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The show

Semi-Final
Thursday, 18 May, 2006, 19:00
Grand Final
Saturday, 20 May, 2006, 19:00
Location
Olympic Indoor Hall, Athens, Greece
Host broadcaster
GreeceERT
Presented by
Maria Menounos & Sakis Rouvas
Executive Producer
Fotini Yannoulatou
EBU Supervisor
Svante Stockselius
TV Director
Volker Weicker
Interval Act
Helena Paparizou, Foteini Darra & Sakis Rouvas

The show

Semi-Final
Thursday, 18 May, 2006, 19:00
Grand Final
Saturday, 20 May, 2006, 19:00
Location
Olympic Indoor Hall, Athens, Greece
Host broadcaster
GreeceERT
Presented by
Maria Menounos & Sakis Rouvas
Executive Producer
Fotini Yannoulatou
EBU Supervisor
Svante Stockselius
TV Director
Volker Weicker
Interval Act
Helena Paparizou, Foteini Darra & Sakis Rouvas

With the Eurovision Song Contest already enjoying enormous popularity in Greece, Helena Paparizou's victory in 2005 created the perfect circumstances to organise the show. Under the Greek sun, the 2006 contest took place in Athens!

Unpredictable as ever

Carola, who won the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden in 1991 and finished third in 1983, returned to the contest with her song Invincible, was widely tipped to do well. Another hotly tipped winner was Russian singer Dima Bilan with his song Never Let You Go. 
German group Texas Lightning did well in at the bookmakers with their refreshing pop-country song No No Never, but the song only managed a disappointing 14th place. Anna Vissi, the Greek pop queen who had already participated in the song contest in 1980 and 1982, had high hopes to win the competition with her dramatic performance of Everything.

About the winner

Not many experts expected the masked hardrockers Lordi to win the trophy. With their Hard Rock Hallelujah and their performance filled with spectacular pyrotechnical effects, the Finns managed to win the contest with 292 points, the highest amount of points ever achieved at that time. Lordi went on to have lots of success with their song which made the top 10 in dozens of European charts.

Facts and figures

  • In order to save time only the points 8, 10 and 12 were read out by the national spokespersons. Points 1 to 7 were automatically added to the scoreboard. 
  • Nana Mouskouri, who represented Luxembourg in the 1963 contest, appeared on-stage during the Grand Final.
  • The slogan in 2006 was Feel The Rhythm.

Participants & Results

R/O
Country
Artist
Song
Points
Ranking
01ArmeniaAndréWithout Your Love1506
02BulgariaMariana PopovaLet Me Cry3617
03SloveniaAnžej DežanMr. Nobody4916
04AndorraJenniferSense Tu823
05BelarusPolina SmolovaMum1022
06AlbaniaLuiz EjlliZjarr E Ftohtë5814
07BelgiumKate RyanJe T'adore6912
08IrelandBrian KennedyEvery Song Is A Cry For Love799
09CyprusAnnet ArtaniWhy Angels Cry5715
10MonacoSéverine FerrerLa Coco-dance1421
11F.Y.R. MacedoniaElena RisteskaNinanajna7610
12PolandIch TrojeFollow My Heart7011
13RussiaDima BilanNever Let You Go2173
14TurkeySibel TüzünSuperstar918
15UkraineTina KarolShow Me Your Love1467
16FinlandLordiHard Rock Hallelujah2921
17The NetherlandsTrebleAmambanda2220
18LithuaniaLT UnitedWe Are The Winners1635
19PortugalNonstopCoisas De Nada2619
20SwedenCarolaInvincible2144
21EstoniaSandraThrough My Window2818
22Bosnia & HerzegovinaHari Mata HariLejla2672
23IcelandSilvia NightCongratulations6213
24Serbia & MontenegroWithdrew from the competition, but still voted24
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