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Eurovision Song Contest 2015
Vienna
Theme Building Bridges
Dates
Semi-final 1 date 19 May 2015
Semi-final 2 date 21 May 2015
Final date 23 May 2015
Host
Venue Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria
Executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand
Host broadcaster Flag of Austria ORF
Participants
Number of entries 40
Debuting countries Flag of Australia Australia
Returning countries Flag of Cyprus Cyprus
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic
Flag of Serbia Serbia
Withdrawing countries Flag of Ukraine Ukraine
Voting
Voting system Each country awards 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs.
Eurovision Song Contest
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The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 was the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest. The contest took place in Vienna, Austria, following Conchita Wurst's win in the 2014 contest with the song "Rise Like a Phoenix".

Location

Bidding Phase

After Austria's victory in the 2014 Contest, their delegation revealed the possibility of hosting the contest either in the capital city, Vienna, or in Salzburg. Vienna, Klagenfurt, Innsbruck, Lower Austria, Graz, Upper Austria, Burgenland, and Vorarlberg were all reportedly interested in hosting the contest while Salzburg pulled out of the bidding phase as the city is not able to meet the cost of the venue and promotion.

Vienna, the capital city and the considered front-runner in the race, has two venues in the phase: the Wiener Stadthalle which hosts the annual Erste Bank Open tennis tournament, along with many concerts and events throughout the year, and the trade fair centre, Messe Wien. These venues have capacities of up to 16,000 and 30,000 respectively. Also in the race are Stadthalle Graz and Schwarzl Freizeit Zentrum, both located in the second largest city of Austria, Graz. With a maximum capacity of 30,000, the Wörthersee Stadion, located in Klagenfurt, also joined the race of hosting the contest. However, the stadium would require the construction of a roof for the contest to be hosted there. Innsbruck also joined the race with Olympiahalle, the venue which hosted ice hockey and figure skating at the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. A fifth city, Linz, joined the race for hosting the contest with Brucknerhaus, although the venue is not big enough for the contest. Being geographically close to Linz, Wels showed desire to host the event as well. Oberwart, with the Exhibition hall and Vorarlberg, with the Vorarlberger Landestheater were the latest cities to declare an interest.

On the 29 May 2014, host broadcaster for the 2015 contest ORF and the EBU released some requirements and details about the venue. ORF requested interested parties to respond until 13 June 2014. They stated that the venue needs to be available for at least 6 to 7 weeks before the contest and one week after the conclusion of the contest. The chosen venue must not be open-air, but an air-conditioned building with a capacity of at least 10,000 and a minimum ceiling height of 15 meters, that is insulated for sound and light. The Green Room should be located in the arena or as near it as possible, with a capacity of 300. An additional room that is at least 6,000 m2 that will house 2 catering stands, a viewing room, make-up rooms, wardrobe, and booths for approximately 50 commentators. Separate offices that must be open between the 11 and 24 May 2015, that are at least 4,000 m2 in space to house the press centre, with a capacity for at least 1,500 journalists.

After the deadline ended on 13 June 2014 ORF announced 12 venues interested in hosting the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest:

City Venue Notes
Candidate cities
Graz Stadthalle Graz Hosted the 2010 European Men's Handball Championship.
Innsbruck Olympiaworld Hosted the figure skating and ice hockey events at both the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympic Games.
Vienna Wiener Stadthalle, Hall D Hosts the annual Erste Bank Open tennis tournament and many events along the year.
Backup venues
Vienna Heldenplatz
New All-round Concert Hall in Neu Marx
Marx hall
Trabrennbahn Krieau
Failed bids
Klagenfurt Wörthersee Stadion Served as host for some matches of UEFA Euro 2008.
Oberwart Messezentum
Vienna Schönbrunn Palace
Vienna International Airport, Parking C
Wels Messehalle

Participants

Semi-finalists

Country Language Artist Song English translation
Flag of Albania Albania English Elhaida Dani "I'm Alive"
Flag of Armenia Armenia English Genealogy "Face The Shadow"
Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan English Elnur Hüseynov "Hour of the Wolf"
Flag of Belarus Belarus English Uzari & Maimuna "Time"
Flag of Belgium Belgium English Loïc Nottet "Rhythm Inside"
Flag of Cyprus Cyprus English John Karayiannis "One Thing I Should Have Done"
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic English Marta Jandová & Václav Noid Bárta "Hope Never Dies"
Denmark, eurovision Denmark English Anti Social Media "The Way You Are"
Flag of Estonia Estonia English Elina Born & Stig Rästa "Goodbye to Yesterday"
Flag of Finland Finland Finnish Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät "Aina Mun Pitää" I Always Have To
Flag of Georgia Georgia English Nina Sublatti "Warrior"
Flag of Greece Greece English Maria-Eleni Kyriakou "One Last Breath"
Flag of Hungary Hungary English Boggie "Wars For Nothing"
Flag of Iceland Iceland English María Ólafsdóttir "Unbroken"
Flag of Ireland Ireland English Molly Sterling "Playing With Numbers"
Flag of Israel Israel English Nadav Guedj "Golden Boy"
Flag of Latvia Latvia English Aminata "Love Injected"
Flag of Lithuania Lithuania English Monika Linkytė & Vaidas Baumila "This Time"
Flag of Macedonia Macedonia English Daniel Kajmakoski "Autumn Leaves"
Flag of Malta Malta English Amber "Warrior"
Flag of Moldova Moldova English Eduard Romanyuta "I Want Your Love"
Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Montenengrin Knez "Adio" Goodbye
Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands English Trijntje Oosterhuis "Walk Along"
Flag of Norway Norway English Mørland & Debrah Scarlett "A Monster Like Me"
Flag of Poland Poland English Monika Kuszyńska "In the Name of Love"
Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Portuguese Leonor Andrade "Há um mar que nos separa" There's a sea that separates us
Flag of Romania Romania Romanian, English Voltaj "De la capat (All Over Again)" From the beginning (All Over Again)
Flag of Russia.svg Russia English Polina Gagarina "A Million Voices"
Flag of San Marino San Marino English Michele Perniola & Anita Simoncini "Chain of Light"
Flag of Serbia Serbia Serbian Bojana Stamenov "Beauty Never Lies"
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia English Maraaya "Here for You"
Flag of Sweden Sweden English Måns Zelmerlöw "Heroes"
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland English Melanie René "Time to Shine"

Finalists

Country Language Artist Song English translation
Flag of Australia Australia English Guy Sebastian "Tonight Again"
Flag of Austria Austria English The MakeMakes "I Am Yours"
France France French Lisa Angell "N'oubliez pas" Don't forget
Flag of Germany Germany English Ann Sophie "Black Smoke"
Flag of Italy Italy Italian Il Volo "Grande amore" Great love
Flag of Spain.svg Spain Spanish Edurne "Amanecer" Dawn
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom English Electro Velvet "Still In Love With You"

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