Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000

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Eurovision Song Contest 2000
Country  Estonia
National selection
Selection process Eurolaul 2000
Selection date(s) 5 February 2000
Selected entrant Ines
Selected song "Once in a Lifetime"
Finals performance
Final result 4th, 98 points
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1999 2000 2001►

Estonia was represented by Ines, with the song '"Once in a Lifetime", at the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 13 May in Stockholm. "Once in a Lifetime" was chosen as the Estonian entry at the national final, Eurolaul, on 5 February.


Eurolaul was held at the studios of broadcaster ETV in Tallinn, hosted by Marko Reikop. Ten songs took part with the winner being chosen by a 10-member "expert" international jury.[1]

Eurolaul - 5 February 2000
Draw Artist Song Votes Place
1 Maian Kärmas "Mõistus ja tunded" 68 4
2 White Satin "Church of Love" 42 9
3 Ines "Kuulatan su ootamist" 43 8
4 Sarah & Lea "Sunshine" 36 10
5 Maian Kärmas "One Sweet Moment" 57 5
6 Hedvig Hanson & Mac McFall "When We're Flying High" 77 2
7 Siiri Sisask "Goodnight" 45 6=
8 Kate "Verevend" 45 6=
9 Ines "Once in a Lifetime" 98 1
10 Evelin Samuel "Over the Water Blue" 69 3

At Eurovision[edit]

On the night of the final Ines performed 4th in the running order, following the United Kingdom and preceding France. "Once in a Lifetime" had been tipped beforehand as a potential contest winner, and although in the event it never challenged for victory in the voting, at the close it had picked up 98 points, placing Estonia 4th of the 24 entries, their highest finish to date. However Ines claimed in a 2002 BBC documentary that she had been widely criticised on her return to Estonia, where people had been fully expecting a victory and felt let down that she had been unable to deliver it.[2]

Points awarded by Estonia[edit]

12 points  Latvia
10 points  Russia
8 points  Denmark
7 points  Finland
6 points  Iceland
5 points  Sweden
4 points  Ireland
3 points  Norway
2 points  United Kingdom
1 point  Malta
Points awarded to Estonia (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

See also[edit]