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The Eurovision Song Contest 2009 was the 54th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place between 12 and 16 May 2009 at the Olympic Indoor Arenamarker in Moscowmarker, Russiamarker.

The contest was won by Norway's Alexander Rybak and his song "Fairytale", which received a record-breaking 387 points, the highest total score in Eurovision history by 95 points. (The highest win to date was Finland with 292 points.) Second place went to Iceland, third to Azerbaijan, fourth to Turkey, and the United Kingdom taking 5th, seeing their best placing since 2002.

After criticism of the voting system after the 2007 Contest, changes in the voting procedure were made with the re-introduction of a national jury alongside televoting while the format of the semi-finals remained the same. Forty-two countries participated in the contest; Slovakia announced that it would return to the contest, while San Marino withdrew due to financial issues. Latvia and Georgia originally announced their intention to withdraw, but it was later stated by the European Broadcasting Unionmarker (EBU) that both countries would indeed participate. However, Georgia later decided to withdraw after the EBU rejected its selected song as being a breach of contest rules.

Venue

The contest was held in Russiamarker following its victory in the 2008 contest in Belgrademarker, Serbiamarker, with Dima Bilan's "Believe". Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Russia, stated that the contest would be held in Moscow.

It was proposed by Channel One that the contest be held in Moscow's Olympic Indoor Arena, and this proposal was evaluated by the European Broadcasting Unionmarker (EBU) and confirmed on 13 September 2008. The Director-General of the venue, Vladimir Churilin, refuted rumours of emergency reconstruction of the building, saying: "It will not be required for the Eurovision Song Contest. We now can take up to 25 thousand spectators."

Visual design

The stage of the contest
Host broadcaster Channel One presented the sub-logo and theme for the 2009 contest on 30 January 2009. The sub-logo is based upon a "Fantasy Bird", which can be used with many colours. As in previous years, the sub-logo was presented alongside the generic logo. 2009 was the first year since 2001 that there was no slogan for the contest.

The stage was designed by New York-based set designer John Casey, and was based around the theme of contemporary Russian avant-garde. Casey, who had previously designed the stage for the Eurovision Song Contest 1997 in Dublin, was also involved in design teams for the 1994 and 1995 contests. He explained that "even before [he] worked with the Russians on the TEFI Awards in Moscow in 1998, [he] was inspired by and drawn to art from the Russian Avant Garde period, especially the constructivists... [He] tried to come up with a theatrical design for the contest that incorporates Russian avant-garde art into a contemporary setting, almost entirely made up of different types of LED screens." Casey explained that together, the various LED shapes form the finished product. Furthermore, large sections of the stage have the ability to move, including the circular central portion of curved LED screens which can be moved to effect and allows for each song to have a different feel.

The postcards (short videos between the acts) were as follows:

  • Miss World 2008, Ksenia Sukhinova appeared;
  • A group of famous buildings, monuments and landscapes from the corresponding country were shown, similar to 3-D pages of a book;
  • Sukhinova reappeared wearing a hat comprising the above (as well as a different hairstyle each time) and a T-shirt with the colours of the country's flag. On the right the ESC 2009 logo appeared with the name of the country;
  • Finally a phrase in transliterated Russian and its English translation were shown (e.g. Spasibo and Thank You).


Participating countries

Following the release of the final participants list by the EBU, 42 countries confirmed their participation in the 2009 contest, including Slovakia, which returned to the contest after 11 years.

Georgia originally announced that it was to withdraw from the contest due to the 2008 South Ossetia war in protest of the foreign policies of Russia, but later decided to return to the contest, inspired by its win at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008, as well as Russia's 12 points to it in the same contest. The country eventually withdrew from the contest due to its entry being deemed to contain political references.

Rumours arose surrounding the participation and return of San Marino and Monaco. Télé Monte Carlo (TMC), the Monegasque broadcaster, confirmed that there were talks with the EBU over a Monegasque return to the 2009 contest. At the same time, rumours spread that San Marino's broadcaster, Radiotelevisione della Repubblica di San Marino (SMRTV), would withdraw from the contest due to poor placing at the 2008 contest. In the end, after originally confirming their intent to participate in Moscow, SMRTV was forced to withdraw from the event due to financial difficulties that prevented a second entry.

