Eurovision Song Contest 2007 Semi-Final
Finland was the proud host of the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final. The country been entering the Eurovision Song Contest since 1961 and 45 years later Finland finally did it.
A marathon Semi-Final
A record 42 delegations took part in 2007, of which 28 participated in the Semi-Final. Austria as did Hungary. Serbia entered for the first time as an independent country. Georgia, Montenegro and the Czech Republic also took part for the first time.
Edsilia from the Netherlands had already participated in the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest achieving 4th place. Karolina represented FYR Macedonia in 2002 and returned to the contest this year. Dance-pop star DJ Bobo, who had already sold millions of CDs in his career, represented Switzerland. The Semi-Final also saw lots of newcomers like the pop-punk band Anonymous from Andorra, who had decided to sing their song Salvem El Món in both Catalan and English.
Serbia, Hungary, Turkey, Belarus, Latvia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Georgia, FYR Macedonia and Moldova all qualified for the final. Western European newspapers were upset that not even one 'traditional country' from Western Europe managed to qualify - but admitting at the same time that the quality of the songs from Eastern Europe was higher.