The 2000s was a decade of change. And we’re not just talking about the creation of the semi-final round in 2004, the introduction of a second semi in 2008 or the return of the jury vote in the 2009 final. Because, bookended between Nordic neighbours Denmark in 2000 and Norway in 2009, all of the other Eurovision-winning countries this decade were first-time champions.
Regardless of your taste in music, it cannot be denied that all ten winners were iconic in some shape or form. But who was your favourite? Some months ago, we asked y’all to decide. And the results are in!
After counting 6,932 votes, we can confirm that Greece’s 2005 victor Helena Paparizou is your favourite Eurovision winner of the 2000s with “My Number One”.
Greece’s Helena Paparizou is your favourite Eurovision winner of the 2000s with “My Number One”
It’s 16 years since the Swedish born Greek superstar stormed to Eurovision victory with “My Number One”. But the love for Helena Paparizou remains as strong as ever. She secured Greece its first win in 2005 and now she’s swept to victory in this poll, taking 1,411 votes and 20.35% of all votes cast. The one-time Antique frontwoman most certainly still has it, as evidenced by her Rock The Roof performance during Eurovision 2021.
In second place we have another iconic diva, but one with a very different musical style. Marija Serifovic gave Serbia its first win as an independent country with “Molitva” in 2007. The touching ballad has proven evergreen, and it was among the song contest classics to be featured in 2020’s Eurovision replacement show. In this poll, Mairja took home 1,218 votes or 17.57% of all votes cast.
The bronze medal goes to the all-conquering “Fairytale”. Alexander Rybak won for Norway with the folksy fiddle number in 2009, breaking all sorts of records in the process. He set a new high for the number of points received, a feat that would not be beaten until a revamped scoring system was introduced in 2016. He also set a fresh record for the number of 12 points received, which remained in place until Loreen won three years later. Here, he picked up 1,195 votes or 17.24% of all votes cast.
Poll results: Who is your favourite Eurovision winner of the 2000s?
- 2005: Helena Paparizou — “My Number One” (Greece) 20.35% (1,411 votes)
- 2007: Marija Serifovic — “Molitva” (Serbia) 17.57% (1,218 votes)
- 2009: Alexander Rybak — “Fairytale” (Norway) 17.24% (1,195 votes)
- 2003: Sertab Erener — “Everyway That I Can” (Turkey) 14.53% (1,007 votes)
- 2006: Lordi — “Hard Rock Hallelujah” (Finland) 9.95% (690 votes)
- 2004: Ruslana — “Wild Dances” (Ukraine) 9.58% (664 votes)
- 2000: Olsen Brothers — “Fly On The Wings Of Love” (Denmark) 5.11% (354 votes)
- 2008: Dima Bilan — “Believe” (Russia) 2.55% (177 votes)
- 2002: Marie N — “I Wanna” (Latvia) 1.77% (123 votes)
- 2001: Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL — “Everybody” (Estonia) 1.34% (93 votes)
Total Votes: 6,932
Do you agree with the results? Is Helena your ultimate winner of the 2000s? Who did you vote for? Let us know below.