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The show

Final
Saturday, 24 May, 2003, 19:00
Location
Skonto Olympic Hall, Riga, Latvia
Host broadcaster
LTV
Presented by
Marie N. & Renars Kaupers
EBU Supervisor
Sarah Yuen
TV Director
Sven Stojanovic

The show

Final
Saturday, 24 May, 2003, 19:00
Location
Skonto Olympic Hall, Riga, Latvia
Host broadcaster
LTV
Presented by
Marie N. & Renars Kaupers
EBU Supervisor
Sarah Yuen
TV Director
Sven Stojanovic

Latvia hosted the competition in 2003 following Marie N's victory in Tallinn the previous year. 

26 participants 

A record 26 countries took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in the Latvian capital Riga. The slogan for 2003 was Rendezvous in Riga. Ukraine made its debut in the competition and sent one of the country's biggest stars, Olexandr Ponomariov. 
Pop duo t.A.T.u. who only month before the contest had a major worldwide hit with All The Things She Said, represented Russia in Riga. The pair caused mischief during the event week by regularly disrupting the rehearsal schedule and failing to attend press conferences. 
Turkey won the contest for the first time after one of the closest finishes in the contest for years. Slovenia, the last country to deliver its results, had the casting vote. Belgium finished second with Russia in third place. 

About the winner

Sertab Erener won the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Everyway That I Can. At the time Sertab was one of Turkey's biggest stars and recorded duets with stars such as Ricky Martin and José Carreras. Every Way That I Can was a combination of eastern melodies and was reminiscent of the Tarkan and Holly Vallance hit Kiss Kiss.

Facts and figures 

  • The United Kingdom scored nil points for the first time ever. Cry Baby performed by the duo Jemini finished last.
  • The Belgian song, Sanomi by Urban Trad, was sung in a made-up language.
  • A change in the tie-break rule was introduced which took into account the total number of countries voting for a song rather than counting the amount of top scores. This system would have run into problems in 1991 as France and Sweden both received votes from 17 countries. 

Participants & Results

R/O
Country
Artist
Song
Points
Ranking
01IcelandBirgittaOpen Your Heart818
02AustriaAlf PoierWeil Der Mensch Zählt1016
03IrelandMickey HarteWe’ve Got The World5311
04TurkeySertab ErenerEveryway That I Can1671
05MaltaLynn ChirchopTo Dream Again425
06Bosnia & HerzegovinaMija MartinaNe Brini2716
07PortugalRita GuerraDeixa-me Sonhar1322
08CroatiaClaudia BeniViše Nisam Tvoja2915
09CyprusStelios ConstantasFeeling Alive1520
10GermanyLouLet’s Get Happy5311
11Russiat.A.T.u.Ne Ver’, Ne Boisia1643
12SpainBethDime818
13IsraelLior NarkisWords For Love1719
14The NetherlandsEsther HartOne More Night4513
15United KingdomJeminiCry Baby26
16UkraineOlexandrHasta La Vista3014
17GreeceGreeceMandoNever Let You Go2517
18NorwayJostein HasselgårdI'm Not Afraid To Move On1234
19FranceLouisa BailecheMonts Et Merveilles1918
20PolandIch TrojeKeine Grenzen - Zadnych Granic907
21LatviaF.L.Y.Hello From Mars524
22BelgiumUrban TradSanomi1652
23EstoniaRuffusEighties Coming Back1421
24RomaniaNicolaDon’t Break My Heart7310
25SwedenFameGive Me Your Love1075
26SloveniaKarmenNanana723
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