Eurovision Song Contest 2003

For the first time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, Latvia and its capital Riga were the hosts of the event which should feature one of the most exciting votings in recent history,

In 2003, another country entered the song contest: for the first time, the Ukraine participated and sent one of their biggest stars: Olexandr Ponomariov. In total, 26 countries took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in the Latvian capital of Riga which would mark a new Eurovision record. The famous Russian duo, t.A.T.u., decided to enter the contest and kept both the organisation and the press busy during the rehearsal week by not caring about rehearsal schedules and boycotting press conferences. Eventually, the alleged lesbian duo finished third after Turkey and Belgium.

Turkey won the contest for the first time after an exciting voting. The winner was not obvious before the last country, Slovenia, had delivered their votes which would give the victory to Sertab Erener, one of the biggest stars in Turkey.

Sertab had studied at Turkish conservatoriums and had previously released lots of award-winning albums and had recorded duets with the likes of Ricky Martin and José Carreras. Her song Every Way That I Can was a combination of oriental melodies and pop and was specially re-mixed for the Eurovision Song Contest to make it more appealing to televoters.

The United Kingdom entry Cry Baby performed by the duo Jemini came in at a disappointing last place, scoring no points at all. The group claimed that there had been severe problems with the monitor speakers and that this was the reason why they performed so badly. It was the first time ever that an entry from the United Kingdom got the dreaded nil points.

The Belgian song Sanomi by Urban Trad was one of the most interesting songs in recent Eurovision Song Contest history as it was sung in a made-up language. No-one had expected them to score that well though ending up in surprising second place.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 24 May 2003


Skonto Olympic Hall, Riga, Latvia


Sertab Erener from Turkey




Marie N. & Renars Kaupers

EBU Scrutineer

Sarah Yuen


Sven Stojanovic

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Iceland
Flag of IcelandRÚV
Birgitta Open Your Heart 081 08
02 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Alf Poier Weil Der Mensch Zählt 101 06
03 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Mickey Harte We’ve Got The World 053 11
04 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Sertab Erener Everyway That I Can 167 01
05 Malta
Flag of MaltaPBS
Lynn Chirchop To Dream Again 004 25
06 Bosnia & Herzegovina
Flag of Bosnia & HerzegovinaPBSBIH
Mija Martina Ne Brini 027 16
07 Portugal
Flag of PortugalRTP
Rita Guerra Deixa-me Sonhar 013 22
08 Croatia
Flag of CroatiaHRT
Claudia Beni Više Nisam Tvoja 029 15
09 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Stelios Constantas Feeling Alive 015 20
10 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Lou Let’s Get Happy 053 11
11 Russia
Flag of RussiaC1R
t.A.T.u. Ne Ver’, Ne Boisia 164 03
12 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Beth Dime 081 08
13 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Lior Narkis Words For Love 017 19
14 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Esther Hart One More Night 045 13
15 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Jemini Cry Baby 000 26
16 Ukraine
Flag of UkraineNTU
Olexandr Hasta La Vista 030 14
17 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Mando Never Let You Go 025 17
18 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Jostein Hasselgård I'm Not Afraid To Move On 123 04
19 France
Flag of FranceFrance 3
Louisa Baileche Monts Et Merveilles 019 18
20 Poland
Flag of PolandTVP
Ich Troje Keine Grenzen - Zadnych Granic 090 07
21 Latvia
Flag of LatviaLTV
F.L.Y. Hello From Mars 005 24
22 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumRTBF
Urban Trad Sanomi 165 02
23 Estonia
Flag of EstoniaERR
Ruffus Eighties Coming Back 014 21
24 Romania
Flag of RomaniaTVR
Nicola Don’t Break My Heart 073 10
25 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Fame Give Me Your Love 107 05
26 Slovenia
Flag of SloveniaRTVSLO
Karmen Nanana 007 23


Participant Austria Belgium Bosnia & Herzegovina Croatia Cyprus Estonia France Germany Greece Iceland Ireland Israel Latvia Malta Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Slovenia Spain Sweden The Netherlands Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Points Place
Iceland Iceland
365111731212147684 81 8
Austria Austria
2554622104810786868 101 6
Ireland Ireland
1472156725112 53 11
Turkey Turkey
1212121081010737410281010381227 167 1
Malta Malta
31 4 25
Bosnia & Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina
7812 27 16
Portugal Portugal
6223 13 22
Croatia Croatia
561683 29 15
Cyprus Cyprus
1212 15 20
Germany Germany
12842351741024 53 11
Russia Russia
87312101278104101212447126211012 164 3
Spain Spain
1076561212561452 81 8
Israel Israel
8351 17 19
The Netherlands The Netherlands
8252751051 45 13
United Kingdom United Kingdom
- 26
Ukraine Ukraine
345108 30 14
Greece Greece
1251214 25 17
Norway Norway
26103712123766534512776 123 4
France France
8326 19 18
Poland Poland
105451268104453482 90 7
Latvia Latvia
5 5 24
Belgium Belgium
410381268710810312683312107105 165 2
Estonia Estonia
1823 14 21
Romania Romania
67124446181210116 73 10
Sweden Sweden
34121723556877312673510 107 5
Slovenia Slovenia
43 7 23