Eurovision Third Place Acts 2000s

This year at wiwibloggs we are celebrating the festive season with a series of different polls. For the next few days, we’re going to stuff your stockings with a selection of Eurovision votes. Consider this a unique riff on the classic “Twelve Days of Christmas” carol.

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you can join us and let us know your thoughts for each and every poll. Today’s question — Who is your favourite third-place Eurovision act of the 2000s?

Eurovision third-place entries: 2000 to 2009

Many countries took home bronze in the 2000s. But none more than Greece. The Hellenic Republic secured third spot in 2001, 2004 and 2008. Russia also became rather comfy in this position, finishing there twice in 2003 and 2007. Others to take the second runner-up slot included Latvia, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Azerbaijan. You’ll notice that while the poll covers a time span of ten years, it features 11 acts. That’s because there was a tie for third in 2002 between the United Kingdom and Estonia. A tie-breaker was not used to separate the two.

Which 2000s third-place act was your favourite? You can watch and listen to all the entries below and then vote in our poll.

2000: Brainstorm — “My Star” (Latvia)

2001: Antique — “(I Would) Die for You” (Greece)

2002: Jessica Garlick — “Come Back” (United Kingdom)

2002: Sahlene — “Runaway” (Estonia)

2003: t.A.T.u. — “Ne ver’, ne boysia” (Russia)

2004: Sakis Rouvas — “Shake It” (Greece)

2005: Luminița Anghel & Sistem — “Let Me Try” (Romania)

2006: Hari Mata Hari — “Lejla” (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

2007: Serebro — “Song #1” (Russia)

2008: Kalomira — “Secret Combination” (Greece)

2009: AySel and Arash — “Always” (Azerbaijan)

Poll: Who is your favourite third-place Eurovision act of the 2000s?

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Sam
Sam
3 months ago

Lejla is TIMELESS.

Una
Una
3 months ago

Latvia is my fave. Such nice flow. Such joyful performance. I can listen to it and not fit in the Eurovision box.

1998
1998
3 months ago

The best one: winners and runners-up were worst that year in 2000s, it’s 2001
The most overrated one: 2004
The worst one: none of them.

Eurovision Fan
Eurovision Fan
3 months ago

Like: United Kingdom, Estonia, Greece 2001 and Russia 2007

Dislike: Russia 2003, Greece 2008 and Azerbaijan

Yes
Yes
3 months ago

The romanian entry in 2005 is probably one of my favourite from them, but the Azerbaijan entry is one of the most overrated enries from 2009

Many good options though, expecially UK 2002!

Joe
Joe
3 months ago

Loving all the love for Brainstorm

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 months ago

The UK’s 2002 entry is actually one of my favourite UK entries. The held beat in the Choruses I think is very effective in that song. Jessica really nailed the vocal too.
Overall… 2009 and 2001 are very strong. I also liked the craziness of 2000; actually that one could have won that year’s contest.

Joe
Joe
3 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Would’ve been an OK entry for the UK in most years but for 2002 it was next-level

Nils
Nils
3 months ago

i really like brainstorm / prata vetra, but “my star” is quite bland. for me, it has to be t.a.t.u. or luminita anghel with aysel being close behind.

Kirby
Kirby
3 months ago

It’s great to learn that I have agreed with other 494 voters: Antique’s “Die for You” always teleports me to an everlasting, breezy summer evening at the seaside.

sam
sam
3 months ago

tATu and brainstorm EASILY should win this. any other winner is undeserving

tylos
tylos
3 months ago

How is Brainstorm coming 6th? They are magnificent!
I’ve bought all their albums and turned a couple of friends onto them too over the years.

Miss Uncongeniality
Miss Uncongeniality
3 months ago

Nothing can compares to Helena Paparizou with Shirley Clamp doing the chorus. So my vote is definitely fro Antique

Anita
Anita
3 months ago

Can you do a poll: favourite 5th place in the 2010s? For some reason Suus never get’s an award and I think this performance deserves one 😉

Last edited 3 months ago by Anita
Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago

This is for once an easy choice for me, because I think Serebro might be my favourite Russian entry ever.

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
3 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Same here! Their energy was great and the lyrics were quite progressive for Eurovision in the 2000s ^^

Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago
Reply to  ESCFan2009

But we’re clearly in the minority. Sometimes it’s hard to be a Eurovision fan and not like Eurodance, Balkan music and ethnopop. 😉

Marc
Marc
3 months ago

Latvia!! Easy choice in this line up. Only Bosnia comes close for me.

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago

I already voted for “Molitva” and “Lane moje” on these polls, so I’m here to complete my trilogy of favorite Balkan ballads with “Lejla”. 2006 was possibly the only year before 2019 where my two favorite entries made to the top 3 (Lordi, Hari Mata Hari, Mahmood and Duncan). I casted also a vote for Sahlene, because I don’t think she deserves the last place of the poll. And also because I miss pop rock in the contest nowadays.

Richie
Richie
3 months ago

My top 3

1.Azerbaijan 2009
2.Rumania 2005
3.Latvia 2000

Princess Peregrine
Princess Peregrine
3 months ago

Jessica Garlick was robbed. UK 2002.
I also love Latvia 2000. What a beautiful song.

Carola
Carola
3 months ago

Here as president of the Sahlene appreciation society.

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
3 months ago

From 2003 to 2006, the bronze medal went to very solid entries.

Paul
Paul
3 months ago

Let’s be honest – most of these are better than the winners!

Colin
Colin
3 months ago

Latvia 2000 wins this category in heartbeat for me. It’s such a sweet, memorable and evergreen song. It’s my 2000 winner and probably my favorite ESC song of early 2000s. 🙂 Greece 2001 and Bosnia & Herzegovina 2006 are also very good and more than deserving of this title. I also consider Russia 2003 very interesting. It’s dark and frenetic like not many other ESC songs are and I respect that. Greece 2008 is a song I see from a bit of nostalgic view, but it’s barely in my top 15 now, as I kinda cringe on some lyrics (”sometimes… Read more »

Ashton
Ashton
3 months ago
Reply to  Colin

No, you’re right about 2004. None of Sakis’ eurovision songs have been good. Just trashy songs performed by a flamboyant man in a white singlet.

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

I feel the same about 2004. It embarasses me and I’m not easily embarassed.

Colin
Colin
3 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Just to emphasize that I still like Secret Combination. However, looking back I find several other songs in 2008 more deserving of that third spot. SC in a fun and catchy bop, but now I see how some of the lyrics were perhaps a bit juvenile. I prefer Shady Lady, Fuego and Aphrodisiac when it comes to songs with alluring content.

Last edited 3 months ago by Colin
Azaad
Azaad
3 months ago

Lejla was miles ahead of the rest of 2006 in terms of quality…

Joe
Joe
3 months ago

Who voted for Tatu and why? Don’t pretend that song was any good.

Joe
Joe
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Lejla’s my personal favorite of this batch

Brin
Brin
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Lots of ppl like it. Including me. Dont generalize your taste to others’.

Joe
Joe
3 months ago
Reply to  Brin

Fair enough, though I’m not entirely sure why

Nils
Nils
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe

because that song is pure energy. this blend of pop and drum & bass was and still is rather unique. in this case, i don’t even care they couldn’t sing for their lives – to me, that only amplified the message of their song.
we haven’t had anything like it since except for andras kallay-saunders.

eurovision-berlin
eurovision-berlin
3 months ago

Azerbaijan 2009

Alaska
Alaska
3 months ago

BRAINSTORM! <3

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago

LATVIA 2000!

Robert
Robert
3 months ago

‘Come back’ is one of the best pop songs to be performed IMHO on the Eurovision stage.. Probably my fave third place of this decade..

N93
N93
3 months ago

So. Many. Good. Songs.
Seriously, so many of these songs are better than the actual winners.