Eurovision Song Contest 2012

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Eurovision Song Contest 2012
Light Your Fire!
Eurovision Song Contest 2012.svg
Dates
Semi-final 122 May 2012 (2012-05-22)
Semi-final 224 May 2012 (2012-05-24)
Final26 May 2012 (2012-05-26)
Host
Venue Baku Crystal Hall
Baku, Azerbaijan
Presenter(s)
Directed byLadislaus Kiraly
Executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand
Executive producerAdil Kerimli
Host broadcaster İctimai Television (İTV)
Opening actGrand final: Alim Qasimov performing a short mugham intro followed by traditional Azerbaijani dancers, Ell & Nikki with "Running Scared"
Interval act
Website eurovision.tv/event/baku-2012 OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
Participants
Number of entries42
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countriesFlag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro
Non-returning countries
  • ESC 2012 Map.svg     Participating countries     Did not qualify from the semi final     Countries that participated in the past but not in 2012
Vote
Voting systemEach country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs.
Nul points None
Winning song
2011  Eurovision Song Contest  2013

The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was the 57th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Baku, Azerbaijan, following the country's victory at the 2011 contest with the song "Running Scared" by Ell & Nikki. It was the first time Azerbaijan had hosted the contest - only four years after the country made its debut. This was also the second time the contest was held in a Turkic country after 2004 in Istanbul. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster İctimai Television (İTV), the contest was held at the Baku Crystal Hall, and consisted of two semi-finals on 22 and 24 May, and the grand final on 26 May 2012. The three live shows were hosted by Leyla Aliyeva, Eldar Gasimov and Nargiz Birk-Petersen. [4] [5] It was the first Eurovision Song Contest held in a South Caucasus country, and the second one held in Non-Aligned Movement member state.

Contents

Forty-two countries participated in the contest – one less than the record number of 43 set at the previous contest. Montenegro returned to the contest, for the first time since 2009. Meanwhile, Armenia withdrew due to security concerns in relation to the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan. Poland did not participate due to financial concerns.

The winner was Sweden with the song "Euphoria", performed by Loreen and written by Thomas G:son and Peter Boström. This was Sweden's fifth victory in the contest, following their wins in 1974, 1984, 1991 and 1999. Russia, Serbia, Azerbaijan and Albania rounded out the top five. Albania achieved their best result in their Eurovision history. Out of the "Big Five" countries Germany, Italy and Spain all managed to rank within the top 10, finishing eighth, ninth and tenth, respectively.

The lead-up to the contest was met with political concerns and protests surrounding the host country, including its human rights record and allegations by advocacy groups that Baku was carrying out forced evictions in the construction of the contest's venue, along with objections to the contest's presence by Iranian officials – who felt that the event was anti-Islamic because it was, according to them, a "gay parade".

Location

ESC 2012 Baku Map.svg
Locations of the suggested venues in Baku, Azerbaijan: the chosen venue is marked in blue, while eliminated venues are marked in red

Azerbaijan got the right to host the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest after winning the previous 2011 edition with the song "Running Scared" performed by Ell & Nikki. [6] [7] Baku, the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, as well as the largest city on the Caspian Sea and of the Caucasus region, was named the host city for the contest, with the venue being the Baku Crystal Hall, built a few months prior to the contest on the city's coastline.

Shortly after Azerbaijan's victory at the 2011 edition, officials announced that a new 23,000-seat concert venue was to be built near National Flag Square in Baku, as a potential venue for the event. [8] [9] Three days later, other venue options were revealed by organisers, such as the 37,000-seat Tofiq Bahramov Stadium and the Heydar Aliyev Sports and Exhibition Complex. [10] On 2 August 2011, Alpine Bau Deutschland AG was awarded the contract to construct the Baku Crystal Hall. Preparations for construction began in the area shortly after the announcement. [11] Even though the full cost of the contract was not named, the government allocated 6 million AZN for the construction of the venue. [12]

Baku Crystal Hall, Baku - host venue of the 2012 contest. Baku Crystal Hall.jpg
Baku Crystal Hall, Baku - host venue of the 2012 contest.

On 8 September 2011, Azad Azerbaijan TV (ATV) reported that Baku Crystal Hall would be the venue of the contest, but 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. [13] On 25 January 2012, it was confirmed that the Baku Crystal Hall would be the venue of the contest. [14] Even though the venue had an extended capacity of 23,000 people, only 16,000 people were able to attend each show. [14] Tickets for the contest became available online for purchase on 28 February 2012. [15] [16]

Format

Presenters of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, from left to right - Leyla Aliyeva, Eldar Gasimov and Nargiz Birk-Petersen Pht-Vugar Ibadov eurovision (26).jpg
Presenters of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, from left to right – Leyla Aliyeva, Eldar Gasimov and Nargiz Birk-Petersen

In a meeting of the Eurovision Reference Group on 29 June 2011, [17] it was decided that the televoting system would revert the format used most recently in the 2009 Contest, in which the phone and SMS lines opened for a fifteen-minute window after all songs had been performed, instead of opening before the show starts, which was the system used between 2010 and 2011. The results format of each show remained the same with each country's votes being decided on a 50:50 split between televoting and a national jury. Each participating country had their own national jury, which consisted of five professional members of the music industry. [18]

Under the official rules released on 24 November 2011, the number of participants in the grand final was raised to 26, including the host nation, the "Big Five", and the ten qualifiers from each semi-final. This was the second time in the Eurovision Song Contest that 26 countries were in the grand final, the first being the 2003 Contest. [18] [19] [20]

Semi-final allocation draw

Semi-final allocation draw ceremony at the Buta Palace in Baku. Eurovision Song Contest 2012, semi-final allocation draw (5).jpg
Semi-final allocation draw ceremony at the Buta Palace in Baku.

