|Eurovision Song Contest 2012|
|Light Your Fire!|
|Semi-final 1||22 May 2012|
|Semi-final 2||24 May 2012|
|Final||26 May 2012|
|Venue||Baku Crystal Hall|
|Directed by||Ladislaus Kiraly|
|Executive supervisor||Jon Ola Sand|
|Executive producer||Adil Kerimli|
|Host broadcaster||İctimai Television (İTV)|
|Opening act||Final: Alim Qasimov performing a short mugham intro followed by traditional Azerbaijani dancers, Ell & Nikki with "Running Scared"|
|Number of entries||42|
|Voting system||Each country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs.|
The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was the 57th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Baku, Azerbaijan, following Ell & Nikki's win at the 2011 contest in Düsseldorf, Germany with the song "Running Scared". It was the first time Azerbaijan had hosted the contest - only four years after the country made its debut. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster İctimai Television (İTV), the contest was held at the Baku Crystal Hall, and consisted of two semi-finals on 22 and 24 May, and the final on 26 May 2012. The three live shows were hosted by Leyla Aliyeva, Eldar Gasimov and Nargiz Birk-Petersen. It was the first Eurovision Song Contest held in a South Caucasus country.
Forty-two countries participated in the contest — one less than the record number of 43 set at the previous contest. Montenegro returned to the contest, for the first time since 2009. Meanwhile, Armenia withdrew due to security concerns in relation to the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan. Poland did not participate due to financial concerns.
The winner was Sweden with the song "Euphoria", performed by Loreen and written by Thomas G:son and Peter Boström. This was Sweden's fifth victory in the contest, following their wins in 1974, 1984, 1991 and 1999. Russia, Serbia, Azerbaijan and Albania rounded out the top five. Albania achieved their best result in their Eurovision history. Out of the "Big Five" countries Germany, Italy and Spain all managed to rank within the top 10, finishing eighth, ninth and tenth, respectively.
The lead-up to the contest was met with political concerns and protests surrounding the host country, including its human rights record and allegations by advocacy groups that Baku was carrying out forced evictions in the construction of the contest's venue, along with objections to the contest's presence by Iranian officials — who felt that the event was anti-Islamic because it was, according to them, a "gay parade".
Azerbaijan got the right to host the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest after winning the previous 2011 edition with the song "Running Scared" performed by Ell & Nikki. Baku, the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, as well as the largest city on the Caspian Sea and of the Caucasus region, was named the host city for the contest, with the venue being the Baku Crystal Hall, built a few months prior to the contest on the city's coastline.
Shortly after Azerbaijan's victory at the 2011 edition, officials announced that a new 23,000 seat concert venue was to be built near National Flag Square in Baku, as a potential venue for the event. Three days later, other venue options were revealed by organisers, such as the 37,000-seat Tofiq Bahramov Stadium and the Heydar Aliyev Sports and Exhibition Complex. On 2 August 2011, Alpine Bau Deutschland AG was awarded the contract to construct the Baku Crystal Hall. Preparations for construction began in the area shortly after the announcement. Even though the full cost of the contract was not named, the government allocated 6 million AZN for the construction of the venue.
On 8 September 2011, Azad Azerbaijan TV (ATV) reported that Baku Crystal Hall would be the venue of the contest, but no formal confirmation was made at the time by the EBU. On 31 October 2011, Ismayil Omarov, the director general of Azerbaijani national broadcaster İctimai Television announced that a decision on the venue choice would be taken by the steering committee in January 2012. On 25 January 2012, it was confirmed that the Baku Crystal Hall would be the venue of the contest. Even though the venue had an extended capacity of 23,000 people, only 16,000 people were able to attend each show. Tickets for the contest became available online for purchase on 28 February 2012.
In a meeting of the Eurovision Reference Group on 29 June 2011, it was decided that the televoting system would revert the format used most recently in the 2009 Contest, in which the phone and SMS lines opened for a fifteen-minute window after all songs had been performed, instead of opening before the show starts, which was the system used between 2010 and 2011. The results format of each show remained the same with each country's votes being decided on a 50:50 split between televoting and a national jury. Each participating country had their own national jury, which consisted of five professional members of the music industry.
Under the official rules released on 24 November 2011, the number of participants in the final was raised to 26, including the host nation, the "Big Five", and the ten qualifiers from each semi-final. This was the second time in the Eurovision Song Contest that 26 countries were in the final, the first being the 2003 Contest.
