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Eurovision Song Contest 2012
"Light Your Fire!"
Eurovision 2012 b
Dates
Semi-final 1 date May 22, 2012
Semi-final 2 date May 24, 2012
Final date May 26, 2012
Host
Venue Baku Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan
Presenter(s) Leyla Aliyeva, Eldar Gasimov, Nargiz Birk-Petersen
Director Ladislaus Kiraly
Executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand
Executive producer Adil Kerimli
Host broadcaster İctimai Television (İTV)
Opening act Final: Ell & Nikki, "Running Scared"
Interval act Semi-final 1: Natig Rhythm Group
Semi-final 2: Marija Šerifović, Dima Bilan, Alexander Rybak, Lena, Ell & Nikki
Final: Emin Agalarov
Participants
Number of entries 42
Debuting countries none
Returning countries Montenegro
Withdrawing countries Armenia, Poland
Vote
Voting system Each country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs.
Nul points none
Winning song Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
"Euphoria" by Loreen
The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was the 57th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. The contest took place in the city of Baku, Azerbaijan, following Ell & Nikki's victory at the 2011 contest with the song "Running Scared"—marking the first time that the country had won the contest. The contest was held at the newly constructed Baku Crystal Hall, with semi-finals held on 22 and 24 May 2012, followed by the final held on 26 May 2012. Forty-two countries competed in the contest, with Montenegro returning for the first time since 2009, and the withdrawal of Armenia due to security concerns in relation to ongoing conflicts with Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, and Poland due to financial concerns.

The contest was won by singer Loreen from Sweden with the song "Euphoria"—written by Thomas G:son and Peter Boström, the song scored a total of 372 points. Russia finished in second place, with Serbia finishing in third. They were followed by the host country, Azerbaijan, which reached the 4th place. Albania finished 5th, achieving its first top 5 placing. 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.

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".

Representatives (by ranking)Edit

Country in gold is the winning entry, the country in silver is the host country, the countries in dark goldenrod are the "Big 5" countries which are rewarded with automatic spots in the finals, and the countries in paris daisy color are the countries who made into the semi-finals but not in the grand finals in the contest.

Ranking Country EBU Member Station Artist Song
01 Sweden Sveriges Television (SVT) Loreen "Euphoria"
02 Russia All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) Buranovskiye Babushki "Party for Everybody"
03 Serbia Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) Željko Joksimović "Nije ljubav stvar"

(Није љубав ствар)

04 Azerbaijan İctimai Television (İTV) Sabina Babayeva "When the Music Dies"
05 Albania Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) Rona Nishliu "Suus"
06 Estonia Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR) Ott Lepland "Kuula"
07 Turkey Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) Can Bonomo "Love Me Back"
08 Germany Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) Roman Lob "Standing Still"
09 Italy Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI) Nina Zilli "L'amore è femmina (Out of Love)"
10 Spain Televisión Española (TVE) Pastora Soler "Quédate conmigo"
11 Moldova TeleRadio-Moldova (TRM) Pasha Parfeny "Lăutar"
12 Romania Televiziunea Română (TVR) Mandinga "Zaleilah"
13 Macedonia Macedonian Radio and Television (MRT) Kaliopi "Crno i belo" (Црно и бело)
14 Lithuania Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT) Donny Montell "Love Is Blind"
15 Ukraine Natsionalna Telekompaniya Ukrayiny (NTU) Gaitana "Be My Guest"
16 Cyprus Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) Ivi Adamou "La La Love"
17 Greece Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) Eleftheria Eleftheriou "Aphrodisiac"
18 Bosnia and Herzegovina Radiotelevizija Bosne i Hercegovine (BHRT) Maya Sar "Korake ti znam"
19 Ireland Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) Jedward "Waterline"
20 Iceland Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV) Gréta Salóme and Jónsi "Never Forget"
21 Malta Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) Kurt Calleja "This Is the Night"
22 France France 3 Anggun "Echo (You and I)"
23 Denmark Danmarks Radio (DR) Soluna Samay "Should've Known Better"
24 Hungary Magyar Televízió (MTV) Compact Disco "Sound of Our Hearts"
25 United Kingdom British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Engelbert Humperdinck "Love Will Set You Free"
26 Norway Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) Tooji "Stay"
- Slovakia Radio and Television Slovakia (RTVS) Max Jason Mai "Don't Close Your Eyes"
- Georgia Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) Anri Jokhadze "I'm a Joker"
- Croatia Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT) Nina Badrić "Nebo"
- Slovenia Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTVSLO) Eva Boto "Verjamem"
- Bulgaria Bulgarian National Television (BNT) Sofi Marinova "Love Unlimited"
- Portugal Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) Filipa Sousa "Vida minha"
- Belarus Belarusian Television and Radio Company (BTRC) Litesound "We Are the Heroes"
- Netherlands Televisie Radio Omroep Stichting (TROS) Joan Franka "You and Me"
- Austria Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF) Trackshittaz "Woki mit deim Popo"
- San Marino Radiotelevisione della Repubblica di San Marino (SMRTV) Valentina Monetta "The Social Network Song (Oh Oh – Uh - Oh Oh)"
- Israel Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) Izabo "Time"
- Finland Yleisradio (YLE) Pernilla Karlsson "När jag blundar"
- Belgium Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT) Iris "Would You?"
- Switzerland SRG SSR Sinplus "Unbreakable"
- Latvia Latvijas Televīzija (LTV) Anmary "Beautiful Song"
- Montenegro Radio i Televizija Crne Gore (RTCG) Rambo Amadeus "Euro Neuro"

BroadcastEdit

Countries in blue are non-participating countries.

