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Eurovision Song Contest 2009
Firebird
Eurovision Song Contest 2009 logo.svg
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) Semi-finals:
Natalia Vodianova
Andrey Malahov
Final:
Ivan Urgant
Alsou Abramova[1]
Director Andrey Boltenko
Executive supervisor Svante Stockselius
Executive producer Yury Aksyuta
Host broadcaster Channel One
Opening act Semi-final 1: The Tolmachevy Twins
Semi-final 2: "Eurovision Winners Songs Mix" by Terem Quartet, Russian national ballet "Kostroma", Ensemble of Russian Airforce, Show-ballet "Art Dogs"
Final: Cirque du Soleil performance (Prodigal Son), Dima Bilan with "Believe"
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
Participants
Number of entries 42
Debuting countries None
Returning countries  Slovakia
Withdrawing countries  Georgia
 San Marino
Vote
Voting system Each country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs.
Nul points  Czech Republic
(in Semi-final 1)
Winning song Norway Norway
"Fairytale"
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The Eurovision Song Contest 2009 was the 54th edition of the 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, the highest total score in Eurovision history, at that time by a margin of 95 points. (Until then, the highest winning score had been Finland in 2006 with 292 points.)[2] Second place went to Iceland, third 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; Slovakia announced that it would return to the contest, while San Marino withdrew 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.[3] However, Georgia later decided to withdraw after the EBU rejected its selected song as being a breach of contest rules.

Location[edit]

The contest was held in Russia following its victory in the 2008 contest in Belgrade, Serbia, with Dima Bilan's "Believe".[4] Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Russia, stated that the contest would be held in Moscow.[5]

It was proposed by Channel One that the contest be held in Moscow's Olympic Indoor Arena, and this proposal was evaluated by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and confirmed on 13 September 2008.[5][6] The Director-General of the venue, Vladimir Churilin, refuted rumours of emergency reconstruction of the building, saying: "It will not be required for the Eurovision Song Contest. We now can take up to 25 thousand spectators."[7]

Format[edit]

The contest final took place on 16 May 2009 at the Olympic Indoor Arena in Moscow, Russia with two semi-finals preceding it on 12 and 14 May.[4][6][8] Thirty-seven countries participated in one of the two semi-finals of the contest, with the "Big Four" countries (France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom) and the host pre-qualified for the final.[3] In addition to those pre-qualified, the final also included the ten selected countries from each semi-final, making a total of twenty-five participants.

A discussion on changes to the format of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest had taken place at an EBU meeting in Athens, Greece in June 2008 where a proposal was made that could have resulted in the "Big Four" losing their automatic place in the final of the contest.[9] However, it was confirmed that the "Big Four" countries would continue to automatically qualify for the final at the 2009 contest.[10]

Graphic design[edit]

The stage of the contest

Host broadcaster Channel One presented the sub-logo and theme for the 2009 contest on 30 January 2009.[11] The sub-logo is based upon a "Fantasy Bird", which can be used with many colours. As in previous years, the sub-logo was presented alongside the generic logo.[11] 2009 was the first year since 2001 that there was no slogan for the contest.

The stage was designed by New York-based set designer John Casey, and was based around the theme of contemporary Russian avant-garde. Casey, who had previously designed the stage for the Eurovision Song Contest 1997 in Dublin, was also involved in design teams for the 1994 and 1995 contests. He explained that "even before [he] worked with the Russians on the TEFI Awards in Moscow in 1998, [he] was inspired by and drawn to art from the Russian Avant Garde period, especially the constructivists... [He] tried to come up with a theatrical design for the contest that incorporates Russian avant-garde art into a contemporary setting, almost entirely made up of different types of LED screens."[12] Casey explained that together, the various LED shapes form the finished product. Furthermore, large sections of the stage can move, including the circular central portion of curved LED screens, which can be moved to effect and allow each song to have a different feel.

The postcards (short videos between the acts) were as follows:

  • Miss World 2008, Ksenia Sukhinova appeared;
  • A group of famous buildings, monuments and landscapes from the corresponding country were shown, similar to 3-D pages of a book;
  • Sukhinova reappeared wearing a hat comprising the above (as well as a different hairstyle & make-up each time) and a T-shirt with the colours of the country's flag. On the right the ESC 2009 logo appeared with the name of the country; The Russia's video had the exact appearance of Sukhinova shown in the first part of every video and no different hairstyle was shown for Russia.
  • Finally a phrase in transliterated Russian and its English translation were shown (e.g. Spasibo and Thank You).

Semi-final allocation draw[edit]

On Friday 30 January 2009, the draw to decide which countries would appear in either the first or second semi-final took place. The participating countries excluding the automatic finalists (France, Germany, Russia, Spain & the United Kingdom) were split into six pots, based upon how those countries have been voting. From these pots, half (or as close to half as is possible) competed in the first Semi Final on 10 May 2011. The other half in that particular pot will compete in the second Semi Final on 12 May 2011.[13][14][15] The draw for the running order of the semi-finals, finals, and the order of voting, occurred on 16 March 2009.[3]

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

Voting[edit]

In response to some broadcasters' continued complaints about politically charged, neighbourly and diaspora voting, the EBU evaluated the voting procedure used in the contest, with the possibility of a change in the voting system for 2009. Contest organisers sent a questionnaire regarding the voting system to participating broadcasters, and a reference group incorporated the responses into their suggestions for next year's format.[16] Telewizja Polska (TVP), the Polish broadcaster, suggested that an international jury similar to the one used in the 2008 Eurovision Dance Contest be introduced in the Eurovision Song Contest to lessen the impact of neighbourly voting and place more emphasis on the artistic value of the song.[17] A jury would lead to less political and diaspora voting as the jury members, mandated to be music industry experts, would also have a say in addition to "random members of the public".[18]

