57th “Eurovision Song Contest 2012” in Baku
57th Eurovision Song Contest took place in Baku, Azerbaijan following Ell & Nikki’s (Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal) victory at the 2011 contest. 42 countries participated in the contest. Azerbaijan, Germany, Great Britain, France, Spain and Italy automatically passed to the final.
The highlight of the ceremony was the performance of the winners in different years – Dima Bilan, Alexandr Rybak, Marija Serifovic, Lena Meyer and the duet Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal. Alim Gasimov, Isfar Sarabski, chamber theatre under the direction of Teymur Geokchayev, rhythm group “Natig”, Emin, Murad Guseynov and State Folk Dance Ensemble of Azerbaijan also participated in the concert program.
Semifinals held on 22 and 24 May, followed by final on 26th of May. The winner of the “Eurovision Song Contest 2012” became Loreen from Sweden with song “Euphoria” scored a total of 372 points.