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The Eurovision Song Contest 2009 was the 54th edition held in Moscow, Russia at the Olympic Indoor Arena. The two semi-finals took place on 12 May and 14 May 2009 presented by Natalia Vodianova and Andrey Malahov, while the final took place on 16 May presented by Ivan Urgant and 2000 Russian Eurovision participant Alsou. 42 countries participated, Slovakia returned and San Marino withdrew. Georgia was forced to withdraw after it was learned that their chosen song featured political content which was a violation of the contest's rules.

Despite not being able to participate in the contest, Australia sent Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang as its commentators to Moscow on behalf of their public channel SBS for the first time, having aired the contest since 1983 and gaining a massive fan following since then.  There was also a change for the United Kingdom when popular TV presenter Graham Norton took over commentary duties at the grand final for the BBC from Sir Terry Wogan, who had resigned from the position following the result of the previous year's contest.

In response to the criticisms regarding the voting system in the previous contests, the system was re-vamped for the 2009 contest.  For the grand final, each country's votes would be decided by a combination of 50% televoting results and 50% national jury.  The semi-finals would remain the same as in 2008, with 9 qualifiers decided by public televote and the tenth decided by a backup jury.

Norway won the contest for the third time with the song Fairytale by Alexander Rybak, breaking the all-time record for points with 387 (which was eventually broken by Jamala in 2016 and then by Salvador Sobral a year later due to a new voting system). Among the Big Four nations, the United Kingdom placed the highest finishing 5th overall, their second-best record of the 21st century.

Results

Semi-Final One

Flag of Germany Germany and the Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom voted in this semi.  It was held on 12 May 2009

The entry marked in aqua denotes the qualifier selected by the backup jury

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro Andrea Demirović Just Get Out of My Life English -- 11 44
02 Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Gipsy.cz Aven Romale English, Romani Come in, gypsies 18 0
03 Flag of Belgium Belgium Patrick Ouchène Copycat English -- 17 1
04 Flag of Belarus Belarus Petr Elfimov Eyes That Never Lie English -- 13 25
05 Flag of Sweden Sweden Malena Ernman La voix English, French The voice 4 105
06 Flag of Armenia Armenia Inga & Anush Jan Jan English, Armenian My dear 5 99
07 Flag of Andorra Andorra Susanne Georgi La teva decisió (Get a Life) Catalan, English Your decision 15 8
08 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Lovebugs The Highest Heights English -- 14 5
09 Flag of Turkey Turkey Hadise Düm Tek Tek English -- 2 172
10 Flag of Israel Israel Noa & Mira Awad There Must Be Another Way English, Hebrew, Arabic -- 7 75
11 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Krassimir Avramov Illusion English -- 16 7
12 Flag of Iceland Iceland Yohanna Is It True? English -- 1 174
13 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia Next Time Nešto što kje ostane Macedonian Something that will remain 10 45
14 Flag of Romania Romania Elena Gheorghe The Balkan Girls English -- 9 67
15 Flag of Finland Finland Waldo's People Lose Control English -- 12 42
16 Flag of Portugal Portugal Flor-de-Lis Todas as ruas do amor Portuguese All the streets of love 8 70
17 Flag of Malta Malta Chiara Siracusa What If We English -- 6 86
18 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Regina Bistra voda Bosnian Clear water 3 125

Semi-Final Two

France France and Flag of Russia Russia voted in this semi. Flag of Spain Spain was also scheduled to televote in this semi-final, but due to scheduling errors at TVE, the semi-final was aired late and Spanish viewers were not able to vote, so the Spanish jury's vote was used instead.

Albania also had scheduling conflicts and their jury vote was only counted. The semi was held on 14 May 2009.

