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The Eurovision Song Contest 2004 was the 49th Eurovision Song Contest and it was held in the Abdi İpekçi Arena in Istanbul, Turkey.

This was the first occasion in which the contest was held in Turkey after they had won the competition in 2003 with Sertab Erener singing "Everyway That I Can". The hosting national broadcaster of the contest was Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT).

Ukrainian singer Ruslana won the contest with "Wild Dances". It is notable that this was only Ukraine's second participation in the contest. This was also the third year in a row in which the contest was won by a woman, performing a song composed at least partially by herself (being the previous two Marie N and Sertab Erener, which co-wrote their winning songs for the 2002 and 2003 contests). 2nd Place went to Serbia & Montenegro in their debut entry, 3rd to Greece, 4th to host nation Turkey, 5th to Cyprus (being their most successful entry to date) 6th to Sweden and 7th to Albania (also a debuting country).

To accommodate the increasing number of countries who wished to participate, a semi-final was introduced. The countries which didn't qualify for the final are normally calculate like participating countries, as well semi finals are a part of the competition. For the second consecutive year, no returning acts were present - only the sixth time (including 1956) in the history of the contest that this happened and it was the first time this had happened in two consecutive years.

Semi-final

The semi-final was held on 12 May 2004 at 21:00 (CET). 22 countries performed and all participants voted except France, Poland and Russia. This was the first ever semi-final in Eurovision history.

Draw Country Language Artist Song Place Points
01  Finland English Jari Sillanpää "Takes 2 to Tango" 14 51
02  Belarus English Aleksandra and Konstantin "My Galileo" 19 10
03   Switzerland English Piero Esteriore and the MusicStars "Celebrate" 22 0
04  Latvia Latvian Fomins and Kleins "Dziesma par laimi" 17 23
05  Israel English, Hebrew David D'Or "Leha'amin" (להאמין) 12 57
06  Andorra Catalan Marta Roure "Jugarem a estimar-nos" 18 12
07  Portugal Portuguese Sofia Vitória "Foi magia" 15 38
08  Malta English Julie and Ludwig "On Again... Off Again" 8 74
09  Monaco French Maryon "Notre planète" 19 10
10  Greece English Sakis Rouvas "Shake It" 3 238
11  Ukraine English, Ukrainian Ruslana "Wild Dances" 2 256
12  Lithuania English Linas and Simona "What's Happened to Your Love?" 16 26
13  Albania English Anjeza Shahini "The Image of You" 4 167
14  Cyprus English Lisa Andreas "Stronger Every Minute" 5 149
15  Macedonia English Toše Proeski "Life" 10 71
16  Slovenia English Platin "Stay Forever" 21 5
17  Estonia Võro Neiokõsõ "Tii" 11 57
18  Croatia English Ivan Mikulić "You Are the Only One" 9 72
19  Denmark English Tomas Thordarsson "Shame on You" 13 56
20  Serbia and Montenegro Serbian Željko Joksimović & Ad-Hoc Orchestra "Lane moje" (Лане моје) 1 263
21  Bosnia and Herzegovina English Deen "In the Disco" 7 133
22  Netherlands English Re-Union "Without You" 6 146

A new ABBA video was shown in the semi final, briefly outlining how ABBA started and what the response was of the first record company they approached. It featured small puppets of the band performing snippets of their songs (the voices being the ones of the band) and featured Rik Mayall as the record company manager. This was cut from the Eurovision Song Contest DVD and released separately. References to the video that were made running up to the showing of it were also cut.

Final

The finalists were:

  • the four automatic qualifiers France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom;
  • the top 10 countries from the 2003 contest (other than the automatic qualifiers);
  • the top 10 countries from the 2004 semi-final.

The final was held on 15 May 2004 at 21:00 (CET) and was won by Ukraine.

Draw Country Language Artist Song Place Points
01  Spain Spanish Ramón "Para llenarme de ti" 10 87
02  Austria German Tie Break "Du bist" 21 9
03  Norway English Knut Anders Sørum "High" 24 3
04  France French, Spanish Jonatan Cerrada "À chaque pas" 15 40
05  Serbia and Montenegro Serbian Željko Joksimović & Ad-Hoc Orchestra "Lane moje" (Лане моје) 2 263
06  Malta English Julie and Ludwig "On Again... Off Again" 12 50
07  Netherlands English Re-Union "Without You" 20 11
08  Germany English, Turkish Max "Can't Wait Until Tonight" 8 93
09  Albania English Anjeza Shahini "The Image of You" 7 106
10  Ukraine English, Ukrainian Ruslana "Wild Dances" 1 280
11  Croatia English Ivan Mikulić "You Are the Only One" 12 50
12  Bosnia and Herzegovina English Deen "In the Disco" 9 91
13  Belgium English Xandee "1 Life" 22 7
14  Russia English Julia Savicheva "Believe Me" 11 67
15  Macedonia English Toše Proeski "Life" 14 47
16  Greece English Sakis Rouvas "Shake It" 3 252
17  Iceland English Jónsi "Heaven" 19 16
18  Ireland English Chris Doran "If My World Stopped Turning" 22 7
19  Poland English, Spanish Blue Café "Love Song" 17 27
20  United Kingdom English James Fox "Hold On to Our Love" 16 29
21  Cyprus English Lisa Andreas "Stronger Every Minute" 5 170
22  Turkey English Athena "For Real" 4 195
23  Romania English Sanda "I Admit" 18 18
24  Sweden English Lena Philipsson "It Hurts" 5 170