Eurovision Song Contest 2004

The Eurovision Song Contest 2004 was the 49th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Istanbul, Turkey, following Sertab Erener's win at the 2003 contest in Riga, Latvia with the song "Everyway That I Can". It was the first time Turkey had hosted the contest - 29 years after the country made its debut. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT), the contest was held at the Abdi İpekçi Arena, and (for the first time) consisted of a semi-final on 12 May, and the final on 15 May 2004.[1] The two live shows were hosted by Korhan Abay and Meltem Cumbul.

Eurovision Song Contest 2004
Under The Same Sky
Semi-final12 May 2004 (2004-05-12)
Final15 May 2004 (2004-05-15)
VenueAbdi İpekçi Arena
Istanbul, Turkey
Directed bySven Stojanovic
Executive supervisorSvante Stockselius
Executive producerBülent Osma
Host broadcasterTurkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT)
Opening actSertab Erener
Interval act
Number of entries36
Debuting countries
Returning countries
Withdrawing countriesNone
Voting systemEach country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points
Winning song

Thirty-six countries participated in the contest, beating the record of twenty-six in the previous edition. Albania, Andorra, Belarus and Serbia and Montenegro took part for the first time this year. The old relegation system was replaced with a semi-final format. This was done in order to accommodate the increasing number of countries who wished to participate. The new format allowed all countries to participate every year, rather than being forced to sit out per the relegation rules, which had been the standard since 1994. Because of this, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Macedonia, Monaco and Switzerland all returned to the contest.

The winner was Ukraine with the song "Wild Dances", performed by Ruslana who wrote it with Oleksandr Ksenofontov (her husband). This was Ukraine's first victory in the contest, after only 1 year of participation. Serbia and Montenegro, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus rounded out the top five.

This year was the first time in which a non-winning entry scored over 200 points. Prior to this contest, only the winning entries in 1994 and 1997 had passed this mark. In this contest, the top 3 songs all got over 200 points.


The contest was held in Istanbul following Turkey's victory in the 2003 contest in Riga, Latvia with Sertab Erener's "Everyway That I Can". Originally the Mydonose Showland was chosen by TRT to host the event, but was changed to the Abdi İpekçi Arena as the contest approached due to its bigger capacity.[1] Korhan Abay and Meltem Cumbul were presenters of the show.

In the semi-final and the final, Meltem Cumbul warmed up the audience with a sing-a-long of Eurovision classic "Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)", originally by Domenico Modugno. Sertab Erener returned to the stage in the final to perform "Everyway That I Can", the 2003 winning song, and one of her new songs called "Leave". Sertab also interviewed contestants in the green room. The Turkish dance ensemble Fire of Anatolia performed as the interval act.[1] An official CD was released and, for the first time, the entire contest was released on DVD which included the Semi-final and the Grand Final.



The contest's new official generic logo was used for the first time this year, with the heart-shaped flag in the centre due to be changed for future contests. The slogan for Istanbul's contest was "Under The Same Sky", which communicated the importance of a united Europe and Turkish integration.

This year was also notable as it was the first year that Turkey voted for Cyprus and the second year in a row that Cyprus voted for Turkey. Nevertheless, in a move that angered some Cypriots, when the country presented its votes no map of the island was shown (all other presenters were preceded with their country being highlighted on a map). This was due to Turkey's recognition of the northern half of the island as an independent republic (not recognised by any other state). It is likely Turkey pulled out of showing the map because it would have only highlighted the southern portion of the island, and thus angered the international community.[1]

This was also the first year that the scores were only re-read by the hosts in one language. Before 2004 every point was repeated in French and English, but due to 36 countries voting, and more in years to come, in 2004 to save time the hosts only re-read each score in one language. This was in the opposite of the original country representative spoke in.

Voting structure

Every country in the competition, including those who did not qualify for the final, were allowed to vote for other countries. After all performances were completed, each country opened their phone lines to allow their viewers to vote for their favourite song. Voting for the country in which you are situated is not allowed, however. Each country awarded points based on the number of votes cast for each song: the song which received the most viewer votes was awarded 12 points, the second 10 points, the third 8 points and then 7, 6, 5, etc. down to 1.

