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2012 OverviewHOST COUNTRY: Azerbaijan HOST CITY: Baku HOST VENUE: Baku Crystal Hall HOST BROADCASTER: ITV HOST PRESENTERS: Leyla Aliyeva, Eldar Gasimov & Nargiz Birk-Petersen THEME: Light Your Fire INTERVAL ACTS: SF1 Natig Rhythm Group; SF2 Marija Šerifović, Dima Bilan, Alexander Rybak, Lena, Ell & Nikki along with traditional Azerbaijani instruments; GF Emin Agalarov[
SEMI-FINAL 1: 22nd May SEMI-FINAL 2: 24th May GRAND FINAL: 26th May
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 42
Who Won in 2012?
2012 FactsLoreen's winning song Euphoria is the most comercially succesful song achieving number one in 18 national music charts in Europe and multiple Silver, Gold & Platinum awards.
Hosting of this years contest increased tensions between Azerbaijan and neighbouring country Iran. Ayatollah's in Iran condemned the Azeri hosting as 'anti-Islamic' and accused them of hosting a gay pride parade.
There were a series of planned terrorist attacks on the contest and delegation hotels all thwarted by the Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan
Baku is the most eastern host location of the contest, due to time difference the show began at midnight in order to meet its usual CET broadast time of 9pm