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Eurovision Song Contest 2007
True Fantasy
Eurovision Song Contest 2007 logo.svg
Dates
Semi-final date 10 May 2007
Final date 12 May 2007
Host
Venue Hartwall Areena
Helsinki, Finland
Presenter(s) Jaana Pelkonen
Mikko Leppilampi
Krisse Salminen (Green Room)
Director Timo Suomi
Executive supervisor Svante Stockselius
Executive producer Heikki Seppälä
Host broadcaster Yleisradio (Yle)
Opening act Semi-final: Finnish dancers dancing to accordion music by Johanna Juhola[1]
Final: Lordi video from Rovaniemi transitioning into Lordi performing "Hard Rock Hallelujah" on stage
Interval act Semi-final: Tsuumi[1]
Final: Apocalyptica
Participants
Number of entries 42
Debuting countries  Czech Republic
 Georgia
 Montenegro
 Serbia
Returning countries  Austria
 Hungary
Withdrawing countries  Monaco
Vote
Voting system Each country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs.
Nul points None
Winning song  Serbia
"Molitva"
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The Eurovision Song Contest 2007 was the 52nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It was won by first-time appearance as an independent country Serbia [2] and was held at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland from 10 May to 12 May. The host broadcaster was Yle. Finland earned the right to host the event after heavy metal band Lordi's victory at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006. It was the first time the Contest had been held in Finland. A budget of 13 million was presented for arranging the contest. Other bids to host the contest came from Espoo, Turku and Tampere. The hosts were Finnish television personality Jaana Pelkonen and Finnish musician, stage performer and actor Mikko Leppilampi. Krisse Salminen acted as guest host in the green room, and reported from the crowds at the Senate Square.

A record number of 42 countries participated. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) put aside its limit of 40 countries, which would have meant excluding some countries using a ranking order scheme.[citation needed]

After Lordi scored the first ever Eurovision victory with a hard rock song in 2006, several countries sent rock songs to the Contest rather than the soft pop and schlager styles more closely associated with Eurovision. This trend continued at the 2008 and 2009 Contests.

Format[edit]

Hartwall Areena, the venue of ESC 2007

On 12 March 2007, the draws for the running order for the semi-final, final and voting procedure took place. A new feature allowed five wild-card countries from the semi-final and three countries from the final to choose their starting position. The heads of delegation went on stage and chose the number they would take. In the semi-final, Austria, Andorra, Turkey, Slovenia and Latvia were able to choose their positions. In the final, Armenia, Ukraine and Germany were able to exercise this privilege. All countries opted for spots in the second half of both evenings. Shortly after the draw, the entries were approved by the EBU, ending the possibility of disqualification for the Israeli song.[citation needed] The United Kingdom chose their entry after the deadline because they were granted special dispensation from the EBU.

The contest saw some minor changes to the voting time-frame. The compilation summary video of all entries including phone numbers was shown twice. The voting process was the same as 2006 except there was fifteen minutes to vote, an increase of five on the 2006 Contest. In the final, the results from each country were once again shown from one to seven points automatically on screen and only eight, ten and twelve were read by the spokespeople. For the first time, the winner was awarded a promotion tour around Europe, visiting Denmark, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, Greece and Germany. The tour was held between 16 May and 21 May. The event was sponsored by European communications group TeliaSonera, and — as with several previous contests — Nobel Biocare. Apocalyptica were the interval act, and played a medley of songs: Worlds Collide, Faraway and finally Life Burns!, but without the usual lyrics.

Visual design[edit]

The official logo of the contest remained the same as 2006; the flag in the centre of the heart was changed to the Finnish flag. The European Broadcasting Union and YLE announced that the theme for the 2007 contest would be "True Fantasy", which embraced Finland and "Finnishness" in terms of the polarities associated with the country.[3] The design agency Dog Design was responsible for the design of the visual theme of the contest which incorporated vibrant kaleidoscopic patterns formed from various symbols including exclamation marks and the letter F.[4] The stage was in the shape of a kantele, a traditional Finnish instrument. On 20 February 2007 a reworked official website for the contest was launched marking the first public exhibition of this year's theme. An official CD and DVD were released (but no HD DVD or Blu-ray, despite the event being broadcast in high definition for the first time). An official fan book was also released. The themes of the postcards (short videos between the acts) were short stories happening in different Finnish places.

