The Eurovision Song Contest 2009 was the 54th edition held in Moscow, Russia at the Olympic Indoor Arena. The two semi-finals took place on 12 May and 14 May 2009 presented by Natalia Vodianova and Andrey Malahov, while the final took place on 16 May presented by Ivan Urgant and 2000 Russian Eurovision participant Alsou. 42 countries participated, Slovakia returned and San Marino withdrew. Georgia was forced to withdraw after it was learned that their chosen song featured political content which was a violation of the contest's rules.

Despite not being able to participate in the contest, Australia sent Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang as its commentators to Moscow on behalf of their public channel SBS for the first time, having aired the contest since 1983 and gaining a massive fan following since then.  There was also a change for the United Kingdom when popular TV presenter Graham Norton took over commentary duties at the grand final for the BBC from Sir Terry Wogan, who had resigned from the position following the result of the previous year's contest.

In response to the criticisms regarding the voting system in the previous contests, the system was re-vamped for the 2009 contest.  For the grand final, each country's votes would be decided by a combination of 50% televoting results and 50% national jury.  The semi-finals would remain the same as in 2008, with 9 qualifiers decided by public televote and the tenth decided by a backup jury.

Norway won the contest for the third time with the song Fairytale by Alexander Rybak, breaking the all-time record for points with 387 (which was eventually broken by Jamala in 2016 and then by Salvador Sobral a year later due to a new voting system). Among the Big Four nations, the United Kingdom placed the highest finishing 5th overall, their second-best record of the 21st century.

Results

Semi-Final One

IconGermany.png Germany and the IconUnited Kingdom.png United Kingdom voted in this semi.  It was held on 12 May 2009

The entry marked in aqua denotes the qualifier selected by the backup jury

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconMontenegro.png Montenegro Andrea Demirović Just Get Out of My Life English -- 11 44
02 IconCzech Republic.png Czech Republic Gipsy.cz Aven Romale English, Romani Come in, gypsies 18 0
03 IconBelgium.png Belgium Patrick Ouchène Copycat English -- 17 1
04 IconBelarus.png Belarus Petr Elfimov Eyes That Never Lie English -- 13 25
05 IconSweden.png Sweden Malena Ernman La voix English, French The voice 4 105
06 IconArmenia.png Armenia Inga & Anush Jan Jan English, Armenian My dear 5 99
07 IconAndorra.png Andorra Susanne Georgi La teva decisió (Get a Life) Catalan, English Your decision 15 8
08 IconSwitzerland.png Switzerland Lovebugs The Highest Heights English -- 14 5
09 IconTurkey.png Turkey Hadise Düm Tek Tek English -- 2 172
10 IconIsrael.png Israel Noa & Mira Awad There Must Be Another Way English, Hebrew, Arabic -- 7 75
11 IconBulgaria.png Bulgaria Krassimir Avramov Illusion English -- 16 7
12 IconIceland.png Iceland Yohanna Is It True? English -- 1 174
13 IconNorth Macedonia.png North Macedonia Next Time Nešto što kje ostane Macedonian Something that will remain 10 45
14 IconRomania.png Romania Elena Gheorghe The Balkan Girls English -- 9 67
15 IconFinland.png Finland Waldo's People Lose Control English -- 12 42
16 IconPortugal.png Portugal Flor-de-Lis Todas as ruas do amor Portuguese All the streets of love 8 70
17 IconMalta.png Malta Chiara Siracusa What If We English -- 6 86
18 IconBosnia and Herzegovina.png Bosnia and Herzegovina Regina Bistra voda Bosnian Clear water 3 125

Semi-Final Two

IconFrance.png France and IconRussia.png Russia voted in this semi. IconSpain.png Spain was also scheduled to televote in this semi-final, but due to scheduling errors at TVE, the semi-final was aired late and Spanish viewers were not able to vote, so the Spanish jury's vote was used instead.

Albania also had scheduling conflicts and their jury vote was only counted. The semi was held on 14 May 2009.

