Eurovision Song Contest 2004 Semi-Final
For the first time ever in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, a Semi-Final was held to ensure that all countries who wanted could participate in the event.
A Semi-Final for the first time!
In 2003, it was decided that a Semi-Final would be held in 2004 with only the so-called 'Big Four' (Germany, UK, France and Spain) plus the ten most successful countries from the 2003 ranking having a place in the Final. Ten remaining countries would qualify from the Semi-Final, which was held on the Wednesday prior to the Eurovision Song Contest Final night on Saturday.
22 countries decided to took part in the 2004 Semi-Final, all countries used telephone and SMS voting. Several new countries entered in 2004; Andorra, Albania and Belarus along with Serbia & Montenegro. Monaco returned to the contest after a 25-year absence.
Facts & figures
- The official generic heart logo was introduced where the flag of the host country came to be the centrepiece of the logo. The logo was refreshed in 2015 but still uses the heart symbol today.
- The official website of the Eurovision Song Contest was produced centrally by the EBU for the first time.