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.

Trivia

  • 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

Facts & Figures

Date

Saturday 26 May 2012

Location

Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan

Winner

Loreen from Sweden

Broadcaster

İctimai

The Participants

# Representing country Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s) Points Place
01 United Kingdom
Flag of United KingdomBBC
Engelbert Humperdinck Love Will Set You Free 012 25
02 Hungary
Flag of HungaryMTV
Compact Disco Sound Of Our Hearts 019 24
03 Albania
Flag of AlbaniaRTSH
Rona Nishliu Suus 146 05
04 Lithuania
Flag of LithuaniaLRT
Donny Montell Love Is Blind 070 14
05 Bosnia & Herzegovina
Flag of Bosnia & HerzegovinaBHRT
Maya Sar Korake Ti Znam 055 18
06 Russia
Flag of RussiaRTR
Buranovskiye Babushki Party For Everybody 259 02
07 Iceland
Flag of IcelandRÚV
Greta Salóme & Jónsi Never Forget 046 20
08 Cyprus
Flag of CyprusCyBC
Ivi Adamou La La Love 065 16
09 France
Flag of FranceFrance 3
Anggun Echo (You And I) 021 22
10 Italy
Flag of ItalyRAI
Nina Zilli L'Amore È Femmina (Out Of Love) 101 09
11 Estonia
Flag of EstoniaERR
Ott Lepland Kuula 120 06
12 Norway
Flag of NorwayNRK
Tooji Stay 007 26
13 Azerbaijan
Flag of Azerbaijanİctimai
Sabina Babayeva When The Music Dies 150 04
14 Romania
Flag of RomaniaTVR
Mandinga Zaleilah 071 12
15 Denmark
Flag of DenmarkDR
Soluna Samay Should've Known Better 021 23
16 Greece
Flag of GreeceERT
Eleftheria Eleftheriou Aphrodisiac 064 17
17 Sweden
Flag of SwedenSVT
Loreen Euphoria 372 01
18 Turkey
Flag of TurkeyTRT
Can Bonomo Love Me Back 112 07
19 Spain
Flag of SpainTVE
Pastora Soler Quédate Conmigo (Stay With Me) 097 10
20 Germany
Flag of GermanyNDR
Roman Lob Standing Still 110 08
21 Malta
Flag of MaltaPBS
Kurt Calleja This Is The Night 041 21
22 F.Y.R. Macedonia
Flag of F.Y.R. MacedoniaMKRTV
Kaliopi Crno I Belo 071 13
23 Ireland
Flag of IrelandRTÉ
Jedward Waterline 046 19
24 Serbia
Flag of SerbiaRTS
Željko Joksimović Nije Ljubav Stvar 214 03
25 Ukraine
Flag of UkraineNTU
Gaitana Be My Guest 065 15
26 Moldova
Flag of MoldovaTRM
Pasha Parfeny Lăutar 081 11

Scoreboard

Participant Albania Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Bosnia & Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Denmark Estonia F.Y.R. Macedonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Israel Italy Latvia Lithuania Malta Moldova Montenegro Norway Portugal Romania Russia San Marino Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Points Place
United Kingdom United Kingdom
1542 12 25
Hungary Hungary
17281 19 24
Albania Albania
8106454512636108121110112131125 146 5
Lithuania Lithuania
485331274416517 70 14
Bosnia & Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina
71076527110 55 18
Russia Russia
3510128366588484574776710106364884107388747103 259 2
Iceland Iceland
1667365444 46 20
Cyprus Cyprus
6212835228512 65 16
France France
226326 21 22
Italy Italy
72237514235244105242755154 101 9
Estonia Estonia
4101041088827761068714 120 6
Norway Norway
133 7 26
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
47710821051812121051043612122 150 4
Romania Romania
6331275671241104 71 12
Denmark Denmark
255522 21 23
Greece Greece
12521112112483435 64 17
Sweden Sweden
512761288710121261212812612121212121067712310123101210127126612 372 1
Turkey Turkey
10312747285783118356381 112 7
Spain Spain
66536436121012614868 97 10
Germany Germany
24410101721010873231023426 110 8
Malta Malta
831726275 41 21
F.Y.R. Macedonia F.Y.R. Macedonia
82122818121683 71 13
Ireland Ireland
114344455510 46 19
Serbia Serbia
110510121271028108436553121055467121010102 214 3
Ukraine Ukraine
31013613362781182 65 15
Moldova Moldova
151722543612781728 81 11

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