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Rona Nishliu, Željko Joksimović, Tooji and Eva Boto releases new versions of their participating entries

Eurovision Song Contest 2012 ©  EBU

It's less than a month left to the 57th Eurovision Song Contest which will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan. We already know all the participating entries but newer versions are coming up for the representatives' albums or CD's. Lately Rona Nishliu, Željko Joksimović, Tooji and Eva Boto released new versions of their entries.

2012rs Željko Joksimović - Nije Ljubov Stvar

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Željko Joksimović will be representing Serbia at the 2012 Eurovision Song Cotest with the song Nije Ljubov Stvar. Last year, Serbia qualified to the final where they finished 14th

Evropska Pesma 2012: Željko Joksimović to sing Synonym/Ljubav Nije Stvar at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

Zeljko Joksimovic ©  eurovision.tv

Tonight, the song presentation named Evropska Pesma was held in Serbia. Several well-known names attended the show where Serbian high-hope Željko Joksimović presented his participating song, Synonym/Ljubav Nije Stvar for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

Serbian Song to be Presented on Saturday - Get to Know Željko Joksimović

Željko Joksimović ©  Željko Joksimović

This year, Serbian broadcaster decided to participate at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with an internal choice like many countries this year, and the corporation made an arrangement with one of the big guns of this country, Željko Joksimović. Željko finally will announce his participating song with a special presentation show this Saturday.

The 57th Eurovision Song Contest will feature the participation of 43 countries

Eurovision Song Contest 2012 ©  EBU

The EBU has announced that a total of 43 countries will participate in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Baku the next 22, 24 and 26 of May. It confirms the participation of Armenia, the return of Montenegro after three years of absence and the withdrawal of Poland.

Željko Joksimović announces his Christmas tour - soon time to prepare for 2012

Zeljko Joksimovic © Tommy Engström, EuroVisionary

Željko Joksimović, who will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest once again representing Serbia in 2012 will go on a tour at the end of the year singing his biggest hits. Željko Joksimović will perform for his fans in Germany, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro. 

Željko Joksimović Returns for Serbia

Željko Joksimović

Today, Serbian broadcaster, RTS confirmed the name of the singer who will represent the nation in Baku next May. They are again putting their faith in Željko Joksimović, who will make his fourth appearance in the contest.

Hadise back on the TV screens as judge in The Voice Of Turkey

Hadise @ The Voice Turkey ©  show tv

Former Turkish participant Hadise, who came 4th at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, is back on the TV screens as a jury member in the contest called O Ses Türkiye (The Voice Of Turkey). Murat Boz, who has been suggested for the past three Eurovision Song Contests, is also a jury member.

2011 - 1st Semi-Final

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Basic information
Date: 
10 May 2011
Contest type: 
Semi-Final 1
Venue: 
Fortuna Düsseldorf Arena (Espirit Arena)
Broadcaster: 
NDR
Presenter(s): 
Anke Engelke, Judith Rakers, Stefan Raab
Other shows this year: 
About the contest: 

Germany hosted the contest for the first time in 28 years. Last time, in 1983, the most memorable aspect of the contest was the thrice repetition of everything that was said (in German, English and French), making the contest seem a lot longer than the three hours, 20 minutes in actually lasted. This time round, the presentation was much less formal, much more relaxed and one of the more entertaining presentations in recent years. