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The show

Grand Final
Saturday, 29 May, 2010, 19:00
First Semi-Final
Tuesday, 25 May, 2010, 19:00
Second Semi-Final
Thursday, 27 May, 2010, 19:00
Location
Telenor Arena, Oslo, Norway
Host broadcaster
NRK
Presented by
Erik Solbakken, Haddy Jatou N'jie & Nadia Hasnaoui
Executive Producer
Jon Ola Sand
EBU Supervisor
Svante Stockselius
TV Director
Ole Jørgen Grønlund & Kim Strømstad

The contest

Number of participants
39
Winner

The show

Grand Final
Saturday, 29 May, 2010, 19:00
First Semi-Final
Tuesday, 25 May, 2010, 19:00
Second Semi-Final
Thursday, 27 May, 2010, 19:00
Location
Telenor Arena, Oslo, Norway
Host broadcaster
NRK
Presented by
Erik Solbakken, Haddy Jatou N'jie & Nadia Hasnaoui
Executive Producer
Jon Ola Sand
EBU Supervisor
Svante Stockselius
TV Director
Ole Jørgen Grønlund & Kim Strømstad

The 2010 Eurovision Song Contest was held in the capital of Norway, Oslo. 39 countries took part in the contest, which had two Semi-Finals and a Grand Final.

Thirty-nine countries took part in the 2010 contest, which was produced under the slogan Share the Moment. Georgia returned after a one year absence whilst Andorra, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Montenegro all withdrew. Lithuania originally announced its withdrawal from the competition, but was later among the 39 participants confirmed by the EBU. The global financial crisis was affecting many participating broadcasters at the time and many withdrawals were due to budgetary constrains.
The interval act involved a flashmob including participants from across Europe. The outdoor footage was intercut with webcam footage from individual private households - Europe really was sharing the moment.

About the winner

While she had been the main favourite to win for months, still, the victory of Lena for Germany with her song Satellite still came as a total surprise for many. Her simplistic performance gathered votes across Europe and became one of the biggest hits in Europe.
She went on to defend her title the year after and managed to earn another a top 10 position with her entry Taken By A Stranger.

Facts and figures

  • Spain’s entry had to be performed again as the original performance was interrupted by a stage invasion. 
  • The Norwegian broadcaster had decided they wanted to take the contest back to the basics and after the contest in 2009, where LEDs were widely used, they used none. The 2010 was produced on a considerably lower budget than the year before. 
  • Some delegations, including the UK and Ireland travelled to Oslo by boat after the eruptions of the Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajökull, which caused widespread disruption to air travel across Europe.

The contest

Number of participants
39
Winner

Participants & Results

R/O
Country
Artist
Song
Points
Ranking
01AzerbaijanSafuraDrip Drop1455
02SpainDaniel DigesAlgo Pequeñito (Something Tiny)6815
03NorwayDidrik Solli-TangenMy Heart Is Yours3520
04MoldovaSunstroke Project & Olia TiraRun Away2722
05CyprusJon Lilygreen & The IslandersLife Looks Better In Spring2721
06Bosnia & HerzegovinaVukašin BrajićThunder And Lightning5117
07BelgiumTom DiceMe And My Guitar1436
08SerbiaMilan StankovićOvo Je Balkan7213
09Belarus3+2Butterflies1824
10IrelandNiamh KavanaghIt's For You2523
11GreeceGreeceGiorgos Alkaios & FriendsOPA1408
12United KingdomJoshThat Sounds Good To Me1025
13GeorgiaSofia Nizharadze Shine1369
14TurkeymaNgaWe Could Be The Same1702
15AlbaniaJuliana PashaIt's All About You6216
16IcelandHera BjörkJe Ne Sais Quoi4119
17UkraineAlyoshaSweet People10810
18FranceJessy MatadorAllez Olla Olé8212
19RomaniaPaula Seling & OviPlaying With Fire1623
20RussiaPeter Nalitch & FriendsLost And Forgotten9011
21ArmeniaEva RivasApricot Stone1417
22GermanyLenaSatellite2461
23PortugalFilipa AzevedoHá Dias Assim4318
24IsraelHarel SkaatMilim7114
25DenmarkChanée & N'evergreenIn A Moment Like This1494
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