Participating countries[edit]

Participating countries in a Eurovision Song Contest must be active members of the EBU.

42 countries submitted preliminary applications. Although in previous years the maximum number of participating countries was 40, the EBU allowed all 42 to participate in 2007. The Czech Republic, Serbia, Montenegro and Georgia all entered the contest for the first time in 2007.[5] Monaco announced its withdrawal on 12 December 2006,[6] and the EBU announced the final lineup of 42 countries on 15 December 2006.

Returning artists[edit]

Evridiki returned to represent Cyprus, having previously represented the nation in 1992 and 1994. Eiríkur Hauksson previously represented Iceland in 1986 as part of the vocal trio ICY and he previously represented Norway in 1991 as part of the group Just 4 Fun. Karolina Gočeva previously represented Macedonia in 2002. Edsilia Rombley previously represented the Netherlands in 1998.

Semi-final[edit]

The semi-final was held on 10 May 2007 at 21:00 (CET). 28 countries performed and all 42 participants voted.

Countries qualified for the final are highlighted.

Draw Country Language[7] Artist Song English translation Place Points
01  Bulgaria Bulgarian Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankoulov "Water" 6 146
02  Israel English, French, Hebrew Teapacks "Push the Button" 24 17
03  Cyprus French Evridiki "Comme ci, comme ça" Like this, like that 15 65
04  Belarus English Koldun "Work Your Magic" 4 176
05  Iceland English Eiríkur Hauksson "Valentine Lost" 13 77
06  Georgia English Sopho "Visionary Dream" 8 123
07  Montenegro Montenegrin Stevan Faddy "'Ajde, kroči" Come on, step in 22 33
08  Switzerland English DJ Bobo "Vampires Are Alive" 20 40
09  Moldova English Natalia Barbu "Fight" 10 91
10  Netherlands English Edsilia Rombley "On Top of the World" 21 38
11  Albania English, Albanian Frederik Ndoci "Hear My Plea" 17 49
12  Denmark English DQ "Drama Queen" 19 45
13  Croatia Croatian, English Dragonfly feat. Dado Topić "Vjerujem u ljubav" I believe in love 16 54
14  Poland English The Jet Set "Time To Party" 14 75
15  Serbia Serbian Marija Šerifović "Molitva" (Молитва) Prayer 1 298
16  Czech Republic Czech Kabát "Malá dáma" Little lady 28 1
17  Portugal Portuguese, English, Spanish, French Sabrina "Dança comigo" Come dance with me 11 88
18  Macedonia Macedonian, English Karolina "Mojot svet" (Мојот свет) My world 9 97
19  Norway English, Spanish Guri Schanke "Ven a bailar conmigo" Come and dance with me 18 48
20  Malta English Olivia Lewis "Vertigo" 25 15
21  Andorra Catalan, English Anonymous "Salvem el món" Let's save the world 12 80
22  Hungary English Magdi Rúzsa "Unsubstantial Blues" 2 224
23  Estonia English Gerli Padar "Partners in Crime" 22 33
24  Belgium English The KMG's "Love Power" 26 14
25  Slovenia Slovene Alenka Gotar "Cvet z juga" Flower of the south 7 140
26  Turkey English Kenan Doğulu "Shake It Up Şekerim" Shake it up sweetheart 3 197
27  Austria English Eric Papilaya "Get a Life - Get Alive" 27 4
28  Latvia Italian Bonaparti.lv "Questa notte" Tonight 5 168

Final[edit]

The finalists were:

  • the four automatic qualifiers France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom;
  • the top 10 countries from the 2006 final (other than the automatic qualifiers);
  • the top 10 countries from the 2007 semi-final.

The final was held on 12 May 2007 at 21:00 (CET) and was won by Serbia.

