Eurovision Song Contest 2008

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The Eurovision Song Contest 2008 was the 53rd edition of the Contest. It was hosted in Belgrade, Serbia after Marija Šerifovi? won the 2007 Contest in Helsinki, Finland. This year was the first contest to have two semi-finals which were held on 20 and 22 May, and the final held on 24 May 2008. The shows were hosted by Jovana Jankovi? and Željko Joksimovi? at the Belgrade Arena which had a total capacity of more than 20,000 seats. The host broadcaster was RTS.<ref name="oiko">Template:Cite web</ref>

After a total of 272 points, Dima Bilan representing Russia (for the second time) was declared the winner, with the song "Believe" written by American Jim Beanz and Bilan himself. So far this has been the only time Russia has won the contest.

Ukraine were runners up for the second year running, with 3rd place going to Greece, 4th to Armenia seeing their best result so far and 5th to Norway.

2008 also saw for the first time ever, Eurovision.tv streamed national finals live on ESCTV with broadcasters' permission.

On 30 January 2008, Eurovision.tv revealed the theme of the Contest: "The Confluence of Sound",<ref name="Theme Art">Template:Cite web</ref> which was inspired by Belgrade's location at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers.

Venue

Serbia gained the right to host the Contest after Marija Šerifovi? won the 2007 Contest in Helsinki, Finland. Since Serbia was the winner of the preceding contest, the 2008 contest was subsequently held there. The Belgrade Arena was chosen as the venue for the contest,<ref name="Beogradska Arena">Template:Cite web</ref> and is among the largest indoor arenas in Europe, with a total capacity of more than 20,000 seats. On 14 September 2007, the Mayor of Helsinki handed over the "Eurovision keys" to the Deputy of Belgrade. This ceremony is meant to be a tradition from the 2008 contest and onward, and the ring contains a key from every city that has ever hosted the competition.

Due to problems and riots in Belgrade following the unilateral declaration of independence by Kosovo on 17 February 2008, the EBU held a phone conference to decide if the contest should be moved to a different country. Ukraine was considered an option since they came second in Eurovision Song Contest 2007. YLE were another option, as they hosted the previous year's competition in Helsinki, Finland. Greece's Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi (ERT) also offered the EBU to host the contest in Athens, Greece again. It was later decided that the contest would stay in Belgrade, with the EBU giving support. RTS would gain a guarantee of safety and security from the government of Serbia for all visitors and participants of the contest. The delegations of Albania, Croatia and Israel had special security.

Visual design

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RTS ran a competition that led to the creation of the 2008 Contest's branding, logo and the stage. The theme of the Contest was based around the "confluence of sound". This was symbolic as Belgrade lies on the confluence of two European rivers, the Sava and Danube. The logo chosen, a treble clef, formed the graphical basis of the design created by Boris Miljkovi?.

The postcards in the first and second semi-final were based around the creation of the flag of the nation that was to perform next. Each post card had a short story related to each country and its people. During each postcard a short letter was displayed. All were in the national language of the artist's country, with the exception of the Serbian postcard, which consisted of "Welcome to Belgrade" and "Welcome to Serbia" in various languages and the Belgian postcard which was written in the constructed language the Belgian group performed in. The postcards were brought to an end by a stamp with this year's Eurovision logo.

According to RTS the stage represented native identities, history and modern themes, symbols and universally recognised messages. The confluence-themed stage also contained a large number of television and LCD display screens. The stage had settings for all new electronic possibilities including some movable parts of the stage. It was designed by Chicago-based David Cushing.

The first semi-final was created around a city theme. The contest opened with a panorama of the city of Belgrade forming in the stage's background with two waves sliding down the stage to meet in the centre - at the confluence, the overall theme of the contest.

The second semi-final was based around the theme of water, which was enhanced by the look of the stage during the interval act where the water formed the main colours of the stage.

