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Eurovision Song Contest 2007
True Fantasy
Eurovision Song Contest 2007 logo.svg
Dates
Semi-final10 May 2007 (2007-05-10)
Final12 May 2007 (2007-05-12)
Host
VenueHartwall Areena
Helsinki, Finland
Presenter(s)
Directed byTimo Suomi
Executive supervisorSvante Stockselius
Executive producerHeikki Seppälä
Host broadcasterYleisradio (Yle)
Opening act
Interval act
Websiteeurovision.tv/event/helsinki-2007 Edit this at Wikidata
Participants
Number of entries42
Debuting countries
Returning countries
Non-returning countries Monaco
Vote
Voting systemEach country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs.
Nul pointsNone
Winning song

The Eurovision Song Contest 2007 was the 52nd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Helsinki, Finland, following Lordi's win at the 2006 contest in Athens, Greece with the song "Hard Rock Hallelujah". It was the first time Finland had hosted the contest - 46 years after the country made its debut. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Yleisradio (Yle), the contest was held at the Hartwall Areena, and consisted of a semi-final on 10 May, and the final on 12 May 2007. The two live shows were hosted by Jaana Pelkonen and Mikko Leppilampi. In addition, Krisse Salminen acted as guest host in the green room, and reported from the crowds at the Senate Square.

Forty-two countries participated in the contest - three more than the previous record of thirty-nine, that took part in 2005. The EBU decided to put aside its limit of 40 countries, which would have meant excluding some countries using a ranking order scheme.[2] The Czech Republic and Georgia made their first participation this year, with Montenegro and Serbia taking part as independent nations for the first time.[3] Austria and Hungary both returned, after their absence from the previous edition. Meanwhile, Monaco decided not to participate.[4]

The winner was Serbia with the song "Molitva", performed by Marija Šerifović and written by Vladimir Graić and Saša Milošević Mare. This was Serbia's first victory in the contest, and indeed, the first year they competed as an independent nation. Also, this was the first victory for one of the former Yugoslav republics. It was also the first winning song entirely performed in a country's native language since Israel's "Diva" in 1998. Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and Bulgaria rounded out the top five. Bulgaria achieved their best result in the contest up to this point. Further down the table, Belarus achieved their best placing to date, finishing sixth. Meanwhile, Ireland achieved their worst placing in the contest, finishing twenty-fourth (last place). Of the "Big Four" countries Germany placed the highest, finishing nineteenth.

For the first time, the contest featured songs entered in languages other than a country's own national language or in English (coming from Cyprus and Latvia). Although this happened in 2003, this was the first time the contest featured countries doing this with actual languages as opposed to an imaginary one.

Location[edit]

Hartwall Areena, Helsinki - host venue of the 2007 contest.

Venue[edit]

Helsinki, the Finnish capital, was chosen as the host city, although other cities were in the running; the second-largest city of Espoo, the third-largest city of Tampere, and the city of Turku all submitted bids to host the contest.

In the end, Helsinki was chosen, with the host venue being the Hartwall Areena. The venue is a large multi-functional indoor arena, which opened in 1997, and can take some 12,000-15,000 spectators for concerts. Its name comes from its largest sponsor, the beverage company Hartwall, also based in Helsinki. For the contest, the arena was referred to as the Helsinki Arena.

Format[edit]

