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The Eurovision Song Contest in 2008 was held in Belgrade, Serbia thanks to Marija, who won the previous contest with the song Molitva. The contest was the first to have two semi-finals, because of so many contestants. 43 countries participated and Dima Bilan  won it for Russia, with the song Believe, the first time Russia won the contest.

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. 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 televoting 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. Only the host country (Serbia) and the members of the Big Four were allowed guaranteed spots in the grand final.

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.

Results

Semi Final One

Germany and Spain voted in this semi-final, which was held on 20 May 2008, and the top nine countries qualified to the Grand Final through the televote and one country was picked by the Jury (highlighted in turquoise).

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Stefan Filipović Zauvijek volim te Montenegrin I love you forever 14 23
02 Flag of Israel Israel Boaz Ma'uda The Fire In Your Eyes Hebrew, English -- 5 104
03 Flag of Estonia Estonia Kreisiraadio Leto svet Serbian, German, Finnish Summer light 18 8
04 Flag of Moldova Moldova Geta Burlacu A Century of Love English -- 12 36
05 Flag of San Marino San Marino Miodio Complice Italian Accomplice 19 5
06 Flag of Belgium Belgium Ishtar O Julissi Imaginary 17 16
07 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Elnur & Samir Day After Day English 6 96
08 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Rebeka Dremelj Vrag naj vzame Slovene To hell with it 11 36
09 Norway Norway Maria Haukaas Storeng Hold On Be Strong English 4 106
10 Flag of Poland Poland Isis Gee For Life English 10 42
11 Flag of Ireland Ireland Dustin the Turkey Irlande Douze Pointe English, French Ireland, 12 points 15 22
12 Flag of Andorra Andorra Gisela Casanova English, Catalan 15 22
13 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Laka Pokušaj Bosnian Try 9 72
14 Flag of Armenia Armenia Sirusho Qélé, Qélé English, Armenian Let's go, let's go 2 139
15 Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands Hind Your Heart Belongs to Me English 13 27
16 Flag of Finland Finland Teräsbetoni Missä miehet ratsastaa Finnish Where men ride 8 79
17 Flag of Romania Romania Nico & Vlad Pe-o margine de lume Romanian, Italian On the edge of the world 7 94
18 Flag of Russia Russia Dima Bilan Believe English 3 135
19 Flag of Greece Greece Kalomira Secret Combination English -- 1 156

Semi Final Two

The United Kingdom, France and Serbia voted in this semi final, which was held on 22 May 2008, and the top nine countries qualified to the Grand Final through the televote, and one was picked by the Jury (highlighted in turquoise)

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Iceland Iceland Euroband This Is My Life English -- 8 68
02 Flag of Sweden Sweden Charlotte Perelli Hero English -- 12 54
03 Flag of Turkey Turkey Mor ve Ötesi Deli Turkish Insane 7 85
04 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Ani Lorak Shady Lady English -- 1 152
05 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Jeronimas Milius Nomads in the Night English -- 16 30
06 Flag of Albania Albania Olta Boka Zemrën e lamë peng Albanian Hearts trapped in time 9 67
07 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Paolo Meneguzzi Era stupendo Italian It was wonderful 13 47
08 Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Tereza Kerndlová Have Some Fun English -- 18 9
09 Flag of Belarus Belarus Ruslan Alekhno Hasta la Vista English See you soon 17 27
10 Flag of Latvia Latvia Pirates of the Sea Wolves of the Sea English -- 6 86
11 Flag of Croatia Croatia Kraljevi ulice & 75 Cents Romanca Croatian Romance 4 112
12 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Deep Zone and DJ Balthazar DJ, Take Me Away English -- 11 56
13 Flag of Denmark Denmark Simon Mathew All Night Long English -- 3 112
14 Flag of Georgia Georgia Diana Gurtskaya Peace Will Come English -- 5 107
15 Flag of Hungary Hungary Csézy Candlelight English, Hungarian -- 19 6
16 Flag of Malta Malta Morena Vodka English -- 14 38
17 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Evdokia Kadi Femme Fatale Greek Fatal woman 15 36
18 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia TamaraVrčak and Adrian Let Me Love You English -- 10 64
19 Flag of Portugal Portugal Vânia Fernandes Senhora do mar (Negras águas) Portuguese Lady of the sea (dark waters) 2 120

Grand Final

All participating countries voted in the grand final, which was held on 24 May 2008.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Romania Romania Nico & Vlad Pe-o margine de lume Romanian, Italian On the edge of the world 20 45
02 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Andy Abraham Even If English -- 25 14
03 Flag of Albania Albania Olta Boka Zemrën e lamë peng Albanian Hearts trapped in time 17 55
04 Flag of Germany Germany No Angels Disappear English -- 23 14
05 Flag of Armenia Armenia Sirusho Qélé, Qélé English, Armenian Let's go, let's go 4 199
06 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Laka Pokušaj Bosnian Try 10 110
07 Flag of Israel Israel Boaz Ma'uda The Fire in Your Eyes Hebrew, English The fire in your eyes 9 124
08 Flag of Finland Finland Teräsbetoni Missä miehet ratsastaa Finnish Where men ride 22 35
09 Flag of Croatia Croatia Kraljevi ulice75 Cents Romanca Croatian Romance 21 44
10 Flag of Poland Poland Isis Gee For Life English -- 24 14
11 Flag of Iceland Iceland Euroband This Is My Life English -- 14 64
12 Flag of Turkey Turkey Mor ve Ötesi Deli Turkish Insane 7 138
13 Flag of Portugal Portugal Vânia Fernandes Senhora do mar (Negras águas) Portuguese Lady of the sea (Dark waters) 13 69
14 Flag of Latvia Latvia Pirates of the Sea Wolves of the Sea English -- 12 83
15 Flag of Sweden Sweden Charlotte Perelli Hero English -- 18 47
16 Flag of Denmark Denmark Simon Mathew All Night Long English -- 15 60
17 Flag of Georgia Georgia Diana Gurtskaya Peace Will Come English -- 11 83
18 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Ani Lorak Shady Lady English -- 2 230
19 France France Sébastien Tellier Divine English, French -- 19 47
20 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Elnur & Samir Day After Day English -- 8 132
21 Flag of Greece Greece Kalomira Secret Combination English -- 3 218
22 Flag of Spain Spain Rodolfo Chikilicuatre Baila el Chiki-Chiki Spanish, English Dance the chiki-chiki 16 55
23 Flag of Serbia Serbia Jelena Tomašević Oro Serbian Hora 6 160
24 Flag of Russia Russia Dima Bilan Believe English -- 1 272
25 Norway Norway Maria Haukaas Storeng Hold On Be Strong English -- 5 182

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