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
Final13 May 2000 (2000-05-13)
VenueGlobe Arena
Stockholm, Sweden
Directed byMarius Bratten
Executive supervisorChristine Marchal-Ortiz
Executive producerSvante Stockselius
Host broadcasterSveriges Television (SVT)
Interval act"Once Upon a Time Europe Was Covered With Ice" film
Number of entries24
Debuting countries Latvia
Returning countries
Withdrawing countries
Voting systemEach country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs
Nul pointsNone
Winning song

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.[1] 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.[2]

The favourite in this year's contest was Estonia, who was also a fan favourite and praised by the press.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2] 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.


Locations of the candidate cities: the chosen host city is marked in blue, while the eliminated cities are marked in red.

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.[3]



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.[4] 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.

Interval act

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.[5] 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).[2]

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.[2] The contest was later rebroadcast in full.

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous Year(s)
Al Bano (Jane Bogaert's backing vocalist)   Switzerland 1976, 1985 (both for  Italy and both with Romina Power)
Alexandros Panayi (part of Voice)  Cyprus 1995
Dawn Martin (Eamonn Toal's backing vocalist)  Ireland 1998
Serafín Zubiri  Spain 1992
Roger Pontare  Sweden 1994 (in a duet with Marie Bergman)


Draw Country Artist Song Language[6] Place Points
01  Israel PingPong "Sameach" (שמח) Hebrew1 22 7
02  Netherlands Linda Wagenmakers "No Goodbyes" English 13 40
03  United Kingdom Nicki French "Don't Play That Song Again" English 16 28
04  Estonia Ines "Once in a Lifetime" English 4 98
05  France Sofia Mestari "On aura le ciel" French 23 5
06  Romania Taxi "The Moon" English 17 25
07  Malta Claudette Pace "Desire" English, Maltese 8 73
08  Norway Charmed "My Heart Goes Boom" English 11 57
09  Russia Alsou "Solo" English 2 155
10  Belgium Nathalie Sorce "Envie de vivre" French 24 2
11  Cyprus Voice "Nomiza" (Νόμιζα) Greek, Italian 21 8
12  Iceland August & Telma "Tell Me!" English 12 45
13  Spain Serafín Zubiri "Colgado de un sueño" Spanish 18 18
14  Denmark Olsen Brothers "Fly on the Wings of Love" English 1 195
15  Germany Stefan Raab "Wadde hadde dudde da?" German, English 5 96
16   Switzerland Jane Bogaert "La vita cos'è?" Italian 20 14
17  Croatia Goran Karan "Kad zaspu anđeli" Croatian 9 70
18  Sweden Roger Pontare "When Spirits Are Calling My Name" English 7 88
19  Macedonia XXL "100% te ljubam" (100% те љубам) Macedonian, English 15 29
20  Finland Nina Åström "A Little Bit" English 18 18
21  Latvia Brainstorm "My Star" English 3 136
22  Turkey Pınar Ayhan & The SOS "Yorgunum Anla" Turkish, English 10 59
23  Ireland Eamonn Toal "Millennium of Love" English 6 92
24  Austria The Rounder Girls "All to You" English 14 34
1.^ Contains some words in English.


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:[7] 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% Televoting
  100% Jury vote
Total score
United Kingdom
Israel 761
Netherlands 4082585141231
United Kingdom 2812363436
Estonia 986746742654566810273
France 523
Romania 256712
Malta 733121728181338384532
Norway 5773337776104
Russia 155108105121287128564212575107
Belgium 22
Cyprus 8134
Iceland 455671287
Spain 1852101
Denmark 195121012871810121041210121012101211210
Germany 968510346612212128512
Switzerland 146521
Croatia 70881026610686
Sweden 8865145546108367126
Macedonia 29107210
Finland 185742
Latvia 1364471231211211078771031288
Turkey 5912121311051545
Ireland 922310442106472358541174
Austria 341238243542

12 points

Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:

N.ContestantVoting nation
8DenmarkGermany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Russia, Sweden, United Kingdom
4 LatviaBelgium, Estonia, Finland, Norway
RussiaCroatia, Cyprus, Malta, Romania
3GermanyAustria, Spain, Switzerland
2TurkeyFrance, Netherlands
1 IcelandDenmark

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.

