Eurovision Song Contest 2003 Details Page


For all those people who are interested in the Eurovision Song Contest, here are the details for 2003.

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The 2003 Eurovision Song Contest will be held at the Skonto Olympic Hall in Riga in Latvia. The date for the 2003 contest was on Saturday 24th May 2003.

 


 


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It was confirmed that 26 countries will be entering in 2003, which means that Slovenia who was relegated from 2002 now qualify. Slovakia and Hungary did not broadcast the contest in 2002, hence they cannot enter in 2003. Any more countries and the contest could last 4 hours!

From 2004, the Eurovision will become a 2 day event, where all entries are held on a Friday and the best songs go through to the live final. Whether the Friday show will be televised, I don't know. This also means that more than the 26 allowed countries can enter and all allow to vote for each other. It is possible that 40 countries can vote! (Source EBU)

The draw took place on 29th November 2002 in Riga. The 2 presenters for the contest are Renars Kaupers who is the lead singer of the band "Brainstorm" that repesented latvia in 2000 and Marija Naumova (last year's winner). (See left).

Here are the list in draw order : 1.Iceland 2.Austria 3.Ireland 4.Turkey 5.Malta 6.Bosnia Hertzgovina 7.Portugal 8.Croatia 9.Cyprus 10.Germany 11.Russia 12.Spain 13.Israel 14.The Netherlands 15.United Kingdom 16.Ukraine 17.Greece 18.Norway 19.France 20.Poland 21.Latvia 22.Belgium 23.Estonia 24.Romania 25.Sweden 26.Slovenia.

For UK Selection Details, please click here.

For 2003 song lyrics, please click here.

Here are the dates and songs where available, of the National Finals.

Draw Order   Country Date of Final Song Artist Language Betting Odds as of
Starting
26/03/03
Ending
24/05/03
1 Iceland 15 February 2003 Segou Mer Allt
(Open Your Heart)
Birgitta Haukdal English 16/1 10/1
2 Austria 14 March 2003 Weil Der Mensch Zahlt
(Because People Count)
Alf Poier German 66/1 250/1
3 Ireland 8 March 2003 We've Got The World Tonight Mickey Harte English 14/1 13/2
4 Turkey   Everyway That I Can Sertab Erener English!!!! 33/1 14/1
5 Malta 7-8 February 2003 To Dream Again Lynn Chircop English 25/1 40/1
6 Bosnia Hertzgovina 1 March 2003 Ne Brini
(Could it Be)
Mija Martina Bosnian 25/1 28/1
7 Portugal 2 March 2003 Deixa-me Sonhar (Só Mais Uma Vez)
(Let Me Dream (Once More))
Rita Guerra Portuguese 40/1 200/1
8 Croatia 9 March 2003 Vise Nisam Tvoja
(I Am Not Longer Yours)
Claudia Beni Croatian 40/1 80/1
9 Cyprus   Feeling Alive Stelios Konstantas English 33/1 200/1
10 Germany 7 March 2003 Let's Get Happy Lou English 8/1 8/1
11 Russia   Ne Ver, Ne Boisya, Ne Prosi
(Don't Believe, Don't Be Afraid, Don't Ask)
T.A.T.U (yes they reach number 1 in the UK) Russian 7/2 5/1
12 Spain 10 February 2003
*17 February 2003 (winner announced)
Dime
Tell Me
Beth Spanish 8/1 4/1
13 Israel 23 January 2003 Milim La'ahava
(Words For Love)
Lior Narkis Hebrew/Little English 50/1 200/1
14 The Netherlands 1 March 2003 One More Night Esther Hart English 14/1 12/1
15 United Kingdom 2 March 2003 Cry Baby Jemini English 9/1 20/1
16 Ukraine   Hasta La Vista Oleksandar Ponomariov English 33/1 25/1
17 Greece 26 February 2003 Never Let You Go Mando English 25/1 12/1
18 Norway 1 March 2003 I Am Not Afraid To Move On Jostein Hasselgard English 20/1 14/1
19 France   Monts Et Merveilles
(To Promise The Moon)
Louisa French 16/1 33/1
20 Poland 25 January 2003 Zadnych Granic - Keine Grenzen
(No Borders)
Ich Troje Polish/German 66/1 33/1
21 Latvia 1 February 2003 Hello From Mars F.L.Y English 8/1 9/1
22 Belgium   Sanomi Urban Trad Jibrish 50/1 33/1
23 Estonia 8 February 2003 Eighties Coming Back Ruffus English 16/1 12/1
24 Romania 1 March 2003 Don't Break My Heart Nicola English 20/1 25/1
25 Sweden 15 March 2003 Give Me Your Love Fame English 8/1 16/1
26 Slovenia 15 February 2003 Lep Poletni Dan
(Na Na Na)
Karmen Stavec English 25/1 9/1

Many thanks to Noam in Israel for the dates, draw order and songs. Also thank you for all those people who emailed me with the titles. There are too many to list.

New countries will not be entering in 2003 but will enter in 2004 which are Andorra, Albania, Belarus, Georgia (now member of EBU), Yugoslavia (to be known as serbia-montenegro). However, Ukraine has somehow been allowed to enter the 2003 contest.

Two possible venues were to host the contest which are Skonto Stadium (hall 1) and the Kipsala Exhibition Centre, but the Skonto Stadium was chosen. The people at the Kipsale Exhibition Centre are very angry about this because they were given no criteria in which to present a presentation to the EBU. The people at Kipsala do not think Lativa can produce a good contest and wanted it to past to Malta but work has already started on the Skonoto Hall. (This happened to Estonia in 2001 when it nearly gave it to Denmark). Around 6,000 people will fit in the hall, with better acoustics and a moden revamp inside and out.

The 2003 logo has been selected. Ireland are going to be having a national final in a pop idol format (similar to 2002's Spain entry. Poland will also have a national final in 2003 for the first time. Esther Hart withdrew from the UK Entry because she was offered to sing for the Netherlands in the finals.

In a change of previous televoting, the time to televote in 2003 will be reduced from 5 minutes to 3 minutes. Could be something to do with Greece voting for Cyprus and vice versa!

Many thanks to Noam in Israel and Michael from the UK for these information.

Betting odds at certain point before the contest

Red means that the odds are lower than the starting odds on 26 March 2003

Draw Order Country Betting Odds as of
Starting
26/03/03

08/04/03

13/04/0

20/04/03

02/05/

10/05/03

15/05/03

19/05/03

21/05/03

23/05/03

24/05/03
1 Iceland 16/1 10/1 9/1 9/1 8/1 8/1 8/1 9/1 8/1 10/1 10/1
2 Austria 66/1 100/1 150/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 200/1 250/1 250/1 250/1 250/1
3 Ireland 14/1 16/1 20/1 20/1 14/1 14/1 14/1 12/1 9/1 13/2 13/2
4 Turkey 33/1 20/1 16/1 16/1 16/1 20/1 20/1 20/1 20/1 20/1 14/1
5 Malta 25/1 80/1 100/1 125/1 80/1 80/1 40/1 40/1 40/1 40/1 40/1
6 Bosnia Hertzgovina 25/1 16/1 16/1 18/1 18/1 20/1 20/1 25/1 20/1 28/1 28/1
7 Portugal 40/1 50/1 80/1 125/1 125/1 125/1 125/1 150/1 200/1 200/1 200/1
8 Croatia 40/1 66/1 80/1 125/1 125/1 125/1 125/1 100/1 66/1 66/1 80/1
9 Cyprus 33/1 66/1 80/1 125/1 125/1 125/1 125/1 150/1 150/1 200/1 200/1
10 Germany 8/1 10/1 12/1 14/1 10/1 12/1 12/1 12/1 10/1 8/1 8/1
11 Russia 7/2 2/1 2/1 5/2 4/1 9/2 11/2 11/2 5/1 5/1 5/1
12 Spain 8/1 9/1 8/1 7/1 7/1 6/1 5/1 5/1 5/1 9/2 4/1
13 Israel 50/1 66/1 80/1 125/1 100/1 100/1 100/1 100/1 150/1 200/1 200/1
14 The Netherlands 14/1 20/1 14/1 16/1 14/1 16/1 16/1 14/1 12/1 12/1 12/1
15 United Kingdom 9/1 11/1 12/1 12/1 14/1 14/1 14/1 16/1 20/1 20/1 20/1
16 Ukraine 33/1 50/1 66/1 66/1 66/1 66/1 66/1 66/1 33/1 25/1 25/1
17 Greece 25/1 50/1 25/1 9/1 11/1 12/1 9/1 10/1 12/1 12/1 12/1
18 Norway 20/1 16/1 14/1 10/1 11/1 12/1 12/1 12/1 14/1 14/1 14/1
19 France 16/1 16/1 12/1 14/1 12/1 12/1 14/1 14/1 16/1 25/1 33/1
20 Poland 66/1 66/1 80/1 125/1 66/1 50/1 50/1 50/1 40/1 40/1 33/1
21 Latvia 8/1 9/1 8/1 7/1 7/1 7/1 7/1 7/1 9/1 9/1 9/1
22 Belgium 50/1 50/1 66/1 80/1 80/1 80/1 40/1 33/1 33/1 33/1 33/1
23 Estonia 16/1 16/1 25/1 25/1 25/1 12/1 10/1 10/1 11/1 12/1 12/1
24 Romania 20/1 22/1 25/1 25/1 20/1 25/1 25/1 25/1 16/1 20/1 25/1
25 Sweden 8/1 11/1 12/1 14/1 14/1 16/1 16/1 16/1 16/1 16/1 16/1
26 Slovenia 25/1 33/1 14/1 12/1 10/1 10/1 10/1 9/1 9/1 9/1 9/1

Here is the situation regarding the varies of Countries for 2003 contest (before the draw was done)

2002 Winner Latvia
Automatic Qualification regardless of score France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom
Automatic Qualification due to disqualification from 2002 Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Portugal, Netherlands, Poland
Qualified for 2003 Malta, Estonia, Cyprus, Sweden, Romania, Russia, Croatia, Israel, Belgium, Slovenia
Now The following qualified for 2003
Bosnia Herzegovina, Turkey, Greece, Austria
New for 2003 Ukraine
May be for 2004! Albania, Belarus, Yugoslavia (serbia-montenegro), Georgia (now member of EBU)
Disqualified from 2003 FYR Macedonia, Denmark, Lithuania, Switzerland, Finland
Did not broadcast 2002 contest, hence automatic disqualification Hungary, Slovakia
No Longer Interested in taking part. Italy
No Longer EBU members Luxembourg, Yugoslavia (all change)
Active Members of the EBU. Can enter if they wish Tunisia, Algeria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Monaco, Morocco, San Marino, Syria, Vatican State


The full jury score sheet can be downloaded from here, including the entries. Please click here for details.


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