ESC STOCKHOLM 2000 (45ª)


  • Dates – Grand Final: Saturday, 13 May, 2000, 21:00 CEST
  • Host – Venue & Location: Globe Arena (Globen, Avicii Arena), Stockholm, 🇸🇪 Sweden
  • Presenter (s): Kattis Åhlström & Anders Lundin
  • Musical Director:
  • Director: Marius Bratten
  • Executive Producer: Svante Stockselius
  • Executive Supervisor: Christine Marchal-Ortiz
  • Multicamera Director: Mattias Bratten
  • Host broadcaster: Sveriges Television (SVT)
  • Interval Act: “Once Upon a Time Europe Was Covered With Ice” film
  • Participants – Number of entries: 24 [🇬🇧 United Kindom (40ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (37ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (37ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (38ª), 🇫🇷 France (41ª)🇮🇪 Ireland (32ª), 🇨🇾 Cyprus (19ª), 🇲🇹 Malta (13ª), 🇭🇷 Croatia (8ª), 🇹🇷 Turkey (22ª), 🇪🇪 Estonia (6ª)🇳🇱 The Netherlands (39ª)🇩🇪 Germany (41ª)🇧🇪 Belgium (40ª), 🇮🇱 Israel (21ª), 🇦🇹 Austria (37ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (30ª)🇮🇸 Iceland (14ª), 🇱🇻 Latvia (1ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (33ª), 🇲🇰 FYRO Macedonia (2ª), 🇷🇴 Romania (3ª), 🇷🇺 Russia (4ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (40ª)]
  • Debuting countries: 🇱🇻 Latvia (1ª) 
  • Return: 🇫🇮 Finland (33ª), 🇲🇰 FYRO Macedonia (2ª), 🇷🇴 Romania (3ª), 🇷🇺 Russia (4ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (40ª)
  • Non-returning countries: 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina (6ª), 🇱🇹 Lithuania (2ª), 🇵🇱 Poland (6ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (32ª), 🇸🇮 Slovenia (6ª)
  • Vote – Voting system: Each country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs.
  • Nil Points:
  • Winning song: 1f3c6 “Fly on the Wings of Love” – Olsen Brothers – 🇩🇰 Denmark – (2ª)

Logo ESC 2000

AboutIn 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.

o/r  country PaRticipant(s) SONG – TRANSLATE – LANGUAGE Points  rank
01 🇮🇱 Israel IBA PingPong (פינג פונג) Sa’ me’ ach (Sa’ me’ akh, Sameyakh (שמח, happy), שמייח / Be happy) Hebrew[c] 007 22
02 🇳🇱 The Netherlands NOS Linda Wagenmakers No Goodbyes English 040 13
03 🇬🇧 United Kindom BBC Nikki French Don’t Play That Song Again English 028 16
04 🇪🇪 Estonia ERR Ines Once In A Lifestime English 098 04
05 🇫🇷 France France 3 Sofia Mestari On aura le ciel (We’ll have the sky) French 005 23
06 🇷🇴 Romania TVR Taxi Luna (The Moon) English 025 17
07 🇲🇹 Malta PBS Claudette Pace Desire English[d] 073 08
08 🇳🇴 Norway NRK Charmed My Heart Goes Boom English 057 11
09 🇷🇺 Russia C1R Alsou (Алсу́, АлсуAlsu) Solo (Соло) English 155 02
10 🇧🇪 Belgium RTBF Nathalie Sorce Envie de vivre (Will to live) French 002 24
11 🇨🇾 Cyprus CyBC Voice (Χριστίνα Αργύρη & Αλέξανδρος Παναγής, Christina Argyri,
Alexandros Panayi)
Nomiza (Νόμιζα, I believed) Greek, Italian 008 21
12 🇮🇸 Iceland RÚV August & Telma Einar Augúst (Einar Ágúst ogTelma Einar Augúst, Einar Augúst Víðisson en Telma Augústdóttir) Tell me! (Segðu mér!) English 045 12
13 🇪🇸 Spain TVE Serafín Zubiri Colgado de un sueño (Hanging from a dream) Spanish 018 18
14 🇩🇰 Denmark DR Olsen Brothers (Brødrene Olsen) Fly On The Wings Of Love (Smuk som et Stjerneskud, Beautiful as a Shooting Star) English 195 01
15 🇩🇪 Germany ARD Stefan Raab Wadde Hadde Dudde Da? (What do you have there?) German, English 096 05
16 🇨🇭 Switzerland SSR SRG Jane Bogaert La vita cos’è? (What is life?) Italian 014 20
17 🇭🇷 Croatia HRT Goran Karan (Горан Каран) Kad zaspu anđeli (Ostani, Када заспу анђели, When angels fall asleep) Croatian 070 09
18 🇸🇪 Sweden SVT Roger Pontare When Spirits Are Calling My Name (När vindarna viskar mitt namn, When the Winds Whisper My Name) English 088 07
19 🇲🇰 FYRO Macedonia MKRTV XXL 100% te ljubam (100% те љубам, I Love You 100%) Macedonian, English 029 15
20 🇫🇮 Finland YLE Nina Åström A Little Bit English 018 18
21 🇱🇻 Latvia LTV Brainstorm (“Prāta Vētra) My Star (Īssavienojums) English 136 03
22 🇹🇷 Turkey TRT Pinar Ayhan & Grup SOS (Pınar Ayhan &The SOS / S.O.S. band) Yorgunum anla (Understand that I’m weary / I’m Weary) Turkish, English 059 10
23 🇮🇪 Ireland RTÉ Eamonn Toal Millenium Of Love English 092 06
24 🇦🇹 Austria ÖRF The Rounder Girls All To You (Alles zu dir) English 034 14

