The Eurovision Song Contest 2002 was the 47th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. The contest 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 took place on 25 May 2002.
There had been worries early in the proceedings whether Estonian broadcaster ETV would be able to fund the contest; however, worries were put to rest when a combination of fundraising activities and the Estonian Government enabled them to host the event. 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 aired between the songs, which showed classic fairytales ending in modern Estonian situations.
The final took place on the 25 May 2002 at the Saku Suurhall. Opening the show were the reigning champions; Tanel Padar and Dave Benton, performing a shorter reprise of their winning entry. The hosts for the evening, Annely Peebo and Marko Matvere, gave a performance of "A Little Story in the Music", composed by Raimond Valgre and arranged especially for the event, during the commercial break between the songs from Sweden and Finland.
The contest was won by Latvia, represented by Marie N with the song "I Wanna", which scored a total of 176 points, beating the runner-up Malta by a tight margin of 12 points. The United Kingdom and host country Estonia shared 3rd place with 111 points each, while France finished in 5th place with 104 points.
Despite being one of the favourites to win the contest, Denmark finished last with just 7 points and had to sit out of the following year's contest.
|02||United Kingdom||English||Jessica Garlick||"Come Back"||3||111|
|03||Austria||English||Manuel Ortega||"Say a Word"||18||26|
|05||Spain||Spanish, English||Rosa||"Europe's Living a Celebration"||7||81|
|06||Croatia||English||Vesna Pisarović||"Everything I Want"||11||44|
|07||Russia||English||Prime Minister||"Northern Girl"||10||55|
|09||Macedonia||Macedonian||Karolina Gočeva||"Od nas zavisi" (Од нас зависи)||19||25|
|10||Israel||Hebrew, English||Sarit Hadad||"Nadlik Beyakhad Ner (Light a Candle)"
(נדליק ביחד נר)
|11||Switzerland||French||Francine Jordi||"Dans le jardin de mon âme"||22||15|
|12||Sweden||English||Afro-dite||"Never Let It Go"||8||72|
|13||Finland||English||Laura Voutilainen||"Addicted To You"||20||24|
|14||Denmark||English||Malene||"Tell Me Who You Are"||24||7|
|15||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Serbian, English||Maja Tatić||"Na jastuku za dvoje" (На јастуку за двоје)||13||33|
|16||Belgium||English||Sergio & The Ladies||"Sister"||13||33|
|17||France||French||Sandrine François||"Il faut du temps (je me battrai pour ça)"||5||104|
|18||Germany||English||Corinna May||"I Can't Live Without Music"||21||17|
|19||Turkey||Turkish, English||Buket Bengisu
& Group Safir
|"Leylaklar Soldu Kalbinde"||16||29|
|20||Malta||English||Ira Losco||"7th Wonder"||2||164|
& Marcel Pavel
|"Tell Me Why"||9||71|
|23||Latvia||English||Marie N||"I Wanna"||1||176|