Best of Eurovision

Best of Eurovision
Final 20 May 2006
Venue NDR Studios, Hamburg, Germany
Presenter(s) Thomas Hermanns[1]
Executive supervisor Svante Stockselius
Host broadcaster EBU, NDR
Number of entries 19
Voting system Televote, jury vote and online poll. (Germany only)
Winning song

The Best of Eurovision (Die Grand Prix Hitliste) was a unique one-off contest, held in Hamburg, Germany, on 20 May 2006. Its aim was to determine the best song from the Eurovision Song Contest, by means of an opinion poll. Eurovision winners and German Eurovision entries competed. Only entries from 1960 to 2005 were included in the contest.

On the television programme "Best of Eurovision", Ruslana's "Wild Dances" was presented as the winner, ahead of famous songs, such as "Waterloo" and Germany's "Ein bisschen Frieden", which finished sixth and twelfth, respectively. The programme was viewed by a television audience of approximately six million people in Germany.[2]

Participating countries

The top nineteen Eurovision acts voted for in an online poll participated in the live show. No acts were performed live but their original performances in their respective years was shown to viewers instead. After all nineteen songs were shown the voting lines opened by televote and once again via online poll. All votes were combined and counted as the final results. At the end of the show Ruslana was announced as the winner with a 7251 vote lead over runner-up Sertab Erener.

Year Country Language Artist Song English translation Place Votes
1960 FranceFrenchJacqueline Boyer"Tom Pillibi"Tom Pillibi196208
1972 GermanyGermanMary Roos"Nur Die Liebe Läßt Uns Leben"Only Love Lets Us Live118423
1972 LuxembourgFrenchVicky Leandros"Après toi"After You357514
1973 LuxembourgFrenchAnne-Marie David"Tu Te Reconnaîtras"You will recognise yourself176278
1974 SwedenEnglishABBA"Waterloo"621659
1977 FranceFrenchMarie Myriam"L'oiseau et l'enfant"The bird and the child166287
1979 GermanyGermanDschinghis Khan"Dschinghis Khan"Genghis Khan157321
1981 GermanyGermanLena Valaitis"Johnny Blue"913506
1981 United KingdomEnglishBucks Fizz"Making Your Mind Up"815011
1982 GermanyGermanNicole"Ein bißchen Frieden"A little peace128092
1985 GermanyGermanWind"Für Alle"For everyone137821
1985 NorwayNorwegianBobbysocks"La Det Swinge"Let it swing147420
1986 BelgiumFrenchSandra Kim"J'aime La Vie"I love life186227
1993 GermanyGermanMünchner Freiheit"Viel Zu Weit"Much Too Far1010225
2003 TurkeyEnglishSertab Erener"Every Way That I Can"263958
2004 GermanyEnglish, TurkishMax"Can't Wait Until Tonight"524084
2004 UkraineEnglish, UkrainianRuslana"Wild Dances"171209
2005 GermanyEnglishGracia"Run & Hide"719157
2005 GreeceEnglishHelena Paparizou"My Number One"451960


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