Participation map

A coloured map of the countries of Europe

Transmitirá a 2º semifinal noutro horário. Participating countries  Transmitirá a 1º semifinal em direto. Countries that participated in the past but not in 2000

 ESC 2000 Scoreboard Ι Detailed voting results:

Scoreboard - Eurovision Song Contest 2000

The Eurovision Song Contest 2000 was the 45th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Stockholm, Sweden, following the country’s victory at the 1999 contest with the song “Take Me to Your Heaven” by Charlotte Nilsson. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT), the contest was held at the Globe Arena on 13 May 2000. The contest was presented by Swedish television presenters Kattis Ahlström and Anders Lundin.

Twenty-four countries took part in the contest. Latvia participated for the first time, while Slovakia, Greece and Hungary decided not to compete, citing financial reasons. Finland, Macedonia, Romania and Switzerland returned after their relegation from the previous edition. Russia also returned, after their last participation in 1997. Meanwhile, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia were relegated due to having the lowest average scores over the previous five editions.

The winner was Denmark with the song “Fly on the Wings of Love”, performed by the Olsen Brothers and written by the oldest brother Jørgen Olsen. This was Denmark’s second victory in the contest, following their win in 1963 almost 4 decades earlier. Russia, Latvia, Estonia and Germany rounded out the top five. Both Russia and Estonia achieved their best result in the contest up to this point, while Latvia achieved the best placing for a debuting country since Poland’s second place finish in 1994. On the day of their victory, Jørgen Olsen was 50 years and 61 days of age, making him the oldest artist yet to win the contest. The combined ages of The Olsen Brothers make them the oldest aged act ever to win the contest.

Sponsored by Microsoft, the contest was also broadcast in Australia, Canada, Japan, the United States and via the internet for the first time.

Globe Arena, Stockholm – host venue of the 2000 contest.

1.Location. It was the first time since 1996 that the contest was held on mainland Europe, having in the interim been held in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Israel.

The Swedish broadcaster, SVT, announced on 7 July 1999, that Stockholm would be the host city of the 2000 contest, with the event being staged at the Globe Arena. It was said to be chosen due its size, being able to accommodate an audience of 16,000 – a new record – and also because Stockholm had not hosted the contest since 1975. It was also argued that it would be somewhat cheaper than the other options.

The other possible candidates in the bidding phase had been Scandinavium in Gothenburg and Malmö Isstadion in Malmö. They had previously hosted in 1985 and in 1992, respectively.

Cover art of the official album

2.Production. The Eurovision Song Contest 2000 was produced by the Swedish public broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT). Svante Stockselius served as executive producer, Mattias Bratten served as director and Christine Marchal-Ortiz served as Executive Supervisor. Television presenters Kattis Åhlström and Anders Lundin were the presenters of the 2000 contest.

The graphic design for this year’s contest was developed by Stockholm Design Lab and was centred around a stylised mouth logo. It was given the Excellent Swedish Design award later that year. It was described by its designers as “a sensual, yet stylistically pure mouth representing song, dialogue and speech”, and was later one of the possible choices for the generic logo introduced at the 2004 contest. The softness of the mouth was contrasted with a pointy typeface, made specifically for the contest. During each performance, a distorted version of each performing country’s flag would be shown within the mouth next to the stage. Logo for 2000 contest was presented on 17 February 2000.

The draw to the determine the running order of competing countries was held on 21 November 1999.

Rehearsals in the venue for the competing acts took place from 8 May to 13 May 2000. At the first rehearsal, which took place on 8 May, first 12 countries in the running order performed, while on 9 May, remaining 12 countries performed. Each rehearsal of every country were followed by a press conference.[a] The second rehearsals subsequently took place on 10 and 11 May. On 10 May, first 12 participants performed, while on 11 May, remaining 12 acts performed. Final rehearsals took place on 12 and 13 May. During both of this days, all 24 acts, interval acts and other parts of the show were rehearsed.

