The grand final of Eurovision may not be until May 10th, but we know all of you are already arguing over who will win and dreaming of where we’re headed in 2015. To help channel your excitement (and impatience), we’re going to flashback to all the Eurovision winners from 2000 onwards. Did they deserve to win on the night? And who has stood the test of time?

Today we’re rewinding to…

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Eurovision 2000 in Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm 2000 was a special contest for all kinds of reasons – it was the Sapphire Anniversary of Europe’s favourite TV Show, the second time the Swedish capital hosted the Contest and Sweden’s 4th victory. It was also bizarrely the first time since 1996 that the Contest had been held on mainland Europe, after behind held in Ireland in 1997, the United Kingdom in 1998 and Israel in 1999.

The contest modelled a seriously fierce lip-smacking logo and in hindsight screams 00s glamour. Estonia’s entry wore a cowboy hat as fashion rather than farce, Nicki French wore a crop top and runner up Alsou totally nailed the PVC-crop top statement that screamed millennium couture.

http://youtu.be/0JuSnJe_Jqc

Unfortunately for those acts though The Olsen Brothers and distinctly folksy ‘Fly On The Wings Of Love’ soared to victory with 195 points and a 40-point margin over runner up Russia. It was only Denmark’s 2nd victory at the Contest and Copenhagen would have to wait thirteen years to win again.

The winning song was a bizarre blend of country warble and folksy tinges. Not to mention the bridge that felt like a decidedly odd exert from Cher’s ‘Believe’. Did it deserve to win or should Denmark have gone down in flames? Throw your shade or shine your light in the comment below below folks!

http://youtu.be/WiMdXMKCrfQ

Angus Quinn contributed this flashback from the UK. You can follow him on Twitter at @Angus_Quinn17. Then you can follow the team on Twitter @wiwibloggs and then like our Facebook page to keep up-to-date with all the latest news and gossip.

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ingo
ingo
6 years ago

ironically, my top 2 that year were Estonia (exquisite Ines with the sweet “Once in a lifetime”) and Latva (best debut ever with Brainstorm and their superfab song “My star”), two countries that won the following 2 years with awful songs… too bad

Fatima
Fatima
6 years ago

I always have to stop and raise my arms at that key change, even when I’m driving. If they do not appear in Copenhagen in some form I will be EXTREMELY disappointed, because we need to be reminded of a time when outsiders with an average draw.

sopon
sopon
6 years ago

“Fly On The Wings of Love” was the second-to-last winner before the general winner formula of the 00’s-10’s came out (20-year-old female pop solo with sex appeal). It is nice to see that two older men can win with a simple, nice song without many gimmicks.

Since then, more than half the winners have fit the new “formula”, the exceptions being Estonia, Finland, Serbia, Russia (although Dima kind of was the male equivalent), Norway, and Azerbaijan.

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

“This video is not available in your country.” I thought you were in the US like me, David? 🙂

Jonathan
Jonathan
6 years ago

I have to say that the postcard was the most boring 30 odd seconds of my life. I’ll never get those seconds back! 🙁

Thiefo
Thiefo
6 years ago

I think it deserved to win, it’s a friendly and uplifting song and I love it! The only thing I’m not a fan of is of their voices, they get slightly annoying after some time, I mean the song is great as it is, and I love it anyway, but I imagine it would’ve been a lot better with another (maybe female?) performer.

mitchel
mitchel
6 years ago

surely it deserved!!! Besides eurovision it became a commercial success!

Nebi
Nebi
6 years ago

One of the best winners ever!