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The Sound Of Europe 2 was the 2nd edition of the Sound Of Europe. It took place in Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, Sweden, following Sweden's victory with Molly Sandén and her song "Freak". This was the first time that Sweden hosted the contest. The 2nd edition consisted of three semi-finals, which took place on 30 April 2015, and a final, held on 6 May 2015. The shows were presented by Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw while Molly Sandén was hosting the green room. Forty-four countries participated in the 2nd edition.

Once all the votes had been announced, based on 50% jury and 50% televoting, Cyprus won the contest, with  Polina Christodoulou's song "Eleni Tis Nichtas".

Location Edit

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous city in the Nordic countries; 932,917 people live in the municipality, approximately 1.5 million in the urban area, and 2.3 million in the metropolitan area. The city is spread across 14 islands on the coast in the southeast of Sweden at the mouth of Lake Mälaren, by the Stockholm archipelago and the Baltic Sea. The area has been settled since the Stone Age, in the 6th millennium BC, and was founded as a city in 1252 by a Swedish statesman Birger Jarl. It is also the capital of Stockholm County.

Stockholm is the cultural, media, political, and economic centre of Sweden. The Stockholm region alone accounts for over a third of the country's GDP, and is among the top 10 regions in Europe by GDP per capita. It is an important global city, and the main centre for corporate headquarters in the Nordic region. The city is home to some of Europe's top ranking universities, such as the Stockholm School of Economics, Karolinska Institute and Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). It hosts the annual Nobel Prize ceremonies and banquet at the Stockholm Concert Hall and Stockholm City Hall. One of the city's most prized museums, the Vasa Museum, is the most visited non-art museum in Scandinavia. The Stockholm metro, opened in 1950, is well known for its decoration of the stations; it has been called the longest art gallery in the world. Sweden's national football arena is located north of the city centre, in Solna. Ericsson Globe, the national indoor arena, is in the southern part of the city. The city was the host of the 1912 Summer Olympics, and hosted the equestrian portion of the 1956 Summer Olympics otherwise held in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Stockholm is the seat of the Swedish government and most of its agencies, including the highest courts in the judiciary, and the official residencies of the Swedish monarch and the Prime Minister. The government has its seat in the Rosenbad building, the Riksdag is seated in the Parliament House, and the Prime Minister's residence is adjacent at the Sager House. The Stockholm Palace is the official residence and principal workplace of the Swedish monarch, while the Drottningholm Palace, a World Heritage Site on the outskirts of Stockholm, serves as the Royal Family's private residence.

Venue Edit

The contest took place in the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, following Sweden's victory at the 1st edition of the contest in Athens with the song "Freak", performed by Molly Sandén . The Ericsson Globe has a capacity of approximately 16,000 attendees.

Format Edit

The edition consisted of three semi-finals and a final. The seven countries with the highest scores in all semi-finals qualified to the final. However, Hungary and San Marino disqualified from the semi-final 2 while Monaco disqualified from semi-final 3 (for more info. see Incidents section)

Each participating country had their own national jury, which consisted of five professional members of the music industry. Each member of a respective nation's jury was required to rank every song, except that of their own country. The voting results from each member of a particular nation's jury were combined to produce an overall ranking from first to last place. Likewise, the televoting results were also interpreted as a full ranking, taking into account the full televoting result rather than just the top ten. The combination of the jury's full ranking and the televote's full ranking produced an overall ranking of all competing entries. The song which scored the highest overall rank received 12 points, while the tenth-best ranked song received 1 point.

Running order Edit

The final running order of the competing performances at the semi-finals and the final were decided by the producer of the show and approved by the Executive Producer, the Executive Supervisor, the CBU and the Reference Group.

Presenters Edit

On 11 April 2015, SVT announced that Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw  were the hosts of the 2nd edition. Molly Sandén, previous edition's winner, was also chosen as host of the green room.

National host broadcaster Edit

During an initial meeting between the host broadcaster SVT and CBU (Contest Broadcasting Union) in 16 April 2015, the representatives of the core organising team were selected. Merfi Amadeus was announced as the executive producer and Kostas Bouris as the executive supervisor.

Participants Edit

On 6 April 2015, it was announced that forty-four countries would participate in the 2nd edition of the Sound Of Europe.