The final was based on the theme of the confluence. Construction of the stage lasted several days and was carried out by various teams from across Europe. Pyrotechnics were heavily used for the entries from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Finland, Germany, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Switzerland. The stage received positive feedback from the media and fans describing it as "one of the best looking stages in the history of the competition".Template:Citation needed

Format

At a press conference in Helsinki in May 2007, Svante Stockselius, executive supervisor of the Contest for the EBU, announced that the competition's format may be expanded to two semi-finals in 2008 or 2009.<ref name="ESC Today">Template:Cite web</ref> On 28 September 2007 it was announced that the EBU had approved the plan of hosting two semi-finals in 2008.

Based on research conducted by the EBU's tele-voting partner Digame, the semi-finalists were sorted into the two heats through the drawing of lots, which was seeded to keep countries that have a significant history of voting for each other apart.Template:Citation needed Each broadcaster had to broadcast the semi-final in which they took part, with the broadcasting of the other semi-final being optional. The draw for the semi-final allocation occurred in the Belgrade City Hall on Monday 28 January 2008 at 13:00 CET and was conducted by dancers from the National Dance Ensemble KOLO. First, two envelopes with 'Semi-Final 1' and 'Semi-Final 2' were drawn. Then, three countries from each pot were chosen randomly to take part in the first semi-final and the other three in the second one. The country left in Pot 5 took part in the first envelope that is drawn. While, the country left in Pot 6 in the second one.

The automatic finalist countries chose whether they would broadcast both semi-finals or just one, but viewers from these countries could only vote in one. From the draw conducted, it was decided which of the five finalist countries would broadcast and have voting rights in either of the events. The semi-finals were webcast live through Eurovision.tv. The top nine songs from the televoting qualified for the final, and a tenth was determined by the back-up juries. Twenty-five songs competed in the final.<ref name="Eurovision2008format"/>

Semi-final allocation

On 24 January 2008, all 38 countries in the semi-finals were separated into the following pots based on voting history and geographical location:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3
Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

Running order

The draw to decide the running order of the songs in each Semi-Final and the Final was conducted at the Heads of Delegation meeting on 17 March 2008.

Participating countries

On 21 December 2007, the EBU confirmed that 43 countries would be present in Belgrade. San Marino, as well as the newest EBU member, Azerbaijan, made its debut at the 2008 contest. Austria did not compete; its broadcaster, ORF, said "we've already seen in 2007 that it's not the quality of the song, but the country of origin that determines the decision."<ref name="austria"/> Italy, which has not competed since 1997, and which would have been an automatic finalist, was again absent. Slovakia was absent due to budget problems.

The following countries competed in two semi-finals which were broadcast live on Tuesday 20 May and Thursday 22 May 2008. In addition to this, automatic finalists Germany and Spain exercised voting rights at the first semi-final. France, the United Kingdom and Serbia exercised voting rights at the second semi-final. Spain and France each broadcast only the semi-final in which they participated; Germany, Serbia and the UK screened both semi-finals (with Germany broadcasting on a delay).