It was decided that for the contest final, each country's votes would be decided by a combination of 50% televoting results and 50% national jury.[19] The method of selecting the semi-final qualifiers remained the same for the most part, with nine countries, instead of the ten as in years past, qualifying from each semi-final based on the televoting results.[20][21] For the tenth qualifier from each semi-final, the highest placed country on the back-up jury scoreboard that had not already qualified, was chosen for the final.[19] At the final, each country combined their 1-12 points from the televote with their 1-12 jury points to create their "national scorecard". The country with the most points received 12 points, the second placed country received 10 points and so on. If a tie arose, the song with the higher televote position was given the advantage and the higher point value.[19] National juries were originally phased out of the contest beginning in 1997, with televoting becoming mandatory for nearly all participants since 2003.

Edgar Böhm, director of entertainment for Austria's public broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF), has stated that the 2008 format with two semi-finals "still incorporates a mix of countries who will be politically favoured in the voting process," and "that, unless a clear guideline as to how the semifinals are organised is made by the EBU, Austria will not be taking part in Moscow 2009."[22][23] Despite the inclusion of jury voting in the final, Austria did not return to the contest in 2009.[24]

Incidents[edit]

The 2009 contest experienced several controversies and incidents during its lead-up, including the interpretation of over Georgia's entry as an attack against the Russian prime minister,[25] conflicts between Armenia and Azerbaijan stemming from the inclusion of a monument in a disputed region to represent Armenia in a video introduction,[26] Spain's broadcaster showing a semi-final on tape delay after a scheduling conflict,[27] and protests over Russia's treatment of LGBT people to coincide with the contest.[28]

Armenia and Azerbaijan[edit]

Armenia and Azerbaijan experienced several conflicts during the 2009 contest.

After the first semi-final, representatives for Azerbaijan complained to the EBU over the introductory "postcard" preceding the Armenian entry, since the video clip had included a depiction of We Are Our Mountains, a monumental statue located in the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh republic, which is considered to be a de jure part of Azerbaijan.[26] As a result of the complaint, the statue was edited out during the finals.[29] However, Armenia retaliated during the results presentations by having the monument displayed on a video screen in the background, and having presenter Sirusho read the results from a clipboard decorated with a photo of the monument.[29]

There were also allegations that no number had been shown for the public to call and vote for Armenia's entry during the telecast in Azerbaijan. Representatives denied these allegations by showing a video that showed an untampered signal during the Armenian performance.[30] However, a subsequent EBU investigation found that the Azerbaijani broadcaster, Ictimai TV, had blurred out the number for Armenia's entry and distorted the TV signal when the Armenian contestants were performing on stage. The EBU fined Ictimai TV an undisclosed sum and is said to have threatened to exclude the broadcaster from the competition for up to three years if further infractions of the Eurovision Song Contest rules are made.[31]

In August 2009, a number of Azerbaijanis who had voted for Armenia's entry during the 2009 Contest were summoned for questioning at the Ministry of National Security in Baku, during which they were accused of being "unpatriotic" and "a potential security threat". This incident initiated an EBU investigation that resulted in a change to the Eurovision rules to allow a country's participating broadcaster to be liable "for any disclosure of information which could be used to identify voters".[32]

Broadcast delays in Spain[edit]

Due to its commitments to broadcast the Madrid Open tennis tournament, Spanish broadcaster Televisión Española (TVE) broadcast the second semifinal on a tape delay on its channel La 2, approximately 66 minutes after the show began in Moscow.[33] As a result of the tape delay, the broadcaster also utilized a backup jury rather than televoting to decide its votes.[27][34] TVE had already switched to voting in the second semi-final due to another scheduling conflict, which had already sparked criticism from the neighboring Andorran and Portuguese delegations, who stated that a Spanish vote would have positively influenced their performance in the first semifinal.[34]

On the day following the semifinal, local newspaper El Mundo speculated that RTVE may have administered the delay on purpose in order to prevent Spain from winning the contest, claiming that the broadcaster would not be ready to host the contest if Spain were to win.[35] A statement in ABC had cited technical difficulties for the delay.[33]

After the semi-finals, the EBU announced that Spain would face sanctions for their actions in the contest, but also stated that their participation in the 2009 contest in Moscow would not be affected.[27] The Spanish entry, "La noche es para mí", would not fare well in the contest itself, finishing in 24 place during the finals.[36]

Georgia: "We Don't Wanna Put In"[edit]

After being placed to compete in the first semi-final on 12 May, a national final was held in Georgia to select its entry. The selected entry, Stefane & 3G with "We Don't Wanna Put In" gained coverage and controversy due to perceived political connotations within its lyrics relating to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.[37] The EBU rejected the song due to these political connotations, calling it a clear breach of the contest's rules. The EBU then asked the Georgian broadcaster Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) on 10 March to change either the lyrics of the song, or to select a new song to compete for the country.[38][39] GPB refused to change the lyrics or the song, claiming that the song contained no political references, and that the rejection by the EBU was due to political pressure from Russia. As such, GPB withdrew Georgia from the contest on 11 March.[40][41] The EBU never made a comment on the country's withdrawal. On 11 May the band admitted the political content of the song and their intention was just to embarrass Putin in Moscow.[25] As a result of refusing to change the song lyrics and decision to withdraw the song developed in an idea to start an AlterVision Open Air Song Contest. First Open Air AlterVision Song Contest was held in Tbilisi (Georgia) on May 15–17, 2009.

