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 it instead. They organised one of the biggest contest in the history as for example, a total of 1/3 of the world’s LED screens were at the arena during the event!
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 492, the highest total score in Eurovision history, at that time by a margin of 95 points. The song also became one of the biggest hits of the year in Europe in 2009.
- The contest was hosted 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 one of the most 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.