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Eurovision Song Contest 2012
Light Your Fire!
Eurovision Song Contest 2012.svg
Dates
Semi-final 1 date 22 May 2012
Semi-final 2 date 24 May 2012
Final date 26 May 2012
Host
Venue Baku Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan
Presenter(s) Leyla Aliyeva,
Eldar Gasimov and
Nargiz Birk-Petersen[1][2]
Executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand
Host broadcaster İctimai Television (İTV)
Opening act Final: Ell & Nikki, "Running Scared"
Interval act
Participants
Number of entries 42
Debuting countries None
Returning countries  Montenegro
Withdrawing countries
Vote
Nul points None
Winning song  Sweden
"Euphoria"
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The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was the 57th 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 would compete in the contest in total, 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.[6][7]

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.[8]

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".

Location[edit]

For more details on the host city, see Baku.
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Locations of the three suggested venues in Baku, Azerbaijan. The elected venue is highlight with a red dot.

Azerbaijan's first Eurovision appearance was in 2008, and the nation has participated in the contest every year since. On 14 May 2011, Azerbaijan won the 2011 contest with "Running Scared" sung by Ell and Nikki.[9][10] 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. 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 (21.5 ha). Baku's urban population at the beginning of 2009 was estimated at just over two million people.[11] Officially, about 25 percent of all inhabitants of the country live in the metropolitan city area of Baku.

Shortly after Azerbaijan's victory, 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.[12][13] Three days later, other venue options were also revealed by organisers, such as the 37,000-seat Tofiq Bahramov Stadium and the Heydar Aliyev Sports and Exhibition Complex.[14] On 2 August 2011, Alpine Bau Deutschland AG was awarded the contract to construct the new venue, now known as Baku Crystal Hall. Preparations for construction began in the area shortly after the announcement.[15] Even though the full cost of the contract was not named, the government allocated 6 million AZN for the construction of the venue.[16]

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. On 31 October 2011, Ismayil Omarov, the director general of Azerbaijani national broadcaster İctimai Television announced that a decision on the venue choice would be taken by the steering committee in January 2012.[17] On 25 January 2012, it was confirmed that the Baku Crystal Hall would be the venue of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.[18] Even though the venue had an extended capacity of 23,000 people, only 16,000 people were able to attend each show.[18] Tickets for the festival became available online for purchase on 28 February 2012.[19][20]

Format[edit]

Presenters of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 – Leyla Aliyeva, Eldar Gasimov and Nargiz Birk-Petersen

In a meeting of the Eurovision Reference Group on 29 June 2011,[21] 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. 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. Each participating country had their own national jury, which consisted of five professional members of the music industry.[22]

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. This was the second time in the Eurovision Song Contest that 26 countries were in the final, the first being the 2003 Contest.[22][23][24]

Semi-final allocation draw[edit]

Semi-final allocation draw ceremony at the Buta Palace in Baku.

The draw that determined the semi-final running order was held on 25 January 2012 at the Buta Palace. 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. From these pots, half (or as close to half as possible) competed in the first semi-final on 22 May 2012. The other half in that particular pot competed in the second semi-final on 24 May 2012.[25] This draw also acts 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.[26][27]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6
1.^ Armenia withdrew approximately a month and a half after the semi-final allocation draw.

Graphic design[edit]

Inside of Baku Crystal Hall.

The design of the contest is built around the motto "Light your fire!", inspired by the nickname of Azerbaijan itself, "Land of Fire".[28]

Each introductory video postcard begins 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.[29] The postcards consisted of various shots of Azerbaijan, with a caption displaying 'Azerbaijan' and underneath 'Land of ...' (e.g. Land of Abundance; Land of Poetry etc.), which were then followed by the name of a town or geographic feature, showing the landscape and culture of the country.[29] Some postcards focus on the host city of Baku with text changing to 'Baku' and underneath 'City of ...' (e.g. City of Jazz; City of Leisure etc.). The postcards finish with a shot of the Crystal Hall displayed in the colours of the performing country's flag. These postcards acted as a tourism mechanism to present the country to a wider audience.[29][30]

The artist, song and number graphics as well as tables and voting graphics are kept the same as those used in 2011, with a slight updates to incorporate the 2012 theme art.[29] 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. Both sets of graphics were designed by London brand design agency Turquoise Branding.[31][32]

