Eurovision Song Contest 2001

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Eurovision Song Contest 2001
ESC 2001 logo.svg
Dates
Final12 May 2001 (2001-05-12)
Host
VenueParken Stadium
Copenhagen, Denmark
Presenter(s)
Directed byJan Frifelt
Executive supervisorChristine Marchal-Ortiz
Executive producerJørgen Ramskov
Host broadcasterDR
Opening act"Fly on the Wings of Love" and "Walk Right Back" performed by the Olsen Brothers
Interval actMedley of Aqua hits performed by Aqua feat. Safri Duo
Websiteeurovision.tv/event/copenhagen-2001 Edit this at Wikidata
Participants
Number of entries23
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countries
Non-returning countries
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Vote
Voting systemEach country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs.
Nul pointsNone
Winning song Estonia
"Everybody"
2000 ← Eurovision Song Contest → 2002

The Eurovision Song Contest 2001 was the 46th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, following the country's victory at the 2000 contest with the song "Fly on the Wings of Love" by Olsen Brothers. It was the second time Denmark had hosted the contest, having previously done so in 1964. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Danmarks Radio (DR), the contest was held at the Parken Stadium, with the final on 12 May 2001. The live show was presented by Natasja Crone Back and Søren Pilmark.[1]

Twenty-three countries took part in the contest. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, and Slovenia returned after their relegation from the previous edition. Greece also returned after their one-year absence, following financial trouble.[2] Meanwhile, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, Macedonia, Romania, and Switzerland were relegated.

The winner was Estonia with the song "Everybody", performed by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL and written by Ivar Must and Maian-Anna Karmas. This was Estonia's first victory in the contest - and first top-three placing - in 7 years of participation. It was the first time one of the Baltic states, and one of the former Soviet republics, had won the contest. It was also the first 'new' winning country since Yugoslavia in 1989. Denmark, Greece, France and Sweden rounded out the top five. Greece achieved their best result so far in the contest. Meanwhile, Ireland finished in 21st place, giving the nation its worst placement up to this point.

Location[edit]

Locations of the candidate cities: the chosen host city is marked in blue, while the eliminated cities are marked in red.
Parken Stadium, Copenhagen - host venue of the 2001 contest.

Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, was the chosen host city. The venue choice for the contest was Parken Stadium, the national football stadium, located in the Indre Østerbro district of Copenhagen, Denmark, built from 1990 to 1992.

The Danish national broadcaster (DR) faced some problems whilst organising the contest such as a lack of funds and the search for a suitable venue. The three largest cities in Denmark - Copenhagen, Aarhus and Odense - all made bids to host the contest. Eventually, DR chose the large football stadium Parken as the host venue, after the company running the stadium agreed to add a retractable roof to the building. This solution made it the biggest venue ever to host a Eurovision Song Contest with room for an audience of 38,000, breaking the record of 16,000 held by the previous year's hosts Sweden.[1] However, the scale of it all wasn't entirely a success: many audience members could not see the stage, and for many entries the hall appeared to be too big.[2]

Format[edit]

The show was opened by the reigning champions, the Olsen Brothers, with a snippet from their winning Eurovision song, followed by their latest single "Walk Right Back", which was already a smash hit in Denmark at the time. The presenters Natasja Crone Back, journalist and TV-show presenter, and Søren Pilmark, renowned actor of stage and screen, spoke most of their announcements in rhyming couplets, albeit not during the voting.

The logo of the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest was made out of four circles, placed in the shape of a heart. The four circles were also present in the stage design, with the light construction made of the same four rings. The whole rig could be formed into various shapes to add to each countrys staging.[2]

Changes occurred in the qualification process for the 2002 Contest: along with the "Big 4" countries, the top 15 placed countries would qualify for next year's competition. The other spots for 2002 would be filled by countries that were excluded from the 2001 contest because of their low point average for the years 1996–2000.[2] Had the older qualification rule still been in use, the relegated countries from 2002 would have been Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia.

Draw for the running order took place on 21 November 2000.[3]

Incidents[edit]

Controversy was again rife in the contest: the United Kingdom TV commentator Terry Wogan repeatedly made critical comments about the hosts and dubbed them "Doctor Death and the Tooth Fairy/The Little Mermaid" after providing their entire commentary in rhyming couplets.[4] The Danes were so offended that the BBC was obliged to issue an apology on Wogan's comments.[4]

Controversy also surrounded the Swedish song, "Listen To Your Heartbeat", which was repeatedly accused as a plagiarism of the Belgian entry for the 1996 Contest, "Liefde is een kaartspel".[5] Eventually the EBU decided for the matter to be settled in court, with the song allowed to compete as long as the courts did not declare the song as plagiarism.[2][6]

At first this was denied by the Swedish songwriters, one of whom was Thomas G:son, but after the Belgian songwriters and the author's organisation SABAM pressed for legal action, a cash settlement was agreed.[7][8]

During the voting the Danish band Aqua performed with a medley of their singles, with percussion ensemble Safri Duo performing in the medley.[2] Although enjoyable, people complained about it being a little bit "rude" as there was some swearing during the performance, both at the beginning and end of "Barbie Girl".

