Eurovision Song Contest 2000
The Eurovision Song Contest 2000 was the 45th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Stockholm, Sweden, following Charlotte Nilsson's win at the 1999 contest in Jerusalem, Israel with the song "Take Me to Your Heaven". The contest was held on 13 May 2000 at the Globe Arena. It was the first time since 1996 that the contest was held on mainland Europe. The contest was the second to be held in Stockholm, and the fourth held in Sweden. The presenters were Kattis Ahlström and Anders Lundin.
|Eurovision Song Contest 2000|
|Final||13 May 2000|
|Directed by||Marius Bratten|
|Executive supervisor||Christine Marchal-Ortiz|
|Executive producer||Svante Stockselius|
|Host broadcaster||Sveriges Television (SVT)|
|Interval act||"Once Upon a Time Europe Was Covered With Ice" film|
|Number of entries||24|
|Voting system||Each country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs|
The winner of the 2000 contest was the Olsen Brothers who represented Denmark with the song "Fly on the Wings of Love" (originally: Smuk som et stjerneskud). The song was written by one of the brothers, Jørgen Olsen. On the day of their victory, Jørgen Olsen was 50 years and 61 days of age, making him the oldest artist yet to win the contest. However, he would not hold the record for long, as Dave Benton triumphed in the following year at the age of 50 years and 101 days, breaking the record by 40 days. The combined ages of The Olsen Brothers make them the oldest aged act ever to win the contest. The Globe Arena was, at the time, the largest venue chosen to host the contest with a capacity of 16,000 spectators. The postcards used to introduce each country participating involved Swedish themes that incorporated each nation in some respect. All the postcards are filmed in Stockholm, Sweden, however, the only exception is the postcard for Sweden, which is filmed before Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany. The logo for the contest, a pair of open mouth lips, was chosen by SVT, and was described by its designers as "a sensual, yet stylistically pure mouth representing song, dialogue and speech", and was later one of the possible choices for the generic logo introduced at the 2004 Contest.
The favourite in this year's contest was Estonia, who was also a fan favourite and praised by the press. However, as the voting results came in, Denmark immediately took control of the scoreboard, beating Russia into second place and Latvia into 3rd place. Slovakia, Greece and Hungary decided not to compete for financial reasons. The countries with the five lowest average scores over the previous five contests who had participated in 1999, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia were excluded meaning that five countries could return. These countries were: Finland, Macedonia, Romania, Russia and Switzerland. Latvia also joined contest as the only country to debut.
For the first time, an official CD compilation was released; it contained all of the songs of the participating nations and was available throughout Europe. Such a disc was attempted in the previous year, however it lacked four of the competing songs. The contest was also broadcast in Canada, Australia, Japan, the United States and via the internet for the first time, Sponsored by Microsoft MSN and Produced by MediaWave Group the UK pioneer in broadcasting concerts on the internet.
SVT announced on 7 July 1999 that the contest would be hosted by the Globe Arena in Stockholm. Other possible candidates had been Scandinavium in Gothenburg and Malmömässan in Malmö. They had previously hosted Eurovision Song Contest 1985 and 1992 respectively. The Globe was said to be chosen because Stockholm had not hosted the contest since 1975 and that it would be somewhat cheaper than the other options.
The graphic design programme for this year's contest was developed by Stockholm Design Lab and was centred around a stylised mouth symbol. It was given the Excellent Swedish Design award later that year. The softness of the mouth was contrasted with a pointy typeface, made specifically for the contest. During each performance, a distorted version of each performing country's flag would be shown within the mouth next to the stage.
The intermission during the finale of the ESC was "Once Upon a Time Europe Was Covered With Ice", a movie/song directed, composed and edited by Johan Söderberg and produced by John Nordling. For the film Söderberg had traveled all over Europe to record children performing the score. On stage were violinist Caroline Lundgren, drummer Strängnäs Trumkorps plus street musicians from Stockholm and dancers from the Bounce Street Dance Company.
There were some controversies concerning some participating countries. Israel, who opened the contest, entered a group who waved Israeli and Syrian flags advocating peace between the two nations. The two male singers in the group also ran up to each other and kissed for a brief moment. The Russian delegation petitioned for the winning Olsen Brothers to be disqualified, after they had used a vocoder to give Jørgen Olsen an electronic sound to his voice, during one of the verses of their performance. This issue was rejected by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
In the Netherlands, NOS decided to take the Contest off air halfway through because of the Enschede fireworks disaster that happened earlier that day, so it could use the channel for continuous news broadcasts. Later, NOS declared that it was both for practical reasons as well as because they found it "inappropriate to broadcast a light entertainment programme on the night of such a catastrophic event". As a result, televoting had to be suspended and the Dutch votes were given by a stand-by jury instead. The contest was later rebroadcast in full.
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|Alexandros Panayi (part of Voice)||1995|
|Dawn Martin (Eamonn Toal's backing vocalist)||1998|
|Roger Pontare||1994 (in a duet with Marie Bergman)|
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According to the EBU rules of the 45th Eurovision Song Contest 2000 (published on 23 September 1999), all participating countries should have used televoting, where the top ten most voted for songs were awarded the 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 point(s). In the televoting household shall not be permitted to vote more than three times. In exceptional circumstances where televoting was not possible, a jury was used instead: Russia, Macedonia, Turkey and Romania.
