Eurovision Dance Contest 2008
|Eurovision Dance Contest 2008
|Final date||6 September 2008|
|Venue||SECC, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom|
|Host broadcaster||BBC Scotland (BBC)|
|Interval act||Lesley Garrett and "Carousel" cast, performing medley of "June Is Busting Out All Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone"|
|Number of entries||14|
|Withdrawing countries|| Germany
|Voting system||Each country awards 1-8, 10, and 12 points to their 10 favourite acts, plus additional panel of experts awards maximum of 48 points to their favourites.|
|Winning dancers|| Poland
Edyta Herbuś & Marcin Mroczek
|Eurovision Dance Contest|
The winner of contest was Poland who achieved a score of 154 points. 2nd place went to Russia, 3rd place to Ukraine, 4th place to Lithuania and 5th place to Azerbaijan who were participating for the first time.
In a change to the rules, professional couples were no longer eligible to enter the contest. At least one dancer from each couple had to be a local celebrity, not professionally trained to dance. A further change was that each couple only performed once. In 2007 each couple performed a ballroom or Latin routine followed by a freestyle dance incorporating national flavour; in the 2008 contest, couples only performed the latter. In 2008 a panel of experts was introduced with an approximate weight of 23% of the total outcome and the rest 77% determined through televoting. The highest possible points from the jury were 48 while the televoting cast a maximum of 156 points.
According to the 2007 rules Section 2.2 on the official website, all entrants in the Eurovision Dance Contest 2007 agreed to take part in 2008 when signing up for the first contest. However, Switzerland and Germany announced their withdrawals from 2008 edition of the contest due to low ratings and poor results in 2007.
The Spanish broadcaster announced its withdrawal on 20 August, just days before the contest took place. In July they held a national selection show Quiero Bailar and named singer Rosa López and dancer Nieto[disambiguation needed] as their representatives in the contest. According to the draw they were supposed to be 15th couple to perform.
As the number of dances was reduced, with each couple performing once instead of twice, new countries were allowed to enter the competition, but the only new country to enter the contest was Azerbaijan.
Among the countries that broadcast the event without sending representatives were: Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Macedonia, Iceland, Israel, Malta and Spain. Australia also broadcast the contest on 6 May 2009, as a lead up to the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, on SBS. This was the first time Australia has ever broadcast the Eurovision Dance Contest, after failing to broadcast the Eurovision Dance Contest 2007, and was aired without any commentary.
Azerbaijan and Greece announced professional dance couples as their representatives at the Eurovision Dance Contest 2008. According to the regulations of the contest, professional couples were not allowed to take part in the competition. The EBU specified that the couple had to be composed of one professional (defined as a dancer who earns his or her living through dance and dance-related activities), and one non-professional known in a field other than dance. The non-professional was not required to be a celebrity, as long as he or she was known in his field, and it was also not a requirement that the non-professional had no dance experience. Since the representatives for Azerbaijan and Greece both consisted of two professional dancers, however, it is not clear why their entries were considered valid.
|Draw||Country||Competing dancers||Dance styles||Rank||Points|
|01||Sweden||Danny Saucedo & Jeanette Carlsson||Cha-Cha||12||38|
|02||Austria||Dorian Steidl & Nicole Kuntner||Slowfox/Jive/Hip-Hop||13||29|
|03||Denmark||Patrick Spiegelberg & Katja Svensson||Samba/Tango/Paso Doble/Jazz Dance||6||102|
|04||Azerbaijan||Eldar Dzhafarov & Anna Sazhina||Paso Doble/Rumba/Tango/Azeri Folk Dance||5||106|
|05||Ireland||Gavin Ó Fearraigh & Dearbhla Lennon||Paso Doble/Rumba/Hard Shoe Irish Dance||11||40|
|06||Finland||Maria Lund & Mikko Ahti||Tango||10||44|
|07||Netherlands||Thomas Berge & Roemjana De Haan||Rumba/Show Dance||14||1|
|08||Lithuania||Karina Krysko & Saulius Skambinas||Rumba/Cha-Cha/Acrobatic Elements||4||110|
|09||United Kingdom||Louisa Lytton & Vincent Simone||Paso Doble/Jive/Tango||9||47|
|10||Russia||Tatiana Navka & Alexander Litvinenko||Cha-Cha/Samba/Rumba/Paso Doble/Russian Folk Dance||2||121|
|11||Greece||Jason Roditis & Tonia Kosovich||Latin dances||7||72|
|12||Portugal||Raquel Tavares & João Tiago||Rumba/Tango||8||61|
|13||Poland||Edyta Herbuś & Marcin Mroczek||Rumba/Cha-Cha/Jazz Dance||1||154|
|14||Ukraine||Lilia Podkopayeva & Sergey Kostetskiy||Jive/Ukrainian Folk Dance/Rock'n'Roll||3||119|
It is worth noting that, had the judges not been introduced (and thus only the televote been used), Poland would still have won the competition by 31 points.
