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Eurovision Song Contest 2007
"True Fantasy"
ESC Helsinki 2007.png
Semi-final 10 May 2007
Final 12 May 2007
Presenter(s) Jaana Pelkonen
Mikko Leppilampi
Krisse Salminen (Green Room)
Host broadcaster Finland YLE
Venue Hartwall Areena
Helsinki, Finland
Winning song  Serbia
"Molitva"
Voting system
Each country votes by tele-vote or SMS. The country's 10 favourites are awarded 12, 10, then 8 through 1 points based on votes. All participating countries present points, totalling them to determine a winner.
Number of entries 42: 28 in the semi-final; 24 in the final, 10 of which came from the semi-final.
Debuting countries  Czech Republic
 Georgia
 Montenegro
 Serbia
Returning countries  Austria
 Hungary
Withdrawing countries  Monaco
Nul points None
Opening act Lordi movie from Rovaniemi
Interval act Apocalyptica
Eurovision Song Contest
◄2006    Wiki Eurovision Heart (Infobox).svg    2008►

The Eurovision Song Contest 2007 was the 52nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It was won by Serbia [1] 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.

Contents

Visual design

The base generic logo

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.

Format

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.

Individual Entries

Participating countries

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. [4] Monaco announced its withdrawal on 12 December 2006, [5] and the EBU announced the final lineup of 42 countries on 15 December 2006.

Results

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Semi-final

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


Shaded countries qualified for the Eurovision Final

Draw Country Language Artist Song English translation Place Points
01  Bulgaria Bulgarian Elitsa Todorova
and Stoyan Yankoulov
"Water" 5 146
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 [6] 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 6 168

Final

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 Artist Song English translation Place Points
01  Bosnia and Herzegovina Serbian[7] Marija "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 darling 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 Pakarinen "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" 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, German, English Verka Serduchka "Dancing Lasha Tumbai"
(Dancing Лаша Тумбай)
2 235
19  United Kingdom English Scooch "Flying the Flag (for You)" 23 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 sweetheart 4 163
23  Armenia English, Armenian Hayko "Anytime You Need" 8 138
24  Moldova English Natalia Barbu "Fight" 10 109

Voting during the final

Countries revealed their votes in the following order:[9]

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

International broadcasting

Other involved countries

Australia Australia 
Although Australia is not itself eligible to enter, the semi-final and final were broadcast the event on SBS[10]. 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. [1]
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.[2]
Italy Italy
Italian television has 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.[citation needed]
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

YLE produced the event in 1080i HD and 5.1 Surround Sound.[11] 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.[12] Swedish broadcaster SVT broadcast both the semi-final and the final on their HD-channel SVT HD.[13] However the event is only available to buy on standard-definition DVD, with no HD DVD or Blu-ray version available in high definition.

