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The Eurovision Song Contest 2001 was the 46th Eurovision Song Contest and was held on May 12, 2001 in the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark. The presenters were Natasja Crone Back and Søren Pilmark.
The Danish national broadcaster faced some problems whilst organizing the contest such as the lack of funds and the search for a suitable venue. The event was eventually located in the football stadium Parken, after the company running the stadium agreed on adding a retractable roof to the building. This solution made it the biggest venue ever to host a Eurovision Song Contest, but the scale of it wasn't entirely a success: Many of the 38,000 people in the audience could not see the stage, and for many entries the hall appeared to be too big.
All of the countries participating in this year’s Eurovision had to use televoting as it became compulsory from now on. The jury backup votes were only used for some countries because of either technical problems with their televotes or a weak fixed-telephone infrastructure. There was also a rule change concerning the qualification of countries from 2002. Along with the ‘Big 4’, the top 15 placed countries this year would qualify for next years competition. The other spots for 2002 would be filled by countries that were excluded from the 2001 contest because of their low point average for the years 1996-2000.
Big favourites in this contest were France, Greece, Slovenia, Malta and Spain. The Swedish song ran into controversy, as it sounded very much like the 1996 Belgian entry Liefde is een kaartspel. The hosts provided their entire commentary in rhyming couplets which were full of jokes, attracting criticism from many people, especially the UK TV commentator Terry Wogan. His constant caustic comments about the hosts — who he repeatedly referred to as 'Doctor Death and the Tooth Fairy/The Little Mermaid' — so offended the Danes that the BBC was obliged to issue an apology.
For the interval act, the Danish-Norwegian band Aqua performed, while people were voting, with a medley of their singles. Safri Duo performed the drums in the medley. Aqua originally planned to play new song Shakin' Stevens (Is A Superstar) on ESC, but later change it to Medley with Safri Duo. Song Shakin' Stevens (Is A Superstar) was finally played on they last tour before split in 2001 (Gron Koncert 2001) and first tour after reunion in 2008 (Gron Koncert 2008). It was the first time in 36 years, that Denmark hosted the Eurovision Song Contest, thanks to the Olsen Brothers' win the previous year in Stockholm.
The official EBU compilation CD was released with the songs in the order in which they were performed at the contest. This was the first time this order was used and it was also used for the 2002 and 2003 CDs as well. in 1999, the CD was issued in the orider of the highest placed down to the lowest (omitting the four songs they were not authorised to use) and in 2000 the songs were placed in a more random order but in a way which featured the most favoured tracks together. From 2004, when the semis were introduced it was not known until too close to the contest which order the songs would be run in so they therefore listed the songs in alphabetical order of the two letter country codes, the United Kingdom is treated as GB (Great Britain) as opposed to UK.
Commentary as mention above is with Sir Terry Wogan, BTW the sound quality on this is amazing!
File: The Eurovision Song Contest - 2001 (12th May 2001) [VHSRip (DivX)] DW Staff Approved.avi
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