After one week on a Sunday, #EurovisionAgain returned to its usual slot on Saturday. For the tenth weekend running, Eurovision fans settled in for an evening rewatching yet another song contest from the vaults. This time, it was the turn of Eurovision 2003.

All the performances remained the exact same, as did the winner — Turkey’s Sertab Erener with “Everyway That I Can“.

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Sertab Erener wins #EurovisionAgain 2003

Listed below are the results for #EurovisionAgain 2003. The rankings are based on the votes of more than 3,000 people who decided to vote for their favourites while rewatching the Eurovision 2003 grand final on Saturday 23 May.

In brackets, we’ve included the differences between the new fan vote and the original result from 17 years ago.

And while the winner stayed as was, there was lots of change elsewhere on the scoreboard!

For the rest of the field, many only rose or fell a handful of places. But others enjoyed significant gains.

#EurovisionAgain 2003 results

  1. Turkey: Sertab Erener “Everyway That I Can” (=)
  2. Spain: Beth “Dime” (+6)
  3. Iceland: Birgitta “Open Your Heart” (+5)
  4. Belgium: Urban Trad “Sanomi” (-2)
  5. Netherlands: Esther Hart “One More Night” (+8)
  6. Germany: Lou “Let’s Get Happy” (+6)
  7. Sweden: Fame “Give Me Your Love” (-2)
  8. Romania: Nicola “Don’t Break My Heart” (+2)
  9. Russia: t.A.T.u. “Ne ver’, ne boysia” (-6)
  10. Croatia: Claudia Beni “Više nisam tvoja” (+5)
  11. France: Louisa Baïleche “Monts et merveilles” (+7)
  12. Portugal: Rita Guerra “Deixa-me sonhar” (+10)
  13. Norway: Jostein Hasselgård “I’m Not Afraid to Move On” (-9)
  14. Estonia Ruffus: “Eighties Coming Back” (+7)
  15. Ireland: Mickey Harte “We’ve Got the World” (-4)
  16. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Mija Martina “Ne brini” (=)
  17. Greece: Mando “Never Let You Go” (=)
  18. Slovenia: Karmen “Nanana” English (+5)
  19. Austria: Alf Poier “Weil der Mensch zählt” (-13)
  20. United Kingdom: Jemini “Cry Baby” (+6)
  21. Latvia: F.L.Y. “Hello from Mars” (+3)
  22. Poland: Ich Troje “Keine Grenzen – Żadnych granic” (-15)
  23. Ukraine: Olexandr “Hasta la Vista” (-9)
  24. Israel: Lior Narkis “Words for Love” (-5)
  25. Cyprus: Stelios Constantas “Feeling Alive” (-5)
  26. Malta: Lynn Chircop “To Dream Again” (-1)

Watch Eurovision 2003 online

#EurovisionAgain 2003 may be over but the Eurovision 2003 grand final remains online… for now. You can watch the full show on the official Eurovision YouTube channel.

However, it is only available for an unspecified “limited time”. Other #EurovisionAgains have typically stayed online for approximately one week.

But why? Before 2004, the copyright for each show belonged to the respective broadcasters. In the case of 2003, that’s Latvia’s LTV. For now, the Latvian network has opted to make the show available only temporarily.

#EurovisionAgain is scheduled to return on Saturday 30 May at 21:00 CEST.

What is #EurovisionAgain

For the past several weeks, since the COVID-19 pandemic first took hold, the Eurovision Again team has been organising mass rewatchings of classic contests on Saturday evenings. The EBU soon came on board and began publishing previously unavailable entire show uploads on its YouTube channel.

As well as organising rewatches, the Eurovision Again team has also added a fundraising element for various LGBT+ charities. Details can be found here.

What do you think? Did Sertab deserve to win the rewatch? Is “Everyway That I Can” the best from 2003? Let us know in the comments.

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Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago

The best song in 2003 came from my own country Belgium. And for the second time we’re screwed!

Tania
Tania
1 month ago

IMO belgium was the best.Loveddddd Turkey it was a hit for years but live she wasnt so good(a different song from studio).