Score sheet

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

Televoting Results
Total Score Bulgaria Israel Cyprus Belarus Iceland Georgia Montenegro Switzerland Moldova Netherlands Albania Denmark Croatia Poland Serbia Czech Republic Portugal Macedonia Norway Malta Andorra Hungary Estonia Belgium Slovenia Turkey Austria Latvia Armenia France Greece Spain Finland Bosnia and Herzegovina Romania Germany Lithuania Ireland Sweden Ukraine Russia United Kingdom
Contestants Bulgaria 146 6 12 0 0 3 5 0 5 0 1 0 6 0 0 10 5 7 0 3 0 8 0 2 3 12 6 0 1 8 10 10 2 3 1 4 0 0 0 2 0 6
Israel 17 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 0
Cyprus 65 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 4 5 12 0 0 0 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 10
Belarus 176 6 4 10 4 4 4 0 12 0 4 1 0 4 4 5 1 4 3 7 0 2 7 0 0 5 0 10 12 0 7 0 0 2 3 0 10 6 3 12 12 0
Iceland 77 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 10 6 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 5 0 12 0 0 0
Georgia 123 3 8 7 8 0 0 0 8 5 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1 0 10 0 7 8 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 8 0 0 10 10 0
Montenegro 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 5 0 8 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Switzerland 40 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 6 0 2 0 2 0 0 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
Moldova 91 1 3 6 12 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 7 0 3 6 0 0 12 0 0 2 0 6 6 0
Netherlands 38 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 8 5 5 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Albania 49 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 7 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 0 0 8 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Denmark 45 0 5 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 4 0 0 7
Croatia 54 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 5 0 0 3 0 0 6 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poland 75 0 0 3 5 2 6 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 10 3 0 0 0 0 4 1 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 3 10 0 5 0 3
Serbia 298 8 7 8 10 10 8 12 12 6 10 2 6 12 5 12 4 12 8 1 0 12 0 4 12 0 12 2 10 7 5 5 8 12 6 10 1 8 10 8 8 5
Czech Republic 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal 88 0 0 1 7 0 0 0 8 7 4 0 0 0 10 1 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 3 1 0 0 3 6 10 0 8 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Macedonia 97 12 0 0 0 0 0 10 6 0 0 10 0 8 0 10 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 0
Norway 48 0 0 0 0 7 0 2 0 1 3 0 7 0 2 0 0 2 0 2 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Malta 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Andorra 80 0 2 0 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0 7 0 1 2 0 0 5 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 4 12 5 0 0 0 2 4 2 0 4 0
Hungary 224 4 0 4 1 12 10 0 4 0 8 5 12 7 8 12 8 10 0 10 4 4 8 7 6 1 8 8 0 2 0 1 10 1 10 6 7 7 8 4 3 4
Estonia 33 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 6 3 0 0 0 0
Belgium 14 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Slovenia 140 5 0 0 6 0 0 8 0 3 6 0 0 10 7 7 4 7 5 5 5 8 7 0 6 3 2 5 0 1 0 7 0 6 4 0 0 1 0 7 5 0
Turkey 197 10 0 0 0 3 0 8 10 10 12 12 8 0 1 0 1 0 8 6 0 7 6 0 0 0 10 0 2 12 0 2 7 8 8 12 0 0 7 1 7 12
Austria 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Latvia 168 0 10 5 2 5 5 0 2 2 7 0 5 4 12 0 3 8 0 7 12 0 4 12 8 7 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 5 0 12 12 1 3 2 8
The table is ordered by appearance in the semi-final, then by pre-determined voting order.

