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The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was the 57th annual contest of the Eurovision Song Contest. It was hosted in Baku Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan, after Ell and Nikki won for Azerbaijan in 2011 with Running Scared. The two semi-finals were hosted on the 22nd and 24 May 2012 and the final on 26 May 2012.

The contest was won by Loreen from Sweden with the song Euphoria which was written by Thomas G:son and Peter Boström. Euphoria earned a total of 372 points, placing it in the top spot. Russia finished in second place, with Serbia finishing in third. They were followed by the host country, Azerbaijan, which reached the 4th place. Albania achieved its first top 5 placing and finished 5th, which was their best result to date. Germany, Italy and Spain were the three members of the Big Five that managed to rank within the top 10, finishing in 8th, 9th and 10th places respectively.

Format

Presenters

Hosts

LTR: Leyla Aliyeva, Eldar Gasimov and Nargiz Birk-Petersen

Television presenter Leyla Aliyeva, 2011 winner Eldar Gasimov and Nargiz Birk-Petersen (also a television presenter) hosted the three shows.[1]

Theme

The theme for the 2012 Contest was "Light Your Fire!"[2]This matches Azerbaijan's nickname - "Land of Fire."

Postcard

An example of the postcards

The Pre-Song Postcards reflected many aspects of Azerbaijan and Baku and acted as a tourism mechanism to present the country and the city to the world. Some postcards focused on Azerbaijan, while others focused on Baku with a shot of a famous landmark or landscape. The postcards then cut to a shot of the Crystal Hall lit up in the colours of the performing country.

Location

Crystal hall

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. Baku's urban population at the beginning of 2009 was estimated at just over two million people.

Participants

The semi-final allocation draw was held on 25 January 2012 at the Buta Palace. The insignia handover ceremony took place before the draw began, officially beginning the countdown to the contest.

The pots were as follows, calculated by the EBU's voting providers Digame and based on historical voting patterns[3]:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6 Finalists
IconAlbania Albania
IconBosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
IconCroatia Croatia
IconNorth Macedonia North Macedonia
IconMontenegro Montenegro
IconSerbia Serbia
IconDenmark Denmark
IconEstonia Estonia
IconFinland Finland
IconIceland Iceland
IconNorway Norway
IconSweden Sweden
IconBelarus Belarus
IconGeorgia Georgia
IconIsrael Israel
IconMoldova Moldova
IconRussia Russia
IconUkraine Ukraine
IconArmenia Armenia*
IconBelgium Belgium
IconCyprus Cyprus
IconGreece Greece
IconThe Netherlands The Netherlands
IconTurkey Turkey
IconIreland Ireland
IconLatvia Latvia
IconLithuania Lithuania
IconMalta Malta
IconPortugal Portugal
IconRomania Romania
IconAustria Austria
IconBulgaria Bulgaria
IconHungary Hungary
IconSan Marino San Marino
IconSlovakia Slovakia
IconSlovenia Slovenia
IconAzerbaijan Azerbaijan (Host)
IconFrance France
IconGermany Germany
IconItaly Italy
IconSpain Spain
IconUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
  • Armenia withdrew about a month and a half after the draw.

Returning Artists

Artist(s) Previous Year(s)
Jónsi 2004
Jedward 2011
Kaliopi 1996 Pre-qualifier round
Željko Joksimović 2004

Languages

  • När jag blundar was performed in Swedish - the first time the language had been used in Eurovision since 1998.
  • Party for Everybody representing Russia was partially in Udmurt.
  • Love Unlimited had a few words in Azerbaijani - the language had never been performed at Eurovision before.
  • I'm a Joker was partially performed in Georgian - another language that had never been performed at Eurovision before.

Semi-Final One

IconAzerbaijan AzerbaijanIconItaly Italy and IconSpain Spain voted in this semi-final. The EBU allowed RTSH, the Albanian broadcaster to not broadcast this semi final due to a bus accident. This meant Albania used a full jury vote instead of the televote.

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

Semi-Final Two

IconFrance France, the IconUnited Kingdom United Kingdom and IconGermany Germany voted in this semi-final. Germany requested that the country vote in this semi final. Armenia was supposed to participate in this semi, but then withdrew for security reasons.

