Eurovision 2006 marked many firsts. It was the first year Finland won the Eurovision Song Contest. It was the first year Athens hosted the contest. It was the first year Armenia participated in the contest and it was also the first year Albania and Cyprus didn’t make it through the new semi-final system. So we figured that we should add another first to that list—the first contest ever to be examined in our new series, Wiwi’s Way, in which members of wiwibloggs vote to determine who we would choose to win if we could turn back time. These choices will be compared to the actual results on the night. Now let’s get to it…

Eurovision 2006: The actual Top 10 Results

  1. Finland – Lordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah (292 points)
  2. Russia – Dima Bilan – Never Let You Go (248 points)
  3. Bosnia & Herzegovina – Hari Mata Hari – Lejla (229 points)
  4. Romania – Mihai Traistariu – Tornero (172 points)
  5. Sweden – Carola – Invincible (170 points)
  6. Lithuania – LT United – We Are The Winners (162 points)
  7. Ukraine – Tina Karol – Show Me Your Love (145 points)
  8. Armenia – André – Without Your Love (129 points)
  9. Greece – Anna Vissi – Everything (128 points)
  10. Ireland – Brian Kennedy – Every Song Is A Cry For Love (93 points)

The Top 10 of Team Wiwi

  1. Sweden – Carola – Invincible (actual result: 5th)
  2. Bosnia & Herzegovina – Hari Mata Hari – Lejla (3rd)
  3. Finland – Lordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah (1st)
  4. Belgium – Kate Ryan – Je T’Adore (Failed to Qualify)
  5. Greece – Anna Vissi – Everything (9th)
  6. Ukraine – Tina Karol – Show Me Your Love (7th)
  7. Norway – Christine Guldbransen – Alvedansen (14th)
  8. Croatia – Severina – Moja Stikla (12th)
  9. Russia – Dima Bilan – Never Let Me Go (2nd)
  10. FYR Macedonia – Elena Risteska – Ninanajna (12th)

Wiwi’s Winner: Sweden

Carola returned to Eurovision in 2006 with the song Invincible. She placed fifth overall, but according to our bloggers she should have scored first place—a 4 place increase! Carola brought the flair of a diva and the voice of an angel to Athens and impressed the people on the night—and our team eight years later.

Wiwi’s Worst: Spain

Spain sent one hit wonder Las Ketchup to Athens, with red office chairs and terrible live vocals. Maybe that’s why we ranked them as our least favourite Eurovision entry of 2006. It’s not that Un Blodymary was a bad song. It was really the live vocals that turned us off and made them win the infamous “award” of Wiwi’s Worst.

Now You Choose!

We want to hear your winner. So vote in our poll below! Who should have won the 51st edition in Athens? Let us know.

We hoped you enjoyed the first edition of Wiwi’s Way! Next is 2011, so get ready to Feel Your Heart Beat.

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beccaboo1212
6 years ago

Monaco

George
6 years ago

@ Azeri

Always on the mood.

Azeri
Azeri
6 years ago

Turkey

Nebi
Nebi
6 years ago

My top 3 for 2006
1) Lithuania – We Are The Winners is still on my iPod and is a classic
2) UK – I can’t understand why this did so poorly
3) Switzerland – A little bit of Swiss Cheese

Thiefo
6 years ago

My vote goes for Bosnia & Herzegovina, I just adore that song. But I’m actually pleased with Lordi’s win. Anything but Dima Bilan!

Another thing… Las Ketchup are my guilty pleasure 😛 and yes, Bloody Mary was just terrible… so terrible a part of my actually liked it haha.

Eat no porridge!
6 years ago

The right song won! 🙂

It was a brilliant even…finally rock music at no. 1. Which helped more rock to be included and accepted in ESC….

One of the best and most groundbreaking winners 🙂 Very happy for it winning.

