Eurovision Song Contest 2002

The Eurovision Song Contest 2002 was the 47th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Tallinn, Estonia, following Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL's win at the 2001 contest in Copenhagen, Denmark with the song "Everybody". It was the first time Estonia had hosted the contest - 8 years after the country made its debut. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Eesti Televisioon (ETV), the contest was held at the Saku Suurhall, with the final on 25 May 2002. The live show was hosted by Annely Peebo and Marko Matvere.[2]

Eurovision Song Contest 2002
A Modern Fairytale
Final25 May 2002 (2002-05-25)
VenueSaku Suurhall
Tallinn, Estonia
Directed byMarius Bratten
Executive supervisorChristine Marchal-Ortiz
Executive producerJuhan Paadam
Host broadcasterEesti Televisioon (ETV)
Opening act"Everybody" performed by Tanel Padar & Dave Benton
Interval act
  • (During the song presentation): "A Little Story in the Music" performed by Annely Peebo & Marko Matvere, with music composed by Raimond Valgre
  • (During the voting procedure): Dance performance directed and choreographed by Teet Kask.[1]
Number of entries24
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countries
Withdrawing countries
Voting systemEach country awards 1-8, 10, and 12 points to their 10 favourite countries
Nul pointsNone
Winning song

Twenty-four countries participated in the contest. Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, Macedonia, Romania and Switzerland returned after their relegation from the previous edition. Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway and Poland were required to withdraw due to their poor results in 2001. It was the first (and only time) that Ireland and Norway were relegated from the contest. Latvia was also set to sit out this year, but when Portugal annonced their withdrawal, due to internal problems at its broadcaster, it left a spot open for Latvia to take, as the country had finished higher the year before than any of the other relegated countries.

The winner was Latvia with the song "I Wanna", performed by Marie N who wrote it with Marats Samauskis. This was Latvia's first victory in the contest, after only 3 years of participation. Malta, United Kingdom, Estonia and France rounded out the top five. Malta achieved their best result in their Eurovision history. Further down the table, Denmark finished twenty-fourth (last place), despite being one of the favourites.


Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It is situated on the northern coast of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, 80 km (50 mi) south of Helsinki in Finland, east of Stockholm in Sweden, and west of Saint Petersburg in Russia. Founded in 1248 but the earliest human settlements date back to 3000 years BC, making it one of the oldest capital cities of Northern Europe. Due to its important strategic location the city soon became a major trade hub, especially between the 14th to 16th century when it grew to be a key centre of commerce within the Hanseatic League. Tallinn's Old Town is one of the best preserved and intact medieval cities in Europe and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[3]


Early in the proceedings, media outlets had begun speculating whether Estonian broadcaster ETV would be able to host the contest, citing a lack of a suitable venue and budgetary concerns; however, worries were put to rest when a combination of fundraising activities and the Estonian Government enabled them to host the event.[2]

The Saku Suurhall was chosen as the venue for the contest. It is the largest indoor arena in Estonia, built in 2001 and holds up to 10,000 people. It is named after the Estonian brewery and soft drink company Saku.



For the first time, a slogan (or theme) was implemented. This year's theme was called 'A Modern Fairytale', which was evident in the postcards shown between the songs, which showed classic fairytales ending in modern Estonian situations.[4]


The postcards continued with the opening theme of "A Modern Fairytale" taking well known fairy tales and translating them into Estonian life though the films nor slogans seen at the end of each postcard have any relation to the songs that were about to perform.The various fairy tales were as following, listed in appearance order:[5]

  1.  Cyprus – Aladdin
  2.  United Kingdom – The Ugly Duckling
  3.  Austria – The Three Bears
  4.  Greece – Hansel and Gretel
  5.  Spain – Frankenstein
  6.  Croatia – The Three Brothers
  7.  Russia – The Goldfish
  8.  Estonia – Sleeping Beauty
  9.  Macedonia – The Missing Princess
  10.  Israel – Thumbelina
  11.   Switzerland – Cinderella
  12.  Sweden – The Magic Carpet
  13.  Finland – The Three Little Pigs
  14.  Denmark – The Little Mermaid
  15.  Bosnia and Herzegovina – The Frog Prince
  16.  Belgium – Bluebeard
  17.  France – The Princess Who Would Not Smile
  18.  Germany – Pinocchio
  19.  Turkey – Ali Baba & The 40 Thieves
  20.  Malta – Beauty & The Beast
  21.  Romania – The Pied Piper
  22.  Slovenia – Snow White
  23.  Latvia – Little Red Riding Hood
  24.  Lithuania – Puss In Boots


Half of the participating countries organized a televote where the top 10 songs received the points, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12, but Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina used juries, while Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Croatia, Finland, Malta, Slovenia and Lithuania used a 50-50 mix of both televoting and jury votes.

