Eurovision Dance Contest 2008

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Eurovision Dance Contest 2008
Eurovision Dance Contest 2008 logo.jpg
Dates
Final date 6 September 2008
Host
Venue SECC,[1] Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Presenter(s) Graham Norton
Claudia Winkleman[2]
Host broadcaster BBC Scotland (BBC)[2]
Interval act Lesley Garrett and "Carousel" cast, performing medley of "June Is Busting Out All Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone"[1]
Participants
Number of entries 14
Debuting countries  Azerbaijan
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries  Germany
  Switzerland
 Spain
Vote
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.[1]
Nul points None
Winning dancers  Poland
Edyta Herbuś & Marcin Mroczek
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The Eurovision Dance Contest 2008 was the second Eurovision Dance Contest and was held in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, hosted by BBC Scotland on 6 September.[3]

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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1]

Participants[edit]

According to the 2007 rules Section 2.2[4] 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.[1]

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.[5]

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.[1]

Among the countries that broadcast the event without sending representatives were: Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Macedonia, Iceland, Israel, Malta and Spain.[1] Australia also broadcast the contest on 6 May 2009, as a lead up to the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, on SBS.[6] 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.

Controversy[edit]

Azerbaijan and Greece announced professional dance couples as their representatives at the Eurovision Dance Contest 2008. According to the regulations of the contest,[7] 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.

Participating countries[edit]

Draw Country Competing dancers Dance styles Rank Points
01  Sweden Danny Saucedo & Jeanette Carlsson[8] Cha-Cha 12 38
02  Austria Dorian Steidl & Nicole Kuntner[9] Slowfox/Jive/Hip-Hop 13 29
03  Denmark Patrick Spiegelberg & Katja Svensson[10] Samba/Tango/Paso Doble/Jazz Dance 6 102
04  Azerbaijan Eldar Dzhafarov & Anna Sazhina[11] Paso Doble/Rumba/Tango/Azeri Folk Dance 5 106
05  Ireland Gavin Ó Fearraigh & Dearbhla Lennon[12] Paso Doble/Rumba/Hard Shoe Irish Dance 11 40
06  Finland Maria Lund & Mikko Ahti[13] Tango 10 44
07  Netherlands Thomas Berge & Roemjana De Haan[14] Rumba/Show Dance 14 1
08  Lithuania Karina Krysko & Saulius Skambinas[15] Rumba/Cha-Cha/Acrobatic Elements 4 110
09  United Kingdom Louisa Lytton & Vincent Simone[16] Paso Doble/Jive/Tango 9 47
10  Russia Tatiana Navka & Alexander Litvinenko[17] Cha-Cha/Samba/Rumba/Paso Doble/Russian Folk Dance 2 121
11  Greece Jason Roditis & Tonia Kosovich[18] Latin dances 7 72
12  Portugal Raquel Tavares & João Tiago[19] Rumba/Tango 8 61
13  Poland Edyta Herbuś & Marcin Mroczek[20] Rumba/Cha-Cha/Jazz Dance 1 154
14  Ukraine Lilia Podkopayeva & Sergey Kostetskiy[21] Jive/Ukrainian Folk Dance/Rock'n'Roll 3 119

Scoreboard[edit]

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.

  Voters
Jury Sweden Austria Denmark Azerbaijan Ireland Finland Netherlands Lithuania United Kingdom Russia Greece Portugal Poland Ukraine
Contestants Sweden 4 X 3 10 0 0 7 0 1 2 2 2 3 4 0
Austria 0 0 X 3 2 1 3 0 4 5 4 5 1 0 1
Denmark 48 8 7 X 1 3 8 2 6 4 0 1 7 2 5
Azerbaijan 28 5 8 0 X 7 1 4 12 1 10 6 4 12 8
Ireland 0 0 0 4 6 X 2 0 5 8 7 0 0 6 2
Finland 12 12 0 6 5 0 X 1 3 0 0 0 2 3 0
Netherlands 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 X 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lithuania 32 7 0 7 4 10 6 5 X 10 5 4 5 8 7
United Kingdom 8 1 4 5 3 8 0 10 0 X 1 3 0 1 3
Russia 24 6 6 2 8 4 12 8 10 0 X 12 10 7 12
Greece 40 4 2 0 0 2 5 3 0 3 3 X 6 0 4
Portugal 0 3 5 1 7 6 0 6 2 7 6 7 X 5 6
Poland 20 10 12 12 10 12 10 12 8 12 8 10 8 X 10
Ukraine 16 2 10 8 12 5 4 7 7 6 12 8 12 10 X
THE TABLE IS ORDERED BY APPEARANCE

12 points[edit]

The maximum twelve points awarded by each country (to the couple who had received the most phone votes) were allocated as follows:

5 Poland Austria, Denmark, Ireland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom
3 Russia Finland, Greece, Ukraine
Ukraine Azerbaijan, Portugal, Russia
2 Azerbaijan Lithuania, Poland
1 Finland Sweden

Results without the jury[edit]

International broadcasts and voting[edit]

Voting and spokespersons[edit]

The order in which each country announced their votes was done in order of performance. The spokespersons are shown alongside each country.

  1.  Sweden – Carin Da Silva
  2.  Austria – Marvin Wolf
  3.  Denmark – Jens Blauenweldt
  4.  Azerbaijan – Husniye Maharramova
  5.  Ireland – Brian Osmond
  6.  Finland – Jaana Pelkonen
  7.  Netherlands – Marcus van Teylingen
  8.  Lithuania – Audrius Girzadas
  9.  United Kingdom – Carol Smillie
  10.  Russia – Larisa Verbitskaya
  11.  Greece – Rika Vagianni
  12.  Portugal – Helena Coelho
  13.  Poland – Anna Popek
  14.  Ukraine – Yuliya Okropiridze

Commentators[edit]

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