Greek Contestant Wins Eurovision

Published: 2005-05-24
Helena Paparizou of Greece won the 2005 Eurovision song contest in Keiv, Ukraine, with her performance of "My Number One." Many oddsmakers favoured Paparizou going into Saturday night's finals. Greeks reacted with joy and exhilaration, with many people taking to the streets in celebration.

Eurovision was first staged in 1956 and introduced the world to such artists as ABBA (1974) and Canadian Celine Dion, who won under the Swiss flag in 1988. Paparizou previously performed at Eurovision in 2001 with the band Antique, garnering a third-place finish.

Ukraine's Greenjolly stirred up controversy by playing "Razom Nas Bahato (Together We Are Many)." Protestors sang the song during last year's "Orange Revolution," which paved the way for new elections and ultimately handed the presidency to the Western-oriented Viktor Yushchenko. Based on the choice of song, critics accused the new Ukrainian government of manipulating the vote that picked the group.

Other notable contenders in the contest included Norway's Wig Wam, second place finisher Chiara from Malta, and Romania's Luminita Anghel, who placed third.

Writer: Trent McMartin

   

 

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HI I AM FROM GREECE! IN MY OPINION HELENA DESERVED TO GET THIS REWARD BECAUSE SHE IS GREAT SINGER AND HER SONG IS AMAZING. WELL DONE HELENA! GREECE ARE PROUD OF YOU!
Posted by: Anonymous on May 28, 2005
bravo ellena!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
eisai i mia kai monadiki.Se efxaristo para poly gia tin xara kai tin yperifania pou mas edoses!!!!!!!!!!!!
Filia apo tin rodo
Posted by: Anonymous on May 28, 2005
it was a good piece, however you need to listen to the hungarian entree to see who truly deserved to win
Posted by: Anonymous on June 01, 2005
im from macedonia and i think ellena is great and her song is very beutiful. she is the nomber one
Posted by: Anonymous on June 07, 2005
Hallo every body, I'm half belge half greek. I live in Luxembourg. I was in Greece when that beautiful song for one time won. We are the champions, we are the champions. Now we see did we go to the moundial. Go Greece!!!!!
Posted by: Anonymous on June 09, 2005
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