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Eurovision Song Contest 2004
Eurovision 2004 logo       The 49th Eurovision Song Contest - Eurovision 2004 - went through 2 stages because of great number (36!) of countries which wished to participate in that event.
      On Wednesday 12th of May 2004 the qualification round was held. Countries participating in this pre-final ended up lower than the 10th place last year or didn't participate last year at all due to a low score two years ago. The top 10 countries from the qualifying round took part in the big final of Eurovision on Saturday. The 10 qualified for the final were: Serbia & Montenegro, Malta, The Netherlands, Albania, The Ukraine, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Greece, Cyprus. And ranking of the last 12 countries is: Estonia & Israel (11th joint), Denmark (13th), Finland (14th), Portugal (15th), Lithuania (16th), Latvia (17th), Andorra (18th), Belarus & Monaco (19th joint), Slovenia (21st), Switzerland (22nd). Sad for these countries, they didn't participate in Saturday's final.
      On Saturday 15th of May 2004 the Big Final of ESC was held. There were 24 participants in the final of Eurovision: top 10 from the qualification round and 14 "direct" participants which were assured of a place in the final. These countries were the Big Four (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain) and top 10 from last year's contest (and Russia in this list).
      The venue for the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest was be Abdi Ipekci Basketball Sport Complex - the tented sport center, which is located in the city of Istanbul (Turkey). The stadium has a capacity of 15000, but the capacity for the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest events was around 10000. The sport center completely met the Eurovision requirements having extensive back stage and technical area. The distance from centre of the city is 15 km and from Airport - 12 km. Before Mydonose Showland was mentioned to be the eurovision 2004 venue, but its capacity is only 5000, so Abdi Ipekci Sport Center was chosen as a bigger one
      The hosts for Eurovision 2004 were Meltem Cumbul and Korhan Abay. Meltem Cumbul was born in 1970 in Izmir. After she graduated university, she went to the UK to do theatre workshops at the Shakespeare Company in London. In 1998 she made a Turkish cover of the Eurovision hit of Imaani "Where are you" and became popular as a singer. Today she is playing in the popular series Kurbet Kadini. Korhan Abay has already a link with the Eurovision Song Contest. In 1990 he hosted the Turkish national final for broadcaster TRT, a final in which Sertab Erener participated. Besides presenting, Abay (born in 1954) is also a theatre actor and pilot.
      On March 22/23 2004 heads of delegations were meeting in Istanbul and the draw for running order was held.
      Official Eurovision website: www.eurovision.tv
      To download mp3s of eurovision 04 songs - visit these sites: www.xgneurovision.tk & www.euro-tnt.com
      To download video's of eurovision 04 songs - visit this site: devoted.to/eurovision

      EUROVISION 2004 RESULTS!

      First place: The Ukraine - Ruslana "Wild Dance" (280 pts)! Congratulations!
            Download MP3 "Wild Dance" (english/ukrainian version) here (2,8 Mb).
            Download MP3 "Wild Dance" (instrumental version) here (2,8 Mb).
            Interview with Ruslana in "News" Section.
      Second place: Serbia & Montenegro - Zeljko Joksimovic "Lane Moje" (263 pts)
            Download MP3s "Lane Moje (english, serbian) from official page: here.
      Third place: Greece - Sakis Rouvas "Shake It" (252 pts)

      The full scoreboard with all points is : here.

  Country Participant Song (translation) Details

already in the Big Final
01 Spain Ramon Para Llenarme De Ti [here]>>
02 Austria Group «Tie Break» Du bist [here]>>
03 Norway Knut Anders High [here]>>
04 France Jonatan Cerrada A chaque pas (With every step) [here]>>
05 Serbia & Montenegro Zeljko Joksimovic Lane Moje (My sweetheart) [here]>>
06 Malta Julie & Ludwig On Again... Off Again [here]>>
07 The Netherlands Re-Union Without you [here]>>
08 Germany Max Can't wait until tonight [here]>>
09 Albania Anjeza Shahini The image of you [here]>>
10 Ukraine Ruslana Lyzhicko Wild Dance [here]>>
11 Croatia Ivan Mikulic You are the only one [here]>>
12 Bosnia-Herzegovina Deen In the Disco [here]>>
13 Belgium Xandee 1 Life [here]>>
14 Russia Julia Savicheva Believe me [here]>>
15 FYR Macedonia Tose Proeske Life [here]>>
16 Greece Sakis Rouvas Shake it [here]>>
17 Iceland Jonsi Heaven [here]>>
18 Ireland Chris Doran If the world stopped turning [here]>>
19 Poland Group «Blue Cafe» Love Song [here]>>
20 United Kingdom James Fox Hold on to our love [here]>>
21 Cyprus Lisa Andreas Stronger every minute [here]>>
22 Turkey Group «Athena» For Real [here]>>
23 Romania Sanda Ladosi I admit [here]>>
24 Sweden Lena Philipsson It hurts [here]>>

qualifying round participants
01 Finland Jari Sillanpaa Takes 2 to tango [here]>>
02 Belarus Aleksandra & Konstantin Moy Galiley (My Galileo) [here]>>
03 Switzerland Piero Esteriore & the Musicstars Celebrate [here]>>
04 Latvia Fomins & Kleins Dziesma Par Laimi [here]>>
05 Israel David d'Or Leha'amin (To believe) [here]>>
06 Andorra Marta Roure Jugarem a estimar-nos [here]>>
07 Portugal Sofia Vitória Foi magia (It was magic) [here]>>
08 Malta Julie & Ludwig On Again... Off Again [here]>>
09 Monaco Maryon Notre planete (Our planet) [here]>>
10 Greece Sakis Rouvas Shake it [here]>>
11 Ukraine Ruslana Lyzhicko Wild Dance [here]>>
12 Lithuania Linas & Simona What's happened to your love [here]>>
13 Albania Anjeza Shahini The image of you [here]>>
14 Cyprus Lisa Andreas Stronger every minute [here]>>
15 FYR Macedonia Tose Proeske Life [here]>>
16 Slovenia Duo "Platin" Stay forever [here]>>
17 Estonia Neiokoso Tii (The road) [here]>>
18 Croatia Ivan Mikulic You are the only one [here]>>
19 Denmark Thomas Thordarsson Shame on you [here]>>
20 Serbia & Montenegro Zeljko Joksimovic Lane Moje (My sweetheart) [here]>>
21 Bosnia-Herzegovina Deen In the Disco [here]>>
22 The Netherlands Re-Union Without you [here]>>

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