Ukraine placed second with Ani Lorak and the song "Shady Lady," and Greece was third with Kalomira's song "Secret Combination." The 2007 winners and hosts Serbia were sixth with Jelena Tomasevic's song "Oro." Belgrade, which hosted the largest-ever Eurovision Song Contest of 43 nations, was praised for flawless organization, both in the packed, 16,000-seat arena and in central Belgrade, where thousands of people watched the contest on a huge video screen.
Russia reportedly invested 10 million euros (.7 million) in Bilan's shot at winning.
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Points are awarded to the performers by television viewers, who vote by telephone or text message. The Eurovision Song Contest has been held annually for 53 years.
It is watched by more than 100 million people worldwide.
The video was shot in the city that will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
German Eurovision TV commentator Peter Urban suggested, as he has in the past, that it might be time to again revise the voting procedure to hinder countries from handing their points to their neighbors.
It’s cozy here, the history is embracing and somehow very special.” What do you think of the new video?
Russian singer Dima Bilan won the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest late Saturday, May 24, in Belgrade with the song "Believe" in the first triumph for Russia in more than half a century of the competition.
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