The draw that determined the semi-final running order was held on 25 January 2012 at the Buta Palace. The participating countries, excluding the automatic finalists (Azerbaijan, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom), were split into six pots, based upon how those countries voted in past contests. From these pots, half (or as close to half as possible) competed in the first semi-final on 22 May 2012. The other half in that particular pot competed in the second semi-final on 24 May 2012. This draw also acted as an approximate running order, in order for the delegations from the countries to know when their rehearsals would commence and determine which semi-final the automatic finalists would be allowed to vote in.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4||Pot 5||Pot 6|
The design of the contest was built around the motto "Light your fire!", inspired by the nickname of Azerbaijan itself, "Land of Fire".
Each introductory video postcard began with a shot of the artist and performers, followed with the flag and country name in a handwritten font with a background resembling the yellow, orange and red fire of the 2012 theme art. The postcards consisted of various shots of Azerbaijan, with a caption displaying 'Azerbaijan' and underneath 'Land of ...' (e.g. Land of Abundance; Land of Poetry etc.), which were then followed by the name of a town or geographic feature, showing the landscape and culture of the country. Some postcards focused on the host city of Baku with text changing to 'Baku' and underneath 'City of ...' (e.g. City of Jazz; City of Leisure etc.). The postcards finished with a shot of the Crystal Hall displayed in the colours of the performing country's flag. These postcards acted as a tourism mechanism to present the country to a wider audience.
The artist, song and number graphics as well as tables and voting graphics were kept the same as those used in 2011, with a slight modification to incorporate the 2012 theme art. The lower points (1-7) were highlighted in red squares while the top points (8, 10, 12) were highlighted in orange squares with each square increasing in size in relation to the point value. Both sets of graphics were designed by London brand design agency Turquoise Branding.
İctimai Television (İTV), which was the EBU member that broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan, is one of country's public-service broadcasters. Deputy Minister of Communication and Information Technology of Azerbaijan, Iltimas Mammadov, stated that telecom networks were ready to host the event. Azerbaijan's largest telecommunications operator, Azercell, was chosen as the presenting partner for the contest. On 1 December 2011, İTV named the German production company Brainpool as its official production partner for the contest, citing the quality of its work on the previous year's contest.
On 17 January 2012, the EBU announced that initially forty-three countries would take part in the 2012 contest. The 57th edition saw the return of Montenegro, who was last represented by Andrea Demirović in 2009. Poland decided not to participate, due to the financial burden of the UEFA Euro 2012 (which Poland co-hosted with Ukraine) and the 2012 Summer Olympics. Armenia, who had originally planned to participate, later withdrew their application due to security fears of the continuous Nagorno-Karabakh War with Azerbaijan, subsequently reducing the number of participating countries to 42.
Four artists returned in this year's contest. Kaliopi for Macedonia who previously participated in the 1996 contest with the song "Samo ti", which placed in 26th position in the pre-qualifying round. Kaliopi would then go on to represent Macedonia once more at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
Jónsi for Iceland and Željko Joksimović for Serbia both previously participated in 2004. Joksimović had represented Serbia and Montenegro in 2004 with the song "Lane moje" which placed second in that year, and co-hosted the 2008 Contest with Jovana Janković. Jónsi performed "Heaven" in 2004, which placed 19th.
Lys Assia, the winner of the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, had entered her song "C'était ma vie" written by Ralph Siegel and Jean Paul Cara into the Swiss national selection for the 2012 contest. The song, however, only came eighth in a closely fought national selection. Assia attended the event in Baku as a guest of honour.
The Finnish entry, "När jag blundar", sung by Pernilla Karlsson, was only Finland's second entry in Swedish (after "Fri?" by Beat in 1990) and the first entry at all to be sung in Swedish since 1998. Russia's entry, "Party for Everybody", sung by Buranovskiye Babushki, was the first entry ever to be performed in Udmurt. The Georgian entry, "I'm a Joker" was the first Eurovision entry containing the Georgian language while the Bulgarian song "Love Unlimited" had a few words in the Azerbaijani language, both of whom never appeared at the contest before.
