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. The two live shows were hosted by Korhan Abay and Meltem Cumbul.
|Eurovision Song Contest 2004|
|Under The Same Sky|
|Semi-final||12 May 2004|
|Final||15 May 2004|
|Venue||Abdi İpekçi Arena|
|Directed by||Sven Stojanovic|
|Executive supervisor||Svante Stockselius|
|Executive producer||Bülent Osma|
|Host broadcaster||Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT)|
|Opening act||Sertab Erener|
|Number of entries||36|
|Voting system||Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs|
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. 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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Shaded countries qualified for the Eurovision Final
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.
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.
Countries in bold automatically qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 Final.
|Serbia and Montenegro||263||1||4||12||12||7||10||12||10||12||10||8||10||8||10||12||6||8||1||4||7||10||4||12||10||10||10||12||12||7||12|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||133||10||10||3||8||7||7||12||4||10||7||5||8||12||10||10||10|
|Rows are ordered by appearance, columns are ordered by voting order.|
Below is a summary of all 12 points in the semi-final:
|9||Serbia and Montenegro||Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Germany, Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine|
|7||Greece||Albania, Cyprus, Israel, Malta, Romania, Turkey, United Kingdom|
|4||Ukraine||Belarus, Estonia, Lithuania, Portugal|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Denmark, Norway|
|Macedonia||Serbia and Montenegro|
|Serbia and Montenegro||263||2||7||12||12||3||7||12||10||10||7||1||6||10||10||3||8||12||3||7||7||2||5||1||10||6||10||6||5||7||8||10||12||12||8||12|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||91||10||7||5||6||8||10||4||4||2||10||8||10||7|
|Rows are ordered by appearance, columns are ordered by voting order.|
Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:
|8||Ukraine||Estonia, Israel, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Turkey|
|7||Serbia and Montenegro||Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovenia, Ukraine|
|5||Greece||Albania, Cyprus, Malta, Romania, United Kingdom|
|4||Sweden||Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway|
|Turkey||Belgium, Germany, France, Netherlands|
|Macedonia||Serbia and Montenegro|
|Artist Award||"Life"||Toše Proeski||14||47|
|Composer Award||"Hold Onto Our Love"||James Fox||16||29|
|Performance Award||"Wild Dances"||Ruslana||1||280|
|Song Award||"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. The awards are divided into 3 categories: Press Award, Artistic Award, and Composer Award.
|Artistic Award||"Wild Dances"||Ruslana||Oleksandr Ksenofontov
|Composer Award||"Stronger Every Minute"||Lisa Andreas||Mike Konnaris (m & l)||5||170|
|Press Award||"Lane moje" (Лане моје)||Željko Joksimović||Željko Joksimović||2||263|
Commentators and spokespersons
Albania – Leon Menkshi (TVSH) Andorra – Meri Picart & Josep Lluís Trabal (RTVA) Austria – Andi Knoll (ORF2), Martin Blumenau (Final – Hitradio Ö3) Belarus – Ales Kruglyakou (Belarus 1) Belgium – Dutch: André Vermeulen and Bart Peeters (VRT TV1), Julien Put and Michel Follet (Final – VRT Radio 2), French: Jean-Pierre Hautier (La Une), Patrick Duhamel and Serges Otthiers (Final – La Première) Bosnia and Herzegovina – Dejan Kukric (BHTV1) Croatia – Aleksandar "Aco" Kostadinov Cyprus – Evi Papamichail (RIK 1) Denmark – Jørgen de Mylius (DR1) Estonia – Marko Reikop (ETV) and Vello Rand (Raadio 2) Finland – Finnish: Markus Kajo and Asko Murtomäki (YLE TV2), Sanna Kojo and Jorma Hietamäki (YLE Radio Suomi); Swedish: Thomas Lundin (YLE FST) France – Laurent Ruquier and Elsa Fayer (Final – France 3), Jean-Luc Delarue (Final – France Bleu) Germany – Peter Urban (All – Das Erste), Thomas Mohr (Deutschlandfunk/NDR 2) Greece – Dafni Bokota (NET) Iceland – Gísli Marteinn Baldursson (Sjónvarpið) Ireland – Marty Whelan (All – RTÉ One), Israel – No commentator Latvia – Kārlis Streips Lithuania – Darius Užkuraitis Macedonia – Milanka Rasic Malta – Eileen Montesin Monaco – Bernard Montiel & Génie Godula (TMC Monte Carlo) Netherlands – Willem van Beusekom and Cornald Maas (Nederland 2), Hijlco Span and Ron Stoeltie (Radio 3) Norway – Jostein Pedersen (NRK1) Poland – Artur Orzech (TVP1) Portugal – Eládio Clímaco (RTP1) Romania – Andreea Demirgian (TVR1) Russia – Yuri Aksyuta and Yelena Batinova (Channel One) Serbia and Montenegro – Serbian: Duška Vučinić-Lučić (RTS1), Montenegrin: Dražen Bauković and Tamara Ivanković (TVCG2)) Slovenia – Andrea F Spain – Beatriz Pécker (semi-final TVE2, final TVE1) Sweden – Pekka Heino (SVT1), Björn Kjellman and Carolina Norén (SR P3) Switzerland – German: Marco Fritsche (SF1), French: Jean-Marc Richard and Alain Morisod (TSR1), Italian: Daniela Tami and Claudio Lazzarino (TSI 1) Turkey – Bülend Özveren and Didem Tolunay (TRT 1), Ümit Tunçağ, Osman Erkan and Gülşah Banda (Final – TRT Radyo 3) Ukraine – Rodion Pryntsevsky (First National TV Channel), United Kingdom – Paddy O'Connell (Semi-final – BBC Three), Terry Wogan (Final – BBC One), Ken Bruce (Final – BBC Radio 2)
Andorra – Pati Molné Albania – Zhani Ciko Austria – Dodo Roscic Bosnia and Herzegovina – Mija Martina (Bosnian representative in the 2003 contest) Belgium – Martine Prenen Belarus – Denis Kurian Switzerland – Emel Aykanat Serbia and Montenegro – Nataša Miljković Cyprus – Loukas Hamatsos Germany – Thomas Anders Denmark – Camilla Ottesen Estonia – Maarja-Liis Ilus (Estonian representative in the 1996 and 1997 contests) Spain – Anne Igartiburu Finland – Anna Stenlund France – Alex Taylor United Kingdom – Lorraine Kelly Greece – Alexis Kostalas Croatia – Barbara Kolar Ireland – Johnny Logan (winner of the 1980 and 1987 contests, winning composer in the 1992 contest) Israel – Merav Miller Iceland – Sigrún Ósk Kristjánsdóttir Lithuania – Rolandas Vilkončius Latvia – Lauris Reiniks (Latvian representative in the 2003 contest as a part of F.L.Y.) Monaco – Anne Allegrini Malta – Claire Agius Macedonia – Karolina Petkovska Netherlands – Esther Hart (Dutch representative in the 2003 contest) Norway – Ingvild Helljesen Poland – Maciej Orłoś Portugal – Isabel Angelino Romania – Andreea Marin Russia – Yana Churikova Sweden – Jovan Radomir Slovenia – Peter Poles Turkey – Meltem Ersan Yazgan Ukraine – Pavlo Shylko (DJ Pascha) (Later co-presenter of the 2005 contest)
|Eurovision Song Contest: Istanbul 2004|
|Compilation album by|
|Released||26 April 2004|
|Label||EMI / CMC|
|Eurovision Song Contest chronology|
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.
|1.||"Jugarem a estimar-nos" (Andorra)||Marta Roure||3:01|
|2.||"The Image of You" (Albania)||Anjeza Shahini||2:59|
|3.||"Du bist" (Austria)||Tie Break||3:11|
|4.||"In The Disco" (Bosnia and Herzegovina)||Deen||2:56|
|5.||"1 Life" (Belgium)||Xandee||2:57|
|6.||"My Galileo" (Belarus)||Aleksandra & Konstantin||2:56|
|7.||"Celebrate" (Switzerland)||Piero & The Music Stars||2:55|
|8.||"Lane moje" (Serbia and Montenegro)||Željko Joksimović & Ad Hoc Orchestra||3:02|
|9.||"Stronger Every Minute" (Cyprus)||Lisa Andreas||3:03|
|10.||"Can't Wait Until Tonight" (Germany)||Max||3:02|
|11.||"Shame On You" (Denmark)||Thomas Thordarsson||2:49|
|13.||"Para llenarme de ti" (Spain)||Ramón||2:59|
|14.||"À chaque pas" (France)||Jonatan Cerrada||3:09|
|15.||"Takes 2 To Tango" (Finland)||Jari Sillanpää||3:00|
|16.||"Hold On To Our Love" (United Kingdom)||James Fox||2:58|
|17.||"Shake It" (Greece)||Sakis Rouvas||3:03|
|18.||"You Are The Only One" (Croatia)||Ivan Mikulić||3:00|
|1.||"If My World Stopped Turning" (Ireland)||Chris Doran||3:04|
|2.||"Leha'amin" (Israel)||David D'Or||3:04|
|4.||"What's Happened To Your Love?" (Lithuania)||Linas & Simona||3:03|
|5.||"Dziesma par laimi" (Latvia)||Fomins & Kleins||3:03|
|6.||"Notre planète" (Monaco)||Maryon||3:04|
|7.||"On Again... Off Again" (Malta)||Julie & Ludwig||3:02|
|8.||"Life" (Macedonia)||Toše Proeski||3:03|
|9.||"Without You" (Netherlands)||Re-Union||3:02|
|10.||"High" (Norway)||Knut Anders Sørum||3:04|
|11.||"Love Song" (Poland)||Blue Café||2:48|
|12.||"Foi magia" (Portugal)||Sofia Vitória||3:02|
|13.||"I Admit" (Romania)||Sanda||2:59|
|14.||"Believe me" (Russia)||Julia Savicheva||2:49|
|15.||"It Hurts" (Sweden)||Lena Philipsson||3:02|
|16.||"Stay Forever" (Slovenia)||Platin||3:00|
|17.||"For Real" (Turkey)||Athena||3:03|
|18.||"Wild Dances" (Ukraine)||Ruslana||3:01|
|German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||3|
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Media related to Eurovision Song Contest 2004 at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- EBU press notice regarding voting problems in the semi-final
- Details about the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest in Istanbul
- Video Clips (BBC Eurovision 2004) (RealPlayer)