LGBT protests[edit]

Russian gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseev used the Contest's presence in Russia as a platform for promoting the country's position on the rights of LGBT people, countering Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov's view that homosexuality is "satanic".[42] Alekseev announced that the 2009 edition of Moscow Pride, the city's annual gay pride parade, would coincide with the finals on 16 May, the day before the International Day Against Homophobia. The parade was also renamed "Slavic Pride", to promote gay rights and culture across the entire Slavic region of Europe.[43] The parade was denied authorisation by Moscow officials on the basis that it would "destroy morals in society"[28] and statements were issued stating that protesters would be treated "toughly",[44] and that "tough measures" would be faced by anyone joining the march.[45]

The rally was broken up by Moscow police, and 20 protesters were arrested including Nikolai Alekseev[28] and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who exclaimed that "this shows the Russian people are not free" as he was taken away by police.[46] Sweden's representative Malena Ernman supported the cause saying that she is not homosexual herself but would be proud to call herself gay to support her fans, stating that she was sad that the Moscow government would not allow a "tribute to love" to occur.[47] The winner of the contest, Norway's Alexander Rybak, also referred to the controversy in an interview when he called the Eurovision Song Contest itself the "biggest gay parade".[48]

The Dutch group De Toppers made news by member Gordon threatening to boycott the final of Eurovision 2009 if the gay parade was violently beaten down. However, the group's failure to qualify for the final left this threat redundant.

Participating countries[edit]

  Countries in the first semi-final
  Countries in the second semi-final
  Countries voting in the first semi-final
  Countries voting in the second semi-final

Following the release of the final participants list by the EBU, 42 countries confirmed their participation in the 2009 contest, including Slovakia, which returned to the contest after 11 years.[3][49] Georgia originally announced that it was to withdraw from the contest due to the 2008 South Ossetia war in protest of the foreign policies of Russia,[50][51][52] but later decided to return to the contest, inspired by its win at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008, as well as Russia's 12 points to it in the same contest.[53][54] The country eventually withdrew from the contest due to its entry being deemed to contain political references, including in the title a play on words of Russia's prime minister's surname.[40]

Rumours arose surrounding the participation and return of San Marino and Monaco. Télé Monte Carlo (TMC), the Monegasque broadcaster, confirmed that there were talks with the EBU over a Monegasque return to the 2009 contest.[55] At the same time, rumours spread that San Marino's broadcaster, Radiotelevisione della Repubblica di San Marino (SMRTV), would withdraw from the contest due to poor placing at the 2008 contest.[56] In the end, after originally confirming their intent to participate in Moscow, SMRTV was forced to withdraw from the event due to financial difficulties that prevented a second entry.[57][58]

Alexander Rybak after winning the final.

The Latvian broadcaster, Latvijas Televīzija (LTV), had reportedly withdrawn from the 2009 contest on 17 December 2008, three days after the final participation deadline. This came about due to budget cuts of over 2 million lati (2.8 million euros) from the LTV budget, hindering their ability to pay the participation fee.[59] LTV confirmed that they had informed the EBU of their intent to withdraw based solely on financial difficulties. LTV then went into discussions with the EBU in an attempt to find a solution that would keep the country in the Contest.[60][61] On 20 December 2008, LTV announced that it would be withdrawing from the contest, and that both the EBU and Channel One had agreed not to force a financial penalty on the late withdrawal of the broadcaster from the 2009 contest. LTV also announced its intent to be at the 2010 contest.[62][63] However, on 12 January 2009, it was announced that Latvia would participate in the 2009 contest.[3] Each country chose its entry for the contest through its own selection process. Some countries selected their entry through an internal selection, where the representing network chose both the song and artist, while others held national finals where the public chose the song, the artist, or both.

Notable artists that did not qualify[edit]

Notable artists that participated in one of the national song selection shows, but did not manage to qualify for the Eurovision Song Contest include Agnes Carlsson, Alcazar, Alexey Vorobyov, Ana Bebić, Anita Hegerland, Anna Semenovich, Bambir, Emilia Rydberg, Hera Björk, Hurriganes, Jari Sillanpää, Kaliopi, Marie Serneholt, Valeriya and Wenche Myhre. Before mainstream international success Kosovar-British singer Rita Ora was a finalist on Your Country Needs You for the United Kingdom.

Returning artists[edit]

By the completion of the 2009 selection processes, three countries had chosen artists who had previously participated in the contest. Returning artists included Chiara, who represented Malta in 1998 and 2005, Sakis Rouvas, who represented Greece in 2004. Friðrik Ómar, part of the Euroband duo in 2008, was part of the choir in Iceland's entry and Martina Majerle, who represented Slovenia with Quartissimo, had participated as a backing vocalist in the 2003 Croatian and 2007 Slovenian entries.

Results[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

Thirty-seven countries participated in one of the two semi-finals of the contest.[3] The semi-final allocation draw took place on 30 January 2009,[14][15] while the draw for the running order was held on 16 March 2009.[64][65]

Semi-final 1[edit]

  • The first semi final took place in Moscow on 12 May.
  • The United Kingdom and Germany voted in this semi-final.[66]
  • Flax denotes the entry chosen by the jury to go to the final.
Draw Country Language[67] Artist Song English translation Place Points
01  Montenegro English Andrea Demirović "Just Get Out of My Life" 11 44
02  Czech Republic English, Romani Gipsy.cz "Aven Romale" Come in gypsies 18 0
03  Belgium English Patrick Ouchène "Copycat" 17 1
04  Belarus English Petr Elfimov "Eyes That Never Lie" 13 25
05  Sweden French, English Malena Ernman "La voix" The voice 4 105
06  Armenia English, Armenian Inga and Anush "Jan Jan" (Ջան Ջան) My dear 5 99
07  Andorra Catalan, English Susanne Georgi "La teva decisió (Get a Life)" Your decision 15 8
08  Switzerland English Lovebugs "The Highest Heights" 14 15
09  Turkey English Hadise "Düm Tek Tek" [A] 2 172
10  Israel English, Hebrew, Arabic Noa and Mira Awad "There Must Be Another Way" 7 75
11  Bulgaria English Krassimir Avramov "Illusion" 16 7
12  Iceland English Yohanna[68] "Is It True?" 1 174
13  Macedonia Macedonian Next Time "Nešto što kje ostane"
(Нешто што ќе остане)
Something that will remain 10 45
14  Romania English Elena "The Balkan Girls" 9 67
15  Finland English Waldo's People "Lose Control" 12 42
16  Portugal Portuguese Flor-de-Lis "Todas as ruas do amor" All the streets of love 8 70
17  Malta English Chiara "What If We" 6 86
18  Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnian[69][70] Regina "Bistra voda" Clear water 3 125

Semi-final 2[edit]

  • The second semi final took place in Moscow on 14 May.
  • France and Russia voted in this semi-final.[66] Spain was also scheduled to televote in this semi-final, but due to scheduling errors at TVE, the semi-final was aired late and Spanish viewers were not able to vote, so the Spanish jury's vote was used instead.[71]
  • Flax denotes the entry chosen by the jury to go to the final.
Draw Country Language[67] Artist Song English translation Place Points
01  Croatia Croatian Igor Cukrov feat. Andrea "Lijepa Tena" Beautiful Tena 13 33
02  Ireland English Sinéad Mulvey and Black Daisy "Et Cetera" 11 52
03  Latvia Russian Intars Busulis "Probka" (Пробка) Traffic jam 19 7
04  Serbia Serbian Marko Kon and Milaan[72] "Cipela" (Ципела) Shoe 10 60
05  Poland English Lidia Kopania "I Don't Wanna Leave" 12 43
06  Norway English Alexander Rybak "Fairytale" 1 201
07  Cyprus English Christina Metaxa "Firefly" 14 32
08  Slovakia Slovak Kamil Mikulčík and Nela "Leť tmou" Fly through the darkness 18 8
09  Denmark English Niels Brinck "Believe Again" 8 69
10  Slovenia English, Slovene Quartissimo feat. Martina "Love Symphony" 16 14
11  Hungary English Zoli Ádok "Dance with Me" 15 16
12  Azerbaijan English AySel and Arash[73] "Always" 2 180
13  Greece English Sakis Rouvas "This Is Our Night" 4 110
14  Lithuania English, Russian Sasha Son "Love" 9 66
15  Moldova Romanian, English Nelly Ciobanu "Hora din Moldova" Hora from Moldova 5 106
16  Albania English Kejsi Tola "Carry Me in Your Dreams" 7 73
17  Ukraine English Svetlana Loboda "Be My Valentine" 6 80
18  Estonia Estonian Urban Symphony "Rändajad" Nomad 3 115
19  Netherlands English The Toppers "Shine" 17 11

Final[edit]

The finalists were:

  • The "Big Four" (France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom).
  • The host country, Russia.
  • The top nine countries from the first semi-final plus one wildcard from the juries.
  • The top nine countries from the second semi-final plus one wildcard from the juries.

The final took place in Moscow on 16 May at 23:00 MST (19:00 UTC) and was won by Norway. They received points from every voting country and led the vote from the beginning to the end.

Draw Country Language[67] Artist Song English translation Place Points
01  Lithuania English, Russian Sasha Son "Love" 23 23
02  Israel English, Hebrew, Arabic Noa and Mira Awad "There Must Be Another Way" 16 53
03  France French Patricia Kaas "Et s'il fallait le faire" And if it had to be done 8 107
04  Sweden French, English Malena Ernman "La voix" The voice 21 33
05  Croatia Croatian Igor Cukrov feat. Andrea "Lijepa Tena" Beautiful Tena 18 45
06  Portugal Portuguese Flor-de-Lis "Todas as ruas do amor" All the streets of love 15 57
07  Iceland English Yohanna[68] "Is It True?" 2 218
08  Greece English Sakis Rouvas "This Is Our Night" 7 120
09  Armenia English, Armenian Inga and Anush "Jan Jan" (Ջան Ջան) My dear 10 92
10  Russia Russian, Ukrainian Anastasiya Prikhodko "Mamo" (Мамо) Mum 11 91
11  Azerbaijan English AySel and Arash[73] "Always" 3 207
12  Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnian[69][70] Regina "Bistra voda" Clear water 9 106
13  Moldova Romanian, English Nelly Ciobanu "Hora din Moldova" Hora from Moldova 14 69
14  Malta English Chiara "What If We" 22 31
15  Estonia Estonian Urban Symphony "Rändajad" Nomads 6 129
16  Denmark English Niels Brinck "Believe Again" 13 74
17  Germany English Alex Swings Oscar Sings![74] "Miss Kiss Kiss Bang" 20 35
18  Turkey English Hadise "Düm Tek Tek" [A] 4 177
19  Albania English Kejsi Tola "Carry Me in Your Dreams" 17 48
20  Norway English Alexander Rybak "Fairytale" 1 387
21  Ukraine English Svetlana Loboda "Be My Valentine" 12 76
22  Romania English Elena "The Balkan Girls" 19 40
23  United Kingdom English Jade Ewen "It's My Time" 5 173
24  Finland English Waldo's People "Lose Control" 25 22
25  Spain Spanish, English Soraya Arnelas "La noche es para mí" The night is for me 24 23

