Riga 2003 (23.05.20)

Labvakar, Eiropa! This week we visit Riga 2003 for the 48th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest!

Brought to us by Latvijas Televīzija (thanks for lending us the show), this would be the second consecutive Baltics Eurovision and the last before the 2004 brand and copyright streamlining, plus the introduction of a semi final.

t.A.T.u were the bookies favourites but were pipped to the post by champion Sertab Erener for Turkey, and runners-up Belgium with their song in an entirely made up language.

It was also a notable for being a year of RELENTLESS BANGERS, which would explain (alongside monitor issues) why UK act Jemini slipped through the cracks to receive our first nil points. Of course, Terry Wogan blamed it on the Iraq War and political voting; a salty take to say the least, but one the UK press has found hard to shrug off since, despite all the evidence.

The #EurovisionAgain poll received nearly 4,000 votes once more and saw big successes for Spain (climbing from 9th to take silver) and Iceland (beating Belgium by a single point to claim bronze)!

Austria and Poland plummet 13 and 15 places respectively, and Jemini clambered up the pile leaving Malta with the wooden spoon.


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