| North Vision Song Contest 15|
|Semi-final 1 date||1 August 2015|
|Semi-final 2 date||8 August 2015|
|Final date||22 August 2015|
|Venue|| Parken Stadium|
|Presenter(s)|| Louise Wolff|
Tim Schou (green room)
|Opening act|| Semi-final 1: Aura Dione performing "In Love with the World" with orchestra|
Semi-final 2: Emmelie de Forest performing "Drunk Tonight"
Final: Music mix by Kato
|Interval act|| Semi-final 1: North Vision Song Contest history (Part 1: NVSC 1 to 5)|
Semi-final 2: North Vision Song Contest history (Part 2: NVSC 6 to 10)
Final: The Storm performing "My Crown" and North Vision Song Contest history (Part 3: NVSC 11 to 15)
|System||Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favorite songs|
"All of It But Me"
|North Vision Song Contest|
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North Vision Song Contest 15, often referred to as NVSC 15 was the 15th edition of the North Vision Song Contest. It was held in Copenhagen, Denmark. The country was hosting the show for the third time, after The Storm won the fourteenth edition with their song "My Crown". For the first time since the ninth edition, there was no pre-qualifying round. DR chose the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen to host the three shows of the edition with Ulla Essendrop and Louise Wolff serving as the presenters while the Danish representative in the tenth edition Tim Schou served as the green room host.
Forty-six countries participated in the edition, the lowest number of participants since the ninth edition. Seven countries announced their withdrawal from the competition: Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Lithuania, Morocco and Poland. Spain announced that they would return after one edition break, but withdrew their confirmation later. Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania returned after withdrawing from last edition.
Israel was declared as the winner of the edition, marking the second victory of the country with the first being also in an edition hosted by Denmark. The country won with the song "All of It But Me" by The Young Professionals and Anna F. which got 197 points, 41 points over the runner-up Italy. Algeria came in third, achieving their first top 6 result. Sweden and Denmark came fourth and fifth respectively with the latter being the only big 6 to finish in the top 6 again along with Russia on the sixth place.
Copenhagen is the capital and most populated city of Denmark, with an urban population of 1,263,698 (as of 1 January 2015) and a metropolitan population of 1,992,114 (as of 1 January 2015). It is situated on the eastern coast of Zealand, 164 km (102 mi) east of Odense and 28 km (17 mi) northwest of Malmö, Sweden. The city stretches across parts of the island of Amager and contains the enclave of Frederiksberg, a municipality in its own right.
Since the turn of the 21st century, Copenhagen has seen strong urban and cultural development, facilitated by investment in its institutions and infrastructure. The city is the cultural, economic and governmental centre of Denmark; it is one of the major financial centres of Northern Europe with the Copenhagen Stock Exchange. In 2012, Copenhagen was third in the ranking of the richest cities in the world in terms of gross earnings, dropping from first place in 2009. Since the completion of the Øresund Bridge, a road, railway and tunnel project, the metropolitan area of Copenhagen has become increasingly integrated with the Swedish province of Scania and its largest city, Malmö, known as the Øresund Region. With a number of bridges connecting the various districts, the cityscape is characterized by parks, promenades and waterfronts.
Copenhagen's landmarks such as Tivoli Gardens, the Little Mermaid Statue, the Amalienborg and Christiansborg palaces, Rosenborg Castle, Frederik's Church, and many museums, restaurants and nightclubs are significant tourist attractions. In addition to recent developments in the city service sector and the pharmaceutical industry, there have been a number of initiatives in clean technology, supporting the city's goal to be carbon-neutral by 2025.
The bidding phase for the edition kicked off the day after the results of the fourteenth edition. Any city could apply to host the competition, as long as their venues fulfilled the requirements that DR applied. Those were the following:
- The venue must be available for at least 6 to 7 weeks before the contest and one week after the conclusion of the contest.
- The venue must not be open-air, but an air-conditioned building with a capacity of at least 10,000 and a minimum ceiling height of 15 metres (49 ft), insulated for sound and light.
- The Green Room should be located in the arena or as near it as possible, with a capacity of 300.
- An additional room at least 6,000 square metres (65,000 sq ft) in area, to house 2 catering stands, a viewing room, make-up rooms, wardrobe, and booths for approximately 50 commentators.
- Separate offices to house the press centre, open between 24 July and 17 August 2015, at least (43,000 sq ft) in area, with a capacity of at least 1,500 journalists.
Only two cities had applied to host the contest: the capital city, Copenhagen, and Herning, the city which hosted the twelfth edition. Forum Copenhagen and Parken Stadium, both located in the capital city of the country, were the first venues that joined the bid to host the competition. Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, the venue which hosted the twelfth edition, also joined the bidding phase. Copenhagen later added a third venue to their submission: the B&W Hallerne, the venue which hosted the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.
It was revealed by the broadcaster on 23 June 2015 that both Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning and B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen withdrew from the bidding phase due to event scheduling problems. Following the withdrawal of the two venues, Copenhagen was left as the only city in the bidding phase and therefore was selected as the host city as its only contestant, Herning, withdrew.
