Eurovision Song Contest 2007

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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". The contest was held at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland from 10 May to 12 May, and staged by host broadcaster Yle.

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.[1]

The winner was Serbia, appearing as an independent country for the first time.[2] After Lordi scored the first ever Eurovision victory with a hard rock song, 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.

Cyprus and Latvia entered songs in languages other than their own or English. Although this happened with the Belgium 2003 entry, this was the first time the contest featured countries doing this with actual languages as opposed to an imaginary one.

Participating countries[change | change source]

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 withdrawal on 12 December 2006,[4] and the EBU announced the final lineup of 42 countries on 15 December 2006.

Returning artists[change | change source]

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[change | change source]

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[5] 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 Koldun "Work Your Magic" English 4 176
05  Iceland Eiríkur Hauksson "Valentine Lost" English 13 77
06  Georgia Sopho "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" 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" 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[change | change source]

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 Place Points
01  Bosnia and Herzegovina Marija Šestić "Rijeka bez imena" 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" 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" English 7 139
11  Georgia Sopho "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[6] 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" Serbian 1 268
18 Ukraine Verka Serduchka "Dancing Lasha Tumbai" (Dancing 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.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Eurovision EBU Press conference". esctoday.com.
  2. Marija from Serbia wins Helsinki 2007 Archived 9 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Eurovision.tv
  3. ESC 2007 Event page, ESCKaz.com
  4. EXCLUSIVE: Monaco withdraws, 12 December 2006, ESCtoday.com
  5. "Eurovision Song Contest 2007". The Diggiloo Thrush. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  6. "Eurovision Song Contest 2007". EBU. Retrieved 30 July 2009.