Very hopeful to reach the final, which they did, were Estoniamarker with "Rändajad" by Urban Symphony. The former success story of Eurovision, Estoniamarker, had been unsuccessful ever since the semi final system got introduced in 2004.

The Latvian broadcaster, Latvijas Televīzija (LTV), had reportedly withdrawn from the 2009 contest on 17 December 2008, three days after the final participation deadline. This came about due to budget cuts of over 2 million lati (2.8 million euros) from the LTV budget, hindering their ability to pay the participation fee. LTV confirmed that they had informed the EBU of their intent to withdraw based solely on financial difficulties. LTV then went into discussions with the EBU in an attempt to find a solution that would keep the country in the Contest. On 20 December 2008, LTV announced that it would be withdrawing from the contest, and that both the EBU and Channel One had agreed not to force a financial penalty on the late withdrawal of the broadcaster from the 2009 contest. LTV also announced its intent to be at the 2010 contest. However, on 12 January 2009, it was announced that Latvia would participate in the 2009 contest.

Each country chose its entry for the contest through its own selection process. Some countries selected their entry through an internal selection, where the representing network chose both the song and artist, while others held national finals where the public chose the song, the artist, or both. By the completion of the 2009 selection processes, two countries had chosen artists who had previously participated in the contest. Returning artists included Chiara, who represented Maltamarker in 1998 and 2005, and Sakis Rouvas, who represented Greecemarker in 2004. Friðrik Ómar, part of the Euroband duo in 2008, was part of the choir in Iceland's entry.

Format

The contest final took place on 16 May 2009 at the Olympic Indoor Arenamarker in Moscowmarker, Russiamarker with two semi-finals preceding it on 12 and 14 May. Thirty-seven countries participated in one of the two semi-finals of the contest, with the "Big Four" countries (France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom) and the host pre-qualified for the final. In addition to those pre-qualified, the final also included the ten selected countries from each semi-final, making a total of twenty-five participants.

A discussion on changes to the format of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest had taken place at a EBU meeting in Athensmarker, Greecemarker in June 2008 where a proposal was made that could have resulted in the "Big Four" losing their automatic place in the final of the contest. However, it was confirmed that the "Big Four" countries would continue to automatically qualify for the final at the 2009 contest.

Voting

In response to some broadcasters' continued complaints about politically charged, neighbourly and diaspora voting, the EBU evaluated the voting procedure used in the contest, with the possibility of a change in the voting system for 2009. Contest organisers sent a questionnaire regarding the voting system to participating broadcasters, and a reference group incorporated the responses into their suggestions for next year's format. Telewizja Polska , the Polish broadcaster, suggested that an international jury similar to the one used in the 2008 Eurovision Dance Contest be introduced in the Eurovision Song Contest to lessen the impact of neighbourly voting and place more emphasis on the artistic value of the song. A jury would lead to less political and diaspora voting as the jury members, mandated to be music industry experts, would also have a say in addition to "random members of the public".
It was decided that for the contest final, each country's votes would be decided by a combination of 50% televoting results and 50% national jury. The method of selecting the semi-final qualifiers remained the same for the most part, with nine countries, instead of the ten as in years past, qualifying from each semi-final based on the televoting results. For the tenth qualifier from each semi-final, the highest placed country on the back-up jury scoreboard that had not already qualified, was chosen for the final. At the final, each country combined their 1-12 points from the televote with their 1-12 jury points to create their "national scorecard". The country with the most points received 12 points, the second placed country received 10 points and so on. If a tie arose, the song with the higher televote position was given the advantage and the higher point value. National juries were originally phased out of the contest beginning in 1997, with televoting becoming mandatory for nearly all participants since 2003.

Edgar Böhm, director of entertainment for Austria's public broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk , has stated that the 2008 format with two semi-finals "still incorporates a mix of countries who will be politically favoured in the voting process," and "that, unless a clear guideline as to how the semifinals are organised is made by the EBU, Austria will not be taking part in Moscow 2009." Despite the inclusion of jury voting in the final, Austria did not return to the contest in 2009.