National host broadcaster[edit]

İctimai Television (İTV), which is the EBU member that broadcasts the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan, is one of country's public-service broadcasters.[33][34] Deputy Minister of Communication and Information Technology of Azerbaijan, Iltimas Mammadov, stated that telecom networks were ready to host the event. Azerbaijan's largest telecommunications operator, Azercell, was chosen as the presenting partner for the contest.[35] 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.[36]

Controversies[edit]

Human rights concerns[edit]

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".[37][38] 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.[38] Human Rights Watch reported a "violent crackdown on protesters" on the eve of the contest,[39] and Amnesty International condemned the "stern crackdown of freedom of expression, dissent, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), critical journalists, in fact anyone who criticises the Aliyev regime too strongly" that continued up to the contest.[40]

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.[41] The Public Association for Assistance to Free Economy, a transparency and economic rights campaign group, has described the evictions as a "violation of human rights", and as having "no legal authority". 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 is already well under way on a clean construction site and thus there are no demolitions needed".[42] The EBU cited the "apolitical" nature of the contest and the Azerbaijani government's claim that the construction is not tied to the Eurovision Song Contest.[41]

The festival's winner Loreen met local human rights activists during the contest, the only entrant to do so. She later told reporters, "Human rights are violated in Azerbaijan every day. One should not be silent about such things."[40] An Azerbaijan government spokesman criticized her in response, saying that the contest should not "be politicised"[40] and requested the EBU prevent such meetings.[43] Swedish diplomats replied that the EBU, Swedish TV and Loreen had not acted against the competition's rules.[44]

On 26 May, a flash mob of anti-government protesters was quickly dispersed by police.[37] Activists expressed fears that they would face a crackdown when the international spotlight left Azerbaijan again at the end of the contest.[38] 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. But it is good to be able to vote. And it is good to have a choice. Good luck on your journey, Azerbaijan. Europe is watching you."[45][46]

Tensions with Iran[edit]

  Countries in the first semi-final
  Countries voting in the first semi-final
  Countries in the second semi-final
  Countries voting in the second semi-final

Iranian officials objected to Azerbaijan hosting the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. Iranian clerics Ayatollah Mohammad Mojtahed Shabestari and Ayatollah Ja'far Sobhani condemned Azerbaijan for "anti-Islamic behaviour", claiming that Azerbaijan was going to host a gay parade.[47] This led to protests in front of Iranian embassy in Baku, where protesters carried slogans mocking the Iranian leaders. 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.[48] In response, Iran recalled its ambassador from Baku,[49] while Azerbaijan demanded a formal apology from Iran for its statements in connection with Baku's hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest,[50] and later also recalled its ambassador from Iran.[51]

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 Marriot and Hilton hotels in Baku.[52] 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.[53]

Participating countries[edit]

Lena Meyer-Landrut the winner of the contest in 2010 performing Satellite.
Winners of the previous five contests performing as interval acts. From left to right; Dima Bilan, Ell & Nikki, Marija Šerifović and Alexander Rybak. 2010 winner, Lena is out of shot.

On 17 January 2012, the EBU announced that forty-three countries would take part in the 2012 contest.[6] The 57th edition saw the return of Montenegro, who was previously represented by Andrea Demirović in 2009.[54] Armenia, who had originally planned to participate, later withdraw their application due to security fears of the continuous Nagorno-Karabakh War with Azerbaijan.[7] Poland also withdrew from the competition, due to the financial burden of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship (which Poland co-hosted with Ukraine) and Summer Olympics.[6]

Returning artists[edit]

Four artists returned in this year's contest. 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.[55][56] Jónsi for Iceland[57] and Željko Joksimović for Serbia[58] both previously participated in 2004.

