Eurovision 2012 slogan presented on 25 January

Eurovision 2012 slogan presented on 25 January
Baku, Azerbaijan -

On the 25th of January, several key events leading up to the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Baku. Namely, the traditional Host City Insignia Exchange ceremony and the Semi-Final allocation draw will be held together with the introduction of the slogan and theme art for this year's contest.

During the Host City Insignia Exchange ceremony the mayor of last year's Host City of Düsseldorf Dirk Elbers will hand over the symbolic key to the Eurovision Song Contest to the mayor of this year's Host City Hajibala Abutalibov.

This will mark the moment when Baku becomes officially the Host City of this year's Europe's favourite TV show.

Allocation draw for Semi-Finals

After the ceremony at the Buta Palace, the Semi-Final allocation draw will be held there as well where all the 37 Semi-Finalists will be drawn into two Semi-Finals.

It will also be determined which Semi-Final the 'Big Five' (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) as well as last year's winning country of Azerbaijan will have to broadcast and vote in.

To assure maximum suspense, the countries represented in the Semi-Finals will be drawn from six pots, based on voting patterns of previous years. This spreads countries that regularly exchange votes over the two Semi-Finals.

The draw for the running order will be held in March during the Heads of Delegations meeting after all delegations have picked and handed in their songs officially to the European Broadcasting Union.

Theme art to be introduced

Since 2004, the Eurovision Song Contest has a generic logo where in the heart of it the flag of the Host Country is displayed. However, every year the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) invites the Host Broadcaster to create the visual identity to support the logo.

Ictimai TV, the Host Broadcaster of the 2012 contest, will introduce just that during the Host City Insignia Exchange

This year's Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 22nd, 24th and 26th of May in Baku, Azerbaijan. The country got the right to host Europe's favourite TV show when their contestants Ell/Nikki won the contest in 2011 with their song Running Scared.


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  • Posted on 24 January 2012 at 10:43
    But when will the tickets go on sale?? I need to prepare myself for the ordeal of what is always a total nightmare. Please get it right Azerbaijan and put Germany to shame! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 January 2012 at 16:27
    @_izmiR_
    Er, not until Azerbaijan finally knock Ireland off their Eurovision perch (Ireland are currently on 7 Eurovision titles), then you can consider Azerbaijan the most successful country of ESC. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 January 2012 at 16:16
    @FriendSwede they only participated for 4 times, they became 8th,3rd,5th and 1st. Azerbaijan is the most successful country in the history of ESC.
    And in my opinion it can be 'Keep the flame burning.' or 'Welcome to the Caucasia!' report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 January 2012 at 15:05
    I want "Keep ur fire burning" or "Keep the fire burning" =) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 January 2012 at 17:30
    I'm expecting the logo to have some form of Buta design (also known as Paisley).

    Although Azerbaijan is dubbed the "Land of Fire", it is also possible that they could somehow include the influences of fire in the logo but not to make it too obvious. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 January 2012 at 14:17
    and the hymn will be "Playing With Fire" by Paula Seling & Ovi =) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 January 2012 at 12:44
    The design will probably be something do do with flames/fire. Something like "Inspire to Ignite" would be fitting. I suppose it must be great if they have left it so late whereas last years brand was announced well before January. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 January 2012 at 00:26
    My attention is more focused on venue details. Please include in venue project special zone (standing-room-only) without seats and safe for TV crane, where people can dance! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 January 2012 at 17:01
    I hope and i think it will be something with fire! :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 January 2012 at 14:23
    Can't wait to see what Azerbaijan come up with, it's going to a huge contest, Moscow all over again and I can't wait! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 January 2012 at 14:01
    What are the possible arenas? Have they started building the Chrystal Hall yet? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 January 2012 at 13:56
    Burning Fire? Land of Fire? Or something with elements? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 January 2012 at 12:58
    I'm predicting the slogan would be: "Uniting Europe Together!"

    @rolandcgn, You should be able to watch the whole thing live on Eurovision.tv as I managed to watch last year's draw without any problems.

    With the unveiling of the logo and slogan, along with the Semi-final draws all taking place on the 25th January, I'm also keeping an eye out on the Cypriot National Final and hopefully Cyprus have made the correct decision for the very talented Ivi Adamou! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 January 2012 at 12:56
    I'm still anxiously waiting about where exactly Eurovision 2012 will take place. I know it's in Baku, but to be more specific I'd like to know where, as in, the arena. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 January 2012 at 09:43
    I think it will be like "The flame inside". :P report to the moderator