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The Sound Of Europe 4 was the 4th edition of the Sound Of Europe. It took place in Hartwall Areena, Helsinki, Finland, following Finland's victory with Krista Siegfrids and her song "On And Off". This was the first time that Finland hosted the contest. The 4th edition consisted of two semi-finals, which took place on 27 July 2015, and a final, held on 3 August 2015. The shows were presented by Janna Hurmeninta and Jaana Pelkonen while Anna Abreu was hosting the green room. Forty-one countries participated in the 4th edition.

Once all the votes had been announced, based on 50% jury and 50% televoting, France won the contest, with Marina Kaye and Lindsey Stirling's song "Sounds Like Heaven".

Location Edit

Helsinki is the capital and largest city of Finland. It is in the region of Uusimaa, in southern Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. Helsinki has a population of 629,512, an urban population of 1,214,210, and a metropolitan population of over 1.4 million, making it the most populous municipality and urban area in Finland. Helsinki is located some 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Tallinn, Estonia, 400 km (250 mi) east of Stockholm, Sweden, and 388 km (241 mi) west of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Helsinki has close historical connections with these three cities.

The Helsinki metropolitan area includes the urban core of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen, and surrounding commuter towns. It is the world's northernmost metro area of over one million people, and the city is the northernmost capital of an EU member state. The Helsinki metropolitan area is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the Nordic countries, the City of Helsinki being the third largest after Stockholm and Oslo. Helsinki is Finland's major political, educational, financial, cultural, and research center as well as one of northern Europe's major cities. Approximately 75% of foreign companies operating in Finland have settled in the Helsinki region. The nearby municipality of Vantaa is the location of Helsinki Airport, with frequent service to various destinations in Europe and Asia.

In 2009, Helsinki was chosen to be the World Design Capital for 2012 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, narrowly beating Eindhoven for the title. The city was the venue for the 1952 Summer Olympics and the 52nd Eurovision Song Contest 2007.

In 2011, the Monocle magazine ranked Helsinki the most liveable city in the world in its "Liveable Cities Index 2011". In the Economist Intelligence Unit's August 2015 Liveability survey, assessing the best and worst cities to live in globally, Helsinki placed among the world's top ten cities.

Venue Edit

The contest took place in Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, following Finland's victory at the 3rd edition of the contest in Nicosia with the song "On And Off", performed by Krista Siegfrids. The Hartwall Areena has a capacity of approximately 14,000 attendees and it is the home venue of the ice hockey team Jokerit.

Format Edit

The edition consisted of two semi-finals and a final. This was the first time that the contest will be consisted of two semi-finals and a final. The twelve countries with the highest scores in 1st semi-final qualified to the final, while the 10 with the highest scores in semi-final 2 qualified to the 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 Producer, the Executive Supervisor, the CBU and the Reference Group.

Presenters Edit

On 1 July 2015, YLE announced that Janna Hurmeninta and Jaana Pelkonen were the hosts of the 4th edition. Anna Abreu was also chosen as host of the green room.

National host broadcaster Edit

During an initial meeting between the host broadcaster YLE and CBU (Contest Broadcasting Union) in 2 July 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 3 July 2015, it was announced that forty-one countries would participate in the 4th edition of the Sound Of Europe.

Returning artists Edit

Country Artist Edition
23px-Flag_of_Croatia.svg.png Croatia Severina She represented Croatia with the song "Generale"

featuring Učiteljice in the 2nd edition.

23px-Flag_of_Finland.svg.png Finland Krista Siegfrids The winner of the previous edition represents again

Finland.

23px-Flag_of_France.svg.png France Marina Kaye She represented Monaco in the third edition with the

song "Homeless".

23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Ireland Hozier He represented Ireland in the first and the third edition.
23px-Flag_of_Ukraine.svg.png Ukraine Ani Lorak She represented Ukraine in the first edition with the song

"Medlenno".

