Eurovision Song Contest 2002
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|Eurovision Song Contest 2002
'"A Modern Fairytale"'
|Final date||25 May 2002|
|Executive supervisor||Christine Marchal-Ortiz|
|Host broadcaster||Eesti Televisioon (ETV)|
|Opening act||Tanel Padar & Dave Benton performing "Everybody"|
|Interval act||Dance performance directed and choreographed by Teet Kask (during voting). Annely Peebo & Marko Matvere performing "A Little Story in the Music"|
|Number of entries||24|
|Returning countries|| Austria
|Withdrawing countries|| Iceland
|Voting system||Each country awards 1-8, 10, and 12 points to their 10 favourite countries|
|Winning song|| Latvia
|Eurovision Song Contest|
The Eurovision Song Contest 2002 was the 47th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
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 5.
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.
A total of 24 countries competed in the 2002 Contest, which included the top 17 countries from the previous years 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.
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.
|Constantinos Christoforou (part of One)||Cyprus||1996|
|Monica Anghel||Romania||1996 (Pre-qualifying round)|
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 televoting household shall not be permitted to vote more than three times.
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. This year saw allegations that the juries in use were guilty of swapping votes between each other(Cyprus, Greece, Russia, Macedonia, Malta and Romania).
Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:
|5||Latvia||Estonia, Germany, Israel, Lithuania, Spain|
|3||Malta||Croatia, Denmark, United Kingdom|
|Spain||Belgium, France, Switzerland|
|Sweden||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
Marcel Bezençon Awards
The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first handed out during the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia honoring 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. The awards are divided into 3 categories; Press Award; Artistic Award; and Fan Award.
|Artists Award||Sweden||"Never Let It Go"||Afro-dite||8th||72|
(voted by members of OGAE)
|Finland||"Addicted to You"||Laura Voutilainen||20th||24|
|Press Award||France||"Il faut du temps"||Sandrine François||5th||104|
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.
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
- Cyprus - Melani Steliou
- United Kingdom - Colin Berry (his final year as spokesperson)
- Austria - Dodo Roščić
- Greece - Alexis Kostalas
- Spain - Anne Igartiburu
- Croatia - Duško Čurlić
- Russia - Arina Sharapova
- Estonia - Ilomai Küttim "Elektra"
- Macedonia - Biljana Debarlieva
- Israel - Michal Zoharetz
- Switzerland - Diana Jörg
- Sweden - Kristin Kaspersen
- Finland - Marion Rung (Finnish representative in 1962 and 1973)
- Denmark - Signe Svendsen (Danish representative as member of Rollo & King in 2001)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina - Segmedina Srna
- Belgium - Geena Lisa Peeters
- France - Marie Myriam (Eurovision winner for France in 1977)
- Germany - Axel Bulthaupt
- Turkey - Meltem Ersan Yazgan
- Malta - Yvette Portelli
- Romania - Leonard Miron
- Slovenia - Nuša Derenda (Slovene representative in 2001)
- Latvia - Ēriks Niedra
- Lithuania - Loreta Tarozaitė
|Eurovision Song Contest: Tallinn 2002|
|Compilation album by Eurovision Song Contest|
|Released||18 May 2002|
|Eurovision Song Contest chronology|
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.
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