A night to remember

by John Egan 211 views

What records were set? Who's happy and who has reasons to be sad. Esctoday.com summed up some interesting facts from last night's show.

Having first entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, Greece now holds the record for longest time between first entry and first win: 31 years. Congratulations Helena Paparizou!

Malta's Chiara finished a strong second with 192 points, but only received douze points from one country: Russia! Well done Chiara!

Last year's qualifiers from the semifinal dominated the final, with 5 of the top 7 places including the top 3. This year's top 2 finishers had already qualified based on their 2004 result (Greece & Malta), though places 3 through 6 were again taken by songs from this year's semifinal

Romania won the semifinal and finished third in the final. Israel qualified 7th but moved up to 4th tonight. Latvia qualified 10th but finished 4th. Moldova was 2nd in the semifinal but 6th in the final.

The Big 4 are also the Bottom 4 this year. That means only the top 10 from tonight – Greece, Malta, Romania, Israel, Latvia, Moldova, Serbia & Montenegro, Switzerland, Norway and Denmark – are directly qualified for next year's final.

Sweden finished 19th, their worst result since 1992, when they finished 22nd

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