Big 5 Edit

Country Artist Song Language
23px-Flag_of_Finland.svg.png Finland Krista Siegfrids Can You See Me? English
23px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png United Kingdom Florence and The Machine Cosmic Love English
23px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Italy Alessandra Amoroso Amore Puro Italian
23px-Flag_of_Malta.svg.png Malta Ella Eyre Comeback English
23px-Flag_of_Spain.svg.png Spain Luz Casal Piensa En Mi Spanish

Semi-final 1 Edit

19 countries took part in the first semi-final. The twelve songs in places 1 to 12 qualified for the final and are marked in orange. Finland, United Kingdom and Spain voted from the Big 5.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01 23px-Flag_of_Armenia.svg.png Armenia Lilit Hovhannisyan De El Mi Armenian 10 66
02 23px-Flag_of_the_Netherlands.svg.png Netherlands Anouk You And I English 12 59
03 21px-Flag_of_Albania.svg.png Albania Xhensila Myrtzezaj Ring The Alarm Albanian, English 13 56
04 21px-Flag_of_Iceland.svg.png Iceland Of Monsters And Men Dirty Paws English 6 76
05 23px-Flag_of_Austria.svg.png Austria Conchita Wurst Heroes English 3 98
06 23px-Flag_of_Cyprus.svg.png Cyprus Nikki Ponte Remembering The Summer Nights English 9 68
07 23px-Flag_of_Turkey.svg.png Turkey Can Bonomo Dem Turkish 15 52
08 23px-Flag_of_Belgium_%28civil%29.svg.png Belgium Peter Luts The Rain English 1 134
09 23px-Flag_of_Azerbaijan.svg.png Azerbaijan Safura March On English 17 44
10 23px-Flag_of_Moldova.svg.png Moldova Dima Trofim Cersesc Iubire Romanian 11 63
11 23px-Flag_of_Ukraine.svg.png Ukraine Ani Lorak Zazhigay Serdtse Russian 5 80
12 21px-Flag_of_Norway.svg.png Norway Tone Damli Winner of a Losing Game English 2 101
13 23px-Flag_of_Romania.svg.png Romania Mandinga Papi Chulo English, Spanish 14 52
14 23px-Flag_of_Latvia.svg.png Latvia Katrine Lukins You Are The Reason English 4 93
15 23px-Flag_of_Portugal.svg.png Portugal António Zambujo Pica Do 7 Portuguese 8 69
16 23px-Flag_of_Croatia.svg.png Croatia Severina feat. Ministrake Uno Momento Croatian 16 44
17 Serbia Serbia Aleksandra Radovic Gde Je Tu Ljubav Serbian 19 21
18 23px-Flag_of_Russia.svg.png Russia Grigory Leps Zerkala Russian 7 73
19 20px-Flag_of_San_Marino.svg.png San Marino Rocco Hunt Ho Scelto Me Italian 18 27

Semi-final 2 Edit

17 countries took part in the first semi-final. The ten songs in places 1 to 10 qualified for the final and are marked in orange. Italy and Malta voted from the Big 5.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01 23px-Flag_of_Greece.svg.png Greece Helena Paparizou Otan Aggeloi Klene Greek 4 92
02 16px-Flag_of_Switzerland.svg.png Switzerland Kadebostany Castle In The Snow English 1 113
03 23px-Flag_of_Bulgaria.svg.png Bulgaria Anelia feat. Giorgos Giasemis

and The Rook

Ksafnika Greek 13 41
04 23px-Flag_of_Slovenia.svg.png Slovenia Tanja Zagar Mini Slovene 17 28
05 23px-Flag_of_Hungary.svg.png Hungary Radics Gigi feat. Wolf Kati

and Oroszlán Szonja

A Szív Dala  Hungarian 11 54
06 23px-Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic.svg.png Czech Republic Lucie Vondráčková Zombie Czech 12 49
07 23px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Sweden Nina & Kim Universe Of Love English 3 97
08 20px-Flag_of_Denmark.svg.png Denmark Agnes Obel The Curse English 6 71
09 23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany Klingande  Jubel German 8 69
10 23px-Flag_of_Poland.svg.png Poland Kasia Kowalska Spowiedz Polish 15 36
11 21px-Flag_of_Israel.svg.png Israel

The Young Professionals feat. Anna F.

