Eurovision Song Contest 2001
The Eurovision Song Contest 2001 was the 46th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, following the Olsen Brothers' win at the 2000 contest in Stockholm, Sweden with the song "Fly on the Wings of Love". The hosting marked the second time the contest was held on Danish soil, after the 1964 contest - 37 years earlier. 23 countries took part in the contest, which was held on 12 May 2001. The host venue was the Parken Stadium - the largest venue to ever host the contest as of 2019. A total of 35,000 spectators saw the show live from within the stadium, breaking the record of 16,000 held by the previous year's hosts Sweden.
|Eurovision Song Contest 2001|
|Final||12 May 2001|
|Directed by||Jan Frifelt|
|Executive supervisor||Christine Marchal-Ortiz|
|Executive producer||Jørgen Ramskov|
|Opening act||"Fly on the Wings of Love" and "Walk Right Back" performed by the Olsen Brothers|
|Interval act||Medley of Aqua hits performed by Aqua feat. Safri Duo|
|Number of entries||23|
|Voting system||Each country awarded 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs.|
|Winning song|| Estonia|
The show was opened by the Olsen Brothers, 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 at the time. 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 rhyming couplets.
France, Greece and Slovenia were the heavy favourites to win the contest; however, as the voting progressed it became a two-horse race between Estonia and the host country Denmark. The contest was won by Estonia, represented by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL with the song "Everybody", written by Ivar Must and Maian-Anna Karmas, which scored a total of 198 points. The host nation, Denmark, finished in 2nd place with 177 points. Coming 3rd were Greece with 147 points - giving the country their best result up until this point. France came 4th with 142 points, and in 5th place were Sweden with 100 points.
Dave Benton, who was born and raised in Aruba, was the first black person and, at the age of 50 years and 101 days, the oldest contestant at the time to win the contest. Furthermore, this was the first victory for one of the Baltic states and one of the former Soviet republics.
Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark was the host city for the 46th edition of Eurovision. The venue choice for the contest was Parken Stadium, a football stadium in the Indre Østerbro district of Copenhagen, Denmark, built from 1990–1992.
The Danish national broadcaster (DR) faced some problems whilst organising the contest such as a lack of funds and the search for a suitable venue. The three largest cities in Denmark - Copenhagen, Aarhus and Odense - all made bids to host the contest. Eventually, DR chose the large football stadium Parken as the host venue, 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.
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.
Changes occurred in the qualification process for the 2002 Contest: along with the "Big 4" countries, the top 15 placed countries 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. Had the older qualification rule still been in use, the relegated countries from 2002 would have been Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia.
Draw for the running order took place on 21 November 2000.
Controversy was again rife in the 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.
At first this was denied by the Swedish songwriters, one of whom was Thomas G:son, but after the Belgian songwriters and the author's organisation SABAM pressed for legal action, a cash settlement was agreed.
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".
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 could not participate, 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, the seven countries with the lowest average result in the past five contests, were relegated. This brought the total number of participating countries to twenty-three.
Countries in bold were allowed to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002.
- 1.^ After Portugal did not enter in the 2002 contest, their place for the 2002 contest final was awarded to Latvia.
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. Only three votes were allowed per household.
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 and Herzegovina, Turkey and Russia. Only a few countries are confirmed to have used the mixed voting system: Croatia, Greece and Malta.
|Voting procedure used:
50% Jury & televote
100% Jury vote
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||29||4||10||7||1||7|
Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:
|9||Estonia||Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Turkey, United Kingdom|
|6||Denmark||Iceland, Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Norway|
|3||France||Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portugal, Russia|
International broadcasts and votingEdit
Voting and spokespersonsEdit
The spokespersons announced the score from their respective country's televote (or, in some cases, national jury) in running order.