The entry marked in aqua denotes the qualifier selected by the backup jury

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconCroatia.png Croatia Igor Cukrov ft. Andrea Šušnjara Lijepa Tena Croatian Beautiful Tena 13 33
02 IconIreland.png Ireland Sinéad Mulvey & Black Daisy Et Cetera English -- 11 52
03 IconLatvia.png Latvia Intars Busulis Probka Russian Traffic jam 19 7
04 IconSerbia.png Serbia Marko KonMilan Nikolić Cipela Serbian Shoe 10 60
05 IconPoland.png Poland Lidia Kopania I Don't Wanna Leave English -- 12 43
06 IconNorway.png Norway Alexander Rybak Fairytale English -- 1 201
07 IconCyprus.png Cyprus Christina Metaxa Firefly English -- 14 32
08 IconSlovakia.png Slovakia Kamil Mikulčík & Nela Let' tmou Slovak Fly through the darkness 18 8
09 IconDenmark.png Denmark Niels Brinck Believe Again English -- 8 69
10 IconSlovenia.png Slovenia Quartissimo ft. Martina Love Symphony English, Slovene -- 16 14
11 IconHungary.png Hungary Zoli Ádok Dance with Me English -- 15 16
12 IconAzerbaijan.png Azerbaijan AySelArash Always English -- 2 180
13 IconGreece.png Greece Sakis Rouvas This Is Our Night English -- 4 110
14 IconLithuania.png Lithuania Sasha Son Love English, Russian -- 9 66
15 IconMoldova.png Moldova Nelly Ciobanu Hora din Moldova English, Romanian Hora from Moldova 5 106
16 IconAlbania.png Albania Kejsi Tola Carry Me in Your Dreams English -- 7 73
17 IconUkraine.png Ukraine Svetlana Loboda Be My Valentine (Anti Crisis Girl) English -- 6 80
18 IconEstonia.png Estonia Urban Symphony Rändajad Estonian Nomads 3 115
19 IconThe Netherlands.png The Netherlands De Toppers Shine English -- 17 11

Grand Final

All countries voted. SMS voting was the only method used to provide the Hungarian public voting scores as the televotes could not be counted due to a technical problem. Also, Norway's jury vote was used because a technical mistake by the local telephone operator rendered the televotes and SMS texts unusable. The final was held on 21 May 2009

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconLithuania.png Lithuania Sasha Son Love English, Russian -- 23 23
02 IconIsrael.png Israel Noa & Mira Awad There Must Be Another Way English, Hebrew, Arabic -- 16 53
03 IconFrance.png France Patricia Kaas Et s'il fallait le faire French And it had to be done 8 107
04 IconSweden.png Sweden Malena Ernman La voix English, French The voice 21 33
05 IconCroatia.png Croatia Igor Cukrov ft. Andrea Šušnjara Lijepa Tena Croatian Beautiful Tena 18 45
06 IconPortugal.png Portugal Flor-de-Lis Todas as ruas do amor Portuguese All the streets of love 15 37
07 IconIceland.png Iceland Yohanna Is It True? English -- 2 218
08 IconGreece.png Greece Sakis Rouvas This Is Our Night English -- 7 120
09 IconArmenia.png Armenia Inga & Anush Jan Jan English, Armenian My dear 10 92
10 IconRussia.png Russia Anastasiya Prikhodko Mamo Russian, Ukrainian Mother 11 91
11 IconAzerbaijan.png Azerbaijan AySelArash Always English -- 3 207
12 IconBosnia and Herzegovina.png Bosnia and Herzegovina Regina Bistra voda Bosnian Clear water 9 106
13 IconMoldova.png Moldova Nelly Ciobanu Hora din Moldova English, Romanian Hora from Moldova 14 69
14 IconMalta.png Malta Chiara What If We English -- 22 31
15 IconEstonia.png Estonia Urban Symphony Rändajad Estonian Nomads 6 129
16 IconDenmark.png Denmark Niels Brinck Believe Again English -- 13 74
17 IconGermany.png Germany Alex Swings Oscar Sings! Miss Kiss Kiss Bang English -- 20 35
18 IconTurkey.png Turkey Hadise Düm Tek Tek English -- 4 177
19 IconAlbania.png Albania Kejsi Tola Carry Me in Your Dreams English -- 17 48
20 IconNorway.png Norway Alexander Rybak Fairytale English -- 1 387
21 IconUkraine.png Ukraine Svetlana Loboda Be My Valentine (Anti Crisis Girl) English -- 12 76
22 IconRomania.png Romania Elena Gheorghe The Balkan Girls English -- 19 40
23 IconUnited Kingdom.png United Kingdom Jade Ewen It's My Time English -- 5 173
24 IconFinland.png Finland Waldo's People Lose Control English -- 25 22
25 IconSpain.png Spain Soraya Arnelas La noche es para mi Spanish The night is for me 24 23

Videos

Eurovision_Song_Contest_2009_-_Grand_Final_-_Full_Show

Eurovision Song Contest 2009 - Grand Final - Full Show

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