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Newcomer Serbia wins 2007 Eurovision Song Contest

Newcomer Serbia wins 2007 Eurovision Song Contest

Serbia's Marija Serifovic won the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest early Sunday with a heart-wrenching power ballad that beat 23 other entries in a competition dominated by Eastern European countries.
Serifovic's ballad "Molitva," or "A prayer," received the highest score in a 42-nation vote count, followed by a glitzy drag show act from Ukraine and Russian girl band.
Hosted by the 2006 winner Finland, the annual extravaganza of clashing musical tastes was broadcast live to an estimated audience of 100 million, with viewers picking the winner by phone and text messages.
"All my life I have been singing and tonight this (victory) makes me very proud," said Serifovic, 22, who sang about love and pain in Serbo-Croat, flanked by five other women dressed in black suits and ties.
It was Serbia's first appearance in the competition as an independent nation after Serbia-Montenegro split last year.
Maligned by some as an exhibition in bad taste, the show is hugely popular among aficionados of kitsch and bubble-gum pop who travel across the continent to watch their idols in an event known for its camp acts and over-the-top performances.
Eastern European countries took 14 of the top 16 spots in the final, which ended in the early hours of Sunday in Helsinki's main hockey stadium where 9,000 people packed the arena.
Outside, police closed off the main city square where 25,000 people jammed to watch the show on large screens.
The competition put Finns into a carnival mood with 350 events organized during what was dubbed "Eurovision Week."
On "Helsinki Party" day Friday, police closed off central streets for military parades, samba shows and band displays in bright, cold sunshine. Temperatures dipped to nearly 0 Celsius when 3,000 enthusiasts watched the semifinals of the contest in the city's main square on large screens broadcast live from the arena, several kilometers (miles) away.
Serbia won with 268 points over Ukraine's 235 and Russia with 207 in third place. Turkey came fourth with 163 points.
Some favorites among Eurovision watchers dropped out in the semifinals, including Norway's Latin-beat dance number, Swiss DJ Bobo's neo-Gothic vampire song and Denmark's brightly plumed drag artist Drama Queen.
Israel's entry, "Push the Button" by the Teapacks, which fueled controversy months before the competition for purported allusions to Iran's nuclear ambitions, also failed to make the grade.
Last year, Lordi's victory with the growling rock number "Hard Rock Hallelujah" shocked many traditional fans of the contest, known for bland pop songs, camp acts and over-the-top performances.
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Updated : 2021-10-19 03:15 GMT+08:00