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The Eurovision Song Contest 2008 was the 53rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, which was hosted by Serbia. The semi-finals were held on 20 May and 22 May, and the final was held on 24 May 2008 in the capital, Belgrade. Russia was declared the winner, with Jim Beanz and Dima Bilan's song "Believe" performed by Bilan. The Belgrade Arena, venue for the Contest, is among the largest indoor arenas in Europe, with a total capacity of more than 20,000 seats. Serbia gained the right to host the Contest after Marija Šerifović won the 2007 Contest in Helsinki, Finland. The host broadcaster was RTS.

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Albania
   entered with   
"Zemrën E Lamë Peng" by Olta Boka
17th place. Title means "Hearts Trapped In Time"
Armenia
   entered with   
"Qele Qele" by Sirusho
4th place - 199 points. Qele means come on in Armenian language
Azerbaijan
   entered with   
"Day After Day" by Elnur and Samir
8th place 132. First entry for Azerbaijan ever
Bosnia and Herzegovina
   entered with   
"Pokušaj" by Laka
10th place - 110 points
Croatia
   entered with   
"Romanca" by Kraljevi Ulice and 75 Cents
21st place
Denmark
   entered with   
"All Night Long" by Simon Mathew
15th place
Finland
   entered with   
"Missä Miehet Ratsastaa" by Teräsbetoni
22nd place. Heavy metal song -- Song title means "Where Men Ride"
France
   entered with   
"Divine" by Sébastien Tellier
19th place. The first song ever from France completely sang on English language.
Georgia
   entered with   
"Peace Will Come" by Diana Gurtskaya
11th place. Blind lady with amazing voice.
Germany
   entered with   
"Disappear" by No Angels
23rd place
Greece
   entered with   
"Secret Combination" by Kalomira
3rd place - 218 points
Iceland
   entered with   
"This is My Life" by Euroband
14th place
Israel
   entered with   
"The Fire in Your Eyes" by Boaz
9th place - 124 points
Latvia
   entered with   
"Wolves of the Sea" by Pirates of the Sea
12th place
Norway
   entered with   
"Hold On Be Strong" by Maria Haukaas Storeng
5th place - 182
Poland
   entered with   
"For Life" by Isis Gee
24th place
Portugal
   entered with   
"Senhora Do Mar" by Vânia Fernandes
13th place. The song title means Lady of the Sea
Romania
   entered with   
"Pe-o Margine De Lume" by Nico and Vlad
20th place. Song title means "On an Edge of the World"
Russia
   entered with   
"Believe" by Dima Bilan
Winner of the ESC 2008 with 272 points in the final
Serbia
   entered with   
"Oro" by Jelena Tomašević
6th place - 160 points. Featuring Bora Dugić
Spain
   entered with   
"Baila El Chiki Chiki" by Rodolfo Chikilicuatre
16th place. Seductive and funny dance Chiki chiki
Sweden
   entered with   
"Hero" by Charlotte Perrelli
18th place. Won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1999 with the song "Take Me To Your Heaven"
Turkey
   entered with   
"Deli" by Mor Ve Ötesi
7th place with 138 points
Ukraine
   entered with   
"Shady Lady" by Ani Lorak
2nd place with 230 points
United Kingdom
   entered with   
"Even If" by Andy Abraham
25th place


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