Scoreboards[edit]

In this year's Eurovision Song Contest there were a few glitches out of the 84 total televote counts from the two semi finals and Grand final.[75]

Semi-final 1[edit]

  • No problems were reported in the first Eurovision Song Contest semi-final.
Televoting Results
Total Score Montenegro Czech Republic Belgium Belarus Sweden Armenia Andorra Switzerland Turkey Israel Bulgaria Iceland Macedonia Romania Finland Portugal Malta Bosnia and Herzegovina Germany United Kingdom
Contestants Montenegro 44 3 5 1 2 5 1 8 1 6 10 2
Czech Republic 0
Belgium 1 1
Belarus 25 2 1 1 4 4 1 1 6 4 1
Sweden 105 6 4 7 8 7 4 4 7 10 3 4 10 8 8 4 4 7
Armenia 99 4 12 10 10 5 1 10 10 8 2 2 8 1 1 10 5
Andorra 8 1 4 3
Switzerland 15 2 2 2 5 2 2
Turkey 172 8 5 12 6 7 10 5 12 6 12 7 12 12 7 5 10 12 12 12
Israel 75 5 4 3 4 6 7 8 5 3 4 6 1 3 6 4 5 1
Bulgaria 7 2 5
Iceland 174 7 10 7 12 12 12 10 7 8 12 6 4 10 12 12 12 7 6 8
Macedonia 45 10 3 6 6 10 2 8
Romania 67 6 2 1 2 4 7 8 5 4 7 10 2 6 1 2
Finland 42 3 1 10 3 12 1 3 5 4
Portugal 70 2 6 3 12 10 2 2 8 7 2 3 7 6
Malta 86 1 7 8 8 4 3 6 3 5 3 5 6 3 6 5 3 10
Bosnia and Herzegovina 125 12 8 5 5 8 6 8 12 3 7 3 10 5 8 7 7 8 3

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the 1st semi-final:

N. Contestant Voting nation(s)
8 Turkey Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Germany, Macedonia, Romania, Switzerland, United Kingdom
7 Iceland Armenia, Belarus, Finland, Israel, Portugal, Malta, Sweden
2 Bosnia and Herzegovina Montenegro, Turkey
1 Armenia Czech Republic
Finland Iceland
Portugal Andorra

Semi-final 2[edit]

  • In the second semi final, Spain's and Albania's delays in broadcasting the show meant that their results were provided by the back-up juries.
Voting procedure used:
  Televote
  Jury vote
Televoting Results
Total Score Croatia Ireland Latvia Serbia Poland Norway Cyprus Slovakia Denmark Slovenia Hungary Azerbaijan Greece Lithuania Moldova Albania Ukraine Estonia Netherlands France Russia Spain
Contestants Croatia 33 12 2 10 1 3 1 1 3
Ireland 52 1 5 3 3 4 10 2 7 2 7 4 3 1
Latvia 7 6 1
Serbia 60 12 2 4 12 2 5 6 12 5
Poland 43 10 3 3 3 1 1 3 1 6 6 2 4
Norway 201 8 8 10 8 10 8 10 12 8 10 12 8 12 10 8 10 12 12 3 10 12
Cyprus 32 2 1 2 1 7 12 1 6
Slovakia 8 1 4 2 1
Denmark 69 2 7 3 1 12 3 5 3 2 2 5 5 8 7 4
Slovenia 14 7 5 2
Hungary 16 2 8 3 3
Azerbaijan 180 6 6 8 6 12 6 10 12 8 6 12 7 10 12 12 10 8 10 12 7
Greece 110 3 4 10 2 1 12 5 2 4 6 4 4 6 12 4 5 10 6 4 6
Lithuania 66 12 7 4 7 1 5 6 4 5 7 2 5 1
Moldova 106 5 5 2 7 5 10 7 7 3 5 7 6 8 2 4 7 8 8
Albania 73 10 6 5 4 6 7 4 5 10 5 3 1 5 2
Ukraine 80 3 6 1 7 6 6 8 10 3 2 8 3 7 10
Estonia 115 4 4 12 4 8 8 5 8 4 1 7 3 4 8 7 7 5 8 6 2
Netherlands 11 1 10

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the 2nd semi-final:

N. Contestant Voting nation(s)
6 Norway Azerbaijan, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Spain
Azerbaijan Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine
3 Serbia Croatia, France, Slovenia
2 Greece Albania, Cyprus
1 Cyprus Greece
Denmark Norway
Croatia Serbia
Lithuania Ireland
Estonia Latvia

Final[edit]