Pot allocations

On Friday 30 January 2009, the draw to decide which countries would appear in either the first or second semi-final took place. Participating countries were separated into six pots as determined by voting patterns in previous contests. A draw then took place from the six pots to determine which countries would participate in the first semi-final or second semi-final. It was also determined that Germany and the United Kingdom would vote in the first semi-final, while France, Russia and Spain would vote in the second semi-final. The draw for the running order of the semi-finals, finals, and the order of voting, occurred on 16 March 2009.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3
Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6


Results

Semi-final countries

Thirty-seven countries participated in one of the two semi-finals of the contest. The semi-final allocation draw took place on 30 January 2009, while the draw for the running order was held on 16 March 2009.

Semi-final 1

  • The first semi final took place in Moscow on 12 May.
  • The United Kingdom and Germany voted in this semi-final.
  • Flax denotes the entry chosen by the jury to go to the final.


Draw Country Language Artist Song English translation Place Points
01 English Andrea Demirović "Just Get Out of My Life" 11 44
02 English, Romani Gipsy.cz "Aven Romale" Come in gypsies 18 0
03 English Patrick Ouchène "Copycat" 17 1
04 English Petr Elfimov "Eyes That Never Lie" 13 25
05 English, French Malena Ernman "La voix" The voice 4 105
06 English, Armenian Inga and Anush "Jan Jan" (Ջան Ջան) My dear 5 99
07 English, Catalan Susanne Georgi "La teva decisió " Your decision 15 8
08 English Lovebugs "The Highest Heights" 14 15
09 English Hadise "Düm Tek Tek" [A] 2 172
10 English, Hebrew, Arabic Noa and Mira Awad "There Must Be Another Way" 7 75
11 English Krassimir Avramov "Illusion" 16 7
12 English Yohanna "Is It True?" 1 174
13 Macedonian Next Time "Neshto shto ke ostane"
(Нешто што ќе остане)
Something that will remain 10 45
14 English Elena "The Balkan Girls" 9 67
15 English Waldo's People "Lose Control" 12 42
16 Portuguese Flor-de-Lis "Todas as ruas do amor" All the streets of love 8 70
17 English Chiara "What If We" 6 86
18 Bosnian Regina "Bistra voda" Clear water 3 125




Semi-final 2

  • The second semi final took place in Moscow on 14 May.
  • France and Russia voted in this semi-final. Spain was also scheduled to televote in this semi-final, but due to scheduling errors at TVE, the semi-final was aired late and Spanish viewers were not able to vote, so the Spanish jury's vote was used instead.
  • Flax denotes the entry chosen by the jury to go to the final.


Draw Country Language Artist Song English translation Place Points
01 Croatian Igor Cukrov feat. Andrea "Lijepa Tena" Beautiful Tena 13 33
02 English Sinéad Mulvey and Black Daisy "Et Cetera" 11 52
03 Russian Intars Busulis "Probka" (Пробка) Traffic jam 19 7
04 Serbian Marko Kon and Milaan "Cipela" (Ципела) Shoe 10 60
05 English Lidia Kopania "I Don't Wanna Leave" 12 43
06 English Alexander Rybak "Fairytale" 1 201
07 English Christina Metaxa "Firefly" 14 32
08 Slovak Kamil Mikulčík and Nela "Leť tmou" Fly through the darkness 18 8
09 English Niels Brinck "Believe Again" 8 69
10 English, Slovene Quartissimo feat. Martina "Love Symphony" 16 14
11 English Zoli Ádok "Dance with Me" 15 16
12 English AySel and Arash "Always" 2 180
13 English Sakis Rouvas "This Is Our Night" 4 110
14 English, Russian Sasha Son "Love" 9 66
15 Romanian, English Nelly Ciobanu "Hora din Moldova" Dance from Moldova 5 106
16 English Kejsi Tola "Carry Me in Your Dreams" 7 73
17 English Svetlana Loboda "Be My Valentine" 6 80
18 Estonian Urban Symphony "Rändajad" Nomads 3 115
19 English The Toppers "Shine" 17 11




Final

The finalists were:
  • The "Big Four" (France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom).
  • The host country, Russia.
  • The top nine countries from the first semi-final plus one wildcard from the juries.
  • The top nine countries from the second semi-final plus one wildcard from the juries.


