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The Eurovision Song Contest 2000 was the 45th in the series since the first in 1956 and the first contest of the new millennium. It was held in Stockholm, Sweden, as a result of Charlotte Nilsson's victory in 1999. It was held in Globen Arena, with Latvia making their first entry with My Star by Brainstorm. Finland, FYR Macedonia, Romania, Russia and Switzerland returned to this contest, whilst Poland, Portugal, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Lithuania and Slovenia pulled out or were relegated. The contest was won by Denmark's Olsen Brothers with Fly on the Wings of Love.

Globe Arena at the time, was the largest venue chosen to host the contest with a capacity of 16,000 seats. The postcards used to introduce each country participating involved Swedish themes that incorporated each nation in some respect. The logo for the contest, a pair of open mouth lips, was chosen by SVT and was described by its designers as "a sensual, yet stylistically pure mouth representing song, dialogue and speech", and was later one of the possible choices for the generic logo introduced at the 2004 Contest.


For the first time, an official CD of the contest was released; it contained all of the songs of the participating nations and was available throughout Europe. Such a disc was attempted in the previous year, however it didn't have four of the competing songs.

The contest was broadcast in Canada, Japan and the United States for the first time, as well as streamed on the Internet.

2000

Official album cover

Format

SVT announced on July 7, 1999 that Globen would host the contest in Stockholm. This was because it would be cheaper and that Stockholm hadn't hosted since 1975, after ABBA's victory.

Design

The graphic design programme for this year's contest was developed by SDL (Stockholm Design Lab) and was centred around a stylised mouth symbol. It was given the Excellent Swedish Design award later that year. The softness of the mouth was contrasted with a pointy typeface, made specifically for the contest.

The intermission during the finale of the ESC was "Once Upon a Time, Europe Was Covered With Ice", a movie/song directed, composed and edited by Johan Söderberg and produced by John Nordling. For the film Söderberg had traveled all over Europe to record children performing the score. On stage were violinist Caroline Lundgren (who also opened the contest), drummer Strängnäs Trumkorps plus street musicians from Stockholm and dancers from the Bounce Street Dance Company and produced by John Nordling. [1]

Incidents

Israel, who opened the contest, started with a group of Israeli and Syrian flags being waved, to try and get peace between the two countries. The two male singers in the group ran up to each other and kissed for a brief moment.

The Russian delegation (Alsou) wanted the winners, the Olsen Brothers, to be disqualified, because Jorgen Olsen, one of the duo, used a vocoder to give himself an electronic voice for one verse. The EBU rejected this, and the Olsens won anyway.

In the Netherlands, their broadcaster NOS, had to stop broadcasting the Contest part-way through, because of the Enschede Fireworks Disaster earlier that day and deemed it wise to focus on that rather than a "light entertainment programme". Consequently, they sent a stand-by jury, as televoting was then unavailable.

Also, the popular catchphrase "Good Evening Europe", is introduced.

Results

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Israel Israel PingPong Be Happy Hebrew, English -- 22 7
02 Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands Linda Wagenmakers No Goodbyes English -- 13 40
03 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Nicki French Don't Play That Song Again -- 16 28
04 Flag of Estonia Estonia Ines Once in a Lifetime -- 4 98
05 France France Sofia Mestari On Aura Le Ciel French We'll have the sky 23 5
06 Flag of Romania Romania Taxi The Moon English -- 17 25
07 Flag of Malta Malta Claudette Pace Desire English, Maltese -- 8 73
08 Norway Norway Charmed My Heart Goes Boom English -- 11 57
09 Flag of Russia Russia Alsou Solo -- 2 155
10 Flag of Belgium Belgium Nathalie Sorce Envie de vivre French Will to live 24 2
11 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Voice Nomiza Greek, Italian I believed 21 8
12 Flag of Iceland Iceland August & Telma Tell Me! English -- 12 45
13 Flag of Spain Spain Serafin Zubiri Colgado de un sueño Spanish Hanging from a Dream 18 18
14 Flag of Denmark Denmark Olsen Brothers Fly on the Wings of Love English -- 1 195
15 Flag of Germany Germany Stefan Raab Wadde hadde dudde da? German What do you have there? 5 96
16 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Jane Bogaert La vita cos'è? Italian What is life? 20 14
17 Flag of Croatia Croatia Goran Karan Kad zaspu anđeli Croatian When the angels fall asleep 9 70
18 Flag of Sweden Sweden Roger Pontare When Spirits Are Calling My Name English -- 7 88
19 Flag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia XXL 100% te ljubam Macedonian, English I love you 100% 15 29
20 Flag of Finland Finland Nina Astrom A Little Bit English -- 18 18
21 Flag of Latvia Latvia Brainstorm My Star -- 3 136
22 Flag of Turkey Turkey Pinar Ayhan & The SOS Yorgunum Anla Turkish, English Understand That I'm Weary 10 59
23 Flag of Ireland Ireland Eamonn Toal Millennium of Love English -- 6 92
24 Flag of Austria Austria The Rounder Girls All To You -- 14 34

References

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