Draw Country Language[7] Artist Song English translation Place Points
01  Bosnia and Herzegovina Serbian Maria "Rijeka bez imena" (Ријека без имена) River without a name 11 106
02  Spain Spanish, English D'NASH "I Love You Mi Vida" I love you my life 20 43
03  Belarus English Dmitry Koldun "Work Your Magic" 6 145
04  Ireland English Dervish "They Can't Stop The Spring" 24 5
05  Finland English Hanna "Leave Me Alone" 17 53
06  Macedonia Macedonian, English Karolina "Mojot svet" (Мојот свет) My world 14 73
07  Slovenia Slovene Alenka Gotar "Cvet z juga" Flower of the south 15 66
08  Hungary English Magdi Rúzsa "Unsubstantial Blues" 9 128
09  Lithuania English 4Fun "Love or Leave" 21 28
10  Greece English Sarbel "Yassou Maria" (Γειά σου Μαρία) Hello Maria 7 139
11  Georgia English Sopho "Visionary Dream" 12 97
12  Sweden English The Ark "The Worrying Kind" 18 51
13  France French, English ("Franglais") Les Fatals Picards "L'amour à la française" Love - the French way 22[8] 19
14  Latvia Italian Bonaparti.lv "Questa notte" Tonight 16 54
15  Russia English Serebro "Song #1" 3 207
16  Germany German, English Roger Cicero "Frauen regier'n die Welt" Women rule the world 19 49
17  Serbia Serbian Marija Šerifović "Molitva" (Молитва) Prayer 1 268
18  Ukraine Ukrainian, Russian, German, English Verka Serduchka "Dancing Lasha Tumbai"
(Dancing Лаша Тумбай)
2 235
19  United Kingdom English Scooch "Flying the Flag (for You)" 22 19
20  Romania English, Italian, Spanish,
Russian, French, Romanian
Todomondo "Liubi, Liubi, I Love You" Love, love, I love you 13 84
21  Bulgaria Bulgarian Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankoulov "Water" 5 157
22  Turkey English Kenan Doğulu "Shake It Up Şekerim" Shake it up, my sweetheart 4 163
23  Armenia English, Armenian Hayko "Anytime You Need" 8 138
24  Moldova English Natalia Barbu "Fight" 10 109

Scoreboard[edit]

All countries participating in the contest were required to use televoting and/or SMS voting during both evenings of the contest. In the event of technical difficulties, or if the votes of the country did not meet the EBU threshold, then a back-up jury's results were to be used. Albania and Andorra were the only countries that used juries. A draw was held in Helsinki to establish the order in which the countries presented their votes during the final.

Semi-final[edit]

Televoting Results
Total Score Montenegro Belarus Armenia Andorra Austria France Denmark Greece Spain Serbia Finland Turkey Bosnia and Herzegovina Belgium Portugal Albania Romania Cyprus Croatia Slovenia Israel Germany Lithuania Norway Switzerland Czech Republic Netherlands Ireland Malta Estonia Georgia Bulgaria Sweden Ukraine Russia Latvia Iceland Poland Moldova United Kingdom Macedonia Hungary
Contestants Bulgaria 146 5 1 6 8 10 10 5 2 12 3 2 5 1 1 12 6 3 6 4 10 3 3 2 5 6 7 8
Israel 17 6 4 2 3 1 1
Cyprus 65 4 5 12 5 8 7 4 3 7 10
Belarus 176 4 12 1 7 4 5 2 1 4 3 10 12 10 3 5 6 7 7 4 6 3 12 12 10 4 4 12 4 2
Iceland 77 3 10 12 5 12 6 1 12 6 10
Georgia 123 8 8 4 6 3 4 10 1 7 8 8 5 10 3 10 10 7 3 8
Montenegro 33 8 5 7 5 5 3
Switzerland 40 6 3 2 2 1 2 8 10 2 4
Moldova 91 12 7 3 6 8 12 12 6 3 2 7 1 6 6
Netherlands 38 5 4 10 3 1 1 1 8 5
Albania 49 6 3 8 4 4 3 1 7 2 1 10
Denmark 45 2 3 5 4 1 5 6 4 8 7
Croatia 54 7 7 6 10 3 8 2 5 6
Poland 75 1 5 5 10 4 3 2 2 3 5 3 10 6 5 1 2 3 2 3
Serbia 298 12 10 10 12 7 6 5 5 8 12 4 4 2 6 8 12 12 7 10 1 8 12 12 10 8 1 8 8 10 8 8 2 10 5 6 5 12 12
Czech Republic 1 1
Portugal 88 7 6 12 10 8 1 3 1 1 7 8 4 3 10 7
Macedonia 97 10 5 10 6 7 10 2 8 10 6 6 12 5
Norway 48 2 3 3 7 4 1 2 3 2 4 6 7 2 1 1
Malta 15 7 6 2
Andorra 80 4 4 12 5 2 6 2 4 2 2 2 7 4 5 2 4 6 6 1
Hungary 224 1 4 8 2 12 1 12 10 1 1 7 10 5 10 4 7 6 6 7 10 4 8 8 7 4 8 10 4 8 4 3 8 12 8 4
Estonia 33 6 6 3 2 12 4
Belgium 14 2 12
Slovenia 140 8 6 8 2 1 7 7 3 6 6 7 4 10 5 4 6 1 5 5 7 5 5 7 3 5 7
Turkey 197 3 2 7 10 12 8 2 7 8 12 12 8 12 6 10 1 12 10 7 1 7 3 1 10 12 8 6
Austria 4 1 3
Latvia 168 2 1 5 1 3 8 8 5 5 4 7 10 12 7 2 3 7 12 12 12 5 1 3 2 5 12 2 8 4
The table is ordered by appearance in the semi-final, then by pre-determined voting order.

