Eurovision Song Contest 2004

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Eurovision Song Contest 2004
Under the Same Sky
Eurovision Song Contest 2004.svg
Dates
Semi-final12 May 2004 (2004-05-12)
Final15 May 2004 (2004-05-15)
Host
VenueAbdi İpekçi Arena
Istanbul, Turkey
Presenter(s)
Directed bySven Stojanovic
Executive supervisorSvante Stockselius
Executive producerBülent Osma
Host broadcasterTurkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT)
Websiteeurovision.tv/event/istanbul-2004 Edit this at Wikidata
Participants
Number of entries36
Debuting countries
Returning countries
Non-returning countriesNone
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Voting systemEach country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points in semi-finals Switzerland
Winning song
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The Eurovision Song Contest 2004 was the 49th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Istanbul, Turkey, following the country's victory at the 2003 contest with the song "Everyway That I Can" by Sertab Erener. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT), the contest was held at the Abdi İpekçi Arena, and, for the first time, consisted of a semi-final on 12 May, and a final on 15 May 2004.[1] The two live shows were presented by Turkish actors Korhan Abay and Meltem Cumbul. It was the first time that Turkey had hosted the contest, 29 years after the country made its debut, and was also the first time since the 1998 contest in Birmingham that it was not hosted in the host country's capital city. This was the only edition of the contest that was hosted in a city other than the host nation's capital in the 21st century, until Germany picked Düsseldorf as the host city for the 2011 edition.

Thirty-six countries participated in the contest, beating the record of twenty-six in the previous edition. Albania, Andorra, Belarus and Serbia and Montenegro took part for the first time this year. The old relegation system was replaced with a semi-final format. This was done in order to accommodate the increasing number of countries who wished to participate. The new format allowed all countries to participate every year, rather than being forced to sit out per the relegation rules, which had been the standard since 1994. Because of this, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Macedonia, Monaco and Switzerland all returned to the contest, Monaco not having competed since 1979.

The winner was Ukraine with the song "Wild Dances", performed by Ruslana who wrote it with her husband Oleksandr Ksenofontov. This was Ukraine's first victory in the contest, only one year after the country made its debut in 2003. Serbia and Montenegro, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and Sweden rounded out the top five. Due to the expansion of the contest, this year was the first time in which a non-winning entry scored over 200 points. Prior to this contest, only the winning entries in 1994 and 1997 had passed this mark. In this contest, the top 3 songs all got over 200 points. An official CD was released and, for the first time, the entire contest was released on DVD which included the semi-final and the final.

Location[edit]

Locations of the suggested venues in Istanbul, Turkey: the chosen venue is marked in blue, while eliminated venues are marked in red
Abdi İpekçi Arena, Istanbul – host venue of the 2004 contest.

Istanbul was chosen as the host city of the 2004 edition following Turkey's victory in the 2003 contest in Riga, Latvia with Sertab Erener's "Everyway That I Can". Originally the Mydonose Showland, an entertainment center in the form of a giant pyramid tent near to Atatürk International Airport was chosen by host broadcaster TRT to host the event,[2] but was later changed to the Abdi İpekçi Arena as the contest approached due to its bigger capacity.[1] The Mydonose Showland was demolished in 2009 after a fire destroyed it in April that year.[3][4] The Abdi İpekçi Arena closed after the 2016/2017 basketball season and was demolished in early 2018.[5][6]

A number of other venues in the city were reported as possible venues, these included Ataköy Athletics Arena and Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC), the latter of which lost out to Mydonose Showland.[7] Istanbul Chamber of Commerce president Mehmet Yıldırım offered the World Trade Center Istanbul (WTCI) as a venue for the event and confirmed that the Chamber would also provide financial support for the contest's organisation.[8]

Format[edit]

Visual design[edit]

The stage design of the contest

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.

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.

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.

Opening and interval acts[edit]

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 they 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.

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 performed 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]

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. Hungary was also due to return after last participating in 1998, however at the end they did not take part in the contest.[9] Hungary would eventually return to the contest one year later.

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, in the final. 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. In Belgium, the French-language RTBF did not broadcast the semi-final, but the Dutch-language VRT did. Monaco's televoting results in the semi final were rendered invalid and a back-up jury had to be used, but no problems occurred in the final.

Returning artists[edit]

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Stefan Raab (backing singer for Max)  Germany 2000

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 who opted not to broadcast the show.

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

Final[edit]

The finalists were:

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

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

Detailed voting results[edit]

Semi-final[edit]

Detailed voting results of the semi-final[13][14]
Voting procedure used:
  100% televoting
  100% jury vote
Total score
Andorra
Albania
Austria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Belgium
Belarus
Switzerland
Serbia and Montenegro
Cyprus
Germany
Denmark
Estonia
Spain
Finland
United Kingdom
Greece
Croatia
Ireland
Israel
Iceland
Lithuania
Latvia
Monaco
Macedonia
Malta
Netherlands
Norway
Portugal
Romania
Sweden
Slovenia
Turkey
Ukraine
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

12 points[edit]

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

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
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]

Detailed voting results of the final[15][16]
Voting procedure used:
  100% televoting
Total score
Andorra
Albania
Austria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Belgium
Belarus
Switzerland
Serbia and 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

12 points[edit]

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

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
8  Ukraine  Estonia,  Iceland,  Israel,  Latvia,  Lithuania,  Poland,  Russia,  Turkey
7  Serbia and Montenegro  Austria,  Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Croatia,  Slovenia,  Sweden,  Switzerland,  Ukraine
5  Greece  Albania,  Cyprus,  Malta,  Romania,  United Kingdom
4  Sweden  Denmark,  Finland,  Ireland,  Norway
 Turkey  Belgium,  France,  Germany,  Netherlands
2  Spain  Andorra,  Portugal
1  Albania  Macedonia
 Cyprus  Greece
 France  Monaco
 Germany  Spain
 Macedonia  Serbia and Montenegro
 Russia  Belarus

Spokespersons[edit]

Each country appointed a spokesperson to announce their respective country's points in the final.[17] The voting order in the 2004 contest was determined alphabetically by each country's ISO two-letter country code.

  1.  Andorra – Pati Molné
  2.  Albania – Zhani Ciko [sq]
  3.  Austria – Dodo Roscic [de]
  4.  Bosnia and Herzegovina – Mija Martina
  5.  Belgium – Martine Prenen [nl]
  6.  Belarus – Denis Kurian
  7.  Switzerland – Emel Aykanat
  8.  Serbia and Montenegro – Nataša Miljković [sr]
  9.  Cyprus – Loukas Hamatsos
  10.  Germany – Thomas Anders
  11.  Denmark – Camilla Ottesen
  12.  Estonia – Maarja-Liis Ilus
  13.  Spain – Anne Igartiburu
  14.  Finland – Anna Stenlund
  15.  France – Alex Taylor [fr]
  16.  United Kingdom – Lorraine Kelly
  17.  Greece – Alexis Kostalas
  18.  Croatia – Barbara Kolar
  19.  Ireland – Johnny Logan
  20.  Israel – Merav Miller
  21.  Iceland – Sigrún Ósk Kristjánsdóttir
  22.  Lithuania – Rolandas Vilkončius [lt]
  23.  Latvia – Lauris Reiniks
  24.  Monaco – Anne Allegrini
  25.  Macedonia – Karolina Petkovska
  26.  Malta – Claire Agius
  27.  Netherlands – Esther Hart
  28.  Norway – Ingvild Helljesen
  29.  Poland – Maciej Orłoś [pl]
  30.  Portugal – Isabel Angelino [pt]
  31.  Romania – Andreea Marin
  32.  Russia – Yana Churikova
  33.  Sweden – Jovan Radomir
  34.  Slovenia – Peter Poles
  35.  Turkey – Meltem Ersan Yazgan
  36.  Ukraine – Pavlo Shylko

Broadcasts[edit]

Broadcasters and commentators in participating countries
Country Show(s) Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
 Albania All shows TVSH Leon Menkshi
 Andorra All shows ATV Meri Picart [ca] and Josep Lluís Trabal
 Austria All shows ORF 2 Andi Knoll
Final Hitradio Ö3 Martin Blumenau [de]
 Belarus All shows Belarus-1 Ales Kruglyakov
 Belgium All shows VRT TV1 Dutch: André Vermeulen and Bart Peeters [18]
Final RTBF La Une French: Jean-Pierre Hautier
VRT Radio 2 Dutch: Julien Put [nl] and Michel Follet
RTBF La Première French: Patrick Duhamel [fr] and Serges Otthiers
 Bosnia and Herzegovina All shows BHTV1 Dejan Kukrić
 Croatia All shows HRT Aleksandar "Aco" Kostadinov
 Cyprus All shows RIK 1 Evi Papamichail
 Denmark All shows DR1 Jørgen de Mylius
 Estonia All shows ETV Marko Reikop [19]
Raadio 2 Vello Rand
 Finland All shows YLE TV2 Finnish: Markus Kajo and Asko Murtomäki [fi] [20]
YLE FST Swedish: Thomas Lundin [sv]
YLE Radio Suomi Finnish: Sanna Kojo and Jorma Hietamäki [21]
 France Final France 3 Laurent Ruquier and Elsa Fayer
France Bleu Jean-Luc Delarue
 Germany All shows Das Erste Peter Urban [22]
Deutschlandfunk/NDR 2 Thomas Mohr
 Greece All shows NET Dafni Bokota
 Iceland All shows Sjónvarpið Gísli Marteinn Baldursson [23]
 Ireland All shows RTÉ One Marty Whelan [24]
 Israel All shows Channel 1 No commentator
 Latvia All shows LTV Kārlis Streips [lv]
 Lithuania All shows LRT Darius Užkuraitis
 Macedonia All shows MRT Milanka Rašić
 Malta All shows TVM Eileen Montesin
 Monaco All shows TMC Monte Carlo Bernard Montiel [fr] and Genie Godula [fr]
 Netherlands All shows Nederland 2 Willem van Beusekom and Cornald Maas [25]
Radio 3FM Hijlco Span and Ron Stoeltie [nl]
 Norway All shows NRK1 Jostein Pedersen [26]
 Poland Final TVP1 Artur Orzech
 Portugal All shows RTP1 Eládio Clímaco
 Romania All shows TVR1 Andreea Demirgian
 Russia Final Channel One Yuriy Aksyuta [ru] and Yelena Batinova [ru]
 Serbia and Montenegro All shows RTS1 Serbian: Duška Vučinić-Lučić
TVCG 2 Montenegrin: Dražen Bauković and Tamara Ivanković
 Slovenia All shows SLO1 Andrea F
 Spain Semi-final La 2 Beatriz Pécker [es]
Final La Primera
 Sweden All shows SVT1 Pekka Heino
SR P3 Björn Kjellman and Carolina Norén [27]
 Switzerland All shows SF 1 German: Marco Fritsche [28]
TSR 1 French: Jean-Marc Richard and Alain Morisod
TSI 1 Italian: Daniela Tami and Claudio Lazzarino
 Turkey All shows TRT 1 Bülend Özveren and Didem Tolunay
Final TRT Radyo 3 Ümit Tunçağ, Osman Erkan and Gülşah Banda
 Ukraine All shows First National Rodion Pryntsevsky [29]
 United Kingdom Semi-final BBC Three Paddy O'Connell
Final BBC One Terry Wogan
BBC Radio 2 Ken Bruce
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref(s)
 Armenia Armenia 1 Unknown [30]
 Australia SBS TV Des Mangan [31]
 Kosovo RTK Unknown [30]
 Puerto Rico MSN No commentator [30]
 United States Israeli Network Unknown [30]

Incidents[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.[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 did not 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 (from 2004), 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]

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]

Other awards[edit]

In addition to the main winner's trophy, the AP Awards and the Marcel Bezençon Awards were contested during the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest.

AP Awards[edit]

Category Country Song Performer(s) Result Points
Artist Award  Macedonia "Life" Toše Proeski 14 47
Composer Award  United Kingdom "Hold Onto Our Love" James Fox 16 29
Performance Award  Ukraine "Wild Dances" Ruslana 1 280
Song Award  Portugal "Foi magia" Sofia Vitória 15 SF 38 SF

Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

The Marcel Bezençon Awards, organised since 2002 by Sweden's then-Head of Delegation and 1992 representative Christer Björkman, and 1984 winner Richard Herrey, honours songs in the contest's final.[32] The awards are divided into three categories: the Artistic Award which was voted by previous winners of the contest, the Composer Award, and the Press Award.[33]

Category Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s) Final result Points
Artistic Award  Ukraine "Wild Dances" Ruslana Oleksandr Ksenofontov
Ruslana Lyzhychko
1 280
Composer Award  Cyprus "Stronger Every Minute" Lisa Andreas Mike Connaris 5 170
Press Award  Serbia and Montenegro "Lane moje" (Лане моје) Željko Joksimović Željko Joksimović 2 263

Official album[edit]

Cover art of the official album

Eurovision Song Contest: Istanbul 2004 was the official compilation album of the 2004 contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and released by EMI Records and CMC International on 26 April 2004. The album featured all 36 songs that entered in the 2004 contest, including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify into the grand final.[34]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[35] 3

References[edit]

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