Azerbaijan, Italy and Spain voted in the first semi-final. The EBU allowed the Albanian broadcaster Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) to defer transmission and only use jury votes due to a serious bus accident in the country.
|01||Montenegro||Rambo Amadeus||"Euro Neuro"||English2||15||20|
|02||Iceland||Greta Salóme and Jónsi||"Never Forget"||English||8||75|
|09||Finland||Pernilla Karlsson||"När jag blundar"||Swedish||12||41|
|11||San Marino||Valentina Monetta||"The Social Network Song (Oh Oh – Uh - Oh Oh)"||English4||14||31|
|12||Cyprus||Ivi Adamou||"La La Love"||English||7||91|
|13||Denmark||Soluna Samay||"Should've Known Better"||English||9||63|
|14||Russia||Buranovskiye Babushki||"Party for Everybody"||Udmurt, English||1||152|
|15||Hungary||Compact Disco||"Sound of Our Hearts"||English||10||52|
|16||Austria||Trackshittaz||"Woki mit deim Popo"||German5||18||8|
France, Germany and the United Kingdom voted in the second semi-final. Germany requested that they vote in this semi-final. Before it withdrew, Armenia was drawn to perform in the first half of this semi-final.
|01||Serbia||Željko Joksimović||"Nije ljubav stvar" (Није љубав ствар)||Serbian||2||159|
|02||Macedonia||Kaliopi||"Crno i belo" (Црно и бело)||Macedonian||9||53|
|03||Netherlands||Joan Franka||"You and Me"||English||15||35|
|04||Malta||Kurt Calleja||"This Is the Night"||English||7||70|
|05||Belarus||Litesound||"We Are the Heroes"||English||16||35|
|06||Portugal||Filipa Sousa||"Vida minha"||Portuguese||13||39|
|07||Ukraine||Gaitana||"Be My Guest"||English||8||64|
|08||Bulgaria||Sofi Marinova||"Love Unlimited"||Bulgarian8||119||45|
|12||Georgia||Anri Jokhadze||"I'm a Joker"||English, Georgian||14||36|
|13||Turkey||Can Bonomo||"Love Me Back"||English||5||80|
|15||Slovakia||Max Jason Mai||"Don't Close Your Eyes"||English||18||22|
|17||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Maya Sar||"Korake ti znam"||Bosnian||6||77|
|18||Lithuania||Donny Montell||"Love Is Blind"||English||3||104|
|01||United Kingdom||Engelbert Humperdinck||"Love Will Set You Free"||English||25||12|
|02||Hungary||Compact Disco||"Sound of Our Hearts"||English||24||19|
|04||Lithuania||Donny Montell||"Love Is Blind"||English||14||70|
|05||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Maya Sar||"Korake ti znam"||Bosnian||18||55|
|06||Russia||Buranovskiye Babushki||"Party for Everybody"||Udmurt, English||2||259|
|07||Iceland||Greta Salóme and Jónsi||"Never Forget"||English||20||46|
|08||Cyprus||Ivi Adamou||"La La Love"||English||16||65|
|09||France||Anggun||"Echo (You and I)"||French, English||22||21|
|10||Italy||Nina Zilli||"L'amore è femmina (Out of Love)"||English, Italian||9||101|
|13||Azerbaijan||Sabina Babayeva||"When the Music Dies"||English||4||150|
|15||Denmark||Soluna Samay||"Should've Known Better"||English||23||21|
|18||Turkey||Can Bonomo||"Love Me Back"||English||7||112|
|19||Spain||Pastora Soler||"Quédate conmigo (Stay With Me)"||Spanish||10||97|
|20||Germany||Roman Lob||"Standing Still"||English||8||110|
|21||Malta||Kurt Calleja||"This Is the Night"||English||21||41|
|22||Macedonia||Kaliopi||"Crno i belo" (Црно и бело)||Macedonian||13||71|
|24||Serbia||Željko Joksimović||"Nije ljubav stvar" (Није љубав ствар)||Serbian||3||214|
|25||Ukraine||Gaitana||"Be My Guest"||English||15||65|
The EBU and PwC audit company checked and verified the individual jury and televoting results, which were combined to create the overall national vote for the contests. On 18 June 2012, the EBU published the following results.
Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the first semifinal:
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|5||Albania||Austria, Azerbaijan, Italy, Montenegro, Switzerland|
|Russia||Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Latvia|
|3||Romania||Ireland, Moldova, Spain|
|6||Norway||72||Bosnia and Herzegovina||77|
|7||Bosnia and Herzegovina||70||Croatia||66|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||77||5||5||5||5||1||5||12||5||2||12||6||4||4||5||1|
Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the second semifinal:
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|6||Sweden||Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia|
|4||Serbia||Bulgaria, France, Macedonia, Slovenia|
|2||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Croatia, Turkey|
|Croatia||Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia|
|15||Cyprus||63||Bosnia and Herzegovina||71|
|16||Bosnia and Herzegovina||57||Malta||70|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||55||6||7||10||1||7||10||2||7||5|
|Vertically, the table is ordered by appearance in the final. Horizontally, the table is ordered by voting order.|
Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another in the final:
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|18||Sweden||Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom|
|4||Albania||Macedonia, Italy, San Marino, Switzerland|
|Azerbaijan||Lithuania, Malta, Turkey, Ukraine|
|Serbia||Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia|
|Macedonia||Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia|
No country took nul points (receiving 0 points total) when both scores were added together, but France received 0 points at the televoting stage.
Azerbaijan's large investment in hosting the Eurovision contest was widely discussed in Western media as an attempt to "mitigate misgivings about its poor democracy and human rights record". Elnur Majidli, an activist imprisoned during the Arab Spring-inspired 2011 Azerbaijani protests, was released in an apparent effort to soften Azerbaijan's image ahead of the contest, but many political prisoners remained. Human Rights Watch reported a "violent crackdown on protesters" on the eve of the contest, and Amnesty International condemned the "stern crackdown of freedom of expression, dissent, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), critical journalists, in fact anyone who criticised the Aliyev regime too strongly" that continued up to the contest.
Human Rights Watch also criticised the Azerbaijani government and the Baku City Authority for carrying out forced evictions against local residents, in order to allow for the demolition of flats to make way for construction in the neighbourhood where the Baku Crystal Hall was built. The Public Association for Assistance to Free Economy, a transparency and economic rights campaign group, had described the evictions as a "violation of human rights", and as having "no legal authority". However, in a statement to the BBC, Eurovision said that on a recent visit to Baku they had observed "that the construction of the concert hall [which] media reports refer to was already well under way on a clean construction site and thus there are no demolitions needed". The EBU cited the "apolitical" nature of the contest and the Azerbaijani government's claim that the construction was not tied to the Eurovision Song Contest.
The festival's winner Loreen met local human rights activists during the contest, the only entrant to do so. She later told reporters, "Human rights are violated in Azerbaijan every day. One should not be silent about such things." An Azerbaijan government spokesman criticized her in response, saying that the contest should not "be politicised" and requested the EBU prevented further meetings of a similar nature. Swedish diplomats replied that the EBU, Swedish TV and Loreen had not acted against the competition's rules.
On 26 May, a flash mob of anti-government protesters were quickly dispersed by police. Activists expressed fears that they would face a crackdown when the international spotlight left Azerbaijan again at the end of the contest. Before submitting the results of the German vote, the presenter from Germany Anke Engelke gave a live statement that alluded to the human rights issues in Azerbaijan, saying: "Tonight nobody could vote for their own country. But it is good to be able to vote. And it is good to have a choice. Good luck on your journey, Azerbaijan. Europe is watching you."
Iranian officials objected to Azerbaijan hosting the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. Iranian clerics Ayatollah Mohammad Mojtahed Shabestari and Ayatollah Ja'far Sobhani condemned Azerbaijan for "anti-Islamic behaviour", claiming that Azerbaijan were going to host a gay parade. This led to protests in front of Iranian embassy in Baku, where protesters carried slogans mocking the Iranian leaders. Ali Hasanov, head of the public and political issues department in Azerbaijani President's administration, said that gay parade claims were untrue, and advised Iran not to meddle in Azerbaijan's internal affairs. In response, Iran recalled its ambassador from Baku, while Azerbaijan demanded a formal apology from Iran for its statements in connection with Baku's hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest, and later also recalled its ambassador from Iran.
On 30 May, the Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan announced that they had thwarted a series of planned terror attacks against the Eurovision Song Contest, among the targets being Baku Crystal Hall, as well as Marriott and Hilton hotels in Baku. On 22 August, The Daily Telegraph reported that according to Western intelligence services, Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei personally gave orders to the elite Quds Force unit to launch terrorist attacks against the West and its allies, including Azerbaijan during the Eurovision Song Contest.
