Unlike 2005 and 2006 editions, Miss World 2007 did not have "continental zones" in the selection of the semi-finalists i.e. all the contestants vied for the 10 semi-finals spots. Another 5 spots were for the winners of the Beach Beauty, Sports, Top Model, Talent, and Beauty With A Purpose contests, but there was a tie in the Beauty With A Purpose contest, so the number of semi-finalists increased to 16. The format was similar to that used in 2004, with the exclusion of the "Contestant's Choice" award.
The 106 contestants recorded the official torch relay anthem Light the Passion, Share the Dream for the 2008 Olympics Games as a major cooperation between the Beijing Olympic Committee and Miss World Limited. The song had its first broadcast to a global audience at the 57th Miss World final on December 1.
In addition, to coincide with World AIDS Day, the pageant presented a special tribute to the fight against AIDS, with a televised speech from former South African President Nelson Mandela and the presence of his daughter and grandson, along with traditional dancers from South Africa who joined the contestants in a special song. this is the first time China PR won the title of Miss World.
Congo Republic - Pupuce Ngalla Ibata, national director of Miss Congo (COMICO) affirmed that Congo will not take part in Miss World 2007. The reason being that Miss World Organization never replied to their application for the franchise. However, she will try to get the franchise next year.
Saint Lucia - Yasmin Walcott, national director of Miss Saint Lucia World, informed that the island won't be represented in Miss World 2007.
Sint Maarten - Fabiana Arnell, national director of Sint Maarten Queen's competition has informed that reports about Shanyra Richardson's participation in Miss World are not true, but she is interested in taking part in future Miss World competitions.
Belarus - Miss Belarus 2006 1st runner-up, Yulia Sindzeyeva, was supposed to compete in Miss World; however, she attended the Miss International contest in Japan, where she became 2nd runner-up. A contract with the Japanese organization prevents her from attending the Miss World contest. 2nd runner-up, Alena Aladka, took her place.
Curaçao - Lisaika Everitz, Miss World Curaçao, was not accepted as Curaçao's entry to Miss World 2007 because of not meeting age requirements. She was replaced with Naemi Monte. Since Monte did not turn in the official application to the national organization before the deadline established by Miss World Ltd, the franchiseholder appointed a new delegate: Mckeyla Richards. After this action, Naemi Monte decided to file a lawsuit against the franchiseholder, Reprod, to regain the right to represent the island at the international pageant. On October 17, a jury decided in favor of Reprod, ending the dispute between both.
Vietnam - Miss Sea 2007 as well as Miss Vietnam World 2007's second runner-up Đặng Minh Thu was named by Elite Vietnam as the country's candidate at Miss World 2007. Earlier offered Miss World's ticket to Miss World Vietnamese 2007 Ngô Phương Lan, who turned it down in order to focus on her studies in Switzerland.