PP77
PP77
1 month ago
Reply to  Tania

Turkey live was so much better then studio version. Belgium so overrated like in 1978,1984

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago
Reply to  PP77

I think you must be deaf! I’ve listened to Sertab performance and she was screaming and yelling most of the time! And Belgium being overrated in 2003 and 1978 proves you know nothing about good music. But I understand you bashing Belgium is in at the moment. God may knows what we ever did wrong

Rashad Guliyev
Rashad Guliyev
1 month ago

Years later the members of t.A.T.u claimed that they were offered to buy the victory, but being so honest and stuff, they rejected it. Why would you accept to be on that stage if you knew the victory was already bought? There is nothing they wouldn’t do for more publicity.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Rashad Guliyev

Yeeeeaaahh bullsh*t.

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
1 month ago

What’s wrong with Alf Poier? Why do people here hate it?

Tibor
Tibor
1 month ago

The song is musically and lyrically ridiculous. Moreover Poier has made some dumb and nasty right wing remarks. He’s kind of the Austrian Xavier Naidoo minus the voice.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Tibor

Good, I thought he was just pretentious and a goof, but now I have an actual reason to dislike him.

Alibaba
Alibaba
1 month ago

As gay man from Russia I can say that russophobia in wiwi comments way more stronger than homophobia in Russia.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Alibaba

…you sure about that, bud? And I’ve got nothing against Russia (or at least its people). I have something against a crummy entry. You’ve sent good songs that have done worse and bad songs that have done better.

Nate
Nate
1 month ago

Glad to see Spain doing well. Bad luck her backup singers were so offkey, the song is still a banger. Also glad to see tATu receiving a lower position

stommie
stommie
1 month ago
Reply to  Nate

Are you sure it were the backings, because Beth’s vocals didn’t seem to steady either.

JDS
JDS
1 month ago
Reply to  stommie

Agree, her vocal was very ropey. Had she been in tune, she would have done much better.

Bella
Bella
1 month ago

Worst winner ever, won only because of the diaspora. Without that, barely top 10. Thankfully juries are back.

stommie
stommie
1 month ago
Reply to  Bella

It did very well in the aftermath of the contest in several countries. My country, the Netherlands, gave it 12 points, which was probably also diaspora related. But unlike the Belgian song, ETIC was quite a big hit here.
I had a look at it’s wiki page, and it did very well all over Europe in the then competing countries.

Bella
Bella
1 month ago
Reply to  stommie

… Not sure where you’re going with this, what’s your point? Also you should know why it sold well, it’s already in your comment: diaspora. Same people who voted for it also bought it. It’s still only a middle-of-the-road, poorly performed ethno-pop song.

srulik
srulik
1 month ago
Reply to  Bella

It’s the most deserving winner, great song, staging, has ethnic rythem. All the things that made turkey one of the best esc countries since the 2000(until they left)

Bella
Bella
1 month ago
Reply to  srulik

Turkey started doing well in the ESC only when televoting was introduced, which was only due to their diaspora. After juries were reintroduced and started balancing things out, Turkey lost its unfair advantage and even left because of that.

Malo
Malo
1 month ago
Reply to  Bella

That is just untrue. Jury was reintroduced in 2009.
2009 – 4th place
2010 – 2nd place
2012 – 7th place
But yeah, terrible results.
Also regarding ETIC, it literally set a new trend in Eurovision, the ethno dance pop (with the stage performance), which was present even last year.

Bella
Bella
1 month ago
Reply to  Malo

What you conveniently “forgot” to mention: – 2009: Turkey was 3rd with the televote and… 7th with the juries – 2010: 2nd with televote / 8th with the juries – 2011: They would have qualified for the final if it was only televote, juries prevented that by ranking them 12th in the SF. – 2012: 4th with televote / 22nd with juries. … They were systematically pushed up by the televote for no other reason than diaspora voting. They even admitted it and left claiming they thought the jury vote was unfair to them (also forgetting to admitting the televote… Read more »

Malo
Malo
1 month ago
Reply to  Bella

I didn’t forget to mention anything, I just didn’t look up the separate results. 7th and 8th with the juries in 2009 and 2010 is still pretty good. I am not saying that the diaspora didn’t influence the results, but saying that they only got points from it, when yourself mentioned the two top 10 jury results, is inaccurate. The juries have been back for 11 years, and Turkey participated 4 times during those years, we don’t know how they would have scored with the juries the remaining times. You’ve made it very clear that you don’t like ETIC, but… Read more »

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Malo

It’s very Terry Wogan to say a song only does well because of diaspora. I don’t care what anyone says: diaspora and neighbors alone can’t make a song win. They just can’t. You can’t build up a mass consensus on those votes alone. That may be where a lot of high scores come from (including with Turkey) but that on its own can’t win the whole thing.

