Australia,   Czech Republic,   Iceland,   Israel,   Malta,   Poland
4   Lithuania   Ireland,   Latvia,   Norway,   United Kingdom
2   Israel   Cyprus,   Portugal
  Poland   Germany,   Italy
1   Latvia   Lithuania
  Montenegro   Slovenia
  Norway   Sweden
  Portugal    Switzerland
Split 12p juries selections in the second semi-final
N. Contestant National group of juries giving 12 points[57]
14   Sweden   Australia,   Cyprus,   Czech Republic,   Iceland,   Ireland,   Israel,   Latvia,   Lithuania,   Malta,   Norway,   Poland,   Portugal,   San Marino,   Slovenia
2   Latvia   Germany,    Switzerland
  Slovenia   Azerbaijan,   Montenegro
1   Cyprus   Italy
  Israel   United Kingdom
  Norway   Sweden

FinalEdit

This is the first time since the juries were reintroduced alongside the televoting in 2009 that the winner was not placed first in the televoting.[60]

  Winner
Split results (Final)[60]
Place Combined Jury Televoting
Country Points Country Points Country Points
1   Sweden 365   Sweden 363   Italy 366
2   Russia 303   Latvia 249   Russia 286
3   Italy 292   Russia 247   Sweden 279
4   Belgium 217   Australia 224   Belgium 195
5   Australia 196   Belgium 187   Estonia 144
6   Latvia 186   Italy 184   Australia 132
7   Estonia 106   Norway 163   Israel 104
8   Norway 102   Israel 80   Latvia 100
9   Israel 97   Cyprus 63   Albania 93
10   Serbia 53   Georgia 62   Serbia 86
11   Georgia 51   Estonia 56   Armenia 75
12   Azerbaijan 49   Slovenia 48   Romania 69
13   Montenegro 44   Montenegro 48   Georgia 52
14   Slovenia 39   Azerbaijan 48   Azerbaijan 48
15   Romania 35   Austria 40   Poland 47
16   Armenia 34[e]   Serbia 34   Lithuania 44
17   Albania 34   Lithuania 31   Norway 43
18   Lithuania 30   Hungary 29   Montenegro 34
19   Greece 23   Greece 29   Slovenia 27
20   Hungary 19   Albania 26   Spain 27
21   Spain 15   France 24   Greece 24
22   Cyprus 11   Germany 24   Hungary 21
23   Poland 10   Romania 21   Cyprus 8
24   United Kingdom 5   Armenia 18   United Kingdom 7
25   France 4   United Kingdom 12   Germany 5
26   Austria 0[a]   Spain 8   France 4
27   Germany 0[a]   Poland 2   Austria 0
Final voting results[61][62][60]
Voting procedure used:
  50% Jury and televote
  100% Jury vote
  100% Televoting
Total score
Montenegro
Malta
Finland
Greece
Romania
Belarus
Albania
Moldova
Azerbaijan
Latvia
Serbia
Denmark
Switzerland
Belgium
France
Armenia
Ireland
Sweden
Germany
Australia
Czech Republic
Spain
Austria
Macedonia
Slovenia
Hungary
United Kingdom
Lithuania
Netherlands
Poland
Israel
Russia
San Marino
Italy
Iceland
Cyprus
Norway
Portugal
Estonia
Georgia
Contestants
Slovenia 39 4 1 3 3 5 1 8 4 1 6 2 1
France 4 3 1
Israel 97 3 5 3 1 2 5 7 1 6 3 4 5 2 1 2 5 5 4 2 8 5 6 4 7 1
Estonia 106 1 3 10 7 4 4 6 2 6 2 3 2 3 3 6 2 7 8 4 2 3 7 2 1 2 3 1 2
United Kingdom 5 1 1 3
Armenia 34 1 4 3 3 2 3 6 12
Lithuania 30 7 1 7 4 6 2 3
Serbia 53 12 2 5 5 3 3 10 6 1 1 2 3
Norway 102 2 4 6 2 3 10 4 7 4 4 2 4 4 4 5 3 3 6 5 10 6 4
Sweden 365 5 10 12 4 8 10 7 8 6 12 8 12 12 12 8 7 10 10 12 10 8 7 5 12 10 12 10 10 12 10 8 7 12 12 10 12 8 10 7
Cyprus 11 10 1
Australia 196 6 5 5 2 6 3 4 5 3 8 8 4 2 1 5 12 7 7 12 2 8 10 3 8 8 7 4 8 6 8 4 10 5
Belgium 217 7 7 7 8 1 6 4 4 7 2 12 4 2 10 8 6 6 6 5 1 3 12 3 7 12 5 4 10 5 7 4 7 7 5 7 6
Austria 0
Greece 23 10 5 8
Montenegro 44 6 2 12 8 2 4 10
Germany 0
Poland 10 4 3 2 1
Latvia 186 4 6 3 5 5 2 5 1 4 4 7 7 2 12 5 6 7 5 4 1 7 5 7 12 2 10 2 12 4 7 3 8 2 6 4
Romania 35 12 2 5 5 1 5 1 4
Spain 15 2 1 1 1 5 1 1 3
Hungary 19 4 1 1 1 4 8
Georgia 51 2 3 5 10 1 10 1 4 3 6 5 1
Azerbaijan 49 8 8 3 3 12 2 3 10
Russia 303 7 7 8 8 10 12 8 10 12 10 10 10 7 10 10 12 8 6 12 10 8 10 8 6 5 6 6 6 6 8 10 3 5 2 10 12 5
Albania 34 10 6 6 12
Italy 292 6 12 2 12 12 1 12 7 8 8 7 5 6 8 6 6 6 8 3 8 7 12 10 7 8 2 8 1 7 7 12 12 10 6 12 5 12 3 8