  • In the Grand Final, SMS voting was the only method used to provide the Hungarian public voting scores as the televotes could not be counted due to a technical problem.
  • Norway's jury vote was used because a technical mistake by the local telephone operator rendered the televotes and SMS texts unusable.
  • The full split jury/televoting results were announced by the EBU in July 2009.[76]
Voting procedure used:
  Jury & televote
  SMS and jury vote
  Jury vote
Voting results
Total Score Spain Belgium Belarus Malta Germany Czech Republic Sweden Iceland France Israel Russia Latvia Montenegro Andorra Finland Switzerland Bulgaria Lithuania United Kingdom Macedonia Slovakia Greece Bosnia and Herzegovina Ukraine Turkey Albania Serbia Cyprus Poland Netherlands Estonia Croatia Portugal Romania Ireland Denmark Moldova Slovenia Armenia Hungary Azerbaijan Norway
Contestants Lithuania 23 7 1 4 2 7 1 1
Israel 53 8 4 10 4 7 1 5 8 1 5
France 107 3 1 7 3 6 5 10 5 1 3 4 7 6 1 6 6 3 2 3 6 3 2 7 6 1
Sweden 33 4 3 2 2 7 1 6 4 4
Croatia 45 1 8 4 2 12 5 2 6 5
Portugal 57 8 6 7 7 7 6 10 2 1 3
Iceland 218 2 12 7 2 10 10 3 8 5 8 10 5 5 8 8 2 4 6 6 5 1 8 2 2 10 12 12 3 3 5 5 7 12
Greece 120 1 5 5 7 6 2 4 2 2 12 5 5 12 6 12 1 7 8 4 10 4
Armenia 92 4 7 1 12 3 5 6 8 5 1 6 1 3 2 6 4 2 5 4 7
Russia 91 8 5 8 7 6 7 8 4 1 3 10 6 12 6
Azerbaijan 207 3 10 1 10 8 1 6 7 4 6 2 8 5 3 3 4 8 3 10 12 4 4 8 6 10 7 10 4 8 10 1 1 10 10
Bosnia and Herzegovina 106 2 5 2 12 6 4 4 10 8 8 5 12 4 12 10 2
Moldova 69 5 4 1 1 7 7 5 3 12 12 2 7 3
Malta 31 4 1 1 3 1 6 7 3 5
Estonia 129 4 1 7 10 8 10 12 10 12 5 4 3 8 6 1 6 5 7 6 4
Denmark 74 6 4 5 3 5 2 5 1 6 7 2 4 5 8 3 8
Germany 35 2 3 7 2 1 3 2 1 1 7 6
Turkey 177 2 12 5 10 1 6 12 3 3 5 12 10 12 12 3 7 10 8 1 3 6 6 4 5 12 7
Albania 48 1 7 6 7 7 10 1 5 2 2
Norway 387 12 10 12 8 12 3 12 12 8 12 12 12 10 10 8 8 2 12 10 8 10 10 10 12 3 7 10 10 12 12 12 8 5 5 8 12 8 12 8 12 8
Ukraine 76 6 6 2 5 2 2 4 2 1 10 6 4 3 8 10 5
Romania 40 7 5 5 2 2 2 2 12 3
United Kingdom 173 10 3 10 8 6 4 4 6 2 4 7 3 6 7 12 4 6 8 8 7 4 3 4 10 10 3 1 3 7 1 2
Finland 22 3 4 8 3 4
Spain 23 12 3 1 7
Vertically, the table is ordered by appearance in the final. Horizontally, the table is ordered by voting order.


12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the final:

N. Contestant Voting nation(s)
16 Norway Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine
6 Turkey Azerbaijan, Belgium, France, Macedonia, Switzerland, United Kingdom
3 Bosnia and Herzegovina Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia
Greece Albania, Bulgaria, Cyprus
Iceland Ireland, Malta, Norway
2 Estonia Finland, Slovakia
Moldova Portugal, Romania
1 Armenia Czech Republic
Azerbaijan Turkey
Croatia Bosnia and Herzegovina
Romania Moldova
Russia Armenia
Spain Andorra
United Kingdom Greece

Below is a summary of the split number one selection, by respectively each country's jury and televoters in the Grand Final:

Other Awards[edit]

Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first handed out during the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia honoring the best competing songs in the final. Founded by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest and current Head of Delegation for Sweden) and Richard Herrey (member of the Herreys, Eurovision Song Contest 1984 winner from Sweden), the awards are named after the creator of the annual competition, Marcel Bezençon.[80] The awards are divided into 3 categories; Press Award; Artistic Award; and Composer Award.[81]

Category Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s) Final result Points
Artists Award
(Voted by previous winners)
 France "Et s'il fallait le faire" Patricia Kaas Anse Lazio, Fred Blondin 8th 107
Composer Award  Bosnia and Herzegovina "Bistra voda" Regina Aleksandar Čović 9th 106
Press Award  Norway "Fairytale" Alexander Rybak Alexander Rybak 1st 387

OGAE[edit]

Further information: OGAE

Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision (more commonly known as OGAE) is an international organisation that was founded in 1984 in Savonlinna, Finland by Jari-Pekka Koikkalainen.[82] The organisation consists of a network of 40 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond, and is a non-governmental, non-political, and non-profitable company.[83] In what has become an annual tradition for the OGAE fan clubs, a voting poll was opened allowing members from different clubs around the world to vote for their favourite songs of the 2009 contest. Below is the top five overall results, after all the votes had been cast.[84]

Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s) OGAE result
 Norway "Fairytale" Alexander Rybak Alexander Rybak 304
 France "Et s'il fallait le faire" Patricia Kaas Anse Lazio, Fred Blondin 176
 Sweden "La voix" Malena Ernman Fredrik Kempe, Malena Ernman 159
 Bosnia and Herzegovina "Bistra voda" Regina Aleksandar Čović 142
 Spain "La noche es para mí" Soraya Arnelas Irini Michas, Dimitri Stassos, Jason Gill, Felipe Pedroso 123

Barbara Dex Award[edit]

Further information: Barbara Dex Award

The Barbara Dex Award has been annually awarded by the fan website House of Eurovision since 1997, and is a humorous award given to the worst dressed artist each year in the contest. It is named after the Belgian artist, Barbara Dex, who came last in the 1993 contest, in which she wore her own self designed (awful) dress.

Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s)
 Hungary "Dance With Me" Zoli Ádok Zé Szabó

International broadcasts and voting[edit]

Voting and spokespersons[edit]

The voting order and spokespersons during the final were as follows:[85]

  1.  Spain – Iñaki del Moral[86]
  2.  BelgiumMaureen Louys
    (Co-Presenter of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005)
  3.  Belarus – Ekaterina Litvinova
  4.  Malta – Pauline Agius[87]
  5.  GermanyThomas Anders
  6.  Czech Republic – Petra Šubrtová
  7.  SwedenSarah Dawn Finer
  8.  Iceland – Þóra Tómasdóttir
  9.  France – Yann Renoard[88]
  10.  Israel – Ofer Nachshon
  11.  RussiaIngeborga Dapkūnaitė
  12.  LatviaRoberto Meloni
    (Latvian representative in the 2007 and 2008 Contests as part of Bonaparti.lv and Pirates of the Sea respectively)
  13.  Montenegro – Jovana Vukčević[89]
  14.  Andorra – Brigits García
  15.  FinlandJari Sillanpää
    (Finnish representative in the 2004 Contest)
  16.  Switzerland – Cécile Bähler
  17.  Bulgaria – Yoanna Dragneva
    (Bulgarian representative in the 2008 Contest as part of Deep Zone)
  18.  Lithuania – Ignas Krupavičius
  19.  United KingdomDuncan James
    (British representative in the 2011 Contest as part of Blue)
  20.  Macedonia – Frosina Josifovska[90]
  21.  Slovakia – Ľubomír Bajaník
  22.  Greece – Alexis Kostalas[91]
  23.  Bosnia and HerzegovinaLaka
    (Bosnian representative in the 2008 Contest)
  24.  Ukraine – Marysya Horobets
  25.  Turkey – Meltem Ersan Yazgan
  26.  AlbaniaLeon Menkshi
  27.  SerbiaJovana Janković[89]
    (Co-Presenter of the 2008 Contest)
  28.  Cyprus – Sophia Paraskeva[92]
  29.  Poland – Radek Brzózka
  30.  NetherlandsYolanthe Cabau van Kasbergen
  31.  EstoniaLaura Põldvere
    (Estonian representative in the 2005 Contest as part of Suntribe)
  32.  CroatiaMila Horvat
  33.  Portugal – Helena Coelho
  34.  Romania – Alina Sorescu
  35.  IrelandDerek Mooney
  36.  Denmark – Felix Smith[93]
  37.  Moldova – Andrei Porubin
  38.  SloveniaPeter Poles
  39.  ArmeniaSirusho
    (Armenian representative in the 2008 Contest)
  40.  HungaryÉva Novodomszky
  41.  Azerbaijan – Hüsniyya Maharramova
  42.  Norway[B]Stian Barsnes Simonsen
    (Co-Presenter of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2004)

Commentators[edit]

Most countries sent commentators to Moscow or commentated from their own country, in order to add insight to the participants and, if necessary, provide voting information.

Participating countries

The commentators of the 42 participating countries are as follows:

