Eurovision Song Contest 2002

The 2002 Eurovision Song Contest was hosted in the Estonian capital Tallinn. It was the first time that one of the new-entrant countries staged the Eurovision Song Contest.

Tere Tallinn!

Immediately after Estonia won the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest the media began to speculate whether the country would be able to host the competition in 2002, citing a lack of a suitable venue and budgetary concerns. Estonian Television defied the critics though and produced a professional show in Tallinn.

23 countries participated in 2002. Latvia entered the contest after Portugal declined the opportunity to participate. This was a rather peculiar situation, since Latvia ended up winning the whole contest in the end! There was no clear favorite among the 24 countries competing. Sweden, Germany and the host country Estonia were tipped as winners, but it was Marie N (Marija Naumova) who lifted the trophy.

About the winner

Marie N had already tried to enter the 2000 and 2001 Eurovision Song Contests, but narrowly missed out both times. Her 2002 entry I Wanna featured several costume changes providing a memorable performance for televoters. Like Estonia's winner the year before, I Wanna was no a success in the European charts.

Facts & figures

  • Denmark was one of the favourites to win in 2002 but after a nervous performance from singer Malene the country finished last with just seven points.
  • The rules for the 2002 contest stated that only 22 countries would be able to participate, but the European Broadcasting Union later changed this into 24 countries being allowed into the competition.
  • The 2002 contest was the first to feature a slogan for the event. The theme, Modern Fairytale, reflected how Estonians viewed their recent history. The postcards all featured known fairytales.

Facts & Figures


Saturday 25 May 2002


Saku Suurhall, Tallinn, Estonia


Marie N from Latvia




Annely Peebo & Marko Matvere

Executive Producer

Juhan Paadam

EBU Scrutineer

Christine Marchal-Ortiz


Marius Bratten

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
One Gimme
George Theophanous
085 06
02 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Jessica Garlick Come Back
Martyn Baylay
111 03
03 Austria
Flag of AustriaORF
Manuel Ortega Say A Word
Alexander Kahr Robert Pflugler
026 18
04 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Michalis Rakintzis S.A.G.A.P.O.
Michalis Rakintzis
027 17
05 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Rosa Europe's Living A Celebration
Toni Ten Xasqui Ten
081 07
06 Croatia
Flag of CroatiaHRT
Vesna Pisarovic Everything I Want
Milana Vlaovic
044 11
07 Russia
Flag of RussiaC1R
Prime minister Northern Girl
Kim Breitburg Karen Kavaleryan, Evgene Fridl...
055 10
08 Estonia
Flag of EstoniaERR
Sahléne Runaway
Pearu Paulus, Ilmar Laisaar, A... Jana Hallas
111 03
09 F.Y.R. Macedonia
Flag of F.Y.R. MacedoniaMKRTV
Karolina Od Nas Zavisi
Nikola Perevski Vladimir Krstevski
025 19
10 Israel
Flag of IsraelIBA
Sarit Hadad Light A Candle
Tzvika Pik Yoav Ginai
037 12
11 Switzerland
Flag of SwitzerlandSSR SRG
Francine Jordi Dans Le Jardin De Mon Âme
Francine Lehmann
015 22
12 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Afro-dite Never Let It Go
Marcos Ubeda
072 08
13 Finland
Flag of FinlandYLE
Laura Addicted To You
Maki Kolehmainen Janina Frostell, Tracy Lipp
024 20
14 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Malene Tell Me Who You Are
Michael Ronson
007 24
15 Bosnia & Herzegovina
Flag of Bosnia & HerzegovinaPBSBIH
Maja Na Jastuku Za Dvoje
Dragan Mijatovic Ružica Cavic, Stevo Cvikic
033 13
16 Belgium
Flag of BelgiumVRT
Sergio & the Ladies Sister
Mark Paelinck Dirk Paelinck
033 13
17 France
Flag of FranceFrance 3
Sandrine François Il Faut Du Temps
Rick Allison Patrick Bruel, Marie-Florence ...
104 05
18 Germany
Flag of GermanyARD
Corinna May I Can't Live Without Music
Ralph SIegel Bernd Meinunger
017 21
19 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Buket Bengisu & Saphire Leylaklar Soldu Kalbinde
Fani Hodara Sami Hodara, Figen Cakmak
029 16
20 Malta
Flag of MaltaTVM
Ira Losco 7th Wonder
Philip Vella Gerard James Borg
164 02
21 Romania
Flag of RomaniaTVR
Monica Anghel & Marcel Pavel Tell Me Why
Ionel Tudor Mirela Fugaru
071 09
22 Slovenia
Flag of SloveniaRTVSLO
Sestre Samo Ljubezen
Robert Pešut Barbara Pešut
033 13
23 Latvia
Flag of LatviaLTV
Marie N I Wanna
Marija Naumova Marija Naumova, Marats Samauskis
176 01
24 Lithuania
Flag of LithuaniaLRT
Aivaras Happy You
Aivaras Stepukonis
012 23


Participant Austria Belgium Bosnia & Herzegovina Croatia Cyprus Denmark Estonia F.Y.R. Macedonia Finland France Germany Greece Israel Latvia Lithuania Malta Romania Russia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom Points Place
Cyprus Cyprus
31044128412864613 85 6
United Kingdom United Kingdom
12676648187558108262 111 3
Austria Austria
511712 26 18
Greece Greece
11268 27 17
Spain Spain
12667127467122 81 7
Croatia Croatia
626535125 44 11
Russia Russia
510321106810 55 10
Estonia Estonia
3410586104212722361287 111 3
F.Y.R. Macedonia F.Y.R. Macedonia
431512 25 19
Israel Israel
2151053515 37 12
Switzerland Switzerland
532131 15 22
Sweden Sweden
4112108713410741 72 8
Finland Finland
3235110 24 20
Denmark Denmark
4111 7 24
Bosnia & Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina
77233236 33 13
Belgium Belgium
422713104 33 13
France France
10853126372543881010 104 5
Germany Germany
11412233 17 21
Turkey Turkey
38774 29 16
Malta Malta
8741210127102610610735101044512 164 2
Romania Romania
812418861257 71 9
Slovenia Slovenia
21825726 33 13
Latvia Latvia
108524712768121012127105125868 176 1
Lithuania Lithuania
264 12 23