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Eurovision Song Contest 2009
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Dates
Semi-final 1 date 12 May 2009
Semi-final 2 date 14 May 2009
Final date 16 May 2009
Host
Venue Olympic Indoor Arena, Moscow, Russia
Presenter(s) Ivan Urgant

Alsou Abramova

Host broadcaster Flag of Russia.svg Channel One
Opening act Final: The Tomalchevy Twins
Interval act Semi-final 1: Alexandrov Ensemble feat. t.A.T.u. with "Not Gonna Get Us"

Semi-final 2: Igor Moiseyev Ensemble – "Folk Dances from Different Countries"
Final: FuerzaBruta performance

Participants
Number of entries 42
Debuting countries None
Returning countries Flag of Slovakia Slovakia
Withdrawing countries Flag of Georgia Georgia

Flag of San Marino San Marino

Voting
Voting system 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 points for each ten country's favourites
Nul points None
Winner Flag of Norway Norway

Fairytale by Alexander Rybak

Eurovision Song Contest
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The Eurovision Song Contest 2009 was the 54th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest and was hosted by Russia after their win in 2008. It took place between 12 and 16 May 2009 at the Olympic Indoor Arena in Moscow, Russia.

The contest was won by Norway's Alexander Rybak with his self-penned "Fairytale", which received a record-breaking 387 points out of 492, at the time the highest total score in the history of the contest and with a margin of 169 points over the second place which went to Iceland.[A] Third place went to Azerbaijan, fourth to Turkey, and the United Kingdom taking 5th, seeing their best placing since 2002.

After criticism of the voting system after the 2007 Contest, changes in the voting procedure were made with the re-introduction of a national jury alongside televoting while the format of the semi-finals remained the same. Forty-two countries participated in the contest; Slovakiaannounced that it would return to the contest, while San Marinowithdrew due to financial issues. Latvia and Georgia originally announced their intention to withdraw, but it was later stated by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) that both countries would indeed participate.[2] However, Georgia later decided to withdraw after the EBU rejected its selected song as being a breach of contest rules.

For the very first time in Eurovision history, there were four hosts, each divided in two sets: Natalia Vodianova and Andrey Malahov were the hosts of the semi-finals, while the final was presented by Ivan Urgant and Alsou Abramova.

Semi Finals

Final

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