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The show

First Semi-Final
Tuesday, 12 May, 2009, 19:00
Second Semi-Final
Thursday, 14 May, 2009, 19:00
Grand Final
Saturday, 16 May, 2009, 19:00
Location
Olimpiysky Arena, Moscow, Russia
Host broadcaster
C1R
Presented by
Alsou & Ivan Urgant
Executive Producer
Yury Aksyuta
EBU Supervisor
Svante Stockselius
TV Director
Andrey Boltenko

The show

First Semi-Final
Tuesday, 12 May, 2009, 19:00
Second Semi-Final
Thursday, 14 May, 2009, 19:00
Grand Final
Saturday, 16 May, 2009, 19:00
Location
Olimpiysky Arena, Moscow, Russia
Host broadcaster
C1R
Presented by
Alsou & Ivan Urgant
Executive Producer
Yury Aksyuta
EBU Supervisor
Svante Stockselius
TV Director
Andrey Boltenko

For the second time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, two Semi-Finals were held to decide which 25 countries will be represented in the Final. The Final of the contest took place on the 16th of May in the Russian capital of Moscow.

While it had been the Russian broadcaster RTR who had won the contest the year before, it was decided that Channel One Russia would host the competition instead. They organised one of the biggest contests in the history of the event. The stage consisted of 1/3 of the world’s available LED screens at that time. Vladimir Putin, who was Prime Minister of Russia at the time, visited the Olympic Indoor Arena to see the preparations for the Eurovision Song Contest for himself. 
National juries were re-introduced alongside televoting, each accounting for 50% of the result. Georgia's entry was deemed to have broken the rules of the contest and the country chose to withdraw rather than submit a different song. Estonia finished a credible sixth with the song Rändajad, the first song to be performed fully in Estonian since 1998 (their entry in 2004 was performed in a dialect). The United Kingdom scored its best placing since 2002 when Jade Ewen finished in fifth place with the song My Time, written by Dianne Warren and composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

About the winner

There was no stopping the Norwegian violin-playing star, Alexander Rybak and his entry Fairytale. It received a record-breaking 387 points out of a possible 492, the highest total score in Eurovision history at that time.

Facts and figures 

  • For the first time the contest was presented by two different pairs of hosts - one pair in the Semi-Finals and the other pair in the Grand Final. Both Semi-Finals were hosted by the supermodel Natalya Vodyanova and popular TV host Andrey Malakhov. The Grand Final was hosted by the singer (and their 2000 contest participant) Alsou and the TV star Ivan Urgant.
  • Chaira, who achieved two of Malta's best placings second and third, in 2005 and 1998 respectively, returned to the competition but finished in 22nd place in the Grand Final. 

Participants & Results

R/O
Country
Artist
Song
Points
Ranking
01MontenegroAndrea DemirovicJust Get Out of My Life4411
02Czech RepublicGipsy.czAven Romale18
03BelgiumCopycatCopycat117
04BelarusPetr ElfimovEyes That Never Lie2513
05SwedenMalena ErnmanLa Voix1054
06ArmeniaInga & AnushJan Jan995
07AndorraSusanne GeorgiLa Teva Decisió (Get A Life)815
08SwitzerlandLovebugsThe Highest Heights1514
09TurkeyHadiseDüm Tek Tek1722
10IsraelNoa & Mira AwadThere Must Be Another Way757
11BulgariaKrassimir AvramovIllusion716
12IcelandYohannaIs It True?1741
13F.Y.R. MacedoniaNext TimeNeshto Shto Ke Ostane4510
14RomaniaElenaThe Balkan Girls679
15FinlandWaldo's PeopleLose Control4212
16PortugalFlor-de-lisTodas As Ruas Do Amor708
17MaltaChiaraWhat If We866
18Bosnia & HerzegovinaReginaBistra Voda1253
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