The Eurovision Song Contest 2001 was the 46th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, following the country's victory at the 2000 contest with the song "Fly on the Wings of Love" by Olsen Brothers. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Danmarks Radio (DR), the contest was held at the Parken Stadium on Saturday 12 May 2001. The contest was presented by Danish television presenter Natasja Crone Back and actor Søren Pilmark.
|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.|
|Nul points in final||None|
|Winning song|| Estonia|
Twenty-three countries took part in the contest. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, and Slovenia returned after their relegation from the previous edition. Greece also returned after their two-year absence, following financial trouble. Meanwhile, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, Macedonia, Romania, and Switzerland were relegated.
The winner was Estonia with the song "Everybody", performed by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL and written by Ivar Must and Maian-Anna Karmas. This was the first time one of the former Soviet occupied republics won the contest. Denmark, Greece, France and Sweden rounded out the top five with Greece achieving its best result up to that point in the contest. Meanwhile, Ireland finished in 21st place, giving the nation its worst placement up to that point.
Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, was the chosen host city. The venue choice for the contest was Parken Stadium, the national football stadium, located in the Indre Østerbro district of Copenhagen, Denmark, built from 1990 to 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 with room for an audience of 38,000, breaking the record of 16,000 held by the previous year's hosts Sweden. However, the scale of it all wasn't entirely a success: many audience members could not see the stage, and for many entries the hall appeared to be too big.
The show was opened by the reigning champions, the Olsen Brothers, with a snippet from their winning Eurovision song, followed by their latest single "Walk Right Back", which was already a smash hit in Denmark at the time.
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 made of the same four rings. The whole rig could be formed into various shapes to add to each country's staging.
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.
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.
Prior to the contest Greece were hotly tipped to win by the bookmakers, Sweden the second favourites, with France, Slovenia and host country Denmark expected to round out the top 5. However, as the voting progressed it quickly became a two-horse race between host Denmark and surprisingly Estonia.
In addition the host country, Denmark, and the "Big Four", the 12 countries with the highest average scores between 1996 and 2000 were allowed to take part in the 2001 contest alongside new or returning countries.
- Automatic qualifier
|Rank||Country||Average||Yearly Point Totals|
|Tanel Padar (with Dave Benton and 2XL)||Estonia||2000 (as backing vocalist for Ines)|
|01||Netherlands||Michelle||"Out on My Own"||English||18||16|
|03||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Nino||"Hano"||Bosnian, English||14||29|
|04||Norway||Haldor Lægreid||"On My Own"||English||22||3|
|05||Israel||Tal Sondak||"Ein Davar" (אין דבר)||Hebrew||16||25|
|06||Russia||Mumiy Troll||"Lady Alpine Blue"||English||12||37|
|07||Sweden||Friends||"Listen to Your Heartbeat"||English||5||100|
|08||Lithuania||Skamp||"You Got Style"||English, Lithuanian[b]||13||35|
|09||Latvia||Arnis Mednis||"Too Much"||English||18||16|
|10||Croatia||Vanna||"Strings of My Heart"||English||10||42|
|11||Portugal||MTM||"Só sei ser feliz assim"||Portuguese||17||18|
|12||Ireland||Gary O'Shaughnessy||"Without Your Love"||English||21||6|
|13||Spain||David Civera||"Dile que la quiero"||Spanish||6||76|
|14||France||Natasha St-Pier||"Je n'ai que mon âme"||French, English||4||142|
|15||Turkey||Sedat Yüce||"Sevgiliye Son"||Turkish, English||11||41|
|16||United Kingdom||Lindsay Dracass||"No Dream Impossible"||English||15||28|
|19||Germany||Michelle||"Wer Liebe lebt"||German, English||8||66|
|20||Estonia||Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL||"Everybody"||English||1||198|
|21||Malta||Fabrizio Faniello||"Another Summer Night"||English||9||48|
|22||Greece||Antique||"Die for You"||Greek, English||3||147|
|23||Denmark||Rollo and King||"Never Ever Let You Go"||English||2||177|
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:
100% jury vote
50% jury and televote
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||29||4||10||7||1||7|
Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|9||Estonia||Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Turkey, United Kingdom|
|6||Denmark||Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Norway|
|3||France||Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portugal, Russia|
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The spokespersons announced the score from their respective country's televote (or, in some cases, national jury) in running order.
- Netherlands – Marlayne
- 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
- Croatia – Daniela Trbović
- Portugal – Margarida Mercês de Melo
- Ireland – Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh
- Spain – Jennifer Rope
- France – Corinne Hermès
- 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
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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.
|Australia||SBS TV||Terry Wogan, Effie[c]|||
|Austria||ORF 1||Andi Knoll|
|FM4||Stermann & Grissemann|||
|Belgium||RTBF La Une||French: Jean-Pierre Hautier|||
|VRT TV1||Dutch: André Vermeulen and Anja Daems|||
|RTBF La Première||French: Laurent Daube and Éric Russon|
|VRT Radio 2||Dutch: Julien Put and Michel Follet|
|Cyprus||RIK 1||Evi Papamichail|||
|Finland||YLE TV1||Jani Juntunen and Asko Murtomäki|||
|YLE Radio Suomi||Iris Mattila and Tarja Närhi|
|Macedonia||MTV 2||Milanka Rašić|
|Romania||TVR2||Andreea Marin and Leonard Miron|
|Switzerland||SF 2||German: Sandra Studer|
|TSR 1||French: Phil Mundwiller|
|TSI 1||Italian: Jonathan Tedesco|
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".
|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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- Croatia's score from the 1999 contest was reduced by 33% for the purposes of determining average scores due to the use of synthesised pre-recorded vocals in that year's Croatian entry.
- Contains some words in German and French
- 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, after a number of complaints, they showed the United Kingdom's broadcast, including commentary from Terry Wogan, a few weeks later.
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