There have been so much complaining going on among journalists and eurofans that "those people" take over "our" contest. The countries from the former Soviet Union and former Yugoslavia, that is. Let's have a look at how well they did then, shall we?
Taking part in 2008 were no less than ten countries that used to be republics in the former Soviet Union: Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Six of them managed to get into the final, where they all got decent placings:
Also, a total of six ex-Yugoslav countries competed: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, FYR Macedonia and Montenegro, of which "only" three found themselves in the final, and only two of these went through the semi (Serbia being pre-qualified), placing:
I honestly fail to see what many people are so afraid of - that old countries that split into several new ones will totally dominate this contest and not let anyone i to share the fun. The ex-Soviets did well this time, but they did less so last year. And compared to the impact of the ex-Yugoslavs, then the Nordic domination is way bigger.