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Eurovision Song Contest 2004
2004 logo
Theme Under The Same Sky
Dates
Semi-final date 12 May 2004
Final date 15 May 2004
Host
Venue Abdi İpekçi Arena
Istanbul, Turkey
Presenter(s) Korhan Abay
Meltem Cumbul
Director Sven Stojanovic
Host broadcaster Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT)
Opening act Sertab Erener
Interval act Semi-final: ABBA: The Last Video

Final: Fire of Anatolia

Participants
Number of entries 36
Debuting countries Flag of Albania Albania
Flag of Andorra Andorra
Flag of Belarus Belarus
Serbiaandmontenegro Serbia & Montenegro
Returning countries Denmark, eurovision Denmark
Flag of Finland Finland
Flag of Lithuania Lithuania
Flag of Macedonia F.Y.R. Macedonia
Flag of Monaco Monaco
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
Withdrawing countries None
Voting
Voting system Each country awards 1 – 8, 10, and 12 points to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points None
Winner Flag of Ukraine Ukraine
"Wild Dances" by Ruslana
Eurovision Song Contest
2003 Wiki Eurovision Heart (Infobox).svg 2005


The Eurovision Song Contest 2004 was the 49th Eurovision Song Contest and it was held in the Abdi İpekçi Arena in Istanbul, Turkey.

This was the first occasion in which the contest was held in Turkey after they had won the competition in 2003 with Sertab Erener singing "Everyway That I Can". The hosting national broadcaster of the contest was Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT).

Ukrainian singer Ruslana won the contest with "Wild Dances". It is notable that this was only Ukraine's second participation in the contest. This was also the third year in a row in which the contest was won by a woman, performing a song composed at least partially by herself (being the previous two Marie N and Sertab Erener, which co-wrote their winning songs for the 2002 and 2003 contests). 2nd Place went to Serbia & Montenegro in their debut entry, 3rd to Greece, 4th to host nation Turkey, 5th to Cyprus (being their most successful entry to date) 6th to Sweden and 7th to Albania (also a debuting country).

To accommodate the increasing number of countries who wished to participate, a semi-final was introduced. The countries which didn't qualify for the final are normally calculate like participating countries, as well semi finals are a part of the competition. For the second consecutive year, no returning acts were present - only the sixth time (including 1956) in the history of the contest that this happened and it was the first time this had happened in two consecutive years.

The contest was held in Istanbul following Turkey's victory in the 2003 contest in Riga,Latvia with Sertab Erener's "Everyway That I Can". Originally the Mydonose Showlandwas chosen by TRT to host the event, but was changed to the Abdi İpekçi Arena as the contest approached due to its bigger capacity.[1]

Korhan Abay and Meltem Cumbul were presenters of the show.

In the semi-final and the final, Meltem Cumbul warmed up the audience with a sing-a-long of Eurovision classic "Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)", originally by Domenico Modugno. Sertab Erener returned to the stage in the final to perform "Everyway That I Can", the 2003 winning song, and one of her new songs called "Leave". Sertab also interviewed contestants in the green room. The Turkish dance ensemble Fire of Anatolia performed as the interval act.[1] An official CD was released and, for the first time, the entire contest was released on DVD which included the Semi-Final and the Grand Final.

The contest's new official generic logo was used for the first time this year, with the heart-shaped flag in the centre due to be changed for future contests. The slogan for Istanbul's contest was "Under The Same Sky", which communicated the importance of a united Europe and Turkish integration.

This year was also notable as it was the first year that Turkey voted for Cyprus and the second year in a row that Cyprus voted for Turkey. Nevertheless, in a move that angered some Cypriots, when the country presented its votes no map of the island was shown (all other presenters were preceded with their country being highlighted on a map). This was due to Turkey's recognition of the northern half of the island as an independent republic (not recognised by any other state). It is likely Turkey pulled out of showing the map because it would have only highlighted the southern portion of the island, and thus angered the international community.[1]

This was also the first year that the scores were only re-read by the hosts in one language. Before 2004 every point was repeated in French and English, but due to 36 countries voting, and more in years to come, in 2004 to save time the hosts only re-read each score in one language. This was in the opposite of the original country representative spoke in.

Also, this year was the first time in which a non-winning entry scored over 200 points. Prior to this contest, only Rock 'n' Roll Kids and Love Shine a Light, the winners on 1994 and 1997 had passed this mark. On this contest, all songs in the top 3 got over 200 points.

This year's Eurovision contest was the first to be a two-day event, with one qualifying round held on a Wednesday and the grand final held on the following Saturday. Under this new format, byes into the final were given to the 'Big 4'; France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom (as the largest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union) and the ten highest placed finishers in the 2003 contest. Andorra, Albania, Belarus and Serbia and Montenegro participated in the Contest for the first time, with Monacoreturning after a 25-year absence. Luxembourg were due to return after an absence of 11 years, but later pulled out after money issues arose between RTL and the EBU. All participating countries had the right to vote in both the qualifying round and the grand final. This was the first year in which all 36 participating countries voted based on a public phone vote. However France, Poland and Russia did not broadcast the semi-final (as they were not participating in it) and therefore did not give votes for it like the other thirty-three countries.