     Automatically qualified

Rank Country Score Average score
1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
1  Latvia 136 136.00
 United Kingdom 77 227 166 38 28 107.20
2  Ireland 162 157 64 18 92 98.60
 Denmark 25 71 195 97.00
3  Russia 33 155 94.00
4  Israel 172 93 7 90.67
5  Sweden 100 36 53 163 88 88.00
 Germany 22 86 140 96 86.00
6  Malta 68 66 165 32 73 80.80
7  Croatia 98 24 131 79[lower-alpha 1] 70 80.40
8  Estonia 94 82 36 90 98 80.00
9  Netherlands 78 5 150 71 40 68.80
10  Iceland 51 18 146 45 65.00
11  Norway 114 0 79 35 57 57.00
12  Turkey 57 121 25 21 59 56.60
13  Belgium 22 122 38 2 46.00
14  Austria 68 12 65 34 44.75
15  Cyprus 72 98 37 2 8 43.40
 Spain 17 96 21 1 18 30.60
 France 18 95 3 14 5 27.00
16  Macedonia 16 29 22.50
17  Finland 9 22 18 16.33
18  Romania 6 25 15.50
19   Switzerland 22 5 0 14 10.25

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.

  1.  Israel – Yoav Ginai (Winner of the 1998 contest, as lyricist)[8]
  2.  NetherlandsMarlayne (Dutch representative in 1999)
  3.  United KingdomColin Berry
  4.  EstoniaEvelin Samuel (Estonian representative in 1999)[9]
  5.  FranceMarie Myriam (Winner of the 1977 contest)[10]
  6.  RomaniaAndreea Marin
  7.  Malta – Valerie Vella[11]
  8.  Norway – Marit Åslein
  9.  RussiaZhanna Agalakova
  10.  BelgiumThomas Van Hamme[10]
  11.  Cyprus – Loukas Hamatsos[12]
  12.  Iceland – Ragnheiður Elín Clausen
  13.  Spain – Hugo de Campos
  14.  DenmarkMichael Teschl (Danish representative in 1999)[13]
  15.  GermanyAxel Bulthaupt
  16.   Switzerland – Astrid Von Stockar
  17.  Croatia – Marko Rašica[14]
  18.  Sweden – Malin Ekander[15]
  19.  Macedonia – Sandra Todorovska[16]
  20.  Finland – Pia Mäkinen[17]
  21.  LatviaLauris Reiniks (Latvian representative in 2003 as part of F.L.Y.)
  22.  Turkey – Osman Erkan
  23.  IrelandDerek Mooney
  24.  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.

Non-participating countries

Official album

Eurovision Song Contest: Stockholm 2000
Compilation album by
Released13 May 2000
LabelEMI / CMC
Eurovision Song Contest chronology
Eurovision Song Contest: Stockholm 2000
Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2001

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.[39] The album featured all 24 songs that entered in the 2000 contest, and was the first time that the EBU had produced such merchandise.[40]

Track listing
1."No Goodbyes" (Netherlands)Linda Wagenmakers3:01
2."Once in a Lifetime" (Estonia)Ines2:54
3."Solo" (Russia)Alsou2:50
4."Don't Play That Song Again" (United Kingdom)Nicki French2:47
5."Wadde hadde dudde da?" (Germany)Stefan Raab3:00
6."My Star" (Latvia)Brainstorm3:00
7."My Heart Goes Boom" (Norway)Charmed3:00
8."Tell Me!" (Iceland)August & Telma2:56
9."Be Happy" (Israel)PingPong3:01
10."All To You" (Austria)The Rounder Girls3:00
11."Desire" (Malta)Claudette Pace2:59
12."Fly on the Wings of Love" (Denmark)Olsen Brothers2:55
13."When Spirits Are Calling My Name" (Sweden)Roger Pontare2:59
14."Millennium of Love" (Ireland)Eamonn Toal3:01
15."A Little Bit" (Finland)Nina Åström2:52
16."On aura le ciel" (France)Sofia Mestari3:29
17."Envie de vivre" (Belgium)Nathalie Sorce2:58
18."La vita cos'è?" (Switzerland)Jane Bogaert2:58
19."Colgado de un sueño" (Spain)Serafín Zubiri3:06
20."The Moon" (Romania)Taxi2:58
21."Nomiza" (Cyprus)Voice3:06
22."100% te ljubam" (Macedonia)XXL2:57
23."Kad zaspu anđeli" (Croatia)Goran Karan3:05
24."Yorgunum Anla" (Turkey)Pınar Ayhan & The SOS2:44
Total length:71:36


Chart (2000) Peak
German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[41] 3

Notes and references


  1. 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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