Countdown to Baku - Helsinki 200718 January 2012 at 23:15 CET
We have had quite a journey so far, starting in Istanbul, stopping in Kyiv, Athens and now Helsinki. This means we are well on our way to reaching Baku in time for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in May. So whilst you are waiting, why not take a look at this, the next in our Countdown to Baku series as we look at the 2007 edition of Europe's favourite TV show.
2007 Eurovision Song Contest - Helsinki
In 2006 the rock band Lordi stormed to victory with its elaborate costumes and catchy song Hard Rock Hallelujah. As a result the Eurovision Song Contest came to Finland for the first time ever after decades of trying. It was a big moment for this quiet Nordic nation.
The Semi-Final format continued as it had done since 2004 but this time 42 countries participated, which at the time was a record. With only one Semi-Final as opposed to today's two, a massive 28 countries took part in the first show, held on the 10th of May at the Hartwall Arena in Finland's Capital.
The final was held on the 12th of May and consisted of 24 countries made up of the top 10 nations from the 2006 contest, 10 qualifiers from the Semi-Final and the Big 4 nations (France, Germany, Spain and United Kingdom).
The contest saw four debuting countries - Czech Republic, Georgia, Montenegro and Serbia with its first appearance as an independent nation.
The winner in 2007 was of course Serbia's Marija Šerifović and the song Molitva who managed to achieve an impressive 268 points in the final. She also won the Semi-Final with 298 points. Ukraine and Russia came in second and third place respectively.
Now that you have a bit of background information, why not make yourself a cup of tea, sit back relax and look at our high quality video content of the 2007 contest.
Let's start with a recap of all 24 countries that took part in the final. Enjoy!
Did you know that five countries in the Semi-Final and three countries in the Final were given wildcards to choose their own starting positions? Unsurprisingly all eight countries chose to participate in the second-half of their respective shows, believing this would increase their chances.
You know how it works now right? First we looked at the recap of all 24 entries in the Final and then show you full length videos of the top 3. Well no surprises here... We have all three entries in high quality so enjoy!
Marija Šerifović - Molitva
Verka Serduchka - Dancing Lasha Tumbai
Serebro - Song No 1
Right, that's it for 2007 and we hope you enjoyed this trip back down memory lane. Soon we will be back from Belgrade for the 2008 contest!!