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Results

Semi-final 1

  • The first semi-final was held on 20 May 2008.
  • Germany and Spain voted in this semi-final.
  • Flax denotes the entry chosen by the jury to go to the final.
Draw Country Language<ref name=Languages>Template:Cite web</ref> Artist Song English translation Place Points
01 Template:Esc Serbian Stefan Filipovi? "Zauvijek volim te" I love you forever 14 23
02 Template:Esc Hebrew, English Boaz Ma'uda "The Fire in Your Eyes" - 5 104
03 Template:Esc Serbian, German, Finnish Kreisiraadio "Leto svet" Summer light 18 8
04 Template:Esc English Geta Burlacu "A Century of Love" - 12 36
05 Template:Esc Italian Miodio "Complice" Accomplice 19 5
06 Template:Esc Imaginary Ishtar "O Julissi" - 17 16
07 Template:Esc English Elnur and Samir "Day After Day" - 6 96
08 Template:Esc Slovene Rebeka Dremelj "Vrag naj vzame" To hell with it 11 36
09 Template:Esc English Maria Haukaas Storeng "Hold On Be Strong" - 4 106
10 Template:Esc English Isis Gee "For Life" - 10 42
11 Template:Esc English, French <span id="ref_A"/>[A] Dustin the Turkey "Irelande Douze Pointe" Ireland, twelve points 15 22
12 Template:Esc English, Catalan Gisela "Casanova" - 16 22
13 Template:Esc Bosnian Laka "Pokušaj" Try 9 72
14 Template:Esc English, Armenian Sirusho "Qélé, Qélé" (???? ????) Let's go, Let's go 2 139
15 Template:Esc English Hind "Your Heart Belongs to Me" - 13 27
16 Template:Esc Finnish Teräsbetoni "Missä miehet ratsastaa" Where men ride 8 79
17 Template:Esc Romanian, Italian Nico and Vlad "Pe-o margine de lume" On an edge of the world 7 94
18 Template:Esc English Dima Bilan "Believe" - 3 135
19 Template:Esc English Kalomira "Secret Combination" - 1 156

Semi-final 2

  • The second semi-final was held on 22 May 2008
  • The United Kingdom, France and Serbia voted in this semi-final.
  • Flax denotes the entry chosen by the jury to go to the final.
Draw Country Language<ref name=Languages/> Artist Song English translation Place Points
01 Template:Esc English Euroband "This Is My Life" - 8 68
02 Template:Esc English Charlotte Perrelli "Hero" - 12 54
03 Template:Esc Turkish Mor ve Ötesi "Deli" Insane 7 85
04 Template:Esc English Ani Lorak "Shady Lady" - 1 152
05 Template:Esc English Jeronimas Milius "Nomads in the Night" - 16 30
06 Template:Esc Albanian Olta Boka "Zemrën e lamë peng" Hearts trapped in time 9 67
07 Template:Esc Italian Paolo Meneguzzi "Era stupendo" It was wonderful 13 47
08 Template:Esc English Tereza Kerndlová "Have Some Fun" - 18 9
09 Template:Esc English <span id="ref_B"/>[B] Ruslan Alekhno "Hasta la Vista" See You Soon 17 27
10 Template:Esc English Pirates of the Sea "Wolves of the Sea" - 6 86
11 Template:Esc Croatian Kraljevi ulice and 75 cents "Romanca" Romance 4 112
12 Template:Esc English Deep Zone and Balthazar "DJ, Take Me Away" - 11 56
13 Template:Esc English Simon Mathew "All Night Long" - 3 112
14 Template:Esc English Diana Gurtskaya "Peace Will Come" - 5 107
15 Template:Esc English, Hungarian Csézy "Candlelight" - 19 6
16 Template:Esc English <span id="ref_C"/>[C] Morena "Vodka" - 14 38
17 Template:Esc Greek Evdokia Kadi "Femme Fatale" Fatal woman 15 36
18 Template:Esc English Tamara Todevska, Vr?ak & Adrian "Let Me Love You" - 10 64
19 Template:Esc Portuguese Vânia Fernandes "Senhora do mar (Negras águas)" Lady of the sea (Dark Waters) 2 120

Final

The finalists were:

  • the big four France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom
  • the host country Serbia
  • the top nine countries from the first semi-final plus one wildcard from the juries (marked in flax)
  • the top nine countries from the second semi-final plus one wildcard from the juries (marked in flax)

The final was held on 24 May 2008 and was won by Russia.

