Eurovision Song Contest 2004

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The Eurovision Song Contest 2004 was the forty-ninth Eurovision Song Contest and took place on May 12, 2004 and May 15, 2004, in Istanbul, Turkey. Meltem Cumbul and Korhan Abay were the presenters.

It was the first Eurovision Song Contest to be a two-day event, with one qualifying round held on a Wednesday and the grand finale held on the following Saturday. Under this new format, byes into the final were given to the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain (as the largest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union) and the ten highest placed finishers in the 2003 contest. It was also the first contest to be broadcast in high definition format. Andorra, Albania and Belarus participated in the Contest for the first time, Serbia and Montenegro returned after a 12-year hiatus and Monaco returned after an absence of 25 years.

All participating countries had the right to vote in both the qualifying round and the grand finale. This was the first year in which all 36 participating countries voted based on a public phone vote.

On March 23, 2004, two draws were held to determine the running-order for the Semi-Final and Final events. A third draw took place, immediately following the Semi-Final on May 12, 2004, to determine the running order of the ten qualifying songs in the Final.

An hour after the Semi-Final had been aired, the European Broadcasting Union discovered that there had been problems with the vote counting in Monaco and Croatia. Digame, an affiliate of Deutsche Telekom, who had been responsible for processing the votes from Monaco, reported that they had encountered problems with their calculation software, and there was a problem with text message voting in Croatia. Consequently, some votes were not counted in the results announced at the end of the Semi-Final broadcast. When the results were corrected, to include these additional votes, they were found not to have affected which countries had qualified for the Final.

The contest was won by the Ukrainian entrant, Ruslana Lyzhichko, with the song Wild Dances, which won 280 points. Some commentators suggested that, true to Eurovision tradition, her victory could be attributed more to her dance routine and revealing attire than to the quality of the song. Allegations have been made by some, such as Terry Wogan, that bloc voting from Balkan and eastern European countries distorted the results. It is also notable that this was only the second participation for Ukraine.

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Semi-final results

Country
(Language)
Artist Song
(Translation)
Place Points
Albania Anjeza Shahini The Image Of You 4 167
Andorra Marta Roure Jugarem a estimar-nos
(We'll Be Playing at Loving Each Other)
18 12
Belarus Aleksandra & Konstantin My Gallileo 19 10
Bosnia and Herzegovina Deen In the Disco 7 133
Croatia Ivan Mikulić You Are The Only One 9 72
Cyprus Lisa Andreas Stronger Every Minute 5 149
Denmark Tomas Thordarson Shame On You 13 56
Estonia Neiok§s§ Tii
(The Way)
12 57
Finland Jari Sillanpńń Takes 2 to Tango 14 51
Greece Sakis Rouvas Shake it 3 238
Israel David D'or To Believe 11 57
Latvia Fomins & Kleins Dziesma par laimi
(Song About Happiness)
17 23
Lithuania Linas & Simona What's Happened to Your Love? 16 26
Republic of Macedonia Tose Proeski Life 10 71
Malta Julie & Ludwig On Again... Off Again 8 74
Monaco Mńryon Notre planŔte
(Our Planet)
20 10
Netherlands Re-union Without You 6 146
Portugal Sofia Vitˇria Foi Magia
(It Was Magic)
15 38
Serbia and Montenegro Željko Joksimović Lane Moje
(My Sweetheart)
1 263
Slovenia Platin Stay Forever 21 5
Switzerland Piero & The Musicstars Celebrate 22 0
Ukraine Ruslana Wild Dances 2 256
Venue: Abdi İpekši Stadium - Istanbul, Turkey
The table is ordered by the countries' names.

NB - The exact scores of the nations that qualified were not published until after the final, to avoid bias.

Final results

Country (Language) Artist Song
(Translation)
Place Points
Albania Anjeza Shahini The Image Of You 7 106
Austria Tie-break Du bist
(You Are)
21 9
Belgium Xandee 1 Life 22 7
Bosnia and Herzegovina Deen In the Disco 9 91
Croatia Ivan Mikulić You Are The Only One 12 50
Cyprus Lisa Andreas Stronger Every Minute 5 170
France Jonatan Cerrada A chaque pas
(Every Step)
15 40
Germany Max Can't Wait Until Tonight 8 93
Greece Sakis Rouvas Shake it 3 252
Iceland Jˇnsi Heaven 19 16
Ireland Chris Doran If My World Stops Turning 22 7
Republic of Macedonia Tose Proeski Life 14 47
Malta Julie & Ludwig On Again... Off Again 12 50
Netherlands Re-union Without You 20 11
Norway Knut Anders S°rum High 24 3
Poland Blue Cafe Love Song 17 27
Romania Sanda I Admit 18 18
Russia Julia Savicheva Believe Me 11 67
Serbia and Montenegro Željko Joksimović Lane Moje
(My Sweetheart)
2 263
Spain Ramˇn Para llenarme de ti
(To Be Filled By You)
10 87
Sweden Lena Philipsson It Hurts 6 170
Turkey Athena For Real 4 195
Ukraine Ruslana Wild Dances 1 280
United Kingdom James Fox Hold on to our Love 16 29
Venue: Abdi İpekši Stadium - Istanbul, Turkey
The table is ordered by the countries' names.

Voting structure

Every country in the competition, including those who did not qualify for the final, was allowed to vote for the winners. After all performances were completed, each country opened their phonelines to allow their viewers to nominate their favourite song. Voting for your own country is not allowed, however.

According to the way in which viewers placed their vote, each country awarded points: the country which received the most viewer votes was awarded 12 points, the second 10 points, the third 8 points and then 7, 6, 5, etc. down to 1. This system allows for all countries to get at least a couple of points (regardless of whether they win the favour of any particular country).

Score sheet

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Spain 1200072607200 080300810031340112500020
Austria 00 000000000004050000000000000000000
Norway 000000000000000000000000000 00003000
France 710010000000040 0000000012000002040000
Serbia & Montenegro 2712123712 101071610103812377251106106578101212812
Malta 6301000000160002126404603 0031000001
The Netherlands 00006000000300000000000002 000000000
Germany 02103001000 021207401400107003168400350
Albania 0 5410780540031110620401012101300107460
Ukraine 105465100108651288257871212121268877121061210812 
Croatia 003100535010001000 000000500000050507
Bosnia & Herzegovina 0107 00560080000001000000440210000081070
Belgium 1000 0001000000000000000005000000000
Russia 000001201600804002006081000000000 00010
FYR Macedonia 0608001120000000005000000 10000000743
Greece 8122586471273576612 7510610710712627612746108
Iceland 00000000002002000000 005000500020000
Ireland 000000000000000700 00000000000000000
Poland 0000000024001000400037000000 0001005
United Kingdom 000001000004000 00802030040020212000
Cyprus 40604823 8673751012410310542078443366114
Turkey 3887123824121002512663125328601288010850 6
Romania 0000000030001000000010000000004 00000
Sweden 54122404531210512380012586802501210573 232
Rows are ordered by appearance, columns are ordered by voting order.

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