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Romani singer Marija Serifovic from Serbia stormed it to win the top place

Helsinky/Beograd, 13.5.2007 4:50, (ROMEA/BBC)

Romani singer Marija Serifovic from Serbia has won the Eurovision Song Contest at a ceremony in Helsinki which saw the UK's entry coming joint second-last. Serifovic's powerful ballad Molitva had been second-favourite with bookmakers in the run-up to the competition.

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Eurovision 2007 - WINNER - Marija Serifovic - Molitva
Marija Serifovic - Molitva

She scored 268 points, beating Ukrainian drag queen Verka Serdyuchka into second place. Russia was third, while Turkey came fourth. The winning song was written by Saša MILOŠEVIĆ MARE and composed by Vladimir GRAIĆ Congratulations!

The competition had been embraced by the Finnish capital, which earned the right to stage the event when rock group Lordi won in 2006.

The atmosphere inside a Eurovision Song Contest venue has probably never been so hot as tonight in Helsinki! Thousands of fans cheered for their favourite entries at the Helsinki Arena, while hundreds of fans and journalists watched the contest at the Press Centre.

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