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The Eurovision Song Contest 2008

Updated on September 17, 2016
Dima Bilan
Dima Bilan

Image by Daniel Aragay from Terrassa, Catalunya [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

2008 Eurovision Song Contest

The 2008 Eurovision Song Contest was staged in Belgrade, Serbia following the victory by singer Marija Šerifović with the song Molitva at the 52nd Contest in Finland.

43 countries across Europe confirmed their participation at the 2008 competition (Austria having withdrawn, while San Marino and Azerbaijan debuted).

The semi-finals took place on May 20 and 22, while the grand final was presented on the evening of May 24.

Here is the information about the 2008 Contest.


Welcome to Eurovision
Welcome to Eurovision

Serbia's Winning 2007 Eurovision Song - Marija Serifovic: Molitva

Why was the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 being held in Belgrade?

Under the rules of the European Broadcasting Union. the winning country from the previous year hosts the current year's event. In 2007, Marija Šerifović won the Contest with the song Molitva and thus the competition came to Serbia in 2008.

Here is a reminder of the winning song from 2007.

Željko Joksimović and Jovana Janković
Željko Joksimović and Jovana Janković

Image by Daniel Aragay [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Eurovision 2008: The Hosts

Željko Joksimović and Jovana Janković hosted all three evenings of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008.

  • Jovana Janković is well-known for hosting live television shows. She has previously hosted the Semi-Final allocation draw, which was broadcast live across Europe. She currently works for Serbia's national television station, RTS, hosting the morning programme and has become the corporate face of the network.
  • Željko Joksimović is one of the most popular musicians in Serbia. In 2004, he represented Serbia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Turkey with the song Lane Moje, where he finished second. Two years later, he composed the song Lejla for the Contest for Bosnia & Herzegovina, performed by musician Hari Mata Hari. The song was placed third. He also composed the song Oro for the Serbian national final in 2008, as performed by Jelena Tomasevic and this represented Serbia in the Final.

A Guide to Eurovision

The Complete & Independent Guide to the Eurovision Song Contest 2014
The Complete & Independent Guide to the Eurovision Song Contest 2014

The 2014 edition of this book includes details of every Eurovision Song Contest from the beginning up to 2014. Find out all about the performers, composers and writers, along with statistics on voting patterns for each country. Also gives an analysis of the best and worst countries and much more.

 
Belgrade Arena, Serbia: Venue for the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest
Belgrade Arena, Serbia: Venue for the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest

Image by Nikola Smolenski (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The 2008 CD

Eurovision Song Contest Belgrade 2008
Eurovision Song Contest Belgrade 2008

The 2008 Eurovision CD, featuring all 43 entries performed at the Contest.

 

Eurovision 2008: The Participants

The European Broadcasting Union verified that 43 countries would present their songs in Belgrade.

Austria did not compete stating that:

we've already seen in 2007 that it's not the quality of the song, but the country of origin that determines the decision.

The following nations competed in the two semi-finals broadcast live on Tuesday 20 May, 2008 and Thursday 22 May, 2008:

Albania; Andorra; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; Georgia; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Israel; Latvia; Lithuania; Macedonia; Malta; Moldova; Montenegro; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Russia; San Marino; Slovenia; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; Ukraine.

France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom - known as the Big Four - automatically qualified for the Final, as did the previous year's winner, Serbia.

(The top nine countries - determined by public telephone votes - from both semi-finals plus two wildcard countries from the juries were represented in the final).


Semi-Final 1: May 20, 2008

Result: Semi-Final 1: Top 9 Automatically Qualify For Final

Country
Song
Artist
Points
1. Greece
Secret Combination
Kalomira
156
2. Armenia
Qélé, Qélé (Let's Go, Let's Go)
Sirusho
139
3. Russia
Believe
Dima Bilan
135
4. Norway
Hold On Be Strong
Maria Haukaas Storeng
106
5. Israel
The Fire in Your Eyes
Boaz Ma'uda
104
6. Azerbaijan
Day After Day
Elnur and Samir
96
7. Romania
Pe-o margine de lume (On One Side of the World
Nico & Vlad
94
8. Finland
Missä miehet ratsastaa (Where Men Ride)
Teräsbetoni
79
9. Bosnia & Herzegovina
Pokušaj (Try)
Laka
72
10. Poland
For Life
Isis Gee
42
11. Slovenia
Vrag naj vzame (To Hell With It)
Rebeka Dremelj
36
12. Moldova
A Century of Love
Geta Burlacu
36
13. Netherlands
Your Heart Belongs to Me
Hind
27
14. Montenegro
Zauvijek volim te (I Love You Forever)
Stefan Filipović
23
15. Ireland
Irelande, Douze Points (Ireland, Twelve Points)
Dustin the Turkey
22
16. Andorra
Casanova
Gisela
22
17. Belgium
O Julissi
Ishtar
16
18. Estonia
Leto svet (Summer Light)
Kreisiraadio
8
19. San Marino
Complice (Accomplice)
Miodio
5
Germany and Spain voted in this semi-final. 10th qualifier (Poland) decided by jury votes

