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The 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

Updated on September 17, 2016
2012 Eurovision Song Contest
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Eurovision Song Contest 2012

The 2012 Eurovision Song Contest was staged in Baku, Azerbaijan following the victory by Ell and Nicki at the 56th Contest in Germany with the song Running Scared.

42 countries across the Eurovision catchment area participated at the 2012 competition (Armenia decided to withdraw).

2012 welcomed the return of Montenegro to the Contest, although Poland did not participate this time. The semi-finals took place on May 22 and 24, while the grand final was presented on the evening of May 26.


Welcome to Eurovision 2012

Azerbaijan's Winning 2011 Eurovision Song: Ell & Nikki: Running Scared

Why was the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 held in Baku?

Under the rules of the European Broadcasting Union, the winning country from the previous year hosts the current year's event.

In 2011, Ell and Nikki won the Contest with the song Running Scared and thus the competition was staged in Azerbaijan in 2012.

Here is a reminder of the winning song from 2011.

Baku Crystal Hall in Baku, Azerbaijan: Venue for Eurovision 2012
Baku Crystal Hall in Baku, Azerbaijan: Venue for Eurovision 2012
Eurovision Song Contest Baku 2012
Eurovision Song Contest Baku 2012

The 2012 Eurovision CD, featuring all 42 entries performed at the Contest.

 

Eurovision 2012: The Participants

After two years away, Montenegro returned to the Eurovision fold, while both Armenia and Poland withdrew.

The following countries were represented in the two Semi-Finals of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on the 22nd and 24th of May:

Albania; Austria; Belarus; Belgium; Bosnia & Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; Georgia; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Israel; Latvia; Lithuania; Macedonia; Malta; Moldova; Montenegro; Netherlands; Norway; Portugal; Romania; Russia; San Marino; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey and Ukraine.

France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom - known as the Big Five - automatically qualified for the Final, together with 2011's winning country, Azerbaijan.

Semi-Final 1: May 22, 2012

Result: Semi-Final 1: Top 10 Qualify For Final

Country
Song
Artist
Points
1. Russia
Party for Everybody
Buranovskiye Babushki
152
2. Albania
Suus (Personal)
Rona Nishliu
146
3. Romania
Zaleilah
Mandinga
120
4. Greece
Aphrodisiac
Eleftheria Eleftheriou
116
5. Moldova
Lăutar (Traditional Musician)
Pasha Parfeny
100
6. Ireland
Waterline
Jedward
92
7. Cyprus
La La Love
Ivi Adamou
91
8. Iceland
Never Forget
Gréta Salóme & Jónsi
75
9. Denmark
Should've Known Better
Soluna Samay
63
10. Hungary
Sound of Our Hearts
Compact Disco
52
11. Switzerland
Unbreakable
Sinplus
45
12. Finland
När jag blundar (When I Close My Eyes)
Pernilla Karlsson
41
13. Israel
Time
Izabo
33
14. San Marino
The Social Network Song (Oh Oh-Uh-Oh Oh)
Valentina Monetta
31
15. Montenegro
Euro Neuro
Rambo Amadeus
20
16. Latvia
Beautiful Song
Anmary
17
17. Belgium
Would You?
Iris
16
18. Austria
Woki mit deim Popo (Shake Your Booty)
Trackshittaz
8
Azerbaijan, Italy and Spain also voted in this semi-final.

Party For Everybody: Russia: Winner Semi-Final 1

Semi-Final 2: May 24, 2012

Result: Semi-Final 2: Top 10 Qualify For Final

Country
Song
Artist
Points
1. Sweden
Euphoria
Loreen
181
2. Serbia
Nije ljubav stvar (It's Not a Matter of Love)
Željko Joksimović
159
3. Lithuania
Love Is Blind
Donny Montell
104
4. Estonia
Kuula (Listen)
Ott Lepland
100
5. Turkey
Love Me Back
Can Bonomo
80
6. Bosnia & Herzegovina
Korake ti znam (I Know These Steps)
Maya Sar
77
7. Malta
This is the Night
Kurt Calleja
70
8. Ukraine
Be My Guest
Gaitana
64
9. Macedonia
Crno i belo (Black and White)
Kaliopi
53
10. Norway
Stay
Tooji
45
11. Bulgaria
Love Unlimited
Sofi Marinova
45
12. Croatia
Nebo (Heaven)
Nina Badrić
42
13. Portugal
Vida minha (My Life)
Filipa Sousa
39
14. Georgia
I'm a Joker
Anri Jokhadze
36
15. The Netherlands
You and Me
Joan Franka
35
16. Belarus
We Are the Heroes
Litesound
35
17. Slovenia
Verjamem (I Believe)
Eva Boto
31
18. Slovakia
Don't Close Your Eyes
Max Jason Mai
22
France, Germany and the United Kingdom also voted in this semi-final

Euphoria: Sweden: Winner Semi-Final 2

Final: May 26, 2012

Loreen: Winner of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden
Loreen: Winner of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden

Image by Vugarİbadov (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Eurovision CD in the UK

If you're wanting to listen to a compilation of all of the entries at the 57th Eurovision Song Contest, this is the CD to have.