All Of It But Me English 5 89
12 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Ireland Hozier Work Song English 10 59
13 23px-Flag_of_Bosnia_and_Herzegovina.svg.png Bosnia and Herzegovina Maya Berovic Voljela Sam Te Ko Majka Bosnian 9 59
14 23px-Flag_of_Estonia.svg.png Estonia Terminaator Juulikuu Lumi Estonian 16 34
15 23px-Flag_of_Belarus.svg.png Belarus Alexander Rybak Europe's Skies English 7 70
16 23px-Flag_of_Lithuania.svg.png Lithuania M.I.A Sunshowers English 14 37
17 23px-Flag_of_France.svg.png France Marina Kaye feat. Lindsey Stirling Sounds Like Heaven English 2 104

Final Edit

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01 20px-Flag_of_Denmark.svg.png Denmark Agnes Obel The Curse English 12 91
02 21px-Flag_of_Norway.svg.png Norway Tone Damli Winner Of A Losing Game English 7 113
03 23px-Flag_of_Austria.svg.png Austria Conchita Wurst Heroes English 4 114
04 23px-Flag_of_Ukraine.svg.png Ukraine Ani Lorak Zazhigay Serdtse Russian 20 67
05 23px-Flag_of_Latvia.svg.png Latvia Katrine Lukins You Are The Reason English 16 74
06 23px-Flag_of_Russia.svg.png Russia Grigory Leps Zerkala Russian 3 118
07 23px-Flag_of_Malta.svg.png Malta Ella Eyre Comeback English 14 75
08 23px-Flag_of_Cyprus.svg.png Cyprus Nikki Ponte Remembering The Summer Nights English 6 113
09 21px-Flag_of_Iceland.svg.png Iceland Of Monsters And Men Dirty Paws English 11 101
10 23px-Flag_of_Spain.svg.png Spain Luz Casal Piensa En Mi Spanish 13 83
11 23px-Flag_of_Germany.svg.png Germany Klingande Jubel Germany 18 70
12 23px-Flag_of_Moldova.svg.png Moldova Dima Trofim Cersesc Iubire Romanian 22 55
13 16px-Flag_of_Switzerland.svg.png Switzerland Kadebostany Castle In The Snow English 10 105
14 23px-Flag_of_Bosnia_and_Herzegovina.svg.png Bosnia and Herzegovina Maya Berovic Voljela Sam Te Ko Majka Bosnian 26 34
15 23px-Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg.png United Kingdom Florence And The Machine Cosmic Love English 27 28
16 23px-Flag_of_France.svg.png France Marina Kaye feat. Lindsey Stirling Sounds Like Heaven English 1 161
17 23px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Italy Alessandra Amoroso Amore Puro Italian 17 72
18 23px-Flag_of_Greece.svg.png Greece Helena Paparizou Otan Aggeloi Klene Greek 5 114
19 23px-Flag_of_Belarus.svg.png Belarus Alexander Rybak Europe's Skies English 23 52
20 23px-Flag_of_Portugal.svg.png Portugal António Zambujo Pica Do 7 Portuguese  15 74
21 23px-Flag_of_Ireland.svg.png Ireland Hozier Work Song English 25 34
22 23px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Sweden Nina & Kim Universe Of Love English 9 108
23 23px-Flag_of_Armenia.svg.png Armenia Lilit Hovhannisyan De El Mi Armenian 19 68
24 23px-Flag_of_Finland.svg.png Finland Krista Siegfrids Can You See Me? English 21 64
25 23px-Flag_of_Belgium_%28civil%29.svg.png Belgium Peter Luts The Rain English 8 109
26 23px-Flag_of_the_Netherlands.svg.png Netherlands Anouk You And I English 24 34
27 21px-Flag_of_Israel.svg.png Israel The Young Professionals feat. Anna F. All Of It But Me English 2 131

Other countries Edit

Active CBU members Edit

22px-Flag_of_Andorra.svg.png Andorra - Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) announced that the country would not participate in the 4th edition of the Sound Of Europe, because of their "unfair disqualification" from the 3rd edition.

23px-Flag_of_Macedonia.svg.png FYR Macedonia -  Makedonska radio televizija (MRT) announced that the FYR Macedonia would not participate in the 4th editon due to financial reasons.

23px-Flag_of_Georgia.svg.png Georgia - The Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) announced the countries disqualification due to the cost associated with participation.

19px-Flag_of_Monaco.svg.png Monaco - Télé Monte Carlo (TMC) announced on 29 June 2015 that Monaco would not participate in the contest.

23px-Flag_of_Montenegro.svg.png Montenegro - Radio i televizija Crne Gore (RTCG) announced on 27 June 2015 that Montenegro would not participate in the contest.

23px-Flag_of_Slovakia.svg.png Slovakia -  Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska (RTVS) announced Slovakia's withdrawal from the edition due to financial and political reasons.