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Best of National Finals 2008

2008′s edition was the fourth I did during after doing both 2005 and 2007 the year before; it was held the spring of 2008, between April and May, as explained in the rules here. 43 countries took part in the 2008 Eurovisiong Song Contest. 36 of them used some sort of national finals in which 578 songs were performed. I wrote down a list of 100 songs I liked and then came up with these top 30:

Albania | “Kjo botë merr frymë nga dashuria” Manjola Nallbani
Albania | “Përjetësisht” Rovena Dilo
Albania | “Po lind një yll” Rosela Gjylbegu
Albania | “S’ka fajtor në dashuri” Jonida Maliqi
Bosnia & Herzegovina | “Pokušaj” Laka
Bulgaria | “Nai-krasivoto litse” Misha Iliev
Croatia | “Kakav tuzan kraj” Ivana Radovniković
Czech Republic | “Jozef, moi kochany” Čechomor
Denmark | “Underneath the moon” Camille Rommedahl & Ulrik Hansen
Estonia | “Ice-cold story” Iiris Vesik
Estonia | “Real big money” SKA Faktor
Finland | “Missä miehet ratsastaa” Teräsbetoni
Finland | “Pleasure Crumbland
France | “Divine” Sébastien Tellier
Hungary | “Piszkos tanc” Adrienn Szekeres
Iceland | “Friður á þessari jörð” Sigurður Þór Óskarsson
Iceland | “Fullkomið líf” Eurobandið
Israel | “Masa haiyai” Boaz Mauda
Latvia | “Fly to the moon” Janis Moisejs
Romania | “Dr. Frankenstein” LaGaylia Frazier
Romania | “La Storia della pioggia” Innesa & Millenium
Romania | “Run away” Catalin Josan
Russia | “Sny” Tamila Bloggy
San Marino | “Miodio” Complice
Serbia | “Oro” Jelena Tomasević
Sweden | “Hallelujah new world” Eskobar
Sweden | “Hero” Charlotte Perelli
Sweden | “Lay your love on me” Bodies Without Organs
Sweden | “Lullaby” Brandur
Turkey | “Deli Mor ve Ötesi

Semifinal

My friends recieved the mp3 of these 30 songs and they have graded each of them with a 1 (awful) through 5 (great) system. For the first time, I saved the full results of the semifinal because four songs were tied at 36pts between 17th and 14th: only two of them could go through and the ones with the most 5pts could qualify. And so we have from 30th to 16th:

30  San Marino | “Miodio” Complice
29 Estonia | “Real big money” SKA Faktor
28 Latvia | “Fly to the moon” Janis Moisejs
27 Albania | “Kjo botë merr frymë nga dashuria” Manjola Nallbani
26 Denmark | “Underneath the moon” Camille Rommedahl & Ulrik Hansen
25 Sweden | “Lullaby” Brandur
24  Sweden | “Hallelujah new world” Eskobar
23 Croatia | “Kakav tuzan kraj” Ivana Radovniković
22  Romania | “La Storia della pioggia” Innesa & Millenium
21 Finland | “Pleasure Crumbland
20 France | “Divine” Sébastien Tellier
19 Albania | “Po lind një yll” Rosela Gjylbegu
18 Russia | “Sny” Tamila Bloggy
17 Romania | “Run away” Catalin Josan
16  Estonia | “Ice-cold story” Iiris Vesik

Final

So now that I had all 15 finalists, I used a computer “random playlist” to get the running order for the final:

01 - Sweden - Bodies Without Organs - Lay Your Love On Me 101
Sweden
“Lay your love on me”
Bodies Without Organs

02 - Iceland - Ali Mobli, Harold Burr, Hildur Guðný Þórhallsdóttir, Sigurður Þór Óskarsson & Soffía Karlsdóttir - Friður á þessari jörð 102
Iceland
“Friður á þessari jörð”
Sigurður Þór Óskarsson

03 - Hungary - Adrienn Szekeres - Piszkos Tanc 103
Hungary
“Piszkos tanc”
Adrienn Szekeres

04 - Turkey - Mor ve Ötesi - Deli 104
Turkey
“Deli
Mor ve Ötesi

05 - Romania - LaGaylia Frazier - Dr. Frankenstein 105
Romania
“Dr. Frankenstein”
LaGaylia Frazier

06 - Israel - Boaz Mauda - Masa Haiyai 106
Israel
“Masa haiyai”
Boaz Mauda

07 - Finland - Teräsbetoni - Missä miehet ratsastaa 107
Finland
“Missä miehet ratsastaa”
Teräsbetoni

08 - Serbia - Jelena Tomasevic - Oro 108
Serbia
“Oro”
Jelena Tomasević

09 - Iceland - Eurobandið - Fullkomið líf 109
Iceland
“Fullkomið líf” Eurobandið
Sigurður Þór Óskarsson

10 - Bosnia & Herzegovina - lvir Laković - Pokušaj 110
Bosnia & Herzegovina
“Pokušaj”
Laka

11 - Albania - Jonida Maliqi - S'ka Fajtor Në Dashuri 111
Albania
“S’ka fajtor në dashuri”
Jonida Maliqi

12 - Czech Republic - Čechomor - Jozef, Moi Kochany 112
Czech Republic
“Jozef, moi kochany”
Čechomor

13 - Bulgaria - Misha Iliev - Nai-krasivoto Litse 113
Bulgaria
“Nai-krasivoto litse”
Misha Iliev

14 - Albania - Rovena Dilo - Përjetësisht 114
Albania
“Përjetësisht”
Rovena Dilo

15 - Sweden - Charlotte Perelli - Hero 115
Sweden
“Hero”
Charlotte Perrelli

Results

2008If you don’t remember those songs, you can check BoNF’s youtube page or this recap video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmXX6Cbqumw

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