Eurovision Dance Contest 2008

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Eurovision Dance Contest 2008
Eurovision Dance Contest 2008 logo.jpg
Dates
Final6 September 2008
Host
VenueSECC, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Presenter(s)
Directed byNikki Parsons
Executive supervisorTal Barnea
Executive producerAlan Tyler
Host broadcasterBBC Scotland (BBC)
Opening actRed Hot Chilli Pipers playing a Scottish-flavoured medley of known songs, with all couples presented on stage (in order of performance) followed by a group dance routine[1]
Interval actLesley Garrett and Carousel cast, performing a medley of "June Is Busting Out All Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone" accompanied by the City of Glasgow Chorus[2][3]
Participants
Number of entries14
Debuting countries Azerbaijan
Returning countriesNone
Withdrawing countries
Vote
Voting systemEach 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.[3]
Nul pointsNone
Winning dancers Poland
Edyta Herbuś and Marcin Mroczek

The Eurovision Dance Contest 2008 was the second edition of the Eurovision Dance Contest and was held in Glasgow, Scotland, hosted by the BBC on 6 September.[4] The presenters were, as in the previous edition, Graham Norton and Claudia Winkleman. The contest took place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.[5]

The winners of contest were Edyta Herbuś and Marcin Mroczek of 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.[3] 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.[3] 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.[3]

Location[edit]

SECC, in Glasgow - host venue of the 2008 contest.

The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) is Scotland's largest exhibition centre, located in the district of Finnieston on the north bank of the River Clyde, Glasgow. The venue's holding company SEC Limited, is 91% owned by Glasgow City Council and 9% owned by private investors. It is probably best known for hosting concerts, particularly in Hall 4 and Hall 3.

Since the opening of the original buildings in 1985, the complex has undergone two major expansions; the first being the Clyde Auditorium in 1997, and then the SSE Hydro Arena in 2013.

The host city and venue was announced by the BBC on 7 July 2008.[5]

Participants[edit]

According to the 2007 rules Section 2.2[6] 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.[3]

The running order was announced on 8 August.[7] Due to a scheduling clash with the FIFA World Cup 2010 preliminaries, 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 as their representatives in the contest. According to the draw they were supposed to be 15th couple to perform.[8]

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.[3]

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,[6] 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 and Jeanette Carlsson[9] Cha-Cha 12 38
02  Austria Dorian Steidl and Nicole Kuntner[10] Slowfox/Jive/Hip-Hop 13 29
03  Denmark Patrick Spiegelberg and Katja Svensson[11] Samba/Tango/Paso Doble/Jazz Dance 6 102
04  Azerbaijan Eldar Dzhafarov and Anna Sazhina[12] Paso Doble/Rumba/Tango/Azeri Folk Dance 5 106
05  Ireland Gavin Ó Fearraigh and Dearbhla Lennon[13] Paso Doble/Rumba/Hard Shoe Irish Dance 11 40
06  Finland Maria Lund and Mikko Ahti[14] Tango 10 44
07  Netherlands Thomas Berge and Roemjana De Haan[15] Rumba/Show Dance 14 1
08  Lithuania Karina Krysko and Saulius Skambinas[16] Rumba/Cha-Cha/Acrobatic Elements 4 110
09  United Kingdom Louisa Lytton and Vincent Simone[17] Paso Doble/Jive/Tango 9 47
10  Russia Tatiana Navka and Alexander Litvinenko[18] Cha-Cha/Samba/Rumba/Paso Doble/Russian Folk Dance 2 121
11  Greece Jason Roditis and Tonia Kosovich[19] Latin dances 7 72
12  Portugal Raquel Tavares and João Tiago[20] Rumba/Tango 8 61
13  Poland Edyta Herbuś and Marcin Mroczek[21] Rumba/Cha-Cha/Jazz Dance 1 154
14  Ukraine Lilia Podkopayeva and Sergey Kostetskiy[22] 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 3 10 7 1 2 2 2 3 4
Austria 3 2 1 3 4 5 4 5 1 1
Denmark 48 8 7 1 3 8 2 6 4 1 7 2 5
Azerbaijan 28 5 8 7 1 4 12 1 10 6 4 12 8
Ireland 4 6 2 5 8 7 6 2
Finland 12 12 6 5 1 3 2 3
Netherlands 1
Lithuania 32 7 7 4 10 6 5 10 5 4 5 8 7
United Kingdom 8 1 4 5 3 8 10 1 3 1 3
Russia 24 6 6 2 8 4 12 8 10 12 10 7 12
Greece 40 4 2 2 5 3 3 3 6 4
Portugal 3 5 1 7 6 6 2 7 6 7 5 6
Poland 20 10 12 12 10 12 10 12 8 12 8 10 8 10
Ukraine 16 2 10 8 12 5 4 7 7 6 12 8 12 10
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:

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
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
    (Presenter of Eurovision Song Contest 2007)
  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

Professional jury[edit]

An expert jury of IDSF international judges from non-participating countries acted as a jury in the contest. After each performance, each jury member awarded each performance with 1 to 12 points. The jury members were:[23]

Commentators[edit]

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

Participating countries[edit]

Non-participating countries[edit]

Among the countries that broadcast the event without sending representatives were: Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Macedonia, Iceland, Israel, Malta and Spain.[3] Australia also broadcast the contest on 6 May 2009, as a lead up to the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, on SBS.[27] 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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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