Country TV Network Radio Network Commentator Shows Spokesperson
Albania RTSH Andri Xhahu finals Andri Xhahu
Armenia AMPTV Gohar Gasparyan, Artur Grigoryan all shows N/A
Australia SBS One Julia Zemiro, Sam Pang all shows N/A
Austria ORF eins Andi Knoll all shows Kati Bellowitsch
Stermann & Grissemann, Lukas Plöchl finals
Azerbaijan İctimai Television Konul Arifgiz,  Saleh Baghirov all shows Safura Alizadeh
Belarus Belarus 1 Denis Kurian all shows Dmitry Koldun
Belgium (French) La Une Jean-Pierre Hautier, Jean-Louis Lahaye all shows Peter Van de Veire
Belgium (Dutch) één Radio 2 André Vermeulen, Peter Van de Veire
Bosnia and Herzegovina BHT1 Dejan Kukrić all shows Elvir Laković Laka
Bulgaria BNT Elena Rosberg,  Georgi Kushvaliev all shows Anna Angelova
China CCTV-15 no commentators all shows N/A
Croatia HRT1 Duško Čurlić all shows Nevena Rendeli
Cyprus RIK 1 Melina Karageorgiou all shows Loucas Hamatsos
Denmark DR1 Ole Tøpholm all shows Louise Wolff
Estonia ETV Marko Reikop all shows Getter Jaani
Finland (Finnish)

YLE TV2

YLE HD

Tarja Närhi, Tobias Larsson all shows Mr Lordi
YLE Radio Suomi Sanna Kojo,  Jorma Hietamäki
Finland (Swedish) YLE Fem Eva Frantz, Johan Lindroos
France France Ô Audrey Chauveau, Bruno Berberes all shows Amaury Vassili
France 3 Cyril Féraud, Mireille Dumas finals
France Bleu Fabien Lecœuvre, Serge Poezevara finals
Georgia GPB Temo Kvirkvelia all shows Sopho Toroshelidze
Germany Das Erste Peter Urban all shows Anke Engelke
hr3 Tim Frühling
NDR 2 Thomas Mohr
Greece NET Maria Kozakou all shows Adriana Magania
Hungary m1 Gábor Gundel Takács all shows Éva Novodomszky
Iceland Sjónvarpið Hrafnhildur Halldorsdóttir all shows Matthías Matthíasson
Ireland RTÉ Two Marty Whelan semi-finals Gráinne Seoige
RTÉ One finals
RTÉ Radio 1 Shay Byrne, Zbyszek Zalinski
Israel IBA no commentator all shows Ofer Nachshon
Italy Rai 5 Federica Gentile first semi-finals Ivan Bacchi
Rai 2 Filippo Solibello, Marco Ardemagni finals
Kazakhstan Arna Media Norberg Makhambetov, Kaldybek Zhaysanbay  all shows N/A
Kyrgyzstan otrl Elmar Osmonov, Aibek Akmatov all shows N/A
Latvia LTV Valters Frīdenbergs all shows Valters Frīdenbergs
Kārlis Būmeistars finals
Lithuania LRT Darius Užkuraitis all shows Ignas Krupavičius
Macedonia MRT Karolina Petkovska all shows Kristina Talevska
Malta TVM Elaine Saliba, Ronald Briffa all shows Keith Demicoli
Moldova TRM Marcel Spătari all shows Olivia Fortuna
Montenegro TVCG1 Dražen Bauković, Tamara Ivanković all shows Marija Marković
Netherlands TROS Jan Smit, Daniël Dekker all shows Viviënne van den Assem
Norway NRK1 Olav Viksmo-Slettan all shows Nadia Hasnaoui
Portugal RTP1 Pedro Granger all shows Joana Teles
Romania TVR1 Leonard Miron, Gianina Corondan all shows Paula Seling
Russia Russia-1 Olga Shelest, Dmitry Guberniev all shows Oxana Fedorova
San Marino SMRTV Lia Fiorio, Gigi Restivo all shows Monica Fabbri
Serbia RTS1 Dragan Ilić first semi-finals Maja Nikolić
Duška Vučinić-Lučić second semi-finals & finals
Slovakia Jednotka Rádio Slovensko Roman Bomboš all shows Mária Pietrová
Slovenia RTVSLO Andrej Hofer all shows Lorella Flego
Spain

La 2

La 1

José María Íñigo first semi-finals & finals Elena S. Sánchez
Sweden SVT1 Gina Dirawi, Edward af Sillén all shows Sarah Dawn Finer
SR P3 Björn Kjellman, Carolina Norén
Switzerland (German) SF zwei Sven Epiney all shows Sara Hildebrand
Switzerland (French) TSR 2 Jean-Marc Richard, Nicolas Tanner all shows
Switzerland (Italian) RSI La 2 Clarissa Tami, Paolo Meneguzzi semi-finals
RSI La 1 finals
Turkey TRT 1 Bülend Özveren, Erhan Konuk all shows Ömer Önder
Ukraine First National TV Channel Tymur Miroshnychenko,  Tetiana Terekhova all shows Oleksiy Matias
United Kingdom BBC Three Scott Mills, Sara Cox semi-finals Scott Mills
BBC One Graham Norton finals
BBC Radio 2 Ken Bruce

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