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 minutes 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[3] Monaco announced its non-participation on 12 December 2006,[4] 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 1987 as a backing singer for Alexia, and 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 Artist Song Language[7] Place Points
01  Bulgaria Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankoulov "Water" Bulgarian 6 146
02  Israel Teapacks "Push the Button" English, French, Hebrew 24 17
03  Cyprus Evridiki "Comme ci, comme ça" French 15 65
04  Belarus Dmitry Koldun "Work Your Magic" English 4 176
05  Iceland Eiríkur Hauksson "Valentine Lost" English 13 77
06  Georgia Sopho Khalvashi "Visionary Dream" English 8 123
07  Montenegro Stevan Faddy "'Ajde, kroči" ('Ајде, крочи) Montenegrin 22 33
08   Switzerland DJ BoBo "Vampires Are Alive" English 20 40
09  Moldova Natalia Barbu "Fight" English 10 91
10  Netherlands Edsilia Rombley "On Top of the World" English 21 38
11  Albania Frederik Ndoci "Hear My Plea" English, Albanian 17 49
12  Denmark DQ "Drama Queen" English 19 45
13  Croatia Dragonfly feat. Dado Topić "Vjerujem u ljubav" Croatian, English 16 54
14  Poland The Jet Set "Time to Party" English 14 75
15  Serbia Marija Šerifović "Molitva" (Молитва) Serbian 1 298
16  Czech Republic Kabát "Malá dáma" Czech 28 1
17  Portugal Sabrina "Dança comigo" Portuguese, English1 11 88
18  Macedonia Karolina "Mojot svet" (Мојот свет) Macedonian, English 9 97
19  Norway Guri Schanke "Ven a bailar conmigo" English2 18 48
20  Malta Olivia Lewis "Vertigo" English 25 15
21  Andorra Anonymous "Salvem el món" Catalan, English 12 80
22  Hungary Magdi Rúzsa "Unsubstantial Blues" English 2 224
23  Estonia Gerli Padar "Partners in Crime" English 22 33
24  Belgium The KMG's "Love Power" English 26 14
25  Slovenia Alenka Gotar "Cvet z juga" Slovene 7 140
26  Turkey Kenan Doğulu "Shake It Up Şekerim" English 3 197
27  Austria Eric Papilaya "Get a Life – Get Alive" English 27 4
28  Latvia Bonaparti.lv "Questa notte" Italian 5 168

Notes

1.^ Contained some words in French and Spanish.
2.^ Although the song was performed in English, the title and sentence in the lyrics "Ven a bailar conmigo" is in Spanish.

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 Artist Song Language[7] Place Points
01  Bosnia and Herzegovina Marija Šestić "Rijeka bez imena" (Ријека без имена) Serbian 11 106
02  Spain D'NASH "I Love You Mi Vida" Spanish3 20 43
03  Belarus Dmitry Koldun "Work Your Magic" English 6 145
04  Ireland Dervish "They Can't Stop the Spring" English 24 5
05  Finland Hanna Pakarinen "Leave Me Alone" English 17 53
06  Macedonia Karolina "Mojot svet" (Мојот свет) Macedonian, English 14 73
07  Slovenia Alenka Gotar "Cvet z juga" Slovene 15 66
08  Hungary Magdi Rúzsa "Unsubstantial Blues" English 9 128
09  Lithuania 4Fun "Love or Leave" English 21 28
10  Greece Sarbel "Yassou Maria" (Γεια σου Μαρία) English4 7 139
11  Georgia Sopho Khalvashi "Visionary Dream" English 12 97
12  Sweden The Ark "The Worrying Kind" English 18 51
13  France Les Fatals Picards "L'amour à la française" French, English ("Franglais") 22 19
14  Latvia Bonaparti.lv "Questa notte" Italian 16 54
15  Russia Serebro "Song #1" English 3 207
16  Germany Roger Cicero "Frauen regier'n die Welt" German, English 19 49
17  Serbia Marija Šerifović "Molitva" (Молитва) Serbian 1 268
18  Ukraine Verka Serduchka "Dancing Lasha Tumbai" (Данцінґ Лаша Тумбай) German, English, Ukrainian, Russian 2 235
19  United Kingdom Scooch "Flying the Flag (For You)" English 22 19
20  Romania Todomondo "Liubi, Liubi, I Love You" (Люби, Люби, I Love You) English, Italian, Spanish,
Russian, French, Romanian
13 84
21  Bulgaria Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankoulov "Water" Bulgarian 5 157
22  Turkey Kenan Doğulu "Shake It Up Şekerim" English 4 163
23  Armenia Hayko "Anytime You Need" English, Armenian 8 138
24  Moldova Natalia Barbu "Fight" English 10 109

Notes

3.^ Contained some words in English.
4.^ Song is entirely in english but the title is in Greek.

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]

Voting procedure used:
  100% Televoting
  100% Jury vote
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]

Voting procedure used:
  100% Televoting
  100% Jury vote
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, Hungary, Macedonia, 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 Bulgaria, Cyprus
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.[8] The awards are divided into 3 categories; Press Award; Artistic Award; and Composer Award.[9]

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]

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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s) OGAE result Eurovision Ranking
 Serbia "Molitva" Marija Šerifović Vladimir Graić, Saša Milošević Mare 184 1st
 Belarus "Work Your Magic" Dmitry Koldun Philip Kirkorov, Karen Kavaleryan 159 6th
  Switzerland "Vampires Are Alive" DJ BoBo DJ BoBo 156 20th in Semi-Final
 Cyprus "Comme ci, comme ça" Evridiki Dimitris Korgialas, Poseidonas Giannopoulos 142 15th in Semi-Final
 Greece "Yassou Maria" Sarbel Alex Papakonstantinou, Marcus Englöf, "Mack" 107 7th
  • Table reflects the corrected result of Switzerland since the cited source had a calculation error.