Draw Country Language<ref name=Languages/> Artist Song English translation Place Points
01 Template:Esc Romanian, Italian Nico and Vlad "Pe-o margine de lume" On an edge of the world Template:Sort 45
02 Template:Esc English Andy Abraham "Even If" - Template:Sort <span id="ref_D"/>[D] 14
03 Template:Esc Albanian Olta Boka "Zemrën e lamë peng" Hearts trapped in time Template:Sort 55
04 Template:Esc English No Angels "Disappear" - Template:Sort <span id="ref_D"/>[D] 14
05 Template:Esc English, Armenian Sirusho "Qélé, Qélé" (???? ????) Let's go, Let's go Template:Sort 199
06 Template:Esc Bosnian Laka "Pokušaj" Try Template:Sort 110
07 Template:Esc Hebrew, English Boaz Ma'uda "The Fire in Your Eyes" - Template:Sort 124
08 Template:Esc Finnish Teräsbetoni "Missä miehet ratsastaa" Where men ride Template:Sort 35
09 Template:Esc Croatian Kraljevi Ulice and 75 cents "Romanca" Romance Template:Sort 44
10 Template:Esc English Isis Gee "For Life" - Template:Sort <span id="ref_D"/>[D] 14
11 Template:Esc English Euroband "This Is My Life" - Template:Sort 64
12 Template:Esc Turkish Mor ve Ötesi "Deli" Crazy Template:Sort 138
13 Template:Esc Portuguese Vânia Fernandes "Senhora do mar (Negras águas)" Lady of the sea (Dark waters) Template:Sort 69
14 Template:Esc English Pirates of the Sea "Wolves of the Sea" - Template:Sort 83
15 Template:Esc English Charlotte Perrelli "Hero" - Template:Sort 47
16 Template:Esc English Simon Mathew "All Night Long" - Template:Sort 60
17 Template:Esc English Diana Gurtskaya "Peace Will Come" - Template:Sort 83
18 Template:Esc English Ani Lorak "Shady Lady" - Template:Sort 230
19 Template:Esc English, French Sébastien Tellier "Divine" - Template:Sort 47
20 Template:Esc English Elnur and Samir "Day After Day" - Template:Sort 132
21 Template:Esc English Kalomira "Secret Combination" - Template:Sort 218
22 Template:Esc Spanish, English Rodolfo Chikilicuatre "Baila el Chiki-chiki" Dance the Chiki-chiki Template:Sort 55
23 Template:Esc Serbian Jelena Tomaševi?
feat. Bora Dugi?
"Oro" (???) Hora Template:Sort 160
24 Template:Esc English Dima Bilan "Believe" - Template:Sort 272
25 Template:Esc English Maria Haukaas Storeng "Hold On Be Strong" - Template:Sort 182

Voting during the final

The voting order and spokespersons during the final were as follows:

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  1. Template:Esc – Carrie Grant
    (UK representative in the 1983 Contest as part of Sweet Dreams)
  2. Template:Esc – Ognen Janeski
  3. Template:Esc – Marysya Horobets
  4. Template:Esc – Thomas Hermanns
  5. Template:Esc – Sahlene<ref name="esctoday.com"/>
    (Estonian representative in the 2002 Contest)
  6. Template:Esc – Melina Garibovi?
  7. Template:Esc – Leon Menkshi
  8. Template:Esc – Sandrine van Handenhoven
  9. Template:Esc – Roberto Moretti
  10. Template:Esc – Krist?ne Virsn?te
  11. Template:Esc – Valentina Voykova
  12. Template:Esc – Dušica Spasi?<ref name="evropesma.org"/>
  13. Template:Esc – Noa Barak-Weshler
  14. Template:Esc – Hristina Marouhou
  15. Template:Esc – Vitalie Rotaru
  16. Template:Esc – Brynja Þorgeirsdóttir<ref name="Spokespersons"/>
  17. Template:Esc – Cyril Hanouna
  18. Template:Esc – Alina Sorescu
  19. Template:Esc – Sabrina
    (Portuguese representative in the 2007 Contest)
  20. Template:Esc – Stian Barsnes Simonsen
    (Co-Presenter of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2004)
  21. Template:Esc – Éva Novodomszky
  22. Template:Esc – Alfred Llahí
  23. Template:Esc – Radek Brzózka
  24. Template:Esc – Peter Poles
  25. Template:Esc – Hrachuhi Utmazyan
  26. Template:Esc – Petra Šubrtová
  27. Template:Esc – Ainhoa Arbizu
  28. Template:Esc – Esther Hart
    (Dutch representative in the 2003 Contest)
  29. Template:Esc – Meltem Ersan Yazgan
  30. Template:Esc – Moira Delia
  31. Template:Esc – Niamh Kavanagh
    (Winner of the 1993 and representative in the 2010 Contest)
  32. Template:Esc – Cécile Bähler<ref name="Details zur Sendung"/>
  33. Template:Esc – Leyla Aliyeva
    (Co-Presenter of the 2012 Contest)
  34. Template:Esc – Alexis Kostalas
  35. Template:Esc – Mikko Leppilampi
    (Co-Presenter of the 2007 Contest)
  36. Template:Esc – Barbara Kolar
  37. Template:Esc – Björn Gustafsson
  38. Template:Esc – Olga Barabanschikova<ref name="Spokespersons">Template:Cite web</ref>
  39. Template:Esc - Rolandas Vilkon?ius
  40. Template:Esc – Oxana Fedorova<ref name="Spokespersons"/>
  41. Template:Esc – Nina Radulovi?<ref name="evropesma.org">Template:Cite web</ref>
  42. Template:Esc – Tika Patsatsia
  43. Template:Esc – Maria Montell<ref name="Spokespersons"/>

