Eurovision Song Contest 2004

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Eurovision Song Contest 2004
"Under The Same Sky"
Eurovision Song Contest 2004.svg
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
Executive supervisor Svante Stockselius
Host broadcaster Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT)
Opening act Sertab Erener
Interval act ABBA: The Last Video
Fire of Anatolia
Participants
Number of entries 36
Debuting countries  Albania
 Andorra
 Belarus
 Serbia and Montenegro
Returning countries  Denmark
 Finland
 Lithuania
 Macedonia
 Monaco
 Switzerland
Withdrawing countries None
Vote
Voting system Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points  Switzerland
(in the Semi-final)
Winning song  Ukraine
"Wild Dances"
Eurovision Song Contest
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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) and 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. 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.

Hosts[edit]

Abdi İpekçi Arena in Istanbul, the 2004 venue.

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 Showland was 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.

Firsts[edit]

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.

Participating countries[edit]

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 Monaco returning 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.

Problems[edit]

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 from Germany. 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, 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]

Format[edit]

Voting structure[edit]

Every country in the competition, including those who did not qualify for the final, were allowed to vote for other countries. After all performances were completed, each country opened their phone lines to allow their viewers to vote for their favourite song. Voting for the country in which you are situated is not allowed, however. Each country awarded points based on the number of votes cast for each song: the song which received the most viewer votes was awarded 12 points, the second 10 points, the third 8 points and then 7, 6, 5, etc. down to 1.

In the event of a tie, the number of countries to vote for the tying songs would be counted, and the song having the most countries awarding points to it, would be the winner. In the event of a further tie, then the previously used method of counting back on the number of 12 points, 10 points etc., would be used to find an eventual winner.

Results[edit]

Semi-final[edit]

The semi-final was held on 12 May 2004 at 21:00 (CET). 22 countries performed and all participants voted except France, Poland and Russia. This was the first ever semi-final in Eurovision history.

Shaded countries qualified for the Eurovision Final

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

A new ABBA video was shown in the semi final, briefly outlining how ABBA started and what the response was of the first record company the approached. It featured small puppets of the band performing snippets of their songs (the voices being the ones of the band) and featured Rik Mayall as the record company manager.[1] This was cut from the Eurovision Song Contest DVD and released separately. References to the video that were made running up to the showing of it were also cut.

Final[edit]

The finalists were:

  • the four automatic qualifiers France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom;
  • the top 10 countries from the 2003 contest (other than the automatic qualifiers);
  • the top 10 countries from the 2004 semi-final.

The final was held on 15 May 2004 at 21:00 (CET) and was won by Ukraine.

Countries in bold automatically qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 Final.

Draw Country Language[2] Artist Song English translation Place Points
01  Spain Spanish Ramón "Para llenarme de ti" To fill myself with you 10 87
02  Austria German Tie Break "Du bist" You are 21 9
03  Norway English Knut Anders Sørum "High" 24 3
04  France French, Spanish Jonatan Cerrada "À chaque pas" With every step 15 40
05  Serbia and Montenegro Serbian Željko Joksimović & Ad-Hoc Orchestra "Lane moje" (Лане моје) My sweetheart 2 263
06  Malta English Julie and Ludwig "On Again... Off Again" 12 50
07  Netherlands English Re-Union "Without You" 20 11
08  Germany English, Turkish Max "Can't Wait Until Tonight" 8 93
09  Albania English Anjeza Shahini "The Image of You" 7 106
10  Ukraine English, Ukrainian Ruslana "Wild Dances" 1 280
11  Croatia English Ivan Mikulić "You Are the Only One" 13 50
12  Bosnia and Herzegovina English Deen "In the Disco" 9 91
13  Belgium English Xandee "1 Life" 22 7
14  Russia English Julia Savicheva "Believe Me" 11 67
15  Macedonia English Toše Proeski "Life" 14 47
16  Greece English Sakis Rouvas "Shake It" 3 252
17  Iceland English Jónsi "Heaven" 19 16
18  Ireland English Chris Doran "If My World Stopped Turning" 23[3] 7
19  Poland English, Spanish Blue Café "Love Song" 17 27
20  United Kingdom English James Fox "Hold On to Our Love" 16 29
21  Cyprus English Lisa Andreas "Stronger Every Minute" 5 170
22  Turkey English Athena "For Real" 4 195
23  Romania English Sanda "I Admit" 18 18
24  Sweden English Lena Philipsson "It Hurts" 6[3] 170

Voting during the final[edit]

Countries revealed their votes in the following order:

Score sheet[edit]

Semi-final[edit]

