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.
The winner was Serbia, appearing as an independent country for the first time. 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.
|Eurovision Song Contest 2007|
|Semi-final||10 May 2007|
|Final||12 May 2007|
|Venue||Hartwall Areena, Helsinki, Finland|
|Directed by||Timo Suomi|
|Executive supervisor||Svante Stockselius|
|Executive producer||Heikki Seppälä|
|Host broadcaster||Yleisradio (Yle)|
|Number of entries||42|
|Voting system||Each country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs.|
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. 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.
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. 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. 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 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. Monaco announced its withdrawal on 12 December 2006, and the EBU announced the final lineup of 42 countries on 15 December 2006.
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.
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.
|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|
|07||Montenegro||Stevan Faddy||"'Ajde, kroči" ('Ајде, крочи)||Montenegrin||22||33|
|08||Switzerland||DJ BoBo||"Vampires Are Alive"||English||20||40|
|10||Netherlands||Edsilia Rombley||"On Top of the World"||English||21||38|
|11||Albania||Frederik Ndoci||"Hear My Plea"||English, Albanian||17||49|
|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|
|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|
The finalists were:
|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|
|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" (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
|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|
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.
|The table is ordered by appearance in the semi-final, then by pre-determined voting order.|
Below is a summary of all 12 points in the semi-final:
|9||Serbia||Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Switzerland|
|6||Turkey||Albania, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom|
|Belarus||Armenia, Israel, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine|
|Latvia||Estonia, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta, Poland|
|Hungary||Denmark, Iceland, Serbia|
|Iceland||Finland, Norway, Sweden|
|Moldova||Belarus, Portugal, Romania|
|Televoting Results (Jury in Albania and Andorra)|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||106||7||1||8||1||7||8||10||8||10||8||3||6||8||4||7||6||4|
|Vertically, the table is ordered by appearance in the final. Horizontally, the table is ordered by voting order.|
Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:
|9||Serbia||Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Finland, Macedonia, Hungary, 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|
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. The awards are divided into 3 categories; Press Award; Artistic Award; and Composer Award.
(Voted by previous winners)
|Serbia||"Molitva"||Marija Šerifović||Vladimir Graić
Saša Milošević Mare
|Composer Award||Hungary||"Unsubstantial Blues"||Magdi Rúzsa||Magdi Rúzsa
|Press Award||Ukraine||"Dancing Lasha Tumbai"||Verka Serduchka||Verka Serduchka||2nd||235|
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. 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. 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.
|Serbia||"Molitva"||Marija Šerifović||Vladimir Graić, Saša Milošević Mare||184|
|Belarus||"Work Your Magic"||Dmitry Koldun||Philip Kirkorov, Karen Kavaleryan||159|
|Switzerland||"Vampires Are Alive"||DJ BoBo||DJ BoBo||155|
|Cyprus||"Comme ci, comme ça"||Evridiki||Dimitris Korgialas, Poseidonas Giannopoulos||142|
|Greece||"Yassou Maria"||Sarbel||Alex Papakonstantinou, Marcus Englöf, "Mack"||107|
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.
|Ukraine||"Dancing Lasha Tumbai" (Dancing Лаша Тумбай)||Verka Serduchka||Andriy Danylko|
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.
YLE produced the event in 1080i HD and 5.1 Surround Sound. 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. Swedish broadcaster SVT broadcast both the semi-final and the final on their HD-channel SVT HD. However the event is only available to buy on standard-definition DVD, with no HD DVD or Blu-ray version available in high definition.
