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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
|Turkey||Atiye feat İskender Paydaş||Yetmez||Turkish|
|Poland||Sylwia Grzeszczak||Kiedy Tylko Spojrzę||Polish|
|France||Barbara Opsomer||Je Sors Ce Soir||French|
|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.
|01||Germany||Linda Hesse||Verbotene Liebe||German||12||49|
|02||FYR Macedonia||Shpat Kasapi||Casanova||Albanian||9||56|
|03||Malta||Ira Losco feat David Leguess||The Person I Am||English||7||62|
|04||Slovakia||Celeste Buckingham||Love In Your Soul||English||2||92|
|07||Ukraine||Mika Newton||Come Out And Play||English||3||86|
|08||Finland||Anna Abreu||Right In Front Of You||English||10||53|
|09||Austria||Anna F.||Too Far||English||5||74|
|10||Romania||Alexandra Stan feat. Connect-R||Vanilla Chocolat||French, English||11||51|
|11||Estonia||Getter Jaani||NYC Taxi||English||4||77|
|12||Azerbaijan||Nikki Jamal||Can't Let You Go||English||8||57|
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.
|01||Ireland||Ryan Dolan||Start Again||English||3||61|
|02||Croatia||Severina & Učiteljice||Generale||Croatian||4||58|
|03||Andorra||Miquel Abras||Em Mires Et Miro I Rius||Catalan||10||43|
|06||Hungary||Kállay Saunders feat. Rebstar||Tonight||English||13 (DSQ)||0|
|08||Georgia||Nodiko Tatishvili||Minda Shentan Viko||Georgian||11||33|
|09||United Kingdom||Melanie C||Think About It||English||2||63|
|10||San Marino||Valentina Monetta||L'amore Verrà||Italian||
|11||Israel||Roked Im Hakeev||Peer Tasi||Hebrew||6||55|
|12||Russia||Sergey Lazarev||7 Tsifr||Russian||1||76|
|13||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.
|01||Cyprus||Polina Christodoulou||Eleni Tis Nichtas||Greek||4||82|
|02||Greece||Sakis Rouvas feat. Sirusho||See||Engish||10||58|
|05||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Maya Sar feat. Marijan Brkic Brk||O Meni Nikom Ne Pricaj||Bosnian||8||64|
|06||Moldova||Mishelle feat Randi||Only You||English||1||95|
|07||Monaco||Zaz||Paris Sera Toujours Paris||French||13(DSQ)||0|
|08||Netherlands||Eva Simons||I Don't Like You||English||9||59|
|09||Serbia||Zeljko Joksimovic & Tony Cetinski||Zabluda||Serbian||6||76|
|10||Portugal||Carolina Deslandes feat. Agir||Mountains||English||3||83|
|13||Montenegro||Boban Rajovic feat. Buki Skandal||Bahato||Montenegrin||11||42|
|01||Russia||Sergey Lazarev||7 Tsifr||Russian||8||107|
|02||Austria||Anna F.||Too Far||English||10||105|
|03||Slovakia||Celeste Buckingham||Love In Your Soul||English||4||120|
|05||France||Barbara Opsomer||Je Sors Ce Soir||French||23||65|
|06||Cyprus||Polina Christodoulou||Eleni Tis Nichtas||Greek||1||131|
|07||Ukraine||Mika Newton||Come Out And Play||English||17||80|
|10||Estonia||Getter Jaani||NYC Taxi||English||9||106|
|11||Turkey||Atiye feat İskender Paydaş||Yetmez||Turkish||19||76|
|12||Ireland||Ryan Dolan||Start Again||English||3||120|
|13||Poland||Sylwia Grzeszczak||Kiedy Tylko Spojrz||Polish||12||99|
|16||Croatia||Severina feat. Učiteljice||Generale||Croatian||18||79|
|17||Israel||Roked Im Hakeev||Peer Tasi||Hebrew||14||93|
|18||Malta||Ira Losco feat David Leguess||The Person I Am||English||22||68|
|19||Serbia||Zeljiko Joksimovic & Tony Cetinski||Zabluda||Serbian||13||98|
|20||Italy||Tiziano Ferro||La Differenza Tra Me E Te||Italian||11||101|
|22||United Kingdom||Melanie C||Think About It||English||15||91|
|24||Portugal||Carolina Deslandes feat. Agir||Mountains||English||26||40|
|25||Moldova||Mishelle feat Randi||Only You||English||7||110|
Other countries Edit
Czech Republic - ČT announced Czech Republic's withdrawal from the 2nd edition due to unknown reasons.
Spain - TVE announced Spain's withdrawal from the 2nd edition due to financial reasons.
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.