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After Ruslana’s victory the year before in Istanbul the Contest came to Ukraine for the first time. This year featured an unusually high proportion of all-singing-all-dancing numbers that had varying degrees of success and most of that was down to Ruslana’s hypnotic thrusting the year before. There was however a foreshadowing of the future in Norway’s Wig Wam. Their rock song despite placing joint 9th with Denmark was a testament to the advantage of sending something different and that was something Finland would exploit in 2006.

Scandal as always at Eurovision was never far away: the German entry was accused of rigging the German pop charts, Macedonia and Turkey experienced complications at national selections and Portugal’s contestant suffered repeated sound failure while still on stage.

The Winner

Helena Paparizou fused together the best elements of Sertab Erener and Ruslana. The result was ‘My Number One’ which slayed the competition left and right and centre. She kept her vocal in check, her dress was on point and damn girl had moves! Sakis may have shaked things the year before, but Helena caused an earthquake on stage that caused the whole of Europe to give in to her hypnotic hips.

The Top 5

Chiara’s second silver place song ‘Angel’ was a beautiful ballad and wonderfully cheesy – especially with the addition of her growl leading into the middle 8. Likewise Romania’s ‘Let Me Try’ offered a dance-heavy sound that continues to influence Bucharest’s entries to this day. Shiri Maimon delivered Israel’s best result of the decade and her ballad was truly beautiful, likely only edged out by Chiara because of the Maltese singer’s vocal power. Latvia meanwhile achieved a surprise Top 5 result with ‘The War Is Not Over’. The hideous washed out jeans should have put them out of contention at once but evidently Europe bought in to the cute message of the song and overlooked the weird fashion choices.

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Honourable Mention

Javine’s ‘Touch My Fire’ is probably the only example 2003-8 of any real effort on the part of the UK to send a decent entry. The ethnic-dance sound was exactly the kind of thing the contest should have lapped up and adored. Unfortunately for Javine she was not only drawn second but Greece were also drawn 19th with a superior song in the genre. Still 22nd place was hardly justified for such a satisfying entry as ‘Touch My Fire’.

The Loser

Buying domestic chart success did nothing but cost Gracia success on stage. ‘Run & Hide’ was unfortunately aimed in the extreme since that’s what it caused most of the audience at home to do. The dance production was jarring when coupled with what for lack of a better word we’ll term ‘yodelling’. It’s difficult to believe Germany could actually have won the whole shebang five years later…

Angus Quinn contributed this report from the U.K. You can follow him on Twitter at @Angus_Quinn17. Then like our Facebook page to keep up-to-date with all the latest news and gossip.

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Eamonn2006
Eamonn2006
6 years ago

Shiri should’ve won. By far the best song with amazing vocals. Hopefully she’ll come back with another amazing power ballad for Israel.

I LOVE YOU, SHIRI!

D.S.
D.S.
6 years ago

Helena!!!!!!!!!

Kery
6 years ago

my top 3 this year
1.Armenia
2.Hungary
3.The Netherlands

gior gos ESC
gior gos ESC
6 years ago

helenaaa paparizouuuu loveeeee youuu……. <3 <3 you are the one,you are MY NUMBER ONE……….. <3

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

Malta, Hungary, Moldova and Israel were awesome this year. (Sorry Helena, I think Chiara should’ve won this one! If only she had a better draw.) I remember liking Ukraine’s entry too but haven’t seen it in a while.

SJ
SJ
6 years ago

My TOP 5 for that year
1.Israel
2.Romania
3.Hungary
4.The Netherlands
5.Iceland
6.Switzerland
7.Albania
8.Serbia & Montenegro
9.United Kingdom
10.Monaco

Armond
Armond
6 years ago

My Number One, Euphoria & Ne partez pas sans moi are my top 3 ESC winners. Helena could have won for Sweden with Survivor but Sanna has a shot too.

Paul
Paul
6 years ago

Honourable mention
Switzerland
Vanilla Ninja – Cool Vibes
A wonderful rock song. Great rhythm and melody. The best Swiss result in years

Thiefo
Thiefo
6 years ago

My favourite winner from the past decade, without a doubt. Helena had everything! and she was a rightful winner.
I never liked Angel nor Let me try to be honest, both are good, I’m not saying otherwise, but in my opinion Shiri Maimon deserved second place, her song was a lot better than Angel in my opinion.
And I second the notion about Javine, maybe it wasn’t the best performance of the night, but she certainly deserved a higher place.

Charles
Charles
6 years ago

2005 … too much dancing too much show off too much everything that is wrong in terms of music quality … but one learns that everything that might be musically wrong is actually fans want desperately. And you just don’t mess with them … certain things can never said. Yet addressing Angel as wonderfully cheesy comes off as offensive considering the amount of smelly cheese in the contest like Greece for instance. Everything was just forgettable and embarrassing. But again … that proved to be what fans loved and wanted. I had to finally come to terms that: the people… Read more »

Timselvision
Timselvision
6 years ago

I LOVED 2005’s ESC! I liked almost every song! Helena was my close #1, with Switzerland close behind. I love the Swiss entry in 2005! 😀

Med
Med
6 years ago

This ESC was probably very chaotic, but somehow still managed to keep itself from falling apart. Production wise – those sound guys were surely expelled from whatever post they were occupying before the show. And those loud hosts! Ukraine, I hope you can make it better in the future, but first, deal with your own problems asap. Thank you.

Dhani
6 years ago

EUROVISION 2005 THE BEST WINNER EVER YES HELENA I LOVE YOU AND SWEDEN ROBBED YOU THIS YEAR DON’T BELIEVE IN SUCH A STUPID COUNTRY.

Also from 2005 my favorites are Bosnia/Herzegovina, Latvia, Switzerland and Norway i guess yes you understand what I’m talking about

Dhani
6 years ago

EUROVISION 2005 THE BEST WINNER EVER YES HELENA I LOVE YOU AND SWEDEN ROBBED YOU THIS YEAR DON’T BELIEVE IN SUCH A STUPID COUNTRY.

Also from 2005 my favorites are Bosnia/Herzegovina, Latvia, Switzerland and Norway i guess yes you understand what I’m talking about

Dhani
6 years ago

EUROVISION 2005 THE BEST WINNER EVER YES HELENA I LOVE YOU AND SWEDEN ROBBED YOU THIS YEAR DON’T BELIEVE IN SUCH A STUPID COUNTRY.

Also from 2005 my favorites are Bosnia/Herzegovina, Latvia, Switzerland and Norway i guess yes

BIONDA
BIONDA
6 years ago

MY BEST FROM GREECE
MY NUMBER 1-HELENA PAPARIZOU
MY SECRET COMBINATION-KALOMIRA
RISE UP-FREAKY FORTUNE FEAT.RISKYKIDD

Robert Germone
6 years ago

I agree, that Ukraine have big chances again. Mariya is one of the best this year. No doubt that she will be on top

Olya Korovaeva
6 years ago

Ukraine have big chances for victory again. Mariya is very talented singer. And song is perfect for Eurovision

marinek
marinek
6 years ago

I LOVE HELENA.BUT ALSO THIS YEAR’S SONG OF GREECE, RISE UP!
I LOVE YOU FREAKY BABES!

davve
davve
6 years ago

Javine Hylton should have placed in the top10 if it had been a fair competition that year. However she was not as strong on stage in ESC than in the national final to be honest.

Greece was a good winner.