The final took place in Moscow on 16 May at 23:00 MST (19:00 UTC) and was won by Norway.

Draw Country Language Artist Song English translation Place Points
01 English, Russian Sasha Son "Love" 23 23
02 English, Hebrew, Arabic Noa and Mira Awad "There Must Be Another Way" 16 53
03 French Patricia Kaas "Et s'il fallait le faire" And if it had to be done 8 107
04 English, French Malena Ernman "La voix" The voice 21 33
05 Croatian Igor Cukrov feat. Andrea "Lijepa Tena" Beautiful Tena 18 45
06 Portuguese Flor-de-Lis "Todas as ruas do amor" All the streets of love 15 57
07 English Yohanna "Is It True?" 2 218
08 English Sakis Rouvas "This Is Our Night" 7 120
09 English, Armenian Inga and Anush "Jan Jan" (Ջան Ջան) My dear 10 92
10 Russian, Ukrainian Anastasiya Prikhodko "Mamo" (Мамо) Mother 11 91
11 English AySel and Arash "Always" 3 207
12 Bosnian Regina "Bistra voda" Clear water 9 106
13 Romanian, English Nelly Ciobanu "Hora din Moldova" Dance from Moldova 14 69
14 English Chiara "What If We" 22 31
15 Estonian Urban Symphony "Rändajad" Nomads 6 129
16 English Niels Brinck "Believe Again" 13 74
17 English Alex Swings Oscar Sings! "Miss Kiss Kiss Bang" 20 35
18 English Hadise "Düm Tek Tek" [A] 4 177
19 English Kejsi Tola "Carry Me in Your Dreams" 17 48
20 English Alexander Rybak "Fairytale" 1 387
21 English Svetlana Loboda "Be My Valentine" 12 76
22 English Elena "The Balkan Girls" 19 40
23 English Jade Ewen "It's My Time" 5 173
24 English Waldo's People "Lose Control" 25 22
25 Spanish, English Soraya Arnelas "La noche es para mí" The night is for me 24 23


Voting during the final

Countries revealed their votes in the following order:





    1. [B]

      Scoreboards

      In this year's Eurovision Song Contest there were a few glitches out of the 84 total televote counts from the two semi finals and Grand final.

      Semi-final 1

      • No problems were reported in the first Eurovision Song Contest semi-final.


      Televoting Results
      Montenegro 44 0 0 3 0 5 1 2 5 1 0 0 8 0 0 1 6 10 2 0
      Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      Belgium 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      Belarus 25 2 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 4 1 1 6 0 4 0 1 0 0 0
      Sweden 105 0 6 4 7 8 7 4 4 7 0 10 3 4 10 8 8 4 4 7
      Armenia 99 4 12 10 10 5 0 1 10 10 8 2 2 8 1 0 0 1 10 5
      Andorra 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 0 0
      Switzerland 15 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 2 0 0
      Turkey 172 8 5 12 6 7 10 5 12 6 12 7 12 12 7 5 10 12 12 12
      Israel 75 5 4 3 4 6 7 8 5 3 4 6 1 3 6 0 4 0 5 1
      Bulgaria 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      Iceland 174 7 10 7 12 12 12 10 7 8 12 6 4 10 12 12 12 7 6 8
      Macedonia 45 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 0 10 0 2 0 0 0 8 0 0
      Romania 67 6 0 2 1 0 2 4 0 7 8 5 4 7 0 10 2 6 1 2
      Finland 42 3 0 1 0 10 0 3 0 0 0 0 12 0 1 3 5 0 0 4
      Portugal 70 0 2 6 0 3 0 12 10 0 2 2 8 0 7 2 0 3 7 6
      Malta 86 1 7 8 8 4 3 6 3 0 5 3 5 0 6 3 6 5 3 10
      Bosnia and Herzegovina 125 12 8 5 5 8 6 0 8 12 3 7 3 10 5 8 7 7 8 3


      Semi-final 2

      • In the second semi final, Spain's and Albania's delays in broadcasting the show meant that their results were provided by the back-up juries.


