Norway, represented by Alexander Rybak, won, Saturday night, the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, which took place at Olympisky Arena in Moscow. Elena Gheorghe, Romania’s representative, ranked the 19th, with 40 points. Elena gathered the 40 points, with the song “The Balkan Girls”, from Spain, Macedonia, Turkey, Serbia, Cyprus, Azerbaijan and Moldova, the last one granting the maximum scoring, whereas the remaining participant countries did not grant any scores to Romania’s representative. The song performed by the Norwegian singer, “Fairytale”, won 387 points from the audience. Prior to the final, the latest estimations by journalists and fans were placing Romania on the last position in the final, whereas the representative of France, Patricia Kass, was designated as a winner of this edition of Eurovision. Iceland ranked the second, winning 218 points, and Azerbaijan ranked the third, with 207 points. The representative of Moldova, Nelly Ciobanu, ranked the 14th, with the song “Hora din Moldova”. The participants in the competition were scored by the TV audience, by phone and by text messages, and by a specialist jury from the 42 participating countries in Eurovision. The singer Luminita Anghel, the lyrics producer Corina Despot, composers Andrei Tudor, Andrei Kerestely and Mihai Alexandru, were part of the national jury. The results were announced by presenters of public TV channels, the singer Alina Sorescu presenting the scoring of the Romanian TV audience for those entering into the final. The voting process took 15 minutes, and the starting was given from space, from the team who was in the outer space and who thus participated for the first time in Eurovision contest. The Moscow show, which cost one billion Russian Rubles, or EUR 30 M, was presented by the actor Ivan Urgant, presenter of several successful shows in Russia and by Alsou, the artist who represented Russia in Eurovision 2002 contest, following to which she has gained international recognition working with Enrique Iglesias and John Bon Jovi.
Over 17,000 spectators attended the final round of Eurovision, and the winner of the previous edition of the contest, the Russian Dima Bilan, as well as the Argentinean group Fuerza Bruta and the artists from Cirque du Soleil, who created a fantastic atmosphere. The journalists from media centre of Olympisky Arena also accompanied them and applauded the participants in the contest. The show, organized in Moscow, following last year victory of the singer Dima Bilan with “Believe”, was sold out weeks in advance. The 55th edition of Eurovision shall be organized next year in Norway, the semi-finals rounds being scheduled on May 18 and 20, the final round, on May 22.