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Scoreboards

Semi-final 1

Televoting Results
Total Score Montenegro Israel Estonia Moldova San Marino Belgium Azerbaijan Slovenia Norway Poland Ireland Andorra Bosnia and Herzegovina Armenia Netherlands Finland Romania Russia Greece Germany Spain
10px Montenegro 23 1 10 12
Israel 104 5 2 7 10 4 10 4 7 5 7 6 10 6 8 5 4 4
Estonia 8 1 7
Moldova 36 5 5 1 6 10 5 4
San Marino 5 2 3
Belgium 16 6 10
Azerbaijan 96 3 5 4 10 5 10 5 8 3 2 4 5 7 10 7 8
Slovenia 36 10 2 2 1 2 10 4 1 2 2
Norway 106 4 6 8 3 7 1 7 2 7 8 10 4 8 5 12 4 7 1 2
Poland 42 10 3 2 12 1 2 3 1 5 3
Ireland 22 1 3 7 4 1 2 1 2 1
Andorra 22 4 3 1 1 1 12
Bosnia and Herzegovina 72 12 1 6 4 12 12 3 7 8 7
Armenia 139 6 10 2 5 8 12 5 3 12 2 3 6 12 4 5 12 12 10 10
Netherlands 27 1 3 8 2 7 3 3
Finland 79 2 12 8 4 2 3 6 5 6 12 1 4 6 2 6
Romania 94 8 12 6 6 6 6 5 3 7 6 5 3 1 1 8 3 8
Russia 135 8 12 10 7 3 8 7 8 8 4 4 7 12 2 6 8 10 6 5
Greece 156 7 7 5 4 12 10 12 8 4 6 10 5 8 10 8 3 12 6 12 7

12 points

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

N. Contestant Voting nation
5 Armenia Belgium, Greece, Netherlands, Poland, Russia
4 Greece Azerbaijan, Germany, Romania, San Marino
3 Bosnia and Herzegovina Montenegro, Norway, Slovenia
2
Russia Armenia, Israel
Finland Andorra, Estonia
1
Andorra Spain
Montenegro Bosnia and Herzegovina
Norway Finland
Poland Ireland
Romania Moldova