      Voting procedure used:

      Orange: Televote.

      Blue: Jury Vote Only.
      Televoting Results
      Croatia 33 0 0 12 0 0 2 0 0 10 1 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 3 0
      Ireland 52 1 5 3 3 4 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 7 2 7 0 4 3 1 0 0
      Latvia 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
      Serbia 60 12 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 12 2 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 6 12 0 5
      Poland 43 0 10 0 0 3 0 3 3 0 0 1 1 3 1 6 6 0 2 4 0 0
      Norway 201 8 8 10 8 10 8 10 12 8 10 12 8 12 10 8 10 12 12 3 10 12
      Cyprus 32 0 2 1 2 0 0 1 7 0 0 0 12 1 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0
      Slovakia 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 1 0
      Denmark 69 2 7 3 0 1 12 3 0 5 3 2 2 5 0 5 0 8 7 0 0 4
      Slovenia 14 7 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
      Hungary 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 8 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3
      Azerbaijan 180 6 6 8 6 12 6 10 12 8 6 12 7 10 12 0 12 10 8 10 12 7
      Greece 110 3 0 4 10 2 1 12 5 2 4 6 4 4 6 12 4 5 10 6 4 6
      Lithuania 66 0 12 7 0 4 7 1 0 5 0 0 6 0 4 0 5 7 0 2 5 1
      Moldova 106 5 5 2 7 5 10 7 7 0 3 5 7 6 0 0 8 2 4 7 8 8
      Albania 73 10 0 0 0 6 5 0 4 6 7 4 5 10 0 5 3 0 1 5 2 0
      Ukraine 80 0 3 6 1 7 0 6 6 0 0 8 10 3 2 8 0 3 0 0 7 10
      Estonia 115 4 4 12 4 8 8 5 8 4 1 7 3 4 8 7 0 7 5 8 6 2
      Netherlands 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0


      Final

      • In the Grand Final, SMS voting was the only method used to provide the Hungarian public voting scores as the televotes could not be counted due to a technical problem.
      • Norway's jury vote was used because a technical mistake by the local telephone operator rendered the televotes and SMS texts unusable.


      Voting procedure used:

      Orange: Jury & Televote.

      Green: SMS & Jury Vote Only.

      Blue: Jury Vote Only.
      Televoting Results
      Lithuania 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      Israel 53 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 4 8 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0
      France 107 6 5 0 0 0 6 6 6 10 0 6 0 0 0 2 3 0 2 1 3 0 1 4 3 1 0 1 7 3 7 0 0 3 5 3 0 0 0 7 0 6
      Sweden 33 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 4 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      Croatia 45 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 5 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 5 0 0 0 6 0 0
      Portugal 57 0 0 7 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 7 6 0 6 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
      Iceland 218 8 10 0 10 2 8 4 5 3 0 0 3 12 8 10 7 2 6 12 0 10 8 10 0 5 2 0 2 8 5 5 2 12 8 0 1 5 6 5 7 7
      Greece 120 0 0 0 2 7 0 0 10 4 0 5 0 7 0 0 6 0 12 0 0 8 5 0 1 2 0 5 5 0 2 12 0 0 0 6 0 12 0 4 4 1
      Armenia 92 0 8 6 3 0 4 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 2 7 0 1 4 0 12 7 1 0 0 6 1 0 0 0 2 4 3 0 0 5
      Russia 91 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 6 0 6 0 10 0 5 4 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
      Azerbaijan 207 5 6 1 8 10 0 0 8 1 7 3 10 1 7 8 0 12 4 10 10 4 3 2 0 6 10 3 10 0 0 8 3 0 4 4 6 8 4 1 10 10
      Bosnia and Herzegovina 106 0 0 0 5 12 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 8 5 0 0 0 0 6 0 12 0 0 0 0 4 4 10 0 0 12 0 0 8 10 0 4
      Moldova 69 0 1 0 0 3 12 0 0 2 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 3 7 12 0 0 5 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
      Malta 31 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 3 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
      Estonia 129 10 0 0 7 6 0 10 5 0 8 4 0 7 0 5 1 0 0 0 4 1 0 12 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 6 10 0 8 3 12 0 6 0
      Denmark 74 2 0 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 6 0 0 0 0 8 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 4 3 1 7 6 0 8 3 0
      Germany 35 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 1 3 6 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
      Turkey 177 0 3 12 6 1 3 0 3 4 0 12 7 0 5 0 6 10 10 7 0 6 12 5 2 3 1 12 0 0 12 10 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 8
      Albania 48 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 6 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
      Norway 387 12 12 8 12 8 5 12 10 8 12 8 10 8 8 12 12 12 3 7 12 5 10 8 12 10 3 10 12 10 8 2 8 8 12 10 12 10 10 12 12 12
      Ukraine 76 4 2 0 0 0 6 0 0 3 2 10 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 2 0 6 0 5 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 1 0 8 0
      Romania 40 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 12 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
      United Kingdom 173 3 4 4 0 4 10 0 12 7 6 0 4 1 10 0 3 8 0 8 2 6 0 0 10 0 6 0 3 4 0 7 6 10 2 8 4 7 7 3 1 3
      Finland 22 0 0 0 4 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      Spain 23 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      The table is ordered by appearance in the final, then by appearance in the semi-finals.


