First Semi-Final concludes, we have ten finalists!

First Semi-Final concludes, we have ten finalists!
The green room where the artists will congregate after their performances.Photo:Andres Putting (EBU)
Baku, Azerbaijan -

Tonight is the first live show of this years Eurovision Song Contest. 18 countries will fight it out for the 10 places available in Saturday's final. Eurovision.tv will report the qualifiers for you as soon as they are announced. Remember that you can watch the First Semi-Final LIVE right here on Eurovision.tv via our ESCTV player, streaming Europe's Favourite TV Show right to your computer.

We have our ten qualifiers, and these are as follows, in the order they were announced:-

  • Romania
  • Moldova
  • Iceland
  • Hungary
  • Denmark
  • Albania
  • Cyprus
  • Greece
  • Russia
  • Ireland

Build up to the show

Thousands of fans arrived at the Baku Crystal Hall to watch the First Semi-Final of Europe's Favourite TV Show. The atmosphere built with everyone wondering which ten songs will qualify for Saturday's Final. Check out our gallery below to see some images of the fans arriving.

The 18 acts competing in the First Semi-Final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in order of appearance are:

  1. Montenegro: Rambo Amadeus - Euro Neuro
  2. Iceland: Greta Salóme & Jónsi - Never Forget
  3. Greece: Eleftheria Eleftheriou - Aphrodisiac
  4. Latvia: Anmary - Beautiful Song
  5. Albania: Rona Nishliu - Suus
  6. Romania: Mandinga - Zaleilah
  7. Switzerland: Sinplus - Unbreakable
  8. Belgium: Iris - Would You
  9. Finland: Pernilla - När Jag Blundar
  10. Israel: Izabo - Time
  11. San Marino: Valentina Monetta - The Social Network Song (Oh Oh - Uh - Oh Oh)
  12. Cyprus: Ivi Adamou - La La Love
  13. Denmark: Soluna Samay - Should've Known Better
  14. Russia: Buranovskiye Babushki - Party For Everybody
  15. Hungary: Compact Disco - Sound Of Our Hearts
  16. Austria: Trackshittaz - Woki Mit Deim Popo
  17. Moldova: Pasha Parfeny - Lăutar
  18. Ireland: Jedward - Waterline

You can find more information about tonight's participants on our event page for the First Semi-Final.

The hosts of the show are Nargiz Birk-Petersen, Eldar Gasimov who won the Eurovision last year as part of Ell/Nikki and Leyla Alieva who are all eager to welcome the millions of viewers to Baku for tonight's show!

A tour around Azerbaijan

The postcards inbetween the performances portray Azerbaijan from many different perspectives.Prior to each song the lights on the Crystal Hall change to the colours of the flag of the country that follows.

After Albania's performance, Nargiz and Leyla explain to the viewers that the voting system will be 50/50 between professional jury and public televote. The viewers in countries which do not have a commercial break then were treated to some highlights from the official opening party.

After Russia's performance Nargiz interviewed San Marino's Valentina who said that she was very satisfied with the way things went tonight.

Europe start voting!

All of the contestants have now performed. The 18 countries will now televote, as well as viewers in Azerbaijan, Italy and Spain. The votes from the professional jury will then be combined with the televote which will then determine the 10 songs to qualify.

Nargiz then introduces a super postcard which again combines stunning footage shot on location across Azerbaijan. After the second recap of all of the performances, the interval act was provided by Natig Rhythm Group.

It featured a tambourine stone (Gaval Dash), the oldest musical instrument ever discovered in Azerbaijan, as well as several other traditional instruments including a tar, a kamancha (both string instruments), a balaban and a zurna (wind instruments). They performed a yally, which is a traditional Azerbaijani round dance, and young drummers were conveying messages through drum beats. Viewers were then shown a preview of the automatic finalists.


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  • Posted on 18/January 2013 at 22:44
    Romania in ESC 2012 , was very cool report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25/May 2012 at 22:45
    DENMARK!!! The best song on this fucking competition....
    I hope this will be the winner.

    I also liked Russian grannies.
    And remember me that this song will be in the top 3 for the final.
    it's eurovision guys!!!
    stupid songs have an advantage..... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25/May 2012 at 02:39
    Gauss200011
    Here's your answer :
    If I can recognize right away ...after 3 seconds ...without watching ...just listening their song ...if i know right away that it's the greeks (and it's the case ) then I'm sorry but they have the same song every year .
    I'm willing to change that ..."they have the same song every year with the exception of last year"
    It's just plane boring report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24/May 2012 at 23:52
    GO ROMANIA !!!!! you are the best!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24/May 2012 at 15:31
    Really love Iceland and so sad about Switzerland..))!!
    Of course, love Russia, they are so funny! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24/May 2012 at 11:46
    Good luck Engelbert humperdinck
    We Need you I reckon 3rd place
    to get good points this year
    all the best wishes
    from robert report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24/May 2012 at 11:07
    GO ALBANIA.... WE LOVE YOU ALL! YOU ARE JUST PERFECT..... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24/May 2012 at 10:29
  • Posted on 24/May 2012 at 09:56
    I hope, DANIELLL, that you are not Hungarian, and you will vote 12 for Hungary.
    It is just my concern that Hungarians are allways abandoned, not having any substantial supporters in Europe, so no matter if the song is good or bad...

    I'm here for further discussions, open to everybody!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24/May 2012 at 09:51
    Does it have a special reason why only the video of the Austrian life-perfomance is cut???? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24/May 2012 at 09:51
    Does it have a special reason why only the Austrian video of the life-performance is cut???? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24/May 2012 at 09:48
    Hey,I have one big question for those who thnik that Grecce brings the same song for years.Do you know the Greccfe song in 2011?Is complety different.But if you probably remember Helena in 2006 that means that if they bring fter six years the same song that means that they always bring this type of music.Wrong!
    I am from Romania,but I don't like their music.My favorites are Grecce and Cyprus,and they totally deserved to be in final.Their dance was great,and I really that in final both will sing very good,and they have a good chance of winning.
    Albania?!...Ireland?!(same singers but nobody critic Ireland cause they didn't win)...Russia?!...Moldova?!...Come on! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24/May 2012 at 02:30
    not because romania, greece, cyprus have all schicki-micki songs which i hate , but all those 3 countries didn't deserve to pass because the singers were horrid vocally!! seriously people stop it already, by doing that (i mean voting for such singers with bad voices) you just kill the esc!

    @ zaur valizda can you stop your so ridiculous 'this is ours , that is ours, everything is ours'--bullshit??? piano was invented in italy ,but they have nothing against us playing that instrument here in germany or any other country (i'm a passionate piano player myself) or did you see an italian complaining about that even though some participants use it even in esc!?? italians say piano, we klavier. get it? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24/May 2012 at 02:07
    where is latvia????;)(:(:(:(:( report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23/May 2012 at 23:45
    @ dani 07
    she says at the song part of it let me cry cos that's what I can do better right now..and she says cry the part u think she screams. report to the moderator