Eurovision Song Contest 2000

A record-breaking 13,000 enthusiastic spectators were ready for the big Final of the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest in the Globen Arena in Stockholm.

Surprise victory

25 participating countries were intended for the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest, but Greece decided not to participate, so only 24 took part as the European Broadcasting Union did not find a replacement in time for the last spot. Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Lithuania, Romania and Bosnia & Herzegovina were not allowed to take part due to their bad average scores.

Latvia made its debut this year, and the entry My Star performed by the group Brainstorm did really well, 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 and 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. This record did not last long, though. Already at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2001, the record was exceeded. 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.

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 only thought to finish in 18th position.

Therefore it came as a huge surprise for many that the charming Olsen Brothers won - and with a large margin to the runner-up, Russia. Fly on the wings of love went on to become a huge hit in Scandinavia and the German-speaking countries. The Russian delegation petitioned the disqualification of the winner, Denmark, because a vocoder had been used to give one of the performers in the Danish duo, Jørgen Olsen, an electronic sound to his voice during one part of their performance.

Facts & figures

  • For the first time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, an official CD was released which included all 24 songs. Since then, CDs with all entries have been released every year.

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 007 22
02 The Netherlands
Flag of The NetherlandsNOS
Linda Wagenmakers No Goodbyes 040 13
03 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Nicki French Don't Play That Song Again 028 16
04 Estonia
Flag of EstoniaERR
Ines Once In A Lifetime 098 04
05 France
Flag of FranceFrance 3
Sofia Mestari On Aura Le Ciel 005 23
06 Romania
Flag of RomaniaTVR
Taxi The Moon 025 17
07 Malta
Flag of MaltaPBS
Claudette Pace Desire 073 08
08 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Charmed My Heart Goes Boom 057 11
09 Russia
Flag of RussiaC1R
Alsou Solo 155 02
10 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumRTBF
Nathalie Sorce Envie De Vivre 002 24
11 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Voice Nomiza 008 21
12 Iceland
Flag of IcelandRÚV
Einer Augúst Víðisson en Telma Augústdóttir Tell Me! 045 12
13 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Serafín Zubiri Colgado De Un Sueño 018 18
14 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Olsen brothers Fly On The Wings Of Love 195 01
15 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Stefan Raab Wadde Hadde Dudde Da 096 05
16 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Jane Bogaert La Vita Cos'è? 014 20
17 Croatia
Flag of CroatiaHRT
Goran Karan Kada Zaspu Andeli 070 09
18 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Roger Pontare When Spirits Are Calling My Name 088 07
19 F.Y.R. Macedonia
Flag of F.Y.R. MacedoniaMKRTV
XXL 100\% Te Ljubam 029 15
20 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Nina Åström A Little Bit 018 18
21 Latvia
Flag of LatviaLTV
BrainStorm My Star 136 03
22 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Pinar Ayhan & S.O.S. band Yorgunum Anla 059 10
23 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Eamonn Toal Millennium Of Love 092 06
24 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
The rounder girls All To You 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