The draw that determined the semi-final running order was held on 25 January 2012 at the Buta Palace. The participating countries, excluding the automatic finalists (Azerbaijan, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom), were split into six pots, based upon how those countries voted in past contests. From these pots, half (or as close to half as possible) competed in the first semi-final on 22 May 2012. The other half in that particular pot competed in the second semi-final on 24 May 2012. [21] This draw also acted as an approximate running order, in order for the delegations from the countries to know when their rehearsals would commence and determine which semi-final the automatic finalists would be allowed to vote in. [22] [23]

Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4Pot 5Pot 6

Graphic design

Stage design of the contest. Crystal Hall Baku Inside.jpg
Stage design of the contest.

The design of the contest was built around the motto "Light your fire!", inspired by the nickname of Azerbaijan itself, "Land of Fire". [24]

Each introductory video postcard began with a shot of the artist and performers, followed with the flag and country name in a handwritten font with a background resembling the yellow, orange and red fire of the 2012 theme art. [25] The postcards consisted of various shots of Azerbaijan, with a caption displaying 'Azerbaijan' and underneath 'Land of ...' (e.g. Land of Abundance; Land of Poetry etc.), which were then followed by the name of a town or geographic feature, showing the landscape and culture of the country. [25] Some postcards focused on the host city of Baku with text changing to 'Baku' and underneath 'City of ...' (e.g. City of Jazz; City of Leisure etc.). The postcards finished with a shot of the Crystal Hall displayed in the colours of the performing country's flag. These postcards acted as a tourism mechanism to present the country to a wider audience. [25] [26]

The artist, song and number graphics as well as tables and voting graphics were kept the same as those used in 2011, with a slight modification to incorporate the 2012 theme art. [25] The lower points (1-7) were highlighted in red squares while the top points (8, 10, 12) were highlighted in orange squares with each square increasing in size in relation to the point value. Both sets of graphics were designed by London brand design agency Turquoise Branding. [27] [28]

National host broadcaster

İctimai Television (İTV), which was the EBU member that broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan, is one of country's public-service broadcasters. [29] [30] Deputy Minister of Communication and Information Technology of Azerbaijan, Iltimas Mammadov, stated that telecom networks were ready to host the event. Azerbaijan's largest telecommunications operator, Azercell, was chosen as the presenting partner for the contest. [31] On 1 December 2011, İTV named the German production company Brainpool as its official production partner for the contest, citing the quality of its work on the previous year's contest. [32]

Participating countries

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Countries in the first semi-final
Countries voting in the first semi-final
Countries in the second semi-final
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  Countries in the first semi-final
  Countries voting in the first semi-final
  Countries in the second semi-final
  Countries voting in the second semi-final

On 17 January 2012, the EBU announced that initially forty-three countries would take part in the 2012 contest. [33] The 57th edition saw the return of Montenegro, who was last represented by Andrea Demirović in 2009. [34] Poland decided not to participate, due to the financial burden of the UEFA Euro 2012 (which Poland co-hosted with Ukraine) and the 2012 Summer Olympics. [33] Armenia, who had originally planned to participate, later withdrew their application due to security fears of the continuous Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan, subsequently reducing the number of participating countries to 42. [35]

Returning artists

Four artists returned in this year's contest. Kaliopi for Macedonia who previously participated in the 1996 contest with the song "Samo ti", which placed in 26th position in the pre-qualifying round. [36] [37] Kaliopi would then go on to represent Macedonia once more at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Jónsi for Iceland [38] and Željko Joksimović for Serbia [39] both previously participated in 2004. Joksimović had represented Serbia and Montenegro in 2004 with the song "Lane moje" which placed second in that year, and co-hosted the 2008 Contest with Jovana Janković. Jónsi performed "Heaven" in 2004, which placed 19th. [40]

For a second consecutive year Jedward participated for Ireland, after their 8th-place finish at the 2011 Contest with the song "Lipstick". [41] [42]

Martina Majerle, who represented Slovenia in 2009, returned as a backing vocalist for Slovenia.

Lys Assia, the winner of the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, had entered her song "C'était ma vie" written by Ralph Siegel and Jean Paul Cara into the Swiss national selection for the 2012 contest. [43] [44] The song, however, only came eighth in a closely fought national selection. Assia attended the event in Baku as a guest of honour. [45]

Languages

The Finnish entry, "När jag blundar", sung by Pernilla Karlsson, was only Finland's second entry in Swedish (after "Fri?" by Beat in 1990) and the first entry at all to be sung in Swedish since 1998. Russia's entry, "Party for Everybody", sung by Buranovskiye Babushki, was the first entry ever to be performed in Udmurt. The Georgian entry, "I'm a Joker" was the first Eurovision entry containing the Georgian language while the Bulgarian song "Love Unlimited" had a few words in the Azerbaijani language, both of whom never appeared at the contest before.

