International Music Festival 26
Semi-final 1 date 13 May 2015
Semi-final 2 date 13 May 2015
Final date 24 May 2015
Venue USA New York
Presenter(s) Taylor Swift
Broadcaster ABC
Opening act SF1: Ivy Levan - "Biscuit"
SF2: Katy Perry - "Unconditionally"
Final: Welcome to New York!
Interval act SF1: Kelly Clarkson - "Invincible"
SF2: Ivy Levan - "Biscuit" (Acoustic)
Final: Taylor Swift - "Welcome To New York" & Kelly Clarkson - "Invincible"
Entries 49
Debuting Flag of Uzbekistan1 Uzbekistan
Withdrawing Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia
System Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favorite songs
Winner Germany "Traffic Lights"
International Music Festival
◄ 25 Eurovision Heart 27 ►

International Music Festival 26, often referred to as IMF #26, is the up-coming 26th edition of International Music Festival. It will be held in the United States after the victory of Ivy Levan with her song "Biscuit".


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The Madison Square Garden, venue of the International Music Festival 26.

Madison Square Garden, sometimes called MSG or The Garden, is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the New York City borough of Manhattan in the U.S. state of New York. Located in Midtown Manhattan between Seventh and Eighth Avenues from 31st to 33rd Streets, it is situated atop Pennsylvania Station. It is the fourth venue to bear the "MSG" name, the first two (1879 and 1890) of which were located on Madison Square, on East 26th Street and Madison Avenue, with the third Madison Square Garden further uptown at Eighth Avenue and 50th Street. The Garden is used for professional basketball and ice hockey, as well as boxing, concerts, ice shows, circuses, and other forms of sports and entertainment. It is close to other midtown Manhattan landmarks, including the Empire State Building, Koreatown, and Macy's at Herald Square. It is home to the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League, the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association, and residency to singer-songwriter, Billy Joel.

Opening on February 11, 1968, it is the oldest and most active major sporting facility in the New York metropolitan area. It is the oldest arena in the National Hockey League and the second-oldest arena in the National Basketball Association. MSG is the third-busiest music arena in the world in terms of ticket sales, behind the Manchester Arena and The O2 Arena, both in England.At a total construction cost of approximately $1.1 billion, MSG has been ranked as one of the ten most expensive stadium venues ever built.It is part of the Pennsylvania Plaza office and retail complex. Several other operating entities related to the Garden share its name.

Semi-final and Grand Final allocation drawEdit

Semi-final Allocation DrawEdit

The draw that determined the semi-final allocation was held on April 17,2015 at the Madison Square Garden. The participating countries, excluding the Big 6 countries, were split into seven pots, based on voting history and geographical location. From these pots, 22 countries each were allocated to compete in first semifinal, and 22 in second semifinal. The pots are as follows:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3
Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6 Pot 7

The big six countries will vote as follow:  Flag of France France , Flag of Greece Greece and Flag of Moldova Moldova in the first and Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic , Flag of Ireland Ireland and Flag of Sweden Sweden in the second semi-final.

Running OrderEdit


Returning artistsEdit

Twenty-six former participants returned in the contest. Former winner of the International Music Festival edition, Artist x returned again for country y.

Returns Contestant Currenty country Past country
4 Ani Lorak Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Ukraine Ukraine 05, Ukraine Ukraine 06, Ukraine Ukraine 18, Ukraine Ukraine 25
Conchita Wurst Flag of Austria Austria Austria Austria 13, Austria Austria 15, Austria Austria 20, Austria Austria 24
2 Lena Flag of Germany Germany Germany Germany 05, Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 08
Eldar Gasimov Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 11Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 15
Jolin Tsai Flag of Taiwan Taiwan Taiwan Taiwan 22Taiwan Taiwan 23
Carina Dahl Flag of Norway Norway NorwayNorway 13, Norway Norway 17
1 A-Studio Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 25
Genta Ismajli Flag of Albania Albania Kosovo Kosovo 16
Sharon Doorson Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands 24
Antonia Flag of Romania Romania Romania Romania 17
Kristina Flag of Croatia Croatia Croatia Croatia 06
Robin Flag of Finland Finland Finland Finland 03
Angelika Dusk Flag of Greece Greece Greece Greece 18
Tereza Kerndlová Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech Republic 10
Paulina Rubio Flag of Mexico Mexico Mexico Mexico 22
Neda Ukraden Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia 13
Uciteljice Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Croatia Croatia 20
Clean Bandit Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom United Kingdom UK 11


Semifinal 1Edit

France, Greece and Moldova will vote in this semi-final.

