Eurovision Song Contest 2014
The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 was the 59th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Copenhagen, following Emmelie de Forest's win at the 2013 contest in Malmö, Sweden with the song "Only Teardrops"; this was the third time that Denmark hosted the contest, the most recent previous occasion being in 2001. The two semi-finals took place on 6 and 8 May 2014, the final on 10 May 2014; the shows were presented by Nikolaj Koppel and Pilou Asbæk. The show organisers from Copenhagen all in all spent 112 million Danish kroner on the contest; the host broadcaster, DR, chose the B&W Hallerne as the host venue after considering several bids from cities and venues across Denmark. Thirty-seven countries participated. Overall, there were two fewer countries competing compared to the previous year, making thirty-seven participants, the smallest number since 2006. Bulgaria, Croatia and Serbia announced their withdrawal from the 2014 Contest. San Marino and Montenegro both qualified for the final for the first time.
The winner was Conchita Wurst with the song "Rise Like a Phoenix", written by Charley Mason, Joey Patulka, Ali Zuckowski, Julian Maas for Austria. This was Austria's first win in the competition since 1966. Jokes made about Wurst had sparked controversy, whilst Russia were booed several times during the contest. Netherlands and Sweden finished second and third with the former achieving their best result since their victory in the 1975 Contest. Armenia finished fourth, which equals their best result to date, while Hungary finished fifth, achieving its best result since its fourth place in 1994. Of the "Big Five", only Ruth Lorenzo of Spain achieved a place in the top ten, while Italy got its worst result ending at 21st place. A new record of 195 million viewers for the Eurovision Song Contest was reported; the official compilation album of the 2014 Contest was released by Universal Music Group on 14 April 2014, featured all 37 songs from the contest, including the official #JoinUs theme performed during the interval act of the grand final.
The host broadcaster, DR, the EBU won the International TV Award at the Ondas Awards for their production of the contest. On 2 September 2013, Danish public broadcaster DR announced that it had chosen Copenhagen as the host city for the 2014 contest; the contest was held at the former shipyard Refshaleøen, in the B&W Hallerne, with the social networking hashtag "#JoinUs" as the motto. The location had been refurbished to accommodate the event, with the surrounding area transformed into "Eurovision Island"—an Olympic Park-inspired complex housing the event venue, press centre, other amenities; the mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, declared in late August that the city would contribute to the budget with 40 million. He announced that the aim was to make the Eurovision 2014 into the greenest contest to date since Copenhagen had been elected European Green Capital for 2014. Five cities had been considered as host city of the contest, including Herning and Copenhagen, both favourites to be the next host.
The Parken Stadium, located in Copenhagen, which hosted the 2001 contest and Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, which hosted the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2013 final, were the first venues to join the bidding phase. Fredericia and Aalborg entered the phase with the Messe C and Gigantium venues, respectively; the fifth city to join the phase was Horsens, with the venue being the courtyard of the former Horsens State Prison. In the event that Horsens had been chosen to host the contest, the courtyard would have been covered by a permanent glass roof; the contest was provisionally set to take place on 13, 15 and 17 May 2014, the dates were brought forward a week in order to accommodate the candidate cities. On 17 June 2013, the municipality executive of Aalborg decided not to bid for hosting the contest due to the city's lack of sufficient hotel capacity. While DR required the host city to have at least 3,000 hotel rooms, the city of Aalborg had only 1,600 hotel rooms, more than half of, booked for other events taking place at the same time as the Eurovision Song Contest.
On 18 June 2013, DR announced that formal bids on hosting the contest had been received by the municipalities of Copenhagen and Horsens, that the Municipality of Fredericia had confirmed its intention to place a formal bid, too. On 19 June 2013, the deadline for placing bids on hosting the contest, it was reported that Wonderful Copenhagen, the official convention and visitors bureau of the Greater Copenhagen area, had proposed three different venues in its bid on hosting the contest: The Parken Stadium, a large tent on the grounds of DR Byen and the B&W Hallerne. On 25 June 2013, the Municipality of Fredericia announced that the Triangle Region had withdrawn its bid on hosting the contest, due to the lack of a suitable venue. DR required the hosting venue to have no pillars blocking any views and an interior height of at least 16 metres. However, no venues in the region met those requirements and, Fredericia was no longer in the running for becoming host city of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.
