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The Eurovision Song Contest in 2008 was held in Belgrade, Serbia thanks to Marija, who won the previous contest with the song Molitva. The contest was the first to have two semi-finals, because of so many contestants. 43 countries participated and Dima Bilan  won it for Russia, with the song Believe, the first time Russia won the contest.

Format

At a press conference in Helsinki in May 2007, Svante Stockselius, Executive Supervisor of the Contest for the EBU, announced that the competition's format may be expanded to two semi-finals in 2008 or 2009. On 28 September 2007 it was announced that the EBU had approved the plan of hosting two semi-finals in 2008. Based on research conducted by the EBU's televoting partner Digame, the semi-finalists were sorted into the two heats through the drawing of lots, which was seeded to keep countries that have a significant history of voting for each other apart. Only the host country (Serbia) and the members of the Big Four were allowed guaranteed spots in the grand final.

The automatic finalist countries chose whether they would broadcast both semi-finals or just one, but viewers from these countries could only vote in one. From the draw conducted, it was decided which of the five finalist countries would broadcast and have voting rights in either of the events. The semi-finals were webcast live through Eurovision.tv. The top nine songs from the televoting qualified for the final, and a tenth was determined by the back-up juries. Twenty-five songs competed in the final.

Results

Semi Final One

Germany and Spain voted in this semi-final, which was held on 20 May 2008, and the top nine countries qualified to the Grand Final through the televote and one country was picked by the Jury (highlighted in turquoise).

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconMontenegro Montenegro Stefan Filipović Zauvijek volim te Montenegrin I love you forever 14 23
02 IconIsrael Israel Boaz Ma'uda The Fire In Your Eyes Hebrew, English -- 5 104
03 IconEstonia Estonia Kreisiraadio Leto svet Serbian, German, Finnish Summer light 18 8
04 IconMoldova Moldova Geta Burlacu A Century of Love English -- 12 36
05 IconSan Marino San Marino Miodio Complice Italian Accomplice 19 5
06 IconBelgium Belgium Ishtar O Julissi Imaginary 17 16
07 IconAzerbaijan Azerbaijan Elnur & Samir Day After Day English 6 96
08 IconSlovenia Slovenia Rebeka Dremelj Vrag naj vzame Slovene To hell with it 11 36
09 IconNorway Norway Maria Haukaas Storeng Hold On Be Strong English 4 106
10 IconPoland Poland Isis Gee For Life English 10 42
11 IconIreland Ireland Dustin the Turkey Irlande Douze Pointe English, French Ireland, 12 points 15 22
12 IconAndorra Andorra Gisela Casanova English, Catalan 15 22
13 IconBosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Laka Pokušaj Bosnian Try 9 72
14 IconArmenia Armenia Sirusho Qélé, Qélé English, Armenian Let's go, let's go 2 139
15 IconThe Netherlands The Netherlands Hind Your Heart Belongs to Me English 13 27
16 IconFinland Finland Teräsbetoni Missä miehet ratsastaa Finnish Where men ride 8 79
17 IconRomania Romania Nico & Vlad Pe-o margine de lume Romanian, Italian On the edge of the world 7 94
18 IconRussia Russia Dima Bilan Believe English 3 135
19 IconGreece Greece Kalomira Secret Combination English -- 1 156

Semi Final Two

The United Kingdom, France and Serbia voted in this semi final, which was held on 22 May 2008, and the top nine countries qualified to the Grand Final through the televote, and one was picked by the Jury (highlighted in turquoise)