Draw Country Language Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Mexico Mexico Paulina Rubio "Baila casanova" 20 19
02 Flag of Iceland Iceland Steed Lord "Bed of Needles" 14 55
03 Flag of Italy Italy Dolcenera "Accendi Lo Spirito" 2 104
04 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan A-Studio "Так же как все" 22 15
05 Flag of Albania Albania Genta Ismajli ft. Ardian Bujupi & Dalool "Feel" 6 86
06 Flag of Australia1 Australia Karise Eden "Black Heart" 5 90
07 Flag of Poland Poland neena "ROSES" 18 43
08 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Sharon Doorson "Electrify" 9 68
09 Flag of China China Genie Chuo "Black Horse" 13 56
10 Flag of Belgium Belgium Noa Neel "Graffiti" 16 54
11 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Magnit "Vandenynai" 15 54
12 Flag of Germany Germany Lena "Traffic Lights" 1 208
13 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Eldar Gasimov "The One" 12 63
14 Flag of Romania Romania Antonia "Chica loca" 3 103
15 Flag of Denmark Denmark Bryan Rice "Beat Of My Own Drum" 19 42
16 Flag of Croatia Croatia Kristina "Brzo I Bezobrazno" 4 91
17 Flag of New Zealand New Zealand Ginny Blackmore & Stan Walker "Holding You" 7 85
18 Flag of Algeria Algeria Milk & Honey "Didi" 10 64
19 USA United States Krewella "Human" 17 51
20 Flag of Hungary Hungary Tóth Gabi "Jöjj még" 11 63
21 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Kate "Don't Let Go" 8 76
22 Flag of Portugal Portugal Ariely Bonatti "O Tribunal" 21 18

Semifinal 2Edit

Czech Republic, Ireland and Sweden will vote in this semi-final.

Draw Country Language Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Russia Russia English Irene Nelson "Sunrise" 20 28
02 Flag of San Marino San Marino Simonetta Spiri ft. Madback "Altrove" 16 51
03 Flag of Uzbekistan1 Uzbekistan Rayhon "Unutaman" 1 132
04 Flag of Finland Finland Robin ft. Nikke Ankara "Parasta" 17 46
05 Flag of Taiwan Taiwan Jolin Tsai "Fantasy" 11 74
06 Flag of Latvia Latvia English Samanta Tina "Stay" 8 78
07 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Neisha "Gloria" 19 30
08 Flag of South Korea South Korea NU'EST "Face" 14 58
09 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia English Nela Pociskova "Mysterious Boy" 13 59
10 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Ani Lorak "Ships" 6 86
11 Flag of Norway Norway English Carina Dahl "(Come A Little) Closer" 2 101
12 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland English Vava Voom "Turn Up the Night" 7 84
13 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Neda Ukraden ft. Uciteljice "Noci U Brazilu" 4 90
14 Flag of Turkey Turkey Sila "Reverans" 21 20
15 Flag of Spain Spain English Brittany Mullen ft. Leroy Sanchez "War Island" 9 76
16 Flag of Austria Austria English Conchita Wurst "Somebody To Love" 10 75
17 Flag of Georgia Georgia English Sofia Nizharadze "Sing My Song" 18 45
18 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom English Clean Bandit "Stronger" 3 95
19 Flag of Armenia Armenia Sofi Mkheyan "Hayastani Erge" 5 89
20 Flag of Canada Canada English Carly Rae Jepsen "I Really Like You" 12 66
21 Flag of Estonia Estonia English Rasmus Rändvee & Facelift Deer "Dance" 15 52