On 28 June 2013, Anders Hørsholt, CEO of Parken Sport & Entertainment, stated that the Parken Stadium was no longer in the running for hosting the contest due to several football matches having been scheduled to take place at the stadium in the weeks leading up to the contest. Key Host venue The competition consisted of two semi-finals and a final, a format, in use since 2008
Litesound is a Belarusian pop rock band formed in 2005 by brothers Dmitry and Vladimir Karyakin. In 2010, they released their debut album Going to Hollywood. Two years in 2012, the band was chosen to represent Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest, performing the song "We Are the Heroes"; as of 2018, they released their second studio album Litesound. The band formed as an acoustic duo, was formed in 2002 by brothers Dmitry and Vladimir Karyakin. In 2005, the band became what is known as Litesound; the additions included drummer Sergey Genko. In 2006, the band won the Maiori International Music Festival, held in Italy, during which they met Italian singer Jacopo Massa, taking part in the competition. Massa and Litesound started leading Massa to appear at several concerts as a guest; this lead Massa in becoming an official member of the band. Russian guitarist Alex Kolchin and Belarusian drummer Ignat Yakovich joined the band, while Gulinsky and Genko left the group in 2006; the band competed in the Eurofest 2006, in hope of representing Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest, performing the song "My Faith", placing 6th.
Litesound participated in the Eurofest 2008, performing the song "Do You Believe", in which they qualified to the final as 2nd, but lost out to Ruslan Alekhno. They gave it another shot and returned to the Eurofest 2009, placing 3rd with the song "Carry On", featuring vocals by Dakota. In 2010, the band released the debut album Going to Hollywood, including the single "Solo Per Te". Starting from December 2011, once again aimed to represent their country at Eurovision, by taking part in the Eurofest 2012. During the semi-final of the contest, Litesound performed the song "We Are the Heroes". After qualifying to the final, they decided not to change their entry. On 14 February 2012, Alyona Lanskaya was announced the winner of the Eurofest 2012, while Litesound came in 2nd place. However, on 21 February 2012, the Belarusian president conducted an investigation about an alleged fraud in the televote, which turned out to be true; as a result of the investigation, All My Life by Alyona Lanskaya was disqualified.
As a result, Litesound were internally chosen to replace Alyona Lanskaya to represent Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Their entry "We Are the Heroes" was re-recorded in a new version, produced by Dimitris Kontopoulos; the song failed to progress from the second semi-final into the final. In January 2013 Litesound was announced as the best performer of the last ten years by fans and journalists covering the Eurovision Song Contest; the Belarusian band won the 6th edition of oikotimes.com's Eurostar Award. In 2013, Alex Kolchin left the band; the new additions to the band were Artyom and Egor Doronkin, who are brothers. Together they recorded the Christmas single "Shooting Star" accompanied with a music video; the Doronkin brothers left the band in 2015. Alex Kolchin returned to collaborate with Litesound on a cover of the Russian entry for Eurovision Song Contest 2015 "A Million Voices" by Polina Gagarina. On 16 April 2015, Litesound celebrated their 10th Anniversary and released a new song for the occasion, "Give Me Your Hand".
In 2016, Litesound joined forces with Moldovan singer Katherine to enter the Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden, making this their 5th Eurovision attempt. After auditioning, they reached the semi-finals to represent Moldova with the song "Imagine". However, on 1 February it was announced that Katherine & Litesound withdrew their entry from the national selection due to personal reasons. Andrey Ravovoy left the band in 2016. After the departure of Ravovoy, the band released the single "Together". In 2017, they released "The Whole World", a song composed by international songwriters. Prior to the release of the song Evgeny Balchuys joined the band. Andrey Ravovoy returned as the bands drummer in 2017. On 11 December 2017, Litesound released a teaser for their long-awaited second album, to be released in 2018, the release of three new music videos. On 30 September 2018, Litesound released their long-awaited second album Litesound. Current membersDmitry Karyakin – vocals, bass, keyboards Vladimir Karyakin – vocals, guitars Evgeny Balchuys - backing vocals, bass Andrey Ravovoy - drums Past membersMario Gulinsky – bass guitar Sergey Ginko – drums Jacopo Massa - vocals, guitars Evgeniy Sadovskiy - keyboards Ignat Yakovich – drums Alex Kolchin – guitars Artyom Doronkin - guitars Egor Doronkin - drums Studio albums2010: Going to Hollywood 2018: LitesoundSingles2006: "My Faith" 2008: "Do You Believe" 2009: "Carry On" 2010: "Solo Per Te" 2011: "See You In Vegas" 2012: "We Are the Heroes" 2012: "Finally" 2013: "Shooting Star" 2014: "Brothers" 2015: "UFO" 2015: "I Wish You Were Near Me" 2015: "Give Me Your Hand" 2016: "Imagine" 2016: "Раздеть тебя" 2016: "Together" 2017: "Качели" 2017: "The Whole World" 2018: "Don't Worry About Me" 2019: "На клеточном уровне" 2019: "Ненормальный" Covers 2015: "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" 2015: "A Million Voices" 2017: "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" 2018: "Iris" Litesound Fan site Litesound's Myspace page
