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Intervision 2008

How Intervision Was Revived

In 2008 it was announced that the Intervision Song Contest would return for the first time since 1980 having previously been the Soviet Union’s rival to the Eurovision Song Contest. The format of the contest had slightly changed but kept the core idea of bringing the nations of the former Soviet Union together in a singing contest.

The revival of Intervision 2008 was proposed as a way of bringing the domestic Russian contest “Five Stars” to a wider audience. “Five Stars” is a contest for young artists aged under 25, it was launched in 2004 and saw a number of familiar names to Eurovision taking part including Russia’s 2002 participants Prime Minister and the 2010 Armenian singer Eva Rivas.

Which countries took part?

With the aim of the contest being to bring the former Soviet Union nations together in a song contest the national broadcasters across the Baltic States and CIS were approached by the shows producer to take part in the show. The following countries signed up to participate:

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Moldova
  • Russia
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan

Lithuania declined the invitation to take part, it is not know what Estonia’s response to the invitation to take part in the contest was.

However before the contest took part a further two countries withdrew from the contest; Uzbekistan and Georgia. Uzbekistan was very slow in selecting their participant, with one week left until the contest they announced that they had selected Shakhnoza Usmanhodzhaeva to represent them under the stage name of “Anor” however for unknown reasons they did not take part. Georgia decided to withdraw from the contest two months before it was due to take place due to the War in South Osettia, the decision was taken by the Georgian broadcaster despite the organizing committee stating that they would welcome Georgia’s participation. Georgia had been due to be represented by Salome Korkotashvili.

Venue For The 2008 Contest – Festival Concert Hall, Sochi

The Contest

The contest was spread over four nights from the 28th of August to the 31st of August. Each night was to be themed, with the first three nights being voted on by the public and a jury made up of one representative from each of the 12 competing countries. The themes for the nights were as follows:

  • August 28 – Original Song – To be performed in Russian or the national language of their country
  • August 29 – Retro Hit – Hits from the 20th Century to be sung in Russian
  • August 30 – World Hit – Performers select a song which fits their image and perform it in the original language
  • August 31 – Gala Night – Gala performances from other singers, with the results announced

The venue for the show was the Festival Concert Hall in Sochi on Russia’s Black Sea coast.

Jury:

The members of the jury which voted each night were:

  • Armenia – Robert Amirkhanyan (Composer & Songwriter)
  • Azerbaijan – Polad Bülbüloğlu (Singer, Actor, Politician & Diplomat)
  • Belarus – Alexander Tikhanovich (Singer)
  • Kazakhstan – Erulan Kanapyanov (Composer)
  • Kyrgyzstan – Aktan Isabaev (Singer)
  • Latvia – Ivars Kalniņš (Actor)
  • Moldova – Nelly Ciobanu (Singer – 2009 Eurovision participant for Moldova)
  • Russia – Jospeh Kobzon (Singer & Organizer of the contest)
  • Tajikistan – Roshvan Nepesov (Conductor & Composer)
  • Turkmenistan – Kudratullo Khikmatov (Composer)
  • Ukraine – Jan Tabachnyk (Composer)

Participants:

The participants selected to take part by each of their countries organising committee’s were:

  • Armenia – Amyan Razmik
  • Azerbaijan – Seyran
  • Belarus – Group “The Champions”
  • Kazakhstan – Almas Kishkenbaev
  • Kyrgyzstan – Gulzinat Suranchieva
  • Latvia – Amber
  • Moldova – Boris Covali
  • Russia – Group “Kvatro”
  • Tajikistan – Tahmina Niyazov
  • Turkmenistan – Lachin Mamedova
  • Ukraine – The Dangerous Liasons

Running Order:

To determine the running order of all of the artists on each of the three nights the participants each picked a piece of cake from the 11 available, on the bottom of each slice was a serial number with the order in which they would perform. The order was as follows:

  • Armenia – 8, 10, 2
  • Azerbaijan – 6, 2, 4
  • Belarus – 7, 3, 10
  • Kazakhstan – 10, 1, 8
  • Kyrgyzstan – 11, 5, 9
  • Latvia – 5, 7, 5
  • Moldova – 3, 11, 1
  • Russia – 9, 4, 3
  • Tajikistan – 1, 8, 6
  • Turkmenistan – 2, 9, 11
  • Ukraine – 4, 6, 7

Televote:

The public televote rules were the same as that in the Eurovision Song Contest. Viewers were able to vote for any of participants apart from the one from their own country. The televote numbers from each country were then combined together to create an overall score for each participant. If a singer placed last overall in the televote they would be given 0, 10th they would received 1, while 1st place received 10. These scores were then combined at the end to give an overall score to determine the winner.

Tahmina From Tajikistan Opened The First Night

Night 1 – Original Song

The first night saw the 11 participants performing an original song sung either in Russian or their national language. The running order was as follows (You can watch the performances by clicking on the song name):

  1. Tajikistan – Tahmina Niyazova – Санги-телефон (Sang-phone) (Russian)
  2. Turkmenistan – Lachin Mamedova – Kushdepdi (Turkmen)
  3. Moldova – Boris Covali – Будешь звать (Will Call) (Russian)
  4. Ukraine – The Dangerous Liasons – Подарки (Gifts) (Russian)
  5. Latvia – Amber – Saucu Tevi (Call you) (Latvian)
  6. Azerbaijan – Seyran – Улетаю (Fly Away) (Russian)
  7. Belarus – Group “The Champions” – Я бегу по земле (I’m running on the ground)  (Russian)
  8. Armenia – Amyan Razmik – Ты будешь моей (You will be mine) (Russian)
  9. Russian – Group “Kvatro” – Романс (Romance, with love) (Russian)
  10. Kazakhstan – Almas Kishkenbaev – Любимая (My favourite) (Russian)
  11. Kyrgyzstan – Gulzinat Suranchieva – Kir kerbez (Kyrgyz)

The televote scores were as follows, the televote was open from the last performance on the first night until 19:30 Moscow Time on Day 2, with the results announced at 21:30 Moscow Time:

  1. Russia – 81
  2. Tajikistan & Kazakhstan – 79
  3. Armenia & Kyrgyzstan – 70
  4. Ukraine – 59
  5. Belarus – 52
  6. Azerbaijan – 45
  7. Turkmenistan – 43
  8. Latvia – 40
  9. Moldova – 23

Due to the tie on points between Tajikistan and Kazakhstan in second place and Armenia & Kyrgyzstan in third place, no 10 or 9 points were allocated instead the points awarded were as follows:

  1. Russia – 8
  2. Tajikistan & Kazakhstan – 7
  3. Armenia & Kyrgyzstan – 6
  4. Ukraine – 5
  5. Belarus – 4
  6. Azerbaijan – 3
  7. Turkmenistan – 2
  8. Latvia – 1
  9. Moldova – 0

Group Kvatro Won Night 2’s Televote

Night 2 – Retro Hit

All of the songs in the second night were hits from the 20th Century and were performed in Russian. The running order was as follows (You can watch the performances by clicking on the song names):

  1. Kazakhstan – Almas Kishkenbaev – Не надо печалиться (Do not be sad)
  2. Azerbaijan – Seyran – Позвони (Call)
  3. Belarus – Group “The Champions” – Там, где клен шумит
  4. Russia – Group “Kvatro” – Скажите, девушки, подружке вашей (Tell me, girl, your my girlfriend)
  5. Kyrgyzstan – Gulzinat Suranchieva – Мольба (Plea)
  6. Ukraine – The Dangerous Liasons – Моя земля (My land)
  7. Latvia – Amber – О, судьба (Oh, fate)
  8. Tajikistan – Tahmina Niyazov – Цветы под снегом (Flowers in the snow)
  9. Turkmenistan – Lachin Mamedova  – Нежность (Tenderness)
  10. Armenia – Amyan Razmik – Дорогой длинною (The Long Road)
  11. Moldova – Boris Covali – Меланколие (Melankolie)

The televote scores were as follows, the televote was open from the last performance on the first night until 19:30 Moscow Time on Day 3, with the results announced at 21:30 Moscow Time:

  1. Russia – 70
  2. Armenia – 69
  3. Tajikistan & Kyrgyzstan – 68
  4. Ukraine – 60
  5. Kazakhstan – 58
  6. Azerbaijan – 55
  7. Belarus – 50
  8. Moldova – 49
  9. Latvia & Turkmenistan – 45

On the second night however the points allocated to the songs were no longer be converted into points from 10-0, instead the total of the vote was being put together. This meant the scoreboard looked like this:

  1. Russia – 151
  2. Tajikistan – 147
  3. Armenia – 139
  4. Kyrgyzstan – 138
  5. Kazakhstan – 137
  6. Ukraine – 119
  7. Belarus – 102
  8. Azerbaijan – 100
  9. Turkmenistan – 89
  10. Latvia – 85
  11. Moldova – 72

Turkmenistan’s Lachin Mamedova Closed Off The Competition

Night 3 – World Hit

The third competitive night of the contest saw the participants performing world hits in the original language of the song. These songs were to be the most suitable for your image. The running order was as follows (You can watch the performances by clicking on the song name):

  1. Moldova – Boris Covali – The Great Pretender (English)
  2. Armenia – Amryan Razmik – Памяти Карузо (Caruso) (Russian)
  3. Russia – Group Kvatro – Solo otra vez (Spanish)
  4. Azerbaijan – Seyran – Shimarik (Azerbaijani)
  5. Latvia – Amber – Milord (French)
  6. Tajikistan – Tahmina Niyazova – Hero (English)
  7. Ukraine – The Dangerous Liaisons – My Number One (English)
  8. Kazakhstan – Almas Kishkenbaev – Sorry Seem to Be the Hardest Word (English)
  9. Kyrgyzstan – Gulzinat Suranchieva – La Isla Bonita (Spanish)
  10. Belarus – Group “The Champions” – I Like to Move It (English)
  11. Turkmenistan – Lachin Mamedova – Habiby (Arabic)

The televote scores were as follows, the televote was open from the last performance on the first night until 19:30 Moscow Time on Day 4.

Tahmina Was The Youngest Participant & Eventual Winner

Night 4 – Gala Night

On the Gala Night performers from across the competing nations performed on stage with their hits, performers included Philip Kirkov, Irina Allegrova and others. The night culminated in the announcement of the results, the results of the third nights vote were as follows:

  1. Tajikistan – 59
  2. Russia – 64
  3. Armenia – 60
  4. Latvia & Kyrgyzstan – 57
  5. Ukraine – 55
  6. Turkmenistan, Moldova & Kazakhstan – 52
  7. Belarus – 51
  8. Azerbaijan – 50

This meant that the total scores were as follows:

  1. Tajikistan – 216
  2. Russia – 215
  3. Armenia – 199
  4. Kyrgyzstan – 195
  5. Kazakhstan – 189
  6. Ukraine – 174
  7. Belarus – 153
  8. Azerbaijan – 150
  9. Latvia – 142
  10. Turkmenistan – 141
  11. Moldova – 124

The results are as follows:

  • Grand Prix – Tajikistan – Won the overall televote
  • First Prize – Russia & Armenia
  • Second Prize – Ukraine, Kazakhstan & Latvia
  • Third Prize – Belarus, Moldova & Turkmenistan
  • Press Award – Russia
  • “Debut Intervision” – Tajikistan
  • “Miss Intervision” – Turkmenistan
  • Prize of the City of Sochi – Kyrgyzstan
  • Prize for Stylishness – Latvia
  • CIS Special Prize Fund – Azerbaijan

Due to Tahmina winning, Tajikistan won the right to host contest in 2009.

Interesting Points:

There were a number of interesting points to note from Intervision 2008:

  • Links to Eurovision – Nelly Ciobanu (Moldova’s 2009 participant) was a jury member, Russia’s participants on the third night sang Greece’s winning Eurovision 2008 song “My Number One”, Boris Covali Moldova’s participant has gone on to take part in a number of Moldovan Eurovision selection rounds.
  • Tie’s – Everytime there was a tie in the televote Kyrgyzstan was always involved in being tied on points with another country.
  • Moldova – Only once in the entire contest managed to score more than 50 points on one night of the show and managed to come in last place twice in the televote.

External Links:

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