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
R/O Country Artist Song Language[1] Points Place[2]
1  Montenegro Stefan Filipović "Zauvijek volim te" (Заувијек волим те) Montenegrin 23 14
2  Israel Boaz "The Fire in Your Eyes" Hebrew 104 5
3  Estonia Kreisiraadio "Leto svet" Serbian, German, Finnish 8 18
4  Moldova Geta Burlacu "A Century of Love" English 36 12
5  San Marino Miodio "Complice" Italian 5 19
6  Belgium Ishtar "O Julissi" Imaginary 16 17
7  Azerbaijan Elnur and Samir "Day After Day" English 96 6
8  Slovenia Rebeka Dremelj "Vrag naj vzame" Slovene 36 11
9  Norway Maria "Hold On Be Strong" English 106 4
10  Poland Isis Gee "For Life" English 42 10
11  Ireland Dustin the Turkey "Irelande Douze Pointe" English 22 15
12  Andorra Gisela "Casanova" English 22 16
13  Bosnia and Herzegovina Laka "Pokušaj" Bosnian 72 9
14  Armenia Sirusho "Qélé, Qélé" (Քելե Քելե) English, Armenian 139 2
15  Netherlands Hind "Your Heart Belongs to Me" English 27 13
16  Finland Teräsbetoni "Missä miehet ratsastaa" Finnish 79 8
17  Romania Nico and Vlad "Pe-o margine de lume" Romanian, Italian 94 7
18  Russia Dima Bilan "Believe" English 135 3
19  Greece Kalomira "Secret Combination" English 156 1

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
R/O Country Artist Song Language[1] Points Place[3]
1  Iceland Euroband "This Is My Life" English 68 8
2  Sweden Charlotte Perrelli "Hero" English 54 12
3  Turkey Mor ve Ötesi "Deli" Turkish 85 7
4  Ukraine Ani Lorak "Shady Lady" English 152 1
5  Lithuania Jeronimas Milius "Nomads in the Night" English 30 16
6  Albania Olta Boka "Zemrën e lamë peng" Albanian 67 9
7   Switzerland Paolo Meneguzzi "Era stupendo" Italian 47 13
8  Czech Republic Tereza Kerndlová "Have Some Fun" English 9 18
9  Belarus Ruslan Alehno "Hasta la vista" English 27 17
10  Latvia Pirates of the Sea "Wolves of the Sea" English 86 6
11  Croatia Kraljevi ulice and 75 Cents "Romanca" Croatian 112 4
12  Bulgaria Deep Zone and Balthazar "DJ, Take Me Away" English 56 11
13  Denmark Simon Mathew "All Night Long" English 112 3
14  Georgia Diana Gurtskaya "Peace Will Come" English 107 5
15  Hungary Csézy "Candlelight" English, Hungarian 6 19
16  Malta Morena "Vodka" English 38 14
17  Cyprus Evdokia Kadi "Femme Fatale" Greek 36 15
18  Macedonia Tamara, Vrčak and Adrijan "Let Me Love You" English 64 10
19  Portugal Vânia Fernandes "Senhora do mar (Negras águas)" Portuguese 120 2

Final[change | change source]

The final was held on 24 May 2008.

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

Notes[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Eurovision Song Contest 2008". The Diggiloo Thrush. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  2. "First Semi-Final of Belgrade 2008". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 23 April 2021. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  3. "Second Semi-Final of Belgrade 2008". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 23 April 2021. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  4. "Grand Final of Belgrade 2008". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 23 April 2021. Retrieved 23 April 2021.