In the EBU's rules for the 2002 contest, it was stated; In the televoting, households shall not be permitted to vote more than three times.[6] This was used as it had become apparent that the public vote favoured songs in the later part of the running order in comparison to the songs nearer to the start - particularly in the preceding 2001 contest. At this contest (and the following one) the broadcaster decided to reverse the song recaps - starting instead with the last performed song (24) and finishing with the first performed song (1).


Commentator remarks

Controversy erupted during the competition over remarks by commentators on Swedish and Belgian TV, both of whom told the audience not to vote for the Israeli entry "Light a candle" by Sarit Hadad. The song received zero points from the Swedish audience but earned two from the Belgians, finishing 12th overall.[7]

Allegation of vote swapping

This year saw allegations that the juries in certain countries were guilty of swapping votes among other. According to the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, The French Head of Delegation allegedly said that members of the Cypriot delegation had approched him to swap votes. In addition to Cyprus, allegations were also made toward Greece, Russia, Macedonia, Malta and Romania.[8]

Participating countries

A total of 24 countries competed in the 2002 contest, which included the top 17 countries from the previous year's contest, alongside the seven returning countries which had been relegated from competing in the 2001 contest. These countries replaced the bottom 6 countries from the 2001 contest, which were relegated from taking part in this year's contest.

The total participants had originally been 22, but when the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) increased their participation number for the contest to 24 this granted Israel and Portugal the opportunity to enter. Portugal declined to enter the contest due to internal problems in the Portuguese broadcaster RTP. This allowed Latvia (who went on to win the contest) to enter.[2][9]

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous year(s)
Constantinos Christoforou (part of One)  Cyprus 1996
Monica Anghel  Romania 1996 (Pre-qualifying round)


Countries in bold were allowed to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2003.

Draw Country Artist Song Language[10] Place Points
01  Cyprus One "Gimme" English 6 85
02  United Kingdom Jessica Garlick "Come Back" English 3 111
03  Austria Manuel Ortega "Say a Word" English 18 26
04  Greece Michalis Rakintzis "S.A.G.A.P.O." English 17 27
05  Spain Rosa "Europe's Living a Celebration" Spanish, English 7 81
06  Croatia Vesna Pisarović "Everything I Want" English 11 44
07  Russia Prime Minister "Northern Girl" English 10 55
08  Estonia Sahlene "Runaway" English 3 111
09  Macedonia Karolina "Od nas zavisi" (Од нас зависи) Macedonian 19 25
10  Israel Sarit Hadad "Light a Candle" Hebrew, English 12 37
11   Switzerland Francine Jordi "Dans le jardin de mon âme" French 22 15
12  Sweden Afro-dite "Never Let It Go" English 8 72
13  Finland Laura "Addicted to You" English 20 24
14  Denmark Malene Mortensen "Tell Me Who You Are" English 24 7
15  Bosnia and Herzegovina Maja "Na jastuku za dvoje" (На јастуку за двоје) Serbian, English 13 33
16  Belgium Sergio & The Ladies "Sister" English 13 33
17  France Sandrine François "Il faut du temps" French 5 104
18  Germany Corinna May "I Can't Live Without Music" English 21 17
19  Turkey Buket Bengisu & Group Safir "Leylaklar Soldu Kalbinde" Turkish, English 16 29
20  Malta Ira Losco "7th Wonder" English 2 164
21  Romania Monica Anghel & Marcel Pavel "Tell Me Why" English 9 71
22  Slovenia Sestre "Samo ljubezen" Slovene 13 33
23  Latvia Marie N "I Wanna" English 1 176
24  Lithuania Aivaras "Happy You" English 23 12

Score sheet

Voting procedure used:
  100% Televoting
  50% Jury & televote
  100% Jury vote
Total score
United Kingdom
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cyprus 8531261064143128484
United Kingdom 11112764562867618210858
Austria 26117512
Greece 2712186
Spain 8172466127612127
Croatia 44665552312
Russia 55521013810106
Estonia 1117353621210810448226127
Macedonia 25341512
Israel 375151210553
Switzerland 15532311
Sweden 721418371012147410
Finland 242511033
Denmark 74111
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3373736232
Belgium 33417342102
France 10410383710812581064325
Germany 1712213341
Turkey 2943877
Malta 1641012861012571010442124761051073
Romania 71885121284176
Slovenia 3362782215
Latvia 176481010122101271285675881267512
Lithuania 12426

