The general requirements for the Eurovision song contest are the following:
The song should be sung in one of the official languages of the performing country. Some countries sing in English in order to reach broader audiences, but sometimes it is considered unpatriotic. In these cases, the lyrics are written in the native language first, and then translated into English.
Each Eurovision song should last no more than three minutes.
The title as well as the content of the Eurovision song should not be either trivial or banal. For instance, Spain became a Eurovision winner in 1968 with the song "La La La"; moreover, it has stolen a victory from Cliff Richard with his "Congratulations" by a single point, as Spain's incredulous entry managed to use the word "La" one hundred and thirty eight times. However, the tendency of the majority of musicians and songs is very commercial pop with some exceptions; many performances are poor in sound and lyrics. For instance, four privileged countries surprised this-year spectators with their week performances in comparison with the other Eurovision entries.
Let us discuss a number of songs, presented at the Eurovision song contest 2005. Several performances bore a close similarity to the songs, performed before and did not give rise to any positive emotions. One of them was Cyprus' Ela Ela (Come Baby), sung by Constantinos Christoforou, who had represented the country twice before. There were the opinions that "Ela Ela" was quite similar to the previous Eurovision hit "Shake It Part II". Bosnia & Herzegovina showed Femminem with "Call me", resembling ABBA performances.
The countries, having surprised the public with old-fashioned songs, included Austria ("Y Asi" by Global . Kryner, a folk music band), Malta ("Angel" written, composed and performed by Chiara), Israel (Shiri Maymon with a simple, not a special ballad "Hasheket Shenish'ar") and Sweden (Martin Steinmark sang "Las Vegas", a retro-sounding composition).
Many songs were quite modern but lacked individuality and sounded like the majority of satisfactory songs. These were the songs, presented by Albania, Russia and Norway.
During the contest it became obvious that the Eurovision Song contest 2005 made an extra addition to the requirements of the best Eurovision song - the ethnic coloring. The spectators could observe this fact through the voting charts and the predictions of the voting countries. The countries, whose songs had such quality, had the best rates among the voters. These were Turkey, Serbia & Montenegro, Ukraine, Hungary and Greece.
Turkey presented Gulseren with "Rimi Rimi Ley", which gave rise to mixed opinions, as it was ethnically colored and with the constant repetition of the title, but still proved unoriginal.
Serbia and Montenegro submitted "Zauvijek Moja" by No Name, the song of an original ethnic shade and a strong tune.
Ukraine presented Greenjolly with the song "Razom Nas Bahato", which was entirely fresh with a few hip-hop moments, but still could not become a winner.
Hungary came back to the Eurovision Song contest after seven-year absence with NOX's "Forogj Vilag" and together with Greece fought for the winner position. This Hungarian Eurovision song possessed everything: a wonderful tune, massive choreography and a new trend in Eurovision, - an ethnic shade.
Helena Paparizoy presented Greece with "You're my number one". The song had topping fans charts and predictions throughout the voting countries. Her antique appearance, sweet voice and original tune made her a winner of the competition.