Eurovision Song Contest 2008 Details Page


For all those people who are interested in the Eurovision Song Contest, here are some details and results for 2008.

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The 2008 contest will be held in Beogradska Arena in Belgrade, Serbia.

For the first time, due to political voting over the past years, there will be 2 semi finals. The first semi final was on Tuesday 20 May 2008. The second semi final will be on Thursday 22 May 2008. The Final will be on Saturday 24 May 2008.

The only country to automatically qualified to the Final are the big 4 countries and the 2007 winners, which are France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom and Serbia. 2 of these countries will vote in one semi final and the other 3 will vote in the other semi final.

The contest will be available in High Definition (now the technology is in place since the World Cup was broadcast in HD). The BBC will show the Saturday final in HD.

The semi Final allocation draw took placed on 28 January. Also decided which of the 5 qualified countries to vote in which semi final. Germany and Spain in semi final 1 and Serbia, France and United Kingdom in semi final 2.

There is also 6 pots in which 6 countries are located in. Pot 5 and 6 has 7 countries so it was drawn that the extra country in pot 5 will go to semi final 1 and pot 6 goes to semi final 2
First drawn from each pot will go to semi final 1
Second drawn from each pot will go to semi final 2
Third drawn from each pot will go to semi final 1
Fourth drawn from each pot will go to semi final 2
Fifth drawn from each pot will go to semi final 1
Sixth drawn from each pot will go to semi final 2

The draw order was held on 18 March.

Top 9 songs from each of the Semi Finals will go through + 1 song with the highest backup jury score who did not qualify. Sweden went through instead of FYR Macedonia.

The presenters are Jovana Janković and Željko Joksimović.

43 Countries has indicated their interest. Here are the list of countries and songs. Points 1 to 7 will be shown automatically on screen and then the spokesperson will announce points 8, 10 and 12.

The voting order will be as follows, United Kingdom, FYR Macedonia, Ukraine, Germany, Estonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Albania, Belgium, San Marino, Latvia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Israel, Cyprus, Moldova, Iceland, France, Romania, Portugal, Norway, Hungary, Andorra, Poland, Slovenia, Armenia, Czech Republic, Spain, the Netherlands, Turkey, Malta, Ireland, Switzerland, Azerbaijan, Greece, Finland, Croatia, Sweden, Belarus, Lithuania, Russia, Montenegro, Georgia and Denmark.

Final (24 May 2008)

Serbia got to choose their singing position. They selected 23rd (Now includes running order)

1st Semi Final Qualifier : Greece, Romania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Finland, Russia, Israel, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Poland, Norway
2nd Semi Final Qualifier : Ukraine, Croatia, Albania, Iceland, Georgia, Denmark, Sweden, Latvia, Turkey, Portugal

  Country Date of Final Song Artist Semi or Final directly
01 Romania   Pe-o Margine De Lume Nico & Vlad Mirita Qualified from Semi Final 1
02 United Kingdom 1 March Even If Andy Abraham Final
03 Albania   Zemrën E Lamë Peng Olta Boka Qualified from Semi Final 2
04 Germany 6 March No Angels Disappear Final
05 Armenia   Qele, Qele Sirusho Qualified from Semi Final 1
06 Bosnia & Herzegovina   Elvir Lakovic Laka Pokusaj Qualified from Semi Final 1
07 Israel 26 February The Fire In Your Eyes Boaz Mauda Qualified from Semi Final 1
08 Finland   Missä Miehet Ratsastaa  Teräsbetoni Qualified from Semi Final 1
09 Croatia 23 February Romanca Kraljevi Ulice & 75 Cents Qualified from Semi Final 2
10 Poland 23 February For Life Isis Gee Qualified from Semi Final 1
11 Iceland 23 February This Is My Life Euroband Qualified from Semi Final 2
12 Turkey   Deli Mor ve Ötesi Qualified from Semi Final 2
13 Portugal   Senhora Do Mar (Negras Águas) Vânia Fernandes Qualified from Semi Final 2
14 Latvia 1 March Wolves Of The Sea Pirates Of The Sea Qualified from Semi Final 2
15 Sweden 15 March Hero Charlotte Perrelli Qualified from Semi Final 2
16 Denmark   All Night Long Simon Mathew Qualified from Semi Final 2
17 Georgia 1 March Peace Will Come Diana Ghurtskaia Qualified from Semi Final 2
18 Ukraine 23 February Shady Lady Ani Lorak Qualified from Semi Final 2
19 France   Divine Sébastien Tellier Final
20 Azerbaijan 15 February Day After Day Elnur Guseynov Qualified from Semi Final 1
21 Greece 27 February Secret Combination Kalomira Qualified from Semi Final 1
22 Spain 8 March Baila El Chiki Chiki Rodolfo Chikilicuatre Final
23 Serbia 20 February Oro Jelena Tomašević feat. Bora Dugic Final
24 Russia   Believe Dima Bilan Qualified from Semi Final 1
25 Norway 9 February Hold On Be Strong Maria Haukaas Storeng Qualified from Semi Final 1

