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Music > Finland wins 51st Eurovision song contest in Athens May 21, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Music Life.

Finland won the 51st Eurovision Song Contest held at the Athens Olympic Complex’s indoor stadium on Saturday night with the band Lordi singing “Hard Rock Hallelujah” and garnering 292 votes from 38 countries.

The event was hosted by Greek pop star Sakis Rouvas and Greek-American model and presenter Maria Menounos.

Russia won second place with the song “Never let you go” (248 votes), while Bosnia-Herzegovina came in third with the Hari Mata Hari band singing the song “Layla”. Greece finished in ninth position with veteran Cyprus-born singer Anna Vissi performing the song “Everything”.

It was the first time that Finland won first place in the half-century-old Eurovision song contest, which Ireland has won seven times; Britain, Luxembourg and France have each won the contest five times.

The final phase of the contest, the semifinal had taken place on Thursday, was held with the participation of 24 countries and was watched by more than 100 million television viewers.

Greece hosted this year’s contest after winning in last year’s event with the song “My number one”, sang by Elena Paparizou.

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