In the event of a tie, the number of countries to vote for the tying songs would be counted, and the song having the most countries awarding points to it, would be the winner. In the event of a further tie, then the previously used method of counting back on the number of 12 points, 10 points etc., would be used to find an eventual winner.


Just before the Slovenian entry was about to be performed, the Turkish broadcaster accidentally took a commercial break which meant the Slovenian song was not heard by Turkish viewers and consequently, Turkey gave no votes for the song.[1] There were technical problems when in a short hiatus halfway through the songs, (used for the advertising break), the hosts tried to contact various parties in Europe. They tried contacting Germany, Spain and Turkey, but in the end were only able to get a response from Germany. During the Romanian postcard introduction, the information for the Romanian entry appeared on the screen, but was quickly taken away. A final minor hiccup occurred when, on her way to present the winner the trophy, Sertab Erener got her shoe stuck in a speaker grill by the side of the stage and had to be freed by stagehands. However this did not delay proceedings, and other than the above the show ran smoothly.

An hour after the semi-final had been aired, the European Broadcasting Union discovered that there had been problems with the vote counting in Monaco and Croatia. Digame, an affiliate of Deutsche Telekom, who had been responsible for processing all the votes (from 2004), reported that they had encountered problems with their calculation software, and there was a problem with text message voting in Croatia. When the votes were counted, results showed that Croatia had awarded themselves 4 points, which is against Eurovision rules. Later, an official EBU statement read that there had been technical problems at the side of the Croatian mobile service provider, who neglected to delete the illegal votes from the results. Consequently, some votes were not counted in the results announced at the end of the broadcast of the semi-final. When the results were corrected to include these additional votes, they were found not to have affected which countries had qualified for the Final.[1]

Participating countries

This year's Eurovision contest was the first to be a two-day event, with one qualifying round held on a Wednesday and the grand final held on the following Saturday. Under this new format, byes into the final were given to the 'Big 4'; France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom (as the largest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union) and the ten highest placed finishers in the 2003 contest. Andorra, Albania, Belarus and Serbia and Montenegro participated in the Contest for the first time, with Monaco returning after a 25-year absence. Luxembourg were due to return after an absence of 11 years, but later pulled out after money issues arose between RTL and the EBU. All participating countries had the right to vote in both the qualifying round and the grand final. This was the first year in which all 36 participating countries voted based on a public phone vote. However France, Poland and Russia did not broadcast the semi-final (as they were not participating in it) and therefore did not give votes for it like the other thirty-three countries. In Belgium, the French-language RTBF did not broadcast the semi-final, but the Dutch-language VRT did.



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.

Shaded countries qualified for the Eurovision Final

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


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.

Countries in bold automatically qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 Final.

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



Televoting results
Total score
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Serbia and Montenegro
United Kingdom
Finland 5171673536238
Belarus 102125
Switzerland 0
Latvia 23454262
Israel 57351233212422362754
Andorra 1212
Portugal 381247618
Malta 7456414105111627743412
Monaco 10424
Greece 2388125510831012103475126212686471265812441210
Ukraine 2561034781228866121087781010101210581077127688
Lithuania 262723183
Albania 16767651061871266875445312858267561
Cyprus 149266612456171012283843125104313357
Macedonia 7182851231451142636
Slovenia 5131
Estonia 5714121710121513
Croatia 72810765513164178
Denmark 5633345121026251
Serbia and Montenegro 263141212710121012108108101268147104121010101212712
Bosnia and Herzegovina 133101038771241075812101010
Netherlands 14673212541528853364127552837263224
Rows are ordered by appearance, columns are ordered by voting order.

12 points

Below is a summary of all 12 points in the semi-final:

N.ContestantVoting nation
9Serbia and MontenegroAustria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Germany, Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine
7GreeceAlbania, Cyprus, Israel, Malta, Romania, Turkey, United Kingdom
4UkraineBelarus, Estonia, Lithuania, Portugal
Bosnia and HerzegovinaDenmark, Norway
CyprusGreece, Monaco
EstoniaFinland, Latvia
NetherlandsBelgium, Ireland
MacedoniaSerbia and Montenegro


Televoting results
Total score
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Serbia and Montenegro
United Kingdom
Spain 8712726728381313411252
Austria 945
Norway 33
France 40711041224
Serbia and Montenegro 2632712123712101071610103812377251106106578101212812
Malta 506311621264463311
Netherlands 11632
Germany 932103102127414173168435
Albania 10654178543111062411210131746
Ukraine 28010546510108651288257871212121268877121061210812
Croatia 50310535115557
Bosnia and Herzegovina 9110756810442108107
Belgium 7115
Russia 671216842681010
Macedonia 476811251743
Greece 25281225864712735766127510610710712627612746108
Iceland 1622552
Ireland 77
Poland 2724143715
United Kingdom 291482342212
Cyprus 170464823867375101241031054278443366114
Turkey 1953887123824121025126631253286128810856
Romania 1831014
Sweden 170541224453121051238125868251210573232
Rows are ordered by appearance, columns are ordered by voting order.

12 points

Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:

N.ContestantVoting nation
8UkraineEstonia, Israel, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Turkey
7Serbia and MontenegroAustria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovenia, Ukraine
5GreeceAlbania, Cyprus, Malta, Romania, United Kingdom
4 SwedenDenmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway
TurkeyBelgium, Germany, France, Netherlands
2SpainAndorra, Portugal
1 AlbaniaMacedonia
MacedoniaSerbia and Montenegro

Other awards

AP Awards

Category Country Song Performer(s) Result Points
Artist Award  Macedonia "Life" Toše Proeski 14 47
Composer Award  United Kingdom "Hold Onto Our Love" James Fox 16 29
Performance Award  Ukraine "Wild Dances" Ruslana 1 280
Song Award  Portugal "Foi Magia" Sofia Vitória 15 SF 38 SF

Marcel Bezençon Awards

The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first handed out during the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia honoring the best competing songs in the final. Founded by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest and current Head of Delegation for Sweden) and Richard Herrey (member of the Herreys, Eurovision Song Contest 1984 winner from Sweden), the awards are named after the creator of the annual competition, Marcel Bezençon.[3] The awards are divided into 3 categories: Press Award, Artistic Award, and Composer Award.[4]

Category Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s) Final Points
Artistic Award[lower-alpha 1]  Ukraine "Wild Dances" Ruslana Oleksandr Ksenofontov
Ruslana Lyzhychko
1 280
Composer Award  Cyprus "Stronger Every Minute" Lisa Andreas Mike Konnaris (m & l) 5 170
Press Award  Serbia and Montenegro "Lane moje" (Лане моје) Željko Joksimović Željko Joksimović 2 263

Commentators and spokespersons


Participating countries

Non-participating countries


Each country appointed a spokesperson to announce their respective country's points.[29]

  1.  Andorra – Pati Molné
  2.  AlbaniaZhani Ciko
  3.  Austria – Dodo Roscic
  4.  Bosnia and HerzegovinaMija Martina (Bosnian representative in the 2003 contest)
  5.  Belgium – Martine Prenen
  6.  BelarusDenis Kurian
  7.   SwitzerlandEmel Aykanat
  8.  Serbia and Montenegro – Nataša Miljković
  9.  Cyprus – Loukas Hamatsos
  10.  GermanyThomas Anders
  11.  DenmarkCamilla Ottesen
  12.  EstoniaMaarja-Liis Ilus (Estonian representative in the 1996 and 1997 contests)
  13.  SpainAnne Igartiburu
  14.  Finland – Anna Stenlund
  15.  France – Alex Taylor
  16.  United KingdomLorraine Kelly
  17.  Greece – Alexis Kostalas
  18.  CroatiaBarbara Kolar
  19.  IrelandJohnny Logan (winner of the 1980 and 1987 contests, winning composer in the 1992 contest)
  20.  IsraelMerav Miller
  21.  Iceland – Sigrún Ósk Kristjánsdóttir
  22.  Lithuania – Rolandas Vilkončius
  23.  LatviaLauris Reiniks (Latvian representative in the 2003 contest as a part of F.L.Y.)
  24.  Monaco – Anne Allegrini
  25.  Malta – Claire Agius
  26.  Macedonia – Karolina Petkovska
  27.  NetherlandsEsther Hart (Dutch representative in the 2003 contest)
  28.  NorwayIngvild Helljesen
  29.  PolandMaciej Orłoś
  30.  Portugal – Isabel Angelino
  31.  RomaniaAndreea Marin
  32.  RussiaYana Churikova
  33.  SwedenJovan Radomir
  34.  SloveniaPeter Poles
  35.  TurkeyMeltem Ersan Yazgan
  36.  UkrainePavlo Shylko (DJ Pascha) (Later co-presenter of the 2005 contest)