The commentators of the 42 participating countries are as follows:
|Country||SF / Final||Commentator(s)|
|Albania||All||Leon Menkshi (TVSH)|
|Andorra||All||Meri Picart (RTVA)|
|Josep Lluís Trabal (RTVA)|
|Austria||-||Andi Knoll (ORF2)|
|Belarus||All||Denis Kurian (Belarus 1)|
|Alexander Tikhanovich (Belarus 1)|
|Belgium||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)|
|Cyprus||All||Vaso Komninou (RIK 1)|
|Czech Republic||All||Kateřina Kristelová|
|Denmark||All||Søren Nystrøm Rasted (DR1)|
|Adam Duvå Hall (DR1)|
|Finland||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||SF||Peggy Olmi (France 4)|
|Yann Renoard (France 4)|
|Final||Julien Lepers (France 3)|
|Tex (France 3)|
|Yves Derisbourg (France Bleu)|
|Germany||All||Peter Urban (Das Erste)|
|Final||Thomas Mohr (NDR 2)|
|Tim Frühling (hr3)|
|Greece||All||Fotis Sergoulopoulos (NET)|
|Hungary||All||Gábor Gundel Takács (M1)|
|Iceland||-||Sigmar Guðmundsson (Sjónvarpið)|
|Ireland||All||Marty Whelan (RTÉ One)|
|Larry Gogan (RTÉ Radio 1)|
|Montenegro||-||Dražen Bauković (TVCG2)|
|-||Tamara Ivanković (TVCG2)|
|Netherlands||All||Cornald Maas (Nederland 1)|
|Final||Paul de Leeuw (Nederland 1)|
|Norway||All||Per Sundnes (NRK1)|
|Poland||All||Artur Orzech (TVP1)|
|Portugal||-||Isabel Angelino (RTP1)|
|Romania||-||Andreea Demirgian (TVR1)|
|Russia||-||Yuri Aksyuta (Channel One)|
|-||Yelena Batinova (Channel One)|
|Serbia||All||Duška Vučinić-Lučić (RTS1)|
|Spain||All||Beatriz Pécker (TVE1)|
|Sweden||All||Kristian Luuk (SVT1)|
|Josef Sterzenbach (SVT1)|
|Carolina Norén (SR P3)|
|Switzerland||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)|
The commentators of the non-participating countries are:
|Country||SF / Final||Commentator(s)|
|Australia||All||As per United Kingdom (BBC) Commentary|
|Eurovision Song Contest: Helsinki 2007|
|Compilation album by|
|Released||20 April 2007|
|Eurovision Song Contest chronology|
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.
|1.||"Salvem el món" (Andorra)||Anonymous||2:59|
|2.||"Hear My Plea" (Albania)||Frederik Ndoci||3:02|
|3.||"Anytime You Need" (Armenia)||Hayko||3:00|
|4.||"Get a Life – Get Alive" (Austria)||Eric Papilaya||3:02|
|5.||"Rijeka bez imena" (Bosnia and Herzegovina)||Maria||3:06|
|6.||"Love Power" (Belgium)||The KMG's||2:54|
|7.||"Water" (Bulgaria)||Elitsa & Stoyan||3:06|
|8.||"Work Your Magic" (Belarus)||Koldun||3:06|
|9.||"Vampires Are Alive" (Switzerland)||DJ Bobo||2:59|
|10.||"Comme ci, comme ça" (Cyprus)||Evridiki||3:06|
|11.||"Malá dáma" (Czech Republic)||Kabát||3:11|
|12.||"Frauen regier'n die Welt" (Germany)||Roger Cicero||2:59|
|13.||"Drama Queen" (Denmark)||DQ||3:01|
|14.||"Partners in Crime" (Estonia)||Gerli Padar||2:59|
|15.||"I Love You Mi Vida" (Spain)||D'NASH||3:02|
|16.||"Leave Me Alone" (Finland)||Hanna||3:02|
|17.||"L'amour à la française" (France)||Les Fatals Picards||2:43|
|18.||"Visionary Dream" (Georgia)||Sopho||2:51|
|19.||"Flying the Flag (for You)" (United Kingdom)||Scooch||3:01|
|20.||"Yassou Maria" (Greece)||Sarbel||3:01|
|21.||"Vjerujem u ljubav" (Croatia)||Dragonfly feat. Dado Topić||3:03|
|1.||"Unsubstantial Blues" (Hungary)||Magdi Rúzsa||3:02|
|2.||"They Can't Stop the Spring" (Ireland)||Dervish||2:52|
|3.||"Push the Button" (Israel)||Teapacks||3:01|
|4.||"Valentine Lost" (Iceland)||Eiríkur Hauksson||3:02|
|5.||"Love or Leave" (Lithuania)||4Fun||3:01|
|6.||"Questa notte" (Latvia)||Bonaparti.lv||2:57|
|7.||"Fight" (Moldova)||Natalia Barbu||3:01|
|8.||"'Ajde, kroči" (Montenegro)||Stevan Faddy||2:59|
|9.||"Mojot svet" (Macedonia)||Karolina||3:00|
|10.||"Vertigo" (Malta)||Olivia Lewis||3:03|
|11.||"On Top of the World" (Netherlands)||Edsilia Rombley||3:01|
|12.||"Ven a bailar conmigo" (Norway)||Guri Schanke||3:01|
|13.||"Time to Party" (Poland)||The Jet Set||3:00|
|14.||"Dança comigo" (Portugal)||Sabrina||2:50|
|15.||"Liubi, Liubi, I Love You" (Romania)||Todomondo||3:02|
|16.||"Molitva" (Serbia)||Marija Šerifović||3:02|
|17.||"Song #1" (Russia)||Serebro||3:00|
|18.||"The Worrying Kind" (Sweden)||The Ark||2:54|
|19.||"Cvet z juga" (Slovenia)||Alenka Gotar||3:00|
|20.||"Shake It Up Şekerim" (Turkey)||Kenan Doğulu||3:02|
|21.||"Dancing Lasha Tumbai" (Ukraine)||Verka Serduchka||3:00|
|German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||3|
He has been providing commentary for Irish viewers since 2000 and maintains great enthusiasm for the much lampooned contest.