Joksimović had represented Serbia and Montenegro in 2004 with the song "Lane moje" which placed second in that year, and co-hosted the 2008 Contest with Jovana Janković. Jónsi performed "Heaven" in 2004, which placed 19th.[59] For a second consecutive year Jedward participated for Ireland, after their 8th place finish at the 2011 Contest with the song "Lipstick".[60][61]

Results[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

Semi-final 1[edit]

Azerbaijan, Italy and Spain voted in this semi-final.[25] 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.[62]

Draw[63] Country[6] Language[64] Artist[65] Song[65] English translation Place Points
01  Montenegro English2[66] Rambo Amadeus "Euro Neuro"  — 15 20
02  Iceland English Gréta Salóme and Jónsi "Never Forget"  — 8 75
03  Greece English Eleftheria Eleftheriou "Aphrodisiac"  — 4 116
04  Latvia English Anmary "Beautiful Song"  — 16 17
05  Albania Albanian[67] Rona Nishliu "Suus"3 Personal[68]4 2 146
06  Romania Spanish, English Mandinga "Zaleilah"  — 3 120
07  Switzerland English Sinplus "Unbreakable"  — 11 45
08  Belgium English[69] Iris "Would You?"  — 17 16
09  Finland Swedish Pernilla Karlsson "När jag blundar" When I close my eyes[70] 12 41
10  Israel English, Hebrew Izabo "Time"  — 13 33
11  San Marino English5 Valentina Monetta[71] "The Social Network Song (Oh Oh – Uh - Oh Oh)"[72]  — 14 31
12  Cyprus English Ivi Adamou "La La Love"  — 7 91
13  Denmark English Soluna Samay "Should've Known Better"  — 9 63
14  Russia Udmurt, English Buranovskiye Babushki "Party for Everybody"  — 1 152
15  Hungary English Compact Disco "Sound of Our Hearts"  — 10 52
16  Austria German6 Trackshittaz "Woki mit deim Popo" Shake your booty[73] 18 8
17  Moldova English7 Pasha Parfeny "Lăutar" Traditional musician 5 100
18  Ireland English Jedward "Waterline"  — 6 92

Notes

2.^ Contains some phrases in Montenegrin and German.
3.^ Although the song is completely in Albanian, the title is in Latin.
4.^ Suus is a Latin third person reflexive possessive pronoun, and can mean "his," "her," "its" or “their.”
5.^ Contains some phrases in Italian.
6.^ Specifically Mühlviertlerisch, a Central Bavarian dialect spoken in Upper Austria.
7.^ Although the song is completely in English, the title is in Romanian.

Semi-final 2[edit]

France, Germany and the United Kingdom voted in this semi-final. Germany requested that they vote in this semi-final.[25] Armenia was drawn to perform in the first half of this semi-final, but later withdrew from the contest due to security reasons.[7]

Draw[63] Country[6] Language[64] Artist[65] Song[65] English translation Place Points
01  Serbia Serbian[74] Željko Joksimović "Nije ljubav stvar"
(Није љубав ствар)
Love is not an object[75] 2 159
02  Macedonia Macedonian Kaliopi "Crno i belo" (Црно и бело) Black and white[76][77] 9 53
03  Netherlands English Joan Franka "You and Me"  — 15 35
04  Malta English Kurt Calleja "This Is the Night"  — 7 70
05  Belarus English Litesound "We Are the Heroes"  — 16 35
06  Portugal Portuguese Filipa Sousa "Vida minha" Life of mine 13 39
07  Ukraine English Gaitana "Be My Guest"  — 8 64
08  Bulgaria Bulgarian9 Sofi Marinova "Love Unlimited"  — 11 45
09  Slovenia Slovene Eva Boto "Verjamem" I believe 17 31
10  Croatia Croatian Nina Badrić "Nebo" Heaven 12 42
11  Sweden English Loreen "Euphoria"  — 1 181
12  Georgia English, Georgian Anri Jokhadze "I'm a Joker"  — 14 36
13  Turkey English Can Bonomo "Love Me Back"  — 5 80
14  Estonia Estonian Ott Lepland "Kuula" Listen 4 100
15  Slovakia English Max Jason Mai "Don't Close Your Eyes"  — 18 22
16  Norway English Tooji "Stay"  — 10 45
17  Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnian Maya Sar "Korake ti znam" I know your steps 6 77
18  Lithuania English Donny Montell "Love Is Blind"  — 3 104

Notes

9.^ The song also contains phrases in Arabic, Azerbaijani, English, French, Greek, Italian, Romani, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish and Turkish.[78]

Final[edit]