Yuriy Alexeyevich Vashchuk, better known by his stage name Teo, is a Belarusian singer and television presenter. Teo showed passion for music early in his childhood, he won his first music competition as the winner of the international contest "Scilla", won his first major competition as the winner of the television program "Zornaya Rostan". Teo won the Belarusian national song contest and represented his country at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Cheesecake", he finished 16th, receiving a total of 43 points. Teo was born as Yuriy Vashchuk in Khidry, Brest, in 1983, as the son of school teacher, Alexey Vashchuk, culture worker, Tania Vashchuk. In his childhood he developed a interest for music, he received professional music education at the Grodno College of Art and at the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts. In 2000, he was invited to work at the National Concert Orchestra of Belarus. Teo won his first music competition as the winner of the international contest "Scilla", won his first major competition as the winner of the television program "Zornaya Rostan".
He works with many foreign and Belarusian musicians as arranger and composer, together with L. Shirin, wrote music for Russian movies, he created the Belarusian television show "Forward to the Past" and was involved in its musical theme and design. In 2011, Teo performing as Yuriy Vashchuk, decided to get a stage name, which he selected via Google search. "I saw it immediately. I like it and, it.", he explains. In between 2011-2013, he received a series of Belarusian awards, including "Song of Belarus", "Best Arranger" and "Discovery of the Year". In 2009, Teo did not win. Before trying as a solo artist, he served as co-writer of the songs, "Far Away", "All My Love" and "Solayoh", by Alyona Lanskaya, who represented Belarus in 2013. In 2014, Teo represented Belarus in Eurovision. Friend and co-writer, Dmitry Novik, recalled at a press conference in Copenhagen, that the song "Cheesecake", was written just five hours before the deadline, from Saturday to Sunday; the song, caused some discussion: In the chorus of the song, the words, "Google Maps" appeared, the rules of Eurovision states that song lyrics must not promote any registered trademarks.
Sietse Bakker, Eurovision Event Coordinator, reported that the issue will be investigated, the line was changed to "all the maps". The incident was similar to San Marino's case in 2012, when Valentina Monetta was not allowed to use the word "Facebook". At the end of the grand final, Teo finished 16th place, scoring a total of 43 points
Eurovision Song Contest 2009
The Eurovision Song Contest 2009 was the 54th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Moscow, following Dima Bilan's win at the 2008 contest in Belgrade, Serbia with the song "Believe" – marking the first time that the country had won the contest; the event was staged between 16 May 2009 at the Olympic Indoor Arena in Moscow. The contest was won by Norway's Alexander Rybak with his self-penned "Fairytale", which received a record-breaking 387 points out of 492, at the time the highest total score in the history of the contest and with a margin of 169 points over the second place which went to Iceland. Third place went to Azerbaijan, fourth to Turkey, the United Kingdom taking 5th, seeing their best placing since 2002. After criticism of the voting system after the 2007 Contest, changes in the voting procedure were made with the re-introduction of a national jury alongside televoting while the format of the semi-finals remained the same. Forty-two countries participated in the contest.
Latvia and Georgia announced their intention to withdraw, but it was stated by the European Broadcasting Union that both countries would indeed participate. However, Georgia decided to withdraw after the EBU rejected its selected song as being a breach of contest rules. For the first time in Eurovision history, there were four hosts, each divided in two sets: Natalia Vodianova and Andrey Malahov were the hosts of the semi-finals, while the final was presented by Ivan Urgant and Alsou Abramova; the contest was held in Russia following its victory in the 2008 contest in Belgrade, with Dima Bilan's "Believe". Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Russia, stated, it was proposed by Channel One that the contest be held in Moscow's Olympic Indoor Arena, this proposal was evaluated by the European Broadcasting Union and confirmed on 13 September 2008. The Director-General of the venue, Vladimir Churilin, refuted rumours of emergency reconstruction of the building, saying: "It will not be required for the Eurovision Song Contest.