Semi-final 2

Televoting Results
Total Score Iceland Sweden Turkey Ukraine Lithuania Albania Switzerland Czech Republic Belarus Latvia Croatia Bulgaria Denmark Georgia Hungary Malta Cyprus Macedonia Portugal France Serbia United Kingdom
10px Iceland 68 10 3 1 2 5 4 1 2 10 7 5 1 5 8 4
Sweden 54 8 2 3 1 3 12 1 7 4 3 1 3 6
Turkey 85 6 5 12 7 3 7 8 5 4 8 10 10
Ukraine 152 6 3 12 7 1 12 12 6 7 12 7 12 8 8 10 6 12 3 8
Lithuania 30 12 10 8
Albania 67 1 7 8 3 10 1 5 10 12 2 5 3
Switzerland 47 10 5 5 12 7 1 7
Czech Republic 9 1 2 1 5
Belarus 27 10 6 5 4 2
Latvia 86 7 8 2 12 5 6 6 1 6 6 6 4 10 2 5
Croatia 112 4 4 5 7 5 3 6 3 7 7 6 3 8 10 6 10 6 2 10
Bulgaria 56 5 6 6 1 2 2 1 1 3 2 8 7 1 6 5
Denmark 112 12 12 4 8 4 5 10 4 8 3 2 3 12 4 5 3 8 4 1
Georgia 107 2 1 10 12 10 8 10 10 4 2 10 12 2 7 7
Hungary 6 1 1 4
Malta 38 3 8 6 4 4 3 4 4 2
Cyprus 36 4 2 2 8 2 5 1 12
Macedonia 64 2 7 7 8 4 12 10 2 12
Portugal 120 10 5 8 4 6 12 7 8 3 8 5 7 6 3 3 12 6 7

12 points

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

N. Contestant Voting nation
6 Ukraine Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Georgia, Portugal, Turkey
3 Denmark Hungary, Iceland, Sweden
2
Georgia Cyprus, Ukraine
Macedonia Croatia, Serbia
Portugal France, Switzerland
1
Albania Macedonia
Cyprus United Kingdom
Latvia Lithuania
Lithuania Latvia
Sweden Denmark
Switzerland Malta
Turkey Albania

Final

Televoting Results
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10px Romania 45 6 4 4 12 12 1 3 3
United Kingdom 14 6 8
Albania 55 1 8 1 1 10 7 3 4 8 12
Germany 14 2 12
Armenia 199 4 2 6 6 8 12 1 10 2 12 7 12 12 10 5 12 1 2 8 12 5 12 12 7 8 10 1
Bosnia and Herzegovina 110 5 6 12 6 10 2 2 3 12 10 10 10 2 7 7 1 5
Israel 124 6 4 3 6 5 8 2 5 3 5 6 7 1 7 6 3 5 6 10 5 3 3 3 1 4 2 3 2
Finland 35 2 7 1 7 4 10 4
Croatia 44 1 2 2 10 3 5 1 1 3 1 2 8 3 2
Poland 14 4 10
Iceland 64 6 4 7 7 2 8 12 4 8 6
Turkey 138 8 8 10 10 8 4 4 6 4 10 12 2 2 4 10 10 6 3 5 5 7
Portugal 69 4 3 6 3 8 8 1 5 6 10 5 10
Latvia 83 10 4 4 8 3 6 2 2 3 7 12 2 10 3 7
Sweden 47 3 1 5 3 8 1 2 7 2 1 1 12 1
Denmark 60 3 12 5 7 5 12 3 2 1 2 2 2 4
Georgia 83 10 2 4 1 8 8 4 4 7 5 3 5 4 6 5 7
Ukraine 230 3 5 8 5 3 10 3 7 10 5 8 12 10 7 10 10 6 7 6 8 4 4 7 1 2 6 6 6 8 10 7 6 10 6 4
France 47 2 4 2 1 8 3 4 5 1 6 3 8
Azerbaijan 132 2 1 3 7 12 4 7 10 3 10 8 7 1 7 2 7 10 8 3 12 8
Greece 218 12 12 12 12 8 7 5 5 3 7 1 3 4 2 3 6 3 8 3 6 1 4 12 8 6 4 8 6 5 5 2 10 8 2 12 3
Spain 55 1 1 1 1 3 10 1 5 8 4 12 4 4
Serbia 160 7 5 8 3 12 10 4 2 6 7 2 5 4 6 12 1 12 8 12 6 1 4 7 1 5 10
Russia 272 10 6 7 12 4 12 10 6 6 5 6 12 8 12 1 8 7 5 10 5 8 12 10 3 7 5 5 1 12 7 12 6 10 8 8 6
Norway 182 5 7 7 7 2 7 12 1 8 10 2 2 6 12 10 5 6 5 2 6 4 5 8 5 7 2 7 1 4 4 5 1 4 3
The table is ordered by appearance in the final, then by appearance in the semi-finals.

