ESC TALLINN 2002 (47ª)


  • Dates – Grand Final: Saturday, 25 May 2002 – 21:00 CEST
  • Host – Venue & Location: Saku Suurhall (Saku Suurhall Arena), Tallinn, 🇪🇪 Estonia
  • Presenter (s): Annely Peebo & Marko Matvere 
  • Musical Director:
  • Director: Marius Bratten
  • Executive Producer: Juhan Paadam
  • Executive Supervisor: Christine Marchal-Ortiz
  • Multicamera Director: Marius Bratten
  • Host broadcaster: Eesti Televisioon (ETV)
  • Motto: “A Modern Fairytale” (Moodne muinasjutt)
  • Opening Act: “Everybody” performed by Tanel Padar and Dave Benton
  • Interval Act: (During the song presentation): “A Little Story in the Music” performed by Annely Peebo and Marko Matvere, with music composed by Raimond Valgre. (During the voting procedure): Dance performance directed and choreographed by Teet Kask
  • Participants – Number of entries: 24 [🇬🇧 United Kindom (41ª), 🇪🇸 Spain (38ª), 🇸🇪 Sweden (39ª), 🇫🇷 France (42ª), 🇲🇹 Malta (14ª), 🇭🇷 Croatia (9ª), 🇹🇷 Turkey (23ª), 🇪🇪 Estonia (7ª), 🇩🇪 Germany (42ª), 🇮🇱 Israel (22ª), 🇩🇰 Denmark (31ª), 🇱🇻 Latvia (2ª), 🇷🇺 Russia (5ª), 🇬🇷 Greece (21ª), 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina (7ª), 🇱🇹 Lithuania (3ª), 🇸🇮 Slovenia (7ª), 🇦🇹 Austria (38ª), 🇧🇪 Belgium (41ª), 🇨🇾 Cyprus (20ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (34ª), 🇲🇰 FYRO Macedonia (3ª), 🇷🇴 Romania (4ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (41ª)]
  • Debuting countries:
  • Return: 🇦🇹 Austria (38ª), 🇧🇪 Belgium (41ª), 🇨🇾 Cyprus (20ª), 🇫🇮 Finland (34ª), 🇲🇰 FYRO Macedonia (3ª), 🇷🇴 Romania (4ª), 🇨🇭 Switzerland (41ª)
  • Non-returning countries: 🇮🇸Iceland (15ª), 🇮🇪 Ireland (33ª), 🇳🇱 The Netherlands (40ª), 🇳🇴 Norway (38ª), 🇵🇱 Poland (7ª), 🇵🇹 Portugal (33ª)
  • Vote – Voting system: Each country awards 1-8, 10, and 12 points to their 10 favourite countries.
  • Nil Points:
  • Winning song: 1f3c6I wanna” – Marie N (Marija Naumova) – 🇱🇻 Latvia (1ª)

Logo ESC 2002 - A modern fairytale

About. 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. 

o/R  country PaRticipant(s) SONG – TRANSLATE – LANGUAGE Points  rank
01 🇨🇾 Cyprus CyBC One Gimme English 085 06
02 🇬🇧 United Kindom BBC Jessica Garlick Come Back English 111 03
03 🇦🇹 Austria ÖRF Manuel Ortega Say A Word (Sag ein wort) English 026 18
04 🇬🇷 Greece ERT Michalis Rakintzis (Μιχάλης Ρακιντζής) S.A.G.A.P.O. (Σ.Α.Γ.Α.Π.Ω., S’agapo, I love you) English[a] 027 17
05 🇪🇸 Spain TVE Rosa Europe’s Living A Celebration (Europa vive una fiesta) Spanish[b] 081 07
06 🇭🇷 Croatia HRT Vesna Pisarović (Весна Писаревић) Everything I Want (Sasvim sigurna)  English 044 11
07 🇷🇺 Russia C1R Prime Minister (Premyer-Ministr, Премьер-Министр) Northern Girl (Девушка с севера / Девочка С Севера, Girl From The North)) English 055 10
08 🇪🇪 Estonia ERR Sahlene Runaway English 111 03
09 🇲🇰 FYRO Macedonia MKRTV Karolina (Karolina Gočeva, Каролина Гочева) Od nas zavisi (Од нас зависи, It depends on us) Macedonian 025 19
10 🇮🇱 Israel IBA Sarit Hadad (שרית חדד‎) Nadlik Beyakhad Ner (Light a Candle) (נדליק ביחד נר, We’ll Light a Candle Together) Hebrew, English 037 12
11 🇨🇭 Switzerland SSR SRG Francine Jordi Dans le jardin de mon âme (In the garden of my soul) French 015 22
12 🇸🇪 Sweden SVT Afro-dite Never Let It Go English 072 08
13 🇫🇮 Finland YLE Laura (Laura Voutilainen) Addicted To You (Riippuvainen sinusta) English 024 20
14 🇩🇰 Denmark DR Malene (Malene Mortensen) Tell Me Who You Are (Vis mig hvem du er; Tell me, who you are) English 007 24
15 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina PBSBIH Maja (MajaTatić, Маја Татић) Na jastuku za dvoje (На јастуку за двоје, On a pillow for two) Serbian, English 033 13
16 🇧🇪 Belgium VRT Sergio & The Ladies (Sergio @ The Ladies) Sister English 033 13
17 🇫🇷 France France 3 Sandrine François Il faut du temps (je me battrai pour ça) [It takes time (I will fight for that)]  French 104 05
18 🇩🇪 Germany ARD Corinna May I Can’t Live Without Music (Ohne Musik kann ich nicht leben) English 017 21
19 🇹🇷 Turkey TRT Buket Bengisu & Grup Saphire Leylaklar soldu kalbinde (Lilacs faded in your heart) Turkish, English 029 16
20 🇲🇹 Malta TVM Ira Losco 7th Wonder (Seventh Wonder) English 164 02
21 🇷🇴 Romania TVR Monica Anghel & Marcel Pavel (Monica Anghel și Marcel Pavel) Tell Me Why (The voi iubi mereu) English 071 09
22 🇸🇮 Slovenia RTVSLO Sestre (Сестре) Samo ljubezen (Only love) Slovene 033 13
23 🇱🇻 Latvia LTV Marie N (Marija Naumova) I Wanna (I Wonna, Es gribu) English 176 01
24 🇱🇹 Lithuania LRT Aivaras (Aivaras Stepukonis) Happy You English 012 23