Final

Televoting Results
Total Score Bosnia and Herzegovina Spain Belarus Ireland Finland Macedonia Slovenia Hungary Lithuania Greece Georgia Sweden France Latvia Russia Germany Serbia Ukraine United Kingdom Romania Bulgaria Turkey Armenia Moldova Israel Cyprus Iceland Montenegro Switzerland Netherlands Albania Denmark Croatia Poland Czech Republic Portugal Norway Malta Andorra Estonia Belgium Austria
Contestants Bosnia and Herzegovina 106 0 0 0 0 4 8 0 0 0 0 6 1 0 0 3 8 0 0 0 0 10 1 0 0 0 0 7 8 7 8 7 10 0 4 0 6 0 0 0 0 8
Spain 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 5 0 12 0 0 0 0 8 0 2 0 0 3 0
Belarus 145 4 0 0 0 7 0 4 7 5 8 0 0 8 12 0 2 12 0 1 1 0 10 10 12 6 4 3 0 0 2 0 0 7 2 1 0 10 0 7 0 0
Ireland 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Finland 53 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 4 0 7 6 0 0
Macedonia 73 8 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 6 0 3 0 8 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Slovenia 66 7 3 4 0 0 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 7 4 0 3 0 5 0 0 2 0
Hungary 128 0 0 0 5 10 0 5 4 0 5 8 0 5 0 7 12 0 2 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 3 4 0 8 4 2 0 2 8 1 6 4 5 2
Lithuania 28 0 0 2 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Greece 139 3 2 3 0 0 3 0 7 0 4 4 3 0 0 10 4 0 10 10 12 4 8 6 1 12 5 0 4 5 7 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Georgia 97 1 0 6 1 7 0 2 2 12 3 0 0 6 7 0 0 8 0 0 0 5 5 4 6 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 6 0
Sweden 51 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 12 0 2 0 0 0
France 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 2 0 0
Latvia 54 0 0 0 10 0 0 6 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 4 0 10 0 0
Russia 207 2 4 12 6 3 5 3 6 6 8 7 5 2 7 6 7 10 6 3 5 8 12 8 8 7 1 6 0 0 0 2 3 3 6 4 5 6 3 12 0 0
Germany 49 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 7 6 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3 0 7
Serbia 268 12 1 7 4 12 12 12 12 0 4 6 10 8 3 5 8 6 0 6 6 0 7 5 3 3 7 12 12 8 1 6 12 8 8 5 10 8 0 0 7 12
Ukraine 235 5 7 10 8 6 2 4 3 8 7 10 3 4 12 8 5 3 8 4 3 3 6 7 10 4 6 2 2 1 0 3 5 12 12 12 2 3 12 8 1 4
United Kingdom 19 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0
Romania 84 0 12 0 3 0 0 0 8 0 2 0 0 7 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 2 0 12 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 10 0 0 3
Bulgaria 157 6 10 0 0 5 8 7 10 0 12 0 0 5 2 4 4 6 3 5 5 6 4 3 0 10 0 5 0 0 0 0 6 0 7 6 0 7 0 1 4 6
Turkey 163 10 0 0 0 4 10 0 1 0 0 2 7 12 0 2 12 0 1 12 7 7 0 1 0 0 3 1 10 12 10 10 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 12 10
Armenia 138 0 8 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 12 0 10 0 10 2 0 5 0 0 8 12 2 5 8 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 5
Moldova 109 0 6 6 2 2 1 1 5 2 10 3 2 0 0 6 0 1 7 0 12 4 7 3 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 10 1 0 4 0 0 0
The table is ordered by appearance in the final, then by appearance in the semi-final.

Commentators

Commentators for participating countries

The commentators of the 42 participating countries are as follows:

Country SF / Final Commentator(s)
 Albania - -
- -
 Andorra All Meri Picart
Josep Lluís Trabal
 Armenia - Gohar Gasparian
 Austria - Andi Knoll
 Belarus All Denis Kurian
Alexander Tikhanovich
 Belgium All Anja Daems
André Vermeulen (VRT)
Jean-Louis Lahaye
Jean-Pierre Hautier (RTBF)
 Bosnia and Herzegovina All Dejan Kukrić
 Bulgaria All Georgi Kushvaliev
Elena Rosberg
 Croatia All Duško Čurlić
 Cyprus All Vasso Komninou
 Czech Republic All Kateřina Kristelová
 Denmark[14] All Søren Nystrøm Rasted
Adam Duvå Hall
 Estonia - Marko Reikop
 Finland[15] All Heikki Paasonen
Ellen Jokikunnas
Asko Murtomäki (fi)
Thomas Lundin (sv)
 France - Julien Lepers
- Tex
 Georgia - Sandro Gabisonia
- Sopho Altunashvili
 Germany All Peter Urban
 Greece - Fotis Sergoulopoulos
- Maria Bakodimou
 Hungary - Gábor Gundel Takács
 Iceland - Sigmar Guðmundsson
 Ireland All Marty Whelan
 Israel - -
 Latvia - Kārlis Streips
 Lithuania - Darius Užkuraitis
 Macedonia - Milanka Rašić
 Malta - Antonia Micallef
 Moldova - -
- -
 Montenegro - Dražen Bauković
- Tamara Ivanković
 Netherlands All Cornald Maas
Final Paul de Leeuw
 Norway All Per Sundnes
 Poland All Artur Orzech
 Portugal - Isabel Angelino
- Jorge Gabriel
 Romania - Andreea Demirgian
 Russia - Yuri Aksyuta
- Yelena Batinova
 San Marino - -
- -
 Serbia All Duška Vučinić-Lučić
 Slovenia - Mojca Mavec
 Spain All Beatriz Pécker
 Sweden All Kristian Luuk
Josef Sterzenbach
 Switzerland All Bernhard Thurnheer (SF)
Jean-Marc Richard (TSR)
Claudio Lazzarino
Sandy Altermatt (RTSI)
 Turkey All Hakan Urganci
 Ukraine All Tymur Miroshnychenko
 United Kingdom SF Paddy O'Connell
Sarah Cawood
Final Terry Wogan (BBC One)
Ken Bruce (BBC Radio 2)

