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The Sound Of Europe 1 was the 1st edition of the Sound Of Europe. It took place in OAKA, Athens, Greece. This was the first time that Greece hosted the contest. The 1st edition consisted of three semi-finals, which took place on 16 March 2015, and a final, held on 21 March 2015. The shows were presented by Sakis Rouvas and Maria Menounos while Kalomoira was hosting the green room. Forty-six countries participated in the 1st edition.

Once all the votes had been announced, based on 50% jury and 50% televoting, Sweden won the contest, with  Molly Sandén's song "Freak". Sweden became the first country to win the contest.

Location Edit

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years, and its earliest human presence starting somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennia BC. In modern times, Athens is a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to economic, financial, industrial, maritime, political and cultural life in Greece. Athens is recognised as a global city because of its location and its importance in shipping, finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, culture, education and tourism. It is one of the biggest economic centres in southeastern Europe, with a large financial sector, and its port Piraeus is both the largest passenger port in Europe and the second largest in the world. The municipality (city) of Athens had a population of 664,046 (in 2011) within its administrative limits, and a land area of 38.96 km2 (15.04 sq mi). The urban area of Athens (Greater Athens and Greater Piraeus) extends beyond its administrative municipal city limits, with a population of 3,090,508 (in 2011)[ over an area of 412 km2(159 sq mi). The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon, considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. The city also retains Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as a smaller number of Ottoman monuments.

Venue Edit

The event took place in Athens, Greece, with the venue being the OAKA (Olympiako Athlitiko Kentro Athinon). It is part of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex. It is named after the first modern Olympic marathon race winner in 1896, Spyros Louis. The stadium hosts one of the biggest sport clubs in Greece, AEK Athens.

Format Edit

The edition consisted of three semi-finals and a final. The nine countries with the highest scores in first semi-final qualified to the final, while the eight with the highest scores qualified to the final from the second and third semi final.

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 Supervisor, the CBU and the Reference Group.

Presenters Edit

On 19 December 2014, ERT announced that Sakis Rouvas and Maria Menounos were the hosts of the 1st edition. Kalomoira Saradi was also chosen as host of the green room.

National host broadcaster Edit

During an initial meeting between the host broadcaster ERT and CBU (Contest Broadcasting Union) in late January 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 10 January 2015, it was announced that forty-six countries would participate in the 1st edition of the Sound Of Europe.

Semi-final 1 Edit

16 countries took part in the first semi-final. The nine songs in places 1 to 9 qualified for the final and are marked in orange.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place  Points 
01 23px-Flag_of_Georgia.svg.png Georgia Eldrine Addiction English 16 14
02 21px-Flag_of_Norway.svg.png Norway Maria Mena I Always Liked That English 6 77
03 23px-Flag_of_Slovakia.svg.png Slovakia Zuzana Smatanova feat. Peter Cmorik Co Ma Prist, Pride Slovak 15 15
04 Flag_of_Serbia.png Serbia Jelena Tomasevic Panta Rei Serbian 7 69
05 23px-Flag_of_Lithuania.svg.png Lithuania Liepa Mondeikaitė Akimirkai Trumpai Lithuanian 4 81
06 21px-Flag_of_Albania.svg.png Albania Rita Ora Grateful English 2 85
07 23px-Flag_of_Cyprus.svg.png Cyprus Panagiotis Me VS Life English 12 43
08 23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany Schiller Let Me Love You English 11 53
09 23px-Flag_of_Russia.svg.png Russia Dima Bilan Nevozmozhnoe Vozmozhno Russian 13 30
10 23px-Flag_of_Azerbaijan.svg.png Azerbaijan Eldar Qasimov The One English 9 62
11 23px-Flag_of_Moldova.svg.png Moldova Natalia Barbu Suflet Gol Romanian 8 67
12 23px-Flag_of_Montenegro.svg.png Montenegro Andrea Demirovic Odlazim Montenegrin 5 78
13 23px-Flag_of_Macedonia.svg.png FYR Macedonia Elena Milenkovska Dojdi So Mene Macedonian 14 26
14 23px-Flag_of_Greece.svg.png Greece Tareq feat. Natassa Bofiliou Feel Me English 1 85
15 16px-Flag_of_Switzerland.svg.png Switzerland Sebalter Day Of Glory English 10 59
16 23px-Flag_of_Spain.svg.png Spain Enrique Iglesias feat. Jennifer Lopez Physical English 3 84

