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Meet the 2007 Eurovision panel
The BBC News website invited a group of Eurovision Song Contest experts to choose the entries they think will do well at this year's event in Helsinki.

The 11-strong panel of both professionals and fans, introduced below, each picked their Top 10 from a field of 42 hopefuls.

Each song was awarded points accordingly, which were combined to produce a definitive list. Panellists were not permitted to vote for their own country.

EUROVISION PROFESSIONALS

Sandra Kim winning Eurovision 1986 (l) and in 2007
Sandra Kim winning Eurovision in 1986 (l) and now

Sandra Kim became Belgium's first - and to date only - Eurovision victor in 1986 with J'aime La Vie at the age of just 13. A rule placing an age limit of 16 on performers was later introduced, while the Junior Eurovision Song Contest started in 2003.

Along with his brothers Louis and Per, Richard Herrey landed Sweden's second Eurovision victory in 1984, with the memorable tune Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley which they performed wearing golden boots.

Romanian singer Mihai Traistariu represented his country at the 2006 contest in Athens, finishing in fourth place with Tornero. The 27-year-old is renowned as being one of the few male vocalists with a five-octave range.

Mihai Traistariu
Mihai Traistariu secured Romania's second consecutive top five result

Andrius Mamontovas is a vocalist with Lithuanian band LT United, whose tongue-in-cheek song We Are The Winners (of Eurovision), came sixth in last year's contest, securing the country's best result to date.

Singer Nicki French represented the United Kingdom at the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest. She also had a hit with a version of Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of The Heart, and is currently appearing on the West End stage in Menopause - The Musical.

EUROVISION FANS

Vlad Yakovlev
Russian Vlad Yakovlev is in the Finnish capital for the contest

Devotees of the Eurovision Song Contest across Europe and beyond are brought together by the OGAE network (Organisation of Eurovision Amateurs), of which all our fan voters are leading members.

Antonio Sergio de Teixeira from Portugal is still waiting for his country to score a Eurovision victory after 40 attempts since 1964.

Slovenian Dejan Primoz Gradisnik says his country has its best chance to qualify for the grand final this year, after failing to progress since the semi-final was introduced in 2004.

Deo Grech, who hails from Malta says he is a "true Eurovision fan", playing some songs again and again. He adds that Abba's 1974 victory with Waterloo tops his all-time list.

Russian Eurovision fan Vlad Yakovlev says he is a friend of Georgian singer Sopho Khalvashi, and is hoping his country can go one better than its second place finish last year.

Bosnia's Amra Nadraevic (second right) with Eurovision friends from Spain, Greece and Lithuania
Bosnia's Amra Nadraevic (second right) with Eurovision friends from Spain, Greece and Lithuania

Amra Nadraevic from Bosnia-Hercegovina saw her country achieve its best result - third place - in Athens last year - and hopes the contest will come to Sarajevo in 2008.

Frenchman Alex Rouffignac has praise for Russia's "well-produced" entry, while his own country has gone 30 years since scoring the most recent of its five song contest victories.


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