The win was also controversial as, under the old voting system, Australia would have won the competition on only their second attendance.
Forty-two countries participated in the contest. Bosnia and Herzegovina , Bulgaria , Croatia and Ukraine returned after absences from recent contests, while Australia also returned after debuting as a special guest in Portugal withdrew, largely due to their national broadcaster's insufficient promotion of their music-based media, while Romania had originally planned to participate, but was forced to withdraw due to repeated non-payment of debts by their national broadcaster to the European Broadcasting Union EBU.
The contest was also the first to implement a voting system change since Twenty-six countries competed in the final, which was the first to be broadcast on live television in the United States.
The Czech Republic managed to qualify for the final for the first time in five attempts since its debut in , while both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Greece failed to qualify from the semi-finals for the first time ever, the latter being absent from the final for the first time since In the final, Australia finished second, improving on its debut in , while Bulgaria finished fourth, its best result at the time since its debut and first participation in a final since Justin Timberlake performed during the interval act of the final.
A record-breaking million viewers worldwide watched the contest, beating the viewing figures by over 5 million. The Ericsson Globe has a capacity of approximately 16, attendees, and this was the second time the contest has been staged at the venue, after the Eurovision Song Contest However, other cities and arenas were invited to apply, and those making a bid had approximately three weeks to submit their offer to SVT.
SVT announced on 1 June the conditions under which cities and venues could announce their interest in hosting the contest: An announcement regarding the venue was expected from SVT by midsummer,   with the Ericsson Globe announced as the venue on 8 July.
The preliminary dates for the contest were announced on 16 March at a meeting of Heads of Delegation in Vienna, with the semi-finals took place on 10 and 12 May and the final on 14 May SVT proposed a change of start time of the contest from The EBU announced on 23 September that rather than using clips from their respective music videos, extended clips from the dress rehearsals of the six acts who qualified directly to the final the " Big Five " and Sweden would be shown as previews during the semi-final in which they were allocated to vote.
The EBU announced on 18 February that a new voting system would be implemented at the contest for the first time since The new system, inspired by the voting system of Melodifestivalen, involves each country now awarding two sets of points from , 10 and Televoting votes from all the countries are pooled.
After viewers have cast their votes, the results of each professional jury are presented, with countries receiving and 10 points being displayed on-screen instead of , which had been the case since , and the national spokesperson announcing only the country to which they award 12 points.
After the results of the professional juries are presented, the televoting points from all participating countries are combined, providing one score for each song.
The results of countries finishing between 11th and 26th in the public vote are automatically added to the scoreboard, with only the results of the top ten countries being announced by the hosts.
The new voting system is also used to determine the qualifiers from each semi-final, but as before the qualifiers are announced in a random order.
As the new voting system gives equal weight to jury and televoting results, a national jury result cannot be used as backup result for the televoting or vice versa.
The Director General of Radiotelevisione della Repubblica di San Marino SMRTV , Carlo Romeo, stated on 23 February that the use of a substitute televoting result discriminated against microstates like San Marino, which only used a professional jury due to their use of the Italian phone system and would therefore have its voting representation diminished under the new system, and criticised the EBU for not contacting its members before making the decision.
The results of the Swedish jury vote was also announced live from the event by Gina Dirawi. The press conferences were presented by Jovan Radomir and Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson, who also provided commentary from the red carpet event in front of the Stockholm Palace , before the official welcome party at Stockholm City Hall on 8 May The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place at Stockholm City Hall on 25 January , hosted by Alexandra Pascalidou and Jovan Radomir.
The second part of the draw decided in which half of the respective semi-finals each country would perform, with the exact running order determined by the producers of the show at a later date.
The EBU originally announced that the running order would be revealed on 5 April,  however for undisclosed reasons this was later put back to 8 April.
From each semi-final, ten countries joined the "Big 5" and Sweden in the final, where a total of twenty-six countries participated. The thirty-seven semi-finalists were allocated into six pots, which were published by the EBU on 21 January, based on historical voting patterns as calculated by the contest's official televoting partner Digame.
Drawing from different pots helps in reducing the chance of so-called neighbour voting and increasing suspense in the semi-finals. Sweden and Germany were pre-allocated to vote and perform in the first and second semi-final respectively due to requests from their respective broadcaster, which were approved by the EBU.
The interval acts of both semi-finals were sketches choreographed by Fredrik Rydman: The EBU announced on 9 May that one of the interval acts of the final would be a world premiere live performance of " Can't Stop the Feeling!
During the live broadcast of the final on Logo TV in the United States, Timberlake's performance was replaced by a reprise of "The Grey People" from the first semi-final.
In an interview with The Guardian , the contest's Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand , revealed that this was due to rights restrictions.
Participating countries had until 15 September to submit their applications for participation in the contest, and until 10 October to withdraw their applications without facing financial sanctions.