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconIceland Iceland Euroband This Is My Life English -- 8 68
02 IconSweden Sweden Charlotte Perelli Hero English -- 12 54
03 IconTurkey Turkey Mor ve Ötesi Deli Turkish Insane 7 85
04 IconUkraine Ukraine Ani Lorak Shady Lady English -- 1 152
05 IconLithuania Lithuania Jeronimas Milius Nomads in the Night English -- 16 30
06 IconAlbania Albania Olta Boka Zemrën e lamë peng Albanian Hearts trapped in time 9 67
07 IconSwitzerland Switzerland Paolo Meneguzzi Era stupendo Italian It was wonderful 13 47
08 IconCzech Republic Czech Republic Tereza Kerndlová Have Some Fun English -- 18 9
09 IconBelarus Belarus Ruslan Alekhno Hasta la Vista English See you soon 17 27
10 IconLatvia Latvia Pirates of the Sea Wolves of the Sea English -- 6 86
11 IconCroatia Croatia Kraljevi ulice & 75 Cents Romanca Croatian Romance 4 112
12 IconBulgaria Bulgaria Deep Zone and DJ Balthazar DJ, Take Me Away English -- 11 56
13 IconDenmark Denmark Simon Mathew All Night Long English -- 3 112
14 IconGeorgia Georgia Diana Gurtskaya Peace Will Come English -- 5 107
15 IconHungary Hungary Csézy Candlelight English, Hungarian -- 19 6
16 IconMalta Malta Morena Vodka English -- 14 38
17 IconCyprus Cyprus Evdokia Kadi Femme Fatale Greek Fatal woman 15 36
18 IconNorth Macedonia North Macedonia TamaraVrčak and Adrian Let Me Love You English -- 10 64
19 IconPortugal Portugal Vânia Fernandes Senhora do mar (Negras águas) Portuguese Lady of the sea (dark waters) 2 120

Grand Final

All participating countries voted in the grand final, which was held on 24 May 2008.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconRomania Romania Nico & Vlad Pe-o margine de lume Romanian, Italian On the edge of the world 20 45
02 IconUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Andy Abraham Even If English -- 25 14
03 IconAlbania Albania Olta Boka Zemrën e lamë peng Albanian Hearts trapped in time 17 55
04 IconGermany Germany No Angels Disappear English -- 23 14
05 IconArmenia Armenia Sirusho Qélé, Qélé English, Armenian Let's go, let's go 4 199
06 IconBosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Laka Pokušaj Bosnian Try 10 110
07 IconIsrael Israel Boaz Ma'uda The Fire in Your Eyes Hebrew, English The fire in your eyes 9 124
08 IconFinland Finland Teräsbetoni Missä miehet ratsastaa Finnish Where men ride 22 35
09 IconCroatia Croatia Kraljevi ulice75 Cents Romanca Croatian Romance 21 44
10 IconPoland Poland Isis Gee For Life English -- 24 14
11 IconIceland Iceland Euroband This Is My Life English -- 14 64
12 IconTurkey Turkey Mor ve Ötesi Deli Turkish Insane 7 138
13 IconPortugal Portugal Vânia Fernandes Senhora do mar (Negras águas) Portuguese Lady of the sea (Dark waters) 13 69
14 IconLatvia Latvia Pirates of the Sea Wolves of the Sea English -- 12 83
15 IconSweden Sweden Charlotte Perelli Hero English -- 18 47
16 IconDenmark Denmark Simon Mathew All Night Long English -- 15 60
17 IconGeorgia Georgia Diana Gurtskaya Peace Will Come English -- 11 83
18 IconUkraine Ukraine Ani Lorak Shady Lady English -- 2 230
19 IconFrance France Sébastien Tellier Divine English, French -- 19 47
20 IconAzerbaijan Azerbaijan Elnur & Samir Day After Day English -- 8 132
21 IconGreece Greece Kalomira Secret Combination English -- 3 218
22 IconSpain Spain Rodolfo Chikilicuatre Baila el Chiki-Chiki Spanish, English Dance the chiki-chiki 16 55
23 IconSerbia Serbia Jelena Tomašević Oro Serbian Hora 6 160
24 IconRussia Russia Dima Bilan Believe English -- 1 272
25 IconNorway Norway Maria Haukaas Storeng Hold On Be Strong English -- 5 182
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