Italy 10. [18], Under the official rules released on 24 November 2011, the number of participants in the final was raised to 26, including the host nation, the "Big Five", and the ten qualifiers from each semi-final. Nina Zilli from Italy is another Eurovision “joker” who pre-qualified for the Grand Final. The commentators of the 42 participating countries were as follows: The commentators of the non-participating countries were: 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. How Choosing The Right Sports Clothing Affects Your Workout, 1.5 m Women is the Yearly Toll Taken by Tobacco. 10.^ Ireland was originally scheduled to announce its votes as the 32nd country, but instead voted 42nd (last). [77] Human Rights Watch reported a "violent crackdown on protesters" on the eve of the contest,[78] 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. Each country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs. The elevated mood of the previous performance was dispelled as Tooji came onto the stage of Baku Crystal Hall to light the fire with his song Stay. Bright folk costumes, a catchy tune and words, a remarkable style – all this made the “grannies” one of the audience’s favorites. ", Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Eurovision_Song_Contest_2012&oldid=993785807, Articles with dead external links from April 2018, Articles with permanently dead external links, Pages using collapsible list with both background and text-align in titlestyle, Articles containing Serbian-language text, Articles containing Macedonian-language text, Album articles lacking alt text for covers, Official website different in Wikidata and Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. 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. In contrast to the previous performance, Can Bonomo had a carefree image of a jolly sailor. Forty-two countries participated in the contest – one less than the record number of 43 set at the previous contest. After each country had announced its scores, the third place went to Serbia; the second place was taken by Russia. The choice was really hard, with 26 amazing performance from 20 countries chosen after the two semi-finals plus 5 more: United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Spain, and, of course, Azerbaijan – the host of the event. From these pots, half (or as close to half as possible) competed in the first semi-final on 22 May 2012. The "screw you" to Norway and Denmark is because Sweden only gave 3 points to Norway and nothing to Denmark. [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. The mood of the show was not melancholic but, on the contrary, rather positive, supported by energetic moves and acrobatic tricks performed by male dancers. Danke, Anke! In relation to a new documentary about this 2000 Eurovision winner, he talks about the past year, and reveals a difficult, but optimistic view on the future. [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. "[79] An Azerbaijan government spokesman criticized her in response, saying that the contest should not "be politicised"[79] and requested the EBU prevented further meetings of a similar nature. E San Marino...", "Úspechy Romana Bomboša: Svadba, ocenenie a Eurovízia priamo v Baku! Both sets of graphics were designed by London brand design agency Turquoise Branding. This time it was represented by a young singer, Roman Lob, whose fame is only beginning to rise. Mai 2012", "martedì 22 maggio 2012, 21:00 sur RSI La 2 Eurosong 2012", "Пісенне Євробачення 2012 – Перший Національний канал", "BBC One – Eurovision Song Contest, 2012, Semi Final 1", "BBC – Media Centre – BBC Eurovision Song Contest Coverage 2012", "Kazakhstan to broadcast Eurovision 2012! Albania 6. It was hosted in the Baku Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan after Ell and Nikki won for Azerbaijan in 2011 with Running Scared. [94], Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision (more commonly known as OGAE) is an international organisation that was founded in 1984 in Savonlinna, Finland by Jari-Pekka Koikkalainen. You must have noticed how well he holds himself on the stage. [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. [77] 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. ", inspired by the nickname of Azerbaijan itself, "Land of Fire". Live instrumental music and live emotions, dim light changing its color, the powerful vocals of the artist – all this created an unforgettable atmosphere. [86] This led to protests in front of Iranian embassy in Baku, where protesters carried slogans mocking the Iranian leaders. Azerbaijan 5. Both shows took place at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, hosted by Milenita, Alexander Sano and Dragomir Draganov. Eurovision 2012 winner Loreen avoided any political messages after winning the singing contest in Azerbaijan early this morning, instead taking a decidedly routine route home. [33] The 57th edition saw the return of Montenegro, who was last represented by Andrea Demirović in 2009. Spain. Perhaps the most obvious win since Alexander Rybak’s 2009 victory, Loreen’s “Euphoria” was an obvious favourite before the contest. 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". Azerbaijan's largest telecommunications operator, Azercell, was chosen as the presenting partner for the contest. The announcement of the result was tense and thrilling, as countries in the top ten were constantly alternating. [90], 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. Russia, Serbia, Azerbaijan and Albania rounded out the top five. A sing off super duo final between Lenna, ex of Vanilla Ninja resulted in Ott Lepland being the winner. Then it was time to be acquainted with the French representative of the 2012 Song Contest. Left: Lys Assia, the first Eurovision winner (1956), and Dima Bilan, winner in 2008. 