12 points

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

N. Contestant Voting nation
8 Armenia Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Greece, Netherlands, Poland, Russia
7 Russia Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine
6 Greece Albania, Cyprus, Germany, Romania, San Marino, United Kingdom
4 Serbia Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia, Switzerland
2 Azerbaijan Hungary, Turkey
Bosnia and Herzegovina Croatia, Serbia
Denmark Iceland, Norway
Norway Finland, Sweden
Romania Moldova, Spain
1 Albania Macedonia
Germany Bulgaria
Iceland Denmark
Latvia Ireland
Spain Andorra
Sweden Malta
Turkey Azerbaijan
Ukraine Portugal

Other Awards

Marcel Bezençon Awards

The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first handed out during the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia honoring the best competing songs in the final. Founded by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest and current Head of Delegation for Sweden) and Richard Herrey (member of the Herreys, Eurovision Song Contest 1984 winner from Sweden), the awards are named after the creator of the annual competition, Marcel Bezençon.<ref name="Bezençon">Template:Cite web</ref> For the only time, the awards were divided into 4 categories; Press Award; Poplight Fan Award; Artistic Award; and Composer Award.<ref name="Marchel">Template:Cite web</ref>

Category Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s) Final result Points
Artists Award
(Voted by previous winners)
Template:Esc "Shady Lady" Ani Lorak Philipp Kirkorov, Dimitris Kontopoulos
Karen Kavaleryan
2nd 230
Composer Award Template:Esc "Pe-o margine de lume" Nico and Vlad Andrei Tudor
Andreea Andrei, Adina ?uteu
20th 45
Poplight Fan Award
(voted by fans on the Swedish website poplight.se)
Template:Esc "Qélé, Qélé" Sirusho H.A. Der-Hovagimian
Sirusho
4th 199
Press Award Template:Esc "Senhora do mar (Negras águas)" Vânia Fernandes Andrej Babi?
Carlos Coelho
13th 69

OGAE

Template:Further2 Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision (more commonly known as OGAE) is an international organisation that was founded in 1984 in Savonlinna, Finland by Jari-Pekka Koikkalainen.<ref name="OGAE Clubs">Template:Cite web</ref> The organisation consists of a network of 40 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond, and is a non-governmental, non-political, and non-profitable company.<ref name=Members>Template:Cite web</ref> In what has become an annual tradition for the OGAE fan clubs, a voting poll was opened allowing members from different clubs around the world to vote for their favourite songs of the 2008 contest. Below is the top five overall results, after all the votes had been cast.

Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s) OGAE result
Template:Esc "Hero" Charlotte Perrelli Bobby Ljunggren, Fredrik Kempe 308
Template:Esc "Era stupendo" Paolo Meneguzzi Paolo Meneguzzi, Mattias Brånn, Vincenzo Incenzo 216
Template:Esc "Oro" Jelena Tomaševi? feat. Bora Dugi? Željko Joksimovi?, Dejan Ivanovi? 178
Template:Esc "This Is My Life" Eurobandið Örlygur Smári, Paul Oscar, Peter Fenner 145
Template:Esc "Hold On Be Strong" Maria Haukaas Storeng Mira Craig

Broadcasting

Semi-finals broadcasts

As stated above, a country only has to broadcast the final and the semi-final when it is one of the competitors or voters. The United Kingdom, San Marino, Greece, Croatia, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Malta, Serbia, Finland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Portugal, Cyprus, Israel, Estonia, Turkey, Latvia, Slovenia, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Andorra, Albania, Bulgaria, Iceland, Sweden, Romania and Australia confirmed they would broadcast both semi-finals (some in delay and some live).

