Eurovision Song Contest 2003 was the forty-eighth Eurovision Song Contest, held at the Skonto Hall i
ESC Competition remained in the Baltic and Estonia in 2002, moved to neighboring Latvia. Eurovision 2003 was held at the Skonto Olympic Complex, the capital of Latvia, Riga. Presenters were two former representatives of the country in the competition: the Maria Naumova, winner of Eurovision 2002 and Renars Kaupers, singer of the band Brainstrom, who represented the country in the competition debut in 2000. The coordinator of the EBU for the Eurovision song Eurovision, Christine Marchal-Ortiz, handed over to Sarah Yuen, which was replaced after the contest in 2003 by Svante Stockselius. In Eurovision 2003 we had record entries, and 26 countries took part, among which was and Ukraine for the first time. The vote was conducted televoting for all countries, except Ukraine, which was not the technological capacity to do so. In Ireland, the phone system not working as it should, thus giving the vote of the Reserve Committee. Banned the computerized vocals. The members of the back-up jury orlistikan to 8, 4 and 4 specialists from the public and the date of the ban on public holdings go back to October 1. The big favorite of the year was the Russian women Tatu, whose misconduct caused the negative comments of the European press and deprived them of perhaps the prize. The battle for victory gave along with Russia, Belgium and Turkey, the latter finally gets its first victory in the contest with two points from Belgium and three from Russia. Moscow lodged a formal protest about the case of the Irish televoting, believing that what was deprived of victory, but in reality, if Ireland gave the results of the televoting, just as Russia would come 2nd. For the first time in the history of the competition, the UK came last, without getting a single point.