On 3 July 2015, right after the running order draw of the edition, DR held a press conference in which it was announced that the Parken Stadium would be the host venue for the edition.
|Herning||Jyske Bank Boxen||15,000||Hosted the twelfth edition. Withdrew on 23 June 2015.|
|Copenhagen||B&W Hallerne||10,000||Hosted the fifth, ninth and tenth editions of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. Withdrew on 23 June 2015.|
Semi-final allocation draw
The draw that determined the semi-final allocation was held on 26 June 2015 at the headquarters of DR in Copenhagen. The big 6 countries were first drawn to determine in which semi-final each would country vote. Denmark, Russia and the United Kingdom were drawn to vote in the first semi-final while Croatia, Lebanon and Norway were drawn to vote in the second semi-final. The rest of the forty countries were divided into six pots, based on their geographical place. Each time a country was drawn from the pot, its semi-final and half of the semi-final was determined.
The six pots were the following:
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3|
|Pot 4||Pot 5||Pot 6|
Running order draw
The draw that determined the running order of the edition took place on 3 July 2015 at the headquarters of DR in Copenhagen. Two countries from each semi-final and a big 6 country received a wildcard and could select their starting position at their half (first or second). Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Faroe Islands got the wildcards from the first semi-final, Italy and Ukraine got the wildcards from the second semi-final while Norway got the wildcard of the big 6. The running order draw for the semi-final qualifiers took place after the results of each semi-final with each of the qualifiers drawing their starting position.
Logo and theme
The logo and theme of the edition were revealed during the semi-final allocation draw, on 26 June 2015. Louise Wolff, reporting for the Danish broadcaster, revealed both the logo and theme as well as the host city just before the allocation draw started.
The slogan of the edition was "Painting Worlds". The logo was designed by Rick Saaltud, Daniel Lengfeld and Jessica Weaver. The logo's first version was slightly different than the second and official version. The first version of the logo featured a flare with the slogan "Painting Worlds" featured below. However, due to some controversies that occured with the flare in the logo, it was decided that the flare would be replaced and the theme would be changed slightly.
The second and final version of the theme represented a painted and multi-coloured butterfly and reflected the slogan "Painting Worlds" as an attempt to promote diversity and originality both in the musical and social aspects of the music festival.
Seven countries announced their withdrawals: Albania, Austria, Cyprus, Morocco and Lithuania withdrew from the fifteenth edition due to their head of delegation resigning from their positions meaning one edition break according to the rules. AzTV confirmed Azerbaijan's withdrawal from the contest due to the recent set of results for the country. TVP confirmed Poland's withdrawal due to low public viewing figures and failing to qualify in the previous edition. A decision to return in the next edition is not ruled out for both countries.
SMTV announced that San Marino would not be returning to the contest. Spain and TVE originally confirmed its return to the fifteenth edition but was ejected on 25 June due to its head of delegation being banned from the contest.
András Kállay-Saunders returned this time as Kállay Saunders Band to represent Hungary after the seventh edition. Nika Zorjan, who also participated in the seventh edition, returned to represent Slovenia for second time. Thea represented FYR Macedonia once again after doing so two editions ago. Greta Svabo Bech returned to represent the Faroe Islands after doing so in the tenth edition. Gülşen returned to represent Turkey ten editions later, after first participating in the fifth edition. Mafia Corner returned to represent the Czech Republic after competing for Slovakia in the eleventh edition. Two returning artists represented Montenegro this edition: Anabela, who represented Bosnia and Herzegovina in the first edition and Serbia in the fifth edition as part of Funky G, and Boban Rajović who represented Serbia in the fourth edition.
Bogomil returned to represent Bulgaria for third time after doing so in the fifth and sixth editions. Leona Lewis, who represented Ireland in the third edition, returned to represent the United Kingdom this time. Elina Born returned for Estonia after coming sixth in the sixth edition. Ira Losco participated for the fifth time breaking the record, after representing Malta in the fourth, seventh, eighth and ninth editions. Krista Siegfrids was selected to represent Finland for second time after participating in the sixth edition for the country. Anna F., who represented Austria in the ninth edition, returned to represent Israel along with The Young Professionals. Of Monsters and Men, who represented Iceland in the third edition, returned to represent the country for a second time. Carole Samaha returned to represent Lebanon after doing so in the tenth edition.
|02||Czech Republic||Mafia Corner feat. Tereza||"Být či nebýt"||7||87|
|03||Georgia||Nina Sublatti||"Fall Out Law"||9||69|
|05||Iceland||Of Monsters and Men||"Crystals"||12||55|
|07||Portugal||Mafalda Tavares||"Estar Aqui"||18||40|
|09||Liechtenstein||Clara Blume||"Love & Starve"||10||63|
|11||Algeria||Kenza Farah||"Briser les chaînes"||3||99|
|12||Luxembourg||Alice on the Roof||"Easy Come Easy Go"||6||88|
|13||Sweden||Dinah Nah||"Taste Your Love"||1||106|
|14||Malta||Ira Losco||"Shouldn't Have to Bother"||15||43|
|17||Faroe Islands||Greta Svabo Bech||"Shut Up & Sing"||4||92|
|18||Monaco||Barbara Opsomer||"Je sors ce soir"||8||78|
|19||Hungary||Kállay Saunders Band||"Victory"||14||49|
|20||Moldova||Dima Trofim||"Cersesc iubire"||17||42|
Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with all forty-six participating countries eligible to vote.