Semi-final 2 Edit

15 countries took place in in the second semi-final. The eight songs in places 1 to 8 qualified for the final and are marked in orange.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01 23px-Flag_of_Latvia.svg.png Latvia Jenny May Es Gribu Vēl Mīlēt Latvian 5 68
02 21px-Flag_of_Iceland.svg.png Iceland

Greta Mjoll feat. Holmfridur Osk Stefansdottir

Ó María Icelandic 14 28
03 23px-Flag_of_Estonia.svg.png Estonia Hannah feat. Miami Calling Only For Tonight English 8 60
04 23px-Flag_of_Poland.svg.png Poland Honey Lalalove Polish 4 69
05 23px-Flag_of_Hungary.svg.png Hungary Bogi Feels So Right English 7 63
06 23px-Flag_of_Portugal.svg.png Portugal Jorge Ferreira Mãe Portuguese 12 45
07 23px-Flag_of_Austria.svg.png Austria Andreas Gabalier Amoi Seg' Ma Uns Wieder German 15 25
08 23px-Flag_of_Bulgaria.svg.png Bulgaria Andrea feat. Costi Samo Moi Bulgarian 10 52
09 23px-Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic.svg.png Czech Republic Debbi You Take Me There English 6 67
10 23px-Flag_of_Turkey.svg.png Turkey Göksel feat. Ferman Akgül and Teoman Tas Bebek Turkish 13 36
11 23px-Flag_of_Croatia.svg.png Croatia Magazin Hrvatska Rapsodija Croatian 3 72
12 21px-Flag_of_Israel.svg.png Israel TAL Rien N'est Parfait French 1 92
13 23px-Flag_of_Malta.svg.png Malta Kevin Borg Sunrise English 9 54
14 23px-Flag_of_France.svg.png France Sexion D'assaut Désolé French 11 48
15 23px-Flag_of_Belarus.svg.png Belarus Aura Whisper Of Silence Belarusian  2 91

Semi-final 3 Edit

15 countries took place in the the second semi-final. The eight songs in places 1 to 8 qualified for the final and are marked in orange.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Ireland Hozier From Eden English 14 35
02 23px-Flag_of_Bosnia_and_Herzegovina.svg.png Bosnia and Herzegovina Hari Mata Hari Da Ti Ko Covjek Oprostim Bosnian 12 39
03 23px-Flag_of_the_Netherlands.svg.png Netherlands Lisa Lois Not A Love Song English 4 73
04 23px-Flag_of_Belgium_%28civil%29.svg.png Belgium Lara Fabian feat. Mustafa Ceceli Make Me Yours Tonight English 3 74
05 23px-Flag_of_Slovenia.svg.png Slovenia Alya Za Naju Slovene 7 63
06 23px-Flag_of_Finland.svg.png Finland Janna Sä Et Ole Hullu Finnish 2 79
07 23px-Flag_of_Ukraine.svg.png Ukraine Ani Lorak Medlenno Russian 8 60
08 23px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Sweden Molly Sandén Freak English 1 106
09 23px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png United Kingdom Alexandra Burke feat. Flo Rida Bad Boys English 15 26
10 23px-Flag_of_Armenia.svg.png Armenia Sirusho Erotas Greek 11 44
11 19px-Flag_of_Monaco.svg.png Monaco Shy'm L'effet De Serre French 5 72
12 23px-Flag_of_Romania.svg.png Romania Alex Velea Minim Doi Romanian 9 46
13 22px-Flag_of_Andorra.svg.png Andorra Natalia Jiménez Creo En Mi Spanish 6 71
14 20px-Flag_of_San_Marino.svg.png San Marino Giorgia feat. Eros Ramazzotti Inevitabile Italian 10 45
15 23px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Italy Nesli Davanti Agli Occhi Italian 13 37

Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01 21px-Flag_of_Norway.svg.png Norway Maria Mena I Always Liked That English 5 128
02 Flag_of_Serbia.png Serbia Jelena Tomasevic Panta Rei Serbian 6 128
03 23px-Flag_of_Lithuania.svg.png Lithuania Liepa Mondeikaitė Akimirkai Trumpai Lithuanian 19 80
04 21px-Flag_of_Albania.svg.png Albania Rita Ora Grateful English 2 153
05 23px-Flag_of_Moldova.svg.png Moldova Natalia Barbu Suflet Gol Romanian 21 66
06 23px-Flag_of_Azerbaijan.svg.png Azerbaijan Eldar Qasimov The One English 9 117
07 23px-Flag_of_Montenegro.svg.png Montenegro Andrea Demirovic Odlazim Montenegrin 8 122
08 23px-Flag_of_Greece.svg.png Greece Tareq feat. Natassa Bofiliou Feel Me English 15 103
09 23px-Flag_of_Spain.svg.png Spain Enrique Iglesias feat. Jennifer Lopez Physical English 12 112
10 23px-Flag_of_Latvia.svg.png Latvia Jenny May Es Gribu Vēl Mīlēt Latvian 22 63
11 23px-Flag_of_Estonia.svg.png Estonia Hannah feat. Miami Calling Only For Tonight English 25 32
12 23px-Flag_of_Poland.svg.png Poland Honey Lalalove Polish 24 36
13 23px-Flag_of_Hungary.svg.png Hungary Bogi Feels So Right English 14 106
14 23px-Flag_of_Croatia.svg.png Croatia Magazin Hrvatska Rapsodija Croatian 16 91
15 23px-Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic.svg.png Czech Republic Debbi You Take Me There English 20 75
16 21px-Flag_of_Israel.svg.png Israel TAL Rien N'est Parfait French 3 136
17 23px-Flag_of_Belarus.svg.png Belarus Aura Whisper Of Silence Belarusian 10 116
18 23px-Flag_of_the_Netherlands.svg.png Netherlands Lisa Lois Not A Love Song English 17 90
19 23px-Flag_of_Belgium_%28civil%29.svg.png Belgium Lara Fabian feat. Mustafa Ceceli Make Me Yours Tonight English 13 110
20 23px-Flag_of_Slovenia.svg.png Slovenia Alya Za Naju Slovene 23 61
21 23px-Flag_of_Finland.svg.png Finland Janna Sä Et Ole Hullu Finnish 4 132
22 23px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Sweden Molly Sandén Freak English 1 176
23 19px-Flag_of_Monaco.svg.png Monaco Shy'm L'effet De Serre French 7 126
24 22px-Flag_of_Andorra.svg.png Andorra Natalia Jiménez Creo En Mi Spanish 18 81
25 23px-Flag_of_Ukraine.svg.png Ukraine Ani Lorak  Medlenno Russian 11 112

Scoreboard Edit

12 points Edit

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the final:

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
6 Sweden Russia, Armenia, San Marino, Hungary, Ukraine, Monaco
4 Serbia Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Albania, Poland
3 Albania Montenegro, Greece, Netherlands
Israel Georgia, United Kingdom, Latvia
Finland Germany, Turkey, Ireland
Monaco Belgium, Spain, Azerbaijan
Ukraine Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden
Belgium Bulgaria, Norway, Belarus
Greece FYR Macedonia, Iceland, Moldova
2 Spain Slovakia, Switzerland
Croatia France, Italy
Latvia Estonia, Czech Republic
1 Belarus Andorra
Hungary Israel
Netherlands Slovenia
Andorra Portugal
Lithuania Cyprus
Czech Republic Austria
Poland Croatia

Incidents Edit

Montenegrin debts Edit

Broadcaster RTCG has not been able to fund its expensive budget to the CBU and has delayed the payment of their debt to the CBU; putting the safety of Montenegro in the contest at risk. The CBU granted Montenegro to pay their debts at an extended deadline towards the first edition.

Other countries Edit

Nothing to be said about other countries.