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of all 12 points in the semi-final:

N. Contestant Voting nation
9 Serbia Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Switzerland
6 Turkey Albania, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom
5
Belarus Armenia, Israel, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine
Latvia Estonia, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta, Poland
3
Hungary Denmark, Iceland, Serbia
Iceland Finland, Norway, Sweden
Moldova Belarus, Portugal, Romania
2 Bulgaria Cyprus, Turkey
1
Andorra Spain
Belgium Georgia
Cyprus Greece
Estonia Latvia
Macedonia Bulgaria
Portugal Andorra

Final[edit]

Televoting Results
Total Score Montenegro Belarus Armenia Andorra Austria France Denmark Greece Spain Serbia Finland Turkey Bosnia and Herzegovina Belgium Portugal Albania Romania Cyprus Croatia Slovenia Israel Germany Lithuania Norway Switzerland Czech Republic Netherlands Ireland Malta Estonia Georgia Bulgaria Sweden Ukraine Russia Latvia Iceland Poland Moldova United Kingdom Macedonia Hungary
Contestants Bosnia and Herzegovina 106 7 1 8 1 7 8 10 8 10 8 3 6 8 4 7 6 4
Spain 43 4 6 1 3 8 12 2 5 2
Belarus 145 3 10 5 2 4 1 2 1 6 12 7 2 10 7 8 1 12 12 8 4 7 10 7 4
Ireland 5 5
Finland 53 1 7 4 1 5 4 1 6 12 12
Macedonia 73 10 1 10 1 8 3 8 10 6 5 1 10
Slovenia 66 8 4 3 5 7 2 3 7 1 5 4 3 4 4 6
Hungary 128 6 2 8 12 10 5 2 8 4 5 7 4 8 3 4 5 1 4 5 8 5 8 2 2
Lithuania 28 2 1 12 10 3
Greece 139 3 8 3 1 2 4 4 3 8 7 10 12 1 10 4 3 5 4 12 4 5 6 10 3 7
Georgia 97 6 5 3 7 5 1 6 1 2 2 6 12 1 2 1 5 8 7 6 5 4 2
Sweden 51 2 12 8 12 10 7
France 19 2 8 4 3 2
Latvia 54 2 1 6 10 3 3 10 4 10 1 4
Russia 207 6 12 12 3 2 2 8 4 7 3 8 2 4 3 7 3 3 8 6 6 5 6 6 6 12 7 5 5 10 7 1 3 8 6 5 6
Germany 49 5 7 5 5 1 6 7 6 3 1 2 1
Serbia 268 12 7 7 12 8 6 4 1 12 12 7 5 1 6 3 12 12 3 8 10 12 8 8 4 8 6 6 10 6 5 3 7 8 5 12 12
Ukraine 235 2 10 6 12 4 4 3 7 7 3 6 3 5 1 12 4 4 5 4 10 5 8 2 2 12 1 8 3 8 10 3 3 8 12 6 12 7 8 2 3
United Kingdom 19 7 12
Romania 84 10 3 7 2 12 2 7 5 7 3 2 2 1 1 12 8
Bulgaria 157 5 4 6 5 12 10 6 5 6 6 4 6 5 10 6 7 4 7 7 1 3 4 2 3 5 8 10
Turkey 163 1 10 12 10 4 10 12 10 7 12 7 10 12 2 7 7 1 2 3 1 12 10 1
Armenia 138 5 5 10 6 8 12 10 8 5 2 10 10 12 8 5 10 10 2
Moldova 109 8 3 4 10 6 1 2 7 10 12 2 1 4 2 1 2 3 4 2 7 6 6 1 5
Vertically, the table is ordered by appearance in the final. Horizontally, the table is ordered by voting order.

