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

Semi-Final Two

IconFrance France and IconRussia Russia voted in this semi. IconSpain 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 Croatia Igor Cukrov ft. Andrea Šušnjara Lijepa Tena Croatian Beautiful Tena 13 33
02 IconIreland Ireland Sinéad Mulvey & Black Daisy Et Cetera English -- 11 52
03 IconLatvia Latvia Intars Busulis Probka Russian Traffic jam 19 7
04 IconSerbia Serbia Marko KonMilan Nikolić Cipela Serbian Shoe 10 60
05 IconPoland Poland Lidia Kopania I Don't Wanna Leave English -- 12 43
06 IconNorway Norway Alexander Rybak Fairytale English -- 1 201
07 IconCyprus Cyprus Christina Metaxa Firefly English -- 14 32
08 IconSlovakia Slovakia Kamil Mikulčík & Nela Let' tmou Slovak Fly through the darkness 18 8
09 IconDenmark Denmark Niels Brinck Believe Again English -- 8 69
10 IconSlovenia Slovenia Quartissimo ft. Martina Love Symphony English, Slovene -- 16 14
11 IconHungary Hungary Zoli Ádok Dance with Me English -- 15 16
12 IconAzerbaijan Azerbaijan AySelArash Always English -- 2 180
13 IconGreece Greece Sakis Rouvas This Is Our Night English -- 4 110
14 IconLithuania Lithuania Sasha Son Love English, Russian -- 9 66
15 IconMoldova Moldova Nelly Ciobanu Hora din Moldova English, Romanian Hora from Moldova 5 106
16 IconAlbania Albania Kejsi Tola Carry Me in Your Dreams English -- 7 73
17 IconUkraine Ukraine Svetlana Loboda Be My Valentine (Anti Crisis Girl) English -- 6 80
18 IconEstonia Estonia Urban Symphony Rändajad Estonian Nomads 3 115
19 IconThe Netherlands 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 Lithuania Sasha Son Love English, Russian -- 23 23
02 IconIsrael Israel Noa & Mira Awad There Must Be Another Way English, Hebrew, Arabic -- 16 53
03 IconFrance France Patricia Kaas Et s'il fallait le faire French And it had to be done 8 107
04 IconSweden Sweden Malena Ernman La voix English, French The voice 21 33
05 IconCroatia Croatia Igor Cukrov ft. Andrea Šušnjara Lijepa Tena Croatian Beautiful Tena 18 45
06 IconPortugal Portugal Flor-de-Lis Todas as ruas do amore Portuguese All the streets of love 15 37
07 IconIceland Iceland Yohanna Is It True? English -- 2 218
08 IconGreece Greece Sakis Rouvas This Is Our Night English -- 7 120
09 IconArmenia Armenia Inga & Anush Jan Jan English, Armenian My dear 10 92
10 IconRussia Russia Anastasiya Prikhodko Mamo Russian, Ukrainian Mother 11 91
11 IconAzerbaijan Azerbaijan AySelArash Always English -- 3 207
12 IconBosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Regina Bistra voda Bosnian Clear water 9 106
13 IconMoldova Moldova Nelly Ciobanu Hora din Moldova English, Romanian Hora from Moldova 14 69
14 IconMalta Malta Chiara What If We English -- 22 31
15 IconEstonia Estonia Urban Symphony Rändajad Estonian Nomads 6 129
16 IconDenmark Denmark Niels Brinck Believe Again English -- 13 74
17 IconGermany Germany Alex Swings Oscar Sings! Miss Kiss Kiss Bang English -- 20 35
18 IconTurkey Turkey Hadise Düm Tek Tek English -- 4 177
19 IconAlbania Albania Kejsi Tola Carry Me in Your Dreams English -- 17 48
20 IconNorway Norway Alexander Rybak Fairytale English -- 1 387
21 IconUkraine Ukraine Svetlana Loboda Be My Valentine (Anti Crisis Girl) English -- 12 76
22 IconRomania Romania Elena Gheorghe The Balkan Girls English -- 19 40
23 IconUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Jade Ewen It's My Time English -- 5 173
24 IconFinland Finland Waldo's People Lose Control English -- 25 22
25 IconSpain Spain Soraya Arnelas La noche es para mi Spanish The night is for me 24 23
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