Eurovision Dance Contest 2007
|Eurovision Dance Contest 2007
|Final date||1 September 2007|
|Venue||BBC Television Centre,
London, United Kingdom
|Host broadcaster||British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)|
|Interval act||Enrique Iglesias|
|Number of entries||16|
|Debuting countries|| Austria
|Voting system||Each country awards 1-8, 10, and 12 points to their 10 favourite acts.|
|Winning dancers|| Finland
Katja Koukkula & Jussi Väänänen
|Eurovision Dance Contest|
The Eurovision Dance Contest 2007 was the 1st Eurovision Dance Contest a dance entertainment co-production between the EBU and the BBC. The first ever pan-European dance competition was held on 1 September 2007 in London, United Kingdom with the participation of 16 countries. Viewers cast their votes by telephone and SMS text message voting on each couple's two dances – the first being ballroom or Latin with the second being freestyle, with a "national" flavour.
The first ever winner of the contest was Finland who received a total of 132 points. 2nd place went to Ukraine 3rd to Ireland, 4th to Poland and 5th place to Austria and Portugal, who received both 74 points.
The contest was hosted by the BBC, and was a co-production by Splash Media – run by the developers of its successful Strictly Come Dancing format – and sports production house Sunset + Vine – with help from the International DanceSport Federation and in association with the European Broadcasting Union.
Comedian Graham Norton and Claudia Winkleman presented the 2007 contest from the BBC Television Centre in London.
The contest was broadcast in English and French languages, although France did not take part. Each broadcaster also had the option of providing its own commentators at the event. UK commentators were Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.
As well as those countries that took part, Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Iceland, Israel and Macedonia also broadcast the contest despite not taking part in it, with possibility to join it in 2008.
Austria and Portugal both finished with the same number of points, however, Austria received points from every other participating nation thus receiving points from more countries than Portugal, hence Austria took 5th place.
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Below is a summary of all 12 points in the contest:
|5||Ukraine||Finland, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, United Kingdom|
|3||Finland||Austria, Netherlands, Sweden|
International broadcasts and voting
Voting and spokespersons
The order in which each country announced their votes was done in order of performance. The spokespersons are shown alongside each country.
- Switzerland – Cécile Bähler
- Russia – Like Kremer
- Netherlands – Marcus van Teijlingen
- United Kingdom – Kirsty Gallagher
- Austria – Peter L. Eppinger
- Germany – Alice Kessler and Ellen Kessler
- Greece – George Amyras
- Lithuania – Lavija Šurnaitė-Kairienė
- Spain – Jesús Álvarez
- Ireland – Pamela Flood
- Poland – Ewelina Kopic
- Denmark – Louise Wolff
- Portugal – Marta Leite de Castro
- Ukraine – Svetoslav Vlokh
- Sweden – Ulrica Bengtsson
- Finland – Johanna Pirttilahti
Most countries sent commentators to London or commentated from their own country, in order to add insight to the participants and, if necessary, provide voting information.
- Switzerland – Bernhard Thurnheer (SF), Jean-Marc Richard (TSR), Sandy Altermatt (RTSI)
- Russia – Anastasia Zavorotnyuk and Stanislav Popov
- Netherlands – Lucille Werner and Cor van de Stroet (Nederland 1)
- United Kingdom – Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli (BBC One)
- Austria – Andi Knoll and Nicole Burns-Hansen 
- Germany – Peter Urban and Markus Sonyi (Das Erste) 
- Greece – None (NET)
- Lithuania – Beata Nicholson and Virginijus Visockas 
- Spain – Beatriz Pécker and Joana Subirana (TVE1)
- Ireland – Michael Flatley and Gillian Norris
- Poland – Artur Orzech and Zbigniew St. Zasada (TVP2) 
- Denmark – Nicolaj Molbech and Camilla Miehe-Renard (DR1)
- Portugal – Isabel Angelino and Jorge Gabriel (RTP1)
- Ukraine – Timur Miroshnychenko and Oleksandra Myshko (Pershyi Natsionalnyi)
- Sweden – David Hellenius and Tony Irving (TV4)
- Finland – Sirpa Suutari-Jääskö and Jaana Pelkonen (YLE TV2)
- Belarus (Non participating country) – Dmitry Karas and Vladimir Parakhnevich
- Bosnia and Herzegovina (Non participating country) – Dejan Kukriñ
- France (Non participating country) – Sylvie Guillem and Julien Lepers (France 3)
- Iceland (Non participating country) – Eva Maria Jonsdottir
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- EBU Press Release
- International DanceSport Federation official website
- Splash Media's website
- Sunset+Vine's website
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- YouTube video on Jussi Väänänen's and Katja Koukkula's winning dance