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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
Official partnerVisa
Official partnerJacobs
Official lighting partnerOsram
Official sponsorLvivske
Official partnerThe Native
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