Semi-final 1

Azerbaijan, Italy and Spain voted in the first semi-final. [21] The EBU allowed the Albanian broadcaster Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) to defer transmission and only use jury votes due to a serious bus accident in the country. [46]

Draw [47] Country [33] Artist [48] Song [48] Language [49] Place [50] Points
01Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Rambo Amadeus "Euro Neuro"English [lower-alpha 2] 1520
02Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland Greta Salóme and Jónsi "Never Forget"English875
03Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Eleftheria Eleftheriou "Aphrodisiac"English4116
04Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Anmary "Beautiful Song"English1617
05Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Rona Nishliu "Suus" Albanian [lower-alpha 3] 2146
06Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Mandinga "Zaleilah" Spanish, English3120
07Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Sinplus "Unbreakable"English1145
08Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Iris "Would You?"English1716
09Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Pernilla Karlsson "När jag blundar" Swedish 1241
10Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Izabo "Time"English, Hebrew 1333
11Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino Valentina Monetta "The Social Network Song (Oh Oh – Uh - Oh Oh)"English [lower-alpha 4] 1431
12Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus Ivi Adamou "La La Love"English791
13Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Soluna Samay "Should've Known Better"English963
14Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Buranovskiye Babushki "Party for Everybody" Udmurt, English1152
15Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Compact Disco "Sound of Our Hearts"English1052
16Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Trackshittaz "Woki mit deim Popo" German [lower-alpha 5] 188
17Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova Pasha Parfeny "Lăutar"English [lower-alpha 6] 5100
18Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland Jedward "Waterline"English692

Semi-final 2

France, Germany and the United Kingdom voted in the second semi-final. Germany requested that they vote in this semi-final. [21] Before it withdrew, Armenia was drawn to perform in the first half of this semi-final. [35]

Draw [47] Country [33] Artist [48] Song [48] Language [49] Place [51] Points
01Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Željko Joksimović "Nije ljubav stvar" (Није љубав ствар) Serbian 2159
02Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia Kaliopi "Crno i belo" (Црно и бело) Macedonian 953
03Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Joan Franka "You and Me"English1535
04Flag of Malta.svg  Malta Kurt Calleja "This Is the Night"English770
05Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus Litesound "We Are the Heroes"English1635
06Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Filipa Sousa "Vida minha" Portuguese 1339
07Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Gaitana "Be My Guest"English864
08Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Sofi Marinova "Love Unlimited" Bulgarian [lower-alpha 7] 11 [lower-alpha 8] 45
09Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia Eva Boto "Verjamem" Slovene 1731
10Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Nina Badrić "Nebo" Croatian 1242
11Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Loreen "Euphoria"English1181
12Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia Anri Jokhadze "I'm a Joker"English, Georgian 1436
13Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Can Bonomo "Love Me Back"English580
14Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Ott Lepland "Kuula" Estonian 4100
15Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Max Jason Mai "Don't Close Your Eyes"English1822
16Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Tooji "Stay"English10 [lower-alpha 8] 45
17Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina Maya Sar "Korake ti znam" Bosnian 677
18Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Donny Montell "Love Is Blind"English3104

Final

Draw [47] Country [33] Artist [48] Song [48] Language [49] Place [53] Points
01Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom Engelbert Humperdinck "Love Will Set You Free"English2512
02Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Compact Disco "Sound of Our Hearts"English2419
03Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Rona Nishliu "Suus"Albanian [lower-alpha 3] 5146
04Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Donny Montell "Love Is Blind"English1470
05Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina Maya Sar "Korake ti znam"Bosnian1855
06Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Buranovskiye Babushki "Party for Everybody"Udmurt, English2259
07Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland Greta Salóme and Jónsi "Never Forget"English2046
08Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus Ivi Adamou "La La Love"English1665
09Flag of France.svg  France Anggun "Echo (You and I)" French, English2221
10Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Nina Zilli "L'amore è femmina (Out of Love)"English, Italian 9101
11Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Ott Lepland "Kuula"Estonian6120
12Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Tooji "Stay"English267
13Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan Sabina Babayeva "When the Music Dies"English4150
14Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Mandinga "Zaleilah"Spanish, English1271
15Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Soluna Samay "Should've Known Better"English2321
16Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Eleftheria Eleftheriou "Aphrodisiac"English1764
17Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Loreen "Euphoria"English1372
18Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Can Bonomo "Love Me Back"English7112
19Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Pastora Soler "Quédate conmigo (Stay With Me)"Spanish1097
20Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Roman Lob "Standing Still"English8110
21Flag of Malta.svg  Malta Kurt Calleja "This Is the Night"English2141
22Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia Kaliopi "Crno i belo" (Црно и бело)Macedonian1371
23Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland Jedward "Waterline"English1946
24Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Željko Joksimović "Nije ljubav stvar" (Није љубав ствар)Serbian3214
25Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Gaitana "Be My Guest"English1565
26Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova Pasha Parfeny "Lăutar"English [lower-alpha 6] 1181

Scoreboard

The EBU and PwC audit company checked and verified the individual jury and televoting results, which were combined to create the overall national vote for the contests. On 18 June 2012, the EBU published the following results. [54] [55]

