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New Seven Wonders of the World was a project that attempted to update the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World concept with a modern list of wonders. A popularity poll was led by Canadian-Swiss Bernard Weber[1] and organized by the Swiss-based, government-controlled New7Wonders Foundation,[2] with winners announced on July 7, 2007 in LisbonPortugal.[3]

The theme song of the contest was written by Tony (a/k/a Taloch) Jameson of the UK medieval folk/rock band, The Dolmen. The band performed the song live at the Lisbon ceremonies.[4]

The New7Wonders Foundation claimed that more than 100 million votes were cast through the Internet or by telephone. Nothing prevented multiple votes, so the poll was considered "decidedly unscientific".[5] According to John Zogby, founder and current President/CEO of the Washington-based polling organization Zogby International, New7Wonders Foundation drove “the largest poll on record”.[3]

The program drew a wide range of official reaction. Some countries touted their finalist and tried to get more votes cast for it, while others downplayed or criticized the contest.[3][5][3] After supporting the New7Wonders Foundation at the beginning of the campaign, by providing advice on nominee selection, The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) distanced itself from the undertaking in 2007.[6][7] Many monuments were supported by dedicated websites or strong placements on national websites. National figures and celebrities promoted the New7Wonders campaign in many countries.[8] New7Wonders stated that it saw its goal of global dialogue and cultural exchange as having been achieved, thanks to the sheer number of votes cast and the geographical and cultural diversity of the voters registered.[9]

The New7Wonders Foundation, established in 2001, relied on private donations and the sale of broadcast rights and received no public funding or taxpayers' money.[9] After the final announcement, New7Wonders said it didn't earn anything from the exercise and barely recovered its investment.[10][11]

In 2007 the foundation launched a similar contest, called New7Wonders of Nature, with nominees solicited through December 31, 2008. The 21 finalists will then be the subject of voting until the summer of 2010.

Official Site: http://www.new7wonders.com/

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review by . January 24, 2010
Review #200: New 7 Wonders (world & nature)
It wasn’t too long ago that I hit my 100th reviews. Wow, time surely slips by and now I’m at my 2nd 100th! Hip, hip, hurray!!! That makes this review #200! Amazing! Incredible for someone who doesn’t even like to write. It does say something about persistence although not about progress, LOL… I mean for someone who doesn’t like to write, I certainly have lots to say and share. That makes me… what? Opinionated? I guess that must be it! ;-)    …
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Be part of history by voting for the new 7 natural wonders of the world & then visit them all. I did with the manmade wonders!
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