Eurovision Song Contest 2008

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This map shows the placement of the participating countries. Russia, in blue, won.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2008 was a talent contest hosted in Belgrade, Serbia. It was won by Dima Bilan of Russia, singing the song "Believe". It was a big television event, watched by 250 million people around the world.

In 2008 the contest was split into two semifinals, with 19 countries in each semifinal. The first semifinal was held on May 20, second semifinal on May 22, and the final on May 24.

Semi-finals[change | change source]

Semi-final 1[change | change source]

  • The first semi-final round was held on 20 May 2008
  • the color peach shows which countries qualified for the final
  • Flax shows the entry chosen by the jury to go to the final
Draw Country Language Artist Song English translation Place Points
01 Montenegro Montenegrin Stefan Filipović "Zauvijek volim te" I Love You Forever 14 23
02 Israel Hebrew, English Boaz "The Fire in Your Eyes" - 5 104
03 Estonia Serbian, German, Finnish Kreisiraadio "Leto svet" Summer Light 18 8
04 Moldova English Geta Burlacu "A Century of Love" - 12 36
05 San Marino Italian Miodio "Complice" Accomplice 19 5
06 Belgium Imaginary[1] Ishtar "O Julissi" - 17 16
07 Azerbaijan English Elnur and Samir "Day After Day" - 6 96
08 Slovenia Slovene Rebeka Dremelj "Vrag naj vzame" To Hell With It 11 36
09 Norway English Maria Haukaas Storeng "Hold On Be Strong" - 4 106
10 Poland English Isis Gee "For Life" - 10 42
11 Ireland English[2] Dustin the Turkey "Irelande Douze Pointe" Ireland, Twelve Points 15 22
12 Andorra English, Catalan Gisela "Casanova" - 16 22
13 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnian Laka "Pokušaj" Try 9 72
14 Armenia English, Armenian Sirusho "Qélé, Qélé" Come On, Come On 2 139
15 Netherlands English Hind "Your Heart Belongs to Me" - 13 27
16 Finland Finnish Teräsbetoni "Missä miehet ratsastaa" Where Men Ride 8 79
17 Romania Romanian, Italian Nico and Vlad "Pe-o Margine de Lume" On an Edge of the World 7 94
18 Russia English Dima Bilan "Believe" - 3 135
19 Greece English Kalomira "Secret Combination" - 1 156

Semi-final 2[change | change source]

  • The second semi-final round was held on 22 May 2008
  • the color peach shows which countries qualified for the final
  • Flax shows the entry chosen by the jury to go to the final
Draw Country Language Artist Song English translation Place Points
01 Iceland English Euroband "This Is My Life" - 8 68
02 Sweden English Charlotte Perrelli "Hero" - 12 54
03 Turkey Turkish Mor ve Ötesi "Deli" Crazy 7 85
04 Ukraine English Ani Lorak "Shady Lady" - 1 152
05 Lithuania English Jeronimas Milius "Nomads in the Night" - 16 30
06 Albania Albanian Olta Boka "Zemrën e lamë peng" Hearts Trapped In Time 9 67
07 Switzerland Italian Paolo Meneguzzi "Era stupendo" It Was Wonderful 13 47
08 Czech Republic English Tereza Kerndlová "Have Some Fun" - 18 9
09 Belarus English[3] Ruslan Alekhno "Hasta la Vista" - 17 27
10 Latvia English Pirates of the Sea "Wolves of the Sea" - 6 86
11 Croatia Croatian Kraljevi Ulice and 75 cents "Romanca" Romance 4 112
12 Bulgaria English Deep Zone and Balthazar "DJ, Take Me Away" - 11 56
13 Denmark English Simon Mathew "All Night Long" - 3 112
14 Georgia English Diana Gurtskaya "Peace Will Come" - 5 107
15 Hungary English, Hungarian Csézy "Candlelight" - 19 6
16 Malta English[4] Morena "Vodka" - 14 38
17 Cyprus Greek Evdokia Kadi "Femme Fatale" - 15 36
18 Macedonia English Tamara, Vrčak and Adrijan "Let Me Love You" - 10 64
19 Portugal Portuguese Vânia Fernandes "Senhora do mar (Negras águas)" Lady of the Sea (Dark Waters) 2 120

Final[change | change source]

The final was held on 24 May 2008.

Draw Country Language Artist Song English translation Place Points
01 Romania Romanian, Italian Nico and Vlad "Pe-o Margine de Lume" On an Edge of the World 20 45
02 United Kingdom English Andy Abraham "Even If" - 25[5] 14
03 Albania Albanian Olta Boka "Zemrën e lamë peng" Hearts Trapped in Time 17 55
04 Germany English No Angels "Disappear" - 23[5] 14
05 Armenia English, Armenian Sirusho "Qélé, Qélé" Come On, Come On 4 199
06 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnian Laka "Pokušaj" Try 10 110
07 Israel Hebrew, English Boaz "The Fire in Your Eyes" - 9 124
08 Finland Finnish Teräsbetoni "Missä miehet ratsastaa" Where Men Ride 22 35
09 Croatia Croatian Kraljevi Ulice and 75 cents "Romanca" Romance 21 44
10 Poland English Isis Gee "For Life" - 24[5] 14
11 Iceland English Euroband "This is My Life" - 14 64
12 Turkey Turkish Mor ve Ötesi "Deli" Crazy 7 138
13 Portugal Portuguese Vânia Fernandes "Senhora do mar (Negras águas)" Lady of the Sea (Dark Waters) 13 69
14 Latvia English Pirates of the Sea "Wolves of the Sea" - 12 83
15 Sweden English Charlotte Perrelli "Hero" - 18 47
16 Denmark English Simon Mathew "All Night Long" - 15 60
17 Georgia English Diana Gurtskaya "Peace Will Come" - 11 83
18 Ukraine English Ani Lorak "Shady Lady" - 2 230
19 France English [6] Sébastien Tellier "Divine" - 19 47
20 Azerbaijan English Elnur and Samir "Day After Day" - 8 132
21 Greece English Kalomira "Secret Combination" - 3 218
22 Spain Spanish, English Rodolfo Chikilicuatre "Baila el Chiki-chiki" Dance the Chiki-chiki 16 55
23 Serbia Serbian Jelena Tomašević
feat. Bora Dugić
"Oro" (Оро) Hora 6 160
24 Russia English Dima Bilan "Believe" - 1 272
25 Norway English Maria Haukaas Storeng "Hold On Be Strong" - 5 182

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Belgians create feel good factor | Belgrade 2008 archive | Eurovision Song Contest - Baku 2012
  2. The song is mostly in English, but includes words and phrases in French, German, Italian and Spanish.
  3. Song is in English, but contains three words in Spanish.
  4. Song is in English, but also includes 2 Russian words excluding 'vodka': На здоровье/Na zdorovye (Cheers).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 http://www.esctoday.com/annual/2008/participants.php Archived 14 March 2012 at WebCite
  6. There are also two lines in French.