Sunday, 14 October 2012

Eurovision Song Contest 2002

Marie N

Date: May 25, 2002
Venue: Saku Suurhall, Tallinn, Estonia
Presenters: Annely Peebo, Marko Matvere
Director: Marius Bratten
Scruteneer: Christine Marchal-Ortiz
Host broadcaster: ETV
Interval act: Dance performance directed and choreographed by Teet Kask
Duration: 3 hours
Number of entries: 24
Debuting countries: -
Returning countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Romania, Switzerland
Withdrawing countries: Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal
Winning Song: I Wanna - Marie N, Latvia
Voting system: Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs


01. Cyprus: One - Gimme (6th place, 85 points)
02. UK: Jessica Garlick - Come vack (3rd place, 111 points)
03. Austria: Manuel Ortega - Say a word (18th place, 26 points)
04. Greece: Michalis Rakintzis - S.A.G.A.P.O. - 17th place, 27 points)
05. Spain: Rosa - Europe's living a celebration (7th place, 81 points)
06. Croatia: Vesna Pisarović - Everything I want (11th pace, 44 points)
07. Russia: Prime Minister - Northern girl (10th place, 55 points)
08. Estonia: Sahlene - Runaway (3rd place, 111 points)
09. F.Y.R. Macedonia: Karolina Gočeva - Od nas zavisi (19th place, 25 points)
10. Israel: Sarit Hadad - Light a candle (12th place, 37 points)
11. Switzerland: Francine Jordi - Dans le jardin de mon âme (22nd place, 15 points)
12. Sweden: Afro-dite - Never let it go (8th place, 72 points)
13. Finland: Laura Voutilainen - Addicted to you (20th place, 24 points)
14. denmark: Malene - Tell me who you are (24th place, 7 points)
15. Bosnia & Herzegovina: Maja Tatić - Na jastuku za dvoje (13th place, 33 points)
16. Belgium: Sergio & The Ladies - sister (13th place, 33 points)
17. France: Sandrine François - Il faut du temps (5th place, 104 points)
18. Germany: Corinna May - I can't live without music (21st place, 17 points)
19. Turkey: Buket Bengisu & Group Safir - Leylaklar soldu kalbinde (16th place, 29 points)
20. Malta: Ira Losco - 7th Wonder (2nd place, 164 points)
21. Romania: Monica Anghel & Marcel Pavel - Telle me why (9th place, 71 points)
22. Slovenia: Sestre - Samo ljubezen (13th place, 33 points)
23. Latvia: Marie N - I wanna (1st place, 176 points)
24. Lithuania: Aivaras - Happy you (23rd place, 12 points)


The Eurovision Song Contest 2002 was the 47th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place on May 25 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 5.

I Wanna was the winning song in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 performed in English by Marie N representing Latvia. With this victory, Latvia became the second Baltic state to win the Contest. The song was written by Marie Naumova and Marats Samauskis.

Jessica Garlick

The song is particularly famous for Marie's performance. She began wearing a white suit and a trilby hat, which was removed by one of her dancers. As the song continued, other dancers removed her suit jacket and her dark shirt, revealing the top of a red dress. The suit trousers were then removed, revealing the bottom half of the short dress. On the final beat of the song, the hem was pulled, revealing the dress to be much longer. This visual performance was also supported by a Salsa-style song, which made full use of the more up-beat tempos increasingly finding success in the Contest.


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.

Sarit Hadad

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.[3][4]

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.


The Danes suffered the same fate at this contest, as the Norwegians had suffered some years earlier. Denmark won in 2000, came second in 2001 and last in 2002. Norway won in 1995, came second in 1996 and last in 1997, where it picked up its fourth nul points, a Eurovision record for the most scorless entries. The Danish entry in 2002, Malene Mortensen, had been one of the favorites to win.


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 FYR Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina used juries, while Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Croatia, Malta, Slovenia and Lithuania used a 50-50 mix of both televoting and jury votes. This was used as it had become apparent that the public vote favored 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.

 Ira Losco

Returning artists

Two atists returned to the contest. Constantinos Christoforou, member of the Cypriot band One, represented Cyprus in 1996 and Monica Anghel represented Romania in 1996 but stranded in the Pre-qualifying round.

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.Monica Anghel

Artists Award: Sweden, Afro-dite - Never let it go
Fan Award: Finland, Laura Voutilainen - Addicted to you
Press Award: France, Sandrine François - Il faut du temps

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