Eurovision Song Contest 2004 Final

After having successfully hosted the first ever Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final, Istanbul held its breath for the 2004 Final. But what could possibly go wrong, as it would take place Under The Same Sky!

Horse race

Ten lucky countries had qualified from the Semi-Final: Serbia & Montenegro, Ukraine, Greece, Albania, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Malta, Croatia and FYR Macedonia. These countries were to meet the strong opposition of the 14 already qualified countries: Turkey, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Russia, France, the United Kindom, Poland, Romania, Iceland, Austria, Belgium, Ireland and Norway. They would all sing on the impressive Istanbul stage which was built bearing in mind the motto of the 2004 contest, Under The Same Sky.

About the winner

After a few countries had given their votes, it was clear that the winner would be from a three horse race including Ukraine, Serbia & Montenegro and Greece. These three contestants had also been hotly tipped by the press and the fans.

Ukraine's Ruslana was the one to achieve this goal with her song Wild Dances. She had been on an extensive promotional tour in lots of European countries before the contest, which could have contributed to her victory. The already qualified countries in the Final didn't do significantly well: Nine of these entries ended up bottom-10 and only Turkey, Sweden, Germany and Spain made it to the top-10.

Facts & figures

  • The 2004 Eurovision Song Contest Final was not only shown in the 36 participating countries, but also on television in Armenia, Kosovo, Puerto Rico, Australia and in the USA;
  • For the first time, a DVD would be released shortly after the event including both the Semi-Final and the Final.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 15 May 2004


Abdi Ipekci Sport Center, Istanbul, Turkey


Ruslana from Ukraine




Meltem Cumbul & Korhan Abay

EBU Scrutineer

Svante Stockselius


Sven Stojanovic

Interval Act

Fire of Anatolia

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Ramón Para Llenarme De Ti
Kike Santander
087 10
02 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Tie Break Du Bist
Peter Zimmermann
009 21
03 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Knut Anders Sørum High
Thomas Thörnholm, Lars Andersson Dan Attlerud
003 24
04 France
Flag of FranceFrance 3
Jonatan Cerrada A Chaque Pas
Jonatan Cerrada, Benjamin Robb...
040 15
05 Serbia & Montenegro
Flag of Serbia & MontenegroRTS
ŽŽeljko Joksimović Lane Moje
ŽŽeljko Joksimović Leontina Vukmanović
263 02
06 Malta
Flag of MaltaTVM
Julie & Ludwig On Again... Off Again
Philip Vella Gerard James Borg
050 12
07 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Re-union Without You
Ed van Otterdijk Angeline van Otterdijk
011 20
08 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Max (Maximilian Mutzke) Can't Wait Until Tonight
Stefan Raab
093 08
09 Albania
Flag of AlbaniaRTSH
Anjeza Shahini The Image Of You
Edmon Zhulali Agim Doçit
106 07
10 Ukraine
Flag of UkraineNTU
Ruslana Wild Dances
Ruslana Lyzchicko Alexander Ksenofontov
280 01
11 Croatia
Flag of CroatiaHRT
Ivan Mikulic You Are The Only One
Ivan Mikulic Duško Gruborovic & Marina Mad...
050 12
12 Bosnia & Herzegovina
Flag of Bosnia & HerzegovinaPBSBIH
Deen In The Disco
Vesna Pisarovic
091 09
13 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumVRT
Xandee 1 Life
Marc Paelinck Dirk Paelinck
007 22
14 Russia
Flag of RussiaC1R
Julia Savicheva Believe Me
Maxim Fadeev Brenda Loring
067 11
15 F.Y.R. Macedonia
Flag of F.Y.R. MacedoniaMKRTV
Tose Proeski Life
047 14
16 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Sakis Rouvas Shake It
Nikos Terzis Nektarios Tirakis
252 03
17 Iceland
Flag of IcelandRÚV
Jónsi Heaven
Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson Magnús Þór Sigmundsson
016 19
18 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Chris Doran If My World Stopped Turning
Brian McFadden, Jonathan Shorten
007 22
19 Poland
Flag of PolandTVP
Blue Cafe Love Song
Pawel Rurak-Sokal Tatiana Okupnik
027 17
20 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
James Fox Hold On To Our Love
Gary Miller and Tim Woodcock
029 16
21 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Lisa Andreas Stronger Every Minute
Mike Konnaris
170 05
22 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Athena For Real
Gökhan & Hakan Özoğuz
195 04
23 Romania
Flag of RomaniaTVR
Sanda Ladosi I Admit
George Popa Irina Gligor
018 18
24 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Lena Philipsson It Hurts
Thomas Orup Eriksson
170 05


Participant Albania Andorra Austria Belarus Belgium Bosnia & Herzegovina Croatia Cyprus Denmark Estonia F.Y.R. Macedonia Finland France Germany Greece Iceland Ireland Israel Latvia Lithuania Malta Monaco Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Serbia & Montenegro Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Points Place
Spain Spain
12277182318331125642 87 10
Austria Austria
45 9 21
Norway Norway
3 3 24
France France
171012244 40 15
Serbia & Montenegro Serbia & Montenegro
7212731212107110101010873752616578101261212108123 263 2
Malta Malta
3612163164643112 50 12
The Netherlands The Netherlands
632 11 20
Germany Germany
2103127417168431210354 93 8
Albania Albania
51464123151042110318477161 106 7
Ukraine Ukraine
51041056885128826712712121286712106121088107125 280 1
Croatia Croatia
351051155537 50 12
Bosnia & Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina
10710844106108527 91 9
Belgium Belgium
115 7 22
Russia Russia
1268426108110 67 11
F.Y.R. Macedonia F.Y.R. Macedonia
6851127143 47 14
Greece Greece
12826857123576676510710121027612776744610812 252 3
Iceland Iceland
22552 16 19
Ireland Ireland
7 7 22
Poland Poland
24437115 27 17
United Kingdom United Kingdom
1428342212 29 16
Cyprus Cyprus
468446775812101034572443363136281410 170 5
Turkey Turkey
8383127341065121265122388810822581266 195 4
Romania Romania
31410 18 18
Sweden Sweden
451422512102123381258651210573425328 170 5