- Netherlands – Marlayne (Dutch representative in 1999)
- Iceland – Eva María Jónsdóttir
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – Segmedina Srna
- Norway – Roald Øyen
- Israel – Yoav Ginai
- Russia – Larisa Verbitskaya
- Sweden – Josefine Sundström
- Lithuania – Loreta Tarozaitė
- Latvia – Renārs Kaupers (Latvian representative in 2000 as part of Brainstorm, later co-presenter of the 2003 contest)
- Croatia – Daniela Trbović
- Portugal – Margarida Mercês de Mello
- Ireland – Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh
- Spain – Jennifer Rope
- France – Corinne Hermès (Winner of the 1983 contest for Luxembourg)
- Turkey – Meltem Ersan Yazgan
- United Kingdom – Colin Berry
- Slovenia – Mojca Mavec
- Poland – Maciej Orłoś
- Germany – Axel Bulthaupt
- Estonia – Ilomai Küttim "Elektra"
- Malta – Marbeck Spiteri
- Greece – Alexis Kostalas
- Denmark – Gry Johansen (Danish representative in 1983)
Most countries sent commentators to Copenhagen or commented from their own country, in order to add insight to the participants and, if necessary, the provision of voting information.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – Ismeta Dervoz-Krvavac (BHT 1)
- Croatia – Ante Batinović (HRT 1), Draginja Balaš (HR 2)
- Denmark – Hans Otto Bisgaard and Hilda Heick (DR1)
- Estonia – Marko Reikop (Eesti Televisioon), Vello Rand (Raadio 2)
- France – Marc-Olivier Fogiel & Dave (France 3), Olivier Chiabodo (France Bleu)
- Germany – Peter Urban (Das Erste), Thomas Mohr (Deutschlandfunk)/(NDR 2)
- Greece – Dafni Bokota (ET1), Giorgos Mitropoulos (ERA1)
- Iceland – Gísli Marteinn Baldursson (Sjónvarpið)
- Ireland – Marty Whelan (RTÉ One), Larry Gogan (RTÉ Radio 1)
- Israel – No commentator (IBA), Daniel Pe'er (Reshet Gimel)
- Latvia – Kārlis Streips (Latvijas Televīzija)
- Lithuania – Darius Užkuraitis (LTV)
- Malta – Alfred Borg (TVM)
- Netherlands – Willem van Beusekom (Nederland 2), Hijlco Span (Nederlands Radio 2)
- Norway – Jostein Pedersen (NRK1), Stein Dag Jensen (NRK P1)
- Poland – Artur Orzech (TVP1)
- Portugal – Eládio Clímaco (RTP1)
- Russia – Alexandr Anatolievich and Konstantin Mikhailov (Public Russian Television), Vadim Dolgachev (Voice of Russia)
- Slovenia – Andrea F (SLO1)
- Spain – José Luis Uribarri (TVE1)
- Sweden – Henrik Olsson (SVT1), Carolina Norén (SR P3)
- Turkey – Ömer Önder (TRT 1), Ümit Tunçağ (TRT Radyo 3)
- United Kingdom – Terry Wogan (BBC One), Ken Bruce (BBC Radio 2)
- Australia – Terry Wogan feat. Effie (SBS)[a]
- Austria – Andi Knoll (ORF1), Stermann & Grissemann (FM4)
- Belarus – Alex Krugliyakov (BT)
- Belgium – Dutch: André Vermeulen and Anja Daems (VRT TV1), Julien Put and Michel Follet (VRT Radio 2),
French: Jean-Pierre Hautier (RTBF La Une), Laurent Daube and Éric Russon (RTBF La Première)
- Cyprus – Evi Papamichail (RIK 1)
- Finland – Jani Juntunen and Asko Murtomäki (YLE TV1), Iris Mattilalähde and Tarja Närhi (YLE Radio Suomi)
- Macedonia – Milanka Rašik (MTV 2)
- Romania – Andreea Marin & Leonard Miron (TVR2)
- Switzerland – German: Sandra Studer (SF2), French: Phil Mundwiller (TSR 1), Italian: Jonathan Tedesco (TSI 1)
- FR Yugoslavia[b] – Unknown (Yu Info)
|Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2001|
|Compilation album by|
|Released||5 May 2001|
|Label||EMI / CMC|
|Eurovision Song Contest chronology|
Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2001 was the official compilation album of the 2001 Contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and released by EMI Records and CMC International on 5 May 2001. The album featured all 23 songs that entered in the 2001 contest.
|German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||4|
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- Although Australia was not eligible to enter the contest at the time, the event was broadcast on SBS. As is the case each year, it did not however broadcast it live due to the difference in Australian time zones. This year, the broadcast contained a locally produced addition of a studio audience of young representatives from the competing countries. However, a number of complaints saw the United Kingdom's broadcast, including commentary from Terry Wogan, shown a few weeks later.
- After the breakup of Yugoslavia, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia last participated in 1992. YU Info channel broadcast the show, although Yugoslavia did not participate.
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