      12 points

      Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the final:
      N. Recipient nation Voting nation(s)
      16 Norwaymarker Belarusmarker, Denmarkmarker, Estoniamarker, Germanymarker, Hungarymarker, Icelandmarker, Israelmarker, Latviamarker, Lithuaniamarker, Netherlandsmarker, Polandmarker, Russiamarker, Sloveniamarker, Spainmarker, Swedenmarker, Ukrainemarker
      6 Turkeymarker Azerbaijanmarker, Belgiummarker, Francemarker, Macedoniamarker, Switzerlandmarker, United Kingdommarker
      3 Bosnia and Herzegovinamarker Croatiamarker, Montenegromarker, Serbiamarker
      Greecemarker Albaniamarker, Bulgariamarker, Cyprusmarker
      Icelandmarker Irelandmarker, Maltamarker, Norwaymarker
      2 Estoniamarker Finlandmarker, Slovakiamarker
      Moldovamarker Portugalmarker, Romaniamarker
      1 Armeniamarker Czech Republicmarker
      Azerbaijanmarker Turkeymarker
      Croatiamarker Bosnia and Herzegovinamarker
      Romaniamarker Moldovamarker
      Russiamarker Armeniamarker
      Spainmarker Andorramarker
      United Kingdommarker Greecemarker


      Returning artists

      Artist Country Previous year(s)
      Chiara Malta 1998, 2005
      Sakis Rouvas Greece 2004


      Commentators

      Commentators for participating countries

      The commentators of the 42 participating countries are as follows:
      Country SF1 / SF2 / Final Commentator(s)
      All Leon Menkshi
      All Meri Picart
      - -
      - -
      Semi-Finals Leyla Quliyeva
      AySel (SF1 guest)
      Final Leyla Quliyeva
      Isa Melikov
      - -
      - -
      All Anja Daems
      André Vermeulen (VRT & Radio 2)
      - -
      - -
      - -
      - -
      All Duško Ćurlić
      - -
      All Nathan Morley (CyBC Radio 2)
      - -
      All Jan Rejžek
      - -
      - -
      - -
      - -
      - -
      All Jaana Pelkonen
      Mikko Peltola
      Asko Murtomäki (Finnish)
      Tobias Larsson (Swedish)
      SF2 Peggy Olmi
      Yann Renoard
      Final Julien Courbet
      Cyril Hanouna
      All Tim Frühling
      All Maggira Sisters
      All Gábor Gundel-Takács
      - -
      - -
      All Marty Whelan
      - -
      - -
      All Kārlis Streips
      All Darius Užkuraitis
      - -
      - -
      All Valerie Vella
      - -
      - -
      - -
      - -
      All Cornald Maas
      All Synnøve Svabø
      SF2 & Final Artur Orzech
      All Hélder Reis
      All Ioana Isopescu
      Alexandru Nagy
      All Yana Churikova
      Semi-Finals Alexey Manuylov
      Final Philipp Kirkorov
      SF1 -
      SF2 & Final Duška Vučinić - Lučić
      All Roman Bomboš
      All Andrej Hofer
      All Joaquín Guzmán
      SF1 Arash (guest)
      All Shirley Clamp
      Edward af Sillén
      - -
      - -
      All Bülend Özveren
      - -
      - -
      Semi-Finals Paddy O'Connell
      Sarah Cawood
      Final Graham Norton (BBC One)
      Ken Bruce (BBC Radio 2)