A compilation album featuring all 24 competing entries was released on 13 May 2000, the day of the contest, by EMI Records and CMC International.

2.1.Opening and interval acts. The opening of the competition began with a video about contemporary Sweden. The mouth of the logo, superimposed on the images, spelled out the names of the twenty-four participating countries. The video ended with an aerial view of the Globen. The camera then showed the interior of the Globen Arena plunged into darkness, then made a close-up on the stage. Caroline Lundgren, violinist of the Stockholm Youth Symphony Orchestra, dressed in a traditional Swedish costume, appeared and exclaimed: “Welcome Europe!” The stage then lit up and the spectators began to applaud. The five decorative pillars moved apart to give way to Kattis Ahlström and Anders Lundin. They concluded the opening with the customary greetings, which they pronounced by mixing the national languages of the participating countries.

The interval-act began with a violin solo, performed by Caroline Lundgren. Then came a video titled “Once Upon a Time Europe Was Covered With Ice”, a movie/song directed, composed and edited by Johan Söderberg and produced by John Nordling. After the video, violinist Caroline Lundgren reappeared on the stage with drummer Strängnäs Trumkorps plus street musicians from Stockholm and dancers from the Bounce Streetdance Company, the latter performed the dancing routine.


3.1.Entries. Each participating broadcaster was represented in the contest by one song, which was required to be no longer than three minutes in duration. A maximum of six performers were allowed on stage during each country’s performance, and all performers must have reached the age of 16 in the year of the contest. Selected entries were not permitted to be released commercially before 1 January 2000, and were then only allowed to be released in the country they represented until after the contest was held. Entries were required to be selected by each country’s participating broadcaster by 28 February, and the final submission date for all selected entries to be received by the contest organisers was set for 10 March. This submission was required to include a sound recording of the entry and backing track for use during the contest, a video presentation of the song on stage being performed by the artists, and the text of the song lyrics in its original language and translations in French and English for distribution to the participating broadcasters, their commentators and juries.

3.2.Voting procedure. The results of the 2000 contest were determined through the same scoring system as had first been introduced in 1975: each country awarded twelve points to its favourite entry, followed by ten points to its second favourite, and then awarded points in decreasing value from eight to one for the remaining songs which featured in the country’s top ten, with countries unable to vote for their own entry. Each participating country was required to use televoting to determine their points. Viewers had a total of five minutes to register their vote by calling one of twenty-two different telephone numbers to represent the twenty-three competing entries except that which represented their own country, with voting lines opening following the performance of the last competing entry. Once phone lines were opened a video recap containing short clips of each competing entry with the accompanying phone number for voting was shown in order to aid viewers during the voting window. Systems were also put in place to prevent lobby groups from one country voting for their song by travelling to other countries. 

Countries which were unable to hold a televote due to technological limitations were granted an exception, and their points were determined by an assembled jury of eight individuals, which was required to be split evenly between members of the public and music professionals, comprised additionally of an equal number of men and women, and below and above 30 years of age. Countries using televoting were also required to appoint a back-up jury of the same composition which would be called into action upon technical failure preventing the televote results from being used. Each jury member voted in secret and awarded between one and ten votes to each participating song, excluding that from their own country and with no abstentions permitted. The votes of each member were collected following the country’s performance and then tallied by the non-voting jury chairperson to determine the points to be awarded. In any cases where two or more songs in the top ten received the same number of votes, a show of hands by all jury members was used to determine the final placing; if a tie still remained, the youngest jury member would have the deciding vote.

3.3.Postcards. Each entry was preceded by a video postcard which served as an introduction to the competing artists from each country, as well as providing an opportunity to showcase the running artistic theme of the event and creating a transition between entries to allow stage crew to make changes on stage. The postcards used to introduce each country participating involved Swedish themes that incorporated each nation in some respect. All the postcards are filmed in Stockholm, except for the Swedish postcard, which was filmed in Germany. The various themes were as following, listed in appearance order:

