Thank you Charlotte
The reason why Stockholm hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000 were the surprise victory by Charlotte Nilsson (now Charlotte Perrelli) taking us to her heaven. “Take me to your heaven” (the original version “Tusen och en natt”) in 1999.
The next year a friend of mine Mr Gerard James Borg in Malta won the selection in Malta together with Mr Phillip Vella and the singer Claudette Pace. All together this open a door to work backstage as the Maltese delegation guide at the Eurovision Song Contest 2000.
Change in the Eurovision mentality
Stockholm 2000, for me, will be the starting point for how the Eurovision developed up until today. Even if Israel in 1999 gave us a show and the track of the contest went from kind of strict to the party we see today the 2000 Eurovision made it a party with a focus on a fun script for the hosts and the beginning of a more party like green room.
The contest 2000 gave more than 2000 memories and a wonderful spring in Stockholm. It rained and was really cold up until the performers started to arrive and the sun and wonderful weather stayed until the delegations transfer bus left Arlanda Airport. From this week I still in contact with then new friends now friends with whom I shared something impossible to share again in the same way. All Eurovisions most likely create the same feeling for the once participating in the Contest, as a part of their country delegation or working with the planning and hosting.
With those words I share with you a few photos from the Eurovision Week in Stockholm 2000.