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Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest was a television programme organized by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to commemorate the Eurovision Song Contest's fiftieth anniversary and to determine the Contest's most popular entrant of its fifty years. It took place at Forum, Copenhagen on 22 October 2005. The host broadcaster was Danmarks Radio (DR). Fourteen songs from the Contest's first half-century, chosen through an internet poll and by a jury, contested the event. Thirty-one EBU-member countries broadcast the concert (although the United Kingdom, Italy and France did not) and televoting and juries in these countries decided the winner. 2.5 million votes were cast in total on the night.
The event was hosted by Katrina Leskanich and Renārs Kaupers. The event was won by Swedish group ABBA, performing "Waterloo"; the band had originally won the Contest for Sweden in 1974.
To coincide with the event, the EBU released two CDs featuring Eurovision songs from the previous fifty years. Two DVDs with original Eurovision performances of these songs were also released.
In June 2004, the European Broadcasting Union announced that it was to hold a concert to celebrate fifty years of the Eurovision Song Contest. The event was to be held on 16 October 2005 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England. The BBC was to host the concert. The Royal Albert Hall was reportedly unavailable, so in August 2004 the EBU announced that DR would stage the event instead. Eurovision Song Contest supervisor Svante Stockselius said that Denmark's previous experience of hosting Eurovision events (the 2001 Contest and the first Junior Eurovision Song Contest) were influential in the Union's choice. Former Eurovision winner Dana International, who appeared at the event, later went to suggest that the reason behind the change of host country was also due to the fact that the BBC wanted to present the show "with humour" as thought to poke fun at the Contest, an idea that proved to be less popular with the EBU. The event was codenamed Extravaganza. On 25 October 2004 Copenhagen was confirmed as the host city for the event, which was now scheduled to take place on 22 October 2005. In May 2005 Congratulations was confirmed as the official name of the concert. A month later DR announced that Forum Copenhagen would host the programme. On 9 September 2005 DR announced that Katrina Leskanich and Renārs Kaupers would present the concert. Leskanich was the lead singer of Katrina and The Waves, who won the Contest for the United Kingdom in 1997. Kaupers is the lead singer of Latvian group Brainstorm, who represented Latvia on its debut in the Contest in 2000.
Fourteen songs would compete in Congratulations. In May 2005 the EBU opened a poll on its website to decide ten songs that would contest the event. Voters chose their two favorite songs from each of five decades: 1956 to 1965, 1966 to 1975, 1976 to 1985, 1986 to 1995 and 1996 to 2005. The remaining four songs would be selected by the EBU's Reference Group. On 16 June 2005 the fourteen chosen songs were announced, although no indication was given as to which had been chosen online and which by the Reference Group.

Song

Artist

Songwriters

Year

Country

Nel blu dipinto di blu

Domenico Modugno

Domenico Modugno, Franco Migliacci

1958

Italy

Poupée de cire, poupée de son

France Gall

Serge Gainsbourg

1965

Luxembourg

Congratulations

Cliff Richard

Phil Coulter, Bill Martin

1968

United Kingdom

Eres tú

Mocedades

Juan Carlos Calderon

1973

Spain

Waterloo

ABBA

Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Stikkan Anderson

1974

Sweden

Save Your Kisses for Me

Brotherhood of Man

Tony Hiller, Lee Sheriden, Martin Lee

1976

United Kingdom

What's Another Year?

Johnny Logan

Shay Healy

1980

Ireland

Ein bißchen Frieden

Nicole

Ralph Siegel, Bernd Meinunger

1982

Germany

Hold Me Now

Johnny Logan

Johnny Logan

1987

Ireland

Ne partez pas sans moi

Celine Dion

Nella Martinetti, Atilla Şereftuğ

1988

Switzerland

Diva

Dana International

Yoav Ginai, Svika Pik

1998

Israel

Fly on the Wings of Love

Olsen Brothers

Jørgen Olsen

2000

Denmark

Every Way That I Can

Sertab Erener

Sertab Erener, Demir Demirkan

2003

Turkey

My Number One

Helena Paparizou

Christos Dantis, Natalia Germanou

2005

Greece

 

Both juries and televoting were used at Congratulations; both having an equal influence over the vote. In the first round of voting, the number of songs was reduced to five. Each country awarded points from one to eight, then ten and finally twelve for their ten most popular songs. Unlike in the Contest proper, viewers were allowed to vote for songs which had represented their country. The top five songs were then subjected to another round of voting, where only six points and above were awarded. The voting was conducted in private, and the results were not announced until after the show. The song with the most points in the second round was the winner.

First Round

Draw

Song

1st round

Place

1

Congratulations

105

8

2

What's Another Year?

74

12

3

Diva

39

13

4

Eres tú

90

11

5

Ein bisschen Frieden

106

7

6

Nel blu dipinto di blu

200

2

7

Waterloo

331

1

8

Fly on the Wings of Love

111

6

9

Poupée de cire, poupée de son

37

14

10

Every Way That I Can

104

9

11

Ne partez pas sans moi

98

10

12

Hold Me Now

182

3

13

Save Your Kisses for Me

154

5

14

My Number One

167

4

 

Second Round

Song

2nd round

Place

Waterloo

329

1

Nel blu dipinto di blu

267

2

Hold Me Now

262

3

My Number One

245

4

Save Your Kisses for Me

230

5

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