  • 🇮🇱 Israel – Stockholm Public Library; a girl reads a book by Israeli author Amos Oz
  • 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Microbiology Centre, Stockholm; scientists from the Netherlands
  • 🇬🇧 United Kindom – Råsunda Stadium; British football manager Stuart Baxter
  • 🇪🇪 Estonia – apartment in Stockholm; Estonian choral music
  • 🇫🇷 France – nightclub in Stockholm; French club music
  • 🇷🇴 Romania – masquerade at the Royal Swedish Opera; a man dressed as Count Dracula, a Romanian myth
  • 🇲🇹 Malta – Stockholm harbour; a sailboat with a Maltese cross on its sail
  • 🇳🇴 Norway – Stockholm City Centre; a yacht filled with petrol from Norway
  • 🇷🇺 Russia – Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm; actors perform in the play “Three Sisters” by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov
  • 🇧🇪 Belgium – neighbourhood in Stockholm; a burglar is stopped by two Chien de Saint-Huberts, a Belgian bloodhound breed
  • 🇨🇾 Cyprus – Stockholm metro station; passengers going ice skating take a break to eat Cypriot oranges
  • 🇮🇸 Iceland – forest outside Stockholm; a camping couple is frightened by noises, then calm down when they realise these are just Icelandic horses
  • 🇪🇸 Spain – Moderna Museet; a man is tracked by CCTV cameras hanging a painting and leaving the building designed by the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo
  • 🇩🇰 Denmark – apartment building in Stockholm; light coming from the windows, all lit by Danish lamps
  • 🇩🇪 Germany – street in Stockholm; a food stand worker watches a police chase pass by while holding a German Knackwurst
  • 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Eriksdalsbadet Swimming Arena, Stockholm; a group of swimmers compete, and the results are shown on a Swiss timing board
  • 🇭🇷 Croatia – Stockholm from the air; a group of skydivers using parachutes, an invention by Croatian polymath Faust Vrančić
  • 🇸🇪 Sweden – Expo 2000, Hanover, Germany; workers building the Swedish pavilion stop work to watch the 45th Eurovision Song Contest, held in Sweden
  • 🇲🇰 FYRO Macedonia – cinema in Stockholm; a screening of the Macedonian film “Before the Rain”
  • 🇫🇮 Finland – Stockholm Archipelago; a ferry from Finland
  • 🇱🇻 Latvia – restaurant in Stockholm; a waiter serves pickled mushrooms, a Latvian speciality
  • 🇹🇷 Turkey – Internet office in Stockholm; a woman goes online and reads the blog of Turkish internet celebrity Mahir Çağrı
  • 🇮🇪 Ireland – dance studio in Stockholm; Irish dance lesson
  • 🇦🇹 Austria– Arlanda Airport, Stockholm; a passenger gets off an arriving plane, suntanned from a skiing holiday in Austria

4.Participating countries. Per the rules of the contest twenty-four countries were allowed to participate in the event. Finland, North Macedonia, Romania, Russia and Switzerland returned after being relegated from the previous year’s event. 1999 participants Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia were absent from this edition. In addition to this, Latvia debuted in the contest this year. Slovakia, Greece and Hungary decided not to compete this year, citing financial reasons.

4.1.Qualification. Due to the high number of countries wishing to enter the contest a relegation system was introduced in 1993 in order to reduce the number of countries which could compete in each year’s contest. Any relegated countries would be able to return the following year, thus allowing all countries the opportunity to compete in at least one in every two editions. The relegation rules introduced for the 1997 contest were again utilised ahead of the 2000 contest, based on each country’s average points total in previous contests. The twenty-four participants were made up of the previous year’s winning country, “Big Four” countries, the thirteen countries which had obtained the highest average points total over the preceding five contests, and any eligible countries which did not compete in the 1999 contest. In cases where the average was identical between two or more countries the total number of points scored in the most recent contest determined the final order.

A new addition to the relegation rules specified that for the 2000 contest and future editions the four largest financial contributors to the contest – Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Spain – would automatically qualify each year and be exempt from relegation. This new “Big Four” group of countries was created to ensure the financial viability of the event and was prompted by a number of poor results in previous years for some of the countries, which if occurred again in 1999 could have resulted in those countries being relegated from 2000 contest.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia were therefore excluded from participating in the 1999 contest, to make way for the return of Finland, North Macedonia, Romania, Russia and Switzerland, and new debuting country Latvia.

The calculations used to determine the countries relegated for the 2000 contest are outlined in the table below.

Table key: [1] Automatic qualifier, [2] Qualifier

Rank Country Average Yearly Point Totals
1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
1 🇬🇧 United Kindom [1] 116.80 76 77 227 166 38
2 🇮🇱 Israel [2]  115.33 81 172 93
3 🇸🇪 Sweden [1] 90.40 100 100 36 53 163
4 🇮🇪 Ireland [2]  89.00 44 162 157 64 18
5 🇭🇷 Croatia [2]  84.60 91 98 24 131 79[b]
6 🇲🇹 Malta [2]  81.40 76 68 66 165 32
7 🇳🇱 The Netherlands [2]  76.00 78 5 150 71
8 🇪🇪 Estonia [2]  75.50 94 82 36 90
9 🇳🇴 Norway [2]  75.20 148 114 0 79 35
10 🇩🇰 Denmark [2]  62.67 92 25 71
11 🇩🇪 Germany [1] 62.25 1 22 86 140
12 🇮🇸 Iceland [2]  61.50 31 51 18 146
13 🇨🇾 Cyprus [2]  57.60 79 72 98 37 2
14 🇦🇹 Austria [2]  53.00 67 68 12 65
15 🇪🇸 Spain [1] 50.80 119 17 96 21 1
16 🇹🇷 Turkey [2]  49.00 21 57 121 25 21
17 🇧🇪 Belgium [2]  47.50 8 22 122 38
18 🇸🇮 Slovenia 45.40 84 16 60 17 50
19 🇫🇷 France [1] 44.80 94 18 95 3 14
20 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina 33.75 14 13 22 86
21 🇵🇹 Portugal 29.00 5 92 0 36 12
22 🇵🇱 Poland 27.20 15 31 54 19 17
23 🇱🇹 Lithuania 13.00 13

4.2.Returning artists.

