Kyiv 2005 (19.09.20)

Добрий вечір, Європо!

This week we visit Kyiv 2005, after Ukraine won the contest after only their second attempt. Originally, they’d had a three year plan to triumph, so Ruslana’s victory in Istanbul was a real feat. And notching up win before Russia made the achievement even sweet.

Of course, Ukranian-Russian relations play heavily in this contest (and at every contest since). Catherine Baker explains in ‘Contest in Context’:

On the night Greece triumphed but where will they place in #EurovisionAgain’s poll?

Of course Helena couldn’t be toppled!

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