| Semi-final 1|
split jury/televote results
|No.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|4||Turkey||Iceland, Luxembourg, Russia, Sweden|
|3||Faroe Islands||Denmark, Kazakhstan, United Kingdom|
|Luxembourg||Czech Republic, Faroe Islands, Monaco|
|2||Czech Republic||Malta, Serbia|
|Portugal||Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
| Semi-final 2|
split jury/televote results
|No.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|5||Israel||Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon|
|3||Finland||Ireland, Israel, Netherlands|
|Italy||Armenia, Finland, Ukraine|
|Ukraine||Bulgaria, Montenegro, Tunisia|
split jury/televote results
|No.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|7||Israel||Algeria, Armenia, Belgium, Georgia, Monaco, Norway, Romania|
|4||Italy||Belarus, Faroe Islands, Finland, Sweden|
|Luxembourg||France, Hungary, Switzerland, Tunisia|
|3||Czech Republic||Israel, Malta, Serbia|
|Kazakhstan||Croatia, Liechtenstein, Slovenia|
|2||Algeria||FYR Macedonia, Netherlands|
|Denmark||Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova|
|FYR Macedonia||Bulgaria, Denmark|
|Norway||Czech Republic, Greece|
A poll was opened during the final of the edition with all the finalists. The public could vote for their favorite songs and there was no limit in choices. However, only one vote per user was allowed. The winner and the top 10 of the poll was presented before the final voting.
|1||Italy||Francesca Michielin||"L'amore esiste"||6.1%|
|2||Norway||Aurora||"Running with the Wolves"||5.9%|
|3||Sweden||Dinah Nah||"Taste Your Love||5.4%|
|4||Israel||The Young Professionals feat. Anna F.||"All of It But Me"||5.3%|
|5||United Kingdom||Leona Lewis||"Fire Under My Feet"||4.8%|
|6||Algeria||Kenza Farah||"Briser les chaînes"||4.6%|
|9||Czech Republic||Mafia Corner feat. Tereza Kerndlová||"Být či nebýt"||4.4%|
|10||Denmark||Stine Bramsen||"Karma Town"||4.4%|
North Vision Awards
The ninth ceremony of the North Vision Awards was held for this edition. The ceremony took place in Beirut, Lebanon, the runner up of the fourteenth edition. The nominees were revealed on 29 August 2015 and the voting started the same day. The winners were revealed on 14 September 2015.
OGAN Second Chance Contest
The eighth OGAN Second Chance Contest took place for this edition. The OGAN clubs of each country could submit one of their national selection entries to compete in the contest with some rules applying for the entries. United Kingdom won the contest with Alesha Dixon and her song "The Way We Are".
Latvian entry change
LTV announced Diana Arte as the Latvian representative for the edition with the song "Dangerously Sexy". However, the broadcaster later published a poll where people could vote if the song should be sent to the contest or be replaced by Markus Riva and his "Krasiva Silno".
Forced Spanish withdrawal
TVE originally confirmed its return to the fifteenth edition and had already submitted a song to the NBU but was rejected on 25 June 2015 due to its head of delegation being banned from the contest.
Countries that are active members of the North Broadcasting Union (NBU), are also eligible to participate in the North Vision Song Contest. As in every edition, an invitation to all the members have been sent in order to confirm whether they will participate or not. Forty-six countries confirmed their participation in the edition. The following list of countries declined stating their reasons as shown below.
Active NBU members
- Albania: KlanTV revealed that the country would withdraw from the fifteenth edition due to its head of delegation resigning from his position.
- Austria: ORF announced that the country would withdraw from the edition mainly due to the fact that the Head of Delegation resigned from his position.
- Azerbaijan: Shortly after the announcement of the second semi-final results, AzTV confirmed Azerbaijan's withdrawal from the contest due to the recent set of results for the country. A return to the sixteenth edition of the competition is highly likely.
- Cyprus: It was revealed by CyBC that Cyprus would withdrew from the fifteenth edition due to recent changes in the country's broadcaster.
- Lithuania: LRT withdrew from the fifteenth edition due to its head of delegation resigning from his position.
- Morocco: Despite originally confirming, SNRT was forced to withdraw from the contest due to scandals regarding the head of delegation.
- Poland: TVP confirmed their withdrawal due to low public viewing figures and failing to qualify in the previous edition. A decision to return in the next edition is not ruled out.
- San Marino: SMTV announced that they would not be returning to the contest.
- Spain: TVE originally confirmed its return to the fifteenth edition but was ejected on 25 June due to its head of delegation being banned from the contest.
International broadcasts and voting
Voting and spokespersons
1 Romania voted again before Tunisia due to an error with their votes.