Lead artists
Artist Country Previous year(s)
Alexandros Panayi (member of Voice) 🇨🇾 Cyprus 1989 (as backing singer for Fani Polymeri and Yiannis Savvidakis), 1991 (as backing singer for Elena Patroklou), 1995
Christina Argyri (member of Voice) 🇨🇾 Cyprus 1995 (as backing singer for Alexandros Panayi)
Roger Pontare 🇸🇪 Sweden 1994 (with Marie Bergman)
Stefan Raab 🇩🇪 Germany 1998 (as conductor)
Eamonn Toal 🇮🇪 Ireland 1995 (as backing vocalist for Eddie Friel)
Serafín Zubiri 🇪🇸 Spain 1992
Backing performers
Artist Country Previous year(s)
Al Bano 🇨🇭 Switzerland 1976 and 1985 (with Romina Power, representing 🇮🇹 Italy)
Frank Ådahl 🇸🇪 Sweden 1990 (as member of Edin-Ådahl)
Gabriel Forss 🇲🇹 Malta 1997 (as member of Blond, representing 🇸🇪 Sweden)
Eyjólfur Kristjánsson 🇮🇸 Iceland 1991 (with Stefán Hilmarsson)

4.3.Participants and results. The contest took place on 13 May 2000. The table below outlines the participating countries, the order in which they performed, the competing artists and songs, and the results of the voting.

The contest featured three representatives who had previously performed as lead artists. Alexandros Panayi made a second appearance in the contest, having previously represented Cyprus in 1995 contest, Roger Pontare represented Sweden in 1994 contest and Serafin Zubiri represented Spain in 1992 contest.

The winner was Denmark represented by the song “Fly on the Wings of Love”, composed and written by Jørgen Olsen and performed by Olsen Brothers. This marked Denmark’s second victory in the contest, following its first win in 1963. Belgium meanwhile finished in last place for the eighth time.

Prior to the contest, both Estonia, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands were the favorites to win, with internet polls topped by the last two entries. It therefore came as a huge surprise to many when Denmark ended up winning, because Denmark was not a pre-contest favorite. Russia finished second and 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.

4.4.All the national selections for Eurovision Song Contest 2000: 

• National Selections in 2000:

🇧🇪 Belgium Finale Nationale Concours Eurovision de la Chanson 2000 Nathalie Sorce – “Envie de vivre
🇭🇷 Croatia Dora 2000 Goran Karan – “Kad zaspu anđeli” / “Ostani”
🇨🇾 Cyprus (Cypriot Selection 2000) Alexandros Panayi & Christina Argyri / Voice – “Nomiza” (Νόμιζα)
🇩🇰 Denmark Melodi Grand Prix 2000 Olsen Brothers / Brødrene Olsen – “Fly on the Wings of Love” / “Smuk som et stjerneskud”
🇪🇪 Estonia Eurolaul 2000 Ines – “Once in a Lifetime”
🇫🇮 Finland Euroviisut 2000 Nina Åström – “A Little Bit”
🇫🇷 France Eurovision 2000 – La Sélection Sofia Mestari – “On aura le ciel
🇩🇪 Germany Countdown Grand Prix 2000 Stefan Raab – “Wadde hadde dudde da?
🇮🇸 Iceland Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2000 Einar Ágúst Víðisson & Telma Ágústsdóttir / August & Telma – “Tell Me!” / “Hvert sem er” 
🇮🇪 Ireland (Irish Selection 2000) Eamonn Toal – “Millennium of Love”
🇮🇱 Israel (Israeli Selection 2000) PingPong – “Sameach” (שמח)
🇱🇻 Latvia Eirodziesma 2000 Brainstorm – “My Star”
🇲🇹 Malta Malta Song for Europe 2000 Claudette Pace – “Desire”
🇳🇱 The Netherlands Nationaal Songfestival 2000 Linda Wagenmakers – “No Goodbyes”
🇲🇰 FYRO Macedonia Skopje Fest 2000 XXL – “100% te ljubam” (100% те љубам)
🇳🇴 Norway Melodi Grand Prix 2000 Charmed – “My Heart Goes Boom”
🇷🇴 Romania Selecția Națională 2000 Taxi – “The Moon” / “Luna” 
🇪🇸 Spain Eurocanción 2000 Serafín Zubiri – “Colgado de un sueño
🇸🇪 Sweden Melodifestival 2000 Roger Pontare – “When Spirits Are Calling My Name” / “När vindarna viskar mitt namn”
🇨🇭 Switzerland Concours Eurovision 2000 Jane Bogaert – “La vita cos’è?
🇹🇷 Turkey Şarkı Yarışması 2000 Pınar Ayhan & Grup S.O.S. / Pınar Ayhan and the SOS – “Yorgunum Anla
🇬🇧 United Kindom A Song for Europe 2000 Nicki French – “Don’t Play That Song Again”

