Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Grand Final
The contest had never been this far in the East than it was in 2012 as Azerbaijan was set to host it for the very first time. The Baku edition brought Europe one of the biggest stars and hits in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest as well as amazing pop songs and grannies telling the everybody to dance. What a year to remember!
Something was already buzzing the summer before when several big names were rumoured to take part. As it is the case very often, the main gossip stories were about the UK entry. One of the stories suggested that the world famous girl-band Spice Girls would reunite for the contest.
Besides that, it was said the Baywatch star and entertainment icon, David Hasselhoff would be involved in the Dutch selection. But even though, the Spice Girls nor The Hoff didn’t take part, it was the multimillion selling artist The Hump or Engelbert Humperdinck who carried the UK flag.
Interestingly enough, at 76, Humperdinck wasn’t the oldest participant that year as Russia sent a granny-band called the Buranovskiye Babushki to Baku. They had already beaten the Russian 2008 Eurovision Song Contest winner Dima Bilan at their national selection and were ready to take on Europe. But there was only one person who could beat them. Loreen.
Loreen had been the main favourite ever since she appeared in the widely popular Swedish selection show, Melodifestivalen that year. Her mystically staged Euphoria caught Europe by storm and ended up giving Sweden the trophy of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.
The singer went on to become a global superstar with performances all over the world, from Berlin to China, Morocco to Japan. Her winning song became the number one hit of Europe that year and a worldwide phenomenon.
- Buranovskiye Babushki were more that 700 years old combined
- Televoting would once again start after all the songs were performed, not from the first song
- 42 broadcasters took part while initially 43 had signed up for it. It was the Armenian broadcaster ARMTV which pulled out at the last minute.
- The ruling champion of the contest, Eldar "Ell" Gasimov also co-hosted the shows in Baku
- Euphoria received the highest number of 12 points of any entry in the contest's history with eighteen countries giving the song their top marks.
- Rona Nishliu took one of the highest notes in the history of the contest in her entry Suus
- The world-famous twins, Jedward took part for the second year in a row for Ireland