The Dutch votes were the votes of the backup jury due to interrupted broadcasting of the contest in the Netherlands because of the fireworks disaster in the Dutch city of Enschede.
| Voting procedure used:
100% Jury vote
Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:
|8||Denmark||Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Russia, Sweden, United Kingdom|
|4||Latvia||Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Norway|
|Russia||Croatia, Cyprus, Malta, Romania|
|3||Germany||Austria, Spain, Switzerland|
Qualification for the 2001 contest
In addition to the Big Four and the host country of the 2001 contest, Denmark, the 12 countries with the highest average scores between 1996 and 2000 were allowed to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2001.
International broadcasts and voting
The contest was also broadcast in Canada, Australia, Japan, the United States and via the internet for the first time, Sponsored by Microsoft MSN and Produced by MediaWave Group the UK pioneer in broadcasting concerts on the internet.
Voting and spokespersons
The spokespersons announced the score from their respective country's televote (or, in some cases, national jury) in running order.
Israel – Yoav Ginai (Winner of the 1998 contest, as lyricist) Netherlands – Marlayne (Dutch representative in 1999) United Kingdom – Colin Berry Estonia – Evelin Samuel (Estonian representative in 1999) France – Marie Myriam (Winner of the 1977 contest) Romania – Andreea Marin Malta – Valerie Vella Norway – Marit Åslein Russia – Zhanna Agalakova Belgium – Thomas Van Hamme Cyprus – Loukas Hamatsos Iceland – Ragnheiður Elín Clausen Spain – Hugo de Campos Denmark – Michael Teschl (Danish representative in 1999) Germany – Axel Bulthaupt Switzerland – Astrid Von Stockar Croatia – Marko Rašica Sweden – Malin Ekander Macedonia – Sandra Todorovska Finland – Pia Mäkinen Latvia – Lauris Reiniks (Latvian representative in 2003 as part of F.L.Y.) Turkey – Osman Erkan Ireland – Derek Mooney Austria – Dodo Roščić
Most countries sent commentators to Stockholm or commented from their own country, in order to add insight to the participants and, if necessary, the provision of voting information.
Austria – Andi Knoll (ORF1), Stermann & Grissemann (FM4) Belgium – French: Jean-Pierre Hautier (RTBF La Une), Dutch: André Vermeulen and Anja Daems (VRT TV1) Croatia – Aleksandar "Aco" Kostadinov (HRT 1) Cyprus – Evi Papamichail (RIK 1) Denmark – Keld Heick (DR1) Estonia – Marko Reikop (ETV) Finland – Jani Juntunen (Yle TV1) France – Julien Lepers (France 3) Germany – Peter Urban (Das Erste), Thomas Mohr (Deutschlandfunk/NDR 2) Iceland – Gísli Marteinn Baldursson (Sjónvarpið) Ireland – Marty Whelan (RTÉ One), Larry Gogan (RTÉ Radio 1) Israel – No commentator Latvia – Kārlis Streips (LTV) Macedonia – Milanka Rašik (MTV 1) Malta – Charlo Bonnici (TVM) Netherlands – Willem van Beusekom (TV2), Hijlco Span (Radio 2) Norway – Jostein Pedersen (NRK1), Stein Dag Jensen (NRK P1) Romania – Leonard Miron (TVR1) Russia – Alexey Zhuravlev and Tatiana Godunova (Public Russian Television) Spain – José Luis Uribarri (TVE1) Switzerland – German: Sandra Studer (SF2), French: Jean-Marc Richard (TSR 1), Italian: Jonathan Tedesco (TSI 1) Sweden – Pernilla Månsson Colt and Christer Lundh (SVT2), Carolina Norén (SR P3) Turkey – Ömer Önder (TRT 1) United Kingdom – Terry Wogan (BBC One), Ken Bruce (BBC Radio 2)
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Ismeta Dervoz-Krvavac (BHT) Greece – Dafni Bokota (ET1) Japan – No commentator. The contest aired on July 14, 2000. (NHK-BS2) Lithuania – Ramūnas Česonis & Vilija Grigonytė (LTV) Poland – Artur Orzech (TVP1) Portugal – Eládio Clímaco (RTP1) Slovenia – Miša Molk (SLO1) Yugoslavia – There was no broadcast of the contest live, but Third channel of RTS aired just the performances without Israel, and the winning performance, without voting. (RTS 3K)
|Eurovision Song Contest: Stockholm 2000|
|Compilation album by|
|Released||13 May 2000|
|Label||EMI / CMC|
|Eurovision Song Contest chronology|
Eurovision Song Contest: Stockholm 2000 was the official compilation album of the 2000 Contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and released by EMI Records and CMC International on 13 May 2000. The album featured all 24 songs that entered in the 2000 contest, and was the first time that the EBU had produced such merchandise.
|German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||3|
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- Croatia scored 118 points in the 1999 contest, however due to controversy surrounding its usage of pre-recorded vocals in the live performance, its score was reduced by a third for the purpose of calculating the five-year average to determine participation in future contests.
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