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In pictures: Eurovision 2007

Last year's winners, Lordi

The Eurovision Song Contest got under way in Helsinki with another outing for last year's winners, rock group Lordi.

Verka Serduchka of Ukraine

Verka Serduchka, a drag queen from Ukraine, was the overwhelming pre-show favourite with bookmakers.

Marija Serifovic of Serbia, with backing singers

But it was 23-year-old Marija Serifovic from Serbia who won the contest, scoring 268 points with her ballad, Molitva.

Maria Sestic of Bosnia-Herzegovina

There were 24 acts in total throughout the show, and Maria Sestic of Bosnia-Herzegovina was the first to perform.

Irish act Dervish

Irish folk group Dervish were also involved early on but suffered the indignity of coming last once the votes were in.

UK entry Scooch

Scooch "flew the flag" for the UK, in the words of their song, but ended up in joint second-last with just 19 points.

D'Nash of Spain

D'Nash were representing Spain, one of the four biggest financial contributors to the Eurovision Song Contest, which began in 1956.

Hanna Pakarainen of Finland

Fans in the host country hoped Finnish singer Hanna Pakarinen, who sang Leave Me Alone, would be victorious.

Swedish band The Ark

And Swedish group The Ark failed to do as well as fellow countrymen Abba, who won Eurovision with Waterloo in 1974.

Koldun of Belarus

About 12,000 spectators attended the extravaganza, which had a record number of applications - 42 - this year.

Two British fans enter the building

Many fans went to great lengths to prepare for the show, being held in Finland's biggest ice hockey stadium.

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