• Internal Selections in 2000:

🇦🇹 Austria The rounder girls – “All to You”
🇷🇺 Russia Alsou – “Solo”


5.Detailed voting results. According to the EBU rules of the 45th Eurovision Song Contest 2000, all participating countries should have used televoting, where the top ten most voted for songs were awarded the 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 point(s). In the televoting household shall not be permitted to vote more than three times. In exceptional circumstances where televoting was not possible, a jury was used instead: Russia, Macedonia, Turkey, Netherlands[e] and Romania. The announcement of the results from each country was conducted in the order in which they performed, with the spokespersons announcing their country’s points in English or French in ascending order. The detailed breakdown of the points awarded by each country is listed in the tables below.

Detailed voting results
Voting procedure used: [1] 100% televoting, [2] 100% jury vote
Total score
Israel Țările de Jos Regatul Unit Estonia Franța România Malta Norvegia Rusia Belgia Cipru Islanda Spania Danemarca Germania Elveția Croația Suedia Republica Macedonia Finlanda Letonia Turcia Irlanda Austria
[1] [2] [1] [1] [1] [2] [1] [1] [2] [1] [1] [1] [1] [1] [1] [1] [1] [1] [2] [1] [1] [2] [1] [1]
🇮🇱 Israel 7 6 1
🇳🇱 The Netherlands 40 8 2 5 8 5 1 4 1 2 3 1
🇬🇧 United Kindom 28 1 2 3 6 3 4 3 6
🇪🇪 Estonia 98 6 7 4 6 7 4 2 6 5 4 5 6 6 8 10 2 7 3
🇫🇷 France 5 2 3
🇷🇴 Romania 25 6 7 12
🇲🇹 Malta 73 3 1 2 1 7 2 8 1 8 1 3 3 8 3 8 4 5 3 2
🇳🇴 Norway 57 7 3 3 3 7 7 7 6 10 4
🇷🇺 Russia 155 10 8 10 5 12 12 8 7 12 8 5 6 4 2 12 5 7 5 10 7
🇧🇪 Belgium 2 2
🇨🇾 Cyprus 8 1 3 4
🇮🇸 Iceland 45 5 6 7 12 8 7
🇪🇸 Spain 18 5 2 10 1
🇩🇰 Denmark 195 12 10 12 8 7 1 8 10 12 10 4 12 10 12 10 12 10 12 1 12 10
🇩🇪 Germany 96 8 5 10 3 4 6 6 12 2 12 1 2 8 5 12
🇨🇭 Switzerland 14 6 5 2 1
🇭🇷 Croatia 70 8 8 10 2 6 6 10 6 8 6
🇸🇪 Sweden 88 6 5 1 4 5 5 4 6 10 8 3 6 7 12 6
🇲🇰 FYRO Macedonia 29 10 7 2 10
🇫🇮 Finland 18 5 7 4 2
🇱🇻 Latvia 136 4 4 7 12 3 12 1 12 1 10 7 8 7 7 10 3 12 8 8
🇹🇷 Turkey 59 12 12 1 3 1 10 5 1 5 4 5
🇮🇪 Ireland 92 2 3 10 4 4 2 10 6 4 7 2 3 5 8 5 4 1 1 7 4
🇦🇹 Austria 34 1 2 3 8 2 4 3 5 4 2

5.1.12 points. Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final.

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
8 🇩🇰 Denmark 🇩🇪 Germany, 🇮🇸 Iceland, 🇮🇪 Ireland, 🇮🇱 Israel, 🇱🇻 Latvia, 🇷🇺 Russia, 🇸🇪 Sweden, 🇬🇧 United Kindom
4 🇱🇻 Latvia 🇧🇪 Belgium, 🇪🇪 Estonia, 🇫🇮 Finland, 🇳🇴 Norway
🇷🇺 Russia 🇭🇷 Croatia, 🇨🇾 Cyprus, 🇲🇹 Malta, 🇷🇴 Romania
3 🇩🇪 Germany 🇦🇹 Austria, 🇪🇸 Spain, 🇨🇭 Switzerland
2 🇹🇷 Turkey 🇫🇷 France, 🇳🇱 The Netherlands
1 🇮🇸 Iceland 🇩🇰 Denmark
🇷🇴 Romania 🇲🇰 FYRO Macedonia
🇸🇪 Sweden 🇹🇷 Turkey

5.2.Spokespersons. Each country nominated a spokesperson who was responsible for announcing, in English or French, the votes for their respective country. As had been the case since the 1994 contest, the spokespersons were connected via satellite and appeared in vision during the broadcast. Spokespersons at the 2000 contest are listed below.