Secret Combination: Greece: Winner Semi-Final 1

Semi-Final 2: May 22, 2008

Result: Semi-Final 2: Top 9 Automatically Qualify For Final

Country
Song
Artist
Points
1. Ukraine
Shady Lady
Ani Lorak
152
2. Portugal
Senhora do mar (Negras águas) (Lady of the Sea (Dark Waters))
Vânia Fernandes
120
3. Denmark
All Night Long
Simon Mathew
112
4. Croatia
Romanca (Romance)
Kraljevi Ulice & 75 cents
112
5. Georgia
Peace Will Come
Diana Gurtskaya
107
6. Latvia
Wolves of the Sea
Pirates of the Sea
86
7. Turkey
Deli (Insane)
Mor ve Ötesi
85
8. Iceland
This is My Life
Euroband
68
9. Albania
Zemrën e lamë peng (Hearts Trapped in Time)
Olta Boka
67
10. Macedonia
Let Me Love You
Tamara Todevska, Vrčak & Adrian
64
11. Bulgaria
DJ, Take Me Away
Deep Zone & Balthazar
56
12. Sweden
Hero
Charlotte Perrelli
54
13. Switzerland
Ero stupendo (It Was Wonderful)
Paolo Meneguzzi
47
14. Malta
Vodka
Morena
38
15. Cyprus
Femme fatale (Fatal Woman)
Evdokia Kadi
36
16. Lithuania
Nomads in the Night
Jeronimas Milius
30
17. Belarus
Hasta la vista (See You Soon)
Ruslan Alekhno
27
18. Czech Republic
Have Some Fun
Tereza Kerndlová
9
19. Hungary
Candlelight
Csézy
6
France, Serbia and the United Kingdom also voted in this semi-final. 10th qualifier (Sweden) decided by jury votes

Ukraine: Shady Lady: Winner Semi-Final 2

Final: May 24, 2009

Dima Bilan: 2008 Eurovision Winner for Russia.
Dima Bilan: 2008 Eurovision Winner for Russia.

Image by Daniel Aragay from Terrassa, Catalunya [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Eurovision CD in the United Kingdom

If you're in the UK and searching for a complete collection of all of the entries at the 53rd Eurovision Song Contest, it's available here.

All 43 songs from the participating countries are included and, as is usual with Eurovision, there is a weird and wonderful mix of tracks, some good and some a little odd

However, I think 2008 will be remembered for a young man and an ice skater representing Russia!

Available in CD format.

Eurovision Song Contest 2008 Belgrade: CHECK UK PRICE

Result: The Final

Country
Song
Artist
Points
1. Russia
Believe
Dima Bilan
272
2. Ukraine
Shady Lady
Ani Lorak
230
3. Greece
Secret Combination
Kalomira
218
4. Armenia
Qélé, Qélé (Let's Go, Let's Go)
Sirusho
199
5. Norway
Hold On Be Strong
Maria Haukaas Storeng
182
6. Serbia
Oro (Hora)
Jelena Tomašević ft. Bora Dugić
160
7. Turkey
Deli (Crazy)
Mor ve Ötesi
138
8. Azerbaijan
Day After Day
Elnur and Samir
132
9. Israel
The Fire in Your Eyes
Boaz Ma'uda
124
10. Bosnia & Herzegovina
Pokušaj (Try)
Laka
110
11. Georgia
Peace Will Come
Diana Gurtskaya
83
12. Latvia
Wolves of the Sea
Pirates of the Sea
83
13. Portugal
Senhora do mar (Negras águas) (Lady of the Sea (Dark Waters))
Vânia Fernandes
69
14. Iceland
This is My Life
Euroband
64
15. Denmark
All Night Long
Simon Mathew
60
16. Spain
Baila el Chiki-chiki (Dance the Chiki-chiki)
Rodolfo Chikilicuatre
55
17. Albania
Zemrën e lamë peng (Hearts Trapped in Time)
Olta Boka
55
18. Sweden
Hero
Charlotte Perrelli
47
19. France
Divine
Sébastien Tellier
47
20. Romania
Pe-o margine de lume (On One Side of the World
Nico & Vlad
45
21. Croatia
Romanca (Romance)
Kraljevi Ulice & 75 Cents
44
22. Finland
Missä miehet ratsastaa (Where Men Ride)
Teräsbetoni
35
23. Germany
Disappear
No Angels
14
24. Poland
For Life
Isis Gee
14
25. United Kingdom
Even If
Andy Abraham
14
Spain, France, Germany, United Kingdom and Serbia automatically qualified for the Final

Believe: Russia: Winner 2008

Shady Lady: Ukraine: Runner-Up

Secret Combination: Greece: Third Place

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