Semi-final 1

Semi-final 1 voting results [56]
Total score
Montenegro
Iceland
Greece
Latvia
Albania
Romania
Switzerland
Belgium
Finland
Israel
San Marino
Cyprus
Denmark
Russia
Hungary
Austria
Moldova
Ireland
Azerbaijan
Italy
Spain
Contestants
Montenegro20128
Iceland75555451043810142216
Greece11610581238371245110101053
Latvia1724443
Albania146123104412105510107210121112124
Romania1207485248661835121271012
Switzerland4527321128388
Belgium16421261
Finland417611128123
Israel33153136572
San Marino314210753
Cyprus91612123673110735178
Denmark638183108443176
Russia1528671268121212271271068827
Hungary527866455452
Austria8152
Moldova100362410766536122626410
Ireland92110310777122106845

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the first semi-final:

N.ContestantNation(s) giving 12 points
5Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Flag of Austria.svg  Austria, Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan, Flag of Italy.svg  Italy, Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro, Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium, Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark, Flag of Finland.svg  Finland, Flag of Israel.svg  Israel, Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia
3Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland, Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova, Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
2Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus Flag of Greece.svg  Greece, Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus, Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
1Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Flag of Albania.svg  Albania

Semi-final 2

Semi-final 2 voting results [57]
Total score
Serbia
Macedonia
Netherlands
Malta
Belarus
Portugal
Ukraine
Bulgaria
Slovenia
Croatia
Sweden
Georgia
Turkey
Estonia
Slovakia
Norway
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Lithuania
France
Germany
United Kingdom
Contestants
Serbia15912105888121210810181010212103
Macedonia538125767188
Netherlands3521773384
Malta703225664544632612
Belarus3511412287
Portugal396331554183
Ukraine6443612251665122522
Bulgaria4526261063325
Slovenia31104854
Croatia42127118121
Sweden181781287107101061251212127106128
Georgia3661103412
Turkey801071228732316766
Estonia100841233112710881077
Slovakia22174361
Norway45333321048414
Bosnia and Herzegovina7755551512521264451
Lithuania104641010744742521077510

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the second semi-final:

N.ContestantNation(s) giving 12 points
6Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia, Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia, Flag of Germany.svg  Germany, Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands, Flag of Norway.svg  Norway, Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia
4Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria, Flag of France.svg  France, Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia, Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia
2Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia, Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina, Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal, Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
1Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Flag of Malta.svg  Malta
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus

Final

Final voting results [58]
Total score
Albania
Montenegro
Romania
Austria
Ukraine
Belarus
Belgium
Azerbaijan
Malta
San Marino
France
United Kingdom
Turkey
Greece
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Moldova
Bulgaria
Switzerland
Slovenia
Cyprus
Croatia
Slovakia
Macedonia
Netherlands
Portugal
Iceland
Sweden
Norway
Lithuania
Estonia
Denmark
Latvia
Spain
Finland
Georgia
Italy
Serbia
Germany
Russia
Hungary
Israel
Ireland
Contestants
United Kingdom121524
Hungary1971182
Albania1461018101125106412345121516312168
Lithuania70184437516341257
Bosnia and Herzegovina5567101710275
Russia2593445101281031043743668563448778688108851077776
Iceland464145664736
Cyprus656221281255823
France21226623
Italy10172410713555225524473142542
Estonia1201410421077108788610468
Norway7313
Azerbaijan15045127124212571010862121031081
Romania713624712341107165
Denmark21522525
Greece6412852531411214132
Sweden372571012661276312126687871010712612312121012121212128101212121212
Turkey11210337128551473886127831
Spain9766616853866122443110
Germany11024276424210331010731281010
Malta41738252176
Macedonia7188328122681112
Ireland46141103545454
Serbia214112510255688103121012712710105310105261044
Ukraine6510371831121626383
Moldova81312185822116774725

12 points

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the grand final:

N.ContestantNation(s) giving 12 points
18Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Flag of Austria.svg  Austria, Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium, Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark, Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia, Flag of Finland.svg  Finland, Flag of France.svg  France, Flag of Germany.svg  Germany, Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary, Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland, Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland, Flag of Israel.svg  Israel, Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia, Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands, Flag of Norway.svg  Norway, Flag of Russia.svg  Russia, Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia, Flag of Spain.svg  Spain, Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
4Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia, Flag of Italy.svg  Italy, Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino, Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania, Flag of Malta.svg  Malta, Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey, Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria, Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia, Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro, Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia
2Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus Flag of Greece.svg  Greece, Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Flag of Albania.svg  Albania, Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina, Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia
1Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan

Other countries

Broadcasters, commentators and spokespersons

Spokespersons

The order in which each country announced their vote was determined in a draw following the jury results from the final dress rehearsal. Similar to the 2011 contest an algorithm was used to add as much excitement as possible. The spokespersons are shown alongside each country. [79]

  1. Flag of Albania.svg  Albania   Andri Xhahu
  2. Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro  Marija Marković
  3. Flag of Romania.svg  Romania   Paula Seling (Romanian representative in 2010 and 2014)
  4. Flag of Austria.svg  Austria   Kati Bellowitsch
  5. Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine  Oleksiy Matias
  6. Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus   Dmitry Koldun (Belarusian representative in 2007)
  7. Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium   Peter Van de Veire
  8. Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan   Safura Alizadeh (Azeri representative in 2010)
  9. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta  Keith Demicoli
  10. Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino  Monica Fabbri
  11. Flag of France.svg  France   Amaury Vassili (French representative in 2011)
  12. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom   Scott Mills
  13. Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey  Ömer Önder
  14. Flag of Greece.svg  Greece  Adriana Magania
  15. Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina   Elvir Laković Laka (Bosnian representative in 2008)
  16. Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova  Olivia Fortuna
  17. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria   Anna Angelova
  18. Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland  Sara Hildebrand
  19. Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia  Lorella Flego
  20. Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus  Loucas Hamatsos
  21. Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia  Nevena Rendeli
  22. Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia  Mária Pietrová
  23. Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia  Kristina Talevska
  24. Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands   Vivienne van den Assem
  25. Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal  Joana Teles
  26. Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland   Matthías Matthíasson (Icelandic representative in 2011 as part of Sjonni's Friends)
  27. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden   Sarah Dawn Finer (as Lynda Woodruff) [80]
  28. Flag of Norway.svg  Norway   Nadia Hasnaoui (Co-host of the 2010 contest)
  29. Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania  Ignas Krupavičius
  30. Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia   Getter Jaani (Estonian representative in 2011)
  31. Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark  Louise Wolff
  32. Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia   Valters Frīdenbergs (Latvian representative in 2015 as part of Valters and Kaža)
  33. Flag of Spain.svg  Spain  Elena S. Sánchez
  34. Flag of Finland.svg  Finland   Mr Lordi (Winner of the 2006 contest as part of Lordi)
  35. Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia  Sopho Toroshelidze (Georgian representative in 2011 as part of Eldrine)
  36. Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  Ivan Bacchi
  37. Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia  Maja Nikolić
  38. Flag of Germany.svg  Germany   Anke Engelke (Co-host of the 2011 contest)
  39. Flag of Russia.svg  Russia   Oxana Fedorova
  40. Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary   Éva Novodomszky
  41. Flag of Israel.svg  Israel  Ofer Nachshon
  42. Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland   Gráinne Seoige [lower-alpha 9]

Broadcasters and commentators

Most countries sent commentators to Baku or commentated from their own country, in order to add insight to the participants and, if necessary, the provision of voting information.

Broadcasters and commentators in participating countries
CountryShow(s)Broadcaster(s)Commentator(s)Ref(s)
Flag of Albania.svg AlbaniaAll shows TVSH Andri Xhahu
Flag of Austria.svg AustriaAll shows ORF eins Andi Knoll [81] [82] [83]
Final Stermann & Grissemann and Lukas Plöchl
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg AzerbaijanAll shows İctimai Televiziya Konul Arifgizi and Saleh Baghirov [84]
Flag of Belarus.svg BelarusAll shows Belarus 1 Denis Kurian
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg BelgiumAll shows La Une French: Jean-Pierre Hautier and Jean-Louis Lahaye [85]
één, Radio 2 Dutch: André Vermeulen and Peter Van de Veire [86]
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and HerzegovinaAll shows BHT 1 Dejan Kukrić [87]
Flag of Bulgaria.svg BulgariaAll shows BNT Georgi Kushvaliev and Elena Rosberg
Flag of Croatia.svg CroatiaAll shows HRT 1 Duško Čurlić
Flag of Cyprus.svg CyprusAll shows RIK 1 Melina Karageorgiou [88]
Flag of Denmark.svg DenmarkAll shows DR1, DR HD Ole Tøpholm [89]
Flag of Estonia.svg EstoniaAll shows ETV Marko Reikop
Flag of Finland.svg FinlandAll shows YLE TV2, YLE HDFinnish: Tarja Närhi and Tobias Larsson [90] [91]
YLE Radio Suomi Finnish: Sanna Kojo and Jorma Hietamäki
YLE FST5 Swedish: Eva Frantz and Johan Lindroos
Flag of France.svg FranceSF2 France Ô Audrey Chauveau and Bruno Berberes [92]
Final France 3 Cyril Féraud and Mireille Dumas [93]
France Bleu Fabien Lecœuvre and Serge Poezevara [94]
Flag of Georgia.svg GeorgiaAll shows GPB Temo Kvirkvelia
Flag of Germany.svg GermanyAll shows Das Erste Peter Urban [95]
NDR 2 Thomas Mohr [96]
hr3 Tim Frühling [97]
Flag of Greece.svg GreeceAll shows NET Maria Kozakou [98]
Flag of Hungary.svg HungaryAll shows m1 Gábor Gundel Takács [99]
Flag of Iceland.svg IcelandAll shows RÚV Hrafnhildur Halldorsdóttir [100]
Flag of Ireland.svg IrelandSemi-finals RTÉ Two Marty Whelan [101]
Final RTÉ One
RTÉ Radio 1 Shay Byrne and Zbyszek Zalinski [102]
Flag of Israel.svg IsraelAll shows IBA No commentator
Flag of Italy.svg ItalySF1 Rai 5 Federica Gentile [103]
Final Rai 2 Filippo Solibello and Marco Ardemagni [104]
Flag of Latvia.svg LatviaAll shows LTV Valters Frīdenbergs [105]
Final Kārlis Būmeisters [106]
Flag of Lithuania.svg LithuaniaAll shows LRT Darius Užkuraitis
Flag of North Macedonia.svg MacedoniaAll shows MRT Karolina Petkovsk
Flag of Malta.svg MaltaAll shows TVM Elaine Saliba and Ronald Briffa
Flag of Moldova.svg MoldovaAll shows TRM Marcel Spătari
Flag of Montenegro.svg MontenegroAll shows TVCG 1 Dražen Bauković and Tamara Ivanković
Flag of the Netherlands.svg NetherlandsAll shows Nederland 1 Jan Smit and Daniël Dekker [107] [108]
Flag of Norway.svg NorwayAll shows NRK1 Olav Viksmo-Slettan [109]
Flag of Portugal.svg PortugalAll shows RTP1 Pedro Granger [110]
Flag of Romania.svg RomaniaAll shows TVR1 Leonard Miron and Gianina Corondan [111]
Flag of Russia.svg RussiaAll shows Russia-1 Olga Shelest and Dmitry Guberniev [112]
Flag of San Marino.svg San MarinoAll shows SMRTV Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo [113]
Flag of Serbia.svg SerbiaSF1 RTS1 Dragan Ilić [114]
SF2/Final Duška Vučinić-Lučić
Flag of Slovakia.svg SlovakiaAll shows Jednotka, Rádio Slovensko Roman Bomboš [115]
Final Radio FM Daniel Baláž and Pavol Hubinák [116]
Flag of Slovenia.svg SloveniaAll shows RTV SLO Andrej Hofer
Flag of Spain.svg SpainSF1 La 2 José María Íñigo [117]
Final La 1
Flag of Sweden.svg SwedenAll shows SVT1 Gina Dirawi and Edward af Sillén [118]
SR P3 Carolina Norén and Björn Kjellman
Flag of Switzerland.svg  SwitzerlandSF1/Final SF zwei German: Sven Epiney [119]
RTS Deux French: Jean-Marc Richard and Nicolas Tanner [120]
SF1 RSI La 2 Italian: Clarissa Tami and Paolo Meneguzzi [121]
Final RSI La 1
Flag of Turkey.svg TurkeyAll shows TRT 1 Bülend Özveren and Erhan Konuk [122]
Flag of Ukraine.svg UkraineAll shows Pershyi Natsionalnyi Timur Miroshnychenko and Tetiana Terekhova [123]
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United KingdomSemi-finals BBC Three Scott Mills and Sara Cox [124]
Final BBC One Graham Norton [125]
BBC Radio 2 Ken Bruce [126]
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
CountryShow(s)Broadcaster(s)Commentator(s)Ref(s)
Flag of Armenia.svg ArmeniaFinal AMPTV Gohar Gasparyan and Artur Grigoryan [127]
Flag of Australia (converted).svg AustraliaAll shows [lower-alpha 10] SBS One Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang [128] [129]
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg ChinaFinal [lower-alpha 11] CCTV-15 No commentator
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg KazakhstanAll showsArna MediaNorberg Makhambetov and Kaldybek Zhaysanbay [130]
Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg KyrgyzstanAll shows OTRK Elmar Osmonov and Aibek Akmatov

Incidents

Human rights concerns

Azerbaijan's large investment in hosting the Eurovision contest was widely discussed in Western media as an attempt to "mitigate misgivings about its poor democracy and human rights record". [131] [132] Elnur Majidli, an activist imprisoned during the Arab Spring-inspired 2011 Azerbaijani protests, was released in an apparent effort to soften Azerbaijan's image ahead of the contest, but many political prisoners remained. [132] Human Rights Watch reported a "violent crackdown on protesters" on the eve of the contest, [133] and Amnesty International condemned the "stern crackdown of freedom of expression, dissent, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), critical journalists, in fact anyone who criticised the Aliyev regime too strongly" that continued up to the contest. [134]

Human Rights Watch also criticised the Azerbaijani government and the Baku City Authority for carrying out forced evictions against local residents, in order to allow for the demolition of flats to make way for construction in the neighbourhood where the Baku Crystal Hall was built. [135] The Public Association for Assistance to Free Economy, a transparency and economic rights campaign group, had described the evictions as a "violation of human rights", and as having "no legal authority". However, in a statement to the BBC, Eurovision said that on a recent visit to Baku they had observed "that the construction of the concert hall [which] media reports refer to was already well under way on a clean construction site and thus there are no demolitions needed". [136] The EBU cited the "apolitical" nature of the contest and the Azerbaijani government's claim that the construction was not tied to the Eurovision Song Contest. [135]

The festival's winner Loreen met local human rights activists during the contest, the only entrant to do so. She later told reporters, "Human rights are violated in Azerbaijan every day. One should not be silent about such things." [134] An Azerbaijan government spokesman criticized her in response, saying that the contest should not "be politicised" [134] and requested the EBU prevented further meetings of a similar nature. [137] Swedish diplomats replied that the EBU, Swedish TV and Loreen had not acted against the competition's rules. [138]

On 26 May, a flash mob of anti-government protesters were quickly dispersed by police. [131] Activists expressed fears that they would face a crackdown when the international spotlight left Azerbaijan again at the end of the contest. [132] Before submitting the results of the German vote, the presenter from Germany Anke Engelke gave a live statement that alluded to the human rights issues in Azerbaijan, saying: "Tonight nobody could vote for their own country. But it is good to be able to vote. And it is good to have a choice. Good luck on your journey, Azerbaijan. Europe is watching you." [139] [140]

Tensions with Iran

Iranian officials objected to Azerbaijan hosting the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. Iranian clerics Ayatollah Mohammad Mojtahed Shabestari and Ayatollah Ja'far Sobhani condemned Azerbaijan for "anti-Islamic behaviour", claiming that Azerbaijan were going to host a gay parade. [141] This led to protests in front of Iranian embassy in Baku, where protesters carried slogans mocking the Iranian leaders. Ali Hasanov, head of the public and political issues department in Azerbaijani President's administration, said that gay parade claims were untrue, and advised Iran not to meddle in Azerbaijan's internal affairs. [142] In response, Iran recalled its ambassador from Baku, [143] while Azerbaijan demanded a formal apology from Iran for its statements in connection with Baku's hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest, [144] and later also recalled its ambassador from Iran. [145]

On 30 May, the Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan announced that they had thwarted a series of planned terror attacks against the Eurovision Song Contest, among the targets being Baku Crystal Hall, as well as Marriott and Hilton hotels in Baku. [146] On 22 August, The Daily Telegraph reported that according to Western intelligence services, Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei personally gave orders to the elite Quds Force unit to launch terrorist attacks against the West and its allies, including Azerbaijan during the Eurovision Song Contest. [147]

Other awards

In addition to the main winner's trophy, the Marcel Bezençon Awards and the Barbara Dex Award were contested during the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. The OGAE (French: Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision, English: General Organisation of Eurovision Fans) voting poll also took place before the contest.

Marcel Bezençon Awards

The Marcel Bezençon Awards honour the best competing songs in the final. Named after the founder of the contest, the awards were created and first handed at the 2002 contest by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the 1992 contest and the country's current Head of Delegation), and Richard Herrey (a member of the Herreys who won the 1984 contest for Sweden). [148] The awards are divided into three categories: Artistic Award, Composers Award, and Press Award. [149]

CategoryCountrySongPerformer(s)Composer(s)
Artistic AwardFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden "Euphoria" Loreen Thomas G:son, Peter Boström
Composers Award
Press AwardFlag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan "When the Music Dies" Sabina Babayeva Anders Bagge, Sandra Bjurman, Stefan Örn, Johan Kronlund

OGAE

OGAE is an international organisation which conducts a voting poll for the favourite songs among its members before the annual contest. It consists of a network of over 40 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond. [150] [151] Below are the top five overall results, after all the votes had been cast. [152]

CountrySongPerformer(s)Composer(s)OGAE result
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden "Euphoria" Loreen Thomas G:son, Peter Boström 375
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy "L'amore è femmina" Nina Zilli Christian Rabb, Kristoffer Sjökvist, Frida Molander, Charlie Mason212
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland "Never Forget" Gréta Salóme & Jónsi Gréta Salóme 211
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia "Nije ljubav stvar" Željko Joksimović Željko Joksimović 199
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway "Stay" Tooji Tooji Keshtkar, Peter Boström and Figge Boström 164

Barbara Dex Award

The Barbara Dex Award is a humorous fan award given to the worst dressed artist each year. Named after Belgium's representative who came last in the 1993 contest, wearing her self-designed dress, the award was handed by the fansite House of Eurovision from 1997 to 2016 and is being carried out by the fansite songfestival.be since 2017. [153] [154]

PlaceCountryPerformer(s)Votes
1Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Rona Nishliu829
2Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland Jedward551
3Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Sofi Marinova232
4Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Joan Franka163
5Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Gaitana145

Official album

Eurovision Song Contest: Baku 2012
ESC 2012 album cover.jpg
Compilation album by
Released4 May 2012
Genre Pop
Length
  • 63:02 (CD 1)
  • 62:55 (CD 2)
Label Universal
Eurovision Song Contest chronology
Eurovision Song Contest: Düsseldorf 2011
(2011)
Eurovision Song Contest: Baku 2012
(2012)
Eurovision Song Contest: Malmö 2013
(2013)

Eurovision Song Contest: Baku 2012 was a compilation album put together by the European Broadcasting Union, and released by Universal Music Group on 4 May 2012. The album featured all 42 songs that entered in the 2012 contest, including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify into the grand final. [155]

Charts

Chart (2012)Peak
position
German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [156] 2

See also

Notes

  1. Armenia withdrew after the semi-final allocation draw
  2. Contains phrases in Montenegrin and German
  3. 1 2 Although the song was completely in Albanian, the title is in Latin
  4. Contains phrases in Italian
  5. Specifically Mühlviertlerisch, a Central Bavarian dialect spoken in Upper Austria
  6. 1 2 Although the song was completely in English, the title is in Romanian
  7. Contains phrases in Arabic, Azerbaijani, English, French, Greek, Italian, Romani, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish and Turkish [52]
  8. 1 2 Bulgaria received the same number of points as 10th placed Norway. In accordance with the applicable tiebreak rule, as the number of countries that voted for Norway (11) was higher than the number for Bulgaria (10), this resulted in Norway qualifying to the grand final over Bulgaria.
  9. Ireland was originally scheduled to announce its votes as the 32nd country, but instead voted 42nd (last). The reason for this was technical difficulties in the minutes running up to the voting presentation.
  10. Broadcast on 26 May, 26 May and 27 May 2012
  11. Broadcast on 1 December 2013, shortened into two hours

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Albania participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan, with the song "Suus" performed by Rona Nishliu. Its selected entry was chosen through the national selection competition Festivali i Këngës organised by Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) in December 2011. To this point, the nation had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest eight times since its first entry in 2004. Prior to the contest, the song was promoted by a music video and live performances in Cyprus, Hungary, Montenegro, Romania and the Netherlands.

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Norway participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Norwegian entry was selected through Melodi Grand Prix 2012, a national selection consisting of three semi-finals and a final, organised by the Norwegian broadcaster NRK. Tooji represented Norway with the song "Stay", which qualified from the second semi-final and went on to place 26th (last) in the final, scoring 7 points.

The Netherlands participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 and selected their entry in the national final Nationaal Songfestival 2012; which was organised by the Dutch broadcaster TROS. Joan Franka represented the Netherlands with the song "You and Me", which failed to qualify from the second semi-final, achieving 15th place with 35 points.

Cyprus participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Cypriot entry was selected through a combination of an internal selection, to select the artist, and a national final, to select the song, both organised by the Cypriot broadcaster Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC). Ivi Adamou represented Cyprus with the song "La La Love", which qualified from the first semi-final and went on to place 16th in the final, scoring 65 points, Cyprus' best placing in the Eurovision Song Contest since attaining 5th place in 2004.

Belgium participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Belgian entry was selected through a combination of an internal selection, to select the artist, and a national final, to select the song, both organised by the Belgian broadcaster VRT. Iris represented Belgium with the song "Would You?", which failed to qualify from the first semi-final, achieving 17th place with 16 points.

The United Kingdom participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The British entry was selected through an internal selection, organised by the British broadcaster BBC. Engelbert Humperdinck represented United Kingdom with the song "Love Will Set You Free" composed by Martin Terefe and Sacha Skarbek. Humperdinck finished in 25th place with a score of 12 points in the final.

Austria participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Austrian entry was selected through a national final, organised by the Austrian broadcaster ORF. Trackshittaz represented Austria with the song "Woki mit deim Popo", which failed to qualify from the first semi-final, achieving 18th place with 8 points.

Greece participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Their selected song "Aphrodisiac" was written by Dimitri Stassos, Mikaela Stenström and Dajana Lööf, and was performed by Eleftheria Eleftheriou, who had previously attempted to represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. The entry was selected through the televised national final Ellinikós Telikós, organised by the country's public broadcasting service Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) and held on 12 March 2012 at the River West shopping mall in Athens. Due to the debt crisis facing Greece at the time, the record label of the entry was expected to take on the costs of recording and producing the candidate songs. Universal Music Greece was the only label to accept these terms and put forth four competing acts for consideration. The winning act was selected using a combination of jury and televoting. Following the national final, Eleftheriou embarked on a promotional campaign visiting Turkey and the Netherlands.

Italy participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Italian entry was selected through an internal selection, organised by the Italian broadcaster RAI. The artist was selected by a special committee from the participants of the Sanremo Music Festival 2012 and the song selection was carried out by the artist. Nina Zilli represented Italy with the song "L'amore è femmina", which placed 9th in the final, scoring 101 points.

Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Bosnian entry was selected through an internal selection, organised by the Bosnian broadcaster BHRT. Maya Sar represented Bosnia and Herzegovina with the song "Korake ti znam", which qualified from the second semi-final and went on to place 18th in the final, scoring 55 points.

San Marino participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, held in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Sammarinese national broadcaster Radiotelevisione della Repubblica di San Marino (SMRTV) internally selected Valentina Monetta with "The Social Network Song" to represent the nation in the contest. SMRTV had initially proposed a different version of the song, titled "Facebook Uh, Oh, Oh", but was instructed to modify or replace the entry due to concerns relating to commercial messaging. The entry was promoted through the creation of a music video, a promotional tour throughout Europe and interviews to the press in the lead up to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. San Marino performed 11th in the first semi-final, held on 22 May 2012, and placed 14th, receiving 31 points and failing to qualify for the grand final. This marked their best placing in the contest to this point.

Israel participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Israeli entry was selected through an internal selection, organised by the Israeli broadcaster IBA. Izabo represented Israel with the song "Time", which failed to qualify from the first semi-final, achieving 13th place with 33 points.

Armenia's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was originally confirmed on 17 January 2012 after Armenia's strained relations with the host country Azerbaijan kept an Armenian entry in doubt. Armenia was to select their entry through an internal selection, organised by the Armenian broadcaster Public Television of Armenia (AMPTV). However, on 7 March 2012, Armenia announced that they would be withdrawing from the contest.

Azerbaijan participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 and selected their singer in the national final Milli Seçim Turu, which was organised by the public broadcasters İTV. Farid Mammadov represented Azerbaijan with the song "Hold Me", which finished in 2nd place scoring 234 points in the grand final.

Cyprus participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden, and selected their entry through an internal selection, organised by the Cypriot broadcaster Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC). Despina Olympiou represented Cyprus with the song "An me thimasai", written by Zenon Zindilis and composed by Andreas Giorgallis. Cyprus failed to qualify from the first semi-final of the contest, placing 15th and scoring 11 points.

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