- Eurovision Song Contest 2000
name = Eurovision Song Contest 2000
13 May 2000
Kattis Ahlström, Anders Lundin
host = flagicon|Sweden SVT
Stockholm Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden
winner = flag|Denmark
Fly on the Wings of Love"
vote = Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs
entries = 24
debut = flag|Latvia
return = flag|Finland flag|Macedonia|name=FYR Macedonia flag|Romania flag|Russia flag|Switzerland
withdraw = flag|Bosnia and Herzegovina flag|Lithuania|1989 flag|Poland flag|Portugal flag|Slovenia
null = None
interval = "Street Musicians from Stockholm" film
con = Eurovision Song Contest
pre = ◄1999
nex = 2001►The Eurovision Song Contest 2000 was the 45th
Eurovision Song Contestand was held on May 13, 2000in the Globen Arenain Stockholm, Sweden, following Charlotte Nilsson's victory in Jerusalemthe previous year. It was the first time since 1996 that the contest was held on mainland Europe. The contest was the second to be held in Stockholm, and the fourth held in Sweden. Presenters were Kattis Ahlströmand Anders Lundin. The contest was won by the Olsen Brotherswho represented Denmarkwith the song “Fly on the Wings of Love” (originally: "Smuk som et stjerneskud"). Before the contest, the song was ranked low in most predictions, so the victory was a surprise for many. This year the contest entered a new era in which the production of the show was more exuberant and extravagant. The Globen Arena was, at the time, the largest venue chosen to host the contest with a capacity of 16,000 spectators. The popularity of the contest also excelled throughout Europe because of the televotingprocedure, introduced in 1998, that was becoming more common in participating nations. The postcards used to introduce each country participating involved Swedish themes that incorporated each nation in some respect.
For the first time, an official CD compilation was released; it contained all of the songs of the participating nations and was available throughout Europe. The fans would no longer have to search for their favourite singles containing the individual song. Such a disc was attempted in the previous year, however it lacked four of the entries which basically defeated the whole idea. The disc was also only released in Israel and therefore only available on import in many other countries. The favourite in this year’s contest was
Estonia, who was also a fan favourite and praised by the press. Russiaand Latviaalso anticipated good results. However, as the voting results came in, Denmark immediately took control of the scoreboard, with only a minor challenge from eventual second-place finisher Russia. As expected, Ireland reached a respectable result of 6th place with their traditional ballad. Latvia was very successful in their debut, reaching 3rd place.
There were some controversies concerning some participating countries.
Israel, who opened the contest, entered a group who waved Israeli and Syrian flags advocating peace between the two nations. The two male singers in the group also ran up to each other and kissed for a brief moment. Another striking contribution came from Germany’s Stefan Raab who pursued Europe’s comedic vote. Sweden's unusual song and performance dealt with indigenous people's struggle for their rights. The Russian delegation petitioned for the Olsen Brothers to be disqualified, after they had used a vocoderto give Jorgen Olsen an electronic sound to his voice during one of the verses of their performance. This issue was turned down by the EBU.
In the Netherlands, the Eurovision Song Contest programme was taken off air halfway through because of the
Enschede fireworks disasterthat happened earlier that day. As a result, televoting had to be suspended and the Dutch votes were given by a stand-by professional jury instead, who had been able to keep watching the programme.
The contest was not broadcast in the
Italy, Bulgariaand the Czech Republic, however it was broadcast in Australia, Japan, the United Statesand via the internet for the first time. Slovakia, Greeceand Hungarydecided not to compete for financial reasons. The countries with the five lowest average scores over the previous five contests who had participated in 1999, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Poland, Portugaland Sloveniawere excluded. Italycontinued to decline to participate.
* Israel - Yoav Ginai
* The Netherlands -
* United Kingdom -
* Estonia -
* France -
* Romania -
* Malta - Valerie Vella
* Norway - Marit Åslein
* Russia - Zhanna Agalakova
* Belgium -
Thomas Van Hamme
* Cyprus - Loukas Hamatsos
* Iceland - Ragnheiður Elín Clausen
* Spain - Hugo de Campos
* Denmark -
* Germany -
* Switzerland - Astrid Von Stockar
* Croatia - Marko Rašica
* Sweden - Malin Ekander
* FYR Macedonia - Sandra Todorovska
* Finland - Pia Mäkinen
* Latvia -
* Turkey - Osman Erkan
* Ireland -
* Austria - Dodo Roscic
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