Albania chose their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 using Festivali i Këngës 45 and the format of two semi-finals which will take place on 21 December and 22 December and the final evening on 23 December 2006. On 20 December, a quarter final took place with 20 newcomers competing for two spots in the actual festival. Albania will be represented at Eurovision by Frederik Ndoci with the song "Balada e gurit", which means 'The Stone Ballad'. The winning song was chosen by a panel of seven experts.Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Austria selected their participants for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with an internal selection. ORF was searching for a performance that 'appeals visually'. Eric Papilaya was announced as the representative with the official Life Ball song, "Get a Life - Get Alive". The official co-operation with Europe's largest AIDS charity event continues the historical relationship between the Austrian entry and the Life Ball.Eric Papilaya is a 28-year-old singer that comes from Laakirchen. He's most notable for being a finalist of the 3rd season of the Austrian talent show Starmania.Austria competed in the semi-final of the contest on 10 May 2007. Eric performed twenty-seventh, following Turkey's Kenan Doğulu with "Shake It Up Shekerim" and preceding Latvia's Bonaparti.lv with "Questa Notte". The stage show included 20.000 Swarowskij crystals. His song did however not score enough points to continue to the final show, in fact it came second from last, receiving points only from Switzerland and Andorra (a total of 4).Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Belgium selected their participants for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with an internal selection. Walloon broadcaster RTBF selected the Belgian entry, announcing their decision in February 2007. It was officially decided that The KMG's (The Krazy Mess Groovers) would represent Belgium with the song "Love Power".
The KMG's were drawn into the 24th spot for the semi-final on May 10. Gathering only 14 points and a 26th position, they did not qualify for the final.Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Denmark chose their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2007. For the first time, the final, held in Horsens on 20 February 2007, was preceded by two semi finals:
The top four songs in each semi-final qualified for the final. Two of the losing songs in the semi-finals were chosen as 'wildcards' for the final by radio listeners.
DQ won and represented Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Drama Queen". He performed 12th in the semi-final on 10 May, but finished 19th, which meant Denmark did not qualify for the final.Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Estonia chose its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 during Eurolaul 2007 on 3 February 2007. The winner was Gerli Padar with "Partners in Crime", composed by Henrik Sal-Saller and written by Berit Veiber.Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007
At the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, Finland chose their entry through Euroviisut 2007. Finland will be acting as host of the Eurovision contest for the first time, after Lordi won in 2006. The winning artist was Hanna Pakarinen, who represented Finland with her song Leave Me Alone. The song was composed by Martti Vuorinen and Miikka Huttunen, with lyrics by Martti Vuorinen and Pakarinen.
Hanna Pakarinen is a pop singer who came to fame by winning the Finnish Idols talent competition with 60% of the votes. She has had many hit singles and album successes behind her and is one of the most successful English language singers in Finland.France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007
France chose their entry through a national final consisting of 10 performers selected by French television broadcasters. Successful French acts of the past five years were invited to compete for a trip to Helsinki, with emphasis put on more contemporary musical styles.
Finally, Les Fatals Picards were chosen as the French representatives for 2007.
The French entry finished joint 22nd in the contest with the United Kingdom, with 19 points.Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Germany selected the participant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with a national selection in Hamburg on March 8, 2007. A total of three acts competed to go to Helsinki, the swing singer Roger Cicero, the girl group Monrose, and the singer/songwriter Heinz Rudolf Kunze.The national selection was won by Roger Cicero with more than 50% of the votes. Germany finished nineteenth in the final with the song "Frauen regier'n die Welt".Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Iceland selected their participant using their national final, known as Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins 2007. Eiríkur Hauksson represented Iceland at Eurovision with the song "Valentine Lost". Before the final, there were three semi-finals, comprising 24 songs in total, leading up to the final in Reykjavík which took place on February 17, 2007. Nine song were performed in the Icelandic final, all written by Icelandic composers and sung in Icelandic. The chosen song is written by Kristján Hreinsson and composed by Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson.
This was the third time Eiríkur performed at Eurovision, having represented the country for the first time in 1986, the year of Iceland's debut in the contest. The second time, Eiríkur performed a song for Norway.