Big 5 Edit

Country Artist Song Language
23px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Sweden Zara Larsson Uncover English
23px-Flag_of_Turkey.svg.png Turkey Atiye feat İskender Paydaş Yetmez Turkish
23px-Flag_of_Poland.svg.png Poland Sylwia Grzeszczak Kiedy Tylko Spojrzę Polish
23px-Flag_of_France.svg.png France Barbara Opsomer Je Sors Ce Soir French
23px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Italy Tiziano Ferro La Differenza Tra Me E Te Italian

Semi-final 1 Edit

13 countries took part in the first semi-final. The seven songs in places 1 to 7 qualified for the final and are marked in orange. Sweden and Turkey voted from the Big 5.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01 23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany Linda Hesse Verbotene Liebe German 12 49
02 23px-Flag_of_Macedonia.svg.png FYR Macedonia Shpat Kasapi Casanova Albanian 9 56
03 23px-Flag_of_Malta.svg.png Malta Ira Losco feat David Leguess The Person I Am English 7 62
04 23px-Flag_of_Slovakia.svg.png Slovakia Celeste Buckingham Love In Your Soul English 2 92
05 23px-Flag_of_Bulgaria.svg.png Bulgaria Zhana Bergendorff Samuray Bulgarian 13 48
06 23px-Flag_of_Lithuania.svg.png Lithuania GJan Nobody Around English 6 70
07 23px-Flag_of_Ukraine.svg.png Ukraine Mika Newton Come Out And Play English 3 86
08 23px-Flag_of_Finland.svg.png Finland Anna Abreu Right In Front Of You English 10 53
09 23px-Flag_of_Austria.svg.png Austria Anna F. Too Far English 5 74
10 23px-Flag_of_Romania.svg.png Romania Alexandra Stan feat. Connect-R Vanilla Chocolat French, English 11 51
11 23px-Flag_of_Estonia.svg.png Estonia Getter Jaani NYC Taxi English 4 77
12 23px-Flag_of_Azerbaijan.svg.png Azerbaijan Nikki Jamal Can't Let You Go English 8 57
13 23px-Flag_of_Slovenia.svg.png Slovenia Maraaya Lovin' Me English 1 94

Semi-final 2 Edit

13 countries took part in the first semi-final. The seven songs in places 1 to 7 qualified for the final and are marked in orange. Sweden and Poland voted from the Big 5. Hungary and San Marino were disqualified.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Ireland Ryan Dolan Start Again English 3 61
02 23px-Flag_of_Croatia.svg.png Croatia Severina & Učiteljice Generale Croatian 4 58
03 22px-Flag_of_Andorra.svg.png Andorra Miquel Abras Em Mires Et Miro I Rius Catalan 10 43
04 23px-Flag_of_Armenia.svg.png Armenia Eva Rivas Veradardz Armenian 5 55
05 21px-Flag_of_Norway.svg.png Norway Astrid 2AM English 8 52
06 23px-Flag_of_Hungary.svg.png Hungary Kállay Saunders feat. Rebstar Tonight English 13 (DSQ) 0
07 21px-Flag_of_Albania.svg.png Albania Arilena Ara Aeroplan Albanian 7 55
08 23px-Flag_of_Georgia.svg.png Georgia Nodiko Tatishvili Minda Shentan Viko Georgian 11 33
09 23px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png United Kingdom Melanie C Think About It English 2 63
10 20px-Flag_of_San_Marino.svg.png San Marino Valentina Monetta L'amore Verrà Italian

13 (DSQ)

0
11 21px-Flag_of_Israel.svg.png Israel Roked Im Hakeev Peer Tasi Hebrew 6 55
12 23px-Flag_of_Russia.svg.png Russia Sergey Lazarev 7 Tsifr Russian 1 76
13 23px-Flag_of_Belgium_%28civil%29.svg.png Belgium Lara Fabian I Will Love Again English 9 46

Semi-final 3 Edit

13 countries took part in the first semi-final. The seven songs in places 1 to 7 qualified for the final and are marked in orange. France and Italy voted from the Big 5. Monaco was disqualified.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01 23px-Flag_of_Cyprus.svg.png Cyprus Polina Christodoulou Eleni Tis Nichtas Greek 4 82
02 23px-Flag_of_Greece.svg.png Greece Sakis Rouvas feat. Sirusho See Engish 10 58
03 21px-Flag_of_Iceland.svg.png Iceland Thorsteinn Einarsson Leya English 2 93
04 16px-Flag_of_Switzerland.svg.png Switzerland Paolo Meneguzzi Musica Italian 5 82
05 23px-Flag_of_Bosnia_and_Herzegovina.svg.png Bosnia and Herzegovina Maya Sar feat. Marijan Brkic Brk O Meni Nikom Ne Pricaj Bosnian 8 64
06 23px-Flag_of_Moldova.svg.png Moldova Mishelle feat Randi Only You English 1 95
07 19px-Flag_of_Monaco.svg.png Monaco Zaz Paris Sera Toujours Paris French 13(DSQ) 0
08 23px-Flag_of_the_Netherlands.svg.png Netherlands Eva Simons I Don't Like You English 9 59
09 Flag_of_Serbia.png Serbia Zeljko Joksimovic & Tony Cetinski Zabluda Serbian 6 76
10 23px-Flag_of_Portugal.svg.png Portugal Carolina Deslandes feat. Agir Mountains English 3 83
11 23px-Flag_of_Belarus.svg.png Belarus Bianka Muzika Belarusian 7 69
12 23px-Flag_of_Latvia.svg.png Latvia Bermudu Divsturis Boja Latvian 12 35
13 23px-Flag_of_Montenegro.svg.png Montenegro Boban Rajovic feat. Buki Skandal Bahato Montenegrin 11 42

Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01 23px-Flag_of_Russia.svg.png Russia Sergey Lazarev 7 Tsifr Russian 8 107
02 23px-Flag_of_Austria.svg.png Austria Anna F. Too Far English 10 105
03 23px-Flag_of_Slovakia.svg.png Slovakia Celeste Buckingham Love In Your Soul English 4 120
04 23px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Sweden Zara Larsson Uncover English 2 125
05 23px-Flag_of_France.svg.png France Barbara Opsomer Je Sors Ce Soir French 23 65
06 23px-Flag_of_Cyprus.svg.png Cyprus Polina Christodoulou Eleni Tis Nichtas Greek 1 131
07 23px-Flag_of_Ukraine.svg.png Ukraine Mika Newton Come Out And Play English 17 80
08 23px-Flag_of_Slovenia.svg.png Slovenia Maraaya Lovin' Me English 6 116
09 23px-Flag_of_Lithuania.svg.png Lithuania GJan Nobody Around English 25 44
10 23px-Flag_of_Estonia.svg.png Estonia Getter Jaani NYC Taxi English 9 106
11 23px-Flag_of_Turkey.svg.png Turkey Atiye feat İskender Paydaş Yetmez Turkish 19 76
12 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Ireland Ryan Dolan Start Again English 3 120
13 23px-Flag_of_Poland.svg.png Poland Sylwia Grzeszczak Kiedy Tylko Spojrz Polish 12 99
14 21px-Flag_of_Iceland.svg.png Iceland Thorsteinn Einarsson Leya English 16 80
15 21px-Flag_of_Albania.svg.png Albania Arilena Ara Aeroplan Albanian 5 116
16 23px-Flag_of_Croatia.svg.png Croatia Severina feat. Učiteljice Generale Croatian 18 79
17 21px-Flag_of_Israel.svg.png Israel Roked Im Hakeev Peer Tasi Hebrew 14 93
18 23px-Flag_of_Malta.svg.png Malta Ira Losco feat David Leguess The Person I Am English 22 68
19 Flag_of_Serbia.png Serbia Zeljiko Joksimovic & Tony Cetinski Zabluda Serbian 13 98
20 23px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Italy Tiziano Ferro La Differenza Tra Me E Te Italian 11 101
21 23px-Flag_of_Armenia.svg.png Armenia Eva Rivas Veradardz Armenian 20 74
22 23px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png United Kingdom Melanie C Think About It English 15 91
23 16px-Flag_of_Switzerland.svg.png Switzerland Paolo Meneguzzi Musica Italian 24 60
24 23px-Flag_of_Portugal.svg.png Portugal Carolina Deslandes feat. Agir Mountains English 26 40
25 23px-Flag_of_Moldova.svg.png Moldova Mishelle feat Randi Only You English 7 110
26 23px-Flag_of_Belarus.svg.png Belarus Bianka Muzika Belarusian 21 74

Other countries Edit

23px-Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic.svg.png Czech Republic - ČT announced Czech Republic's withdrawal from the 2nd edition due to unknown reasons.

23px-Flag_of_Spain.svg.png Spain - TVE announced Spain's withdrawal from the 2nd edition due to financial reasons.

Incidents Edit

Hungarian disqualification Edit

Hungary had originally confirmed their participation in the contest with the song "Tonight", performed by Kállay Saunders and Rebstar. However, the CBU announced on 29 April 2015 that the Hungarian broadcaster had not pay their participation by 25 April, the deadline set by the CBU. This had led to strong reactions against the decision and the Hungarian disqualification. Hungary would be able to come back in the contest, only if they would have paid their participations.

Monegasque disqualification Edit

The day of the 3rd semi-final, it was announced on air that the Monegasque representative, Zaz, wasn't able to perform on stage for unknown reasons. As a result, Monaco disqualified. One day after the Grand Final, Zaz declared that the Monegasque broadcaster would try to sabotage her the time she would perform live, so she, for retaliation, didn't performed at the semi-final.

San Marinese disqualification Edit

Rumor has it that Valentina Monetta fainted the day of the semi-final she was about to perform. She couldn't do this, because she was very sick. This led to the San Marinese disqualification. SMRTV chose again Valentina Monetta to represent them at the next edition.