Eurovision Song Contest 2005
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Theme Awakening
Semi-final date 19 May 2005
Final date 21 May 2005
Venue Palace of Sports
Kiev, Ukraine
Presenter(s) Maria Efrosinina
Pavlo Shylko
Director Sven Stojanovic
Host broadcaster National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU)
Opening act Ruslana performing a medley of "Wild Dances" and "Heart on Fire"
Interval act Ruslana performing "The Same Star"
Kiev Percussion Ensemble ARS NOVA
Anatolly Zalevskiy
Number of entries 39
Debuting countries Flag of Moldova Moldova
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria
Returning countries Flag of Hungary Hungary
Withdrawing countries None
Voting system Each country awards 1 – 8, 10, and 12 points to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points None
Winner Flag of Greece Greece
"My Number One" by Helena Paparizou
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The Eurovision Song Contest 2005 was the 50th Eurovision Song Contest, which was held at the Palace of Sports, Kiev, Ukraine. The winner was Greece's My Number One, written by the famous somgwritters Christos Dantis and Natalia Germanos and performed by Greek singer Helena Paparizou, who scored 230 points, while Malta's Angel written and performed by Chiara was the runner up with 192 points and the third place went to Romania's Let Me Try. The contest took place on 19 May 2005 for the semi-final and 21 May 2005 for the final. Organisers hoped that this event would boost Ukraine's image abroad and increase tourism, while the country's new government hoped that it would also give a modest boost to the long-term goal of acquiring Europian Union membership.