Grand FinalEdit

Draw Country Language Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Armenia Armenia Sofi Mkheyan "Hayastani Erge" 16 93
02 Flag of New Zealand New Zealand Ginny Blackmore & Stan Walker "Holding You" 4 156
03 Flag of Croatia Croatia Kristina "Brzo I Bezobrazno" 17 88
04 Flag of Albania Albania Genta Ismajli ft. Ardian & Dalool "Feel" 22 63
05 Flag of Austria Austria Conchita Wurst "Somebody To Love" 19 82
06 Flag of Romania Romania Antonia "Chica loca" 7 141
07 Flag of Ireland Ireland Janet Devlin "Creatures of the Night" 21 64
08 Flag of Latvia Latvia Samanta Tina "Stay" 10 116
09 Flag of Italy Italy Dolcenara "Accendi Lo Spirito" 5 154
10 Flag of Greece Greece Angelika Dusk ft. Playmen "Beautiful Love" 26 37
11 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Sharon Doorson "Electrify" 25 50
12 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Kate "Don't Let Go" 18 85
13 Flag of Moldova Moldova Dima Trofim "Cerșesc iubire13 97
14 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Clean Bandit "Stronger" 3 159
15 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Mafia Corner ft. Tereza Kerndlová "Být či Nebýt" 6 148
16 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Ani Lorak "Ships" 9 134
17 Flag of Germany Germany Lena "Traffic Lights" 1 290
18 Flag of Australia1 Australia Karise Eden "Black Heart" 14 96
19 Flag of Norway Norway Carina Dahl "(Come A Little) Closer" 2 160
20 Flag of Sweden Sweden Dolly Style "Cherry Gum" 11 113
21 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Neda Ukraden ft. Uciteljice "Noci U Brazilu" 15 94
22 Flag of Algeria Algeria Milk & Honey "Didi" 20 67
23 Flag of Spain Spain Brittany Mullen ft. Leroy Sanchez "War Island" 24 53
24 Flag of France France Nolween Leroy "Tri Martolod" 12 108
25 Flag of Uzbekistan1 Uzbekistan Rayhon "Unutaman" 8 138
26 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Vava Voom "Turn Up the Night" 23 54

International broadcasts and votingEdit

Voting and spokepersonsEdit

  1. Moldova Olivia Furtună
  2. Germany Ann Sophie
  3. Latvia Aminata
  4. Kazakhstan Zhanar Dugalova
  5. Albania Andri Xhahu
  6. France David Carreira
  7. Canada Ryan Reynolds
  8. Bosnia and Herzegovina Dino Merlin
  9. Slovakia Celeste Buckingham
  10. Norway Alexandra Joner
  11. Algeria Amel Bent
  12. Sweden Filippa Bark
  13. Portugal Rui Andrade
  14. Switzerland Melanie René
  15. Cyprus Louis
  16. Czech Republic Marta Jandová
  17. Netherlands Ilse DeLange

  1. USA Katy Perry 
  2. Italy Gianluca Ginoble 
  3. Romania Paula Seling 
  4. Iceland Greta Salomé
  5. Mexico Selena Gomez
  6. Greece Despina Vandi 
  7. Estonia Elina Born
  8. South Korea Megan Lee
  9. Spain Jorge Gonzales
  10. Australia Dami Im
  11. Armenia Tamar Kaprelian
  12. Ukraine Zlata Ognevich 
  13. Taiwan Jeannie Hsieh
  14. China Alan
  15. United Kingdom Ellie Goulding 
  16. Ireland Nicky Byrne 

  1. New Zealand Lorde 
  2. Finland Krista Siegfrids 
  3. San Marino Michele Perniola 
  4. Croatia Severina 
  5. Belgium Kate Ryan 
  6. Austria Andreas Gabalier 
  7. Uzbekistan Sogdiana
  8. Turkey Hadise 
  9. Hungary Kati Wolf 
  10. Lithuania Vaidas & Monika 
  11. Azerbaijan Farid Mammadov 
  12. Denmark Anne Gadegard 
  13. Slovenia Maraaya 
  14. Russia Sergey Lazarev 
  15. Poland Cleo 
  16. Georgia Nina Sublatti 
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