Founded by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest and current Head of Delegation for Sweden) and Richard Herrey (member of the Herreys, Eurovision Song Contest 1984 winner from Sweden), the awards were named after the creator of the annual competition, Marcel Bezençon. Austria, Azerbaijan, Italy, Montenegro, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Latvia, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia. 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. 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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. 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. Ukraine’s performance was the most hospitable one. It is a pop-ballad with a delightful melody and effective lyrics. During the performance of the song Love Is Blind he was playing with the audience’s mood making it go from romantically-elevated to playful. Meanwhile, Armenia withdrew due to security concerns in relation to the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan. It took place in Baku, Azerbaijan, following Ell & Nikki's win at the 2011 contest in Düsseldorf, Germany with the song "Running Scared". The telephone lines were opened right after the last performance. The unrestrained energy, nice choreography, and visual effects contributed to the overall impression of an amazing performance. North Macedonian star Kaliopi graced the Eurovision stage twice both in 2012 in Baku and in 2016 in Stockholm. Iranian clerics Ayatollah Mohammad Mojtahed Shabestari and Ayatollah Ja'far Sobhani condemned Azerbaijan for "anti-Islamic behaviour", claiming that Azerbaijan were going to host a gay parade. 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. [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. His performance was simple and sincere when he was telling a true-to-life love story with a sad ending. Frenzy of feelings reigned on the stage, and the audience went euphoric, too. [91] On 22 August, The Daily Telegraph reported that according to Western intelligence services, Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei personally gave orders to the elite Quds Force unit to launch terrorist attacks against the West and its allies, including Azerbaijan during the Eurovision Song Contest. Shortly after Azerbaijan's victory at the 2011 edition, officials announced that a new 23,000-seat concert venue was to be built near National Flag Square in Baku, as a potential venue for the event. These postcards acted as a tourism mechanism to present the country to a wider audience. It was the first time Azerbaijan had hosted the contest - only four years after the country made its debut. Next in line was Ott Lepland form Estonia with his lyrical song Kuula (Listen). [15][16], In a meeting of the Eurovision Reference Group on 29 June 2011,[17] it was decided that the televoting system would revert the format used most recently in the 2009 Contest, in which the phone and SMS lines opened for a fifteen-minute window after all songs had been performed, instead of opening before the show starts, which was the system used between 2010 and 2011. Europe is watching you. [22][23], The design of the contest was built around the motto "Light your fire! [4][5] It was the first Eurovision Song Contest held in a South Caucasus country. The harmonious duet from Iceland excited a roar of applause in the Baku Crystal Hall. Kurt Calleja represented Malta with the song "This Is the Night", which qualified from the second semi-final and went on to place 21st in the final, scoring 41 points. Spain. [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. Most countries sent commentators to Baku or commentated from their own country, in order to add insight to the participants and, if necessary, the provision of voting information. The Finnish entry, "När jag blundar", sung by Pernilla Karlsson, was only Finland's second entry in Swedish (after "Fri?" 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. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Baku, Azerbaijan – The long-awaited Final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest has taken place tonight at Baku Crystal Hall. Her heartfelt voice modulated beautifully revealing the power of emotions. Roman became famous after he won the German talent show Unser Star Für Baku, months ago. The folk group Buranovskie Babushki from Russia gave the audience plenty of positive emotions with their song Party For Everybody. Their unique style made their performance one of the most memorable shows at the Eurovision 2012 Song Contest. The 18-year-old Ivi Adamou from Cyprus seemed to perform with even more vitality than in the Semi-Final. Eurovision 2016 – Who’s The Favourite to Win? Left: Lys Assia, the first Eurovision winner (1956), and Dima Bilan, winner in 2008. The spokespersons are shown alongside each country.[100]. Italy 10. Estonia 7. Then the lights flashed red and orange signifying the peak of emotions and making the audience cheer like mad. Lys Assia, the winner of the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, had entered her song "C'était ma vie" written by Ralph Siegel and Jean Paul Cara into the Swiss national selection for the 2012 contest. Albania achieved their best result in their Eurovision history. The positive message of the song, the singer’s easy manner and the funny way he moved to the music charmed the audience. [25] Some postcards focused on the host city of Baku with text changing to 'Baku' and underneath 'City of ...' (e.g. On 18 June 2012, the EBU published the following results.