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Eurovision 2013 goes to Sweden - PHOTOS - - VIDEO - UPDATE

27 May 2012 [03:16] - TODAY.AZ
The Eurovision Song Contest’s next venue is Sweden! Loreeen with the song ‘ Euphoria’ won the Eurovision 2012!


Here we are!  The Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 ! Great Show! A grandiose firework mark the opening of Eurovision– 2012 final show at the Baku Crystal Hall this midnight.


The Grand Final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest is broadcasted live from the Baku Crystal Hall. Tonight we will find out the winner.

The broadcast is hosted by Nargiz, Eldar and Leyla who are all eager to welcome the millions of viewers to Baku for tonight's show!

The 26 acts competing in the Grand Final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in order of appearance are:

1.    UNITED KINGDOM - Engelbert Humperdinck - Love Will Set You Free
2.    HUNGARY - Compact Disco - Sound Of Our Hearts
3.    ALBANIA - Rona NIshliu - Suus
4.    LITHUANIA - Donny Montell - Love Is Blind
5.    BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA - Maya Sar - Korake Ti Znam
6.    RUSSIA - Buranovskiye Babushki - Party For Everybody
7.    ICELAND - Greta Salóme & Jónsi - Never Forget
8.    CYPRUS - Ivi Adamou - La La Love
9.    FRANCE - Anggun - Echo (You And I)
10.    ITALY - Nina Zilli - L'Amore È Femmina (Out Of Love)
11.    ESTONIA - Ott Lepland - Kuula
12.    NORWAY - Tooji - Stay
13.    AZERBAIJAN - Sabina Babayeva - When The Music Dies
14.    ROMANIA - Mandinga - Zaleilah
15.    DENMARK - Soluna Samay - Shoud've Known Better
16.    GREECE - Eleftheria Eleftheriou - Aphrodisiac
17.    SWEDEN - Loreen - Euphoria
18.    TURKEY - Can Bonomo - Love Me Back
19.    SPAIN - Pastora Soler - Quédate Conmigo (Stay With Me)
20.    GERMANY - Roman Lob - Standing Still
21.    MALTA - Kurt Calleja - This Is The Night
22.    F.Y.R. MACEDONIA - Kaliopi - Crno I Belo
23.    IRELAND - Jedward - Waterline
24.    SERBIA - Željko Joksimovi? - Nije Ljubav Stvar
25.    UKRAINE - Gaitana - Be My Guest
26.    MOLDOVA - Pasha Parfeny - Luutar

Of the 26 entries, just one country will be crowned the winner and claim the coveted Grand Prix trophy, designed by Kjell Engman, and made of solid transparent glass with sand-blasted and painted detailing.

As the official website reported, the result will be determined by way of a 50/50 split between national expert juries and televoting. The combined scores will create the final outcome. Countries will award their votes in scores from 1 to 7 and then 8, 10 and 12 points with only the latter three being read out by the spokesperson. All 42 participating countries will be able to vote.

In yesterday's Jury Final, the expert juries already determined their votes by watching the live performances. These results have however not been revealed. The televoting will take place during the live show once the final performance has taken place.

The viewers of the 26 competing nations will have the opportunity to televote for their favourite song with the numbers being revealed by their respective national broadcaster during the live show. The lines will be open for just 15 minutes after the last song has been performed.

Once the televotes have been collected, these will be combined with the jury votes and centrally added up. The votes will be then be delivered by spokespersons from each of the participating nations.


We congratulate Loreen! Now, Ell and NIki presented the Eurovision Song Contest award - "Golden Microphone" to Loreen. And now she will sing  Euphoria for Europe!


The winner is Sweden!


Russia gives 10 points to Azerbaijan!


Georgia gives 10 points to Azerbaijan!


Sweden so far leads in the voting of the Eurovision 2012 Song contest.


Lithuania gives top 12 points to Sabina Babayeva!


Now, presenters announce the first results. The top five includes, Sweden, Russia, Serbia, Azerbaijan and Albania!


Moldova and Bulgaria give 10 points to Azerbaijan!


Brotherly Turkey gives its 12 points to Azerbaijan! We are in TOP 3! Thanks all those who voted for us!


Yeap! Malta gives the top 12 points to Azerbaijan. Sweden leads the list now.


Now, Azerbaijan announces the results! The top points goes to – Malta – 8, Russia – 10 and Turkey – 12!


Azerbaijan gets first 12 points. Thanks Ukraine!


Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest Jon Ola Sand  now spoke about the voting rules. And  the countries will announce their  voting results.


The biggest international pop star in Azerbaijan, Emin now is on the stage.  He will be supported by a cast of 68 people including 15 female string players from Azerbaijan Chamber Orchestra.

The show opens with the traditional sound of the ancient balaban, which is said to have a 3000 year history. The performance is continued with sounds of string instruments and later by drums. Flame-head pyros then create a visual spectacle on stage. At this moment Emin makes an amazing entrance descends, turning as he is lowered from 20 meters, and sings his song "Never Enough".


