|Eurovision Song Contest 2012|
|Light Your Fire!|
|Semi-final 1||22 May 2012|
|Semi-final 2||24 May 2012|
|Final||26 May 2012|
|Venue|| Baku Crystal Hall |
|Directed by||Ladislaus Kiraly|
|Executive supervisor||Jon Ola Sand|
|Executive producer||Adil Kerimli|
|Host broadcaster||İctimai Television (İTV)|
|Opening act||Grand final: Alim Qasimov performing a short mugham intro followed by traditional Azerbaijani dancers, Ell & Nikki with "Running Scared"|
|Number of entries||42|
|Voting system||Each country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs.|
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.It was the first Eurovision Song Contest held in a South Caucasus country, and the second one held in Non-Aligned Movement member state.
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".
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.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.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. 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. Even though the full cost of the contract was not named, the government allocated 6 million AZN for the construction of the venue.
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.On 25 January 2012, it was confirmed that the Baku Crystal Hall would be the venue of the contest. Even though the venue had an extended capacity of 23,000 people, only 16,000 people were able to attend each show. Tickets for the contest became available online for purchase on 28 February 2012.
In a meeting of the Eurovision Reference Group on 29 June 2011,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.
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.
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.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.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4||Pot 5||Pot 6|
The design of the contest was built around the motto "Light your fire!", inspired by the nickname of Azerbaijan itself, "Land of Fire".
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.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. 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.
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.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.
İctimai Television (İTV), which was the EBU member that broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan, is one of country's public-service broadcasters.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. 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.
On 17 January 2012, the EBU announced that initially forty-three countries would take part in the 2012 contest.The 57th edition saw the return of Montenegro, who was last represented by Andrea Demirović in 2009. 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. 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.
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.Kaliopi would then go on to represent Macedonia once more at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
Jónsi for Icelandand Željko Joksimović for Serbia 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.
For a second consecutive year Jedward participated for Ireland, after their 8th-place finish at the 2011 Contest with the song "Lipstick".
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.The song, however, only came eighth in a closely fought national selection. Assia attended the event in Baku as a guest of honour.
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.
Azerbaijan, Italy and Spain voted in the first semi-final.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.
|01||Montenegro||Rambo Amadeus||"Euro Neuro"||English||15||20|
|02||Iceland||Greta Salóme and Jónsi||"Never Forget"||English||8||75|
|09||Finland||Pernilla Karlsson||"När jag blundar"||Swedish||12||41|
|11||San Marino||Valentina Monetta||"The Social Network Song (Oh Oh – Uh - Oh Oh)"||English||14||31|
|12||Cyprus||Ivi Adamou||"La La Love"||English||7||91|
|13||Denmark||Soluna Samay||"Should've Known Better"||English||9||63|
|14||Russia||Buranovskiye Babushki||"Party for Everybody"||Udmurt, English||1||152|
|15||Hungary||Compact Disco||"Sound of Our Hearts"||English||10||52|
|16||Austria||Trackshittaz||"Woki mit deim Popo"||German||18||8|
France, Germany and the United Kingdom voted in the second semi-final. Germany requested that they vote in this semi-final.Before it withdrew, Armenia was drawn to perform in the first half of this semi-final.
|01||Serbia||Željko Joksimović||"Nije ljubav stvar" (Није љубав ствар)||Serbian||2||159|
|02||Macedonia||Kaliopi||"Crno i belo" (Црно и бело)||Macedonian||9||53|
|03||Netherlands||Joan Franka||"You and Me"||English||15||35|
|04||Malta||Kurt Calleja||"This Is the Night"||English||7||70|
|05||Belarus||Litesound||"We Are the Heroes"||English||16||35|
|06||Portugal||Filipa Sousa||"Vida minha"||Portuguese||13||39|
|07||Ukraine||Gaitana||"Be My Guest"||English||8||64|
|08||Bulgaria||Sofi Marinova||"Love Unlimited"||Bulgarian||11||45|
|12||Georgia||Anri Jokhadze||"I'm a Joker"||English, Georgian||14||36|
|13||Turkey||Can Bonomo||"Love Me Back"||English||5||80|
|15||Slovakia||Max Jason Mai||"Don't Close Your Eyes"||English||18||22|
|17||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Maya Sar||"Korake ti znam"||Bosnian||6||77|
|18||Lithuania||Donny Montell||"Love Is Blind"||English||3||104|
|01||United Kingdom||Engelbert Humperdinck||"Love Will Set You Free"||English||25||12|
|02||Hungary||Compact Disco||"Sound of Our Hearts"||English||24||19|
|04||Lithuania||Donny Montell||"Love Is Blind"||English||14||70|
|05||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Maya Sar||"Korake ti znam"||Bosnian||18||55|
|06||Russia||Buranovskiye Babushki||"Party for Everybody"||Udmurt, English||2||259|
|07||Iceland||Greta Salóme and Jónsi||"Never Forget"||English||20||46|
|08||Cyprus||Ivi Adamou||"La La Love"||English||16||65|
|09||France||Anggun||"Echo (You and I)"||French, English||22||21|
|10||Italy||Nina Zilli||"L'amore è femmina (Out of Love)"||English, Italian||9||101|
|13||Azerbaijan||Sabina Babayeva||"When the Music Dies"||English||4||150|
|15||Denmark||Soluna Samay||"Should've Known Better"||English||23||21|
|18||Turkey||Can Bonomo||"Love Me Back"||English||7||112|
|19||Spain||Pastora Soler||"Quédate conmigo (Stay With Me)"||Spanish||10||97|
|20||Germany||Roman Lob||"Standing Still"||English||8||110|
|21||Malta||Kurt Calleja||"This Is the Night"||English||21||41|
|22||Macedonia||Kaliopi||"Crno i belo" (Црно и бело)||Macedonian||13||71|
|24||Serbia||Željko Joksimović||"Nije ljubav stvar" (Није љубав ствар)||Serbian||3||214|
|25||Ukraine||Gaitana||"Be My Guest"||English||15||65|
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.
