Eurovision Song Contest 2002

Tallinn, the beautiful Estonian capital, awaited thousands of journalists and fans to welcome them for the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest which would be won by their neighbouring country Latvia.

Tere Tallinn!

The small capital of Tallinn was the proud host of the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest. 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.

Israel accepted the invitation as the first runner-up in the pool of countries that were initially doomed to stay at home. Portugal, the second runner-up declined to go to Tallinn, so Latvia was able to enter the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest. This was a rather peculiar situation, since Latvia ended up winning the whole contest in the end!

About the winner

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 was able to hold the trophy in her hands.

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 had a stunning dress change gimmick as Marie started her song wearing a white suit - only to end it wearing a sexy red dress! This was the start of many more intriguing dress changes in the following Eurovision Song Contests.

However, Marie N's I Wanna didn't prove to be a big success in the European charts as the single of it was only released months after the Latvian victory.

Facts & figures

  • The tragic figure of the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest was the Danish singer Malene. Seen by many fans as one of the favorites to win, she ended up in the last position with just seven points in total. That was a severe blow to the Danish nation who won the contest in 2000 and who came 2nd in 2001, but would miss out on the 2003 competition in Riga.

Facts & Figures

Date

Saturday 25 May 2002

Location

Saku Suurhall, Tallinn, Estonia

Winner

Marie N from Latvia

Broadcaster

ERR

Hosts

Annely Peebo & Marko Matvere

Executive Producer

Juhan Paadam

EBU Scrutineer

Christine Marchal-Ortiz

Director

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

Scoreboard

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