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:

N. Contestant Voting nation
9 Serbia Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Finland, Macedonia, Hungary, Montenegro, Slovenia, Switzerland
5 Ukraine Andorra, Czech Republic, Latvia, Poland, Portugal
Turkey Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom
3 Russia Armenia, Belarus, Estonia
Belarus Israel, Russia, Ukraine
2 Armenia Georgia, Turkey
Finland Iceland, Sweden
Greece Cyprus, Bulgaria
Sweden Denmark, Norway
Romania Moldova, Spain
1 Bulgaria Greece
Georgia Lithuania
Hungary Serbia
Lithuania Ireland
Moldova Romania
Spain Albania
United Kingdom Malta

Other Awards[edit]

Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first handed out during the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia honoring the best competing songs in the final. Founded by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest and current Head of Delegation for Sweden) and Richard Herrey (member of the Herreys, Eurovision Song Contest 1984 winner from Sweden), the awards are named after the creator of the annual competition, Marcel Bezençon.[9] The awards are divided into 3 categories; Press Award; Artistic Award; and Composer Award.[10]

Category Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s) Final result Points
Artists Award
(Voted by previous winners)
 Serbia "Molitva" Marija Šerifović Vladimir Graić
Saša Milošević Mare
1st 268
Composer Award  Hungary "Unsubstantial Blues" Magdi Rúzsa Magdi Rúzsa
Imre Mózsik
9th 128
Press Award  Ukraine "Dancing Lasha Tumbai" Verka Serduchka Verka Serduchka 2nd 235

OGAE[edit]

Further information: OGAE

Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision (more commonly known as OGAE) is an international organisation that was founded in 1984 in Savonlinna, Finland by Jari-Pekka Koikkalainen.[11] The organisation consists of a network of 40 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond, and is a non-governmental, non-political, and non-profitable company.[12] In what has become an annual tradition for the OGAE fan clubs, a voting poll was opened allowing members from different clubs around the world to vote for their favourite songs of the 2007 contest. Below is the top five overall results, after all the votes had been cast.[13]

Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s) OGAE result
 Serbia "Molitva" Marija Šerifović Vladimir Graić, Saša Milošević Mare 184
 Belarus "Work Your Magic" Dmitry Koldun Philip Kirkorov, Karen Kavaleryan 159
 Switzerland "Vampires Are Alive" DJ BoBo DJ BoBo 155
 Cyprus "Comme ci, comme ça" Evridiki Dimitris Korgialas, Poseidonas Giannopoulos 142
 Greece "Yassou Maria" Sarbel Alex Papakonstantinou, Marcus Englöf, "Mack" 107

Barbara Dex Award[edit]

Further information: Barbara Dex Award

The Barbara Dex Award has been annually awarded by the fan website House of Eurovision since 1997, and is a humorous award given to the worst dressed artist each year in the contest. It is named after the Belgian artist, Barbara Dex, who came last in the 1993 contest, in which she wore her own self designed (awful) dress.

Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s)
 Ukraine "Dancing Lasha Tumbai" (Dancing Лаша Тумбай) Verka Serduchka Andriy Danylko

International broadcasts and voting[edit]

Voting and spokespersons[edit]

The order in which each country announced their votes was determined in a draw during the heads of delegation meeting. The spokespersons are shown alongside each country.[14]

