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The Eurovision Song Contest 2004 was the 49th edition of the contest, 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, Andorra, 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 Big Four and the top 10 from the 2003 contest outside the Big Four).  Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Macedonia and Switzerland returned from relegation, while Monaco returned after a 25-year-long hiatus from the contest.

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

All participants of the contest broadcast and voted in the semi final, except for France, Poland and Russia, who all automatically qualified to the final. The following year, the EBU made it mandatory for all countries to broadcast the semi final.

Countries highlighted in gold/silver/peach qualified to the final.

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

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Final

Countries highlighted in gold/silver/peach automatically qualified to the 2005 final.

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

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Trivia

  • Andorra's debut marked the first time Catalan was heard in the contest.
    • 2004 was also the first time Ukrainian, Latvian and Võro were heard in the contest. The latter two have not been heard since.
  • This was the final contest to be broadcast in the 4:3 aspect ratio.
  • The top three of 2004 shares similarities to that of 1991:
    • The winners were both popular female singers in their countries, with high-tempo songs and intense choreography.
    • The runners-up were low-key ethno songs which set a future trend in contests; both songs also got votes from more countries than the winner.
    • The third-placers were uptempo songs with ethnic elements which became classics in their respective countries
  • This would be the last time the Netherlands makes it to a grand final until 2013.

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