Missed participation

🇱🇹 Lithuania: “We All” (Mes čia!) (English) – B’Avarija. B’Avarija in 2002 won the finals with their song “We All”, however this win had to be disqualified, just over a month later as the song had been released the previous year in Lithuanian language version, under the title “Mes čia!” (We Are Here). Under the rules, a song may not be released before 1 January of the year of the relevant contest.  In fact, many of the Lithuanian national final entries had already been released, rendering them ineligible under Contest rules. Officials argued that the lyrics were different (as it was in a different language) and therefore a different song, however the EBU-UER rules that the song was not different enough and therefore could not be used in the main Eurovision Song Contest 2002. It is thought that the Lithuanian broadcasters had not fully understood the rules as a number of the songs competing in the final had also been released earlier. Aivaras, who was second in the national finals, went to the contest for Lithuania instead.

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 2002

ESC 2002 Scoreboard Ι Detailed voting results:

Scoreboard - Eurovision Song Contest 2002

The Eurovision Song Contest 2002 was the 47th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in TallinnEstonia, following the country’s victory at the 2001 contest with the song “Everybody” by Tanel PadarDave Benton and 2XL. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Eesti Televisioon (ETV), the contest was held at the Saku Suurhall on 25 May 2002. The contest was presented by Estonian opera singer Annely Peebo and actor Marko Matvere.[1] It was the first Eurovision Song Contest held in one of the former Soviet republics.

Twenty-four countries participated in the contest. Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, Macedonia, Romania and Switzerland returned after their relegation from the previous edition. Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway and Poland were relegated due to their poor results in 2001. It was the first (and only) time Ireland and Norway were relegated from the contest. Latvia was also set to sit out this year, but when Portugal announced their non-participation, due to internal problems at its broadcaster, it left a spot open for Latvia to take, as the country had finished higher the year before than any of the other relegated countries. This would go on to be very fortunate for the country as Latvia ended up winning the contest with the song “I Wanna”, performed by Marie N who wrote it with Marats Samauskis. Malta, United Kingdom, Estonia and France rounded out the top five. Malta achieved their best result in their Eurovision history, coming second. Further down the table, Denmark finished twenty-fourth and last, their worst result up until that point, despite having been declared one of the favourites to win the competition beforehand.

Saku Suurhall, Tallinn – host venue of the 2002 contest.

1.Location. Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It is situated on the northern coast of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, 80 km (50 mi) south of Helsinki in Finland, east of Stockholm in Sweden, and west of Saint Petersburg in Russia. Founded in 1248 but the earliest human settlements date back to 3000 years BC, making it one of the oldest capital cities of Northern Europe. Due to its important strategic location the city soon became a major trade hub, especially between the 14th to 16th century when it grew to be a key centre of commerce within the Hanseatic League. Tallinn’s Old Town is one of the best preserved and intact medieval cities in Europe and is listed as a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site.