Participating countries[edit]

Due to the EBU's relegation rule of the lowest ranked countries from the contest had to miss the follow year's contest, meant several countries could not participate, while relegated countries from the 1999 contest were able to return this year. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, and Slovenia returned, while Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, Macedonia, Romania, and Switzerland, the seven countries with the lowest average result in the past five contests, were relegated. This brought the total number of participating countries to twenty-three.[1]

Prior to the contest France, Greece and Slovenia were the heavy favourites to win, however, as the voting progressed it became a two-horse race between Estonia and the host country Denmark.[2]

Dave Benton, who was born and raised in Aruba, was the first black person and, at the age of 50 years and 101 days, the oldest contestant at the time to win the contest.[1]

Returning artists[edit]

Lead Artists[9][edit]

Artist Country Previous Year(s)
Tanel Padar (along with Dave Benton and 2XL)  Estonia 2000 (as a backing vocalist for Ines)

Results[edit]

Draw Country Artist Song Language[10] Place[11] Points
01  Netherlands Michelle "Out on My Own" English 18 16
02  Iceland Two Tricky "Angel" English 22 3
03  Bosnia and Herzegovina Nino Pršeš "Hano" Bosnian, English 14 29
04  Norway Haldor Lægreid "On My Own" English 22 3
05  Israel Tal Sondak "En Davar" (אין דבר) Hebrew 16 25
06  Russia Mumiy Troll "Lady Alpine Blue" English 12 37
07  Sweden Friends "Listen to Your Heartbeat" English 5 100
08  Lithuania SKAMP "You Got Style" English, Lithuanian[a] 13 35
09  Latvia Arnis Mednis "Too Much" English 18 16
10  Croatia Vanna "Strings of My Heart" English 10 42
11  Portugal MTM "Só sei ser feliz assim" Portuguese 17 18
12  Ireland Gary O'Shaughnessy "Without Your Love" English 21 6
13  Spain David Civera "Dile que la quiero" Spanish 6 76
14  France Natasha St-Pier "Je n'ai que mon âme" French, English 4 142
15  Turkey Sedat Yüce "Sevgiliye Son" Turkish, English 11 41
16  United Kingdom Lindsay Dracass "No Dream Impossible" English 15 28
17  Slovenia Nuša Derenda "Energy" English 7 70
18  Poland Piasek "2 Long" English 20 11
19  Germany Michelle "Wer Liebe lebt" German, English 8 66
20  Estonia Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL "Everybody" English 1 198
21  Malta Fabrizio Faniello "Another Summer Night" English 9 48
22  Greece Antique "(I Would) Die for You" Greek, English 3 147
23  Denmark Rollo & King "Never Ever Let You Go" English 2 177

Scoreboard[edit]

The majority of participating countries held a televote, where the top ten most voted for songs were awarded the 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points. This year the EBU introduced for the first time a mix of voting systems (50% televoting and 50% jury) for those countries that didn't want to use 100% televoting. Only three votes were allowed per household.[12]

According to the EBU rules (published on 05/10/00), every broadcaster was free to make a choice between the full televoting system and the mixed 50-50 system. In exceptional circumstances, where televoting was not possible at all, only a jury was used: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey and Russia. Only a few countries are confirmed to have used the mixed voting system: Croatia, Greece and Malta.