|Split results (Semi-final 1)|
Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the first semi-final:
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|5||Albania||Austria, Azerbaijan, Italy, Montenegro, Switzerland|
|Russia||Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Latvia|
|3||Romania||Ireland, Moldova, Spain|
|Split results (Semi-final 2)|
|6||Norway||72||Bosnia and Herzegovina||77|
|7||Bosnia and Herzegovina||70||Croatia||66|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||77||5||5||5||5||1||5||12||5||2||12||6||4||4||5||1|
Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the second semi-final:
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|6||Sweden||Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia|
|4||Serbia||Bulgaria, France, Macedonia, Slovenia|
|2||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Croatia, Turkey|
|Croatia||Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia|
|Split results (Final)|
|15||Cyprus||63||Bosnia and Herzegovina||71|
|16||Bosnia and Herzegovina||57||Malta||70|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||55||6||7||10||1||7||10||2||7||5|
Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the grand final:
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|18||Sweden||Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom|
|4||Albania||Macedonia, Italy, San Marino, Switzerland|
|Azerbaijan||Lithuania, Malta, Turkey, Ukraine|
|Serbia||Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia|
|Macedonia||Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia|
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.
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.
|Albania||All shows||TVSH||Andri Xhahu|
|Austria||All shows||ORF eins||Andi Knoll|
|Final||Stermann & Grissemann and Lukas Plöchl|
|Azerbaijan||All shows||İctimai Televiziya||Konul Arifgizi and Saleh Baghirov|
|Belarus||All shows||Belarus 1||Denis Kurian|
|Belgium||All shows||La Une||French: Jean-Pierre Hautier and Jean-Louis Lahaye|
|één, Radio 2||Dutch: André Vermeulen and Peter Van de Veire|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||All shows||BHT 1||Dejan Kukrić|
|Bulgaria||All shows||BNT||Georgi Kushvaliev and Elena Rosberg|
|Croatia||All shows||HRT 1||Duško Čurlić|
|Cyprus||All shows||RIK 1||Melina Karageorgiou|
|Denmark||All shows||DR1, DR HD||Ole Tøpholm|
|Estonia||All shows||ETV||Marko Reikop|
|Finland||All shows||YLE TV2, YLE HD||Finnish: Tarja Närhi and Tobias Larsson|
|YLE Radio Suomi||Finnish: Sanna Kojo and Jorma Hietamäki|
|YLE FST5||Swedish: Eva Frantz and Johan Lindroos|
|France||SF2||France Ô||Audrey Chauveau and Bruno Berberes|
|Final||France 3||Cyril Féraud and Mireille Dumas|
|France Bleu||Fabien Lecœuvre and Serge Poezevara|
|Georgia||All shows||GPB||Temo Kvirkvelia|
|Germany||All shows||Das Erste||Peter Urban|
|NDR 2||Thomas Mohr|
|Greece||All shows||NET||Maria Kozakou|
|Hungary||All shows||m1||Gábor Gundel Takács|
|Iceland||All shows||RÚV||Hrafnhildur Halldorsdóttir|
|Ireland||Semi-finals||RTÉ Two||Marty Whelan|
|RTÉ Radio 1||Shay Byrne and Zbyszek Zalinski|
|Israel||All shows||IBA||No commentator|
|Italy||SF1||Rai 5||Federica Gentile|
|Final||Rai 2||Filippo Solibello and Marco Ardemagni|
|Latvia||All shows||LTV||Valters Frīdenbergs|
|Lithuania||All shows||LRT||Darius Užkuraitis|
|Macedonia||All shows||MRT||Karolina Petkovsk|
|Malta||All shows||TVM||Elaine Saliba and Ronald Briffa|
|Moldova||All shows||TRM||Marcel Spătari|
|Montenegro||All shows||TVCG 1||Dražen Bauković and Tamara Ivanković|
|Netherlands||All shows||Nederland 1||Jan Smit and Daniël Dekker|
|Norway||All shows||NRK1||Olav Viksmo-Slettan|
|Portugal||All shows||RTP1||Pedro Granger|
|Romania||All shows||TVR1||Leonard Miron and Gianina Corondan|
|Russia||All shows||Russia-1||Olga Shelest and Dmitry Guberniev|
|San Marino||All shows||SMRTV||Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo|
|Slovakia||All shows||Jednotka, Rádio Slovensko||Roman Bomboš|
|Final||Radio FM||Daniel Baláž and Pavol Hubinák|
|Slovenia||All shows||RTV SLO||Andrej Hofer|
|Spain||SF1||La 2||José María Íñigo|
|Sweden||All shows||SVT1||Gina Dirawi and Edward af Sillén|
|SR P3||Carolina Norén and Björn Kjellman|
|Switzerland||SF1/Final||SF zwei||German: Sven Epiney|
|RTS Deux||French: Jean-Marc Richard and Nicolas Tanner|
|SF1||RSI La 2||Italian: Clarissa Tami and Paolo Meneguzzi|
|Final||RSI La 1|
|Turkey||All shows||TRT 1||Bülend Özveren and Erhan Konuk|
|Ukraine||All shows||Pershyi Natsionalnyi||Timur Miroshnychenko and Tetiana Terekhova|
|United Kingdom||Semi-finals||BBC Three||Scott Mills and Sara Cox|
|Final||BBC One||Graham Norton|
|BBC Radio 2||Ken Bruce|
|Armenia||Final||AMPTV||Gohar Gasparyan and Artur Grigoryan|
|Australia||All shows||SBS One||Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang|
|Kazakhstan||All shows||Arna Media||Norberg Makhambetov and Kaldybek Zhaysanbay|
|Kyrgyzstan||All shows||OTRK||Elmar Osmonov and Aibek Akmatov|