Presenters say stop! Europe ends voting!


The voting has got underway to decide the winner of the Grand Final of the Eurovision-2012 song contest.

Voters have to send an SMS with a country code to 9450


Europe start voting!


Now, presenters Eldar, Nergiz and Leyla inform about the countries that took the stage and the voting rules.


Representatives of Moldova , Pasha Parfeny now will perform on the Baku stage with Lautar . His performance is last one.


The Ukrainian representative, Gaitana - appears with LED walls with her on stage, displaying dancers making similar movements like her backing artists. Enjoy the show! 


The 24th entry came from a true Eurovision legend, Zeljko Joksimovic. He sang his powerfull ethno-ballad Nije Ljubav Stvar together with two violinists, a drummer, a flutist, and a piano player.


Jedward are performing Waterline .


Meet Kaliopi who will perform  Crno I Belo.


Time has come for the 21st song of tonight , now meet  Malta with  Kurt Calleja - This Is The Night, the very rhythmic song.


Now, it’s time for Germany that will be represented by Roman Lob  with Standing Still.


Spain’s Pastora Soler  is on the stage. She sings Quédate Conmigo (Stay With Me).


Now brotherly country Turkey! Can Bonomo will take the stage and sing  Love Me Back today! The act includes a ship built from cloth as a part of the choreography. Can Bonomo is a DJ, producer and musician who after a successful first album is now to take the stage for Turkey in Baku with his catchy number Love Me Back.


One of the favorites of this year is Loreen, the Swedish representative, who makes extensive use of the wind machine during her performance of Euphoria. The flickering spotlights, the camerawork and the snow effects used towards the end of the song gave the song a very special appeal, and the audience rewarded Loreen with a big applause.


Eleftheria Eleftheriou, representing Greece today  will now perform the  Aphrodisiac song.


Meet Soluna Samay from Denmark with  Shoud've Known Better.


Romania, Mandinga took the stage with dancers accompanying her. She sings Zaleilah.


Time has come  for AZERBAIJAN! Sabina`s show is a fiery mix of a kinetic background simulating flying paint in shades of red with calmer shades of blue on the spotlights. Alim Qasinov joins Sabina on stage in an impressive display of traditional mugam music to compliment the melody of When The Music Dies. His great voice can amaze every heart! Wish success to our representatives!


Now meet another favorite of Eurovision  Tooji from Norway ! Tooji  will sing ‘Stay’.


Time has come for the 11th  singer,  Ott Lepland from Estonia . He will sing the song Kuula.


Meet Nina Zilli with  L'Amore È Femmina (Out Of Love). Nina is sure that she will the contest this year!


France’s well-known Anggun is on the Baku stage. She will sing Echo (You And I) . Amazing voice and  song!


Representative of Cyprus Ivi Adamou now will perform on the Baku stage with very rhythmic song ‘La La Love’.


Greta Salóme & Jónsi from Iceland  now took the stage. They will sing for us ‘ Never Forget’.


Russia’s Buranovskie Babushki now will perform for you, Babushki with Party For Everybody are also  favorites of tonight.


By the way, the final show of Eurovision Song Contest 2012 feature postcards equal to the number of artists performing in the final. All these postcards portray Azerbaijan and many aspects of life of the country including history, culture, cuisine, architecture, nature, and of course the people. These postcards  are broadcasted live just before the performance of each finalist. The key message behind all the postcards is to present Azerbaijan to over 100 million viewers in Europe as a country with ancient history, rich culture, delicious cuisine, modern capital and hospitable people. The postcards were filmed in and around Baku, as well as Sheki, Mingechevir, Gabala, and Lankaran.

Postcards are short, 35-second introduction videos prior to each performance, which have become a Eurovision Song Contest tradition. They usually portray the host country or feature videos from the participating countries.


It's time for Bosnia & Herzegovina! Maya Sar will now sing Korake Ti Znam.


Another ballad was the last entry of this Semi-Final - the Lithuanian song Love Is Blind by Donny Montell. With the blindfold covering his eyes, the singer showed the blindness of love visually.


Representative of Albania Rona Nishliu now will perform on the Baku stage.


Compact Disco is now on stage with - Sound Of Our Hearts!


Great singer Engelbert Humperdinck with ‘Love Will Set You Free’ song will perform first on the Crystal hall Stage.


Now the video about the contraction of the Baku Crystal Hall is shown


Presenters  Leyla and Nerhiz greet all the Eurovision fans and Europe at the Baku   Crystal Hall.


Last year`s winner duo Ell & Nikki are on the stage with Running Scared.


Now meet  national dancers under the drums of Natig rhythm group.


Now, dancers on the stage.


The show opened with the sound of traditional balaban and lyrics of mugham. The song is performed by legendary Azerbaijani mugham singer Alim Gasimov.




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