The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first handed out during the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia honoring the best competing songs in the final. Founded by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest and current Head of Delegation for Sweden) and Richard Herrey (member of the Herreys, Eurovision Song Contest 1984 winner from Sweden), the awards were named after the creator of the annual competition, Marcel Bezençon. The awards were divided into three categories; Press Award; Artistic Award; and Composer Award.
|Artists Award||Sweden||"Euphoria"||Loreen||Thomas G:son, Peter Boström|
|Press Award||Azerbaijan||"When the Music Dies"||Sabina Babayeva||Anders Bagge, Sandra Bjurman, Stefan Örn, Johan Kronlund|
Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision (more commonly known as OGAE) is an international organisation that was founded in 1984 in Savonlinna, Finland by Jari-Pekka Koikkalainen. The organisation consisted of a network of 40 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond, and is a non-governmental, non-political, and non-profit company. In what had become an annual tradition for the OGAE fan clubs, a voting poll was opened allowing members from the respective clubs to vote for their favourite songs of the 2012 contest. Below are the top five overall results, after all the votes had been cast.
|Sweden||"Euphoria"||Loreen||Thomas G:son, Peter Boström||375|
|Italy||"L'amore è femmina"||Nina Zilli||Christian Rabb, Kristoffer Sjökvist, Frida Molander, Charlie Mason||212|
|Iceland||"Never Forget"||Gréta Salóme & Jónsi||Gréta Salóme||211|
|Serbia||"Nije ljubav stvar"||Željko Joksimović||Željko Joksimović||199|
|Norway||"Stay"||Tooji||Tooji Keshtkar, Peter Boström and Figge Boström||164|
The Barbara Dex Award has been annually awarded by the fan website House of Eurovision since 1997, and is a humorous award given to the worst dressed artist each year in the contest. It is named after the Belgian singer Barbara Dex, who came last in the 1993 contest wearing her own self-designed and often-mocked dress.
The order in which each country announced their vote was determined in a draw following the jury results from the final dress rehearsal. Similar to the 2011 contest an algorithm was used to add as much excitement as possible. The spokespersons are shown alongside each country.
10.^ Ireland was originally scheduled to announce its votes as the 32nd country, but instead voted 42nd (last). The reason for this was technical difficulties in the minutes running up to the voting presentation.
Most countries sent commentators to Baku or commentated from their own country, in order to add insight to the participants and, if necessary, the provision of voting information.
The commentators of the 42 participating countries were as follows:
|Country||SF1 / SF2 / Final||Commentator(s)|
|Albania||SF2 & Final||Andri Xhahu|
|Austria||All||Andi Knoll (ORF eins)|
|Final||Stermann & Grissemann (ORF eins)|
|Final||Lukas Plöchl (ORF eins)|
|Azerbaijan||All||Konul Arifgizi (İctimai Televiziya və Radio Yayımları Şirkəti)|
|Saleh Baghirov (İctimai Televiziya və Radio Yayımları Şirkəti)|
|Belarus||All||Denis Kurian (Belarus 1)|
|Belgium||All||Jean-Pierre Hautier (French, La Une)|
|Jean-Louis Lahaye (French, La Une)|
|André Vermeulen (Dutch, één) (Dutch, Radio 2)|
|Peter Van de Veire(Dutch, één) (Dutch, Radio 2)|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||All||Dejan Kukrić (BHT1)|
|Bulgaria||All||Elena Rosberg (BNT)|
|Georgi Kushvaliev (BNT)|