Country SF1 / SF2 / Final Commentator(s)
 Albania All Leon Menkshi (TVSH)
 Andorra All Meri Picart (RTVA)
 Armenia - -
- -
 Austria All Benny Hörtnagl (ORF2)
 Azerbaijan[94] Semi-Finals Leyla Aliyeva (İctimai Televiziya və Radio Yayımları Şirkəti)
AySel (SF1 guest) (İctimai Televiziya və Radio Yayımları Şirkəti)
Final Leyla Aliyeva (İctimai Televiziya və Radio Yayımları Şirkəti)
Isa Malikov (İctimai Televiziya və Radio Yayımları Şirkəti)
 Belarus All Denis Kurian (Belarus 1)
Alexander Tikhanovich (Belarus 1)
 Belgium All Jean-Pierre Hautier (French, La Une)
Jean-Louis Lahaye (French, La Une)
Patrick Duhamel (French, La Première)
Corinne Boulangier (French, La Première)
André Vermeulen (Dutch, één & Radio 2)
Anja Daems (Dutch, één)
Michel Follet (Dutch, Radio 2)
 Bosnia and Herzegovina All Dejan Kukrić (BHT1)
- -
 Bulgaria - Elena Rosberg
- Georgi Kushvaliev
 Croatia All Duško Čurlić
- -
 Cyprus[95] All Nathan Morley (CyBC Radio 2)
- Melina Karageorgiou (RIK 1)
 Czech Republic All Jan Rejžek
- -
 Denmark[96] All Nikolaj Molbech (DR1)
 Estonia Semi-finals & Final Marko Reikop
Final Olav Osolin
 Finland[97] All Jaana Pelkonen (Finnish, YLE TV1)
Mikko Peltola (Finnish, YLE TV1)
Asko Murtomäki (Finnish, YLE TV1)
Sanna Kojo (Finnish, YLE Radio Suomi)
Jorma Hietamäki (Finnish, YLE Radio Suomi)
Tobias Larsson (Swedish, YLE FST5)
 France[98] SF2 Peggy Olmi (France 4)
Yann Renoard (France 4)
Final Julien Courbet (France 3)
Cyril Hanouna (France 3)
François Kevorkian (France Bleu)
 Germany[99] All Tim Frühling (Das Erste)
Final Ina Müller (NDR Radio 2)
Thomas Mohr (NDR Radio 2)
 Greece[100] All Maggira Sisters (NET)
 Hungary All Gábor Gundel-Takács
 Iceland[101] All Sigmar Guðmundsson (Sjónvarpið)
 Ireland[102][103] All Marty Whelan (RTÉ One)
All Maxi (RTÉ Radio 1)
 Israel - -
- -
 Latvia All Kārlis Streips
 Lithuania All Darius Užkuraitis
 Macedonia - Karolina Petkovska
- Aleksandra Jovanovska
 Malta[104] All Valerie Vella
 Moldova - -
- -
 Montenegro - Dražen Bauković (TVCG2)
- Tamara Ivanković (TVCG2)
 Netherlands[105] All Cornald Maas (Nederland 1)
 Norway[106] All Synnøve Svabø (NRK1)
 Poland[107] SF2 & Final Artur Orzech (TVP1)
 Portugal[108] All Hélder Reis (RTP1)
 Romania All Ioana Isopescu (TVR1)
Alexandru Nagy (TVR1)
 Russia All Yana Churikova (Channel One)
Semi-Finals Alexey Manuylov (Channel One)
Final Philipp Kirkorov (Channel One)
 Serbia SF1 Dragan Ilić (RTS1)
SF2 & Final Duška Vučinić-Lučić (RTS1)
 Slovakia[109] All Roman Bomboš (Dvojka)
 Slovenia All Andrej Hofer
 Spain[110] All Joaquín Guzmán (La 1)
 Sweden[94][111] SF1 Arash (guest) (SVT1)
All Shirley Clamp (SVT1)
Edward af Sillén (SVT1)
Carolina Norén and Björn Kjellman (SR P4)[112]
 Switzerland German Sven Epiney (SF zwei)
French Jean-Marc Richard & Nicolas Tanner (TSR 2)
Italian Sandy Altermatt (RSI La 2)
 Turkey All Bülend Özveren (TRT 1)
 Ukraine All Tymur Miroshnychenko (First National TV Channel)
 United Kingdom[113][114] Semi-Finals Paddy O'Connell (BBC Three)
Sarah Cawood (BBC Three)
Final Graham Norton (BBC One)
Ken Bruce (BBC Radio 2)
Non-participating countries

The commentators of the non-participating countries are:

Country SF1/SF2/Final Commentator(s)
Australia Australia[115] All Julia Zemiro
Sam Pang
New Zealand New Zealand[115] -
-

Broadcasting[edit]

 Australia
Although Australia is not eligible to enter, the contest was broadcast on Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) as in previous years.[116] The first semi-final was broadcast on Friday 15 May 2009, the second semi-final on Saturday 16 May 2009, and the final on Sunday 17 May 2009, with all shows broadcast at 19:30 local time (09:30 UTC). This year, instead of airing the United Kingdom's commentary, the broadcaster sent its own commentators, Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang. They also anchored a number of behind the scenes and interview pieces, which were inserted during assigned the various broadcasts.[117] In recent years the contest has been one of SBS's highest-rating programmes in terms of viewer numbers. The contest rated well for SBS with 482,000 viewers tuning in for the final,[118] with 414,000 for the second semi-final and 276,000 for the first semi-final.[119]
SBS also broadcast the Junior Eurovision and Eurovision Dance Contests for 2008 in the lead-up to the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. The Eurovision Dance Contest 2008 was broadcast on SBS on Wednesday 6 May 2009 at 13:00 local time (03:00 UTC), while the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008 was broadcast on Wednesday 13 May at 13:00 local time (03:00 UTC). SBS also broadcast the EBU produced Eurovision Countdown shows on 13, 14 and 15 May 2009 at 17:30 local time (07:30 UTC) before the semi-finals and final.[120]
 Austria
Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF) confirmed that, despite having no Austrian entry in the competition, they would broadcast the Contest on television. Both semi-finals were broadcast on ORF on a time delay, beginning past midnight CET. A song presentation show was broadcast on the night of the final, before broadcasting live the voting in the final. The entire Eurovision final was broadcast later that night. In all three shows the commentator was Hitradio Ö3 radio presenter Benny Hörtnagl.[121][122]
 New Zealand
Although New Zealand was not eligible to enter, the final of the contest was broadcast on Triangle TV's satellite channel STRATOS on 17 May 2009. They also did a compilation of the two 2008 semi-finals on 3 May 2009 and the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 final on 10 May 2009. This was the first time in 30 years that the contest has been broadcast in New Zealand. The 2009 final was broadcast in local prime time, about 10 hours after the show has finished in Moscow.[123]
Worldwide 
A commentated live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest was available worldwide via satellite by broadcaster streams such as

Additionally, the official Eurovision Song Contest website also provided a live stream without commentary via the peer-to-peer medium Octoshape.[129]

Notes[edit]

  • A ^ "Düm Tek Tek" is onomatopoeic for the sound generated by a drum; with "boom bang bang" being an English equivalent.[130] Graham Norton, the commentator for the BBC broadcast of the contest said that "Düm Tek Tek" also meant "With Every Heartbeat".
  • B ^ Norway was originally scheduled to announce its votes as the 17th country, but instead voted 42nd (last). This was due to a technical error, and only the jury's votes were appointed.

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External links[edit]

Media related to Eurovision 2009 at Wikimedia Commons

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