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The show

First Semi-Final
Tuesday, 20 May, 2008, 19:00
Grand Final
Saturday, 24 May, 2008, 19:00
Second Semi-Final
Thursday, 22 May, 2008, 19:00
Location
Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, Serbia
Host broadcaster
RTS
Presented by
Jovana Janković & Željko Joksimović
Executive Producer
Sandra Šuša
EBU Supervisor
Svante Stockselius

The contest

Number of participants
43
Winner

The show

First Semi-Final
Tuesday, 20 May, 2008, 19:00
Grand Final
Saturday, 24 May, 2008, 19:00
Second Semi-Final
Thursday, 22 May, 2008, 19:00
Location
Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, Serbia
Host broadcaster
RTS
Presented by
Jovana Janković & Željko Joksimović
Executive Producer
Sandra Šuša
EBU Supervisor
Svante Stockselius

For the first time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, two Semi-Finals were held to decide which 25 countries would be represented in the Final. The Final of the contest took place on the 24th of May, just like the first ever Eurovision Song Contest in 1956.

Serbia hosted the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest in the Belgrade Arena. A record 43 countries participated including San Marino and Azerbaijan who made their respective debuts. Austria withdrew and did not return to the competition until 2011. 
France was represented by a major star, Sébastien Tellier, however he failed to impress the voters of Europe and finished in 19th place. Ukraine's Ani Lorak, who was in the running to represent her country in 2005, finished in second place with her song Shady Lady. Charlotte Perrelli (Nilsson), who won the contest in 1999 for Sweden returned to the competition but finished 18th in the Grand Final.

About the winner

Russia had been close to winning the contest several times but Dima Bilan brought it home with his second attempt with the song Believe written by American Jim Beanz and Bilan himself. Dima was accompanied by Russian figure skater and Olympic gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko as well as Hungarian violinist Edvin Marton. 

Facts and figures

  • Ukraine was runner up for the second year running, with third place going to Greece, and 4th to Armenia, it's best result so far. Norway finished in 5th place.
  • Sweden qualified for the Grand Final thanks to the jury vote introduced that year.
  • The slogan for 2008 was Confluence of Sound

The contest

Number of participants
43
Winner

Participants & Results

R/O
Country
Artist
Song
Points
Ranking
01MontenegroStefan FilipovićZauvijek Volim Te2314
02IsraelBoazThe Fire In Your Eyes1045
03EstoniaKreisiraadioLeto Svet818
04MoldovaGeta BurlacuA Century Of Love3612
05San MarinoMiodioComplice519
06BelgiumIshtarO Julissi1617
07AzerbaijanElnur & SamirDay After Day966
08SloveniaRebeka DremeljVrag Naj Vzame3611
09NorwayMariaHold On Be Strong1064
10PolandIsis GeeFor Life4210
11IrelandDustin the TurkeyIrelande Douze Pointe2215
12AndorraGiselaCasanova2216
13Bosnia & HerzegovinaLakaPokušaj729
14ArmeniaSirushoQele, Qele1392
15The NetherlandsHindYour Heart Belongs To Me2713
16FinlandTeräsbetoniMissä Miehet Ratsastaa798
17RomaniaNico & VladPe-o Margine De Lume947
18RussiaDima BilanBelieve1353
19GreeceGreeceKalomiraSecret Combination1561
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