Since 1998 when Israel won the contest with Dana International singing Diva in Hebrew, only Serbia won Eurovision with a song entirely performed in the country’s native language. With such trend, more and more countries are deciding to sing in English though it’s sometimes characterized as unpatriotic. In some cases, the lyrics are written and recorded in two different versions (usually English and national language) and/or as multi-language version.

This year, 22 of the 43 countries have decided to represent their songs in English. 6 entries will be a mixture of English and the countries’ national language: Armenian, Catalan (Andorra), Hungarian, Spanish, Hebrew and French.

Romanian song will be a mix of Romanian and Italian, Estonian a mix of Finnish, German and (something they think is) Serbo-Croatian and Belgian in an imaginary language.

16 contestants will perform in their national languages: Serbia, Albania, San Marino (Italian), Finland, Portugal, Montenegro, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Turkey, Croatia, Cyprus (Greek) and Switzerland (Italian).

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Except the Netherlands, all countries have already released studio versions of their Eurovision 2008 entries.

Some of the songs have more than one version and bellow is a list of all the ESC 2008 recorded tracks with their old / new / alternative / live etc. versions.

Albania – Olta Boka – Zemrën e lamë peng
Andorra – Gisela – Casanova
Armenia- Sirusho – Qele Qele
Azerbaijan – Elnur Huseynov & Samir Javadzadeh – Day after day
Belarus – Ruslan Alehno – Hasta La Vista (New Version)
Belarus – Ruslan Alehno – Hasta La Vista (Old Version)
Belgium – Ishtar – O julissi na jalini
Bosnia & Herzegowina – Elvir Laković Laka – Pokušaj
Bosnia & Herzegowina – Elvir Laković Laka – Try (English Version)
Bulgaria – Deep Zone & Balthazar – DJ Take Me Away
Croatia – Kraljevi Ulice & 75 Cents – Romanca
Cyprus – Evdokia Kadi – Femme fatale (Eurovision Version)
Cyprus – Evdokia Kadi – Femme fatale (National Final Version)
Czech Republic – Tereza Kerndlova – Have some fun
Denmark – Simon Mathew – All night long
Estonia – Kreisiraadio – Leto svet
Finland – Teräsbetoni – Missä miehet ratsastaa
France – Sebastien Tellier – Divine
Georgia – Diana Gurtskaya – Peace will come
Germany – No Angels – Disappear
Greece – Kalomoira – Secret Combination (Eurovision Version)
Greece – Kalomoira – Secret Combination (National Final Version)
Hungary – Csezy – Candlelight
Hungary – Csezy – Szivveres (Candlelight Hungarian Version)
Iceland – Eurobandid – This is my life
Ireland – Dustin the turkey – Irelande douze points
Israel – Boaz Mauda – Ke’ilu kan (As if here)
Latvia – Pirates of the sea – Wolves of the sea
Lithuania – Jeronimas Milius – Nomads In the night
Macedonia – Tamara Todevska ft. Vrčak & Adrian – Let me love you (english version)
Macedonia – Tamara Todevska ft. Vrčak & Adrian – Vo ime na ljubovta
Malta – Morena – Vodka
Moldova – Geta Burlacu – A Century of Love
Montenegro – Stefan Filipović – Zauvijek volim te
Netherlands – Hind – Your heart belongs to me (live)
Netherlands – Hind – Your heart belongs to me (YT rip)
Norway – Maria Haukaas Storeng – Hold on be strong
Norway – Maria Haukaas Storeng – Hold on be strong (radiomix)
Poland – Isis Gee – For Life
Portugal – Vania Fernandes – Senhora do mar
Romania – Nico & Vlad Mirita – Pe-o margine de lume
Russia – Dima Bilan – Believe
San Marino – Miodio – Complice (Live Acoustic Version)
San Marino – Miodio – Complice (Studio Version)
Serbia – Jelena Tomašević – Oro (Serbian, Greek, Spanish, Russian and English Versions)
Slovenia – Rebeka Dremelj – Heavy Wheather (Eurovision Mix English Version)
Slovenia – Rebeka Dremelj – Vrag naj vzame (Eurovision Mix Karaoke)
Slovenia – Rebeka Dremelj – Vrag naj vzame (Eurovision Mix)
Slovenia – Rebeka Dremelj – Vrag naj vzame (Live NF)
Slovenia – Rebeka Dremelj – Vrag naj vzame (Original Mix)
Spain – Rodolfo Chikilicuatre – Baila el Chiki Chiki (Eurovision version)
Spain – Rodolfo Chikilicuatre – Baila el Chiki Chiki (Original)
Sweden – Charlotte Perelli – Hero (Live Melodifestivalen Semi)
Sweden – Charlotte Perrelli – Hero
Switzerland – Paolo Meneguzzi – Era stupendo
Turkey – Deli – Mor ve ötesi
Ukraine – Ani Lorak – Shady lady
United Kingdom – Andy Abraham – Even If

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