12 pointsEdit

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the final. Countries which gave the maximum 12 points apiece from both the professional jury and televoting to the specified entrant are marked in bold.

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
12   Sweden   Australia,   Belgium,   Denmark,   Finland,   Iceland,   Italy,   Latvia,   Norway,   Poland,   Slovenia,    Switzerland,   United Kingdom
9   Italy   Albania,   Cyprus,   Greece,   Israel,   Malta,   Portugal,   Romania,   Russia,   Spain
5   Russia   Armenia,   Azerbaijan,   Belarus,   Estonia,   Germany
3   Belgium   France,   Hungary,   Netherlands
  Latvia   Ireland,   Lithuania,   San Marino
2   Australia   Austria,   Sweden
1   Albania   Macedonia
  Armenia   Georgia
  Azerbaijan   Czech Republic
  Montenegro   Serbia
  Romania   Moldova
  Serbia   Montenegro
Split 12p televoter selections in the grand final
N. Contestant National televoters giving 12 points[60]
14   Italy   Albania,   Austria,   Belgium,   France,   Germany,   Greece,   Hungary,   Iceland,   Malta,   Poland,   Portugal,   Romania,   Russia,   Spain
6   Russia   Armenia,   Azerbaijan,   Belarus,   Estonia,   Israel,   Latvia
3   Albania   Italy,   Macedonia,    Switzerland
  Sweden   Australia,   Denmark,   Norway
2   Armenia   Czech Republic,   Georgia
  Lithuania   Ireland,   United Kingdom
  Serbia   Montenegro,   Slovenia
1   Australia   Sweden
  Belgium   Netherlands
  Estonia   Finland
  Greece   Cyprus
  Latvia   Lithuania
  Montenegro   Serbia
  Romania   Moldova
Split 12p juries selections in the grand final
N. Contestant National group of juries giving 12 points[60]
11   Sweden   Belarus,   Cyprus,   Czech Republic,   Georgia,   Iceland,   Ireland,   Latvia,   Netherlands,   Norway,   Russia,   United Kingdom
8   Latvia   Belgium,   Finland,   France,   Germany,   Hungary,   Lithuania,   San Marino,   Slovenia
5   Russia   Australia,   Azerbaijan,   Denmark,   Romania,   Spain
4   Italy   Albania,   Greece,   Israel,   Malta
3   Australia   Austria,   Poland,   Sweden
  Norway   Italy,   Portugal,    Switzerland
1   Georgia   Armenia
  Hungary   Estonia
  Montenegro   Serbia
  Romania   Moldova