  1.  Montenegro – Vidak Latković
  2.  Belarus – Juliana
  3.  ArmeniaSirusho
    (Armenian representative in the 2008 Contest)
  4.  AndorraMarian van de Wal
    (Andorran representative in the 2005 Contest)
  5.  AustriaEva Pölzl
  6.  France – Vanessa Dolmen
  7.  DenmarkSusanne Georgi
    (Andorran representative in the 2009 Contest)
  8.  Greece – Alexis Kostalas
  9.  Spain – Ainhoa Arbizu
  10.  Serbia – Maja Nikolić
  11.  FinlandLaura Voutilainen
    (Finnish representative in the 2002 Contest)
  12.  Turkey – Meltem Ersan Yazgan
  13.  Bosnia and Herzegovina – Vesna Andree Zaimović
  14.  BelgiumMaureen Louys
  15.  Portugal – Francisco Mendes
  16.  AlbaniaLeon Menkshi
  17.  RomaniaAndreea Marin Bănică
  18.  Cyprus – Giannis Haralambous
  19.  Croatia – Barbara Kolar
  20.  SloveniaPeter Poles
  21.  IsraelJason Danino-Holt
  22.  GermanyThomas Hermanns
  23.  Lithuania – Lavija Šurnaitė
  24.  NorwaySynnøve Svabø
  25.  SwitzerlandSven Epiney
  26.  Czech Republic – Andrea Savane
  27.  NetherlandsPaul de Leeuw and Edsilia Rombley
  28.  IrelandLinda Martin
    (Irish representative in the 1984 Contest and winner of the 1992 Contest)
  29.  Malta – Mireille Bonello
  30.  EstoniaLaura Põldvere
    (Estonian representative in the 2005 Contest
    as part of Suntribe)
  31.  Georgia – Neli Agirba
  32.  BulgariaMira Dobreva
  33.  Sweden – André Pops
  34.  Ukraine – Katya Osadchaya
  35.  RussiaYana Churikova
  36.  Latvia – Janis Šipkevics
  37.  IcelandRagnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir
  38.  Poland – Maciej Orłoś
  39.  Moldova – Andrei Porubin
  40.  United KingdomFearne Cotton
  41.  MacedoniaElena Risteska
    (Macedonian representative in the 2006 Contest)
  42.  HungaryÉva Novodomszky

Other involved countries[edit]

Australia Australia 
Although Australia is not itself eligible to enter, the semi-final and final were broadcast the event on SBS.[15] As is the case each year, they were not broadcast live due to the difference in Australian time zones. Australia aired the United Kingdom's broadcast, including commentary from Paddy O'Connell, Sarah Cawood and Terry Wogan. Before the broadcasts, viewers were told by an SBS host that the Eurovision Song Contest was one of their most popular programmes. The final rated an estimated 436,000 viewers, and was ranked number 20 on the broadcasters top rating programs of the 2006/2007 financial year. [4]
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 
Azerbaijan were willing to enter the contest, but since AzTV applied for active EBU membership but was denied on 18 June 2007, they missed the contest and had to wait until they were accepted. Another Azerbaijani broadcaster, İctimai Televiziya və Radio Yayımları Şirkəti, broadcast the contest. It was a passive EBU member at the time, and had broadcast it for the previous two years. It was the only non-participating broadcaster this year to send its own commentators to the contest.[16]
Italy Italy
Italian television had not entered since 1997. National broadcaster RAI is in strong competition with commercial TV stations and believes that Eurovision would not be a popular show in Italy, although the 1991 edition (held in Rome) was followed by 6 million people. They have not broadcast the contest in recent years, although an independent Italian channel for the gay community has shown the show.[17]
Monaco Monaco
Monaco broadcast the final on TMC after having withdrawn from this competition in December 2006, opening the possibility of returning for the 2008 contest. However TMC did not return in 2008.
Worldwide 
A live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast worldwide by satellite through Eurovision streams such as Channel One Russia, ERT World, TVE Internacional, TVP Polonia, RTP Internacional and TVR i. The official Eurovision Song Contest website also provided a live stream without commentary using the peer-to-peer transport Octoshape.

High-definition broadcast[edit]

YLE produced the event in 1080i HD and 5.1 Surround Sound.[18] This was the first year that the event was broadcast live in HD. The BBC in the United Kingdom broadcast the final in high definition on BBC HD.[19] Swedish broadcaster SVT broadcast both the semi-final and the final on their HD-channel SVT HD.[20] However the event is only available to buy on standard-definition DVD, with no HD DVD or Blu-ray version available in high definition.

