Second Semi-Final: We have our ten qualifiers

Second Semi-Final: We have our ten qualifiers
Interval Act in Second Semi-Final Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)
Baku, Azerbaijan -

Tonight is the second live show of this years Eurovision Song Contest. 18 countries will fight it out for the remaining ten places in Saturday's final. Eurovision.tv will report the qualifiers for you as soon as they are announced. Remember that you can watch the Second Semi-Final LIVE right here on Eurovision.tv via our ESCTV player, streaming Europe's Favourite TV Show right to your computer. The ten winners were revealed one by one at the end of the show.

We have our ten winners:

The ten countries were revealed in the following order;

  • Lithuania
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Serbia
  • Ukraine
  • Sweden
  • FYR Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Estonia
  • Malta
  • Turkey

Before the show

The excitement was building up both outside and inside the arena prior the Second Semi-Final, as the clock approached midnight local time in Baku.

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!

The Contenders

The eighteen acts competing in the Second Semi-Final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest are:

  1. Serbia: Nije Ljubav Stvar sung by Željko Joksimović
  2. FYR Macedonia: Crno E Belo sung by Kaliopi
  3. The Netherlands: You And Me sung by Joan Franka
  4. Malta: This Is The Night sung by Kurt Calleja
  5. Belarus: We Are The Heroes sung by Litesound
  6. Portugal: Vida Minha sung by Filipa Sousa
  7. Ukraine: Be My Guest sung by Gaitana
  8. Bulgaria: Love Unlimited sung by Sofi Marinova
  9. Slovenia: Verjamem sung by Eva Boto
  10. Croatia: Nebo sung by Nina Badrić
  11. Sweden: Euphoria sung by Loreen
  12. Georgia: I'm A Joker sung by Anri Jokhadze
  13. Turkey: Love Me Back sung by Can Bonomo
  14. Estonia: Kuula sung by Ott Lepland
  15. Slovakia: Don't Close Your Eyes sung by Max Jason Mai
  16. Norway: Stay sung by Tooji
  17. Bosnia & Herzegovina: Korake Ti Znam sung by Maya Sar
  18. Lithuania: Love Is Blind sung by Donny Montell

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

A tour around Azerbaijan

The postcards in between 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.

The voting

After all of the contestants have performed. The 18 countries will televote, as well as viewers in France, Germany and the United Kingdom. The votes from the professional jury will then be combined with the televote which will then determine the 10 songs to qualify.

Five previous winners

The interval act comprises the last five winners of the Eurovision Song Contest, namely Marija Šerifović, Dima Bilan, Alexander Rybak, Lena, and Ell & Nikki. Each of them accompanied by traditional Azeri instruments - a tar, a kemancha, a naghara, a saz, and a balaban. The five acts team up to sing Waterloo together, the song which brought the victory to Sweden's legendary ABBA in 1974.

Watch the whole show via our ESCTV player, We will post the results of the ten qualifiers as soon as they are announced.


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  • Posted on 26 May 2012 at 12:34
    I am really disappointed with the results, but at least i really enjoyed the Macedonian performance. Thank you Kaliopi, you are great! Good luck to you in the final! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 May 2012 at 11:59
    Eurovision Song Contest is a big mafia!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 May 2012 at 11:06
    Woww... So good! But where is Slovenia and Bulgaria?...
    I shall vote for Sweden. I think Loreen's Euphoria 's the best! :)

    After Azerbaijan and Turkey:

    1. Sweden
    2. Greece
    3. Romania
    4. Malta
    5. Norway
    6. Cyprus
    7. Serbia
    8. Russia or Ireland...

    :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 May 2012 at 02:55
    My heart was pumping and I waited for Netherlands to be called but my heart sank when I found out that they didn't make it again.

    To be honest, they shouldn't have changed Joan's performance. Why did they have to get rid of the dancers that came on stage during the chorus of the song? They made the song more enjoyable to sing along to.

    Who ever told Joan to make that change shame on you. It was not her outfit or the headdress that affected the result. The band added nothing to the song.

    Remember next year Netherlands. You have to make your song enjoyable to sing along to. That's what your missing! Almost there. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 May 2012 at 23:53
    Turkey is the best since others are just thrash report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 May 2012 at 23:11
    At least we have some great songs this year, like Estonia. Great stuff they got!
    Most songs, lets be honest now, are crap, though. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 May 2012 at 22:03
    The song of TURKEY is lovely and the singer is cute. The sound seemed to me very different when comparing it to the others. For example the songs of the Greece and Cyprus are alike and some others are typical classical eurovision songs. Nothing special. The song of Serbia sounds good. UK's song is simple but influencive, reminds 1968's. I liked it. Azerbaijans song is influencive as its singer :) Sweden's song seemed to me good first I listened but, it becomes boring when listening second time. Lithuanian singer is very cute, but unfortunately his song is a typical one. Russian grandmoms are very lovely. Anyway their song is listenable only for once. Let's hope the music wins. Let's make it fun. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 May 2012 at 21:35
    1-TURKEY
    2-UK
    3-AZERBAIJAN
    4-UKRAINE
    5-RUSSIA report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 May 2012 at 21:28
    Slovenia should never attend on this shity corupted contest again because it seems it is not about the music but it is just one big geopolitical crap. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 May 2012 at 20:53
    This result is ridiculous! How is Urkaine, Malta and turkey trough to the final?
    The Netherlands, Slovenia and Portugal should take their place! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 May 2012 at 19:25
    Was a good semi final. So glad Bosnia and Estonia got through :) Really surprised Lithuania and Malta got through but I like there songs very much. Felt sorry for the Slovenian girl because she really performed well. Also Macedonia going through was a shock but she really did a good performance with the high notes and different tones of her voice. Croatia had a great song aswell but I think the performance and staging was bad. Other than that I think the right performances went through but I would of added Slovenia onto that list of Winners :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 May 2012 at 17:44
    That's the most unfair geopolitical contest in the world as soon as Bosnia & Herzegovina's song is on the final. Shame on you, Europe! CCCP, Jugoslavia and Scandinavia - that's the vote.In that way songs that deserve to fight on the final are not there. So, so, so weak songs and singers! Hope all of us to vote for the worst song to see the organisators what a big mistake is that contest. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 May 2012 at 17:38
    Can someone please!!!!!! post te Second Semi-Final online! It's a bit frustrating.
    Dear Eurovision members, onlythe first semi is posted online. Please post the second show :D

    Other than that....


    I wish all participants a great show, and good luck :D report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 May 2012 at 16:59
    What a performance by Kaliopi! A true diva! :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 May 2012 at 16:58
    can someone please upload the video for the second semifinal we were working at that time here in the US please. I am so sorry that Bulgaria did not make it but i am even more upset that Ukraine passed the semifinal that song sucks report to the moderator