The final will be broadcast in New Zealand, the first time the contest has aired there in 30 years.
Georgia were due to compete in the first semi-final, but their entry was withdrawn as it breached the rules of the contest. It was seen that the song Georgia selected, "We Don't Wanna Put In" by Stefane & 3G, was a political slur on Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Georgia refused to changed the song, and consequently their entry was withdrawn.
International Air Dates:
Australia - 17th May, 2009 on SBS. Narrated by Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang.
New Zealand - 17th May, 2009 on STRATOS.