Tonight: The Grand Final Of Eurovision 2012
EBU Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand says the stage is now set for a night of great entertainment on Saturday. "The 57th Eurovision Song Contest is Europe's favourite TV show, guaranteeing everyone is a winner on the night. Whether you're at Baku Crystal Hall or sitting in front of a screen, you won't want to miss a moment."
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 Joksimović - Nije Ljubav Stvar
25. UKRAINE - Gaitana - Be My Guest
26. MOLDOVA - Pasha Parfeny - Lăutar
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.
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 then be delivered by spokespersons from each of the participating nations.
Remember that you can watch the Grand Final LIVE right here on Eurovision.tv from 21:00 CET via our ESCTV player, streaming Europe's Favourite TV Show right to your computer.
· Every year an estimated amount of 125 million viewers watch the Eurovision Song Contest
· Noel Kelehan conducted five winners (1980, 1987, 1992, 1993 and 1996)
· Dutch conductor Dolf van der Linde conducted for seven different countries (Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland
· Johnny Logan won the Eurovision Song Contest three times. In 1980 and 1987 he represented Ireland as performer and won both times, in 1992 he wrote Linda Martin's winning entry Why Me
· Poland made the most impressive debute in 1994, when Edyta Gorniak came 2nd with To Nie Ja, closely followed by Serbia's victory in 2007. Although Serbia & Montenegro was represented twice before, it was the first time that Serbia took part as an independent country
· Norway could be found at the bottom of the list as many as ten times! The unfortunates came last in 1963, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1981, 1990, 1997, 2001 and 2004. Nevertheless, they also won thrice (in 1985, 1995 and 2009)
· Ireland has won 7 times, Luxembourg, France and the United Kingdom 5 times. Sweden and the Netherlands won 4 times
· In 2001, the largest audience ever attended the Eurovision Song Contest. Almost 38,000 people gathered at Copenhagen's Parken Stadium to witness the first ever Estonian victory
· In 2008 and 2011, a record number of 43 countries participated
· in 2011, Lena, the winner of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, decided to defend her title on home ground - something only two people have done in the history of the contest.
About the Eurovision Song Contest
The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition for active Members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), represented by the public broadcasters in their respective countries. The first contest was held in Lugano in Switzerland in 1956. Since then, the contest has become a true European tradition. News and information about the Eurovision Song Contest is available on: www.eurovision.tv The Grand Final will be broadcast live on Saturday, 26 May 2012 (21:00 CET) in all participating countries.
About the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
The EBU serves 85 national media organizations in 56 countries in and around Europe. It represents its Members and promotes the values and distinctiveness of public service media in Europe and around the world. The Eurovision and Euroradio networks deliver news, sports, events and music to EBU Members and other media organizations. Services to Members range from legal advice, technical standardization and development to coproduction and exchange of quality European content.