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Eurovision Song Contest 2008 Belgrade, Serbia (Final)
« on: February 18, 2009, 12:41:29 AM »


EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2008 - BELGRADE - THE FINAL 24th MAY 2008

The final took place the Saturday after the 2 semi-finals had taken place.  The finalists were the 10 qualifiers from each semi-final plus defending champions Serbia and the Big 4.  Returning to the Eurovision stage were Dima Bilan & Charlotte Perrelli who'd both successfully negotiated the Semi's on their return (one slightly easier than the other).  Dima was looking to improve on his 2nd place from 2006 whilst Charlotte was hoping to emulate Johnny Logan and become a double winner of the contest.  The Serbian entry was written by former competitor (and host of this contest) Željko Joksimovic.  The voting was predictable in parts and frankly bizarre in other parts (none more so than Bulgaria giving Germany 12 of the 14 points that they received all night - solely because one of the members of German representatives No Angels was Bulgarian).  Spain had a pre-qualifying round hosted online through myspace and it was won convincingly by a bizarre act called Rodolfo Chickiliacuatre who wanted us to dance the "chiki chiki".  France chose renowned musician Sébastien Tellier who appeared onstage in a golf-cart and for the first time ever performed the French entry entirely in English.  The UK once again chose to pick a talent show loser - this time X Factor's Andy Abraham runner-up to Shayne Ward in 2006.  There was a lot of controversy regarding the voting with so many of the top marks being predictable and the winner was clear very early on in the proceedings...not because it was the best song or best performance but because it had the biggest voting diaspora.  Veteran UK commentator Terry Wogan was upset not only with the "friendly voting" but also with the last place achieved by the UK citing "institutionalised racism amongst Eastern European Nations" and that they would never vote for a black man east of Berlin...until it was pointed out to him that the only coloured winner of the contest represented Estonia - very much west of Berlin.  Wogan would later resign as UK commentator after almost 40 years of doing the job.  Dima Bilan became the 5th artist, and the first male, to finish both 1st & 2nd in ESC...the others were Lys Assia, Gigliola Cinquetti, Linda Martin & Elisabeth Andreassen

RESULTS

1. (24) - Russia - Believe - Dima Bilan - 272 pts
2. (18 ) - Ukraine - Shady Lady - Ani Lorak - 230 pts
3. (21) - Greece - Secret Combination - Kalomira - 218 pts
4. (5) - Armenia - Qele Qele - Sirusho - 199 pts
5. (25) - Norway - Hold On, Be Strong - 182 pts
6. (23) - Serbia - Oro - Jelena Tomašević feat. Bora Dugić - 160 pts
7. (12) - Turkey - Deli - Mor ve Ötesi - 138 pts
8. (20) - Azerbaijan - Day After Day - Elnur & Samir - 132 pts
9. (7) - Israel - The Fire In Your Eyes - Boaz Mauda - 124 pts
10. (6) - Bosnia & Herzegovina - Pokusaj - Laka - 110 pts
11. (14) - Latvia - Wolves Of The Sea - Pirates Of The Sea - 83 pts
(17) - Georgia - Peace Will Come - Diana Gurtskaya - 83 pts
13. (13) - Portugal - Senhora do mar - Vânia Fernandes - 69 pts
14. (11) - Iceland - This Is My Life - Euroband - 63 pts
15. (16) - Denmark - All Night Long - Simon Mathew - 60 pts
16. (3) - Albania - Zemrën e lamë peng - Olta Boka - 55 pts
(22) - Spain - Bailar el chiki chiki - Rodolfo Chikiliacuatre - 55 pts
18. (15) - Sweden - Hero - Charlotte Perrelli - 47 pts
(19) - France - Divine - Sébastien Tellier - 47 pts
20. (1) - Romania - Pe-o margine de lume - Nico & Vlad - 45 pts
21. (9) - Croatia - Romanca - Kraljevi Ulice feat 75 Cent - 44 pts
22. (8 ) - Finland - Missä miehet ratsastaa - Teräsbetoni - 35 pts
23. (4) - Germany - Disappear - No Angels - 14 pts
24. (10) - Poland - For Life - Isis Gee - 14 pts
25. (2) - United Kingdom - Even If - Andy Abraham - 14 pts

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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2008 Belgrade, Serbia (Final)
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2009, 12:44:32 AM »
yet another year to tie with Sweden :-*

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Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2008 Belgrade, Serbia (Final)
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2010, 01:55:11 AM »
Ladislav 'Laci' Demeterffy dies aged 78



The guy known as 75 Cent who rapped and played the accordion for the Croatian entry in 2008 has died aged 78.  The exact cause of death is as yet unknown.  He spent the last 2 years of his life in a nursing home - he must have gone in shortly after his appearance in Belgrade.

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