Saturday, 13 October 2012

Eurovision Song Contest 2001

 Tanel Padar & Dave Benton

Date: May 12, 2001
Venue: Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark
Presenters: Natasja Crone Back, Søren Pilmark
Director: Jan Frifelt
Scruteneer: Christine Marchal-Ortiz
Host broadcaster: DR
Interval act: Aqua and Safri Duo
Duration: 3 hours
Number of entries: 23
Debuting countries: -
Returning countries: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Greece, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia
Withdrawing countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Romania, Switzerland
Winning Song: Everybody - Tanel Padar, Dave Benton, 2XL, Estonia
Voting system: Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs


01. The Netherlands: Michelle - Out on my own (18th place, 16 points)
02. Iceland: Two Tricky - Angel (22nd place, 3 points)
03. Bosnia & Herzegovina: Nino Pršeš - Hano (14th place, 29 points)
04. Norway: Haldor Lægreid - On my own (22nd place, 3 points)
05. Israel: Tal Sondak - En davar (16th place, 25 points)
06. Russia: Mumiy Troll - Lady alpine blue (12th place, 37 points)
07. Sweden: Friends - Listen to your heartbeat (5th place, 100 points)
08. Lithuania: Skamp - You got style (13th place, 35 points)
09. Latvia: Arnis Mednis - Too much (18th place, 16 points)
10. Croatia: Vanna - Strings of my heart (10th place, 42 points)
11. Portugal: MTM - Só sei ser feliz assim (17th place, 18 points)
12. Ireland: Gary O'Shaughnessy - Without your love (21st place, 6 points)
13. Spain: David Civera - Dile que la quiero (6th place, 76 points)
14. France: Natasha St-Pier - Je n'ai que mon âme (4th place, 142 points)
15. Turkey: Sedat Yüce - Sevgiliye Son (11th place, 41 points)
16. UK: Lindsay Dracass - No dream impossible (15th place, 28 points)
17. Slovenia: Nuša Derenda - Energy (7th place, 70 points)
18. Poland: Piasek - 2 Long (20th place, 11 points)
19. Germany: Michelle - Wer liebe lebt (8th place, 66 points)
20. Estonia: Tanel Padar, Dave Benton, 2XL - Everybody (1st place, 198 points)
21. Malta: Fabrizio Faniello - Another summer night (9th place, 48 points)
22. Greece: Antique - Die for you (3rd place, 147 points)
23. Denmark: Rollo & King - Never ever let it go (2nd place, 177 points)


The Eurovision Song Contest 2001 was the 46th Eurovision Song Contest and was held on May 12 2001 in the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was the first time in 36 years that Denmark hosted the Eurovision Song Contest, thanks to the Olsen Brothers' win the previous year in Stockholm. The Olsen Brothers Opened the show with a snippet from their winning song Fly on the Wings of Love, followed by their latest single Walk Right Back, which was already a smash hit in Denmark. The presenters were Danish journalist and TV-show presenter Natasja Crone Back and the famous Danish actor Søren Pilmark who spoke most of their announcements in rhyme. The contest was won by Estonia who were represented by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL with the song Everybody, written by Ivar Must and Maian Karmas. Dave Benton, from Aruba, was the first black person to win the contest.


The venue choice for the contest was the Parken Stadium, a football stadium in the Indre Østerbro (Inner Østerbro) district of Copenhagen, Denmark, built from 1990–1992. A total of 35,000 spectators saw the show live from within the stadium, breaking a record held by the previous hosts Sweden in 2000.


The logo of the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest was made out of four circles, placed in the shape of a heart. The four circles were also present in the stage design, with the light construction was made of the same four rings.


The Danish national broadcaster faced some problems whilst organising the contest such as the lack of funds and the search for a suitable venue. The event was eventually located in the football stadium Parken, after the company running the stadium agreed to add a retractable roof to the building. This solution made it the biggest venue ever to host a Eurovision Song Contest, but the scale of it wasn't entirely a success: many of the 38,000 people in the audience could not see the stage, and for many entries the hall appeared to be too big.

All of the countries participating in this year's Eurovision were required to use televoting for the first time after becoming compulsory. The jury backup votes were only used by some countries with either technical problems with their televotes or a weak fixed-telephone infrastructure. Further changes occurred in the qualification process for the 2002 Contest: along with the "Big 4" countries, the top 15 placed countries of the country would qualify for next year's competition. The other spots for 2002 would be filled by countries that were excluded from the 2001 contest because of their low point average for the years 1996-2000.

France, Greece and Slovenia were the heavy favourites to win the contest, however as the voting progressed it became a two-horse race between Denmark and Estonia, with Estonia ending as the unexpected winner.

 Fabrizio Faniello


Controversy was again rife in the 2001 Contest: the United Kingdom TV commentator Terry Wogan repeatedly made critical comments about the hosts and dubbed them "Doctor Death and the Tooth Fairy/The Little Mermaid" after providing their entire commentary in rhyming couplets. The Danes were so offended that the BBC was obliged to issue an apology on Wogan's comments. Controversy also surrounded the Swedish song, Listen To Your Heartbeat, which was repeatedly accused as a plagiarism of the Belgian entry for the 1996 Contest, Liefde is een kaartspel. Eventually the EBU decided for the matter to be settled in court, with the song allowed to compete as long as the courts did not declare the song as plagiarism.

During the voting the Danish band Aqua performed with a medley of their singles, with percussion ensemble Safri Duo performing in the medley. Although enjoyable, people complained about it being a little bit rude as there was some swearing during the performance, both at the beginning and end of Barbie Girl.

Partcipating countries

Due to the EBU's relegation rule of the lowest ranked countries from the contest had to miss the follow year's contest, meant several countries had to withdraw, while relegated countries from the 1999 contest were able to return this year. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, and Slovenia returned, while Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, Macedonia, Romania, and Switzerland withdrew, as they were the lowest ranking countries from the 2000 contest. This brought the total number of participating countries to twenty-three.


Returning artists

No returning acts were present this year, the first time it happened since 1989.


The majority of participating countries held a televote, where the top ten most voted for songs were awarded the 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points. This year the EBU introduced for the first time a mix of voting systems (50% televoting and 50% jury) for those countries that didn't want to use 100% televoting. According to the EBU rules (published on 05/10/00), every broadcaster was free to make a choice between the full televoting system and the mixed 50-50 system. In exceptional circumstances, where televoting was not possible at all, only a jury was used: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Turkey and Russia. Only a few countries are confirmed to have used the mixed voting system: Croatia, Greece and Malta.

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