Turkey wins Eurovision for the first time

by Arnoud Vermeer 279 views

After one of the most exciting votings ever, Turkey won the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 in Riga, Latvia. During the last votes, it was a close race between Russia, Belgium and the winner Turkey. Sertab Erener, who won with Everyway that I can, represented Turkey after an internal selection.

During the voting we received many, many comments from all over the world and from the press centre near the Skonto Hall. Many were unpleasantly surprised that host country Latvia, which did an outstanding job organising this year's Eurovision Song Contest only got a few points. The United Kingdom didn't got a single point this year, soemthing that will probably be a big shock for the BBC.

Lynn, who represented Malta, is said to be very disappointed by the low Maltese result this year. From several sources we heard that she does not want to give any press comments. Meanwhile, the Polish, Dutch, Russian and Belgian participants came to the press centre to join Sertab's press conference.

During the press conference, Sertab and her backings/dancers got a mass press attention. Sertab promised that a Dutch version of the song will be recorded, because she promised several months ago that she would do in case of winning this year's show.

The final result of the 48th Eurovision Song Contest:

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

More news from the spot is right to come, just like an outstanding photo gallery of the live show.

Click here for the press conference of Eurovision Song Contest 2003 winner Sertab Erener!

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