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!

https://youtu.be/VMKGCDILfcE

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.

Mariette points

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.

Edsilia Rombley

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.

Krista Siegfrids

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.

Oh no! Suzy disappeared 🙁 #Eurovision #portugal

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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.

Albania points

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!

Nigella Lawson

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.

Guy Sebastian and Måns Zelmerlöw

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 pointsGasp!

Cyprus points

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.

Mans reaction gif

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Carter
Carter
6 years ago

I have to say I loved Guy turning around to Mans to share his happiness at being given 12 points by Sweden… too cute

2015
2015
6 years ago

Mariette 🙂

Richard
6 years ago

8… Whatever happened to the word “Friendship”? It’s still in the dictionary….

http://xkcd.com/1485/

Leon
Leon
6 years ago

I think the best part, well more like the worst part of the show was when Valentina gave us a medley of her three mediocre eurovision entries in between giving out the points. The worst part is that she was out of tune while singing each one of them. Bravo!

Vicente
Vicente
6 years ago

OH I love all these moments, Mariette’s touching words, “Ding-dong!”, Disappeared of lovely Suzy and Tanja(the muscle XD), “la Suède”, and Valetina, oh I can’t stop screaming as she appeared on the screen!

The giving points from Cyprus, Greece, Lithuania are also shocking. There are some people in my country considering visiting either Lithuania or San Marino in the future… I found out that it was juries of Lithuania putting Polina down.

random.sage2.0
6 years ago

Mans reaction was priceless and the bromance caught my attention. I’m also overwhelmingly excited of Krista’s proposal announcement! My favorites were when Russia put the fear of God in their hearts and when Valentina gave us 3 songs to smile about.

But she ignored me. “Why wont you represent San Marino in 2016?”

Kai
Kai
6 years ago

Suzy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

Hebbuzz
Hebbuzz
6 years ago

I think the ‘mother Russia ‘ was quite provocative and hope it will be muted on the DVD release. The 12 points was just a very bad joke.

Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love ~ Summer Lovers
Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love ~ Summer Lovers
6 years ago

@ Well Dmitry of Russia was really hot babe… Very f***able babe… <3
A real eye candy at least 4 my eyes.. <3

@ Oh I know about that…Our song won the televoting in Cyprus but the cypriot jury had *One Last Breath* 6th so thats why we finished 3rd..
Cypru's song finished 3rd in televoting & came 2nd in our jury…Overall Cyprus was voted by us as 2nd behind Italy..

Daniel
Daniel
6 years ago

*Valentina (auto-correct)

Daniel
Daniel
6 years ago

Nigella = fabulous
Mariette = fabulous
Valentine’s = fabulous
Krista = fabulous

And the Russian 12 points thing was clearly a joke.

fikri
fikri
6 years ago

the voting was a mess due to the multiple disconnections but these moments really made up for it. the hosts need to be better prepared tho. you can see they’re uncomfortable interacting with the spokespersons.

SayNOmore
SayNOmore
6 years ago

And when Austrian girl said that she is standing around 25 people, but there was actually more than 200 people around her )))

R
R
6 years ago

My fav moment was when Lithuania gave Russia NO POINTS AT ALL. Everyone died of laughter then.

Also when Sweden overtook Russia for first, that gave me chills.

Milla
Milla
6 years ago

And when Italy gave Sweden 12 points :O

oooops
oooops
6 years ago

Mario, it was the juries fault that Cyprus didn’t give twelwe points to Greece. If the juries decided the points, Sweden got 12 points from Cyprus, but the televoters put Måns lower. The televoters favourite was Greece, but the juries put Maria lower. Italy was in both of their top 3, that’s why Italy got 12 points, Sweden 10 and Greece 8.

Jesper
Jesper
6 years ago

When Russia was voting, my dad was like ‘I bet he’s gonna give 12 points to himself’, so when he said ’12 points from Russia go to…. Russia’, we both just laughed our ass off

Adam
Adam
6 years ago

can someone explain to me why nigella was considered amazing…I mean i have nothing against her, i just saw her read out her votes and it all seemed pretty standard and average to me. Am i missing something???

Donna
Donna
6 years ago

“And maybeeee…12 points to Latvia” (I wonder if some people in Latvia thought Valentina was joking about the 12 points at some point)
“12 points from Russia goes to Russia” (ah, reminds me of Sweden in 2008 when they made a dude act drunk and give out the votes and by the time he announced the 12 points, he went “12 points to Sweden goes to Sweden”)
And Mans’ going all “Wait…you mean I won?” in that last GIF

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
6 years ago

@girl – Scott and Mel ruined the semi-final with their unfunny natterings.
I was surprised that Nigella was not as unsufferable as I thought she would be.

girl
girl
6 years ago

Just been in the Daily Mail that Simon Cowell would be willing to do a national selection show..!

Fatima
Fatima
6 years ago

Mario I Am Summer ~My Vision of Gay Love~Summer Lovers

I would not say Dmitry is ‘Eye Candy’ – he’s more Eye Potassium Bromide

Nikos
Nikos
6 years ago

I was nervous about Nigella when she was announced to be the spokesperson but she was excellent! Also poor Suzy and Tanya!

Was anyone a little disappointed with Lee Lin Chin? From what I saw on youtube I expected some good jokes out of her but she only announced and nothing more, so sad. Also the Azeri presenter kind of annoyed me a bit,

Fatima
Fatima
6 years ago

You missed Tinkara Kova? asking for the return of orchestras. Easier said than done, but a good point well made.

