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The Eurovision Song Contest 2000 was the 45th Eurovision Song Contest and was held on 13 May 2000 at the Ericsson Globemarker in Stockholmmarker, Swedenmarker, following Charlotte Nilsson's victory in Jerusalemmarker the previous year. 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. Presenters were Kattis Ahlström and Anders Lundin. The contest was won by the Olsen Brothers who represented Denmarkmarker with the song "Fly on the Wings of Love" (originally: Smuk som et stjerneskud).

Before the contest, the song was ranked low in most predictions, so the victory was a surprise for many. The Ericsson Globe 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.

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 entries which basically defeated the whole idea.

The favourite in this year's contest was Estoniamarker, who was also a fan favourite and praised by the press. Russiamarker and Latviamarker also anticipated good results. However, as the voting results came in, Denmark immediately took control of the scoreboard, with only a minor challenge from eventual second-place finisher Russia. As expected , Irelandmarker reached a respectable result of 6th place with their traditional ballad. Latvia was successful in their debut, reaching 3rd place.

There were some controversies concerning some participating countries. Israelmarker, who opened the contest, entered a group who waved Israeli and Syrianmarker 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. Another striking contribution came from Germanymarker's Stefan Raab who pursued Europe's comedic vote. Sweden'smarker unusual song and performance dealt with indigenous people's struggle for their rights. The Russian delegation petitioned for the Olsen Brothers to be disqualified, after they had used a vocoder to give Jorgen Olsen an electronic sound to his voice during one of the verses of their performance. This issue was rejected by the EBUmarker.

In the Netherlands, the Eurovision Song Contest was taken off air halfway through because of the Enschede fireworks disastermarker that happened earlier that day. As a result, televoting had to be suspended and the Dutch votes were given by a stand-by professional jury instead, who had been able to keep watching the programme.

It was broadcast in Canadamarker, Australia, Japanmarker, the United Statesmarker and via the internet for the first time.

Slovakiamarker, Greecemarker and Hungarymarker 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 Herzegovinamarker, Lithuaniamarker, Polandmarker, Portugalmarker and Sloveniamarker were excluded. Italymarker continued to decline to participate.

Individual entries

Results

Draw Country Language Artist Song English translation Place Points
01 Hebrew PingPong "Sameyakh" (שמייח) Be happy 22 7
02 English Linda Wagenmakers "No Goodbyes" 13 40
03 English Nicki French "Don't Play That Song Again" 16 28
04 English Ines "Once in a Lifetime" 4 98
05 French Sofia Mestari "On aura le ciel" We'll have the sky 23 5
06 English Taxi "The Moon" 17 25
07 English, Maltese Claudette Pace "Desire" 8 73
08 English Charmed "My Heart Goes Boom" 11 57
09 English Alsou "Solo" 2 155
10 French Nathalie Sorce "Envie de vivre" The wish to live 24 2
11 Greek, Italian Voice "Nomiza" (Νόμιζα) I believed 21 8
12 English August & Telma "Tell Me!" 12 45
13 Spanish Serafin Zubiri "Colgado de un sueño" Hanging from a dream 18 18
14 English Olsen Brothers "Fly on the Wings of Love" 1 195
15 German Stefan Raab "Wadde hadde dudde da?" What do you have there? 5 96
16 Italian Jane Bogaert "La vita cos'è?" What is life? 20 14
17 Croatian Goran Karan "Kad zaspu anđeli" When angels fall asleep 9 70
18 English Roger Pontare "When Spirits Are Calling My Name" 7 88
19 Macedonian, English XXL "100% te ljubam" (100% те љубам) I love you 100% 15 29
20 English Nina Åström "A Little Bit" 18 18
21 English Brainstorm "My Star" 3 136
22 Turkish, English Pınar Ayhan & The SOS "Yorgunum Anla" Understand that I'm weary 10 59
23 English Eamonn Toal "Millennium of Love" 6 92
24 English The Rounder Girls "All To You" 14 34


Score sheet

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 points. 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, due to a disaster in the Dutch town of Enschedemarker.

Voting procedure used:
Red: Televote.
Blue: Jury.

