Eurovision Song Contest 2002 – The Results

Marie N at Eurovision 2002

From Wikipedia:

The Eurovision Song Contest 2002 was the 47th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place on 25 May 2002 at the Saku Suurhall Arena in Tallinn, Estonia.

The contest was won by Latvia’s Marie N and her song “I Wanna”, which won by a tight margin over Malta’s Ira Losco. Third place went to both the United Kingdom and host country Estonia, with France completing the Top five.

There had been worries about whether Estonian broadcaster ETV would be able to fund the event; however, worries were put to rest when a combination of fundraising activities and the Estonian Government enabled them to host the event. The theme implemented for this year’s contest was ‘a modern fairytale’, which was evident in the postcards aired between the songs, which showed classic fairytales ending with Estonian situations.

The show began with 2001 winners Tanel Padar and Dave Benton performing a reprise of their winning entry “Everybody”. 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.

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 six countries from the 2001 contest relegated from taking part.

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 won the Contest) to enter.

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 singer Sarit Hadad. Hadad received zero points from the Swedish audience but earned two from the Belgians, finishing 12th overall.

Draw Country Language Artist Song Place Points
01 Cyprus English One Gimme 6 85
02 United Kingdom English Jessica Garlick Come back 3 111
03 Austria English Manuel Ortega Say a word 18 26
04 Greece English Michalis Rakintzis S.A.G.A.P.O. 17 27
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
08 Estonia English Sahlene Runaway 3 111
09 Macedonia Macedonian Karolina Gočeva Od nas zavisi 19 25
10 Israel Hebrew, English Sarit Hadad Light a candle 12 37
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 13[8] 33
16 Belgium English Sergio & The Ladies Sister 13 33
17 France French Sandrine François Il faut du temps 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
21 Romania English Monica Anghel
& Marcel Pavel
Tell me why 9 71
22 Slovenia Slovene Sestre Samo ljubezen 13 33
23 Latvia English Marie N I Wanna 1 176
24 Lithuania English Aivaras Happy you 23 12

 

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