Eurovision Song Contest 2009 Final

For the second time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, two Semi-Finals were held to decide which 25 countries will be represented in the Final. The Final of the contest took place on the 16th of May in the Russian capital of Moscow.

While it had been the Russian broadcaster RTR who had won the contest the year before, it was decided that Channel One Russia would host the competition instead. They organised one of the biggest contests in the history of the event. The stage consisted of 1/3 of the world’s available LED screens at that time. Vladimir Putin, who was Prime Minister of Russia at the time, visited the Olympic Indoor Arena to see the preparations for the Eurovision Song Contest for himself.

National juries were re-introduced alongside televoting, each accounting for 50% of the result. Georgia's entry was deemed to have broken the rules of the contest and the country chose to withdraw rather than submit a different song. Estonia finished a credible sixth with the song Rändajad, the first song to be performed fully in Estonian since 1998 (their entry in 2004 was performed in a dialect). The United Kingdom scored its best placing since 2002 when Jade Ewen finished in fifth place with the song My Time, written by Dianne Warren and composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

About the winner

There was no stopping the Norwegian violin-playing star, Alexander Rybak and his entry Fairytale. It received a record-breaking 387 points out of a possible 492, the highest total score in Eurovision history at that time.

Facts and figures

  • For the first time the contest was presented by two different pairs of hosts - one pair in the Semi-Finals and the other pair in the Grand Final. Both Semi-Finals were hosted by the supermodel Natalya Vodyanova and popular TV host Andrey Malakhov. The Grand Final was hosted by the singer (and their 2000 contest participant) Alsou and the TV star Ivan Urgant.
  • Chaira, who achieved two of Malta's best placings second and third, in 2005 and 1998 respectively, returned to the competition but finished in 22nd place in the Grand Final.


Saturday 16 May 2009


Olimpiysky Arena, Moscow, Russia


Alexander Rybak from Norway




Alsou & Ivan Urgant

Executive Producer

Yury Aksyuta

EBU Scrutineer

Svante Stockselius


Andrey Boltenko

3 events this year

Full participants list

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Lithuania
Flag of LithuaniaLRT
Sasha Son Love
Dmitrij Šavrov (Sasha Son)
023 23
02 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Noa & Mira Awad There Must Be Another Way
Noa, Mira Awad, Gil Dor
053 16
03 France
Flag of FranceFrance 3
Patricia Kaas Et S'il Fallait Le Faire
Fred Blondin Anse Lazio
107 08
04 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Malena Ernman La Voix
Fredrik Kempe Fredrik Kempe and Malena Ernman
033 21
05 Croatia
Flag of CroatiaHRT
Igor Cukrov feat. Andrea Lijepa Tena
Tonči Huljić Vjekoslava Huljić
045 18
06 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Flor-de-lis Todas As Ruas Do Amor
Pedro Marques, Paulo Pereira Pedro Marques
057 15
07 Iceland
Flag of IcelandRÚV
Yohanna Is It True?
Óskar Páll Sveinsson, Chris ...
218 02
08 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Sakis Rouvas This Is Our Night
Dimitris Kontopoulos Graig Porteils & Cameron Giles...
120 07
09 Armenia
Flag of ArmeniaAMPTV
Inga & Anush Jan Jan
Mane Hakobyan Vardan Zadoyan & Avet Barseghyan
092 10
10 Russia
Flag of RussiaC1R
Anastasia Prikhodko Mamo
Konstantin Meladzé Konstantin Meladzé, Diana Golde
091 11
11 Azerbaijan
Flag of Azerbaijanİctimai
AySel & Arash Always
Arash Labaf, Robert Uhlmann, J... Arash Labaf, Robert Uhlmann, E...
207 03
12 Bosnia & Herzegovina
Flag of Bosnia & HerzegovinaBHRT
Regina Bistra Voda
Aleksandar Čović
106 09
13 Moldova
Flag of MoldovaTRM
Nelly Ciobanu Hora Din Moldova
Veaceslav Daniliuc Nelly Ciobanu
069 14
14 Malta
Flag of MaltaPBS
Chiara What If We
Marc Paelinck Gregory Bilsen
031 22
15 Estonia
Flag of EstoniaERR
Urban Symphony Rändajad
Sven Lõhmus
129 06
16 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Brinck Believe Again
Lars Halvor Jensen, Martin Mic...
074 13
17 Germany
Flag of GermanyNDR
Alex Swings Oscar Sings! Miss Kiss Kiss Bang
Alex Christensen, Steffen Haef...
035 20
18 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Hadise Düm Tek Tek
Sinan Akçıl Sinan Akçıl, Hadise Açıkg...
177 04
19 Albania
Flag of AlbaniaRTSH
Kejsi Tola Carry Me In Your Dreams
Edmond Zhulali Agim Doçi
048 17
20 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Alexander Rybak Fairytale
Alexander Rybak
387 01
21 Ukraine
Flag of UkraineNTU
Svetlana Loboda Be my Valentine! (Anti-crisis Girl)
Svetlana Loboda Yevgeny Matyushenko
076 12
22 Romania
Flag of RomaniaTVR
Elena The Balkan Girls
Laurenţiu Duţă, Ovidiu Bist... Laurenţiu Duţă, Alexandru P...
040 19
23 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Jade Ewen It's My Time
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Diane ...
173 05
24 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Waldo's People Lose Control
A. Lehtonen, Karima Waldo, A. Lehtonen, Karima, A....
022 25
25 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Soraya La Noche Es Para Mí (The Night Is For Me)
Jason Gill, Dimitri Stassos, I... Felipe Pedroso
023 24


Participant Albania Andorra Armenia Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Bosnia & Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia F.Y.R. Macedonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Israel Latvia Lithuania Malta Moldova Montenegro Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Points Place
Lithuania Lithuania
1112774 23 23
Israel Israel
78845104511 53 16
France France
23671624366355611103737631 107 8
Sweden Sweden
124672344 33 21
Croatia Croatia
5124212856 45 18
Portugal Portugal
66173772810 57 15
Iceland Iceland
685252521082107471210881235121810365105728 218 2
Greece Greece
1210555127126472846412215 120 7
Armenia Armenia
176412116582475343562 92 10
Russia Russia
1268181057676348 91 11
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
4110338108108732181064511061064744181012103 207 3
Bosnia & Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina
524121062212128105448 106 9
Moldova Moldova
274313512121577 69 14
Malta Malta
134511376 31 22
Estonia Estonia
4463512156106101078181274 129 6
Denmark Denmark
5653443265872185 74 13
Germany Germany
32273161217 35 20
Turkey Turkey
10412127101161251210353537362612812 177 4
Albania Albania
51772721610 48 17
Norway Norway
710881210102810312128881210121281212128810125512101012121281231210 387 1
Ukraine Ukraine
310658242451062162 76 12
Romania Romania
3252122275 40 19
United Kingdom United Kingdom
847347476364812110423101241068731036 173 5
Finland Finland
34834 22 25
Spain Spain
12173 23 24