Commentators for non-participating countries

The commentators of the non-participating countries are:

Country SF1/SF2/Final Commentator(s)
Australia Australia All As per United Kingdom (BBC) Commentary
 Azerbaijan - -
- -

Spokespersons

Announcing the votes.

Controversy

The 2007 contest saw the loudest protests yet heard at the event against perceived unfairness in the voting system. Criticism was particularly directed at how certain countries, all in the Eastern half of the continent, were seen to benefit from support in the televoting from their diaspora communities across Europe. Another contentious aspect was how Eastern European countries were seen as being more likley to vote for other neighbouring Eastern nations at the expense of countries in Western Europe who were more likely to distribute their own votes more evenly between East and West. Any such advantages in the voting would make it easier for particular countries to qualify for the final from the semi final, achieve a higher position on the final scoreboard and be more likely to win the contest.[citation needed]

Robert Abela, head of Malta's delegation, suggested many results were "not based solely on the public vote", while also confirming he believed the 12 points Malta gave United Kingdom were a protest against bloc-voting allegedly depriving Malta of a place in the final. [16]

German newspaper Bild commented on the irony that Western European countries pay the largest amount for a competition where they apparently have no chance of winning. Germany's sole winner, Nicole, was also quoted as saying "It is obvious that Eastern European countries engage in dirty trade with points every year. Germany should withdraw from the competition". [16] The voting was also brought up in the Parliament of the United Kingdom by Liberal Democrat MP Richard Younger-Ross who suggested the current voting system is "harmful to the relationship between the peoples of Europe". [17]

In contrast, the EBU and some commentators in West European countries refuted the criticism, insisting the voting reflected the strength of the songs and performances. Some even claimed the criticism was rooted in resentment over Eastern European countries' recent successes in the contest rather than in concerns about fair voting. [3]. The EBU claimed that the results of the Helsinki contest would have remained largely the same (and with the same winner), even if only West European votes had been counted, although this argument fails to take into account the impact of diaspora voting on Western televote results. In Finland, the organising country, the bad reactions in some countries even became the topic of the leader page in papers, Hufvudstadsbladet accusing those who still divide Europe into a Western and an Eastern part for being stuck in history, and encouraging all Europeans not to let "envious bad losers destroy a nice and all-European spectacle". [4]. The Swedish paper Expressen wrote about feeling "shame" over the reactions in many west European nations and claimed that the Eurovision Song Contest had never been better. Calling the Serbian winner a "worthy, historic winner", it went on to call the proposals for a separate contest "incredibly pathetic".[5].

The voting controversies that came to a head at the 2007 contest refused to abate, and in response by 2009 the EBU had overhauled the entire voting system at Eurovision.

Returning artists

Artist Country Previous Year(s)
Evridiki  Cyprus 1992, 1994
Eiríkur Hauksson  Iceland 1986 (part of ICY)
1991 (for Norway, part of Just 4 Fun)
Edsilia Rombley  Netherlands 1998
Karolina Gočeva  Macedonia 2002

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