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Eurovision Song Contest 2012
Eurovision Song Contest 2012
Theme "Light Your Fire!"
Dates
Semi-final 1 date 22nd May, 2012
Semi-final 2 date 24th May, 2012
Final date 26th May, 2012
Host
Venue Baku Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan
Presenter(s) Leyla Aliyeva,
Eldar Gasimov,
Nargiz Birk-Petersen
Executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand
Host broadcaster Flag of Azerbaijan İTV
Opening act Final: Ell & Nikki: "Running Scared"
Interval act Semi-final 1 Natig Rhythm Group

Semi-final 2: Marija Šerifović, Dima Bilan, Alexander Rybak, Lena, Ell & Nikki
Final: Emin Agalarov

Participants
Number of entries 42
Debuting countries None
Returning countries Flag of Montenegro Montenegro
Withdrawing countries Flag of Armenia Armenia
Flag of Poland Poland
Voting
Voting system 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 points for each ten country's favourites
Nul points None
Winner Flag of Sweden Sweden
"Euphoria" by Loreen
Eurovision Song Contest
2011 Wiki Eurovision Heart (Infobox).svg 2013

The Eurovision Song Contest 2012, commonly abbrieviated to Eurovision 2012 or ESC 2012 was the 56th annual contest of the Eurovision Song Contest. It was hosted in Baku Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan, following the country's first victory the previous year.

The contest was won by singer Loreen from Sweden with the song "Euphoria", giving the country its fifth win, placing it equal on wins with United Kingdom, Luxembourg and France.

Location

Azerbaijan location map

Azerbaijan

Baku is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, as well as the largest city on the Caspian Sea and of the Caucasus region. It is located on the southern shore of the Absheron Peninsula, which projects into the Caspian Sea. The city consists of two principal parts: the downtown and the old Inner City (21.5 ha). Baku's urban population at the beginning of 2009 was estimated at just over two million people. Officially, about 25 percent of all inhabitants of the country live in the metropolitan city area of Baku. Azerbaijan's first Eurovision appearance was in 2008, and the nation has participated in the contest every year since. On 14 May 2011, Azerbaijan won the 2011 contest with "Running Scared" song by Ell and Nikki, bringing the hosting of the contest to the Caucasus nation of Azerbaijan, and its city Baku.

On 16 May 2011, it was announced that a special concert complex with 23,000 seats for the 2012 Contest was to be built near National Flag Square in Baku. Three days later, organisers announced that they may use the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium which contains 37,000 seats, or the Heydar Aliyev Sports and Exhibition Complex. On 4 August 2011, it was confirmed that the laying of foundations for the Baku Crystal Hall had started near the National Flag Square, but did not confirm that this was the location. The foundations were completed on 14 October 2011, but the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest, still did not confirm the location. Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, which is currently under repairs to host the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in September–October 2012, was to be used as a back-up option.

Bakucrystalhall

Baku Crystal Hall in May

On 8 September 2011, Azad Azerbaijan TV (ATV) reported that Baku Crystal Hall would be the venue of Eurovision Song Contest 2012, despite not being the host broadcaster of the contest. No formal confirmation was made at the time by the EBU. On 31 October 2011, Ismayil Omarov, the director general of Azerbaijani national broadcaster İctimai Television announced that a decision on the venue choice would be taken by the steering committee in January 2012. On 25 January 2012, it was confirmed that the Baku Crystal Hall would be the venue of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Even though the venue had an extended capacity of 23,000 people, only 16,000 people were able to attend each show.


Baku Crystal Hall was built in order to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. On 2 August 2011, the main agreement was signed with Alpine Bau Deutschland AG to construct the venue and preparations for construction had been started in the area. Even though the full cost of the contract was not named, the government allocated 6 million AZN for the construction of the venue. On 5 September 2011, it was announced that the venue will hold 23,000 spectators. The arena also contains VIP lounges. Tickets for the festival became available online for purchase on 28 February 2012.

Participants

Semi Final 1

Semi final 1 was on the 22nd of May, 2012 in Baku Crystal Hall. Azerbaijain, Italy and Spain voted in this semi final. The EBU allowed the Albanian broadcaster, RTSH to show the show in Albania later and only used their jury votes because of a serious bus accident in the country.

Draw Country Language Artist Song English Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Montenegro Montenegro English Rambo Amadeus "Euro Neuro" 15 20
02 Flag of Iceland Iceland English Gréta Salóme and Jónsi "Never Forget" 8 75
03 Flag of Greece Greece English Eleftheria Eleftheriou "Aphrodisiac" 4 116
04 Flag of Latvia Latvia English Anmary "Beautiful Song" 16 17
05 Flag of Albania Albania Albanian Rona Nishliu "Suus" Personal 2 146
06 Flag of Romania Romania English, Spanish Mandinga "Zaleilah" 3 120
07 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland English Sinplus "Unbreakable" 11 45
08 Flag of Belgium Belgium English Iris "Would You?" 17 16
09 Flag of Finland Finland Finnish Pernilla Karlsson "När jag blundar" When I close my eyes 12 41
10 Flag of Israel Israel English, Hebrew Izabo "Time" 13 33
11 Flag of San Marino San Marino English Valentina Monetta "The Social Network Song" 14 31
12 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus English Ivi Adamou "La La Love" 7 91
13 Denmark, eurovision Denmark English Soluna Samay "Should've Known Better" 9 63
14 Flag of Russia.svg Russia Udmurt, English Buranovskiye Babushki "Party For Everybody" 1 152
15 Flag of Hungary Hungary English Compact Disco "Sound of Our Hearts" 10 52
16 Flag of Austria Austria German Trackshittaz "Woki mit deim Popo" Shake your bottom 18 8
17 Flag of Moldova Moldova English Pasha Parfeny "Lăutar" Traditional Musician 5 100
18 Flag of Ireland Ireland English Jedward "Waterline" 6 92