Just before the Slovenian entry was about to be performed, the Turkish broadcaster accidentally took a commercial break which meant the Slovenian song was not heard by Turkish viewers and consequently, Turkey gave no votes for the song.[1] There were technical problems when in a short hiatus halfway through the songs, (used for the advertising break), the hosts tried to contact various parties in Europe. They tried contacting Germany, Spain and Turkey, but in the end were only able to get a response fromGermany. During the Romanian postcard introduction, the information for the Romanian entry appeared on the screen, but was quickly taken away. A final minor hiccup occurred when, on her way to present the winner the trophy, Sertab Erener got her shoe stuck in a speaker grill by the side of the stage and had to be freed by stagehands. However this didn't delay proceedings, and other than the above the show ran smoothly.

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 all the votes(from 2004), reported that they had encountered problems with their calculation software, and there was a problem with text message voting in Croatia. When the votes were counted, results showed that Croatia had awarded themselves 4 points, which is against Eurovision rules. Later, an official EBU statement read that there had been technical problems at the side of the Croatian mobile service provider, who neglected to delete the illegal votes from the results. Consequently, some votes were not counted in the results announced at the end of the broadcast of the semi-final. When the results were corrected to include these additional votes, they were found not to have affected which countries had qualified for the Final.[1]

Results

Semi Final

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01 Flag of Finland Finland Jari Sillanpää "Takes 2 to Tango" English 14 51
02 Flag of Belarus Belarus Aleksandra and Konstantin "My Galileo" English 19 10
03 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Piero Esteriore & The MusicStars "Celebrate" English 22 0
04 Flag of Latvia Latvia Fomins and Kleins "Dziesma par laimi" Latvian 17 23
05 Flag of Israel Israel David D'Or "Leha'amin" Hebrew, English 12 57
06 Flag of Andorra Andorra Marta Roure "Jugarem a estimar-nos" Catalan 18 12
07 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Sofia Vitória "Foi magia" Portuguese 15 38
08 Flag of Malta Malta Julie and Ludwig "On Again... Off Again" English 8 74
09 Flag of Monaco Monaco Maryon "Notre planète" French 19 10
10 Flag of Greece Greece Sakis Rouvas "Shake It" English 3 238
11 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Ruslana "Wild Dances" English, Ukrainian 2 256
12 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Linas and Simona "What's Happened to Your Love?" English 16 26
13 Flag of Albania Albania Anjeza Shahini "The Image of You" English 4 167
14 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Lisa Andreas "Stronger Every Minute" English 5 149
15 Flag of Macedonia F.Y.R. Macedonia Toše Proeski "Life" English 10 71
16 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Platin "Stay Forever" English 21 5
17 Flag of Estonia Estonia Neiokõsõ "Tii" Võro 11 57
18 Flag of Croatia Croatia Ivan Mikulić "You Are the Only One" English 9 72
19 Denmark, eurovision Denmark Tomas Thordarson "Shame on You" English 13 56
20 Serbiaandmontenegro Serbia & Montenegro Željko Joksimović & Ad-Hoc Orchestra "Lane moje" Serbian 1 263
21 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Deen "In the Disco" English 7 133
22 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands Re-Union "Without You" English 6 146

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01 Flag of Spain.svg Spain Ramón "Para llenarme de ti" Spanish 10 87
02 Flag of Austria Austria Tie Break "Du bist" German 21 9
03 Flag of Norway Norway Knut Anders Sørum "High" English 24 3
04 France France Jonatan Cerrada "À chaque pas" French, Spanish 15 40
05 Serbiaandmontenegro Serbia & Montenegro Željko Joksimović & Ad-Hoc Orchestra "Lane moje" Serbian 2 263
06 Flag of Malta Malta Julie and Ludwig "On Again... Off Again" English 12 50
07 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands Re-Union "Without You" English 20 11
08 Flag of Germany Germany Max "Can't Wait Until Tonight" English, Turkish 8 93
09 Flag of Albania Albania Anjeza Shahini "The Image of You" English 7 106
10 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Ruslana "Wild Dances" English, Ukrainian 1 280
11 Flag of Croatia Croatia Ivan Mikulić "You Are the Only One" English 12 50
12 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Deen "In the Disco" English 9 91
13 Flag of Belgium Belgium Xandee "1 Life" English 22 7
14 Flag of Russia.svg Russia Julia Savicheva "Believe Me" English 11 67
15 Flag of Macedonia F.Y.R. Macedonia Toše Proeski "Life" English 14 47
16 Flag of Greece Greece Sakis Rouvas "Shake It" English 3 252
17 Flag of Iceland Iceland Jónsi "Heaven" English 19 16
18 Flag of Ireland Ireland Chris Doran "If My World Stopped Turning" English 22 7
19 Flag of Poland Poland Blue Café "Love Song" English, Spanish 17 27
20 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom James Fox "Hold On to Our Love" English 16 29
21 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Lisa Andreas "Stronger Every Minute" English 5 170
22 Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey Athena "For Real" English 4 195
23 Flag of Romania Romania Sanda "I Admit" English 18 18
24 Flag of Sweden Sweden Lena Philipsson "It Hurts" English 5 170

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