Digi
Digi
6 years ago

The real Winner is Bosnia Herzegovina. Finland is terrible in 2006. 2006 is Worst Eurovision forever

1. Bosnia Herzegovina
2. Belgium
3. Romania
4. Russia
5. Ukraine
6. Greece
7. Sweden
8. Croatia
9. FYROM
10. Armenia

the truth
the truth
6 years ago

IMO: Carola, Kate Ryan and Lordi

Darren
Darren
6 years ago

2006 was an awful year, probably on par with the 2010 contest!
The hosts were great though and Athens was an excellent host city, the stage was a let down though. It was a year of novelty acts and guilty pleasures. I liked Finland, United Kingdom and Iceland. Not for musical quality though, just out of plain enjoyment.

BunnyC
6 years ago

I think 2006 is a great year, but I don’t get what’s so good about Romania. Why is he shouting so loud? Is he deaf? I guess it is a pretty good tune though. My favourite is Ukraine and I’m still very sad that they might not participate next year, they send good entries (except 2005)

Axie
Axie
6 years ago

lejla sucks and deserves no votes

olivia
olivia
6 years ago

I remember this contest and in my opinion Dima Bilan was the best that year.

SpirK
SpirK
6 years ago

Voted for my top 10:
1. Cyprus ( fantastic, my 3rd favorite of the period 2000-2009)
2. Greece
3. Estonia
4. Norway
5. Germany
6. Sweden
7. Belgium
8. Bosnia and Herzegovina
9. Andorra (yes I did! )
10. Romania

deli
deli
6 years ago

Terrible year and great winner

Mario Espinola
Mario Espinola
6 years ago

BTW you should do this for the 90s as well. 1994-1998 were AMAZING years.

Mario Espinola
Mario Espinola
6 years ago

in*

Charles
Charles
6 years ago

None to be quite honest … not even Carola with all her greatness and Eurovision status … 2006 was just a follow up to the already depressive and shameless level of music quality the competition had fallen … nobody cared less, televoters, fans … everybody was so high enjoying this crap to the point of “WTF” … Ireland and Bosnia sound however the most decent ones … and for the worst ones … ain’t got time for those. Thank God things have evolved quite a bit musically speaking in current years.

Branko
Branko
6 years ago

Russia. But thank you for having Croatia in your Top Ten! And yes Belgium should have qualified!

Mario Espinola
Mario Espinola
6 years ago

I am awed about you guys not including Romania your top 10. And I do still believe Portugal and Monaco had the worst songs. If I had to choose one I’d go with Portugal. Awful.

Dar
Dar
6 years ago

Terrible year .. Soo many joke entries .. Horrible stage .. Deserved winner .. Maybe ..

Timselvision
Timselvision
6 years ago

I was kinda happy with 2006´s results. The top 5 was great in my opinion, for the first time ever I agreed with this top 5 (with other placings for some songs xD).

Jak Night
6 years ago

Silvía Night was the winner and a old witch from Finland, Karolina, stole her votes so it’s such a shame!
F**k you, it’s all wrong with the press, everyone’s get jealous on Silvía because she is the queen of the universe. And her mother is Molly.

Leon
Leon
6 years ago

1) Finland’s victory was a total shock – I’m not gonna say whether it was deserved or not because I’m not a metal/rock music enthusiast, but nonetheless, it was a shock. 2) Russia – Definitely overrated, especially considering the fact that you could not understand most of the lyrics. The muscle t-shirt, the tacky haircut and the random paranoid movements all contributed to the trashiness of the entry. 3. B&H – One of their best entries, not a winner but definitely a great entry and well deserving of a top 3 placing. 4. Romania – This is my second favorite… Read more »

D
D
6 years ago

2006 has to be my least favourite year, with 2010 coming close. I liked very few songs, the stage was horrible, Greece didn’t put on a very good show, and it had one of the most undeserving winners of all time, in my opinion. Bosnia’s song was easily the best and one of the few I enjoyed, but then Silvia Night also kept things fun with one of my biggest Eurovision guilty pleasures. She’s basically the Icelandic Miranda Sings.

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

Romania or Bosnia should have won. Belgium should have qualified.
Greece should have been in top 5. Lithuania should have stayed out of the final

David
David
6 years ago

Silvia Night was great! Abd highly under-estimated. Also I think Finland would not have won if todays voting rules had been in place. Russias song did not deserve to win..

Sweden should have won! Carola was great.