All 42 songs from the countries which participated are included and, as usual with Eurovision, there is a quirky and groovy mix of tracks, some fantastic and some a little offbeat.

However, I think 2012 will be remembered for a winning song, representing Sweden, which received one of the highest total scores for its contemporary sound!

[Available in CD format and some tracks can be downloaded.]

Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Baku: CHECK UK PRICE

Result: The Final

Country
Song
Artist
Points
1. Sweden
Euphoria
Loreen
372
2. Russia
Party for Everybody
Buranovskiye Babushki
259
3. Serbia
Nije ljubav stvar (It's Not a Matter of Love)
Željko Joksimović
214
4. Azerbaijan
When the Music Dies
Sabina Babayeva
150
5. Albania
Suus (Personal)
Rona Nishliu
146
6. Estonia
Kuula (Listen)
Ott Lepland
120
7. Turkey
Love Me Back
Can Bonomo
112
8. Germany
Standing Still
Roman Lob
110
9. Italy
L'amore è femmina (Out of Love)
Nina Zilli
101
10. Spain
Quédate conmigo (Stay With Me)
Pastora Soler
97
11. Moldova
Lăutar (Fiddler/Traditional Musician)
Pasha Parfeny
81
12. Romania
Zaleilah
Mandinga
71
13. Macedonia
Crno i belo (Black & White)
Kaliopi
71
14. Lithuania
Love Is Blind
Donny Montell
70
15. Ukraine
Be My Guest
Gaitana
65
16. Cyprus
La La Love
Ivi Adamou
65
17. Greece
Aphrodisiac
Eleftheria Eleftheriou
64
18. Bosnia & Herzegovina
Korake ti znam (I Know These Steps)
Maya Sar
55
19. Ireland
Waterline
Jedward
46
20. Iceland
Never Forget
Gréta Salóme & Jónsi
46
21. Malta
This is the Night
Kurt Calleja
41
22. France
Echo (You and I)
Anggun
21
23. Denmark
Should've Known Better
Soluna Samay
21
24. Hungary
Sound of Our Hearts
Compact Disco
19
25. United Kingdom
Love Will Set You Free
Engelbert Humperdinck
12
26. Norway
Stay
Tooji
7
Italy, Spain, France, Germany, United Kingdom and Azerbaijan automatically qualified for the Final

Euphoria: Sweden: Winner 2012

Party For Everybody: Russia: Runner-Up

Nije ljubav stvar: Serbia: Third Place

Information About Other Eurovision Contests

The Eurovision Song Contest 2008
The 2008 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Belgrade, Serbia where a new format premiered, which included two semi finals on 20th and 22nd May 2008.

The 2009 Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision 2009: In 2008, Russia won the Eurovision Song Contest with singer Dima Bilan, who performed the song Believe.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2010
Eurovision 2010: In 2009, Norway won the Eurovision Song Contest with singer Alexander Rybak, who performed the song Fairytale.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2011
The Eurovision Song Contest 2011 took place in Dusseldorf, Germany following Lena Meyer-Landrut having sung the winning song for that country in the 2010.

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      Missmerfaery444 5 years ago

      I used to watch avidly, and was cheering on when Katrina and the Waves took us to victory! Not watched in a while because the voting got so political, but might have to watch it this year if the Hump is singing for us! :D Not that I am a fan as such but my mum loves him and have been dragged to a concert or two in my time... call it a nostalgia thing!

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      Monika Weise 5 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      Wish I could be there!

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      irenemaria 5 years ago from Sweden

      Nice job you have done about this yearly contest. Swedens contribution is still unknown. The votes are going on to a final soon.

    • yayas profile image

      yayas 5 years ago

      Actually, until now, I had no idea what Eurovision was. It's really interesting, but I don't think I'd like to go to Eurovision because that is a bit too much crowd for me. I begin feeling crowded when there are six people in a room, so you can imagine how I would react to that many people all scrunched together. No, thank you very much. I really like my extra breathing space. *grin*