Draw[63] Country[6] Language[64] Artist[65] Song[65] English translation Place Points
01  United Kingdom English Engelbert Humperdinck "Love Will Set You Free"  — 25 12
02  Hungary English Compact Disco "Sound of Our Hearts"  — 24 19
03  Albania Albanian[67] Rona Nishliu "Suus"3 Personal[68] 4 5 146
04  Lithuania English Donny Montell "Love Is Blind"  — 14 70
05  Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnian Maya Sar "Korake ti znam" I know your steps 18 55
06  Russia Udmurt, English Buranovskiye Babushki "Party for Everybody"  — 2 259
07  Iceland English Gréta Salóme and Jónsi "Never Forget"  — 20 46
08  Cyprus English Ivi Adamou "La La Love"  — 16 65
09  France French, English Anggun "Echo (You and I)"  — 22 21
10  Italy English, Italian Nina Zilli "L'amore è femmina (Out of Love)" Love Is Female (Out of love) 9 101
11  Estonia Estonian Ott Lepland "Kuula" Listen 6 120
12  Norway English Tooji "Stay"  — 26 7
13  Azerbaijan English Sabina Babayeva "When the Music Dies"  — 4 150
14  Romania Spanish, English Mandinga "Zaleilah"  — 12 71
15  Denmark English6 Soluna Samay "Should've Known Better"  — 23 21
16  Greece English Eleftheria Eleftheriou "Aphrodisiac"  — 17 64
17  Sweden English Loreen "Euphoria"  — 1 372
18  Turkey English Can Bonomo "Love Me Back"  — 7 112
19  Spain Spanish Pastora Soler "Quédate conmigo" Stay with me 10 97
20  Germany English Roman Lob "Standing Still"  — 8 110
21  Malta English Kurt Calleja "This Is the Night"  — 21 41
22  Macedonia Macedonian Kaliopi "Crno i belo" (Црно и бело) Black and white 13 71
23  Ireland English Jedward "Waterline"  — 19 46
24  Serbia Serbian Željko Joksimović "Nije ljubav stvar"
(Није љубав ствар)
Love is not an object 3 214
25  Ukraine English Gaitana "Be My Guest"  — 15 65
26  Moldova English8 Pasha Parfeny "Lăutar" Fiddler 11 81

Scoreboard[edit]

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. On 18 June 2012, the EBU published these results, which are as follows.[79][80]

Semi-final 1[edit]

Voting results[81]
Total Score Montenegro Iceland Greece Latvia Albania Romania Switzerland Belgium Finland Israel San Marino Cyprus Denmark Russia Hungary Austria Moldova Ireland Azerbaijan Italy Spain
Contestants Montenegro 20 12 8
Iceland 75 5 5 5 4 5 10 4 3 8 10 1 4 2 2 1 6
Greece 116 10 5 8 12 3 8 3 7 12 4 5 1 10 10 10 5 3
Latvia 17 2 4 4 4 3
Albania 146 12 3 10 4 4 12 10 5 5 10 10 7 2 10 12 1 1 12 12 4
Romania 120 7 4 8 5 2 4 8 6 6 1 8 3 5 12 12 7 10 12
Switzerland 45 2 7 3 2 1 1 2 8 3 8 8
Belgium 16 4 2 1 2 6 1
Finland 41 7 6 1 1 1 2 8 12 3
Israel 33 1 5 3 1 3 6 5 7 2
San Marino 31 4 2 10 7 5 3
Cyprus 91 6 12 12 3 6 7 3 1 10 7 3 5 1 7 8
Denmark 63 8 1 8 3 10 8 4 4 3 1 7 6
Russia 152 8 6 7 12 6 8 12 12 12 2 7 12 7 10 6 8 8 2 7
Hungary 52 7 8 6 6 4 5 5 4 5 2
Austria 8 1 5 2
Moldova 100 3 6 2 4 10 7 6 6 5 3 6 12 2 6 2 6 4 10
Ireland 92 1 10 3 10 7 7 7 12 2 10 6 8 4 5

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the first semifinal:

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
5 Albania Austria, Azerbaijan, Italy, Montenegro, Switzerland
Russia Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Latvia
3 Romania Ireland, Moldova, Spain
2 Cyprus Greece, Iceland
Greece Cyprus, Romania
1 Finland Hungary
Ireland San Marino
Moldova Russia
Montenegro Albania

Semi-final 2[edit]