|Croatia||All||Duško Čurlić (HRT1)|
|Cyprus||All||Melina Karageorgiou (RIK 1)|
|Denmark||All||Ole Tøpholm (DR1)|
|Estonia||All||Marko Reikop (ETV)|
|Finland||All||Tarja Närhi (Finnish, Yle TV2, Yle HD)|
|Tobias Larsson (Finnish, Yle TV2, Yle HD)|
|Sanna Kojo (Finnish, Yle Radio Suomi)|
|Jorma Hietamäki (Finnish, Yle Radio Suomi)|
|Eva Frantz (Swedish, Yle TV2)|
|Johan Lindroos (Swedish, Yle TV2)|
|France||SF2||Audrey Chauveau (France Ô)|
|Bruno Berberes (France Ô)|
|Final||Cyril Féraud (France 3)|
|Mireille Dumas (France 3)|
|Final||Fabien Lecœuvre (France Bleu)|
|Serge Poezevara (France Bleu)|
|Germany||All||Peter Urban (Das Erste)|
|Tim Frühling (hr3)|
|Thomas Mohr (NDR 2)|
|Greece||All||Maria Kozakou (NET)|
|Hungary||All||Gábor Gundel Takács (m1)|
|Iceland||All||Hrafnhildur Halldorsdóttir (Sjónvarpið)|
|Ireland||All||Marty Whelan (RTÉ Two) (semi finals), (RTÉ One) (final)|
|Final||Shay Byrne (RTÉ Radio 1)|
|Final||Zbyszek Zalinski (RTÉ Radio 1)|
|Italy||SF1||Federica Gentile (Rai 5)|
|Final||Filippo Solibello (Rai 2)|
|Final||Marco Ardemagni (Rai 2)|
|Latvia||All||Valters Frīdenbergs (LTV)|
|Final||Kārlis Būmeisters (LTV)|
|Lithuania||All||Darius Užkuraitis (LRT)|
|Macedonia||All||Karolina Petkovska (MRT)|
|Malta||All||Elaine Saliba (TVM)|
|Ronald Briffa (TVM)|
|Moldova||All||Marcel Spătari (TRM)|
|Montenegro||All||Dražen Bauković (TVCG1)|
|Tamara Ivanković (TVCG1)|
|Netherlands||All||Jan Smit (TROS)|
|Daniël Dekker (TROS)|
|Norway||All||Olav Viksmo-Slettan (NRK1)|
|Portugal||All||Pedro Granger (RTP1)|
|Romania||All||Leonard Miron (TVR1)|
|Gianina Corondan (TVR1)|
|Russia||All||Olga Shelest (Russia-1)|
|Dmitry Guberniev (Russia-1)|
|San Marino||All||Lia Fiorio (SMRTV)|
|Gigi Restivo (SMRTV)|
|Serbia||SF1||Dragan Ilić (RTS1)|
|SF2 & Final||Duška Vučinić-Lučić (RTS1)|
|Slovakia||All||Roman Bomboš (Jednotka, Rádio Slovensko, RTVS)|
|Final||Daniel Baláž (Radio FM)|
|Pavol Hubinák (Radio FM)|
|Slovenia||All||Andrej Hofer (RTVSLO)|
|Spain||SF1 & Final||José María Íñigo (La 1), (La 2)|
|Sweden||All||Gina Dirawi (SVT1)|
|Edward af Sillén (SVT1)|
|Björn Kjellman (SR P3)|
|Carolina Norén (SR P3)|
|Switzerland||German||Sven Epiney (SF zwei)|
|French||Jean-Marc Richard & Nicolas Tanner (RTS Deux)|
|Italian||Clarissa Tami and Paolo Meneguzzi (RSI La 2, semi-finals and RSI La 1, final)|
|Turkey||All||Bülend Özveren (TRT 1)|
|Erhan Konuk (TRT 1)|
|Ukraine||All||Timur Miroshnychenko (First National TV Channel)|
|Tetiana Terekhova (First National TV Channel)|
|United Kingdom||Semi-Finals||Scott Mills (BBC Three)|
|Sara Cox (BBC Three)|
|Final||Graham Norton (BBC One)|
|Ken Bruce (BBC Radio 2)|
The commentators of the non-participating countries were:
|Armenia||Final||Gohar Gasparyan (AMPTV)|
|Artur Grigoryan (AMPTV)|
|Australia||All||Julia Zemiro (SBS)|
|Sam Pang (SBS)|
|China||Final||No commentators (CCTV-15, broadcast the final on 1 December 2013, shortened into two hours)|
|Kazakhstan||All||Norberg Makhambetov (Arna Media)|
|Kaldybek Zhaysanbay (Arna Media)|
|Kyrgyzstan||All||Elmar Osmonov (OTRK)|
|Aibek Akmatov (OTRK)|
|Eurovision Song Contest: Baku 2012|
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|Released||4 May 2012|
|Eurovision Song Contest chronology|
Eurovision Song Contest: Baku 2012 was a compilation album put together by the European Broadcasting Union, and released by Universal Music Group on 4 May 2012. The album featured all 42 songs that entered in the 2012 contest, including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify into the grand final.
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