Chris
Chris
6 years ago

When it comes to the UK, it is really interesting. They put so much effort this year in terms of promotion: Nigella, the anniversary concert, British contestants in Riga, Amsterdam and of course London. Therefore, it is still unbeliveable that they had chosen such a weak song (it doesn’t refer to the videoclip!).There is no consistency in that!

paco
6 years ago

RUSIA,prepotente

girl
girl
6 years ago

I liked how Nigella created a build up, Scott Mills is great as a commentator… but as a voter representative he gets quite nervous and does it as quickly as possible.

Huh
Huh
6 years ago

I did not noticed what Edsilia was wearing before because I was staring at something else.

Wiwibloggs should have taken note of Tanja’s disappearance as well aside from Suzy’s.

Lastly, Mans’ winning face reminded me of Molly Smitten-Downes confused face when she was interviewed by Lise Ronne last year.

Mario I Am Summer ~My Vision of Gay Love~Summer Lovers
Mario I Am Summer ~My Vision of Gay Love~Summer Lovers
6 years ago

Yeah…His joke of giving the 12 points to his own country Russia that is so beloved to us gay eurofans was just fail..
It was just not comfortable to watching him on that moment…He is eye candy but he had dropped this & not do it..
Anyway..

Iberian
Iberian
6 years ago

Russia’s joke wasn’t funny, but embarrassing. Please, Russia, leave the ESC.

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

Andri Xhahu from Albania wore a horrible disgusting outfit. Seriously, didn’t they tell him that he looks ridiculous??

Nigella slayed but seriously it wasn’t needed to announce the votes in French lol. But kudos to BBC for picking her as the spokesperson. Finally a known person getting involved in Eurovision on behalf of BBC

Lena
Lena
6 years ago

Mans is so cute

Otna
Otna
6 years ago

So true, Fatima.

Deniz
Deniz
6 years ago

I want to join the Guy-Mans bromance :$
They are awesome.

Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love ~ Summer Gay Lovers
Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love ~ Summer Gay Lovers
6 years ago

UK has to take very seriously the Vision and not just having illuminating moments every now & then…
The English people have to organize at last a well prepared NF like Melodifestivalen of Sweden..

We all know that UK is the GreAtY empire 4 the music & the artists like Adele..
We won’t vote them just because it is UK..
If Adele had entered to our Vision with a lame song that would not be enough reason to support her only because of her name obviously..

Fatima
Fatima
6 years ago

In 20 seconds, Nigella Lawson displayed more awareness of what was needed at a Eurovision Song Contest than did the whole of the UK’s delegation this year.

Mario
Mario
6 years ago

@ Well i propose to better kill your own account here on wiwibloggs Krista.. 🙂
If you got annoyed by the harmeless comment i wrote here its your own problem only..

And Its none of your business actually what i am & what i am not…
You better look your own trashy, sh*tty ego & persona..
Go f**k yourself please 🙂

Freyah
Freyah
6 years ago

Nigella was top notch, and she’s so utterly British so represents us so well. I want her back next year pls thnx

CCC
CCC
6 years ago

The Russian guy was hilarious!

Marco
Marco
6 years ago

I liked the self-ironic Russian announcment 😀

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
6 years ago

I thought Shepelev was very cleverly tongue-in-cheek in announcing those votes

Krista
Krista
6 years ago

can someone like kill mario’s
internet access … he is soooooooooooooooooooooo annoying. is he like autistic or something? Why does he have to be so weird. please ban him from this site….
🙂

davve
davve
6 years ago

As Mariette is a lesbian she did send a silent but strong message to repressive Russia.

davve
davve
6 years ago

This was the most exciting and nervous voting procedure for many years. First Russia seemed to have the momentum.. then after half of the voting Sweden steadily took over….

Mitchelvaneijk
6 years ago

@BooSweden Well too bad you won’t see thay cause they did not won

Owh and real mature to call yourself BooSweden

Jaz
Jaz
6 years ago

I will be watching this voting sequence over and over and over again in the years to come for so many reasons – something I wouldn’t normally do! As an Aussie, I couldn’t help but love it when we got our sets of douze and Guy acknowledged the delegations they’d come from, as if they’d personally given him the points. So cute!! And the Guy/Måns bromance is one I am shipping very hard.

My favourite moment has to #11, though. That face is truly priceless. And carved from marble by angels. But mainly priceless.

Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love ~ Summer Gay Lovers
Mario I Am Summer ~ My Summer Vision of Gay Love ~ Summer Gay Lovers
6 years ago

1) Dmitry Shepelev This guy seriously IS gay….My gaydar goes really on! 😉 He is hottie babe.. <3 Russia's pride indeed 😉 <3 2) Mariette She is fabulous & really cool persona <3 I really like her 🙂 Malmo's SF was the only live show that i watched from this Melodifestivalen.. <3 She definitely should return trying again in Melodifestivalen 🙂 I see in her Sweden's future big star ! <3 🙂 3) Edsilia I ''love'' you too ''darling''….You are so vain ''dear''… :PP 4) Krista Congratulations honey! <3 🙂 In 1st March Finland will legalize gay marriages <3 🙂… Read more »

BooSweden
BooSweden
6 years ago

I wanted to see how Il Volo finally realise they won.

xoxo
xoxo
6 years ago

Mans’s reaction is PRICELESS!!! he’s sooo cute!!

Otna
Otna
6 years ago

Mariette and Nigella were flawless, the Russian guy was hliarious, the controversial dress was AMAZING, but I think my favourite was Valentina’s medley <3