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".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. Human Rights Watch reported a "violent crackdown on protesters" on the eve of the contest, 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.
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.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". 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.
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."An Azerbaijan government spokesman criticized her in response, saying that the contest should not "be politicised" and requested the EBU prevented further meetings of a similar nature. Swedish diplomats replied that the EBU, Swedish TV and Loreen had not acted against the competition's rules.
On 26 May, a flash mob of anti-government protesters were quickly dispersed by police.Activists expressed fears that they would face a crackdown when the international spotlight left Azerbaijan again at the end of the contest. 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."
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.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. In response, Iran recalled its ambassador from Baku, while Azerbaijan demanded a formal apology from Iran for its statements in connection with Baku's hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest, and later also recalled its ambassador from Iran.
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.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.
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.
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).The awards are divided into three categories: Artistic Award, Composers Award, and Press Award.
|Artistic Award||Sweden||"Euphoria"||Loreen||Thomas G:son, Peter Boström|
|Press Award||Azerbaijan||"When the Music Dies"||Sabina Babayeva||Anders Bagge, Sandra Bjurman, Stefan Örn, Johan Kronlund|
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.Below are the top five overall results, after all the votes had been cast.
|Sweden||"Euphoria"||Loreen||Thomas G:son, Peter Boström||375|
|Italy||"L'amore è femmina"||Nina Zilli||Christian Rabb, Kristoffer Sjökvist, Frida Molander, Charlie Mason||212|
|Iceland||"Never Forget"||Gréta Salóme & Jónsi||Gréta Salóme||211|
|Serbia||"Nije ljubav stvar"||Željko Joksimović||Željko Joksimović||199|
|Norway||"Stay"||Tooji||Tooji Keshtkar, Peter Boström and Figge Boström||164|
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.
|Eurovision Song Contest: Baku 2012|
|Compilation album by|
|Released||4 May 2012|
|Eurovision Song Contest chronology|
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.
|German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||2|
Azerbaijan was represented at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 by 17-year-old singer Safura Alizadeh, selected from an open casting call for artists and a national final. She performed the song "Drip Drop" at the contest, held in Bærum, Norway, and finished 5th in the final. Azerbaijanian broadcaster İctimai Televiziya və Radio Yayımları Şirkəti (İTV) selected the song on 18 March.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2013 was the 58th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Malmö, Sweden, following the country's victory at the 2012 contest with the song "Euphoria" by Loreen. It was the fifth time Sweden had hosted the contest, having previously done so in 1975, 1985, 1992 and 2000. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT), the contest was held at Malmö Arena and consisted of two semi-finals on 14 and 16 May, and the final on 18 May 2013. The three live shows were hosted by Petra Mede, while Eric Saade hosted the green room.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was the tenth edition of the annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest. It took place at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 1 December 2012. Dutch broadcaster AVRO was the host broadcaster for the event. For the second time the Netherlands hosted the contest, after hosting the contest in 2007 in Rotterdam. The motto for the contest was "Break The Ice".
Nigar Aydin qizi Jamal, sometimes known as Nikki Jamal, is an English-Azerbaijani singer. Born and raised in Baku, she has resided in London since 2005. She won the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 with Eldar Gasimov with the song "Running Scared". She and Gasimov have since performed as a duo on various occasions under the name Ell & Nikki.
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.
Germany participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 and selected their entry in a series of competitive heats and a national final Unser Star für Baku, which was organised jointly by the public broadcasters ARD and NDR and the private television channel ProSieben. Roman Lob represented Germany with the song "Standing Still", which placed 8th in the final, scoring 110 points, giving Germany their third top 10 placement in a row.
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.