Televoting Results
Total Score AD AL AT BA BE BY CH CS CY DE DK EE ES FI GB GR HR IE IL IS LT LV MC MK MT NL NO PT RO SE SI TR UA
Contestants Finland 51 7 1 6 7 3 5 3 6 2 3 8
Belarus 10 2 1 2 5
Switzerland 0
Latvia 23 4 5 4 2 6 2
Israel 57 3 5 1 2 3 3 2 1 2 4 2 2 3 6 2 7 5 4
Andorra 12 12
Portugal 38 12 4 7 6 1 8
Malta 74 5 6 4 1 4 10 5 1 1 1 6 2 7 7 4 3 4 1 2
Monaco 10 4 2 4
Greece 238 8 12 5 5 10 8 3 10 12 10 3 4 7 5 12 6 2 12 6 8 6 4 7 12 6 5 8 12 4 4 12 10
Ukraine 256 10 3 4 7 8 12 2 8 8 6 6 12 10 8 7 7 8 10 10 10 12 10 5 8 10 7 7 12 7 6 8 8
Lithuania 26 2 7 2 3 1 8 3
Albania 167 6 7 6 5 10 6 1 8 7 1 2 6 6 8 7 5 4 4 5 3 12 8 5 8 2 6 7 5 6 1
Cyprus 149 2 6 6 6 1 2 4 5 6 1 7 10 12 2 8 3 8 4 3 12 5 10 4 3 1 3 3 5 7
Macedonia 71 8 2 8 5 12 3 1 4 5 1 1 4 2 6 3 6
Slovenia 5 1 3 1
Estonia 57 1 4 12 1 7 10 12 1 5 1 3
Croatia 72 8 10 7 6 5 5 1 3 1 6 4 1 7 8
Denmark 56 3 3 3 4 5 12 10 2 6 2 5 1
Serbia and Montenegro 263 1 4 12 12 7 10 12 10 12 10 8 10 8 10 12 6 8 1 4 7 10 4 12 10 10 10 12 12 7 12
Bosnia and Herzegovina 133 10 10 3 8 7 7 12 4 10 7 5 8 12 10 10 10
Netherlands 146 7 3 2 12 5 4 1 5 2 8 8 5 3 3 6 4 12 7 5 5 2 8 3 7 2 6 3 2 2 4
Rows are ordered by appearance, columns are ordered by voting order.

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of all 12 points in the semi-final:

N. Contestant Voting nation
9 Serbia and Montenegro Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Germany, Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine
7 Greece Albania, Cyprus, Israel, Malta, Romania, Turkey, United Kingdom
4 Ukraine Belarus, Estonia, Lithuania, Portugal
2
Bosnia and Herzegovina Denmark, Norway
Cyprus Greece, Monaco
Estonia Finland, Latvia
Netherlands Belgium, Ireland
1
Albania Macedonia
Andorra Spain
Denmark Iceland
Macedonia Serbia and Montenegro
Portugal Andorra

Final[edit]

Televoting Results
Total Score Andorra Albania Austria Bosnia-Herzegovina Belgium Belarus Switzerland Serbia-Montenegro Cyprus Germany Denmark Estonia Spain Finland France United Kingdom Greece Croatia Ireland Israel Iceland Lithuania Latvia Monaco Macedonia Malta Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Sweden Slovenia Turkey Ukraine
Contestants Spain 87 12 7 2 6 7 2 8 3 8 1 3 1 3 4 1 12 5 2
Austria 9 4 5
Norway 3 3
France 40 7 1 10 4 12 2 4
Serbia and Montenegro 263 2 7 12 12 3 7 12 10 10 7 1 6 10 10 3 8 12 3 7 7 2 5 1 10 6 10 6 5 7 8 10 12 12 8 12
Malta 50 6 3 1 1 6 2 1 2 6 4 4 6 3 3 1 1
Netherlands 11 6 3 2
Germany 93 2 10 3 10 2 12 7 4 1 4 1 7 3 1 6 8 4 3 5
Albania 106 5 4 1 7 8 5 4 3 1 1 10 6 2 4 1 12 10 1 3 1 7 4 6
Ukraine 280 10 5 4 6 5 10 10 8 6 5 12 8 8 2 5 7 8 7 12 12 12 12 6 8 8 7 7 12 10 6 12 10 8 12
Croatia 50 3 10 5 3 5 1 1 5 5 5 7
Bosnia and Herzegovina 91 10 7 5 6 8 10 4 4 2 10 8 10 7
Belgium 7 1 1 5
Russia 67 12 1 6 8 4 2 6 8 10 10
Macedonia 47 6 8 1 12 5 1 7 4 3
Greece 252 8 12 2 5 8 6 4 7 12 7 3 5 7 6 6 12 7 5 10 6 10 7 10 7 12 6 2 7 6 12 7 4 6 10 8
Iceland 16 2 2 5 5 2
Ireland 7 7
Poland 27 2 4 1 4 3 7 1 5
United Kingdom 29 1 4 8 2 3 4 2 2 1 2
Cyprus 170 4 6 4 8 2 3 8 6 7 3 7 5 10 12 4 10 3 10 5 4 2 7 8 4 4 3 3 6 6 1 1 4
Turkey 195 3 8 8 7 12 3 8 2 4 12 10 2 5 12 6 6 3 1 2 5 3 2 8 6 12 8 8 10 8 5 6
Romania 18 3 10 1 4
Sweden 170 5 4 1 2 2 4 4 5 3 12 10 5 12 3 8 12 5 8 6 8 2 5 12 10 5 7 3 2 3 2
Rows are ordered by appearance, columns are ordered by voting order.

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:

N. Contestant Voting nation
8 Ukraine Estonia, Israel, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Turkey
7 Serbia and Montenegro Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovenia, Ukraine
5 Greece Albania, Cyprus, Malta, Romania, United Kingdom
4 Sweden Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway
Turkey Belgium, Germany, France, Netherlands
2 Spain Andorra, Portugal
1 Albania Macedonia
Cyprus Greece
France Monaco
Germany Spain
Macedonia Serbia and Montenegro
Russia Belarus

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.[4] The awards are divided into 3 categories; Press Award; Artistic Award; and Composer Award.[5]

Category Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s) Final result Points
Artists Award
(Voted by previous winners)
 Ukraine "Wild Dances" Ruslana Oleksandr Ksenofontov
Ruslana Lyzhychko
1st 280
Composer Award  Cyprus "Stronger Every Minute" Lisa Andreas Mike Konnaris (m & l) 5th 170
Press Award  Serbia and Montenegro "Lane moje" (Лане моје) Željko Joksimović Željko Joksimović 2nd 263

Commentators[edit]

Spokespersons[edit]

Each country appointed a spokesperson to announce the points of each country.[29]

In order of appearance on the final night

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