[51][52]. [27][28], İctimai Television (İTV), which was the EBU member that broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan, is one of country's public-service broadcasters. Malta participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.The Maltese entry was selected through a national selection, organised by the Maltese broadcaster PBS. Our map is almost entirely green in the North and the West and only once it is red. Eurovision Song Contest 2012 result: Sweden won with the song "Euphoria" by Loreen with 372 points Date: Saturday 26 May 2012 Location: Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan Broadcaster: İctimai Television (İTV) Hosts: Leyla Aliyeva, Eldar Gasimov and Nargiz Birk-Petersen Slogan: Light Your Fire! Speaking afterwards, Humperdinck congratulated the winner – the Swedish singer Loreen with dance track Euphoria. The song Sound of Our Hearts had caught the fancy of the audience, so the hall roared with applause when the last accord faded away. Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the first semifinal: Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the second semifinal: Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the final:[55]. [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. Mandinga represented Romania with the song "Zaleilah", which qualified 3rd from the first semi-final and went on to place 12th in the final, scoring 71 points. 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. Ott came to Baku with the song Kuula, a song he co-wrote with Aapo Ilves. The participating countries, excluding the automatic finalists (Azerbaijan, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom), were split into six pots, based upon how those countries voted in past contests. The contestant from Malta created a festive mood with his entry This Is The Night. Loreen’s song Euphoria was very popular in the so-called “Scandinavian block”. 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 o… 1956 – Switzerland, ‘Refrain’ performed by Lys Assia. Kaliopi for Macedonia who previously participated in the 1996 contest with the song "Samo ti", which placed in 26th position in the pre-qualifying round. 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. It is named after the Belgian singer Barbara Dex, who came last in the 1993 contest wearing her own self-designed and often-mocked dress. the best competing songs in the final. [79], Human Rights Watch also criticised the Azerbaijani government and the Baku City Authority for carrying out forced evictions against local residents, in order to allow for the demolition of flats to make way for construction in the neighbourhood where the Baku Crystal Hall was built. [80] The Public Association for Assistance to Free Economy, a transparency and economic rights campaign group, had described the evictions as a "violation of human rights", and as having "no legal authority". Notes The contest was won by Loreen from Sweden with the song Euphoria which was written by Thomas G:son and Peter Boström. This time it was represented by a young singer, Roman Lob, whose fame is only beginning to rise. [93] The awards were divided into three categories; Press Award; Artistic Award; and Composer Award. 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. Guitars, synthesizers, a powerful vocal and perfect work of the light made a striking show. [36][37] Kaliopi would then go on to represent Macedonia once more at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. Azerbaijan got the right to host the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest after winning the previous 2011 edition with the song "Running Scared" performed by Ell & Nikki. The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was the 57th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. So this year's winner is Sweden. Horizontally, the table is ordered by voting order. Each country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs. Montenegro returned to the contest, for the first time since 2009. [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. Europe had only 15 minutes to determine the winner. [34] Poland decided not to participate, due to the financial burden of the UEFA Euro 2012 (which Poland co-hosted with Ukraine) and the 2012 Summer Olympics. [14] Tickets for the contest became available online for purchase on 28 February 2012. 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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. The two semi-finals were hosted on the 22nd and 24 May 2012 and the final on 26 May 2012. Donny Montell from Lithuania performed fourth. Vertically, the table is ordered by appearance in the final. 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. We’ll use… Read more Both sets of graphics were designed by London brand design agency Turquoise Branding. Ott Lepland at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest On 3 March 2012, ten acts performed in the Eesti Laul that year to see who would represent Estonia at Eurovision. [32], On 17 January 2012, the EBU announced that initially forty-three countries would take part in the 2012 contest. [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. This was the second time in the Eurovision Song Contest that 26 countries were in the final, the first being the 2003 Contest. Azerbaijan's large investment in hosting the Eurovision contest was widely discussed in Western media as an attempt to "mitigate misgivings about its poor democracy and human rights record". Good luck on your journey, Azerbaijan. And the winner of 2012 Eurovision song contest is