47º Eurovision Song Contest
I Wanna - Marie N - Latvia
The 47th Eurovision Song Contest was held on May 25, 2002 in the Saku Suurhall Arena in Tallinn, Estonia. The presenters were Annely Peebo and Marko Matvere. The contest was won by Marie N representing Latvia with the song I Wanna. Estonia was the first country from the Eastern-bloc to organize the Eurovision Song Contest. There were many worries about whether Estonia would have enough funds to stage the competitions, but they were put to rest when fundraising activities enabled them to host a satisfying event.
The theme created around this Eurovision was 'a fairytale', which was evident in the postcards aired between the songs. This edition was originally scheduled to have 22 competitors - the top 15 from the previous year's contest, plus the seven countries that had been excluded from the 2001 event because of their low five-year point average. However, the European Broadcasting Union increased the number of participants to 24, granting Israel and Portugal the opportunity to enter. Portugal declined and was replaced by Latvia, the eventual winner.
This year's contest proved the unpredictability of Eurovision, as few could have guessed beforehand that the contest would turn into a two horse race between Malta and Latvia. The United Kingdom returned to their success with Jessica Garlick's entry 'Come Back', which made it into joint third position with Estonia. There were many rhythms and sounds in this year's songs that made them unique. The stage acts became more elaborate with the winner Latvia pulling a strip routine and the Greeks dressing up and moving like robots. Germany sent singer Corinna May who had been blind from birth and Slovenia entered three men dressed as female flight attendants.