SpokespersonsEdit

The voting order was revealed the morning of the final, and for the only time in Eurovision history to date, the names of all the spokespersons were displayed onscreen. However, because of technical problems in some countries the final voting order was the following:[63]

  1.   Montenegro – Andrea Demirović
  2.   Malta – Julie Zahra
  3.   Finland – Krista Siegfrids
  4.   Greece – Helena Paparizou
  5.   Romania – Sonia Argint-Ionescu
  6.   Belarus – Teo
  7.   Albania – Andri Xhahu
  8.   Moldova – Olivia Furtună
  9.   Azerbaijan – Tural Asadov
  10.   Latvia – Markus Riva
  11.   Serbia – Maja Nikolić [sr]
  12.   Denmark – Basim
  13.    Switzerland – Laetitia Guarino
  14.   Belgium – Walid
  15.   France – Virginie Guilhaume
  16.   Armenia – Lilit Muradyan
  17.   Ireland – Nicky Byrne
  18.   Sweden – Mariette Hansson
  19.   Germany – Barbara Schöneberger
  20.   Australia – Lee Lin Chin
  21.   Czech Republic – Daniela Písařovicová [cz]
  22.   Spain – Lara Siscar [es]
  23.   Austria – Kati Bellowitsch
  24.   Macedonia – Marko Mark
  25.   Slovenia – Tinkara Kovač (Slovenian representative in 2014)
  26.   Hungary – Csilla Tatár
  27.   United Kingdom – Nigella Lawson
  28.   Lithuania – Ugnė Galadauskaitė
  29.   Netherlands – Edsilia Rombley (Dutch representative in 1998 and 2007; later co-presenter of the 2021 contest)
  30.   Poland – Ola Ciupa [pl]
  31.   Israel – Ofer Nachshon [he]
  32.   Russia – Dmitry Shepelev [ru] (Green room host of the 2009 contest)
  33.   San Marino – Valentina Monetta (Sammarinese representative in 2012, 2013, 2014 and later in 2017)
  34.   Italy – Federico Russo
  35.   Iceland – Sigríður Halldórsdóttir
  36.   Cyprus – Loukas Hamatsos
  37.   Norway – Margrethe Røed
  38.   Portugal – Suzy (Portuguese representative in 2014)[f]
  39.   Estonia – Tanja (Estonian representative in 2014)[f]
  40.   Georgia – Natia Bunturi[f]

Other countriesEdit

For a country to be eligible for potential participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, it needs to be an active member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).[64] The EBU issued an invitation of participation for the 2015 contest to all 56 active members.[64] Thirty-nine countries confirmed their participation,[37] whilst the following list of countries declined stating their reasons as shown below.

Active EBU membersEdit

  •   Andorra – On 17 June 2014, Andorran broadcaster Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) confirmed that Andorra would not return to the contest in 2015.[65]
  •   Bosnia and Herzegovina – The Bosnian broadcaster, Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT), had submitted a provisional application to participate in the 2015 contest,[66] whilst they determined how to fund the participation fees.[67] This application was subject to change and participation could subsequently be withdrawn.[68] On 17 November 2014, the broadcaster announced that they had withdrawn their application to participate at the forthcoming contest because of financial reasons.[69]
  •   Bulgaria – Despite sending a preliminary application to participate,[70] on 10 October 2014 the Bulgarian broadcaster Bulgarian National Television (BNT) announced that it would not return to the contest because of financial reasons.[71] On 31 October 2014, BNT confirmed that they had not yet taken a final decision on participation at the 2015 contest, and that the EBU had given them extra time to resolve outstanding budget issues.[72] However, on 18 December 2014, BNT confirmed via their official Eurovision Twitter account that they would not take part in the 2015 contest.[73]
  •   Croatia – On 26 September 2014, Croatian national broadcaster Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) confirmed that Croatia would not participate in the 2015 contest.[74]
  •   LebanonTélé Liban (TL) confirmed on 15 September 2014 that Lebanon would not be making their debut in Vienna.[75] Lebanon were initially going to make their debut at the 2005 contest, but they pulled out prior to the contest due to financial reasons.[76]
  •   Luxembourg – On 31 July 2014, RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg confirmed that Luxembourg would not be returning to the contest in 2015.[77] However, it was reported on 26 October 2014 that the country's Minister of Culture, Maggy Nagel, expressed her desire for the country to return to the contest.[78][79][80] This was later confirmed by Nagel to be a "misunderstanding" and that the country would not be returning.[81] A collaboration with San Marino had been proposed by the broadcaster SMRTV and singer Thierry Mersch,[82][83] but later SMRTV clarified that there have only been talks between the two countries and the broadcaster is evaluating other proposals.[84] However, on 24 November 2014, it was announced that Mersch had failed to raise the necessary funds in time for the project to move forward.[85]
  •   Monaco – Monegasque broadcaster Télé Monte Carlo (TMC) confirmed on 20 June 2014 that Monaco would not return to the contest in 2015.[86]
  •   Morocco – Moroccan broadcaster Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision (SNRT) confirmed on 31 October 2014 that Morocco would not return to the contest in 2015.[87]
  •   Slovakia – On 26 August 2014, Radio and Television Slovakia (RTVS) announced that Slovakia would not return to the contest in 2015 because of financial restrictions and an incompatibility between the contest format and the programming goals of the broadcaster.[88]
  •   Turkey – Though the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) announced that Turkey would not be participating in the 2014 for the second year in a row, it was later reported that a return in the 2015 contest could be possible with Eurovision event supervisor Sietse Bakker tweeting about the possibility of the country's return.[89][90] In late August 2014, it was reported that international public relations officer for TRT, Yağmur Tüzün, stated that Turkey would not be returning to the contest in 2015 and that TRT currently has no plans to return to the competition.[91][92] The non-participation was further confirmed on 5 September 2014.[93]
  •   Ukraine – On 19 September 2014, Ukrainian broadcaster National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU) announced that Ukraine would not be participating in the contest because of financial reasons and the ongoing armed conflict in the country.[94][95] On 16 September 2015, it was announced that Ukraine would return to the contest in 2016.[96]

Require active EBU membershipEdit

  •   Liechtenstein – The Liechtenstein broadcaster 1FLTV suspended its plans to join the EBU because of lack of funding.[97]

BroadcastsEdit

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

It was reported by the EBU that the 2015 contest was viewed by a worldwide television audience of a record breaking 197 million viewers,[98] beating the 2014 record which was viewed by 195 million.[99]