Sweden! [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. [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. A year ago, one half of the Danish pop duo Olsen Brothers, Niels ‘Noller’ Olsen, was given a couple of years to live in. How Choosing The Right Sports Clothing Affects Your Workout, 1.5 m Women is the Yearly Toll Taken by Tobacco. Her voice is sure to go down into the classics of Italian music someday. The band Mandinga from Romania were the next to come onto the stage of the Eurovision 2012 Song Contest. Sabina Babayeva sang a song When the Music Dies. The fountain that appeared in the end was the climax of the show, as well as an effective final. This was Sweden's fifth victory in the contest, following their wins in 1974, 1984, 1991 and 1999. [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. Ali Hasanov, head of the public and political issues department in Azerbaijani President's administration, said that gay parade claims were untrue, and advised Iran not to meddle in Azerbaijan's internal affairs. Azerbaijan, Italy and Spain voted in the first semi-final. The documentary ‘To brødre… Read more Her artistic charisma is remarkable. Her tender voice and beautiful music mesmerized the audience. And here ist the video of the winner’s performance – the Swedish singer Loreen with the song ‘Euphoria’. It was powerful, creepy, and brilliant at the same time. One should not be silent about such things. Turkey 8. Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom, Macedonia, Italy, San Marino, Switzerland, Christian Rabb, Kristoffer Sjökvist, Frida Molander, Charlie Mason, No commentators (CCTV-15, broadcast the final on 1 December 2013, shortened into two hours), This page was last edited on 12 December 2020, at 14:10. Video of the performance and lyrics of the song. [6][7] Baku, the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, as well as the largest city on the Caspian Sea and of the Caucasus region, was named the host city for the contest, with the venue being the Baku Crystal Hall, built a few months prior to the contest on the city's coastline. Bylgarskata pesen za Evroviziya 2012 was the national final format developed by BNT in order to select Bulgaria's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Nowadays, people's healthy lifestyle is replaced by pills. [24], Each introductory video postcard began with a shot of the artist and performers, followed with the flag and country name in a handwritten font with a background resembling the yellow, orange and red fire of the 2012 theme art. In the first Semi-Final of the Eurovision 2012 Song Contest, everyone noted Albania’s performance as a strong and peculiar one. Jónsi performed "Heaven" in 2004, which placed 19th. Martina Majerle, who represented Slovenia in 2009, returned as a backing vocalist for Slovenia. The Jedward brothers from Ireland were jolly and carefree, as always, setting the audience on fire with their explosive hit Waterline, supported by synchronous rhythmic movements to the beat. [86] This led to protests in front of Iranian embassy in Baku, where protesters carried slogans mocking the Iranian leaders. No country took nul points (receiving 0 points total) when both scores were added together, but France received 0 points at the televoting stage. Azerbaijan's largest telecommunications operator, Azercell, was chosen as the presenting partner for the contest. [33] The 57th edition saw the return of Montenegro, who was last represented by Andrea Demirović in 2009. [40], For a second consecutive year Jedward participated for Ireland, after their 8th-place finish at the 2011 Contest with the song "Lipstick".[41][42]. Sweden was the winner of Eurovision 2012 with 372 points. We Are the Heroes Lyrics – Litesound – Belarus for Eurovision 2012, Phillip Phillips Underwent 8 Surgeries during American Idol. Copying is forbidden without the written permission. 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. Eurovision 2012. It was the first time Azerbaijan had hosted the contest - only four years after the country made its debut. Bright folk costumes, a catchy tune and words, a remarkable style – all this made the “grannies” one of the audience’s favorites. Some Forced Out Ahead of Eurovision 2012", "Evicted in Baku to make way for Eurovision", "Azerbaidzhan syyttaa ruotsin viisuedustajaa politikoinnista", "Umstrittener Eurovision Song Contest. Note: Back then North Macedonia participated under the name FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia). Russia 3. Preparations for construction began in the area shortly after the announcement. Sweden 2. ", "EBU: List of Participants To Be Released Next Week", "Azerbaijan hopes Eurovision Song Contest will distract from poor human rights record", "Eurovision does little help to human rights in Azerbaijan", "Eurovision: The view from the courtroom", "Swedish Eurovision star strays into Azeri rights row", "Azerbaijan: Homeowners Evicted for City Beautification. This article is more than 8 years old. But it is good to be able to vote. Baku Crystal Hall was waiting for Loreen’s performance from the very beginning of the show. by Beat in 1990) and the first entry at all to be sung in Swedish since 1998. Poland did not participate due to financial concerns. It’s no wonder because the singer performs in theatre. [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. He is quite pleased. Germany was another country pre-qualified for the Grand Final. Then it was time to be acquainted with the French representative of the 2012 Song Contest. This time, the singer alone was honored to represent her country, and