49-th Eurovision Song Contest 2004. Turkey, Istanbul, Abdi Ipekçi
Participants and songs.
In 2004, according to new rules, for the first time in histories of the Eurovision 49-th Eurovision Song Contest will pass to two stages during two days - all over again a semifinal, and next day, accordingly, the final.
By new rules, at once to participation in the final are supposed :
- The countries - members of VIS club (Very important Sponsors) - 4 countries (France, Germany, Spain, the Great Britain), brought in the greatest feasible contribution as alive forces and technical equipments (in sense - experts and the equipments), and banknotes in business of construction and development EBU as a whole (not just for Eurovision). For this contribution (and also as a token of a recognition of the last merits) these countries have received the lifelong right every year to participate in competition irrespective of a place occupied the last year.
- The country - the winner of the last competition (in this case - Turkey, the winner of 2003 year).
- The countries so-called (me so-called) the Super League - which have occupied the places at the last competition in first ten after the winner, that is about 2-nd on 11-th. In this case - Belgium, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Poland, Iceland, Romania and Ireland.
- By results of a semifinal 10 more countries which also will take part in struggle for a rank of the winner of 49-th Eurovision Song Contest 2004 will be defined.
The following countries will take part in a semifinal of Contest:
- The countries so-called (besides, me so-called) the Lowest League - not occupied in the last Contest (in this case - in 2003 year) places in first ten. It is Bosnia - Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Israel, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Ukraine.
- The countries which have occupied on before last (in 2002 year) Eurovision Song Contest the latest places, received for it a red card and removed for one year from a field ;-) Year has passed, term of the imposed collecting has expired, the stumbled countries have realized the mistakes, have expiated their fair work for the blessing of all progressive mankind, and now with clear conscience come back in formation :-). It is Denmark, Finland, Former Yugoslavian Republic Macedonia, Lithuania, Switzerland and Monaco.
- The countries - the beginners for the first time participating in Contest - Albania, Andorra, Belarus and Serbia with Montenegro.
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