      Commentators for non-participating countries

      The commentators of the non-participating countries are:
      Country SF1/SF2/Final Commentator(s)
      Australia All Julia Zemiro
      Sam Pang
      New Zealand -
      -


      Broadcasting

      : Although Australia is not eligible to enter, the contest was broadcast on Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) as in previous years. The first semi-final was broadcast on Friday 15 May 2009, the second semi-final on Saturday 16 May 2009, and the final on Sunday 17 May 2009, with all shows broadcast at 19:30 local time (09:30 UTC). This year, instead of airing the United Kingdommarker's commentary, the broadcaster sent its own commentators, Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang. They also anchored a number of behind the scenes and interview pieces, which were inserted during assigned the various broadcasts. In recent years the contest has been one of SBS's highest-rating programmes in terms of viewer numbers. The contest rated well for SBS with 482,000 viewers tuning in for the final, with 414,000 for the second semi-final and 276,000 for the first semi-final.


      SBS also broadcast the Junior Eurovision and Eurovision Dance Contests for 2008 in the lead-up to the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. The Eurovision Dance Contest 2008 was broadcast on SBS on Wednesday 6 May 2009 at 13:00 local time (03:00 UTC), while the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008 was broadcast on Wednesday 13 May at 13:00 local time (03:00 UTC). SBS also broadcast the EBU produced Eurovision Countdown shows on 13, 14 and 15 May 2009 at 17:30 local time (07:30 UTC) before the semi-finals and final.


      : Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF) confirmed that, despite having no Austrian entry in the competition, they would broadcast the Contest on television. Both semi-finals were broadcast on ORF on a time delay, beginning past midnight CET. A song presentation show was broadcast on the night of the final, before broadcasting live the voting in the final. The entire Eurovision final was broadcast later that night. In all three shows the commentator was Hitradio Ö3 radio presenter Benny Hörtnagl.


      : Although New Zealand was not eligible to enter, the final of the contest was broadcast on Triangle TV's satellite channel STRATOS on 17 May 2009. They also did a compilation of the two 2008 semi-finals on 3 May 2009 and the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 final on 10 May 2009. This will be the first time in 30 years that the contest has been broadcast in New Zealand. The 2009 final was broadcast in local prime time, about 10 hours after the show has finished in Moscow.


      A commentated live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest was available worldwide via satellite by broadcaster streams such as Croatia's HRT Sat, Macedonia's MKTV Sat, Serbia's RTS Sat. Additionally, the [http


      Controversies and incidents

      The 2009 contest experienced several controversies and incidents during its lead-up, including the interpretation of over Georgia's entry as an attack against the Russian prime minister, conflicts between Armenia and Azerbaijan stemming from the inclusion of a monument in a disputed region to represent Armenia in a video introduction, Spain's broadcaster showing a semi-final on tape delay after a scheduling conflict, and protests over Russia's treatment of LGBT peoples to coincide with the contest.