1.1.Venue. Early in the proceedings, media outlets had begun speculating whether Estonian broadcaster ETV would be able to host the contest, citing a lack of a suitable venue and budgetary concerns; however, worries were put to rest when a combination of fundraising activities and the Estonian Government enabled them to host the event. Due to this, Maltese broadcaster PBS expressed interest in hosting in the event in Malta instead of Estonia.

However, it was later announced that Estonia would still host 2002 contest. The Saku Suurhall was ultimately chosen as the venue for the contest. It is the largest indoor arena in Estonia, built in 2001 and holds up to 10,000 people. It is named after the Estonian brewery and soft drink company Saku.


2.1.Slogan. For the first time, a slogan (or theme) was implemented. This year’s theme was called ‘A Modern Fairytale’, which was evident in the postcards shown between the songs, which showed classic fairytales ending in modern Estonian situations.

2.2.Postcards. The postcards continued with the opening theme of “A Modern Fairytale” taking well known fairy tales and translating them into Estonian life through short films, with a moral at the end of each one of them. The various fairy tales were as following, listed in appearance order:

  1. 🇨🇾 Cyprus – Aladdin; “Anything can happen in Estonian clubs…”
  2. 🇬🇧 United Kindom – The Ugly Duckling; “Young Estonians flying high”
  3. 🇦🇹 Austria – The Three Bears; “No parking spaces… theatres everywhere”
  4. 🇬🇷 Greece – Hansel and Gretel; “Countless Internet connections”
  5. 🇪🇸 Spain – Frankenstein; “Tartu University – one of the oldest in Europe”
  6. 🇭🇷 Croatia – The Three Brothers; “Nation of champions”
  7. 🇷🇺 Russia – The Goldfish; “Freedom”
  8. 🇪🇪 Estonia – Sleeping Beauty; “Old Town… new experiences”
  9. 🇲🇰 FYRO Macedonia – The Missing Princess; “Fall in love with Estonian folk-dance”
  10. 🇮🇱 Israel – Thumbelina; “Famous Estonian conductors”
  11. 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Cinderella; “Young Estonian fashion”
  12. 🇸🇪 Sweden – The Magic Carpet; “Everything at the press of a button”
  13. 🇫🇮 Finland – The Three Little Pigs; “Sauna – extreme heat from Estonia”
  14. 🇩🇰 Denmark – The Little Mermaid; “In every port of the world you can find an Estonian sailor.” (an Ernest Hemingway quotation)
  15. 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina – The Frog Prince; “10,000 years of untouched nature”
  16. 🇧🇪 Belgium – Bluebeard; “Football… beer… castles”
  17. 🇫🇷 France – The Princess Who Would Not Smile; “Estonia – it’s a small world”
  18. 🇩🇪 Germany – Pinocchio; “Living Estonian handicraft”
  19. 🇹🇷 Turkey – Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves; “Forests – Estonian treasure”
  20. 🇲🇹 Malta – Beauty and the Beast; “Beaches of golden sand”
  21. 🇷🇴 Romania – The Pied Piper; “Endless Estonian hospitality”
  22. 🇸🇮 Slovenia – Snow White; “So many beautiful women”
  23. 🇱🇻 Latvia – Little Red Riding Hood; “Homemade bread… for meateaters”
  24. 🇱🇹 Lithuania – Puss in Boots; “White nights… shooting stars”

3.Participating countriesA total of 24 countries competed in the 2002 contest, which included the top 17 countries from the previous year’s contest, alongside the seven returning countries which had been relegated from competing in the 2001 contest. These countries replaced the bottom 6 countries from the 2001 contest, which were relegated from taking part in this year’s contest.

The total participants had originally been 22, but when the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) increased their participation number for the contest to 24 this granted Israel and Portugal the opportunity to enter. Portugal declined to enter the contest due to internal problems in the Portuguese broadcaster RTP. This allowed Latvia (who went on to win the contest) to enter.

Draw for the running order took place on 9 November 2001.

3.1.Returning artists.

Lead artists
Artist Country Previous year(s)
Constantinos Christoforou (member of One) 🇨🇾 Cyprus 1996
Philippos Constantinos (member of One) 1995 (as backing singer for Alexandros Panayi)
Monica Anghel 🇷🇴 Romania 1996 (qualifying round)
Sahlene 🇪🇪 Estonia 1999 (for 🇸🇪 Sweden, as backing singer for Charlotte Nilsson) and 2000 (for 🇲🇹 Malta, as backing singer for Claudette Pace)
Backing performers
Artist Country Previous year(s)
Christina Argyri 🇨🇾 Cyprus 2000 (as member of Voice)
Kenny Lübcke 🇩🇰 Denmark 1992 (with Lotte Nilsson)

3.2.Participants and results.

3.4.All the national selections for Eurovision Song Contest 2002:

• National Selections in 2002: