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15/05/2004 Istanbul hosts the 49th Eurovision Song Contest

The 49th Eurovision Song Contest took place in Istanbul, Turkey. It followed Sertab Erener’s win the previous year in Riga. The event was staged at the Abdi İpekçi Arena. Ukraine won the contest in its second year of participation thanks to singer Ruslana, who performed the song „Wild Dances”. It was also the 3rd year in a row that woman won the contest.