Despite actually being in the Eurovision Song Contest, Eiríkur remained the Icelandic representative for the 2007 Nordic preview show.Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Israel's state broadcaster formed a committee of music experts to pick the artist to represent Israel. The committee selected Teapacks for Eurovision to be held in Helsinki.
On 27 February 2007, four songs competed and a combination between televoting and the choice of the IBA's Eurovision jury determined the song Teapacks will perform.
The controversial song "Push the Button" was selected.
Israel's entry finished twenty-fourth in the Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals, thus failing to qualify for the finals of the competition.Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Latvia selected their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 using the Eirodziesma 2007 format, on 24 February 2007. Prior to the final, there were 10 participants competing in the two semi-finals held on 27 January 2007 and 3 February 2007. The top 5 songs qualified to the final by a 50/50 jury vote and televote. In the final, the top three song proceeded towards the super-final. The opera group, Bonaparti.lv won the competition with a convincing number of televotes. "Questa Notte" is a song in the Italian language, which finished sixteenth in the final competition, with 54 points.
The final of Eirodziesma took place on 24 February in Ventspils, with semi finals on 27 January and 3 February. LTV received 106 entries, which were narrowed down to 20 songs on 11 December 2006.Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Macedonia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in Helsinki, Finland. The Macedonian entry was selected through a national selection, Nacionalen Evrosong 2007, organised by the Macedonian broadcaster Macedonian Radio-Television (MRT). Karolina Gočeva represented Macedonia with the song "Mojot svet", which qualified from the competition's semi-final and placed 14th in the final, scoring 73 points.Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Moldova participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in Helsinki, Finland. The Moldovan entry was selected through an internal selection, organised by the Moldovan broadcaster TeleRadio-Moldova (TRM). Natalia Barbu represented Moldova with the song "Fight", which qualified from the semi-final and placed 10th in the final, scoring 109 points.Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Poland chose their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in the national finals, Piosenka dla Europy 2007, which took place on 3 February 2007 and were broadcast by TVP. The winning song was "Time to party" by The Jet Set, who proceeded into the finals of the competition.Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Portugal selected their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 through the 2007 edition of "Festival da Canção", the national selection final, on 10 March 2007. This edition had 100% televoting instead of the previous year's 50%-50% mix with a jury. Composers were contacted to write one song each, although the identities of the performers of the songs were to be decided by the composers.The host of Festival da Canção was Pavilhão Atlântico, and the winner was Sabrina with the song "Dança comigo".Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Russia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in Helsinki, Finland. The Russian entry was selected internally by the Russian broadcaster Channel One Russia (C1R). Serebro represented Russia with the song "Song #1", which placed 3rd in the final, scoring 207 points.Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Serbia selected their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 on 8 March 2007. They used the festival Beovizija 2007, which consists of one semi-final and a final. On 7 March 2007, a qualifying round took place with 20 songs. Ten songs qualified to the final where the winner was chosen by 50% jury and 50% televoting. Marija Šerifović performed "Molitva" and won the contest for Serbia at Eurovision, although the song was not the jury's first choice.Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Slovenia selected their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 on 3 February 2007 using EMA 2007. After two semi-finals, a final, and a superfinal, Slovenia chose Alenka Gotar to fly the flag in Helsinki with the song "Cvet z juga". The song is written and composed by Andrej Babić and Aleksandra Valenčić.
Prior to the contest, Alenka visited Spain's national selection along with six other Eurovision hopefuls. It has been confirmed by Alenka that the song will in fact be sung Slovene for the performance in Eurovision. The song qualified from the semi-finals, finishing in seventh place with 140 points. In the final, Gotar finished in fifteenth position with 66 points.Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Spain selected its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 through the contest Misión Eurovisión 2007, organized by TVE at the Prado del Rey Studios in Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid and hosted by Paula Vázquez. The Spanish public chose the boy band NASH (later known as D'NASH) with the song "I Love You Mi Vida". The song was composed by Thomas G:son and Andreas Rickstrand and written by Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson and Rebeca Pous Del Toro.
D'NASH entered into the final in Helsinki on May 12, 2007. They finished in the twentieth position with 43 points.United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007
The United Kingdom chose their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 on the BBC programme Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up. The fourth and final edition of Making Your Mind Up took place on Saturday 17 March 2007 on BBC One. The main show aired at 19.30 GMT and the results showed at 21.30 GMT.
The six initial acts were reduced to two after a public vote. The two remaining acts participated in a final sing-off - and a final public vote decided the winner of the competition which was Scooch with their song "Flying the Flag (for You)". The United Kingdom finished in 22nd place with 19 points, they did, however, receive the maximum award of 12 points from Malta. This is the first time since Jessica Garlick in 2002, that the UK received 12 points from a country.