Four countries returned after absences from recent contests: Bosnia and Herzegovina after a , Bulgaria and Croatia after and Ukraine after a Australia also returned after debuting as a special guest in , but by invitation of the EBU due to the associate membership status of the Special Broadcasting Service.
However, instead of pre-qualifying for the final and voting in all three live shows, as was the case in , Australia entered the second semi-final and voted only in that semi-final and the final.
Portugal withdrew, largely due to their national broadcaster's insufficient promotion of their music-based media, as well as a poorly structured selection process,  while Romania were forcefully withdrawn from participation on 22 April due to repeated non-payment of debts by their national broadcaster to the EBU.
Seven artists returned after having previously participated in the contest. Deen returned after previously representing Bosnia and Herzegovina in , finishing ninth in the final with the song " In The Disco ".
Kaliopi returned after previously representing Macedonia in , finishing 13th in the final with the song " Crno i belo ". She was also selected to represent Macedonia in with "Samo ti", but was eliminated in a non-televised pre-qualifying round.
Poli Genova returned after previously representing Bulgaria in , finishing 12th in the second semi-final with the song " Na inat ".
Ira Losco returned after previously representing Malta in , finishing in second place with the song " 7th Wonder ".
Donny Montell returned after previously representing Lithuania in , finishing 14th in the final with the song " Love Is Blind ".
Eighteen countries participated in the first semi-final. France , Spain , and Sweden voted in this semi-final.
Eighteen countries participated in the second semi-final. Germany , Italy , and the United Kingdom voted in this semi-final. The running order for the final was revealed after the second semi-final qualifiers' press conference on 13 May.
Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points 12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting to the specified entrant. Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's professional jury in the first semi-final:.
Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's televote in the first semi-final:. Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points award by each country's professional jury in the second semi-final:.
Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's televote in the second semi-final:. Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's professional jury in the final:.
While no country received nul points when the two sets of points were combined, the Czech Republic received nul points in televoting.
Eligibility for potential participation in the Eurovision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active EBU membership that would be able to broadcast the contest via the Eurovision network.
However, because the official album of the contest had been produced before the withdrawal, the planned Romanian entry, "Moment of Silence", performed by Ovidiu Anton, would remain on both digital and physical copies of the album.
However, his selection was criticised due to his history of expressing far-right political views in his actions and lyrics, including a speech made at a protest in supporting the assertion that the German Reich continues to exist within its pre-World War II borders , his propagation of conspiracy theories surrounding the September 11 attacks and the financial crisis , and a song in which he referred to Baron Rothschild as "Baron Deadschild" and a " schmuck ", as well as a collaboration with Kool Savas titled "Wo sind sie jetzt?
Critics of his selection included Johannes Kahrs , who branded the decision "unspeakable and embarrassing", the Amadeu Antonio Foundation and Bild.
In light of the negative response and the need to quickly decide a new selection process, NDR withdrew its proposal to send Naidoo on 21 November.
ARD co-ordinator Thomas Schreiber stated that "Xavier Naidoo is a brilliant singer who is, according to my own opinion, neither racist nor homophobe.
It was clear that his nomination would polarise opinions, but we were surprised about the negative response. The Eurovision Song Contest is a fun event, in which music and the understanding between European people should be the focus.
This characteristic must be kept at all costs. The EBU announced on 10 May that they were investigating reports of possible rule violations after Russian jury member Anastasia Stotskaya streamed footage of the Russian jury deliberation during the dress rehearsal of the first semi-final on 9 May on the live-streaming social media site Periscope.
The video also shows jury members on their phones during other performances, as well as a glimpse of Stotskaya's voting result, which also included notes evaluating performances.
The rules of the contest stipulate that all jury members are to evaluate performances individually, without discussing the results with other jury members, a stipulation that was clearly violated by the Russian jury.
The EBU released a statement later on 10 May, stating that following talks with Russia-1 , the broadcaster proposed to withdraw Stotskaya, declaring her voting results to be invalid, and provide a replacement judge for the final on 14 May.
The statement also clarified that the other four jury members submitted a valid jury vote. The EBU also stated that while streaming a video online from the jury deliberation is not considered to be a breach of the rules of the contest, so long as individual rankings, combined rankings or jury points are kept confidential until after the final, it regards Stotskaya's actions "as not in keeping with the spirit of the contest and potentially prejudicial as it imposes a potential risk of accidentally revealing results".
In ensuring the apolitical nature of the contest and the safety of attendees, the EBU released an official flag policy on 29 April , which included a list of flags which would be banned from the three live shows.
The EBU issued a statement later on 29 April, clarifying that it was not their intention to publish such a document, while acknowledging that the decision to publish a selection of flags of organisations and territories, each of which were "of a very different nature", was an insensitive one, and apologised for any offence caused by the publication of the original flag policy.
The EBU also called on both the Ericsson Globe and the contest's official ticketing partner AXS to publish an updated flag policy which did not include examples of banned flags.
