Eurovision Song Contest 2000

In May 2000 the Eurovision Song Contest returned to Stockholm for the first time since 1975. The spectacular show took place in the Globen Arena with a record-breaking 13,000 in attendance.

Big and bold

24 countries participated in the contest in 2000. Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Lithuania, Romania and Bosnia & Herzegovina were all relegated due to their lower average scores. Greece was initially supposed to take part but withdrew.

Latvia made its debut this year with the entry My Star performed by the group Brainstorm, finishing in third position. Estonia finished fourth with Ines' Once In A Lifetime which was the bookmaker's favourite. Internet polls also had the United Kingdom's Nicki French and Linda Wagenmakers from the Netherlands as favourites but these countries only finished 16th and 13th respectively.

13,000 spectators were at the final in the Globen Arena in Stockholm, which was a new record. Swedish broadcaster SVT produced a slick show and provided a new look and feel for the contest as it entered the new millennium.

About the winner

Despite the fact that Denmark's song Fly On The Wings Of Love by the Olsen Brothers climbed in the predicted rankings in the week prior to the final, the Scandinavian country was not a pre-contest favourite. It therefore came as a huge surprise to many when Denmark won. Russia finished second, after the contest the Russian delegation petitioned for the disqualification of the winner because a vocoder had been used during the performance. This was not upheld by the EBU.

Facts & figures

  • For the first time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, an official CD was released which included all 24 songs. The CD issued in 1999 did not contain all tracks due to copyright issues. Since 2000, CDs with all entries have been released every year.
  • The Israeli participants caused a stir when members of the group Ping Pong started waving the Syrian flag during their performance.
  • The Netherlands had to use a back-up jury for their votes because of a large fireworks disaster in the city of Enschede, which meant that only half of the song contest was aired live on Dutch television.
  • The 2000 contest was broadcast on the internet for the first time.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 13 May 2000


Globen, Stockholm, Sweden


Olsen brothers from Denmark




Kattis Åhlström & Anders Lundin

EBU Scrutineer

Christine Marchal-Ortiz

Interval Act

Street Musicians from Stockholm

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Ping Pong Sa'me'akh
Roi Arad / Guy Asif Roi Arad / Guy Asif / Ronen Be...
007 22
02 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Linda Wagenmakers No Goodbyes
Ellert Driessen John O'Hare
040 13
03 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Nicki French Don't Play That Song Again
John Springate / Gary Shephard
028 16
04 Estonia
Flag of EstoniaERR
Ines Once In A Lifetime
Pearu Paulus/ Ilmar Laisaar/ A... Jana Hallas
098 04
05 France
Flag of FranceFrance 3
Sofia Mestari On Aura Le Ciel
Benoît Heinrich Pierre Legay
005 23
06 Romania
Flag of RomaniaTVR
Taxi The Moon
Dan Teodorescu
025 17
07 Malta
Flag of MaltaPBS
Claudette Pace Desire
Philip Vella Gerard James Borg
073 08
08 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Charmed My Heart Goes Boom
Morten Henriksen Tore Madsen
057 11
09 Russia
Flag of RussiaC1R
Alsou Solo
Andrew Lane / Brandon Barus
155 02
10 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumRTBF
Nathalie Sorce Envie De Vivre
Silvio Pezzuto
002 24
11 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Voice Nomiza
Alexandros Panayi
008 21
12 Iceland
Flag of IcelandRÚV
Einer Augúst Víðisson en Telma Augústdóttir Tell Me!
Örlygur Smári Sigurður Örn Jónsson
045 12
13 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Serafín Zubiri Colgado De Un Sueño
José Maria Purón
018 18
14 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Olsen brothers Fly On The Wings Of Love
Jørgen Olsen
195 01
15 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Stefan Raab Wadde Hadde Dudde Da
Stefan Raab
096 05
16 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Jane Bogaert La Vita Cos'è?
Bernie Staub Thomas Marin
014 20
17 Croatia
Flag of CroatiaHRT
Goran Karan Kada Zaspu Andeli
Zdenko Runjic Nenad Nincevic
070 09
18 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Roger Pontare When Spirits Are Calling My Name
Thomas Holmstrand / Linda Jans...
088 07
19 F.Y.R. Macedonia
Flag of F.Y.R. MacedoniaMKRTV
XXL 100\% Te Ljubam
Dragan Karanfilovski Orce Zafirofski / Dragan Karan...
029 15
20 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Nina Åström A Little Bit
Luca Genta Gerrit aan 't Goor
018 18
21 Latvia
Flag of LatviaLTV
BrainStorm My Star
Renars Kaupers
136 03
22 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Pinar Ayhan & S.O.S. band Yorgunum Anla
Sühan Ayhan / Pinar Ayhan / Or...
059 10
23 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Eamonn Toal Millennium Of Love
Raymond J. Smyth / Gerry Simps...
092 06
24 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
The rounder girls All To You
Dave Moskin
034 14


Participant Austria Belgium Croatia Cyprus Denmark Estonia F.Y.R. Macedonia Finland France Germany Iceland Ireland Israel Latvia Malta Norway Romania Russia Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands Turkey United Kingdom Points Place
Israel Israel
16 7 22
The Netherlands The Netherlands
82521118543 40 13
United Kingdom United Kingdom
43213636 28 16
Estonia Estonia
3266485576107466724 98 4
France France
32 5 23
Romania Romania
7126 25 17
Malta Malta
2188318333427813152 73 8
Norway Norway
73747637103 57 11
Russia Russia
771212610755481010128125528 155 2
Belgium Belgium
2 2 24
Cyprus Cyprus
341 8 21
Iceland Iceland
1265778 45 12
Spain Spain
10521 18 18
Denmark Denmark
101048107121212121281011210121010112 195 1
Germany Germany
1261221065834121285 96 5
Switzerland Switzerland
1256 14 20
Croatia Croatia
610686810268 70 9
Sweden Sweden
51056718464563126 88 7
F.Y.R. Macedonia F.Y.R. Macedonia
102107 29 15
Finland Finland
7425 18 18
Latvia Latvia
8121812312371084121710747 136 3
Turkey Turkey
53154121011512 59 10
Ireland Ireland
4457541422110623483710 92 6
Austria Austria
3232528441 34 14