Forum Song Contest #78
Host Millennium Forum
Gb Derry, United Kingdom
Date August 2015
Entries 35
Winner Us United States
Debuting countries none
Returning countries Br Brazil
Ie Ireland
Jp Japan
Withdrawing countries At Austria
Es Spain
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August 2015 saw the 78th edition of Forum Song Contest, held in Derry in the United Kingdom after the country's win in the last edition with Calvin Harris' song "Pray to God" (featuring HAIM).

35 countries participated, one more than last edition. While Austria and Spain withdrew, Brazil and Ireland returned after one-edition breaks in FSC 77. Furthermore, Japan re-joined the competition after a longer time of absence. Their return was successful, placing fourth.

The winning entry was "Lean On" by Major Lazer, DJ Snake and Mø, competing for the United States. Italy got the second and the UK the third rank.

The Host City Edit

Before we begin, let's talk a bit about our host city, the beautiful Derry, Northern Ireland. Officially called Londonderry, this historic port town is the second largest city in Northern Ireland. While the old walled city lies on the west bank of the River Foyle, Derry now spans both sides of the river, housing around 85,000 people in the city proper.

In 2013, Derry became the first UK City of Culture, a well-deserved appointment, as this area has become well-known for its arts, architecture, and music. Among the greats from Derry include Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, poet Seamus Deane, playwright Brian Friel, writer and music critic Nik Cohn, artist Willie Doherty, socio-political commentator and activist Eamonn McCann, and bands such as The Undertones. One of the biggest tourist attractions are the murals painted by the Bogside Artists.

The architecture in Derry is renowned and could be mostly ascribed to the fact that the historic city was formally planned. Late Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian constructions line the city's main thoroughfares. One major addition is Saint Eugene's Cathedral, one of Derry's primary churches.


The Venue Edit

The Millennium Forum is a theatre and conference centre in Newmarket Street, Derry, Northern Ireland. Its modern entrance and Italian-styled piazza give theatre-goers' nights that sophisticated feeling. It was the first purpose built theatre in Derry and opened in 2001. It has a seating capacity of 1000 and the largest theatre stage in Ireland. It hosts entertainment of all kinds and can also be used as a meeting and conference venue.


The Hosts Edit

Nadine Coyle may be most known as a member of the hit 2000s girl band Girls Aloud. This singer, actress and model has since released a solo album, Insatiable, in 2010, which did well in the UK and Ireland Indie charts. A native of our host city Derry, Nadine has done many commercial endorsements, as well as charity events, such as being part of a 2010 record-breaking tree planting event in her hometown. Nadine has announced that she is working on her second solo album.

Patrick Kielty is a comedian and TV personality who made a name for himself as the host of Northern Ireland’s first comedy club “The Empire Laughs Back”. The BBC were quick to pick up on his ability to both provoke and charm in equal measure and his big break came in 1995 on Comic Relief’s Saint Patrick’s Day Special along side Ben Elton, Jo Brand and Sir Lenny Henry. His first two stand up titles went triple platinum and the award winning series “PK Tonight” for the BBC quickly followed.


The Show Edit

# Jury Artist Song Rank Points
01 Pl Poland Czesław Śpiewa Nienawidzę Cię Polsko 26. 39
02 Ma Morocco Gad El Maleh La Dance de la Joie (La La La) 25. 40
03 No Norway Alexander Rybak Blant Fjell 14. 57
04 My Malaysia Kaka Azraff Bukan Hal Aku (feat. Sleeq) 33. 19
05 It Italy Emma Occhi Profondi 2. 130
06 Ua Ukraine Mariya Yaremchuk Do tebe 34. 15
07 Mt Malta TroffaHamra Y Los Mechones Oh Tragedy Me! 15. 57
08 Ee Estonia Cartoon On and On (feat. Daniel Levi) 22. 44
09 Ph Philippines Ai Ai De Las Alas Nandito Lang Ako 31. 26
10 Tr Turkey Bengü Feveran 7. 80
11 Cz Czech Republic Light & Love Blueberry Sky 6. 81
12 Se Sweden Icona Pop Emergency 5. 91
13 Si Slovenia Siddharta Ledena 12. 63
14 Fi Finland MIAU War of Hearts 32. 25
15 Id Indonesia Rayhan the Daydreamers Ranying Hatala Langit 20. 46
16 Ro Romania Naguale Falava (feat. Andra) 11. 66
17 Jp Japan Sekai No Owari Dragon Night 4. 98
18 Cy Cyprus A.M. Sniper Nowhere (feat. Zahra Palmer) 35. 41*
19 Rs Serbia Nataša Bekvalac Original 17. 53
20 Ch Switzerland Patent Ochsner Schmierfett 28. 33
21 Za South Africa KAHN How Do You Play the Game? 29. 30
22 Mx Mexico Natalia Sosa Te Dejé Ir 13. 58
23 Ie Ireland Bohemian Strong 19. 47
24 Au Australia Marlisa Stand By You 10. 72
25 Gb United Kingdom Hurts Some Kind of Heaven 3. 122
26 Hr Croatia Pravila Igre Nebo na mojoj strani 24. 43
27 Us United States Major Lazer & DJ Snake Lean On (feat. Mø) 1. 145
28 Bg Bulgaria Desi Slawa Ne go pravi 23. 44
29 Fr France Marina Kaye Mirror, Mirror 8. 73
30 Ru Russia Egor Kreed Nevesta 9. 73
31 Br Brazil Barbara Ohana Ordinary Piece 30. 30
32 Il Israel Lola Marsh You're Mine 18. 49
33 Nl Netherlands Causes Teach Me How to Dance With You 16. 56
34 De Germany Fahrenhaidt Lights Will Guide Me 21. 45
35 Gr Greece Melina Aslanidou Na Me Dikaiologiseis 27. 39

Note: The non-voting country Cy Cyprus was moved to the bottom, while it retained its original score of 41.

The Results Edit



The Winner Edit

Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ - Lean On

Major Lazer & DJ Snake - Lean On (feat

Major Lazer & DJ Snake - Lean On (feat. MØ) (Official Lyric Video)

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