Eurovision 2008

From my friend in Belgrade… thanks, Petar, for the pictures and narrative!


Serbian Pride at Eurovision 2008

Russia’s Dima Bilan won the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest held in Belgrade. Maria Serifovic, last year’s winner from Serbia, handed him the flowers. Next year, Moscow will host the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time ever. An unusual thing is that Bilan sang barefoot and (almost) shirtless. In Russia, he has already become a national hero.

Dimi Bilan, 2008 Eurovision Winner from Russia

The Eurovision fireworks in Belgrade were spectacular – at Branko’s bridge, Kalemegdan, in front of the City Hall, outside the Belgrade Arena, and even inside the Belgrade Arena.

Fireworks in Belgrade, Serbia, for Eurovision 2008

Thousands of people partied in front of the Belgrade City Hall. Eurovision 2008 was held on the 20th, 22nd, and 24th of May in Belgrade and about 20,000 foreigners came to the Serbian capital, and Belgrade became a city of major social events for those few days. All this took place at the White Palace, at the Communist-styled building known now as the Palace of Serbia (Palata Srbije – ex-Palata federacije), at the Sava Center, and at various embassies and clubs. Everyone had a good time and no incidents were reported.

White Palace, Belgrade, Serbia

1 thought on “Eurovision 2008”

  1. Some OK songs this year… and some hotties too, as usual.
    Not fond of the winner at all 🙂

    It would have been nice to see snippits of Serbia and Serbian life in between the songs, the way Finland did last year. Eurovision in Serbia, but all we saw was the inside of anystadium anywhere.

    The snippits between songs were cute little artistic expressions (loosely) representing the following country, but they were all in a studio. At least if they were outside or something, we’d have seen a bit of Beograd.

    Eurovision on the whole just needs better talent to make it less farcical. Having said that, the Serbian lesbian Roy Orbison lookalike has great taste in backup dancers 🙂

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