The Sound Of Europe 3 was the 3rd edition of the Sound Of Europe. It took place in GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus, following Cyprus's victory with Polina Christodoulou and her song "Eleni Tis Nichtas". This was the first time that Cyprus hosted the contest. The 3rd edition consisted of three semi-finals, which took place on 22 June 2015, and a final, held on 28 June 2015. The shows were presented by Polina Christodoulou and Ivi Adamou while Eleftheria Eleftheriou was hosting the green room. Forty-five countries participated in the 3rd edition.
Once all the votes had been announced, based on 50% jury and 50% televoting, Finland won the contest, with Krista Siegfrids's song "On And Off".
Nicosia is the largest city on the island of Cyprus. It is located near the centre of the Mesaoria plain, on the banks of the River Pedieos.
Nicosia is the capital and seat of government of the Republic of Cyprus, and as such is the farthest southeast of all EU member states' capitals. It has been continuously inhabited for over 4,500 years and has been the capital of Cyprus since the 10th century. Nicosia was divided into the southern Greek Cypriot and the northern Turkish Cypriot parts in 1963, following the intercommunal violence that broke out in the city. Today, the northern part of the city is the capital of Northern Cyprus, a de facto state that is considered to be occupied Cypriot territory by the international community.
Apart from its legislative and administrative functions, Nicosia has established itself as the island's financial capital and its main international business centre. In 2012, Nicosia was the 5th richest city in the world in relative purchasing power.
The contest took place in the GSP Stadium in Nicosia, following Cyprus's victory at the 2nd edition of the contest in Stockholm with the song "Eleni Tis Nichtas", performed by Polina Christodoulou. The GSP Stadium has a capacity of approximately 22,860 attendees and it serves as the home stadium for the two Nicosia's biggest clubs APOEL and Omonia.
The edition consisted of three semi-finals and a final. The six countries with the highest scores in 1st and 2nd semi-finals qualified to the final, while the eight from the 3rd qualified to the grand final. However, Andorra disqualified from semi-final 3 (for more info. see Incidents section).
Each participating country had their own national jury, which consisted of five professional members of the music industry. Each member of a respective nation's jury was required to rank every song, except that of their own country. The voting results from each member of a particular nation's jury were combined to produce an overall ranking from first to last place. Likewise, the televoting results were also interpreted as a full ranking, taking into account the full televoting result rather than just the top ten. The combination of the jury's full ranking and the televote's full ranking produced an overall ranking of all competing entries. The song which scored the highest overall rank received 12 points, while the tenth-best ranked song received 1 point.
The final running order of the competing performances at the semi-finals and the final were decided by the producer of the show and approved by the Executive Producer, the Executive Supervisor, the CBU and the Reference Group.
On 14 June 2015, CyBC announced that Polina Christodoulou, last edition's winner, and Ivi Adamou were the hosts of the 3rd edition. Eleftheria Eleftheriou was also chosen as host of the green room.
National host broadcaster
During an initial meeting between the host broadcaster CyBC and CBU (Contest Broadcasting Union) in 17 May 2015, the representatives of the core organising team were selected. Merfi Amadeus was announced as the executive producer and Kostas Bouris as the executive supervisor.
On 10 June 2015, it was announced that forty-five countries would participate in the 3rd edition of the Sound Of Europe.
|https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d4/Flag_of_Cyprus.svg/23px-Flag_of_Cyprus.svg.png Cyprus||Giorgos Papadopoulos||Na Min Fovase||Greek|
|https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/36/Flag_of_Albania.svg/21px-Flag_of_Albania.svg.png Albania||Bebe Rexha||I'm Gonna Show You
|https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c3/Flag_of_France.svg/23px-Flag_of_France.svg.png France||Baptiste Giabiconi||Je T'emmène Avec
|https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/03/Flag_of_Italy.svg/23px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Italy||Marco Mengoni||Solo||Italian|
13 countries took part in the first semi-final. The six songs in places 1 to 6 qualified for the final and are marked in orange. Cyprus and Albania voted from the Big 4
13 countries took part in the first semi-final. The six songs in places 1 to 6 qualified for the final and are marked in orange. Cyprus and France voted from the Big 4.
14 countries took part in the first semi-final. The eight songs in places 1 to 8 qualified for the final and are marked in orange. Cyprus and Italy voted from the Big 4.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2f/Flag_of_Armenia.svg/23px-Flag_of_Armenia.svg.png Armenia - Public Television of Armenia (AMPTV) stated on 23 May the country's withdrawal from the edition due to financial reasons.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9c/Flag_of_Denmark.svg/20px-Flag_of_Denmark.svg.png Denmark - Danmarks Radio (DR) stated that Denmark would not participate in the 3rd edition of the contest. However, they also stated that maybe they would make their debut in the 4th edition.
Andorra disqualified from the edition, because, as it was said, the jury members didn't award their points. This was denied from Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA). CBU didn't accept that. RTVA announced the country's withdrawal from the contest, without stating how long will this take.