First semi final (20 May 2008)

*Germany and Spain can vote for in this semi final. Azerbaijan, Greece and Russia choose their singing position

  Country Date of Final Song Artist Semi or Final directly
01 Montenegro   Zauvijek Volim Te Stefan Filipović Semi Final 1
02 Israel 26 February The Fire In Your Eyes Boaz Mauda Qualified from Semi Final 1
03 Estonia 2 February Leto Svet Kreisiraadio Semi Final 1
04 Moldova   A Century Of Love Geta Burlacu Semi Final 1
05 San Marino   Complice Miodio Semi Final 1
06 Belgium 9 March O Julissi Ishtar Semi Final 1
07 Azerbaijan 15 February Day After Day Elnur Guseynov Qualified from Semi Final 1
08 Slovenia   Vrag Naj Vzame Rebeka Dremelj Semi Final 1
09 Norway 9 February Hold On Be Strong Maria Haukaas Storeng Qualified from Semi Final 1
10 Poland 23 February For Life Isis Gee Qualified from Semi Final 1
11 Ireland 23 February Irlande Douze Pointe Dustin the Turkey Semi Final 1
12 Andorra   Casanova Gisela Semi Final 1
13 Bosnia & Herzegovina   Elvir Lakovic Laka Pokusaj Qualified from Semi Final 1
14 Armenia   Qele, Qele Sirusho Qualified from Semi Final 1
15 Netherlands 7 March Your Heart Belongs To Me Hind Semi Final 1
16 Finland   Missä Miehet Ratsastaa  Teräsbetoni Qualified from Semi Final 1
17 Romania   Pe-o Margine De Lume Nico & Vlad Mirita Qualified from Semi Final 1
18 Russia   Believe Dima Bilan Qualified from Semi Final 1
19 Greece 27 February Secret Combination Kalomira Qualified from Semi Final 1

Second semi Final (22 May 2008)

*Serbia, France and United Kingdom can vote in this semi final. FYR Macedonia, Portugal and Denmark choose their singing position

  Country Date of Final Song Artist Semi or Final directly
01 Iceland 23 February This Is My Life Euroband Qualified from Semi Final 2
02 Sweden 15 March Hero Charlotte Perrelli Qualified from Semi Final 2
03 Turkey   Deli Mor ve Ötesi Qualified from Semi Final 2
04 Ukraine 23 February Shady Lady Ani Lorak Qualified from Semi Final 2
05 Lithuania 2 February Nomads In The Night Jerominas Milius Semi Final 2
06 Albania   Zemrën E Lamë Peng Olta Boka Qualified from Semi Final 2
07 Switzerland 27 November Era Stupendo Paolo Meneguzzi Semi Final 2
08 Czech Republic   Have Some Fun Tereza Kerndlová Semi Final 2
09 Belarus   Hasta La Vista Ruslan Alenho Semi Final 2
10 Latvia 1 March Wolves Of The Sea Pirates Of The Sea Qualified from Semi Final 2
11 Croatia 23 February Romanca Kraljevi Ulice & 75 Cents Qualified from Semi Final 2
12 Bulgaria 23 February DJ, Take Me Away Deep Zone & Balthazar Semi Final 2
13 Denmark   All Night Long Simon Mathew Qualified from Semi Final 2
14 Georgia 1 March Peace Will Come Diana Ghurtskaia Qualified from Semi Final 2
15 Hungary 8 February Szívverés Csézy Semi Final 2
16 Malta 26 January Vodka Morena Semi Final 2
17 Cyprus   Femme Fatale Evdokia Kadi Semi Final 2
18 FYR Macedonia 23 February Vo Ime Na Ljubovta Tamara, Vrčak & Adrian Semi Final 2
19 Portugal   Senhora Do Mar (Negras Águas) Vânia Fernandes Qualified from Semi Final 2

United Kingdom "Eurovision, Your decision" selection was on Saturday 1 March 2008.


The full jury score sheet can be downloaded from here, including the entries. Please click here for details.


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