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Istanbul 2004

Istanbul 2004

After having successfully hosted the first ever Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final, Istanbul held its breath for the 2004 Final.

Race to the finish

Ten countries qualified from the Semi-Final: Serbia & Montenegro, Ukraine, Greece, Albania, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Malta, Croatia and FYR Macedonia.
Greece sent one of its biggest stars to Istanbul, Sakis Rouvas, who gave an energetic performance of his song Shake It. Similarly Serbia & Montenegro was represented by a singer who was big in the Balkans, Željko Joksimović.

About the winner 

Minutes into the voting it became clear that the winner would come from one of three countries; Ukraine, Greece and Serbia & Montenegro. 
Ukraine's Ruslana won the contest with Wild Dances. She had been on an extensive promotional tour before the contest and became one of Ukraine's best known artists. 

Facts & figures 

  • A DVD of the contest was released for the first time in 2004.
  • The slogan for the 2004 contest was Under The Same Sky
  • During the rehearsals Ruslana broke one of the glass panels of the stage with her whip!

The show

Grand Final
Saturday, 15 May, 2004, 19:00
Semi-Final
Wednesday, 12 May, 2004, 19:00
Location
Abdi Ipekci Sport Center, Istanbul, Turkey
Host broadcaster
TRT
Presented by
Meltem Cumbul & Korhan Abay
EBU Supervisor
Svante Stockselius
TV Director
Sven Stojanovic
Interval Act
Fire of Anatolia

The contest

Number of participants
36
Winner