Broadcasters and commentators in participating countries
Country Show(s) Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
  Albania All shows TVSH Andri Xhahu [citation needed]
  Armenia SF1 Armenia 1 Aram Mp3 and Erik Antaranyan [citation needed]
SF2 Vahe Khanamiryan and Hermine Stepanyan
Final Avet Barseghyan and Arevik Udumyan
  Australia All shows SBS One Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang [100]
  Austria All shows ORF eins Andi Knoll
  Azerbaijan All shows İTV, İTV Radio Kamran Guliyev [az] [101]
  Belarus All shows Belarus-1, Belarus 24 Evgeny Perlin [102]
  Belgium All shows La Une French: Jean-Louis Lahaye [fr] and Maureen Louys [103]
één, Radio 2 Dutch: Peter Van de Veire and Eva Daeleman [nl] [104]
Final VivaCité French: Olivier Gilain [105]
  Cyprus All shows RIK 1, RIK Sat, RIK HD, RIK Triton Melina Karageorgiou [106]
  Czech Republic Semi-finals ČT art Aleš Háma [cz] [107]
Final ČT1
  Denmark All shows DR1 Ole Tøpholm [108]
DR Ramasjang Sign language performers [109]
  Estonia All shows ETV Marko Reikop [110]
SF1/Final Raadio 2 Mart Juur and Andrus Kivirähk
  Finland All shows Yle TV2, Yle Radio Suomi Finnish: Aino Töllinen and Cristal Snow [111]
Yle TV2, Yle Radio Vega Swedish: Eva Frantz [fi] and Johan Lindroos
  France SF1 France Ô Mareva Galanter and Jérémy Parayre [112]
Final France 2 Stéphane Bern and Marianne James [113]
  Georgia All shows 1TV Lado Tatishvili and Tamuna Museridze [114][115]
  Germany Semi-finals Einsfestival, Phoenix Peter Urban [116][117]
Final Das Erste
All shows EinsPlus Sign language performers
  Greece All shows NERIT1, NERIT HD, Second Programme Maria Kozakou and Giorgos Kapoutzidis [118]
  Hungary All shows Duna Gábor Gundel Takács [hu] [119][120]
  Iceland All shows RÚV, Rás 2 Felix Bergsson [is] [121]
  Ireland Semi-finals RTÉ2 Marty Whelan [122][123]
Final RTÉ One
SF2/Final RTÉ Radio 1 Shay Byrne and Zbyszek Zalinski
  Israel All shows Channel 1 No commentary; Hebrew subtitles [124]
Channel 33 No commentary; Arabic subtitles
IBA 88FM Kobi Menora
SF1 Yuval Caspin [he]
SF2 Tal Argaman
  Italy Semi-finals[g] Rai 4 Marco Ardemagni [it] and Filippo Solibello [it] [125]
Final Rai 2, Rai HD Federico Russo and Valentina Correani [it]
All shows Rai Radio 2 Marco Ardemagni and Filippo Solibello
  Latvia All shows LTV1 Valters Frīdenbergs [126]
Final Toms Grēviņš [lv]
  Lithuania All shows LRT, LRT Radijas Darius Užkuraitis [lt] [citation needed]
  Macedonia All shows MRT 1, MRT Sat, Radio Skopje Macedonian: Karolina Petkovska [127]
MRT 2, MRT 2 Sat Albanian: TBC
  Malta All shows TVM Corazon Mizzi [citation needed]
  Moldova All shows Moldova 1 Daniela Babici [128]
Radio Moldova, Radio Moldova Muzical, Radio Moldova Tineret
  Montenegro All shows TVCG 2 Dražen Bauković and Tijana Mišković [129]
  Netherlands All shows NPO 1, BVN, NPO Radio 2 Cornald Maas and Jan Smit [130][131]
  Norway All shows NRK1 Olav Viksmo-Slettan [132]
NRK Tegnspråk Sign language performers [citation needed]
Final NRK3 Ronny Brede Aase [no], Silje Nordnes [no] and Markus Neby [no] [133]
NRK P1 Per Sundnes [134]
  Poland All shows[h] TVP1, TVP Polonia, TVP Rozrywka, TVP HD Artur Orzech [135][136]
  Portugal All shows[i] RTP1, RTP Internacional, RTP África Hélder Reis [pt] and Ramon Galarza [137]
  Romania All shows TVR 1, TVRi, TVR HD Bogdan Stănescu [138]
  Russia All shows Channel One Yana Churikova and Yuriy Aksyuta [ru] [139]
  San Marino All shows San Marino RTV, Radio San Marino Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo [140]
  Serbia SF1/Final RTS1, RTS HD, RTS SAT Duška Vučinić [141][142][143]
SF2 RTS2, RTS SAT Silvana Grujić
  Slovenia Semi-finals TV SLO 2 Andrej Hofer [sl] [144]
Final TV SLO 1
SF2/Final Radio Val 202, Radio Maribor
  Spain Semi-finals La 2 Spanish: José Luis Uribarri and Julia Varela [145][146]
Final[j] La 1, Clan
  Sweden All shows SVT1 Sanna Nielsen and Edward af Sillén [147]
SR P4 Carolina Norén and Ronnie Ritterland [148]
   Switzerland Semi-finals SRF zwei German: Sven Epiney [149][150][151]
Final SRF 1
SRF 1, Radio SRF 3 German: Peter Schneider and Gabriel Vetter [de]
srf.ch (online) Sign language performers
SF1 rts.ch (online) French: Jean-Marc Richard and Nicolas Tanner
SF2 RTS Deux
Final RTS Un
SF2 RSI La 2 Italian: Clarissa Tami [it] and Paolo Meneguzzi
Final RSI La 1
  United Kingdom Semi-finals BBC Three Scott Mills and Mel Giedroyc [152]
Final BBC One Graham Norton [153]
Semi-finals[k] BBC Radio 2 Eurovision Ana Matronic [154]
Final BBC Radio 2 Ken Bruce [153]
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
Country Show(s) Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
  Bulgaria Final BNT 1, BNT HD Elena Rosberg and Georgi Kushvaliev [155]
  Canada All shows OutTV Adam Rollins and Tommy D. [156]
  China All shows Hunan Television Kubert Leung and Wu Zhoutong [157]
  New Zealand All shows BBC UKTV No commentary [158]
  Slovakia Final Rádio FM Daniel Baláž [sk], Pavol Hubinák and Juraj Malíček [sk] [159]
  Ukraine All shows First National Timur Miroshnychenko and Tetyana Terekhova [160]

