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The Eurovision Song Contest 2004 was the 49th edition held in Istanbul, Turkey at the Abdi İpekçi Arena and was hosted by Meltem Cumbul and Korhan Abay.  The 2004 contest introduced the new generic logo for the competition which would feature the host country's flag in the stylized center heart that formed the "V" in "Eurovision".

The theme of the 2004 contest is "Under The Same Sky", which reflects Istanbul being a city that straddles two continents, as well as bringing the artists together to celebrate music.

As new countries expressed their desire to join the contest (Albania, Belarus and Serbia-Montenegro all made their debut this year), this year's edition introduced the semi-final round to accommodate the growing demand, thereby scrapping the relegation rule.  The ten highest scores from the semi-final would advance to the final joining 14 other pre-qualified countries (the top 10 from the 2003 contest and the Big Four).  All 36 countries would vote in both the semi-final and the final regardless of whether they qualified or not.

Ukraine won on only its second entry. The winning song was Wild Dances performed by Ukrainian superstar Ruslana. She had been on an extensive promotional tour in lots of European countries before the contest, which could have contributed to her victory. The pre-qualified countries in the Final didn't do significantly well: Nine of these entries ended up bottom-10 and only Turkey, Sweden, Germany and Spain made it into the top-10.

After a few countries had given their votes, it was clear that competition would be a three horse race between Ukraine, Serbia & Montenegro and Greece.

The final was not just shown in the participating countries, but also in Armenia, Kosovo, Puerto Rico, and Australia. For the first time, a DVD was released shortly after the event including both the Semi-Final and the Final.[1]

Participants

Semi Final

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Finland Finland Jari Sillanpää Takes 2 to Tango English -- 14 51
02 Flag of Belarus Belarus Aleksandra and Konstantin My Galileo -- 19 10
03 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Piero & the MusicStars Celebrate -- 22 0
04 Flag of Latvia Latvia Fomins and Kleins Dziesma par laimi Latvian A song about happiness 17 23
05 Flag of Israel Israel David D'Or Leha'amin English, Hebrew To believe 11 57
06 Flag of Andorra Andorra Marta Roure Jugarem a estimar-nos Catalan We'll be playing at each other 18 12
07 Flag of Portugal Portugal Sofia Vitória Foi magia Portuguese It was magic 15 38
08 Flag of Malta Malta Julie and Ludwig On Again... Off Again English -- 8 74
09 Flag of Monaco Monaco Maryon Notre planète French Our planet 20 10
10 Flag of Greece Greece Sakis Rouvas Shake It English -- 3 238
11 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Ruslana Wild Dances English, Ukrainian -- 2 256
12 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Linas and Simona What's Happened to Your Love? English -- 16 26
13 Flag of Albania Albania Anjeza Shahini The Image of You -- 4 167
14 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Lisa Andreas Stronger Every Minute -- 5 149
15 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia Toše Proeski Life -- 10 71
16 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Platin Stay Forever -- 21 5
17 Flag of Estonia Estonia Neiokõsõ Tii Võro Path 12 57
18 Flag of Croatia Croatia Ivan Mikulić You Are The Only One English -- 9 72
19 Flag of Denmark Denmark Tomas Thordarson Shame on You -- 13 56
20 Flag of Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro Željko Joksimović Lane moje Serbian My Sweetheart 1 263
21 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Deen In the Disco English -- 7 133
22 Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands Re-Union Without You -- 6 146

Gallery

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Spain Spain Ramón Para llenarme de ti Spanish To fill myself with you 10 87
02 Flag of Austria Austria Tie Break Du bist German You are 21 9
03 Norway Norway Knut Anders Sørum High English -- 24 3
04 France France Jonatan Cerrada À chaque pas French, Spanish With every step 15 40
05 Flag of Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro Željko Joksimović Lane moje Serbian My sweetheart 2 263
06 Flag of Malta Malta Julie and Ludwig On Again... Off Again English -- 12 50
07 Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands Re-Union Without You -- 20 11
08 Flag of Germany Germany Max Can't Wait Until Tonight Turkish -- 8 93
09 Flag of Albania Albania Anjeza Shahini The Image of You English -- 7 106
10 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Ruslana Wild Dances English, Ukrainian -- 1 280
11 Flag of Croatia Croatia Ivan Mikulić You Are The Only One English -- 13 50
12 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Deen In the Disco -- 9 91
13 Flag of Belgium Belgium Xandee 1 Life -- 22 7
14 Flag of Russia Russia Julia Savicheva Believe Me -- 11 67
15 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia Toše Proeski Life -- 14 47
16 Flag of Greece Greece Sakis Rouvas Shake It -- 3 252
17 Flag of Iceland Iceland Jónsi Heaven -- 19 16
18 Flag of Ireland Ireland Chris Doran If My World Stopped Turning -- 23 7
19 Flag of Poland Poland Blue Café Love Song English, Spanish -- 17 27
20 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom James Fox Hold Onto Our Love English -- 16 29
21 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Lisa Andreas Stronger Every Minute -- 5 170
22 Flag of Turkey Turkey Athena For Real -- 4 195
23 Flag of Romania Romania Sanda Ladoși I Admit -- 18 18
24 Flag of Sweden Sweden Lena Philipsson It Hurts -- 6 170

Gallery

Ruslana is awesome. Everyone else is bad

References

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