Special Sub-Topic: Eurovision: 2000
|In which Swedish city was the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest held?
Stockholm. The competition took place in the Globe Arena in Stockholm. Built as the top half of a sphere, it represents the sun in "The Sweden Solar System", a scale model of the solar system which spreads out as far as Kiruna, which represents the point where the solar wind meets outer space. (Okay, astronomers, I know that's a really loose description, but I doubt anyone wants to see the mathematical formulae here!)
|Which country won the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest?
Denmark. Denmark won with its entry "Fly on the Wings of Love". Sung in English by the Olsen Brothers, it was written by one of the brothers, Jorgen.
|The UK's 2000 entry was a song called "Don't Play That Song Again". Who sang it?
Nicki French. Nicki French was a session singer who in the mid-1990s started recording cover versions of various songs, which became hits in the UK (with one, "Total Eclipse of the Heart", reaching number two on the US Billboard charts). The UK entry, "Don't Play That Song Again", was written by John Springate and Gerry Shephard. It placed sixteenth out of the twenty-four entries.
|A disaster in one country caused their national television station to stop showing the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest partway through the competition. Which country was this?|
The Netherlands. It was the Netherlands who had to terminate the broadcast halfway through the contest. Earlier that day there had been a huge fire in the city of Enschede, at a fireworks importer. The fire extended to two illegally-placed containers of fireworks outside the building, causing an explosion which took the lives of twenty-two people, including four firemen.
|How many entries in the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest were sung entirely in English?
thirteen. Thirteen entries were sung entirely in English this year. They were the entries from Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Malta's entry was sung in both English and Maltese.
|For the first time in Eurovision Song Contest history, a change was made in the broadcasting. What was new in 2000?|
first time broadcast over the internet. For the first time in Eurovision history, the competition was made available over the internet. This meant that people in the countries where their national stations were not covering it, including Bulgaria, Italy and the Czech Republic, could view the contest.
|One country's entry included rap, tight bodysuits on a multitude of dancers, even the host 'boogie-ing down' to the music. Which country was this?|
Germany. Germany's entry, "Wadde hadde dudde da?" ("What Do You Have There?") tried to answer the question - the costumes left little to the imagination! The performer, Stefan Raab, wore a white suit with gold sequins, the backing singers wore white minidresses (also sequined) over gold-sequined hot pants and bikini tops, and there were dancers in various colours of bodysuits leaping about.
Raab was the writer of "Guildo hat euch lieb!" ("Guildo Loves You"), whch was the 1998 German entry by the madcap Guildo Horn.
|There were two presenters at the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest. Anders Lundin was one; who was the other?
Kattis Ahlstrom. Kattis Ahlstrom is a Swedish journalist and presenter for both television and radio.
Anders Lundin was one of the first presenters of the Swedish version of the show "Survivor".
|There's always a halftime - what was the entertainment for the halftime of the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest?
A film of street musicians from Stockholm. A beautiful country. Lots of talented people (and no, guys, I don't just mean blondes in bikinis). And they showed a film of buskers...
Tobbe Blom is a magician, Benny Andersson is a musician formerly with ABBA and Magnus Samuelsson is a strongman, winner of the World's Strongest Man competition in 1998.
|Twenty-four countries vied for the 2000 Eurovision Song crown. That means there should have been a 1st position, 2nd position, 3rd etc, all the way to 24th, right? Wrong - or is it? How many countries, if any, tied for position?
two. Two countries tied for one position this year. They were Spain and Finland, each with eighteen points vying for eighteenth position.
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