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The show

Final
Saturday, 25 May, 2002, 19:00
Location
Saku Suurhall, Tallinn, Estonia
Host broadcaster
ERR
Presented by
Annely Peebo & Marko Matvere
Executive Producer
Juhan Paadam
EBU Supervisor
Christine Marchal-Ortiz
TV Director
Marius Bratten

The contest

Number of participants
24
Winner

The show

Final
Saturday, 25 May, 2002, 19:00
Location
Saku Suurhall, Tallinn, Estonia
Host broadcaster
ERR
Presented by
Annely Peebo & Marko Matvere
Executive Producer
Juhan Paadam
EBU Supervisor
Christine Marchal-Ortiz
TV Director
Marius Bratten

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. 

The contest

Number of participants
24
Winner

Participants & Results

R/O
Country
Artist
Song
Points
Ranking
01CyprusOneGimme856
02United KingdomJessica GarlickCome Back1113
03AustriaManuel OrtegaSay A Word2618
04GreeceGreeceMichalis RakintzisS.A.G.A.P.O.2717
05SpainRosaEurope's Living A Celebration817
06CroatiaVesna PisarovicEverything I Want4411
07RussiaPrime ministerNorthern Girl5510
08EstoniaSahléneRunaway1113
09F.Y.R. MacedoniaKarolinaOd Nas Zavisi2519
10IsraelSarit HadadLight A Candle3712
11SwitzerlandFrancine JordiDans Le Jardin De Mon Âme1522
12SwedenAfro-diteNever Let It Go728
13FinlandLauraAddicted To You2420
14DenmarkMaleneTell Me Who You Are724
15Bosnia & HerzegovinaMajaNa Jastuku Za Dvoje3313
16BelgiumSergio & the LadiesSister3313
17FranceSandrine FrançoisIl Faut Du Temps1045
18GermanyCorinna MayI Can't Live Without Music1721
19TurkeyBuket Bengisu & SaphireLeylaklar Soldu Kalbinde2916
20MaltaIra Losco7th Wonder1642
21RomaniaMonica Anghel & Marcel PavelTell Me Why719
22SloveniaSestreSamo Ljubezen3313
23LatviaMarie NI Wanna1761
24LithuaniaAivarasHappy You1223
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