1956 – Switzerland, ‘Refrain’ performed by Lys Assia. Gaitana’s voice reverberated in the hall, as she invited everyone to be her guest. The lyrics and the music of the song Never Forget were written by Greta Salome herself. In the first Semi-Final of the Eurovision 2012 Song Contest, everyone noted Albania’s performance as a strong and peculiar one. But it is good to be able to vote. 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 final on 26 May 2012. [98], The order in which each country announced their vote was determined in a draw following the jury results from the final dress rehearsal. Turkey 8. Her heartfelt voice modulated beautifully revealing the power of emotions. The Eurovision Song Contest is organized by the European Broadcasting Union, the world's foremost alliance of public service media, representing 116 member organizations in 56 countries and an additional 34 Associates in Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas. [80], The festival's winner Loreen met local human rights activists during the contest, the only entrant to do so. The winner of the most prestigious European music event has been determined. [81] 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. Four artists returned in this year's contest. Ukraine’s performance was the most hospitable one. The performance of their song Zaleilah turned into a real theatrical show, which was warmly welcomed by the audience. Centre: … Jónsi for Iceland[38] and Željko Joksimović for Serbia[39] both previously participated in 2004. Austria, Azerbaijan, Italy, Montenegro, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Latvia, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia. Last year in Düsseldorf Maya was also on the Eurovision stage performing with Dino Merlin’s band. Her tender voice and beautiful music mesmerized the audience. Sweden was the run-away winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012! She later told reporters, "Human rights are violated in Azerbaijan every day. It took place in Baku, Azerbaijan, following Ell & Nikki's win at the 2011 contest in Düsseldorf, Germany with the song "Running Scared". Meanwhile, Armenia withdrew due to security concerns in relation to the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan. This was Sweden's fifth victory in the contest, following their wins in 1974, 1984, 1991 and 1999. 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 Junior Eurovision Song Contest is organized by the European Broadcasting Union, the world's foremost alliance of public service media, representing 116 member organizations in 56 countries and an additional 34 Associates in Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas. [46], France, Germany and the United Kingdom voted in the second semi-final. You just couldn’t help dancing and singing along. 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[96] In what had become an annual tradition for the OGAE fan clubs, a voting poll was opened allowing members from the respective clubs to vote for their favourite songs of the 2012 contest. The hall’s air seemed to be filled with aphrodisiacs when Eleftheria Eleftheriou appeared on the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. His explosive performance heated the emotions and made the hall cheer. Sweden participated in and won the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Her song Suus (meaning ‘One’s own’), the lyrics of which Rona wrote herself, made the heart of every listener sink, so emotional and expressive she was in her performance. The solo of a male dancer in the end enlivened the show even more, making the stage burst with energy. "We Are The Heroes" by Litesound from Belarus at Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Their unique style made their performance one of the most memorable shows at the Eurovision 2012 Song Contest. The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was the 56th annual Eurovision Song Contest, held in Baku, Azerbaijan, following Eli & Nikki giving the country its first-ever win the previous year with the song "Running Scared".. No country withdrew while Montenegro returned after a three-year gap. Europe had only 15 minutes to determine the winner. Ukraine participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.The Ukrainian entry was selected through a national final, organised by the Ukrainian broadcaster NTU. [18][19][20], The draw that determined the semi-final running order was held on 25 January 2012 at the Buta Palace. The unrestrained energy, nice choreography, and visual effects contributed to the overall impression of an amazing performance. [12], 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. Nevertheless, Europe has made its decision, and you can see the results of the Eurovision 2012 Song Contest below. Poland did not participate due to financial concerns. Male dancers in colorful skirts were dancing at the background, and sounds of the trumpets welcomed the audience, as Gaitana was going through her performance. Vertically, the table is ordered by appearance in the final. Assia attended the event in Baku as a guest of honour.[45]. These postcards acted as a tourism mechanism to present the country to a wider audience. [76][77] 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. Serbia 4. We Are the Heroes Lyrics – Litesound – Belarus for Eurovision 2012, Phillip Phillips Underwent 8 Surgeries during American Idol. He appealed, “Love me back”, and the audience did so. One should not be silent about such things. The 18-year-old Ivi Adamou from Cyprus seemed to perform with even more vitality than in the Semi-Final. Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Semi-final 2 result: Sweden got 181 points and won Semi-final 2 with the song "Euphoria" performed by Loreen Date: Thursday 24 May 2012 Location: Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan Broadcaster: İctimai Television (İTV) Hosts: Leyla Aliyeva, Eldar Gasimov and Nargiz Birk-Petersen Slogan: Light Your Fire! Rona Nishliu’s vocal range really impresses, not to mention her artistic skills. [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. 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