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconSerbia Serbia Željko Joksimović Nije ljubav stvar Serbian Love is not a thing 2 159
02 IconNorth Macedonia North Macedonia Kaliopi Crno i belo Macedonian Black and White 9 53
03 IconThe Netherlands The Netherlands Joan Franka You and Me English  -- 15 35
04 IconMalta Malta Kurt Calleja This Is The Night -- 7 70
05 IconBelarus Belarus Litesound We Are the Heroes -- 16 35
06 IconPortugal Portugal Filipa Sousa Vida minha Portuguese Life of Mine 13 39
07 IconUkraine Ukraine Gaitana Be My Guest English -- 8 64
08 IconBulgaria Bulgaria Sofi Marinova Love Unlimited Bulgarian -- 11 45
09 IconSlovenia Slovenia Eva Boto Verjamem Slovene I believe 17 31
10 IconCroatia Croatia Nina Badrić Nebo Croatian Heaven 12 42
11 IconSweden Sweden Loreen Euphoria English -- 1 181
12 IconGeorgia Georgia Anri Jokhadze I'm a Joker English, Georgian -- 14 36
13 IconTurkey Turkey Can Bonomo Love Me Back English -- 5 80
14 IconEstonia Estonia Ott Lepland Kuula Estonian Listen 4 100
15 IconSlovakia Slovakia Max Jason Mai Don't Close Your Eyes English -- 18 22
16 IconNorway Norway Tooji Stay -- 10 45
17 IconBosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Maya Sar Korake ti znam Bosnian I know your moves 6 77
18 IconLithuania Lithuania Donny Montell Love Is Blind English -- 3 104

Final

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Engelbert Humperdinck Love Will Set You Free English -- 25 12
02 IconHungary Hungary Compact Disco Sound of Our Hearts -- 24 19
03 IconAlbania Albania Rona Nishliu Suus Albanian Personal 5 146
04 IconLithuania Lithuania Donny Montell Love Is Blind English -- 14 70
05 IconBosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Maya Sar Korake ti znam Bosnian I know your moves 18 55
06 IconRussia Russia Buranovskiye Babushki Party for Everybody English, Udmurt -- 2 259
07 IconIceland Iceland Greta Salóme & Jónsi Never Forget English -- 20 46
08 IconCyprus Cyprus Ivi Adamou La La Love -- 16 65
09 IconFrance France Anggun Echo (You and I) French, English -- 22 21
10 IconItaly Italy Nina Zilli L'amore è femmina Italian, English Love is Female (Out of Love) 9 101
11 IconEstonia Estonia Ott Lepland Kuula Estonian Listen 6 120
12 IconNorway Norway Tooji Stay English -- 26 7
13 IconAzerbaijan Azerbaijan Sabina Babayeva When The Music Dies English -- 4 150
14 IconRomania Romania Mandinga Zaleilah Spanish, English -- 12 71
15 IconDenmark Denmark Soluna Samay Should've Known Better English -- 23 21
16 IconGreece Greece Eleftheria Eleftheriou Aphrodisiac -- 17 64
17 IconSweden Sweden Loreen Euphoria -- 1 372
18 IconTurkey Turkey Can Bonomo Love Me Back -- 7 112
19 IconSpain Spain Pastora Soler Quédate conmigo Spanish Stay with me 10 97
20 IconGermany Germany Roman Lob Standing Still English -- 8 110
21 IconMalta Malta Kurt Calleja This Is The Night -- 21 41
22 IconNorth Macedonia North Macedonia Kaliopi Crno i belo Macedonian Black and White 13 71
23 IconIreland Ireland Jedward Waterline English -- 19 46
24 IconSerbia Serbia Željko Joksimović Nije ljubav stvar Serbian Love is not a thing 3 214
25 IconUkraine Ukraine Gaitana Be My Guest English -- 15 65
26 IconMoldova Moldova Pasha Parfeny Lăutar Fiddler 11 81

Withdrawing

  • IconAndorra Andorra cited financial reasons for their withdrawal on 19 October 2011.[4]
  • IconArmenia Armenia withdrew for security reasons on 7 March 2012 after President Aliyev of Azerbaijan gave a speech saying "Our main enemies are Armenians of the world and the hypocritical and corrupt politicians under their control."[5]. AMPTV was fined by the EBU for their withdrawal [6]
  • The IconCzech Republic Czech Republic withdrew on 24 November 2011 due to scheduling conflicts. [7]
  • IconMonaco Monaco seemed to be considering a return to the Contest, but Phil Bosco (a former Head of Delegation) confirmed there was a lack of funds. [8]
  • IconPoland Poland withdrew to concentrate on hosting the UEFA European Football Championship with Ukraine. [9]

References

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