Kyiv, Ukraine, Palats Sportu
Eurovision Song Contest 2005 was the 50th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, which was held at
Bulgaria, Moldova make debut, and Hungary return to competition for the first time since 1998, participating countries reached the 39, breaking the record for the Eurovision 2004. Initially, participation was given for the first time in Lebanon, which we had chosen and participation, "Quand tout s'enfuit" with Aline Lahoud. Nevertheless, the obligation of the country to broadcast the participation of Israel, which is at war, was in conflict with the Constitution of the country and eventually withdrew from the contest.The organization went through the 2005 'forty waves, and in early years was in the Ukraine "Orange Revolution" that brought changes in the power of the country but went back and organization. Finally, despite pessimistic forecasts the NTU, the Ukrainian TV did it! Even if they work in Palats Sportu, the stage hosted the contest was even the first day of rehearsal, and the presenter, Maria Efrosinina replaced the Ruslana, originally taken the job just days before the competition. 25 countries participated in the Semi-Final and qualification for the final that was applied last year. The EBU has decided that if the number of telephone votes counted in any country is very low, then the country would give the results of the Reserve Committee. This was done by Ukraine and Monaco. Also, this time all the countries reported on and voted on both nights. The order in which they were given the vote was the same as the order of appearance in the final, the excluded countries to vote first in the order of presentation on Imitleiko, in contrast to 2004 given in alphabetical order, based on the original ISO each country.In the 26th participation in the competition, 31 years after the first, Greece took the top prize for the first time in the history of Eurovision. Helena Paparizou with the song "My Number One" from the outset was the favorite, and not challenged expectations. The victory was celebrated in Greece vigil celebration in the streets of major cities in Greece.