IncidentsEdit

Reaction to Russia's resultsEdit

 
Polina Gagarina at the 2015 contest.

During the results segment of the final, loud boos could be heard whenever Russia was mentioned or the country received one of the top three set of points (12, 10 or 8 points).[161] The Russian entrant Polina Gagarina could be seen crying in the green room during the voting procedure, and this was reported by various media to have occurred as a result of the booing.[162] During a break in the countries' reporting of their votes, when the running total showed Russia leading, green room host Conchita Wurst said to Gagarina, "You gave an amazing performance, and you deserve to be in the lead."[161] The contest's executive supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, urged that Eurovision should be a "friendly battlefield....not a political battleground",[163] and presenter Alice Tumler reminded the audience that "Our motto is 'Building Bridges', and music should stand over politics tonight." The organisers had anticipated such reactions, and had prepared and installed 'anti-booing technology', which was deployed for the first time in the history of the contest.[164]

Smoke machine malfunctionEdit

During the performance of Georgia in the grand final, a smoke machine malfunctioned, causing the Georgian entrant Nina Sublatti to temporarily disappear from view on the stage in a cloud of grey smoke.[165]

Macedonia and Montenegro jury results excludedEdit

The jury votes from Macedonia and Montenegro in the final were not included, in accordance with the rules of the contest. The rules indicate that votes must consist of 50% jurors and 50% televoting, but Macedonia's and Montenegro's votes was based entirely on televoting. The final result of the contest was not affected.[166][167]

Other awardsEdit

In addition to the main winner's trophy, the Marcel Bezençon Awards and the Barbara Dex Award were contested during the 2015 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.[168] The awards are divided into three categories: Artistic Award, Composers Award, and Press Award. The winners were revealed shortly before the final on 23 May.[169]

Category Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s)
Artistic Award   Sweden "Heroes" Måns Zelmerlöw
Composers Award   Norway "A Monster Like Me" Mørland and Debrah Scarlett Kjetil Mørland
Press Award   Italy "Grande amore" Il Volo
  • Francesco Boccia
  • Ciro Esposito

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. The 2015 poll ran from 1 to 10 May,[170] and after all votes were cast, the top-ranked entry was Italy's "Grande amore" performed by Il Volo; the top five results are shown below.[171][172][173]

Country Song Performer(s) OGAE result
  Italy "Grande amore" Il Volo 367
  Sweden "Heroes" Måns Zelmerlöw 338
  Estonia "Goodbye to Yesterday" Elina Born and Stig Rästa 274
  Norway "A Monster Like Me" Mørland and Debrah Scarlett 243
  Slovenia "Here for You" Maraaya 228

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.[174][175]