Voters
Israel 7 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Netherlands 40 8 0 0 2 0 5 0 0 8 5 1 4 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 1 0
United Kingdom 28 1 0 2 0 3 6 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 3 6 0 0
Estonia 98 6 7 4 0 6 7 4 0 2 6 5 0 4 5 0 6 6 0 8 10 2 7 3
France 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Romania 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 12 0 0 0 0 0
Malta 73 3 1 2 1 0 7 2 8 1 8 0 1 3 3 0 8 3 8 0 4 5 3 2
Norway 57 7 0 3 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 7 0 7 0 0 0 7 0 0 6 10 4 0
Russia 155 10 0 8 10 5 12 12 8 7 12 8 5 6 4 2 12 5 7 5 0 0 10 7
Belgium 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Cyprus 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
Iceland 45 5 0 0 6 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 8 0 0 7 0 0 0
Spain 18 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 2 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Denmark 195 12 10 12 8 7 1 8 10 12 10 4 12 10 12 10 0 12 0 10 12 1 12 10
Germany 96 0 8 5 0 10 0 0 3 4 6 0 6 12 2 12 1 0 0 2 8 0 5 12
Switzerland 14 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
Croatia 70 0 0 0 0 8 8 0 0 10 0 0 0 2 0 6 6 0 10 6 0 8 0 6
Sweden 88 0 0 6 5 1 0 4 5 0 5 0 4 6 10 8 3 0 6 7 0 12 6 0
Macedonia 29 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
Finland 18 0 5 0 7 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Latvia 136 4 4 7 12 3 0 0 12 1 12 1 10 7 8 7 7 0 10 3 12 0 8 8
Turkey 59 0 12 0 0 12 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 1 10 5 0 1 5 4 0 0 5
Ireland 92 2 3 10 4 4 2 10 6 0 4 7 2 3 5 0 8 5 4 0 1 1 7 4
Austria 34 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 8 0 2 4 0 0 0 3 5 4 2


12 points

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

N. Recipient nation Voting nation
8 Denmarkmarker Germanymarker, Icelandmarker, Irelandmarker, Israelmarker, Latviamarker, Russiamarker, Swedenmarker, United Kingdommarker
4 Latviamarker Belgiummarker, Estoniamarker, Finlandmarker, Norwaymarker
Russiamarker Croatiamarker, Cyprusmarker, Maltamarker, Romaniamarker
3 Germanymarker Austriamarker, Spainmarker, Switzerlandmarker
2 Turkeymarker Francemarker, Netherlandsmarker
1 Icelandmarker Denmarkmarker
Romaniamarker Macedoniamarker
Swedenmarker Turkeymarker


Commentators

  • Israel - No commentator
  • Netherlands - Willem van Beusekom
  • United Kingdom - Terry Wogan
  • Estonia - Marko Reikop
  • France - Julien Lepers
  • Romania - TBD
  • Malta - TBD
  • Norway - Jostein Pedersen
  • Russia - Alexey Zhuravlev & Tatiana Godunova
  • Belgium - Jean-Pierre Hautier (RTBF), André Vermeulen & Anja Daems (VRT)
  • Cyprus - Evi Papamichail
  • Iceland - Gísli Marteinn Baldursson
  • Spain - José Luis Uribarri
  • Denmark - Keld Heick
  • Germany - Peter Urban
  • Switzerland - TBD
  • Croatia - Aleksandar Kostadinov
  • Sweden - Pernilla Månsson Colt
  • Macedonia - Milanka Rašik
  • Finland - Jani Juntunen
  • Latvia - Kārlis Streips
  • Turkey - Ömer Önder
  • Ireland - Marty Whelan
  • Austria - Andi Knoll


Spokespersons

  • Israel - Yoav Ginai
  • Netherlands - Marlayne (Dutch representative in 1999)
  • United Kingdom - Colin Berry
  • Estonia - Evelin Samuel (Estonian representative in 1999)
  • France - Marie Myriam (French representative in 1977)
  • 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
  • Turkey - Osman Erkan
  • Ireland - Derek Mooney
  • Austria - Dodo Roscic



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