Andorra in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007

Andorra participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with the song "Salvem el món" written and performed by young Andorran punk-rock band Anonymous, consisting of band members: Guillem Gallego, Niki Francesca and Alejandro Martínez. The band was internally selected by Andorran broadcaster Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) in a process called Projecte Eurovisió for the 2007 contest in Helsinki, Finland. The internal selection ended with a total of 82 songs having been submitted to RTVA. These entries were whittled down by the broadcaster to determine the fourth Andorran representatives. Anonymous were announced as the Andorran representatives on 15 January 2007, while the song was presented in a special gala show on 1 March 2007.

Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Country Andorra
National selection
Selection processProjecte Eurovisió
Selection date(s)Artist: 15 January 2007
Song: 1 March 2007
Selected entrantAnonymous
Selected song"Salvem el món"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Semi-final resultFailed to qualify (12th)
Andorra in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2006 2007 2008►

As Andorra failed to qualify for the 2006 final, the country was forced to compete in the semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 10 May 2007. Performing during the show in position 21, "Salvem el món" was not announced among the 10 qualifying entries of the semi-final, despite being predicted to qualify with the bookmakers and being a consistent fan favourite. They therefore did not qualify to compete in the final. It was later revealed that Andorra placed twelfth out of the 28 participating countries in the semi-final with 80 points, just 11 points away from qualifying. This remains Andorra's best result to date.


Prior to the 2007 contest, Andorra had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest three times since its first entry in 2004.[1] To this point, the nation has yet to feature in a final, with their best result being in 2004 with the song "Jugarem a estimar-nos" performed by Marta Roure which placed eighteenth out of the 22 participating nations in the semi-final, while their worst result was achieved in 2006 where they placed twenty-third (last) out of the 23 participating nations in the semi-final with the song "Sense tu" by Jenny.[2]

The Andorran national broadcaster, Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA), broadcasts the event within Andorra and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. RTVA confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest on 10 July 2006. In 2004 and 2005, RTVA had set up a national final in order to select the Andorran entry for the contest, while the broadcaster opted for an internal selection in 2006 to select both the artist and song. The internal selection method was continued for their 2007 entry.[3]

Before EurovisionEdit

Projecte EurovisióEdit

RTVA selected the Andorran entry for the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest through an internal selection process entitled Projecte Eurovisió. A submission period was open for artists and composers to separately submit their applications and entries between 15 September 2006 and 15 December 2006. Artists were required be aged at least 18 and have Andorran citizenship or residency, while those with musical experience and fluency in Catalan, English and French were given priority. Songwriters could be of any nationality and submit songs in any language, but songs in Catalan were given priority.[4][5] 82 song submissions and 27 artist applications were received at the conclusion of the submission period.[6]

On 15 January 2007, RTVA held a press conference where they announced that the band Anonymous had been selected based on the unanimous decision of a ten-member professional jury to represent Andorra in Helsinki with the song "Salvem el món", which was written by band members Guillem Gallego, Niki Francesca and Alejandro Martínez.[7] The song was presented to the public on 1 March 2007 during a special gala show broadcast on ATV that took place at the Auditori Claror del Centre Cultural i de Congressos Lauredià in Sant Julià de Lòria.[8]


Anonymous specifically promoted "Salvem el món" as the Andorran Eurovision entry by taking part in promotional activities in Barcelona, Spain, which included a performance during the Emergenza Music Festival which was held at the Sala Mephisto venue on 24 March and a concert performance at the Sala Apolo venue on 1 April.[9]

At EurovisionEdit

According to the then Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country, the "Big 4" (France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom) and the ten highest placed finishers in the 2004 contest were required to qualify from the semi-final in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from the semi-final progress to the final. As Andorra did not make the top 10 of the previous contest or was a member of the "Big 4", Anonymous were forced to compete in the semi-final. For 2007, a new feature allowed five wild-card countries from the semi-final to choose their starting position. The heads of delegation went on stage and chose the number they would take. In the semi-final, Austria, Andorra, Turkey, Slovenia and Latvia were able to choose their positions. It was later revealed that the Andorran delegation had chosen to perform in position 21, following the entry from Malta and before the entry from Hungary.

The semi-final and the final were broadcast in Andorra on ATV with commentary by Meri Picart and Josep Lluís Trabal. The Andorran spokesperson, who announced the Andorran votes during the final, was Marian van de Wal who previously represented Andorra in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005.[10]


Anonymous performing their song at the semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2007.

At Eurovision, Anonymous wore simple clothing styled in a typically punk rock theme. The staging included fast-paced flashing numbers and interactive translations of the song in English. The performance was likened to that of Green Day and Blink-182.

At the end of the show, Andorra was not announced among the top 10 entries in the semi-final and therefore failed to qualify to compete in the final.[11] It was later revealed that Andorra placed twelfth in the semi-final, receiving a total of 80 points (just 11 points away from qualifying for the final). Anonymous remain a Eurovision fan favourite and the only ever male representatives for Andorra.[12]


In 2005 the EBU introduced an undisclosed threshold number of televotes that would have to be registered in each voting country in order to make that country's votes valid. If that number was not reached, the country's backup jury would vote instead. In both the semi-final and final of the contest, this affected two countries: one of them being Andorra. Therefore, the country had to use a backup jury panel to calculate the Andorran results. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression of the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently.

Below is a breakdown of points awarded to Andorra and awarded by Andorra in the semi-final and grand final of the contest. The nation awarded its 12 points to Portugal in the semi-final and Ukraine in the final of the contest. Andorra also notably gave 10 points to Poland in the semi-final of the contest and 10 points to Romania in the final. 2007 also marked the only year throughout Andorra's participation span between 2004 and 2009 that no points were awarded from Andorra to Spain.

Points awarded to AndorraEdit

Points awarded to Andorra (Semi-final)[13]
Score Country
12 points   Spain
10 points
8 points
7 points   Czech Republic
6 points
5 points
4 points
3 points
2 points
1 point   Macedonia

Points awarded by AndorraEdit


  1. ^ "Andorra Country Profile". EBU. Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Semi-Final of Athens of 2006". EBU. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Andorra in, Monaco out". esctoday. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  4. ^ Lewitcki, Vassyl (6 November 2006). "Andorra reveals plans for 2007". Esctoday. Archived from the original on 16 November 2006. Retrieved 27 April 2022.
  5. ^ Klier, Marcus (28 August 2006). "Andorra kicks off 2007 selection". Esctoday. Archived from the original on 2015-10-01.
  6. ^ Klier, Marcus (18 December 2006). "Andorra: 82 songs submitted". Esctoday. Archived from the original on 2021-04-17.
  7. ^ Royston, Benny (15 January 2007). "Andorra: Anonymous to Helsinki". Esctoday. Archived from the original on 2019-07-30.
  8. ^ Floras, Stella (7 March 2007). "Andorra: UPD Song presented". Esctoday. Retrieved 27 April 2022.
  9. ^ Floras, Stella (23 March 2007). "Andorra: Anonymous in Emergenza". Esctoday. Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  10. ^ Philips, Roel (2007-05-17). "The 39 spokespersons!". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-04-27.
  11. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2005 Semi-Final".
  12. ^ "Andorra". 7 November 2020.
  13. ^ a b "Results of the Semi-Final of Helsinki 2007". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 22 April 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  14. ^ "Results of the Grand Final of Helsinki 2007". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 22 April 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2021.