Barbara Dex Award[edit]

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.[13]

  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.  SerbiaMaja 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.  CroatiaBarbara Kolar
  20.  SloveniaPeter Poles
  21.  IsraelJason Danino-Holt[14]
  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 and in the 2017 contest alongside Koit Toome)
  31.  Georgia – Neli Agirba
  32.  BulgariaMira Dobreva
  33.  SwedenAndré Pops
  34.  Ukraine – Katya Osadcha
  35.  RussiaYana Churikova
  36.  Latvia – Jānis Šipkevics (Latvian representative in the 2006 contest as part of Cosmos)
  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 countries[edit]

  • Australia Australia – Although Australia was 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.[16]
  • 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.[17]
  • 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.[18]
  • Monaco Monaco – Monaco broadcast the final on TMC despite not participating in it, opening the possibility of returning for the 2008 contest.

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.[19] 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.[20] Swedish broadcaster SVT broadcast both the semi-final and the final on their HD-channel SVT HD.[21] 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[22] 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[23] 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[24] All Duško Čurlić
 Cyprus[25] All Vaso Komninou (RIK 1)
 Czech Republic All Kateřina Kristelová
Final Pepa Vojtek
 Denmark[26] All Søren Nystrøm Rasted (DR1)
Adam Duvå Hall (DR1)
 Estonia[27] - Marko Reikop
 Finland[28][29] 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[23] 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[30] All Peter Urban (Das Erste)
Final Thomas Mohr (NDR 2)[31]
Tim Frühling (hr3)[32]
 Greece All Fotis Sergoulopoulos (NET)
Maria Bakodimou
 Hungary All Gábor Gundel Takács (M1)
 Iceland[33] - Sigmar Guðmundsson (Sjónvarpið)
 Ireland[34][35] All Marty Whelan (RTÉ One)
Larry Gogan (RTÉ Radio 1)
 Israel - -
 Latvia - Kārlis Streips
 Lithuania - Darius Užkuraitis
 Macedonia - Milanka Rašić
 Malta[36] - Antonia Micallef
 Moldova - Vitalie Rotaru
- -
 Montenegro - Dražen Bauković (TVCG2)
- Tamara Ivanković (TVCG2)
 Netherlands[37] All Cornald Maas (Nederland 1)
Final Paul de Leeuw (Nederland 1)
 Norway[38] All Per Sundnes (NRK1)
 Poland[39] All Artur Orzech (TVP1)
 Portugal[40] - Isabel Angelino (RTP1)
- Jorge Gabriel
 Romania - Andreea Demirgian (TVR1)
 Russia - Yuri Aksyuta (Channel One)
- Yelena Batinova (Channel One)
 Serbia All Duška Vučinić-Lučić (RTS1)
 Slovenia - Mojca Mavec
 Spain[41] All Beatriz Pécker (TVE1)
 Sweden[42] All Kristian Luuk (SVT1)
Josef Sterzenbach (SVT1)
Carolina Norén (SR P3)[43]
  Switzerland[23] 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 Timur 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 All As per United Kingdom (BBC) Commentary
 Azerbaijan All Hüsniyə Məhərrəmova
 San Marino unknown unknown

Official album[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest: Helsinki 2007
ESC 2007 album cover.jpg
Compilation album by
Released20 April 2007
GenrePop
Length
  • 63:13 (CD 1)
  • 62:50 (CD 2)
LabelCMC
Eurovision Song Contest chronology
Eurovision Song Contest: Athens 2006
(2006)
Eurovision Song Contest: Helsinki 2007
(2007)
Eurovision Song Contest: Belgrade 2008
(2008)

Eurovision Song Contest: Helsinki 2007 was the official compilation album of the 2007 Contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and released by CMC International on 20 April 2007. The album featured all 42 songs that entered in the 2007 contest, including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify into the grand final.[44]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[45] 3

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