she really did her best! Similar to the 2011 contest an algorithm was used to add as much excitement as possible. Moldova’s performance became a vivid ending of the show. The winner of the most prestigious European music event has been determined. She is called a real tornado. [98], The order in which each country announced their vote was determined in a draw following the jury results from the final dress rehearsal. Baku, Azerbaijan – The long-awaited Final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest has taken place tonight at Baku Crystal Hall. City of Jazz; City of Leisure etc.). Powered by: http://www.eurovision.tv Loreen will represent Sweden at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan with the song 'Euphoria'. Russia, Serbia, Azerbaijan and Albania rounded out the top five. Germany 9. [151], Coordinates: 40°20′39″N 49°51′01″E / 40.3442°N 49.8502°E / 40.3442; 49.8502, "Eurovision 2012" redirects here. Romania participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.The Romanian entry was selected through a national final, organised by the Romanian broadcaster Romanian Television (TVR). Who gave points to Moldova at Eurovision 2012? This extraordinarily talented singer representing the United Kingdom has been in music industry for more than forty-five years! 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. Anggun performed a song about the most precious feeling in our life – about love. 10.^ Ireland was originally scheduled to announce its votes as the 32nd country, but instead voted 42nd (last). Instead of getting all the necessary vitamins and substances from wholesome food, not smoking and doing... © 2007 Geniusbeauty.com. [25] The postcards consisted of various shots of Azerbaijan, with a caption displaying 'Azerbaijan' and underneath 'Land of ...' (e.g. [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. The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was the 57th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. The album featured all 42 songs that entered in the 2012 contest, including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify into the grand final. Sabina’s gentle but powerful emotional appealing spoke to the very heart of the listener as she performed her Eurovision 2012 entry, When the Music Dies. It is interesting to know that she has played Fler de Lis in the Notre Dame De Paris musical, the Azerbaijani version. The solo of a male dancer in the end enlivened the show even more, making the stage burst with energy. [14] Even though the venue had an extended capacity of 23,000 people, only 16,000 people were able to attend each show. Four artists returned in this year's contest. The Eurovision 2012 Grand Final was viewed by millions of people all around the world. The performance was as brilliant as in the Semi-Final, and maybe even better. Soluna Samay’s youthful charm made the hall applaud frantically, as she came onto the stage to perform the song Should’ve Known Better. Pastora Soler is another contestant who pre-qualified for the Grand Final of the Eurovision 2012 Song Contest earlier. [21] The EBU allowed the Albanian broadcaster Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) to defer transmission and only use jury votes due to a serious bus accident in the country. Centre: … [10] On 2 August 2011, Alpine Bau Deutschland AG was awarded the contract to construct the Baku Crystal Hall. Here is the top ten of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest: 1. 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". [35], The EBU and PwC audit company checked and verified the individual jury and televoting results, which were combined to create the overall national vote for the contests. [83], On 26 May, a flash mob of anti-government protesters were quickly dispersed by police. Danke, Anke! His explosive performance heated the emotions and made the hall cheer. The announcement of the result was tense and thrilling, as countries in the top ten were constantly alternating. [33] Armenia, who had originally planned to participate, later withdrew their application due to security fears of the continuous Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan, subsequently reducing the number of participating countries to 42.[35]. The singer performed the song Standing Still composed by Jamie Cullum, Wayne Hector and Steve Robson. In the middle of the show, the beat became harder, and the performance – more aggressive and powerful, yet the final accords were mild and mesmerizing again. From these pots, half (or as close to half as possible) competed in the first semi-final on 22 May 2012. This young singer is also a talented dancer – he even won the Lithuanian version of the Dancing With the Stars. ", "Second Semi-Final: We have our ten qualifiers", "Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Official Logo + Visual Identity", "Eurovision Song Contest governing body to meet in Baku first time", "Azercell becomes Eurovision 2012 Presenting Partner", "Brainpool chosen Eurovision 2012 Production Partner", "43 countries represented at Eurovision 2012", "FYR Macedonia: Kaliopi internally selected to Baku! Out of the "Big Five" countries Germany, Italy and Spain all managed to rank within the top 10, finishing eighth, ninth and tenth, respectively. Sweden's Loreen, the winner of the Eurovision 2012, performs at the Grand Final of the song contest in the Azerbaijan's capital Baku, early on Sunday. Romance was in the air as Engelbert performed a beautiful love ballad, Love Will Set You Free. 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