Live at 17:00 CET: the Semi-Final Allocation Draw

Live at 17:00 CET: the Semi-Final Allocation Draw
Buta Palace will host Wednesday's event. Photo: ButaPalaze.az
Baku, Azerbaijan -

WATCH LIVE! • On Wednesday at 17:00 CET, Baku will introduce itself as Host City of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with a spectacular live show. During the 100-minute event, the Mayor of Düsseldorf will hand over the Host City Insignia to the Mayor of Baku. The ceremony will be followed by the Semi-Final Allocation Draw. During the show, the slogan and theme art for Baku 2012 will also be revealed.

The events of tomorrow will start with the traditional Host City Insignia Exchange where the Mayor of Düsseldorf will hand over a symbolic key to the Mayor of Baku. Thus, it'll be now Baku's turn to host Europe's favourite TV show.

This will be followed by a draw which will determine in which Semi-Final this year's 37 Semi-Finalists will compete in as well as where will France, the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany and Azerbaijan vote in.

And if that's not enough of excitement, then the Host Broadcaster Ictimai TV will also present the theme art for this year's contest.

All of that will be followed by a show featuring performances by Ruslana, Safura, Aysel, Lena, Alexander Rybak and of course, Ell/Nikki!

Of course, you can see it all live on Eurovision.tv! The show starts at 17:00 CET.

The event will also be aired live by the Host Broadcasters Ictimai TV as well as a number of national broadcasters all over Europe.

What about the venue?

On Wednesday morning, the Reference Group will gather in Baku for a two-day meeting, to discuss a variety of topics in the lead up to the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. The agenda shows concrete topics, of which the most exciting one is a final decision on the venue for the upcoming contest.

Meanwhile, press and fans are eager to learn more about accreditation, accommodation in Baku, visa arrangement and of course tickets for the shows. We expect more information on all of these topics after the Reference Group meeting, so stay with Eurovision.tv for the days to come!

You can see a video of the preparations below!


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  • Posted on 26/January 2012 at 19:25
    Good luck all <3 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26/January 2012 at 06:57
    Rolandcgn<, regarding the microphones I agree with you. It was just a draw concert. InMay it will be better and different:) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26/January 2012 at 00:38
    Well, they made a show out of the boring semi final allocation draw!

    The idea of the live performances was very good. Even though the audience was very silent. I liked the most the live performers Alexander Rybak, Lena and Ell & Nikki. They did a very good job. Unfortunately Safura sung full playback - she disqualified herself from getting respect. And I hope in the real shows the sound quality will be better. The sound through the microphones and the mixture with the playback music was not very good mostly.

    I hope there will be good shows in May. Looking forward to see them on TV. And on the final night we will have an Azerbaidjan buffet at my home with friends and watching the show. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25/January 2012 at 20:53
    Good luck to all countries. will be a great show, I'm sure of it. am proud that I am Azerbaijanian report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25/January 2012 at 18:08
    Turkey is in Semi 2 yay! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25/January 2012 at 17:49
    gooood luck to aaaaal countries...By the way,The Turkey's choise is very interesting...I like it..good luck Turkey too report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25/January 2012 at 17:27
    Goddamn you timezones. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25/January 2012 at 16:53
    Being a "Title Here" sounds like such an interesting Job for Anar Reiband!

    Otherwsie, this looks to be a very good event. :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25/January 2012 at 16:50
    If left to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012, a friend who wants to take me there are beautiful places and friendly here, I cast all the Baku report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25/January 2012 at 16:28
    It looks great! Well done Azerbaijan! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25/January 2012 at 16:27
    I hope this year , there will be great ESC! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25/January 2012 at 16:21
    Great work Azerbaijan !! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25/January 2012 at 16:14
    i am so happy report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25/January 2012 at 15:44
    Amazing! Very successful. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25/January 2012 at 13:07
    Azerbaijan loves to do the best :) report to the moderator