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The Eurovision Song Contest 2004 was the 49th edition held in Istanbul, Turkey at the Abdi İpekçi Arena and was hosted by Meltem Cumbul and Korhan Abay.  The 2004 contest introduced the new generic logo for the competition which would feature the host country's flag in the stylized center heart that formed the "V" in "Eurovision".

The theme of the 2004 contest is "Under The Same Sky", which reflects Istanbul being a city that straddles two continents, as well as bringing the artists together to celebrate music.

As new countries expressed their desire to join the contest (Albania, Belarus and Serbia-Montenegro all made their debut this year), this year's edition introduced the semi-final round to accommodate the growing demand, thereby scrapping the relegation rule.  The ten highest scores from the semi-final would advance to the final joining 14 other pre-qualified countries (the top 10 from the 2003 contest and the Big Four).  All 36 countries would vote in both the semi-final and the final regardless of whether they qualified or not.

Ukraine won on only its second entry. The winning song was Wild Dances performed by Ukrainian superstar Ruslana. She had been on an extensive promotional tour in lots of European countries before the contest, which could have contributed to her victory. The pre-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 into the top-10.

After a few countries had given their votes, it was clear that competition would be a three horse race between Ukraine, Serbia & Montenegro and Greece.

The final was not just shown in the participating countries, but also in Armenia, Kosovo, Puerto Rico, and Australia. For the first time, a DVD was released shortly after the event including both the Semi-Final and the Final.[1]

Participants

Semi Final

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconFinland Finland Jari Sillanpää Takes 2 to Tango English -- 14 51
02 IconBelarus Belarus Aleksandra and Konstantin My Galileo -- 19 10
03 IconSwitzerland Switzerland Piero & the MusicStars Celebrate -- 22 0
04 IconLatvia Latvia Fomins and Kleins Dziesma par laimi Latvian A song about happiness 17 23
05 IconIsrael Israel David D'Or Leha'amin English, Hebrew To believe 11 57
06 IconAndorra Andorra Marta Roure Jugarem a estimar-nos Catalan We'll be playing at each other 18 12
07 IconPortugal Portugal Sofia Vitória Foi magia Portuguese It was magic 15 38
08 IconMalta Malta Julie and Ludwig On Again... Off Again English -- 8 74
09 IconMonaco Monaco Maryon Notre planète French Our planet 20 10
10 IconGreece Greece Sakis Rouvas Shake It English -- 3 238
11 IconUkraine Ukraine Ruslana Wild Dances English, Ukrainian -- 2 256
12 IconLithuania Lithuania Linas and Simona What's Happened to Your Love? English -- 16 26
13 IconAlbania Albania Anjeza Shahini The Image of You -- 4 167
14 IconCyprus Cyprus Lisa Andreas Stronger Every Minute -- 5 149
15 IconNorth Macedonia North Macedonia Toše Proeski Life -- 10 71
16 IconSlovenia Slovenia Platin Stay Forever -- 21 5
17 IconEstonia Estonia Neiokõsõ Tii Võro Path 12 57
18 IconCroatia Croatia Ivan Mikulić You Are The Only One English -- 9 72
19 IconDenmark Denmark Tomas Thordarson Shame on You -- 13 56
20 IconSerbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro Željko Joksimović Lane moje Serbian My Sweetheart 1 263
21 IconBosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Deen In the Disco English -- 7 133
22 IconThe Netherlands The Netherlands Re-Union Without You -- 6 146

Gallery

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconSpain Spain Ramón Para llenarme de ti Spanish To fill myself with you 10 87
02 IconAustria Austria Tie Break Du bist German You are 21 9
03 IconNorway Norway Knut Anders Sørum High English -- 24 3
04 IconFrance France Jonatan Cerrada À chaque pas French, Spanish With every step 15 40
05 IconSerbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro Željko Joksimović Lane moje Serbian My sweetheart 2 263
06 IconMalta Malta Julie and Ludwig On Again... Off Again English -- 12 50
07 IconThe Netherlands The Netherlands Re-Union Without You -- 20 11
08 IconGermany Germany Max Can't Wait Until Tonight Turkish -- 8 93
09 IconAlbania Albania Anjeza Shahini The Image of You English -- 7 106
10 IconUkraine Ukraine Ruslana Wild Dances English, Ukrainian -- 1 280
11 IconCroatia Croatia Ivan Mikulić You Are The Only One English -- 13 50
12 IconBosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Deen In the Disco -- 9 91
13 IconBelgium Belgium Xandee 1 Life -- 22 7
14 IconRussia Russia Julia Savicheva Believe Me -- 11 67
15 IconNorth Macedonia North Macedonia Toše Proeski Life -- 14 47
16 IconGreece Greece Sakis Rouvas Shake It -- 3 252
17 IconIceland Iceland Jónsi Heaven -- 19 16
18 IconIreland Ireland Chris Doran If My World Stopped Turning -- 23 7
19 IconPoland Poland Blue Café Love Song English, Spanish -- 17 27
20 IconUnited Kingdom United Kingdom James Fox Hold Onto Our Love English -- 16 29
21 IconCyprus Cyprus Lisa Andreas Stronger Every Minute -- 5 170
22 IconTurkey Turkey Athena For Real -- 4 195
23 IconRomania Romania Sanda Ladoși I Admit -- 18 18
24 IconSweden Sweden Lena Philipsson It Hurts -- 6 170

Gallery

References

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