Semi Final 2

Semi Final 2 was on the 24th of May, 2012, in Baku Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan. France France, Flag of Germany Germany and the Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom voted in this semi-final. Armenia was supposed to perform in this semi-final, but they later withdrew due to security reasons. This is the first time in the Contest that two songs tied for tenth place.

Draw Country Language Artist Song English Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Serbia Serbia Serbian Željko Joksimović "Nije ljubav stvar" Love is not an object 2 159
02 Flag of Macedonia F.Y.R. Macedonia Macedonian Kaliopi "Crno i belo" Black and White 9 53
03 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands English Joan Franka "You and Me" __ 15 35
04 Flag of Malta Malta English Kurt Calleja "This Is the Night" __ 7 70
05 Flag of Belarus Belarus English Litesound "We are the Heroes" 16 35
06 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Portuguesse Filipa Sousa "Vida minha" Life of mine 13 39
07 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine English Gaitana "Be My Guest" __ 8 64
08 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Bulgarian Sofi Marinova "Love Unlimited" __ 11 45
09 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Slovene Eva Boto "Verjamen" I beleive 17 31
10 Flag of Croatia Croatia Croatian Nina Badrić "Nebo" Heaven 12 42
11 Flag of Sweden Sweden English Loreen "Euphoria" __ 1 181
12 Flag of Georgia Georgia English, Georgian Anri Jokhadze "I'm a Joker" __ 14 36
13 Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey English Can Bonomo "Love Me Back" __ 5 80
14 Flag of Estonia Estonia Estonian Ott Lepland "Kuula" Hear Me 4 100
15 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia English Max Jason Mai "Don't Close Your Eyes" __ 18 22
16 Flag of Norway Norway English Tooji "Stay" __ 10 45
17 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnian MayaSar "Korake ti znam" I know your steps 6 77
18 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania English Donny Montel "Love is blind" __ 3 104

Final

Draw Country Language Artist Song English Translation Place Points
01 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom English

Engelbert Humperdinick

"Love Will Set You Free"

__ 25 7
02 Flag of Hungary Hungary English Compact Disco

"Sound of Our Hearts"

__ 24 19
03 Flag of Albania Albania Albanian Rona Nishliu "Suus" Personal 5 146
04 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania English Donny Montell "Love is Blind" __ 14 70
05 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnian MayaSar "Korake ti znam" I know you steps 18 55
06 Flag of Russia.svg Russia Udmurt, English Buranovskiye Babushki "Party for Everybody" __ 2 259
07 Flag of Iceland Iceland English Gréta Salóme and Jónsi "Never Forget" __ 20 46
08 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus English Ivi Adamou "La La Love" __ 25 12
09 France France French, English Anggun "Echo (You and I)" __ 22 21
10 Flag of Italy Italy English, Italian Nina Zilli "L'amore è femmina" Love is Female (Out of Love) 9 101
11 Flag of Estonia Estonia Estonian Ott Lepland "Kuula" Hear Me 6 120
12 Flag of Norway Norway English Tooji "Stay" __ 26 7
13 Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan English Sabina Babyeva "When the Music Dies" __ 4 150
14 Flag of Romania Romania Spanish, English Mandinga

"Zaleilah"

__ 12 71
15 Denmark, eurovision Denmark English Soluna Samay "Should've Known Better" __ 23 21
16 Flag of Greece Greece English Eleftheria Eleftheriou "Aphrodisiac" __ 17 64
17 Flag of Sweden Sweden English Loreen "Euphoria" __ 1 372
18 Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey English Can Bonomo "Love Me Back" __ 7 112
19 Flag of Spain.svg Spain Spanish Pastora Soler "Quédate conmigo" Stay with me 10 97
20 Flag of Germany Germany English Roman Lob "Standing Still" __ 8 110
21 Flag of Malta Malta English Kurt Calleja "This Is the Night" __ 21 41
22 Flag of Macedonia F.Y.R. Macedonia Macedonian Kaliopi "Crno i belo" Black and white 13 71
23 Flag of Ireland Ireland English Jedward "Waterline" __ 19 46
24 Flag of Serbia Serbia Serbian Željko Joksimović "Nije ljubav stvar" Love is not an object 3 214
25 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine English Gaitana "Be My Guest" __ 15 65
26 Flag of Moldova Moldova English Pasha Parfeny "Lăutar" Tradional Musician 11 81

Scoreboard

2012 scoreboard

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