The EBU released another statement on 6 May, stating that after discussing the matter with several participating delegations, the organisers of the contest had "agreed to relax the flag policy, and to allow national, regional and local flags of the participants" such as the Welsh flag as Joe Woolford , representing the United Kingdom as part of Joe and Jake, is Welsh and the Sami flag as Agnete , representing Norway, is of Sami heritage , as well as the flags of all UN member states, the flag of the EU and the rainbow flag, as stated in the original flag policy.
The EBU also proposed a more tolerant approach to other flags as long as attendees respect the apolitical nature of the contest and do not attempt to deliberately obstruct the camera views.
Such a proposal was approved by the contest's Reference Group. The Spanish Embassy in Stockholm filed a formal complaint to Swedish police on 15 May after a Spanish citizen carrying the flag of the Basque Country had his flag confiscated by security personnel and was asked along with two of his compatriots to leave the venue.
After an urgent intervention by the Spanish Consul, who was present in the arena, the flag was returned to the attendees and they were permitted to return to the venue.
Despite the official flag policy published by the EBU allowing only "national, regional and local flags of the participants" and banning the flag of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic ,  during the first voting recap of the first semi-final on 10 May, Armenian artist Iveta Mukuchyan was filmed in the green room holding the flag of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, sparking condemnation from the Azerbaijani press.
I want peace everywhere. The EBU and the contest's Reference Group released a joint statement on 11 May, strongly condemning Mukuchyan's actions during the first voting recap of the first semi-final and considering it "harmful" to the overall image of the contest.
The Reference Group consequently sanctioned Public Television of Armenia AMPTV , citing a breach of the rule stating that "no messages promoting any organisation, institution, political cause or other causes shall be allowed in the shows".
Furthermore, the Reference Group has pointed out that a further breach of the rules of the contest could lead to disqualification from the contest or future contests.
BT revealed on 15 May that Danish professional jury member Hilda Heick had submitted her ranking for the final and the semifinal 2 the wrong way round,  ranking her favourite entry 26th while ranking her least-favourite entry first, in direct opposition to what she had intended to do.
The United Kingdom and Ukraine both would have failed to receive any points from the Danish jury. While the overall result was not affected, the margin between second-placed Australia and first-placed Ukraine would have been reduced from 23 points to nine.
A petition was started on Change. The EBU went on to say that Ukraine will remain the winner, regardless of the petition's view.
A video surfaced depicting Ukrainian Eurovision winner Jamala performing four months before the eligibility date for prior commercial releases. The winners were revealed shortly before the final on 14 May.
The table below shows the top 5 results. The Barbara Dex Award was annually awarded by the fan website House of Eurovision since , and is a humorous award given to the worst dressed artist each year in the contest.
It is named after the Belgian artist, Barbara Dex , who came last in the , in which she wore her own self designed dress. After twenty editions, ended up being the final edition that the Barbara Dex Award was organised by House of Eurovision,  as they handed the reigns to another website, songfestival.
It was reported by the EBU that the contest was viewed by a worldwide television audience of over million viewers,   beating the record which was viewed by million.
The spokespersons announced the point score from their respective country's national jury in the following order: Sehen Sie hier im Überblick, wer wann und wo in der Runde der letzten vier aufeinander trifft.
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Dies könnte künftig öfters passieren. Dänemark - Frankreich 0: Das Land ist euphorisiert, die Mannschaft atmet auf - aber das ist auch der Moment, um zu sagen, dass spielerisch wenig zusammenläuft" , schrieb die Zeitung "Correio da Manha" nach dem Sieg gegen Polen.
Saudi-Arabien - Ägypten 2: Trotzdem sollte Deutschland unter normalen Umständen sicher ins Viertelfinale einziehen.
In the quarter-finals, the holders France were unable to cope with Greece's determination and crashed to defeat.
The final itself in Lisbon was a tightly fought affair. Portugal, coached by Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari, had battled back from that opening-day shock, and were desperate to give their fans a memorable climax.
But the Greeks had other ideas. As in previous matches, a no-nonsense defence marshalled by the tough central defender Traianos Dellas, a combative midfield led by eventual player of the tournament Theodoris Zagorakis, and an opportunist striker in the shape of Angelos Charisteas broke Portugal's hearts.
A single Charisteas header from a corner near the hour-mark gave Greece a triumph that was beyond their wildest dreams. For some of the continents biggest stars the tournament was clouded with disappointment.
England and David Beckham promised much, fired by brilliant teenage striker Wayne Rooney, but fell to Portugal in a dramatic quarter-final penalty shoot-out.
Spain failed to get out of second gear, and the much-fancied Dutch came unstuck against Portugal in the semi-final. Ultimately, it was a team without recognisable stars that conquered Europe.
Greece's stunning success provided an example to the rest of the continent: Eurovision Song Contest winner: Ruslana Ukraine singing Wild Dances.
Nobel Peace Prize winner: Wangari Maathai for contribution towards sustainable development and peace, Kenya. Men's Olympic m champion: