The Eurovision Song Contest 2002 was the 47th edition. It took place on 25 May 2002 at the Saku Suurhall Arena in Estonia. The contest was won by Latvia's Marie N and her song I Wanna, which won by a tight margin over Malta's Ira Losco. Third place went to both the United Kingdom and host country Estonia, with France completing the Top 5.

There had been worries about whether ETV would be able to fund the event; however, worries were put to rest when a combination of fundraising activities and the Estonian Government enabled them to host the event. The theme implemented for this year's contest was 'A Modern Fairytale', which was evident in the postcards aired between the songs, which showed classic fairytales ending with Estonian situations.

The show began with 2001 winners Tanel Padar and Dave Benton performing a reprise of their winning entry Everybody. The hosts for the night, Annely Peebo and Marko Matvere, gave a performance of "A Little Story in the Music", composed by Raimond Valgre and arranged especially for the event, during the commercial break between the songs from Sweden and Finland.

A total of 24 countries competed in the 2002 Contest, which included the top 17 countries from the previous years contest, alongside the seven returning countries which had been relegated from competing in the 2001 Contest. These countries replaced the bottom 6 countries from the 2001 contest, which were relegated from taking part in this year's Contest.

Participants

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconCyprus.png Cyprus One Gimme English -- 6 85
02 IconUnited Kingdom.png United Kingdom Jessica Garlick Come Back 3 111
03 IconAustria.png Austria Manuel Ortega Say a Word 18 26
04 IconGreece.png Greece Michalis Rakintzis S.A.G.A.P.O I Love You 17 27
05 IconSpain.png Spain Rosa Europe's Living a Celebration English, Spanish -- 7 81
06 IconCroatia.png Croatia Vesna Pisarović Everything I Want English 11 44
07 IconRussia.png Russia Prime Minister Northern Girl 10 55
08 IconEstonia.png Estonia Sahlene Runaway 3 111
09 IconNorth Macedonia.png North Macedonia Karolina Gočeva Od nas zavisi Macedonian It depends on us 19 25
10 IconIsrael.png Israel Sarit Hadad Nadlik Beyakhad Ner (Light A Candle) Hebrew, English -- 12 37
11 IconSwitzerland.png Switzerland Francine Jordi Dans le jardin de mon âme French In the Garden of My Soul 22 15
12 IconSweden.png Sweden Afro-Dite Never Let It Go English -- 8 72
13 IconFinland.png Finland Laura Voutilainen Addicted to You 20 24
14 IconDenmark.png Denmark Malene Tell Me Who You Are 24 7
15 IconBosnia and Herzegovina.png Bosnia and Herzegovina Maja Tatić Na jastuku za dvoje Bosnian On a Pillow For Two 13 33
16 IconBelgium.png Belgium Sergio & The Ladies Sister English -- 13 33
17 IconFrance.png France Sandrine François Il faut du temps (je me battrai pour ça) French It takes time 5 104
18 IconGermany.png Germany Corinna May I Can't Live Without Music English -- 21 17
19 IconTurkey.png Turkey Buket Bengisu & Group Safir Leylaklar Soldu Kalbinde Turkish, English Lilacs Faded In Your Heart 16 29
20 IconMalta.png Malta Ira Losco 7th Wonder English -- 2 164
21 IconRomania.png Romania Monica Anghel & Marcel Pavel Tell Me Why 9 71
22 IconSlovenia.png Slovenia Sestre Samo ljubezen Slovene Only Love 13 33
23 IconLatvia.png Latvia Marie N I Wanna English -- 1 176
24 IconLithuania.png Lithuania Aivaras Happy You English -- 23 12

Trivia

  • This contest features Denmark's first last-place finish in the contest. In addition, this follows a similar pattern to Norway from 1995 to 1997 (a win, followed by a runner-up position as a host nation, followed by a last place).
  • This was the only time Ireland and Norway were relegated.
  • Latvia was only able to participate after Portugal withdrew from the competition.
    • After the 2001 contest, Latvia and the Netherlands tied for 18th place with 16 points. When Portugal withdrew due to problems with the RTP, Latvia won the countback between the two countries, thus participating in 2002.
  • As of 2020, this was the only time the United Kingdom made the top three in the 21st century.
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