After all 27 finalists had performed in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, producers turned off the wind machines and the stagehands quickly swept away stray sequins and feathers. Then came the voting segment: the most tense part of the evening, when the points from all 40 countries were slowly revealed, eventually leading to Sweden’s victory. Along the way there was a lot of fun and fierceness to enjoy. From blunders to funny turns of phrase, here are 11 memorable moments from the 2015 voting announcements.
1. “12 points from Russia go to… Russia!”
Spokesperson Dmitry Shepelev warmly/alarmingly greeted viewers with “Mother Russia is here!” before moving onto the points allocation. It was all going smoothly until he got to the 12, where he proclaimed “12 points from Russia go to… Russia!” A brief panic swept the Stadthalle before Dmitry calmed the situation with “Ha ha! Kidding!” Oh, Russia!
2. Mariette’s message of peace
Melodifestivalen star Mariette brought a message of peace and hope with her, saying, “Thank you for this awesome show and uniting us all and reminding us that our differences are only in our minds, not in our hearts.” The crowd cheered wildly, and possibly certain people watching at home might have got a little teary. Mariette, you may recall, was named “Homo of the Year” by QX Magazine in 2010.
3. The return of that dress
Two-time Dutch Eurovision participant Edsilia Rombley showed up wearing a very familiar frock. It was the controversial and very revealing dress that her sister-in-law Trijntje wore to her first rehearsal. Trijntje might have changed to another outfit for her semi-final performance, but Edsilia brought enough attitude to give the daring dress another life.
4. Ding dong!
“Ding-dong, Europe!” Krista Siegfrids cheerfully announced. For all those who were wondering what had been going on since she sang “Marry Me” in 2013, Krista had an update: she is “finally getting married!” And for those who didn’t remember “Marry Me”, it just added to the magic of Eurovision.
5. Suzy disappears
We were looking forward seeing Portugal’s 2014 representative, but no sooner had sunny Suzy appeared, when she mysteriously vanished from sight. Nooo! Come back, Suzy! We caught the moment as it happened in the press centre.
6. Albania’s primary colours
While some spokespeople dress up in formal evening wear, Albania’s points reader Andri Xhahu put the colour wheel to use, coordinating primary colours for his outfit. Some commented that he looked like a children’s television presenter, but it was a change from all the sharp suits.
7. Nigella slays
First Nigella Lawson showed up looking amazing, then she dropped some Deutsch and confidently made her points delivery in the two official languages of Eurovision. Finally she announced the UK’s 12 points to la Suède, which put Sweden permanently in the lead. Let’s have her back next year!
8. Guy and Måns’ bromance
After bonding in their hotel gym, a serious bromance had developed between Guy Sebastian and Måns Zelmerlöw, so when Sweden gave Australia their first 12 points, Guy immediately turned around and give some love to Måns.
9. Cyprus doesn’t give Greece 12 points
If there’s one thing you can rely on with Eurovision, it’s that Cyprus will always give Greece 12 points, followed by pantomime booing from the crowd. Except this year Cyprus got serious and awarded their 12 to Italy, their 10 to Sweden, finally giving their mainland neighbour only 8 points. Gasp!
10. Valentina’s greatest hits
Making it four years in a row, Valentina used her role as San Marino’s spokesperson to treat viewers to a medley of her three Eurovision entries, “The Social Network Song”, “Crisalide” and “Maybe”, carefully announcing the points between songs.
11. Måns finally realises he’s won
After slowly accumulating points from every country, the moment of victory hit Måns Zelmerlöw suddenly. The hosts announced that it wasn’t possible for anyone else to win, but it took a nudge from Christer Björkman for Måns to realise what had just happened. Aw, look at that face.