The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 was the 60th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Vienna, Austria, following Conchita Wurst’s win at the 2014 contest in Copenhagen, Denmark with the song “Rise Like a Phoenix”. This was the second time that Austria hosted the contest; the 1967 edition being the first.
The 2015 contest consisted of two semi-finals, which took place on 19 and 21 May, and a final, held on 23 May 2015. The shows were presented by Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer while Conchita Wurst was hosting the green room. Forty countries participated in the contest, with Australia making a guest appearance, and Cyprus, the Czech Republic, and Serbia returning. Ukraine, however, announced their withdrawal due to financial and political reasons around the Ukrainian crisis.
Once all the votes had been announced, based on 50% jury and 50% televoting, Sweden won the contest for the sixth time, with Måns Zelmerlöw’s song “Heroes”. Sweden became the first country to win the contest twice in the current format, and this was the country’s second win in four years and the 21st century. Italy won the viewers voting with Russia in second place, and Sweden in third place. Sweden won the jury voting, with Latvia in second place and Russia in third place. This is the first time since the juries were reintroduced alongside the televoting in 2009 that the winner didn’t place first in the televoting. For the first time, the top four of the contest all scored 200 points or better. Russia’s entry “A Million Voices” became the first non-winning Eurovision song to score over 300 points. Austria and Germany became the first countries since 2003 to score no points in the final. Austria is also the first host country to score nul points. The 2015 contest also saw the best ever result for Montenegro since its independence. Also, the top two countries of this contest were the same as the top two countries in the 2012 contest, being Sweden and Russia. Over 197 million viewers worldwide watched the contest, beating the 2014 viewing figures by 2 million.