The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was the 57th annual contest of the Eurovision Song Contest. It was hosted in the 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 22 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

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."

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

Baku 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.png Albania
IconBosnia and Herzegovina.png Bosnia and Herzegovina
IconCroatia.png Croatia
IconNorth Macedonia.png North Macedonia
IconMontenegro.png Montenegro
IconSerbia.png Serbia
IconDenmark.png Denmark
IconEstonia.png Estonia
IconFinland.png Finland
IconIceland.png Iceland
IconNorway.png Norway
IconSweden.png Sweden
IconBelarus.png Belarus
IconGeorgia.png Georgia
IconIsrael.png Israel
IconMoldova.png Moldova
IconRussia.png Russia
IconUkraine.png Ukraine
IconArmenia.png Armenia*
IconBelgium.png Belgium
IconCyprus.png Cyprus
IconGreece.png Greece
IconThe Netherlands.png The Netherlands
IconTurkey.png Turkey
IconIreland.png Ireland
IconLatvia.png Latvia
IconLithuania.png Lithuania
IconMalta.png Malta
IconPortugal.png Portugal
IconRomania.png Romania
IconAustria.png Austria
IconBulgaria.png Bulgaria
IconHungary.png Hungary
IconSan Marino.png San Marino
IconSlovakia.png Slovakia
IconSlovenia.png Slovenia
IconAzerbaijan.png Azerbaijan (Host)
IconFrance.png France
IconGermany.png Germany
IconItaly.png Italy
IconSpain.png Spain
IconUnited Kingdom.png 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.png AzerbaijanIconItaly.png Italy and IconSpain.png 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.png Montenegro Rambo Amadeus Euro Neuro English -- 15 20
02 IconIceland.png Iceland Greta Salóme & Jónsi Never Forget -- 8 75
03 IconGreece.png Greece Eleftheria Eleftheriou Aphrodisiac -- 4 116
04 IconLatvia.png Latvia Anmary Beautiful Song -- 16 17
05 IconAlbania.png Albania Rona Nishliu Suus Albanian Personal 2 146
06 IconRomania.png Romania Mandinga Zaleilah Spanish, English -- 3 120
07 IconSwitzerland.png Switzerland Sinplus Unbreakable English -- 11 45
08 IconBelgium.png Belgium Iris Would You? -- 17 16
09 IconFinland.png Finland Pernilla Karlsson När jag blundar Swedish When I close my eyes 12 41
10 IconIsrael.png Israel Izabo Time English, Hebrew -- 13 33
11 IconSan Marino.png San Marino Valentina Monetta The Social Network Song English -- 14 31
12 IconCyprus.png Cyprus Ivi Adamou La La Love -- 7 91
13 IconDenmark.png Denmark Soluna Samay Should've Known Better -- 9 63
14 IconRussia.png Russia Buranovskiye Babushki Party for Everybody Udmurt, English -- 1 152
15 IconHungary.png Hungary Compact Disco Sound of Our Hearts English -- 10 52
16 IconAustria.png Austria Trackshittaz Woki mit deim Popo Mühlviert' Shake your bottom 18 8
17 IconMoldova.png Moldova Pasha Parfeny Lăutar English Fiddler 5 100
18 IconIreland.png Ireland Jedward Waterline -- 6 92

Semi-Final Two

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

Final

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

Withdrawing

  • IconAndorra.png Andorra cited financial reasons for their withdrawal on 19 October 2011.[4]
  • IconArmenia.png 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.png Czech Republic withdrew on 24 November 2011 due to scheduling conflicts. [7]
  • IconMonaco.png 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.png Poland withdrew to concentrate on hosting the UEFA European Football Championship with Ukraine. [9]

Trivia

  • This year marks the first time since 2003 where Greece doesn't make the top ten. Coincidentally, both songs attained the same place (17th).
  • This was the first year that Georgia didn't qualify for the grand final.
  • This year marked North Macedonia's first qualification since 2007, but also their last until 2019.
  • This was the first year where the winner debuted the highest on the ESC Top 250.

Videos

Eurovision_Song_Contest_2012_-_Grand_Final_-_Full_Show

Eurovision Song Contest 2012 - Grand Final - Full Show

References

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