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The show

Final
Saturday, 13 May, 2000, 19:00
Location
Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden
Host broadcaster
SVT
Presented by
Kattis Åhlström & Anders Lundin
EBU Supervisor
Christine Marchal-Ortiz
Interval Act
Street Musicians from Stockholm

The show

Final
Saturday, 13 May, 2000, 19:00
Location
Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden
Host broadcaster
SVT
Presented by
Kattis Åhlström & Anders Lundin
EBU Supervisor
Christine Marchal-Ortiz
Interval Act
Street Musicians from Stockholm

In 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. 

Participants & Results

R/O
Country
Artist
Song
Points
Ranking
01IsraelPing PongSa'me'akh722
02The NetherlandsLinda WagenmakersNo Goodbyes4013
03United KingdomNicki FrenchDon't Play That Song Again2816
04EstoniaInesOnce In A Lifetime984
05FranceSofia MestariOn Aura Le Ciel523
06RomaniaTaxiThe Moon2517
07MaltaClaudette PaceDesire738
08NorwayCharmedMy Heart Goes Boom5711
09RussiaAlsouSolo1552
10BelgiumNathalie SorceEnvie De Vivre224
11CyprusVoiceNomiza821
12IcelandEiner Augúst Víðisson en Telma AugústdóttirTell Me!4512
13SpainSerafín ZubiriColgado De Un Sueño1818
14DenmarkOlsen brothersFly On The Wings Of Love1951
15GermanyStefan RaabWadde Hadde Dudde Da965
16SwitzerlandJane BogaertLa Vita Cos'è?1420
17CroatiaGoran KaranKada Zaspu Andeli709
18SwedenRoger PontareWhen Spirits Are Calling My Name887
19F.Y.R. MacedoniaXXL100\% Te Ljubam2915
20FinlandNina ÅströmA Little Bit1818
21LatviaBrainStormMy Star1363
22TurkeyPinar Ayhan & S.O.S. bandYorgunum Anla5910
23IrelandEamonn ToalMillennium Of Love926
24AustriaThe rounder girlsAll To You3414
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