The entry marked in aqua denotes the qualifier selected by the backup jury

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Croatia Croatia Igor Cukrov ft. Andrea Šušnjara Lijepa Tena Croatian Beautiful Tena 13 33
02 Flag of Ireland Ireland Sinéad Mulvey & Black Daisy Et Cetera English -- 11 52
03 Flag of Latvia Latvia Intars Busulis Probka Russian Traffic jam 19 7
04 Flag of Serbia Serbia Marko KonMilan Nikolić Cipela Serbian Shoe 10 60
05 Flag of Poland Poland Lidia Kopania I Don't Wanna Leave English -- 12 43
06 Norway Norway Alexander Rybak Fairytale English -- 1 201
07 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Christina Metaxa Firefly English -- 14 32
08 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Kamil Mikulčík & Nela Let' tmou Slovak Fly through the darkness 18 8
09 Flag of Denmark Denmark Niels Brinck Believe Again English -- 8 69
10 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Quartissimo ft. Martina Love Symphony English, Slovene -- 16 14
11 Flag of Hungary Hungary Zoli Ádok Dance with Me English -- 15 16
12 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan AySelArash Always English -- 2 180
13 Flag of Greece Greece Sakis Rouvas This Is Our Night English -- 4 110
14 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Sasha Son Love English, Russian -- 9 66
15 Flag of Moldova Moldova Nelly Ciobanu Hora din Moldova English, Romanian Hora from Moldova 5 106
16 Flag of Albania Albania Kejsi Tola Carry Me in Your Dreams English -- 7 73
17 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Svetlana Loboda Be My Valentine (Anti Crisis Girl) English -- 6 80
18 Flag of Estonia Estonia Urban Symphony Rändajad Estonian Nomads 3 115
19 Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands De Toppers Shine English -- 17 11

Grand Final

All countries voted. SMS voting was the only method used to provide the Hungarian public voting scores as the televotes could not be counted due to a technical problem. Also, Norway's jury vote was used because a technical mistake by the local telephone operator rendered the televotes and SMS texts unusable. The final was held on 21 May 2009

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Sasha Son Love English, Russian -- 23 23
02 Flag of Israel Israel Noa & Mira Awad There Must Be Another Way English, Hebrew, Arabic -- 16 53
03 France France Patricia Kaas Et s'il fallait le faire French And it had to be done 8 107
04 Flag of Sweden Sweden Malena Ernman La voix English, French The voice 21 33
05 Flag of Croatia Croatia Igor Cukrov ft. Andrea Šušnjara Lijepa Tena Croatian Beautiful Tena 18 45
06 Flag of Portugal Portugal Flor-de-Lis Todas as ruas do amore Portuguese All the streets of love 15 37
07 Flag of Iceland Iceland Yohanna Is It True? English -- 2 218
08 Flag of Greece Greece Sakis Rouvas This Is Our Night English -- 7 120
09 Flag of Armenia Armenia Inga & Anush Jan Jan English, Armenian My dear 10 92
10 Flag of Russia Russia Anastasiya Prikhodko Mamo Russian, Ukrainian Mother 11 91
11 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan AySelArash Always English -- 3 207
12 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Regina Bistra voda Bosnian Clear water 9 106
13 Flag of Moldova Moldova Nelly Ciobanu Hora din Moldova English, Romanian Hora from Moldova 14 69
14 Flag of Malta Malta Chiara What If We English -- 22 31
15 Flag of Estonia Estonia Urban Symphony Rändajad Estonian Nomads 6 129
16 Flag of Denmark Denmark Niels Brinck Believe Again English -- 13 74
17 Flag of Germany Germany Alex Swings Oscar Sings! Miss Kiss Kiss Bang English -- 20 35
18 Flag of Turkey Turkey Hadise Düm Tek Tek English -- 4 177
19 Flag of Albania Albania Kejsi Tola Carry Me in Your Dreams English -- 17 48
20 Norway Norway Alexander Rybak Fairytale English -- 1 387
21 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Svetlana Loboda Be My Valentine (Anti Crisis Girl) English -- 12 76
22 Flag of Romania Romania Elena Gheorghe The Balkan Girls English -- 19 40
23 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Jade Ewen It's My Time English -- 5 173
24 Flag of Finland Finland Waldo's People Lose Control English -- 25 22
25 Flag of Spain Spain Soraya Arnelas La noche es para mi Spanish The night is for me 24 23

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