The maximum twelve points awarded by each country (to the couple who had received the most phone votes) were allocated as follows:
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|5||Poland||Austria, Denmark, Ireland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom|
|3||Russia||Finland, Greece, Ukraine|
|Ukraine||Azerbaijan, Portugal, Russia|
Results without the jury
- 1st Poland - 134
- 2nd Ukraine - 103
- 3rd Russia - 97
- 4th Azerbaijan - 78
- 4th Lithuania - 78
- 6th Portugal - 61
- 7th Denmark - 54
- 8th Ireland- 40
- 9th United Kingdom - 39
- 10th Sweden - 34
- 11th Finland - 32
- 11th Greece - 32
- 13th Austria - 29
- 14th Netherlands - 1
International broadcasts and voting
Voting and spokespersons
The order in which each country announced their votes was done in order of performance. The spokespersons are shown alongside each country.
- Sweden – Carin Da Silva
- Austria – Marvin Wolf
- Denmark – Jens Blauenweldt
- Azerbaijan – Husniye Maharramova
- Ireland – Brian Osmond
- Finland – Jaana Pelkonen
- Netherlands – Marcus van Teylingen
- Lithuania – Audrius Girzadas
- United Kingdom – Carol Smillie
- Russia – Larisa Verbitskaya
- Greece – Rika Vagianni
- Portugal – Helena Coelho
- Poland – Anna Popek
- Ukraine – Yuliya Okropiridze
- Sweden - David Hellenius & Tony Irving (TV4)
- Austria - Andi Knoll & Nicole Burns-Hansen (ORF 2) 
- Denmark - Nicolaj Molbech & Jørgen de Mylius (DR1)
- Azerbaijan - Leyla Aliyeva & Murad Ragimov (Ictimai TV) 
- Ireland - Michael Flatley (RTÉ One)
- Finland - Sirpa Suutari-Jääskö & Johanna Pirttilahti (Yle TV2)
- Netherlands - Lucille Wener & Cor van de Stroet (Nederland 1)
- Lithuania - Asta Einikyte & Virginijus Visockas (LRT/LTV)
- United Kingdom - Len Goodman and Craig Revel Horwood (BBC One)
- Russia - Yana Churikova & Stanislav Popov (Channel One) 
- Greece - Fotis Sergoulopoulos (NET)
- Portugal - Isabel Angelino & Alberto Rodrigues (RTP1)
- Poland - Artur Orzech & Zbigniew Zasada (TVP2)
- Ukraine - Timur Miroshnychenko & Miroslav Keba (NTU) 
- Albania (Non-participating country) - Leon Menkshi
- Armenia (Non-participating country) - Felix Khacatryan & Hrachuhi Utmazyan
- Belarus (Non-participating country) - Denis Kurian & Tatiana Bondarchuck
- Bosnia and Herzegovina (Non-participating country) - Dejan Kukrić (BHT1)
- Cyprus (Non-participating country) - Melina Karageorgiou (RIK 2)
- Iceland (Non-participating country) - Eva María Jónsdótttir
- Macedonia (Non-participating country) - Milanka Rasic
- Malta (Non-participating country) - Eileen Montesin
- Spain (Non-participating country) - Sandra Daviú (TVE2)
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