  1. 🇮🇱 Israel – Yoav Ginai 
  2. 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – Marlayne
  3. 🇬🇧 United Kindom – Colin Berry
  4. 🇪🇪 Estonia – Evelin Samuel
  5. 🇫🇷 France – Marie Myriam
  6. 🇷🇴 Romania – Andreea Marin
  7. 🇲🇹 Malta – Valerie Vella
  8. 🇳🇴 Norway – Marit Åslein 
  9. 🇷🇺 Russia – Zhanna Agalakova
  10. 🇧🇪 Belgium – Thomas Van Hamme
  11. 🇨🇾 Cyprus – Loukas Hamatsos
  12. 🇮🇸 Iceland – Ragnheiður Elín Clausen
  13. 🇪🇸 Spain – Hugo de Campos
  14. 🇩🇰 Denmark – Michael Teschl
  15. 🇩🇪 Germany – Axel Bulthaupt
  16. 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Astrid Von Stockar
  17. 🇭🇷 Croatia – Marko Rašica
  18. 🇸🇪 Sweden – Malin Ekander
  19. 🇲🇰 FYRO Macedonia – Sandra Todorovska
  20. 🇫🇮 Finland – Pia Mäkinen
  21. 🇱🇻 Latvia – Lauris Reiniks
  22. 🇹🇷 Turkey – Osman Erkan
  23. 🇮🇪 Ireland – Derek Mooney
  24. 🇦🇹 Austria – Dodo Roscic 

6.Broadcasts. Most countries sent commentators to Stockholm or commented from their own country, in order to add insight to the participants and, if necessary, the provision of voting information.

Sponsored by Microsoft, the contest was also broadcast in Canada, Australia, Japan, the United States and via the internet for the first time, through all 18 European MSN sites.

Broadcasters and commentators in participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s)
🇦🇹 Austria ORF 1 Andi Knoll
FM4 Stermann & Grissemann
🇧🇪 Belgium RTBF La Une French: Jean-Pierre Hautier
VRT TV1 Dutch: André Vermeulen and Anja Daems
🇭🇷 Croatia HRT 1 Aleksandar “Aco” Kostadinov
🇨🇾 Cyprus RIK 1 Evi Papamichail
🇩🇰 Denmark DR1 Keld Heick
🇪🇪 Estonia ETV Marko Reikop
🇫🇮 Finland YLE TV1 Jani Juntunen
🇫🇷 France France 3 Julien Lepers
🇩🇪 Germany Das Erste Peter Urban
Deutschlandfunk/NDR 2 Thomas Mohr
🇮🇸 Iceland Sjónvarpið Gísli Marteinn Baldursson
🇮🇪 Ireland RTÉ One Marty Whelan
RTÉ Radio 1 Larry Gogan
🇮🇱 Israel Channel 1 No commentator
🇱🇻 Latvia LTV1 Kārlis Streips 
🇲🇰 FYRO Macedonia MTV 1 Milanka Rašik
🇲🇹 Malta TVM Charlo Bonnici
🇳🇱 The Netherlands Nederland 2 Willem van Beusekom
Radio 2 Hijlco Span
🇳🇴 Norway NRK1 Jostein Pedersen
NRK P1 Stein Dag Jensen 
🇷🇴 Romania TVR1 Leonard Miron
🇷🇺 Russia ORT 1 Alexey Zhuravlev and Tatiana Godunova
🇪🇸 Spain La Primera José Luis Uribarri
🇸🇪 Sweden SVT2 Pernilla Månsson Colt and Christer Lundh
SR P3 Carolina Norén
🇨🇭 Switzerland SF 2 German: Sandra Studer
TSR 1 French: Jean-Marc Richard
TSI 1 Italian: Jonathan Tedesco
🇹🇷 Turkey TRT 1 Ömer Önder 
🇬🇧 United Kindom BBC One Terry Wogan
BBC Radio 2 Ken Bruce
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s)
🇧🇦 BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA BHTV1 Ismeta Dervoz-Krvavac 
🇬🇷 GREECE ET1 Dafni Bokota
 Japan NHK BS2[f] No commentator
🇱🇹 LITHUANIA LRT Ramūnas Česonis and Vilija Grigonytė
🇵🇱 POLAND TVP1 Artur Orzech
🇵🇹 PORTUGAL RTP1 Eládio Clímaco
🇸🇮 SLOVENIA SLO1 Miša Molk
 Yugoslavia RTS 3K[g] No commentator

6.1.Viewing figures.

Country Broadcaster Nominal
🇳🇱 The Netherlands NOS 3.000.000
🇵🇱 Poland TVP 3.000.000
🇩🇰 Denmark DR1 1.411.000

7.Incidents. There were some controversies concerning some participating countries. Israel, who opened the contest, entered a group who waved Israeli and Syrian flags advocating peace between the two nations. The two male singers in the group also ran up to each other and kissed for a brief moment.

The Russian delegation petitioned for the winning Olsen Brothers to be disqualified, after they had used a vocoder to give Jørgen Olsen an electronic sound to his voice, during one of the verses of their performance. (Even though Russia themselves awarded Denmark maximum 12 points.) This issue was rejected by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

In the Netherlands, NOS decided to take the contest off air halfway through because of the Enschede fireworks disaster that happened earlier that day, so it could use the channel for continuous news broadcasts. Later, NOS declared that it was both for practical reasons as well as because they found it “inappropriate to broadcast a light entertainment programme on the night of such a catastrophic event”. As a result, televoting had to be suspended and the Dutch votes were given by a stand-by jury instead. The contest was later rebroadcast in full.

8.Other awards. 

8.1.Barbara Dex Award. The Barbara Dex Award is the award, created by fansite House of Eurovision, was awarded to the performer deemed to have been the “worst dressed” among the participants. The winner in 2000 was Belgium’s representative Nathalie Sorce, as determined by the visitors of the website House of Eurovision.


  • [a] The only country who didn’t have a press conference following its first rehearsal is Ireland, which delegation cancelled their press conference for unknown reason.
  • [b] Croatia’s score from the 1999 contest was reduced by 33% for the purposes of determining average scores due to the use of synthesised pre-recorded vocals in that year’s Croatian entry.
  • [c] Contains some words in English.
  • [d] Contains some words in Maltese.
  • [e] The Dutch votes were provided by a backup jury following interruption to the broadcast of the contest in the Netherlands as a result of the fireworks disaster in the Dutch city of Enschede.
  • [f] The contest was aired in Japan on 14 July 2000.
  • [g] There was no broadcast of the contest live in Yugoslavia; RTS later aired all performances except for Israel, and the winning performance, without the voting sequence.

10.Trivial / Fun facts.

  • For the first time an official CD was released which included all songs. Since then, CDs have been released every year.
  • Latvia made its debut this year, and their entry My Star performed by the group Brainstorm finished in third position.
  • Estonia finished fourth with Ines’ Once In A Lifetime which was the bookmaker’s favourite.
  • The Israeli participants caused a stir when the group Ping Pong waved the Syrian flag during their performance.

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Countries (in order of appearance)
Final Israel ⦁ The Netherlands ⦁ United Kingdom ⦁ Estonia ⦁ France ⦁ Romania ⦁ Malta ⦁ Norway ⦁ Russia • Belgium ⦁ Cyprus ⦁ Iceland ⦁ Spain • Denmark (winner) ⦁ Germany • Switzerland • Croatia ⦁ Sweden ⦁ FYRO Macedonia ⦁ Finland ⦁ Latvia ⦁ Turkey ⦁ Ireland ⦁ Austria
Artists (in order of appearance)
Final PingPong ⦁ Linda Wagenmakers ⦁ Nicki French ⦁ Ines ⦁ Sofia Mestari ⦁ Taxi ⦁ Claudette Pace ⦁ Charmed ⦁ Alsou ⦁ Nathalie Sorce • Voice ⦁ August and Telma ⦁ Serafín Zubiri • Olsen Brothers (winner) ⦁ Stefan Raab ⦁ Jane Bogaert ⦁ Goran Karan • Roger Pontare ⦁ XXL ⦁ Nina Åström ⦁ Brainstorm • Pınar Ayhan and the SOS ⦁ Eamonn Toal ⦁ The Rounder Girls
Songs (in order of appearance)
Final Sameach” (שמח) ⦁ “No Goodbyes” ⦁ “Don’t Play That Song Again” ⦁ “Once in a Lifetime” ⦁ “On aura le ciel” ⦁ “The Moon” ⦁ “Desire” ⦁ “My Heart Goes Boom” ⦁ “Solo” • “Envie de vivre” • “Nomiza” (Νόμιζα) • “Tell Me!” • “Colgado de un sueño” • “Fly on the Wings of Love” (winner) • “Wadde hadde dudde da? ⦁ “La vita cos’è?” ⦁ “Kad zaspu anđeli” ⦁ “When Spirits Are Calling My Name” ⦁ “Yom Huledet (Happy Birthday)” (יום הולדת) • “100% te ljubam” (100% те љубам) • “A Little Bit” • “My Star” • “Yorgunum Anla” • “Millennium of Love” • “All to You”