2006 has been the year of the promotion tours. After Ruslana and Helena Paparizou toured Europe and ended their Eurovision Song Contest adventure with a victory, several of this year's participants travelled around Europe, trying to enlarge their potentials.
15 countries, 1 point
Fabrizio Faniello, Malta's representative at this year's Eurovision Song Contest, is probably the most unfortunate example. Visiting Ukraine, Germany, Romania, Belgium, the Netherlands, Croatia, Slovenia, Andorra, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Cyprus, Latvia, Bulgaria and Greece was not enough to bring him more than the 1 point he received… from Albania, the country he didn't visit to promote I do.
All countries, 20th place in the semifinal
Treble from the Netherlands visited all 37 participating countries, after they promised the Dutch audience to do so when they would win the national final. They came 20th in the semifinal of this year's contest and thus didn't qualify for the final.
Mihai Traistariu, who represented Romania with Tornero, visited Greece, Slovenia, Malta, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Monaco, Spain, Germany, Croatia, Bulgaria and Moldova to promote his entry. He came 4th in the final, a respectable place. He received 12 points from Spain and Moldova, 10 from Cyprus and Malta, which he all visited. But Mihai also got 10 points from Israel and Portugal, countries he didn't visit to promote his song.
Armenian singer Andre hardly did any promotion at all in the countries where he received his 10 and 12 points from. The band with singers from six different countries, that represented Switzerland, could only count on 12 points from Malta.
Belgian representative Kate Ryan visited more than 10 countries to promote her Je t'adore. Not even half of her points comes from the countries she visited.
No big tours
The winners of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, Lordi, didn't do any big promotion tours through Europe. Although visiting some countries on his way to Athens, Dima Bilan didn't cross Europe either, nor did Bosnia & Herzegovina Hari Mata Hari.
Although some participants with an extensive promotion schedule did very well, others didn't reach a high position in the final or even failed to qualify for the final. Those who did an extensive amount of promotion and reached a high position, generally received points from all over Europe and not just from the countries they visited.
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