International broadcasts

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Although Australia is not eligible to enter, the contest was broadcast on SBS. The first semi-final was broadcast on Friday 23 May at 19:30 local time, with the second semi-final on Saturday 24 May 2008 at 19:30 local time, and the Final on Sunday 25 May 2008 at 19:30 local time, amongst a weekend of Eurovision-themed programming. SBS local host, Julia Zemiro, provided introductory and concluding segments with SBS otherwise broadcasting the BBC's coverage and commentary. In recent years the contest has been one of SBS's highest-rating programmes in terms of viewer numbers. The final rated well for SBS with 427,000 viewers tuning in for the final with 421,000 for the second semi-final and 272,000 for the first semi-final.
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In Austria, ORF broadcast the contest live and received extremely high TV ratings, despite its withdrawal. However, it did not broadcast the semifinals on 20 and 22 May, though Austrians were able to watch these on German television via ARD.
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No Italian broadcaster proper showed the contest, but San Marinese SMRTV, which broadcast live the full event on both TV and radio, is available in some parts of Italy: Romagna (and a small part of Emilia, including Bologna), northern Marche, and southern Veneto, including Venice.
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A live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest was available worldwide via satellite through European streams such as TVRi, ERT World, ARMTV, TVE Internacional, TRT International, TVP Polonia, RTP Internacional, RTS Sat and SVT Europa. The official Eurovision Song Contest website also provided a live stream without commentary via the peer to peer medium Octoshape.

High-definition broadcasts

RTS broadcast the event in 1080i high-definition (HD) and 5.1 Surround Sound. The new high-definition television system was in place at the Belgrade Arena by April 2008. This is the second year that the event was broadcast live in HD. BBC HD broadcast the contest in High Definition in the United Kingdom. Swedish broadcaster SVT broadcast both the semi-final and the final on their HD-channel SVT HD. Lithuanian broadcaster LRT broadcast both the semi-final and the final in 1080i high-definition (HD) on their channel LTV. The same occurred on Swiss HD channel HD suisse; on this channel viewers were able to choose the language of the commentary while viewing a semi-final or final of the Eurovision Song Contest. However, all other countries broadcast the show only in standard definition, and the event will only be available to buy on a standard-definition DVD; it will not be released on Blu-ray Disc.

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Roberto Meloni (part of Pirates of the Sea) Template:Esc 2007 (part of Bonaparti.lv)
Dima Bilan Template:Esc 2006 (Runner-up)
Charlotte Perrelli Template:Esc 1999 (winner, as Charlotte Nilsson)

Commentators

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Notes

  • A <span id=endnote_A/>^ "Irelande Douze Pointe" is mostly in English, but includes words and phrases in French, German, Italian and Spanish.</li>
  • B <span id=endnote_B/>^ "Hasta la Vista" is in English, but contains three words in Spanish.</li>
  • C <span id=endnote_C/>^ Vodka" is in English, but also includes 2 Russian words excluding 'vodka': ?? ????????/Na zdorovye (Cheers).</li>
  • D <span id=endnote_D/>^ Poland, the United Kingdom and Germany all received a total of 14 points. Whilst the rules of the contest describe mechanisms to break a tie should it be for first place, it is ambiguous as to whether the procedure applies to other rankings. Should the rules apply, Germany having received more twelve points than the others would be ranked 23rd, Poland having scored more ten points than the UK would be ranked 24th, leaving the UK in 25th and last place. A table located at the contest's official website, Eurovision.tv, shows the ties as broken, however in all previous years the same source has shown unbroken ties. Since 2009 the rules have stated that all ties, regardless of position, are now broken. </li>

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