Place Country Performer(s) Votes
1   Netherlands Trijntje Oosterhuis 1,324
2   Serbia Bojana Stamenov 605
3   United Kingdom Electro Velvet 397
4   Albania Elhaida Dani 263
5   Romania Voltaj 237

Official albumEdit

Eurovision Song Contest: Vienna 2015
 
Compilation album by
Released20 April 2015
GenrePop
Length
  • 58:43 (CD 1)
  • 61:50 (CD 2)
LabelUniversal
Eurovision Song Contest chronology
Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014
(2014)
Eurovision Song Contest: Vienna 2015
(2015)
Eurovision Song Contest: Stockholm 2016
(2016)

Eurovision Song Contest: Vienna 2015 is the official compilation album of the 2015 contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and was released by Universal Music Group on 20 April 2015. The album features all 40 songs that entered in the 2015 contest, including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify into the grand final.[176]

Charts and certificationsEdit

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[177] 4
German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[178] 2
UK Albums (OCC)[179] 11

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d While Austria and Germany both finished with no points, Austria is listed as finishing "ahead" of Germany due to the tiebreaker rule that favours the song performed earliest in the running order.[53]
  2. ^ Despite finishing with the same number of points as the Netherlands, Denmark is deemed to have finished in thirteenth place due to receiving points from more countries than the Netherlands.
  3. ^ Despite having the same number of televoting points as the Netherlands, Denmark is deemed to have finished higher in the televoting due to receiving points from a greater number of countries compared to the Netherlands
  4. ^ Despite finishing with the same number of points as Montenegro, Poland is deemed to have finished in eight place due to receiving a greater number of points in the televoting.
  5. ^ Despite finishing with the same number of points as Albania, Armenia is deemed to have finished in sixteenth place due to receiving points from more countries.
  6. ^ a b c Portugal, Estonia and Georgia were originally scheduled to announce their votes as the 5th, 13th and 30th countries, respectively, but instead voted 38th, 39th and 40th, respectively, after all the other countries announced their votes. The reason for this was technical difficulties in the minutes running up to the voting presentation.[63]
  7. ^ The first semi-final was broadcast on Rai 4 with a 1 hour 40 minute delay; the second semi-final was broadcast live.
  8. ^ The three shows were broadcast on TVP Rozrywka and TVP HD with a one day delay.
  9. ^ RTP provided a delayed broadcast of the first semi-final.
  10. ^ The final was broadcast in Spain live on La 1 and with a delayed broadcast on Clan.
  11. ^ The first semi-final was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 Eurovision with a two-day delay; the second semi-final was broadcast live.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Siim, Jarmo (6 August 2014). "Get to know the Eurovision 2015 arena". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  2. ^ Russell, Peter (11 May 2014). "Eurovision 2015: Preliminary dates and speculation". esctoday.com. ESCToday. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  3. ^ Granger, Anthony (12 May 2014). "Austria: Competition To Host Begins". eurovoix.com. ORF. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  4. ^ Hutter, Andreas (28 May 2014). "Wels ist bereit für den Song Contest" [Wels is ready for the Song Contest]. volksblatt.at (in German). Neues Volksblatt. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  5. ^ a b Xifaras, Billy (29 May 2014). "ORF releases new dates and venue requirements". wiwibloggs.com. Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  6. ^ Wöber, S; Zechner, S (29 May 2014). "Anforderungsprofil an die Austragungsstätte des Eurovision Song Contest 2015" [Requirements to the venue of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015] (PDF). kundendienst.orf.at (in German). ORF. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  7. ^ Szerencsi, M; Weißmann, R (29 May 2014). "Betrifft: European Song Contest 2015" [Subject: Eurovision Song Contest 2015] (PDF). kundendienst.orf.at (in German). ORF. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  8. ^ Granger, Anthony (15 June 2014). "ESC'15: 12 Venues in the Running To Host". eurovoix.com. ORF. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  9. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (21 June 2014). "Eurovision 2015: Vienna, Innsbruck or Graz?". esctoday.com. ORF. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  10. ^ Siim, Jarmo (21 June 2014). "Eurovision 2015: We go to Vienna, Graz or Innsbruck". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  11. ^ Heinrich, Bernd; Piebel, Johannes Peter (22 June 2014). "Wien, Graz oder Innsbruck!" [Vienna, Graz or Innsbruck]. eurovision-austria.com (in German). Eurovision-Austria. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  12. ^ Siim, Jarmo (23 July 2014). "It's official: Eurovision 2015 Final on May 23". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  13. ^ Silber, Christoph (13 June 2014). "Unternehmer will Song Contest veranstalten" [Entrepreneurs plans to organize Song Contest]. kurier.at (in German). Kurier. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  14. ^ "Polit-Krimi um den Song Contest". oe24.at (in German). Österreich. 2 July 2014.
  15. ^ Dempsey, James (13 May 2015). "Vienna gives the green light to gay couples at traffic crossings". newstalk.com. NewsTalk. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  16. ^ http://www.krone.at/Oesterreich/Ampelpaerchen_gibt_es_jetzt_auch_in_Salzburg-Lockeres_Statement-Story-458527 "Lockeres Statement": Ampelpärchen gibt es jetzt auch in Salzburg, krone.at, 18. Juni 2015, abgerufen 7. Dezember 2015. (German)
  17. ^ http://ooe.orf.at/news/stories/2718342/ Ampelpärchen leuchten jetzt auch in Linz, orf.at 26. Juni 2015, abgerufen 7. Dezember 2015. (German)
  18. ^ http://www.krone.at/Oesterreich/Linzer_FPOe-Stadtrat_liess_Ampelpaerchen_abmontieren-Voellig_unnoetig-Story-485830 "völlig unnötig": Linzer FPÖ-Stadtrat ließ Ampelpärchen abmontieren, krone.at 7. Dezember 2015, abgerufen 7. Dezember 2015. (German)
  19. ^ http://ooe.orf.at/news/stories/2746216/ FPÖ-Stadtrat ließ Ampelpärchen abmontieren, orf.at 7. Dezember 2015, abgerufen 7. Dezember 2015. (German)
  20. ^ a b "Australia participate in the 60th Eurovision". European Broadcasting Union. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  21. ^ "About Voting". European Broadcasting Union. European Broadcasting Union. May 2015. Archived from the original on 6 May 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  22. ^ "Full Splitt Results". European Broadcasting Union. European Broadcasting Union. May 2014. Archived from the original on 26 November 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  23. ^ "Rules of Eurovision song contest 2015" (PDF). European Broadcasting Union. European Broadcasting Union. 20 May 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 April 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  24. ^ Brey, Marco (27 May 2014). "ORF names Core Team for 2015 Eurovision Song Contest". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  25. ^ Siim, Jarmo (31 July 2014). "Eurovision Song Contest logo evolves". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  26. ^ Siim, Jarmo (11 September 2014). "Vienna 2015 slogan revealed". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  27. ^ Siim, Jarmo (25 November 2014). "Eurovision 2015 theme artwork is here!". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  28. ^ Siim, Jarmo (11 March 2015). "How will Eurovision 2015 introduce the entries?". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  29. ^ Wyatt, Daisy (19 May 2015). "Twitter introduces hashflags for fans to support favourite countries". The Independent. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  30. ^ Siim, Jarmo (19 December 2014). "Who gets to host Eurovision in Vienna?". Eurovision Song Contest. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  31. ^ Jiandani, Danjay (25 January 2015). "Eurovision 2015: Host Insignia ceremony and Semi-final Allocation Draw on 26 January". esctoday.com. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  32. ^ Brey, Marco (25 January 2015). "Tomorrow: The semi-final allocation draw". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  33. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest: Ein Opening, das Brücken baut" [Eurovision Song Contest: An opening that builds bridges]. OTS.at (in German). Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  34. ^ "Conchita Wurst & a magical bridge to open the Eurovision Final". eurovision.tv. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  35. ^ "Star percussionist revealed as Eurovision interval act". eurovision.tv. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2020.