      Armenia–Azerbaijan

      Armeniamarker and Azerbaijanmarker experienced several conflicts during the 2009 contest, mostly stemming from the depiction of a monument called We Are Our Mountains, located in Nagorno-Karabakh, a region which is de jure part of Azerbaijan, in the opening "postcard" leading into the Armenian performance. In August 2009, a number of Azerbaijanis who had voted for Armenia's entry during the 2009 Contest were summoned for questioning at the Ministry of National Security in Bakumarker, during which they were accused of being "unpatriotic" and "a potential security threat". This incident initiated an EBU investigation that resulted in a change to the Eurovision rules to allow a country's participating broadcaster to be liable "for any disclosure of information which could be used to identify voters".

      Broadcast delays in Spain

      Due to its commitments to broadcast the Madrid Open tennis tournament, Spain's public broadcaster Televisión Española (TVE) broadcast the second semi-final on a tape delay on its second channel TVE2 approximately 66 minutes after the show began in Moscow, and used a backup jury rather than televoting to decide its votes. Due to another conflict of interest, Spain had already switched to broadcast the second semi-final rather than the first, which also led to criticisms from the delegations of Andorra and Portugal, which stated that they would have experienced an advantage from a Spanish vote due to their similar cultural backgrounds.

      The day after the semifinal, El Mundo speculated that the delay may had been done on purpose in order to prevent Spain from winning and hosting the contest, speculating that RTVE would not be prepared to host the contest if Spain were to win. A statement in ABC had cited technical difficulties for the delay.

      After the semi-finals, the EBU announced that Spain would face sanctions for their actions during the lead-up to the 2010 contest, and that Spain's participation in Moscow would not be affected. During the finals, the Spanish entry did not perform well, finishing tied for second-last place with Lithuania, both one point ahead of Finland, who finished last with 22 points.

      Georgia: "We Don't Wanna Put In"

      After being placed to compete in the first semi-final on 12 May, a national final was held in Georgia to select its entry. The selected entry, Stefane & 3G with "We Don't Wanna Put In" gained coverage and controversy due to perceived political connotations within its lyrics relating to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The EBU rejected the song due to these political connotations, calling it a clear breach of the contest's rules. The EBU then asked the Georgian broadcaster Georgian Public Broadcasting (GPB) on 10 March to change either the lyrics of the song, or to select a new song to compete for the country. GPB refused to change the lyrics or the song, claiming that the song contained no political references, and that the rejection by the EBU was due to political pressure from Russia. As such, GPB withdrew Georgia from the contest on 11 March. The EBU never made a comment on the country's withdrawal, and it is unknown how Georgia's withdrawal may affect its future participation. On 11 May the band admitted the political content of the song and their intention was just to embarrass Putin in Moscow. They also claim that the EBU banned their message from the competition.

      LGBT protests

      Russian gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseev used the Contest's presence in Russia as a platform for promoting the country's position on the rights of LGBT people, countering Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov's view that homosexuality is "satanic". Alekseev announced that the 2009 edition of Moscow Pride, the city's annual gay pride parade, would coincide with the finals on 16 May, the day before the International Day Against Homophobia. The parade was also renamed "Slavic Pride", to promote gay rights and culture across the entire Slavic region of Europe. The parade was denied authorisation by Moscow officials on the basis that it would "destroy morals in society" and statements were issued stating that protesters would be treated "toughly", and that "tough measures" would be faced by anyone joining the march.

      The rally was broken up by Moscow police, and 20 protesters were arrested including Nikolai Alekseev and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who exclaimed that "this shows the Russian people are not free" as he was taken away by police. Sweden's representative Malena Ernman supported the cause saying that she is not homosexual herself but would be proud to call herself gay to support her fans, stating that she was sad that the Moscow government would not allow a "tribute to love" to occur. The winner of the contest, Norway's Alexander Rybak, also referred to the controversy in an interview when he called the Eurovision Song Contest itself the "biggest gay parade".

      Notes

      • A ^ "Düm Tek Tek" is onomatopoeic for the sound generated by a drum; with "boom bang bang" being an English equivalent. Graham Norton, the commentator for the BBC broadcast of the contest said that "Düm Tek Tek" also meant "With Every Heartbeat".
      • B ^ Norway was originally scheduled to announce its votes as the 17th country, but instead voted 42nd (last). This was due to a technical error, and only the jury's votes were appointed.


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