Commentators[edit]

Commentators for participating countries[edit]

The commentators of the 42 participating countries are as follows:

Country SF / Final Commentator(s)
 Albania All Leon Menkshi (TVSH)
 Andorra[21] All Meri Picart (RTVA)
Josep Lluís Trabal (RTVA)
 Armenia - Gohar Gasparian
 Austria - Andi Knoll (ORF2)
 Belarus All Denis Kurian (Belarus 1)
Alexander Tikhanovich (Belarus 1)
 Belgium[22] All Jean-Pierre Hautier (La Une)
Jean-Louis Lahaye (La Une)
Patrick Duhamel (La Première)
Corinne Boulangier (La Première)
André Vermeulen (één)
Anja Daems (één)
Michel Follet (Radio 2)
Sven Pichal (Radio 2)
 Bosnia and Herzegovina All Dejan Kukrić (BHT1)
 Bulgaria All Georgi Kushvaliev
Elena Rosberg
 Croatia[23] All Duško Čurlić
 Cyprus[24] All Vaso Komninou (RIK 1)
 Czech Republic All Kateřina Kristelová
 Denmark[25] All Søren Nystrøm Rasted (DR1)
Adam Duvå Hall (DR1)
 Estonia[26] - Marko Reikop
 Finland[27][28] All Heikki Paasonen (YLE TV2)
Ellen Jokikunnas (YLE TV2)
Asko Murtomäki (fi) (YLE TV2)
Thomas Lundin (sv) (YLE FST5)
Final Sanna Kojo (YLE Radio Suomi)
Jorma Hietamäki (YLE Radio Suomi)
 France[22] SF Peggy Olmi (France 4)
Yann Renoard (France 4)
Final Julien Lepers (France 3)
Tex (France 3)
Yves Derisbourg (France Bleu)
 Georgia - Sandro Gabisonia
- Sopho Altunashvili
 Germany[29] All Peter Urban (Das Erste)
Final Thomas Mohr (NDR 2)[30]
Tim Frühling (hr3)[31]
 Greece All Fotis Sergoulopoulos (NET)
Maria Bakodimou
 Hungary - Gábor Gundel Takács
 Iceland[32] - Sigmar Guðmundsson (Sjónvarpið)
 Ireland[33][34] All Marty Whelan (RTÉ One)
Larry Gogan (RTÉ Radio 1)
 Israel - -
 Latvia - Kārlis Streips
 Lithuania - Darius Užkuraitis
 Macedonia - Milanka Rašić
 Malta[35] - Antonia Micallef
 Moldova - -
- -
 Montenegro - Dražen Bauković (TVCG2)
- Tamara Ivanković (TVCG2)
 Netherlands[36] All Cornald Maas (Nederland 1)
Final Paul de Leeuw (Nederland 1)
 Norway[37] All Per Sundnes (NRK1)
 Poland[38] All Artur Orzech (TVP1)
 Portugal[39] - Isabel Angelino (RTP1)
- Jorge Gabriel
 Romania - Andreea Demirgian (TVR1)
 Russia - Yuri Aksyuta (Channel One)
- Yelena Batinova (Channel One)
 San Marino - -
- -
 Serbia All Duška Vučinić-Lučić (RTS1)
 Slovenia - Mojca Mavec
 Spain[40] All Beatriz Pécker (TVE1)
 Sweden[41] All Kristian Luuk (SVT1)
Josef Sterzenbach (SVT1)
Carolina Norén (SR P3)[42]
 Switzerland[22] SF Nicolas Tanner (TSR 2)
Final Henri Dès (TSR 2)
All Bernhard Thurnheer (SF zwei)
Jean-Marc Richard(TSR 2)
Claudio Lazzarino (TSI 1)
Sandy Altermatt (TSI 1)
 Turkey All Hakan Urgancı (TRT 1)
 Ukraine All Tymur Miroshnychenko (First National TV Channel)
 United Kingdom SF Paddy O'Connell (BBC Three)
Sarah Cawood (BBC Three)
Final Terry Wogan (BBC One)
Ken Bruce (BBC Radio 2)

Commentators for non-participating countries[edit]

The commentators of the non-participating countries are:

Country SF / Final Commentator(s)
Australia Australia All As per United Kingdom (BBC) Commentary
 Azerbaijan - -
- -

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