We now can take up to 25 thousand spectators." The contest final took place on 16 May 2009 at the Olympic Indoor Arena in Moscow, Russia with two semi-finals preceding it on 12 and 14 May. Thirty-seven countries participated in one of the two semi-finals of the contest, with the "Big Four" countries and the host pre-qualified for the final. In addition to those pre-qualified, the final included the ten selected countries from each semi-final, making a total of twenty-five participants. A discussion on changes to the format of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest had taken place at an EBU meeting in Athens, Greece in June 2008 where a proposal was made that could have resulted in the "Big Four" losing their automatic place in the final of the contest. However, it was confirmed that the "Big Four" countries would continue to automatically qualify for the final at the 2009 contest. Host broadcaster Channel One presented the sub-logo and theme for the 2009 contest on 30 January 2009; the sub-logo is based upon a "Fantasy Bird".
As in previous years, the sub-logo was presented alongside the generic logo. 2009 was the first year since 2001 without any slogan for the contest. The stage was designed by New York-based set designer John Casey, was based around the theme of contemporary Russian avant-garde. Casey, who had designed the stage for the Eurovision Song Contest 1997 in Dublin, was involved in design teams for the 1994 and 1995 contests, he explained that "even before worked with the Russians on the TEFI Awards in Moscow in 1998, was inspired by and drawn to art from the Russian Avant Garde period the constructivists... tried to come up with a theatrical design for the contest that incorporates Russian avant-garde art into a contemporary setting entirely made up of different types of LED screens." Casey explained. Furthermore, large sections of the stage can move, including the circular central portion of curved LED screens, which can be moved to effect and allow each song to have a different feel; the postcards were as follows: Miss World 2008, Ksenia Sukhinova appeared.
On the right the ESC 2009 logo appeared with the name of the country. A phrase in transliterated Russian and its English translation were shown; the music accompanying the postcards was produced by Matthew Herbert. On Friday 30 January 2009, the draw to decide which countries would appear in either the first or second semi-final took place; the participating countries excluding the automatic finalists were split into six pots, based upon how those countries have been voting. From these pots, half competed in the first Semi Final on 10 May 2009; the other half in that particular pot will compete in the second Semi Final on 12 May 2009. The draw for the running order of the semi-finals and the order of voting, occurred on 16 March 2009. 1.^ Georgia withdrew a month and
Hasta la Vista (Ruslan Alekhno song)
"Hasta la Vista" is an English language song, by Belarusian Ruslan Alekhno. The song was performed as the Belarusian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008; the song was written in a dance-pop style, but has been re-arranged and remixed for the contest in a pop-rock style more similar to the 2007 Belarusian Eurovision entry: Work Your Magic. The song was succeeded as Belarusian representative at the 2009 contest by Petr Elfimov with "Eyes That Never Lie". "Hasta La Vista" "Hasta La Vista" "Hasta La Vista" "Hasta La Vista" "Hasta La Vista"
Alexander Igoryevich Rybak is a Belarusian-Norwegian singer-composer, violinist and actor. Representing Norway in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow, Rybak won the contest with 387 points—the highest tally any country has achieved in the history of Eurovision under the old voting system—with "Fairytale", a song he wrote and composed, his debut album, charted in the top 20 in nine European countries, including a No. 1 position in Norway and Russia. Rybak made a return to Eurovision in 2016, playing the violin during both interval acts, he represented Norway again in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, with the song "That's How You Write a Song". Rybak was born in Soviet Union, his family emigrated to Norway. He became a student at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo at the age of 10; as a result of his success in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest he took a break from his bachelor's degree studies at the institute, but in 2011 he returned to his studies and in June 2012 he graduated from Barratt Due Institute of Music with a Bachelor of Music in violin performance.
In 2004, Rybak was awarded the Anders Jahre Culture Prize presented to him by Viktoriya Rybak at the annual culture festival in Madrid, Spain. In 2005, he entered the Norwegian version of Idol, Idol: Jakten på en superstjerne, reaching the semifinal. In 2006, Rybak won Kjempesjansen, a talent competition hosted by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, with his own song, "Foolin". Rybak has collaborated with artists such as a-ha's lead singer Arve Tellefsen. In 2007, Rybak played the fiddle in Oslo Nye Teater's production of Fiddler on the Roof and won the Hedda Award for this role. Rybak won the 54th Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow, with a record 387 points, singing "Fairytale", a song inspired by Norwegian folk music; the song was composed and written by Rybak and was performed with the modern folk dance company Frikar. The song received good reviews with a score of 6 out of 6 in the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, and, in an ESCtoday poll, he scored 71.3%, making him the favourite to get into the final.
In the 2009 Norwegian national heats, Rybak achieved a clean sweep, gaining the top score from all nine voting districts and ending with a combined televote and jury score of 747,888, while the runner up, Tone Damli Aaberge, received a combined score of only 121,856 The song competed in the second semi-final and won the place in the Eurovision final. Rybak won the Eurovision final with a landslide victory, receiving votes from all the other participating countries. Rybak finished with a total of 387 points, breaking the previous record of 292 points scored by Lordi in 2006 and scoring 169 points more than the runner-up, Iceland. Rybak's first album, was released after his Eurovision win. Rybak co-stars as Levi in the film Yohan directed by Grete Salomonsen, released in March 2010. Rybak went on a tour in Norway with former Norwegian Eurovision winner Elisabeth Andreassen, something, decided before his Eurovision win and participation, he and Frikar toured Norway and Europe in 2009. In a December 2009 performance of his hit "Fairytale" at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, held at the Oslo Spektrum, Rybak shared the stage with nine other acts.
Too EMI Norway has just released a film entitled Fairytale, the movie, directed by acclaimed Norwegian director, Rune Langlo, documenting the journey of Alexander Rybak since claiming the top prize for Norway in Moscow. In 2009, he recorded the theme song, called "I Don't Believe in Miracles/Superhero", for the Russian action movie Black Lightning produced by Timur Bekmambetov.- On 30 January 2010, Rybak performed one of his new singles, "Europe's Skies", in national final, Euroviisut 2010, to select the 2010 Finnish entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. On 12 March 2010, Alexander Rybak performed his Eurovision 2009 winning song "Fairytale" on UK TV show Eurovision: Your Country Needs You. In April 2010, Rybak released a new song, featuring Opptur, called "Fela Igjen". On 8 June 2010, Rybak released the first single from his second album "Oah". A music video was made for the single, it was produced by Eirik Heldal and shot by Martin J. Edelsteen, it is filmed in a college. He recorded and released a Russian version of this song called "Strela Amura".
Alexander released his second album on 14 June 2010, called No Boundaries. It was not as successful as his first album, so far it has peaked at number 7 in Norway, number 8 in Sweden and 32 in Finland. On 7 January 2011, Rybak was one of twelve contestants on the next Swedish season of the dancing show Let's Dance, in the show Rybak danced to win the competition against other Swedish celebrities. Rybak made it to the Top 4 before being voted off on 11 March, having received the lowest scores from both juries and the voting public. In 2011 he released the album Visa vid vindens ängar, a collaboration with Mats Paulson whom he describes as "a legend and a great friend" On December 11, 2011, he appeared as musical guest on X Factor. In 2012 he released a new music video for his Russian song "Strela Amura". "Strela Amura" is the Russian version of Oah, one of his previous singles released in 2010. The music video was shot in Ukraine. Alexander said: "For me the main thing is what is going on inside a person, not the events around them.
The video for the song “Strela Amura” is about me, about my life, which consists of the airports and hotels
Eurovision Song Contest 2012
The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was the 57th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Baku, following Ell & Nikki's win at the 2011 contest in Düsseldorf, Germany with the song "Running Scared" — marking the first time that the country had won the contest; the contest was held at the newly constructed Baku Crystal Hall, with semi-finals held on 22 and 24 May 2012, followed by the final held on 26 May 2012. Forty-two countries competed in the contest — one less than the record number of 43 set at the previous contest, with Montenegro returning for the first time since 2009, the withdrawal of Armenia due to security concerns in relation to the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan, Poland due to financial concerns; the contest was won by singer Loreen from Sweden with the song "Euphoria" — written by Thomas G:son and Peter Boström, the song scored a total of 372 points. Russia finished with Serbia finishing in third, they were followed by the host country, which reached the 4th place.
Albania finished 5th. Germany and Spain were the three members of the "Big Five" that managed to rank within the top 10, finishing in 8th, 9th and 10th places 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 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. 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 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. 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 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, 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", 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, were split into six pots, based upon how those countries voted in past contests. From these pots, half 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 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. 1.^ Armenia withdrew a month and a half after the semi-final allocation draw. 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 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...', which were followed by the name of a town or geographic feature, showing the landscape and culture of the country. Some postca