Voting results[13]
Voting procedure used:
  100% Televoting
  50% Jury & televote
  100% Jury vote
Total score
Netherlands
Iceland
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Norway
Israel
Russia
Sweden
Lithuania
Latvia
Croatia
Portugal
Ireland
Spain
France
Turkey
United Kingdom
Slovenia
Poland
Germany
Estonia
Malta
Greece
Denmark
Contestants
Netherlands 16 5 1 6 4
Iceland 3 1 2
Bosnia and Herzegovina 29 4 10 7 1 7
Norway 3 3
Israel 25 6 10 7 2
Russia 37 5 3 10 8 4 2 5
Sweden 100 7 3 2 8 2 2 6 4 5 8 5 2 8 8 5 7 8 10
Lithuania 35 5 1 2 4 10 1 5 1 4 2
Latvia 16 8 8
Croatia 42 7 10 5 3 10 7
Portugal 18 6 12
Ireland 6 1 5
Spain 76 7 2 5 4 12 5 4 7 3 5 6 3 1 1 3 8
France 142 8 4 12 7 2 12 6 7 7 6 12 7 3 1 6 6 10 6 10 4 6
Turkey 41 3 7 7 7 4 10 3
United Kingdom 28 2 3 3 3 3 2 4 1 2 2 3
Slovenia 70 4 6 10 6 1 4 7 4 8 2 2 1 6 4 5
Poland 11 2 3 5 1
Germany 66 1 3 8 1 1 10 6 10 6 3 2 4 1 5 1 4
Estonia 198 12 10 4 10 6 6 8 12 12 2 10 8 8 12 12 12 12 10 12 12 8
Malta 48 3 1 5 7 3 1 4 2 1 3 1 2 3 12
Greece 147 6 8 8 8 10 5 12 5 2 5 4 5 12 3 5 7 8 8 8 6 7 5
Denmark 177 10 12 12 7 10 6 10 12 8 12 7 4 4 10 10 7 12 12 6 6

12 points[edit]

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

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
9  Estonia  Greece,  Latvia,  Lithuania,  Malta,  Netherlands,  Poland,  Slovenia,  Turkey,  United Kingdom
6  Denmark  Croatia,  Estonia,  Germany,  Iceland,  Ireland,  Norway
3  France  Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Portugal,  Russia
2  Greece  Spain,  Sweden
1  Spain  Israel
 Malta  Denmark
 Portugal  France

International broadcasts and voting[edit]

Voting and spokespersons[edit]

The spokespersons announced the score from their respective country's televote (or, in some cases, national jury) in running order.

  1.  NetherlandsMarlayne (Dutch representative in 1999)
  2.  Iceland – Eva María Jónsdóttir
  3.  Bosnia and Herzegovina – Segmedina Srna
  4.  NorwayRoald Øyen
  5.  Israel – Yoav Ginai (Winner of the 1998 contest, as lyricist)[14]
  6.  Russia – Larisa Verbitskaya
  7.  SwedenJosefine Sundström[15]
  8.  Lithuania – Loreta Tarozaitė[16]
  9.  LatviaRenārs Kaupers (Latvian representative in 2000 as part of Brainstorm, later co-presenter of the 2003 contest)
  10.  Croatia – Daniela Trbović[17]
  11.  Portugal – Margarida Mercês de Melo[18]
  12.  IrelandBláthnaid Ní Chofaigh
  13.  Spain – Jennifer Rope
  14.  FranceCorinne Hermès (Winner of the 1983 contest for Luxembourg)[19]
  15.  Turkey – Meltem Ersan Yazgan
  16.  United KingdomColin Berry
  17.  Slovenia – Mojca Mavec
  18.  Poland – Maciej Orłoś
  19.  GermanyAxel Bulthaupt
  20.  Estonia – Ilomai Küttim "Elektra"
  21.  Malta – Marbeck Spiteri[20]
  22.  Greece – Alexis Kostalas[21]
  23.  DenmarkGry Johansen (Danish representative in 1983)[22]

Commentators[edit]

Most countries sent commentators to Copenhagen or commented from their own country, in order to add insight to the participants and, if necessary, the provision of voting information.

Participating countries[edit]

Non-participating countries[edit]

Official album[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2001
ESC 2001 album cover.jpg
Compilation album by
Released5 May 2001
GenrePop
Length70:09
LabelEMI / CMC
Eurovision Song Contest chronology
Eurovision Song Contest: Stockholm 2000
(2000)
Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2001
(2001)
Eurovision Song Contest: Tallinn 2002
(2002)

Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2001 was the official compilation album of the 2001 Contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and released by EMI Records and CMC International on 5 May 2001. The album featured all 23 songs that entered in the 2001 contest.[43]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[44] 4

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Contains some words in German and French
  2. ^ Although Australia was not eligible to enter the contest at the time, the event was broadcast on SBS. As is the case each year, it did not however broadcast it live due to the difference in Australian time zones. This year, the broadcast contained a locally produced addition of a studio audience of young representatives from the competing countries. However, after a number of complaints, they showed the United Kingdom's broadcast, including commentary from Terry Wogan, a few weeks later.[37]
  3. ^ After the breakup of Yugoslavia, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia last participated in 1992. YU Info channel broadcast the show, although Yugoslavia did not participate.

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External links[edit]

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