Official album

Eurovision Song Contest: Istanbul 2004
Compilation album by
Released26 April 2004
  • 54:03 (CD 1)
  • 54:18 (CD 2)
LabelEMI / CMC
Eurovision Song Contest chronology
Eurovision Song Contest: Riga 2003
Eurovision Song Contest: Istanbul 2004
Eurovision Song Contest: Kyiv 2005

Eurovision Song Contest: Istanbul 2004 was the official compilation album of the 2004 Contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and released by EMI Records and CMC International on 26 April 2004. The album featured all 36 songs that entered in the 2004 contest, including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify into the grand final.[30]

CD 1
1."Jugarem a estimar-nos" (Andorra)Marta Roure3:01
2."The Image of You" (Albania)Anjeza Shahini2:59
3."Du bist" (Austria)Tie Break3:11
4."In The Disco" (Bosnia and Herzegovina)Deen2:56
5."1 Life" (Belgium)Xandee2:57
6."My Galileo" (Belarus)Aleksandra & Konstantin2:56
7."Celebrate" (Switzerland)Piero & The Music Stars2:55
8."Lane moje" (Serbia and Montenegro)Željko Joksimović & Ad Hoc Orchestra3:02
9."Stronger Every Minute" (Cyprus)Lisa Andreas3:03
10."Can't Wait Until Tonight" (Germany)Max3:02
11."Shame On You" (Denmark)Thomas Thordarsson2:49
12."Tii" (Estonia)Neiokõsõ3:02
13."Para llenarme de ti" (Spain)Ramón2:59
14."À chaque pas" (France)Jonatan Cerrada3:09
15."Takes 2 To Tango" (Finland)Jari Sillanpää3:00
16."Hold On To Our Love" (United Kingdom)James Fox2:58
17."Shake It" (Greece)Sakis Rouvas3:03
18."You Are The Only One" (Croatia)Ivan Mikulić3:00
Total length:54:03
CD 2
1."If My World Stopped Turning" (Ireland)Chris Doran3:04
2."Leha'amin" (Israel)David D'Or3:04
3."Heaven" (Iceland)Jónsi3:06
4."What's Happened To Your Love?" (Lithuania)Linas & Simona3:03
5."Dziesma par laimi" (Latvia)Fomins & Kleins3:03
6."Notre planète" (Monaco)Maryon3:04
7."On Again... Off Again" (Malta)Julie & Ludwig3:02
8."Life" (Macedonia)Toše Proeski3:03
9."Without You" (Netherlands)Re-Union3:02
10."High" (Norway)Knut Anders Sørum3:04
11."Love Song" (Poland)Blue Café2:48
12."Foi magia" (Portugal)Sofia Vitória3:02
13."I Admit" (Romania)Sanda2:59
14."Believe me" (Russia)Julia Savicheva2:49
15."It Hurts" (Sweden)Lena Philipsson3:02
16."Stay Forever" (Slovenia)Platin3:00
17."For Real" (Turkey)Athena3:03
18."Wild Dances" (Ukraine)Ruslana3:01
Total length:54:18


Chart (2004) Peak
German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[31] 3

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  1. Voted by previous winners.


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