Bella
Bella
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

I agree with you: diaspora voting alone is not enough to win ESC, that’s for sure. It is clear ETIC got some support beyond the diaspora circle, but again: they won by *only* 2 points while getting high televoting points from countries with big Turkish diaspora: Germany, Belgium, France, Austria, Netherlands, etc. So in the case of ESC 2003, with such a narrow final result, it is pretty clear that diaspora voting was instrumental to steal the victory. Let’s not put our heads in the sand, if the juries had balanced that out and deprived them of these few points,… Read more »

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Bella

And Belgium? They don’t have a diaspora in the scale of Turkey’s but it did impressively well and was close by just a few critical votes.

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago
Reply to  srulik

That’s a joke, wright?

Ermin
Ermin
1 month ago

I love the 00s, it’s my youth. I think Sylvia Night was misunderstood. Nowadays esc is too serious. Who is esc trying to please? With so many fans, why esc is the one to please a few snobs?

Oy oy
Oy oy
1 month ago

How do you join EurovisionAgain?

Padraig Muldoon
Padraig Muldoon
1 month ago
Reply to  Oy oy

They share the voting link on their official @Eurovisionagain Twitter account once all the songs have been performed (if you’re watching in sync with the YouTube premiere). Anyone can vote – you don’t need a Twitter account to access the link.

Oy oy
Oy oy
1 month ago

Ok, thanks!:)

PP77
PP77
1 month ago

Why Russia had weird shots. Host and EBU was afraid of girls kiss on the stage. Some newspapers wrote about that, and that EBU said they would banned Russia from contest in 2004, if girls kiss on stage during performance.

Olympic
1 month ago

Why does everyone hate Malta’s song? It definitely wasn’t the worst one in this field.

Guest
Guest
1 month ago
Reply to  Olympic

Agreed. While it wasn’t the best, it surely wasn’t the worst

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago
Reply to  Olympic

Because of how this sort of voting works, solid, but unexceptional songs (think Germany/Austria 2015) get fewer votes than car crash songs (think UK/Armenia 2015). Don’t know that a lot of people would’ve liked Malta 2003 enough for it to be one that they would actually vote for.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

It is the most stereotypically vanilla Maltese entry ever

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
1 month ago

In the days leading up to the show, tATu had been teasing a same-sex kiss between Julia and Lena. The story is that the thought of this happening on camera terrified the show producers, so whenever the two performers got anywhere near each other, the footage would cut to a wide shot to avoid viewers potentially being exposed to a lesbionic snog. One “what if” to consider is would the proper camerawork have impressed viewers more and so given Russia four extra points to nudge them into first place? Weird to think that the concept of two female performers kissing… Read more »

Ana
Ana
1 month ago

And then the 2019 interval act of the first semi 😀

PP77
PP77
1 month ago

Finland 2013 (singer with backing vocal), Lithuania 2015 (backing vocals), interval act 2013.

stommie
stommie
1 month ago

I don’t think the male same sex kiss in Israel 2000 caused that much fuss either.

1TruSeer
1TruSeer
1 month ago

How do you vote in EurovisionAgain, I never see the voting link advertised

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  1TruSeer

Check the @eurovisionagain Twitter account. On the night, after the acts have performed in the replay, the voting link will open. It will be open about as long as it is open during the broadcast. 🙂

1TruSeer
1TruSeer
1 month ago

what did they say?
Is it anything to do why they dont have a normal postcard either around the country? just shots of them rehearsing

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  1TruSeer

Many of the postcards had to be reshot, according to those who were in the know. TAtu’s wasn’t any different as many were made only during the week of rehearsals.

Kim
Kim
1 month ago
Reply to  James

The girls also arrived in Riga after the rest of the other delegations. I’m not sure if the Russian delegation also arrived last minute as well. One of the girls from the band was also taken to hospital after collapsing in Riga which ate into rehearsal time and the filming of the postcard. I liked the song but it just felt out of place at Eurovision at the time. My favourite from 2003 was Ruffus.

Princess Montana Deluxe
Princess Montana Deluxe
1 month ago

Belgium was my winner, and will always be my all-time favorite Eurovison Song. Not saying Turkey was a bad winner in any way, but Belgium might have given more interesting, indie songs in the 2000s.

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago

Agreed, and I had 250 pounds on Belgium to win at 80-1 in 2003. Consider how I felt when Slovenia’s vote came in.

JDS
JDS
1 month ago
Reply to  Fatima

I’d argue the Swedes decided it more than Slovenia did – no score for Belgium, and low points for Russia.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  JDS

Peter Poles was such a funny spokesperson too. Slovenia always kills the game with their spokespeople.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Fatima

At least they voted for it. Shake your fist indignantly at Sweden

JDS
JDS
1 month ago

As a gay man, I still get angry when I think of tATu, fake lesbians to help make them famous. Even more so now when one of them is now a major supporter of anti-gay legislation in Russia. So she was happy to use homosexuality as a way for publicity, but is disgusted by it as a way of life.

Richard
Richard
1 month ago

I have very fond memories of 2003, as it was the first year I ever attended the show, and the smaller scale and cosiness of the event holds a special place after going to much bigger venues. Russia were my favourites back then, and having watched it again last night I’ve not changed my view. They had an uncompromising rawness that was very exciting, and in Russian too. Turkey was a deserving winner however, and I still love the Belgian song so whichever way you rate it, the top three were exceptional. I must admit that Lou for Germany as… Read more »

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 month ago

Sertab’s entry is one of my favourite winning songs ever 🙂
I also love the top 3 in general (the official one, with Belgium and Russia)
I am yet to listen to all songs but I’m super excited to!

Azuro
Azuro
1 month ago

Russia would have won in 2003 if they had been allowed to sing in English. An English version was written but was the day after the deadline. Towards the end of the song when they run round the back you can hear tjey sing “Don’t Trust The Voices” the title of the English version. Was meant to be when they kissed. Yes the first LGBT kiss in esc history was to be from Russia but EBU threatened them with a ban if they did so. Glad to see they still found a way to” break the rules” at that moment… Read more »

stommie
stommie
1 month ago
Reply to  Azuro

Three years before Israel 2000 had a same sex kiss on stage.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

By the way: I read somewhere that this wasn’t considered the favorite to win before the contest, with most outlets saying it’d be Russia. Can any of you guys think of other notable Eurovision upsets? The ones I can think of off the top of my head are: 1984 (The big favorites were Germany, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, all of whom tanked while Sweden won handily) 1985 (Germany was the big favorite; Noway wasn’t completely out of the conversation but they weren’t supposed to be nearly as close) 1990 (Italy wasn’t the favorite, but I can’t recall if Ireland, France,… Read more »

Karl
Karl
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

2014 before the rehearsals, Armenia and Sweden was topping the odds, I remember

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

1988 and 1989 come to my mind. UK was the hot favourite in both of those editions, but came second to the underdogs – Switzerland, who were represented by the then unknown Celine Dion, and Yugoslavia (I still remember how surprised Terry Wogan was when Riva won). In 2007 DJ Bobo was predicted to win and didn’t even qualify (does anyone still remember DJ Bobo, anyway?). In 2011 France was the bookies’ favourite, Estonia, UK and Hungary were not too far behind in the rankings. And that’s all I can think of.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

I thought the favorite in 2007 was Verka?

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Not really. I mean she was generally tipped to do well, but she was never THE favourite. As far as the odds go, Switzerland, Sweden, Belarus and Serbia were always in the lead.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Terry Wogan said she was the favorite, but then again he always seemed to be looking at odds where the UK was in contention.

Pablo Nava
Editor
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

In 2016 it was Russia vs France, Ukraine’s odds were actually going lower as the final progressed.

PP77
PP77
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

1989 favorites Sweden,Italy, Germany,
2001 favourites was France,Slovenia,Greece
2002 favourites was Germany (only 21 st), Sweden, Spain
2011 favourites France (only 15 ), Sweden,Estonia,Hungary,Ireland,Uk

Fatima
Fatima
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

I clearly remember in 1977 that Dream Express / Belgium were the favourites. They came in seventh and since then I’ve tried not to excited about anyone achieving that status.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Fatima

They lost to a worthy opponent though. A Million in One, Two, Three is good, but c’mon, you can’t step to Marie Myriam.

oom
oom
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Spain was not favorite in 1991, 1995, 2001 and 2003?

Tom
Tom
1 month ago

Russia robbed

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

Not even a little bit. Says a lot, but it might be the most overrated Russian entry ever. Only difference is that most Eurovision fans don’t think it’s that good either.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

My favs are Malta, Norway, Estonia.

Guest
Guest
1 month ago

I don’t think Malta deserved dead last 🙁

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Guest

I enjoyed the Malta entry A LOT!

Molnar
Molnar
1 month ago

Many was affraid of T.AT.U. kiss on stage. I read that EBU told Russia would be banned from 2004, if they did kiss.

PP77
PP77
1 month ago

For me one of best winners. For me Belgium,Russia was so overrated in 2003. Turkey got points from Cyprus first time ,Greece second time.
For me TOP 10
1.Turkey
2.Iceland
3.Sweden
4.Greece
5.Germany
6.Portugal
7.Poland
8.United Kingdom
9.Ireland
10.Slovenia

Kaden
Kaden
1 month ago

The 2003 contest was the best contest to date (in 2003). I loved the staging – the best one up to 2003. I remember recording this contest and then replaying it many times. I still can sing most of the songs off the top of my head. The first time I really paid attention to the songs, the lyrics and the music (before I enjoyed the votes being given out, the UK song and the winning song)…..possibly the reason I now see songs, music etc as an art form. Turkey was brilliant that night, but Belgium was the one I… Read more »

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

Lol, that result is a typical fan result:)

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

Fans have desperately been trying to rewrite history and say any song other than Cry Baby deserved last place. It’s not a song worth giving a second wind, guys.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

I was overwhelmed with how bad it sounded. Someone tell me there was an issue with her in-ear.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

Jemini weren’t using in-ears! That year, there were on-stage monitors but artists could also use the relatively new technology of in-ear monitors. In Tim Moore’s book ‘Nil Points’, Jemini say that they couldn’t afford to buy the earpieces and the BBC wouldn’t pay for them either, so Jemini had to use the on-stage monitors. Throughout the evening, it was clear that something wasn’t quite right with the audio, as a noticeable number of acts sounded a bit off. Unfortunately for Jemini, Gemma wasn’t hearing the audio right and started in the wrong key which just sounded awful. Their winning national… Read more »

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

I read that book too and I remember that story! It’s definitely unfortunate and I feel sorry for them, but if we’re judging on actual Eurovision performances (like we should be), the UK were easily the worst of the night.

Not the worst sound design, though. The year after, it felt like the backing tracks were very loud and/or the mics were way too low. Everything sounded weirdly muted. 2011 also felt like everything got swallowed up by the echo-y arena (which also showed up, if not as prominently, last year).

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

To quote a meme, “Why are you booing me? I’m right!”

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

The song isn’t bad, like a British version of group Fame. It is just that they were out of tune and off key throughout the performance and people don’t like that in ESC.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

I think staging started to be a significant factor at Eurovision sometime around the ‘80s, given that that was the era of Bucks Fizz and Herrey’s, but this was the second consecutive year where staging elevated a song that bookmakers weren’t crazy about into winner contention. I feel bad that I don’t like Everyway That I Can as much as everyone else. I enjoy it, of course, but I honestly prefer Turkey’s home entry the next year, some quality ska-punk. But I’ll always be grateful that Sertab’s win meant Turkey had the motivation to pick acts like Mor ve Otesi… Read more »

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

It was also a big goddamn middle finger to the idea that a country can only do well through neighborly and diaspora voting. The only neighboring country that gave Belgium a 12 was France, and the other two (Poland and Spain) aren’t even close.

Conor K
Conor K
1 month ago

Austria Underrated! Alf Poier was iconic

Luxe
Luxe
1 month ago

2003 was not strong, so it was easy for every country to win, not a surprise at all

stommie
stommie
1 month ago

Also funny the Russian postcard, because all you could see was those two girls arguing with the production team.

1TruSeer
1TruSeer
1 month ago
Reply to  stommie

Any idea why they didn’t have a normal postcard?

Kim
Kim
1 month ago
Reply to  1TruSeer

Hi, I just wrote a comment about this further up.

stommie
stommie
1 month ago

First time I saw this in good quality after 2003. I love the stage, imagine how impressive it would have been with the technology we have now. In my memory it was a very modern contest, but now I think it looks rather dated. And the Skonto Hall must be one of the ugliest venues ever, I doubt that the people in the back could see a thing.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  stommie

There will never ever be an uglier venue than the movie theater lobby design that was 1991

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

For pure aesthetics, I’d call these the best venues: 1963 (Really impressive staging and camera work that still looks good now) 1967 (The hall-of-mirrors look is really cool) 1973 (Just a different kind of vibe to the usual set that I dig) 1979 (The iconic giant spinning spiral and smart spacing-out of the stage and orchestra still look good) 1985 (Spacious, classy, very ’80s) 1986 (The ice palace look was also very ’80s but in a good way) 1992 (The viking mast isn’t to everyone’s liking but I thought it worked) 1996 (Grandiose and spacious, probably the pre-2000 contest that… Read more »

PP77
PP77
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

For me best
1967 from 60 s than 1963
1973 from 70 s than 1970
1988 from 80 s then 1987, 1985
1994 from 90s then 1990,1997,1999
2009 from 00s then ,2008,2005,2003
2014 from 10s then 2011, 2017
worst
1965
1975
1983
1992
2006 the
2013 then 2010

Ana
Ana
1 month ago
Reply to  stommie

I would say they made the most of it. Not all the countries have huge indoor venues. What would happen if Malta won? Or Cyprus? Where would the contest be?

sam
sam
1 month ago

TATU WINNERS!

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  sam

They’re lucky they’re popular because third place was way too high for them.

Nikko
Nikko
1 month ago

Iceland’s singer Brigitta is the inspiration for the upcoming Netflix Eurovision movie. She is from a small village in the north of Iceland and went on to the biggest stage in the world

JDS
JDS
1 month ago

I remember the 2003 Eurovision very well. Since Ireland was disqualified in 2002 due to poor performance in 2001 (by the uncle of our 2018 entrant!) a huge effort was made in selecting our 2003 entry and a Pop-Idol style show was the method used. Obviously back then, people were hugely invested in these shows so there was more interest in the contest than usual. He was never going to win though, though we were glad of the automatic qualifying slot for 2004, which we squandered with one of our weakest entries ever. tATu were also pretty big stars at… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
1 month ago

2003 was really a better year than I remembered. Today I’d say, Romania is my favourite, but other than that Iceland, Turkey and France had great entries. I already hated the made up language folk song from Belgium at the time, and that hasn’t changed. I’m grateful it even slipped two places further down. Other than that, it was obviously the time of a lot of JLo and Shakira wannabes as well as (thank God) the last Ralph Siegel entry for Germany.

JDS
JDS
1 month ago
Reply to  Tibor

It was weird how singing in a made up language was such a success for Belgium in 2003, yet flopped for them just five years later. Not such a novelty by then I guess.

Tibor
Tibor
1 month ago
Reply to  JDS

I don’t remember their 2008 entry, but since it’s from 2008, it’s safe to say I didn’t like it. 😉
But seriously, I never understood what’s so great about singing in a made up language other than the fact that you don’t have to worry about rhymes.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago
Reply to  Tibor

Romania was also my favourite. Happy enough with the winner though.

Tibor
Tibor
1 month ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I remember the stage show with the giant records and that at the time for some reason I didn’t really like it, but hearing it now, I have to say that it stood the test of time very well and I can’t really tell what bothered me about this entry in 2003.

kohen
kohen
1 month ago

well deserved.. she started a new era in Eurovision

I love this emotion
1 month ago
Reply to  kohen

Sertab did indeed. And the scoreboard!