Eurovision Song Contest 2008 Final

For the first time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, two Semi-Finals were held to decide which 25 countries would be represented in the Final. The Final of the contest took place on the 24th of May, just like the first ever Eurovision Song Contest in 1956.

Serbia hosted the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in the Belgrade Arena. A record 43 countries participated including San Marino and Azerbaijan who made their respective debuts. Austria withdrew and did not return to the competition until 2011.

France was represented by a major star, Sébastien Tellier, however he failed to impress the voters of Europe and finished in 19th place. Ukraine's Ani Lorak, who was in the running to represent her country in 2005, finished in second place with her song Shady Lady. Charlotte Perrelli (Nilsson), who won the contest in 1999 for Sweden returned to the competition but finished 18th in the Grand Final.

About the winner

Russia had been close to winning the contest several times but Dima Bilan brought it home with his second attempt with the song Believe written by American Jim Beanz and Bilan himself. Dima was accompanied by Russian figure skater and Olympic gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko as well as Hungarian violinist Edvin Marton.

Facts and figures

  • Ukraine was runner up for the second year running, with third place going to Greece, and 4th to Armenia, it's best result so far. Norway finished in 5th place.
  • Sweden qualified for the Grand Final thanks to the jury vote introduced that year.
  • The slogan for 2008 was Confluence of Sound.

Facts & Figures

Date

Saturday 24 May 2008

Location

Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, Serbia

Winner

Dima Bilan from Russia

Broadcaster

RTS

Hosts

Jovana Janković & Željko Joksimović

Executive Producer

Sandra Šuša

EBU Scrutineer

Svante Stockselius

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Romania
Flag of RomaniaTVR
Nico & Vlad Pe-o Margine De Lume
Andrei Tudor Andreea Andrei & Adina Şuteu
045 20
02 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Andy Abraham Even If
Andy Abraham, Andy Watkins & P...
014 25
03 Albania
Flag of AlbaniaRTSH
Olta Boka Zemrën E Lamë Peng
Adrian Hila Pandi Laço
055 17
04 Germany
Flag of GermanyNDR
No Angels Disappear
Remee, Hanne Sorvaag & Thomas ...
014 23
05 Armenia
Flag of ArmeniaAMPTV
Sirusho Qele, Qele
H.A. Der-Hovagimian Sirusho
199 04
06 Bosnia & Herzegovina
Flag of Bosnia & HerzegovinaBHRT
Laka Pokušaj
Elvir Lakovic Laka
110 10
07 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Boaz The Fire In Your Eyes
Dana International Dana International & Shai Kerem
124 09
08 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Teräsbetoni Missä Miehet Ratsastaa
J. Ahola
035 22
09 Croatia
Flag of CroatiaHRT
Kraljevi Ulice & 75 Cents Romanca
Miran Hadži Veljković
044 21
10 Poland
Flag of PolandTVP
Isis Gee For Life
Isis Gee
014 24
11 Iceland
Flag of IcelandRÚV
Euroband This Is My Life
Örlygur Smári Paul Oscar & Peter Fenner
064 14
12 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Mor ve Ötesi Deli
Mor ve Ötesi
138 07
13 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Vânia Fernandes Senhora Do Mar (Negras Águas)
Andrej Babić Carlos Coelho
069 13
14 Latvia
Flag of LatviaLTV
Pirates Of The Sea Wolves Of The Sea
Jonas Liberg/Johan Sahlen/Clae...
083 12
15 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Charlotte Perrelli Hero
Fredrik Kempe & Bobby Ljunggren Fredrik Kempe
047 18
16 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Simon Mathew All Night Long
Jacob Launbjerg, Svend Gudikse...
060 15
17 Georgia
Flag of GeorgiaGPB
Diana Gurtskaya Peace Will Come
Kim Breitburg Karen Kavaleryan
083 11
18 Ukraine
Flag of UkraineNTU
Ani Lorak Shady Lady
Philip Kirkorov Karen Kavaleryan
230 02
19 France
Flag of FranceFrance 3
Sébastien Tellier Divine
Sebastien Tellier Sebastien Tellier / Amandine d...
047 19
20 Azerbaijan
Flag of Azerbaijanİctimai
Elnur & Samir Day After Day
Govher Hasanzadeh Zahra Badalbeyli
132 08
21 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Kalomira Secret Combination
Konstantinos Pantzis Poseidon Yannopoulos
218 03
22 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Rodolfo Chikilicuatre Baila El Chiki Chiki
Rodolfo Chikilicuatre and friends
055 16
23 Serbia
Flag of SerbiaRTS
Jelena Tomašević feat. Bora Dugic Oro
Željko Joksimović Dejan Ivanović
160 06
24 Russia
Flag of RussiaRTR
Dima Bilan Believe
Dima Bilan & Jim Beanz
272 01
25 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Maria Hold On Be Strong
Mira Craig
182 05

Scoreboard

Participant Albania Andorra Armenia Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Bosnia & Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia F.Y.R. Macedonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Israel Latvia Lithuania Malta Moldova Montenegro Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia San Marino Serbia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Points Place
Romania Romania
3436124112 45 20
United Kingdom United Kingdom
86 14 25
Albania Albania
118121073481 55 17
Germany Germany
122 14 23
Armenia Armenia
27126810121121261218211241285510212107 199 4
Bosnia & Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina
31212562521010121010776 110 10
Israel Israel
46745522286331336535661073135 124 9
Finland Finland
41071427 35 22
Croatia Croatia
210212523113831 44 21
Poland Poland
104 14 24
Iceland Iceland
12742687486 64 14
Turkey Turkey
101231085474106105282461048 138 7
Portugal Portugal
10638465181053 69 13
Latvia Latvia
243672412107382310 83 12
Sweden Sweden
31825131112721 47 18
Denmark Denmark
232121724125253 60 15
Georgia Georgia
10467454285531748 83 11
Ukraine Ukraine
8651010137768744310665610106107410123862785 230 2
France France
345628381142 47 19
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
78731087131234787210121210 132 8
Greece Greece
1288628710512531334128452463123128631567212 218 3
Spain Spain
112144115810431 55 16
Serbia Serbia
53211241056107857211126474126128 160 6
Russia Russia
651281234668712610187710512121281085661010751512 272 1
Norway Norway
71755221110812524107764358255746124267 182 5