12 points

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

N.ContestantVoting nation
5LatviaEstonia, Germany, Israel, Lithuania, Spain
3 MaltaCroatia, Denmark, United Kingdom
SpainBelgium, France, Switzerland
2 CyprusGreece, Malta
EstoniaLatvia, Sweden
RomaniaMacedonia, Russia
1 AustriaTurkey
SwedenBosnia and Herzegovina
United KingdomAustria

Marcel Bezençon Awards

For the first time, the Marcel Bezençon Awards were handed out to the best competing songs in the final. Founded by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest and current Head of Delegation for Sweden) and Richard Herrey (member of the Herreys, Eurovision Song Contest 1984 winner from Sweden), the awards are named after the creator of the annual competition, Marcel Bezençon.[11] The awards are divided into 3 categories; Press Award; Artistic Award; and Fan Award.[12]

Category Country Song Performer(s) Final result Points
Artists Award  Sweden "Never Let It Go" Afro-dite 8th 72
Fan Award
(voted by members of OGAE)
 Finland "Addicted to You" Laura Voutilainen 20th 24
Press Award  France "Il faut du temps" Sandrine François 5th 104

International broadcasting

As had been the case every year since the mid-1980s, the contest was broadcast in Australia on SBS-TV with the BBC commentary. Within a few years, the contest would grow to be so popular in Australia, it would warrant SBS sending its own commentators - and eventually to become an active participant.

Other involved countries

 Serbia and Montenegro
After the breakup of Yugoslavia, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia last participated in 1992. Radio Television of Serbia broadcast the show. Originally, first time as Serbia and Montenegro had planned debuts, but the EBU's late changes to the relegation procedure meant that they could not compete. They made their debut in 2004.

Comentators and spokespersons




Participating countries
Non-participating countries


Participating countries

Some participating countries did not provide radio broadcasts for the event; the ones who did are listed below.

Non-participating countries

Official album

Eurovision Song Contest: Tallinn 2002
Compilation album by
Released18 May 2002
Eurovision Song Contest chronology
Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2001
Eurovision Song Contest: Tallinn 2002
Eurovision Song Contest: Riga 2003
Alternative cover
An alternative cover showing the title as Eurovision Song Contest: Estonia 2002.

Eurovision Song Contest: Tallinn 2002 (also known as Eurovision Song Contest: Estonia 2002) was the official compilation album of the 2002 Contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and released by Ariola Records on 18 May 2002. The album featured all 24 songs that entered in the 2002 contest.[41]

Track listing
1."Gimme" (Cyprus)One3:04
2."Come Back" (United Kingdom)Jessica Garlick2:56
3."Say A Word" (Austria)Manuel Ortega3:00
4."S.A.G.A.P.O." (Greece)Michalis Rakintzis3:05
5."Europe's Living a Celebration" (Spain)Rosa2:53
6."Everything I Want" (Croatia)Vesna Pisarović3:07
7."Northern Girl" (Russia)Prime Minister3:00
8."Runaway" (Estonia)Sahlene2:52
9."Od nas zavisi" (Macedonia)Karolina Gočeva3:02
10."Nadlik Beyakhad Ner (Light a Candle)" (Israel)Sarit Hadad3:24
11."Dans le jardin de mon âme" (Switzerland)Francine Jordi3:05
12."Never Let It Go" (Sweden)Afro-dite3:03
13."Addicted To You" (Finland)Laura Voutilainen3:05
14."Tell Me Who You Are" (Denmark)Malene3:02
15."Na jastuku za dvoje" (Bosnia and Herzegovina)Maja Tatić3:02
16."Sister" (Belgium)Sergio & The Ladies2:45
17."Il faut du temps (je me battrai pour ça)" (France)Sandrine François3:58
18."I Can't Live Without Music" (Germany)Corinna May3:04
19."Leylaklar Soldu Kalbinde" (Turkey)Buket Bengisu & Group Safir2:52
20."7th Wonder" (Malta)Ira Losco3:01
21."Tell Me Why" (Romania)Monica Anghel & Marcel Pavel2:50
22."Samo ljubezen" (Slovenia)Sestre3:03
23."I Wanna" (Latvia)Marie N3:00
24."Happy You" (Lithuania)Aivaras2:55
Total length:73:07


Chart (2002) Peak
German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[42] 6


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