Voting results[82]
Total Score Serbia Macedonia Netherlands Malta Belarus Portugal Ukraine Bulgaria Slovenia Croatia Sweden Georgia Turkey Estonia Slovakia Norway Bosnia and Herzegovina Lithuania France Germany United Kingdom
Contestants
Serbia 159 12 10 5 8 8 8 12 12 10 8 10 1 8 10 10 2 12 10 3
Macedonia 53 8 1 2 5 7 6 7 1 8 8
Netherlands 35 2 1 7 7 3 3 8 4
Malta 70 3 2 2 5 6 6 4 5 4 4 6 3 2 6 12
Belarus 35 1 1 4 12 2 8 7
Portugal 39 6 3 3 1 5 5 4 1 8 3
Ukraine 64 4 3 6 12 2 5 1 6 6 5 1 2 2 5 2 2
Bulgaria 45 2 6 2 6 10 6 3 3 2 5
Slovenia 31 10 4 8 5 4
Croatia 42 12 7 1 1 8 12 1
Sweden 181 7 8 12 8 7 10 7 10 10 6 12 5 12 12 12 7 10 6 12 8
Georgia 36 6 1 10 3 4 12
Turkey 80 10 7 12 2 8 7 3 2 3 1 6 7 6 6
Estonia 100 8 4 12 3 3 1 12 7 10 8 8 10 7 7
Slovakia 22 1 7 4 3 6 1
Norway 45 3 3 3 3 2 10 4 8 4 1 4
Bosnia and Herzegovina 77 5 5 5 5 1 5 12 5 2 12 6 4 4 5 1
Lithuania 104 6 4 10 10 7 4 4 7 4 2 5 2 10 7 7 5 10

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the second semifinal:

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
6 Sweden Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia
4 Serbia Bulgaria, France, Macedonia, Slovenia
2 Bosnia and Herzegovina Croatia, Turkey
Croatia Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia
Estonia Portugal, Sweden
1 Belarus Ukraine
Georgia Lithuania
Malta United Kingdom
Turkey Malta
Ukraine Belarus

Final[edit]

Voting results[8]
Total score Albania Montenegro Romania Austria Ukraine Belarus Belgium Azerbaijan Malta San Marino France United Kingdom Turkey Greece Bosnia and Herzegovina Moldova Bulgaria Switzerland Slovenia Cyprus Croatia Slovakia Macedonia Netherlands Portugal Iceland Sweden Norway Lithuania Estonia Denmark Latvia Spain Finland Georgia Italy Serbia Germany Russia Hungary Israel Ireland
Contestants United Kingdom 12 1 5 2 4
Hungary 19 7 1 1 8 2
Albania 146 10 1 8 10 1 12 5 10 6 4 12 3 4 5 12 1 5 1 6 3 12 1 6 8
Lithuania 70 1 8 4 4 3 7 5 1 6 3 4 12 5 7
Bosnia and Herzegovina 55 6 7 10 1 7 10 2 7 5
Russia 259 3 4 4 5 10 12 8 10 3 10 4 3 7 4 3 6 6 8 5 6 3 4 4 8 7 7 8 6 8 8 10 8 8 5 10 7 7 7 7 6
Iceland 46 4 1 4 5 6 6 4 7 3 6
Cyprus 65 6 2 2 12 8 12 5 5 8 2 3
France 21 2 2 6 6 2 3
Italy 101 7 2 4 10 7 1 3 5 5 5 2 2 5 5 2 4 4 7 3 1 4 2 5 4 2
Estonia 120 1 4 10 4 2 10 7 7 10 8 7 8 8 6 10 4 6 8
Norway 7 3 1 3
Azerbaijan 150 4 5 12 7 12 4 2 12 5 7 10 10 8 6 2 12 10 3 10 8 1
Romania 71 3 6 2 4 7 12 3 4 1 10 7 1 6 5
Denmark 21 5 2 2 5 2 5
Greece 64 12 8 5 2 5 3 1 4 1 12 1 4 1 3 2
Sweden 372 5 7 10 12 6 6 12 7 6 3 12 12 6 6 8 7 8 7 10 10 7 12 6 12 3 12 12 10 12 12 12 12 12 8 10 12 12 12 12 12
Turkey 112 10 3 3 7 12 8 5 5 1 4 7 3 8 8 6 1 2 7 8 3 1
Spain 97 6 6 6 1 6 8 5 3 8 6 6 12 2 4 4 3 1 10
Germany 110 2 4 2 7 6 4 2 4 2 10 3 3 10 10 7 3 1 2 8 10 10
Malta 41 7 3 8 2 5 2 1 7 6
Macedonia 71 8 8 3 2 8 12 2 6 8 1 1 12
Ireland 46 1 4 1 10 3 5 4 5 4 5 4
Serbia 214 1 12 5 10 2 5 5 6 8 8 10 3 12 10 12 7 12 7 10 10 5 3 10 10 5 2 6 10 4 4
Ukraine 65 10 3 7 1 8 3 1 1 2 1 6 2 6 3 8 3
Moldova 81 3 12 1 8 5 8 2 2 1 1 6 7 7 4 7 2 5
Vertically, the table is ordered by appearance in the final. Horizontally, the table is ordered by voting order.

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the final:[8]

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
18 Sweden Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom
4 Albania Macedonia, Italy, San Marino, Switzerland
Azerbaijan Lithuania, Malta, Turkey, Ukraine
Serbia Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia
2 Cyprus Greece, Sweden
Greece Albania, Cyprus
Macedonia Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia
1 Lithuania Georgia
Moldova Romania
Romania Moldova
Russia Belarus
Spain Portugal
Turkey Azerbaijan

Other countries[edit]

  •  Andorra – On 19 October 2011, Andorra announced that there are no plans for the country to participate in 2012 due to financial difficulties; the country also had plans to withdraw from the EBU entirely.[83][84]
  •  Armenia – On 7 March 2012, the EBU announced that Armenian Public Television (ARMTV) had decided to withdraw from participation. Its decision came after President Aliyev of Azerbaijan gave a speech on 28 February 2012 when he stated "Our main enemies are Armenians of the world and the hypocritical and corrupt politicians under their control.[85][86][87] The country was consequently fined by the EBU and was expected to face further penalties, such as exclusion from participation in future contests if it failed to comply with the EBU requirements.[88][89] Armenia has been in a continuous state of war with Azerbaijan since 1994 because of the Nagorno-Karabakh War.[90]
  •  Czech Republic – On 24 November 2011, it was reported that the Czech Republic would not compete in the 2012 contest, following the release of a television schedule by Česká televize (ČT).[91]
  •  Liechtenstein – On 26 November 2011, it was announced that two official EBU documents, published in March and October 2011, showed Liechtenstein's only national broadcaster 1FLTV as being granted active EBU membership, sparking speculations of a debut for the nation.[92] However, on 29 November 2011, these documents were later confirmed as editing mistakes, and thus a debut has yet to be planned.[93]
  •  Luxembourg – On 31 December 2011, RTL Luxembourg confirmed that Luxembourg would not participate in the forthcoming Eurovision in Baku.[94]
  •  Monaco – It was reported on 23 November 2011, at an EBU meeting in Geneva, that Monaco was considering a return to the 2012 contest.[95] However on 3 December 2011, Phil Bosco, a former head of delegation told a French-speaking website that the Monegasque national broadcaster Télé Monte Carlo (TMC) does not intend to return to the Eurovision Song Contest any time in the near future, as there is no financial budget available.[96]
  •  Morocco – In an interview with the French delegation it was revealed that Morocco were "likely to return" to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 with a new broadcaster 2M TV.[97] Reports about the proposed return of Morocco to the contest, after an absence of more than 30 years, were further enhanced at an EBU meeting in Geneva.[95][98]
  •  Poland – On 16 December 2011, it was reported on the official Facebook page of Telewizja Polska (TVP) that Poland would be withdrawing from the 2012 Contest.[99] This was confirmed a few days later, saying that the broadcaster would be focusing on the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship (which Poland co-hosted with Ukraine) and Summer Olympics. TVP stated that a return in 2013 has not been ruled out.[100][101][102]

Other awards[edit]

Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

Further information: Marcel Bezençon Awards

The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first handed out during the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia honoring the best competing songs in the final. 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 are named after the creator of the annual competition, Marcel Bezençon.[103] The awards are divided into three categories; Press Award; Artistic Award; and Composer Award.[104]

Category Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s)
Artists Award  Sweden "Euphoria" Loreen Thomas G:son, Peter Boström
Composer Award
Press Award  Azerbaijan "When the Music Dies" Sabina Babayeva Anders Bagge, Sandra Bjurman, Stefan Örn, Johan Kronlund

OGAE[edit]

Further information: OGAE

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.[105] The organisation consists of a network of 40 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond, and is a non-governmental, non-political, and non-profitable company.[106] In what has 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. Below is the top five overall results, after all the votes had been cast.[107]

Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s) OGAE result
 Sweden "Euphoria" Loreen Thomas G:son, Peter Boström 375
 Italy "L'amore è femmina" Nina Zilli Christian Rabb, Kristoffer Sjökvist, Frida Molander, Charlie Mason 212
 Iceland "Never Forget" Gréta Salóme & Jónsi Gréta Salóme 211
 Serbia "Nije ljubav stvar" Željko Joksimović Željko Joksimović 199
 Norway "Stay" Tooji Tooji Keshtkar, Peter Boström and Figge Boström 164

Barbara Dex Award[edit]

Further information: Barbara Dex Award

The Barbara Dex Award has been annually awarded by the fan website House of Eurovision since 1997, and is a humorous award given to the worst dressed artist each year in the contest. 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.[108]

Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s)
 Albania "Suus" Rona Nishliu Florent Boshnjaku

International broadcasts and voting[edit]

Voting and spokespersons[edit]

The order in which each country announced their vote was determined in a draw following the jury results from final dress rehearsal. Similar to the 2011 contest an algorithm was used to add as much excitement as possible. The spokespersons were shown alongside each country.[109]

  1.  Albania – Andri Xhahu
  2.  Montenegro – Marija Marković
  3.  Romania – Paula Seling
    (Romanian representative in 2010 and 2014)
  4.  Austria – Kati Bellowitsch
  5.  Ukraine – Oleksiy Matias
  6.  Belarus – Dmitry Koldun
    (Belarussian representative in 2007 Contest)
  7.  Belgium – Peter Van de Veire
  8.  Azerbaijan – Safura Alizadeh
    (Azeri representative in 2010 Contest)
  9.  Malta – Keith Demicoli
  10.  San Marino – Monica Fabbri
  11.  France – Amaury Vassili
    (French representative in 2011 Contest)
  12.  United Kingdom – Scott Mills
  13.  Turkey – Ömer Önder
  14.  Greece – Adriana Magania
  15.  Bosnia and Herzegovina – Elvir Laković Laka
    (Bosnian representative in 2008 Contest)
  16.  Moldova – Olivia Fortuna
  17.  Bulgaria – Anna Angelova
  18.  Switzerland – Sara Hildebrand
  19.  Slovenia – Lorella Flego
  20.  Cyprus – Loucas Hamatsos
  21.  Croatia – Nevena Rendeli
  22.  Slovakia – Mária Pietrová
  23.  Macedonia – Kristina Talevska
  24.  Netherlands – Viviënne van den Assem
  25.  Portugal – Joana Teles
  26.  Iceland – Matthías Matthíasson
    (Icelandic representative in 2011 Contest as part of Sjonni's Friends)
  27.  Sweden – Sarah Dawn Finer
    (as Lynda Woodruff)[110]
  28.  Norway – Nadia Hasnaoui
    (Co-Host of 2010 Contest)
  29.  Lithuania – Ignas Krupavičius
  30.  Estonia – Getter Jaani
    (Estonian representative in 2011 Contest)
  31.  Denmark – Louise Wolff
  32.  Latvia – Valters Frīdenbergs
    (Latvian representative in 2005 Contest as part of Valters and Kaža)
  33.  Spain – Elena S. Sánchez
  34.  Finland – Mr Lordi
    (Winner of 2006 Contest as lead singer of Lordi)
  35.  Georgia – Sopho Toroshelidze
    (Georgian representative in 2011 Contest as part of Eldrine)
  36.  Italy – Ivan Bacchi
  37.  Serbia – Maja Nikolić
  38.  Germany – Anke Engelke
    (Co-Host of 2011 Contest)
  39.  Russia – Oxana Fedorova
  40.  Hungary – Éva Novodomszky
  41.  Israel – Ofer Nachshon
  42.  Ireland – Gráinne Seoige10

Notes
10.^ Ireland was originally scheduled to announce its votes as the 32nd country, but instead voted 42nd (last). The reason for this is technical difficulties in the minutes previous to the voting.

Commentators[edit]

Most countries sent commentators to Baku or commentated from their own country, in order to add insight to the participants and, if necessary, provide voting information.

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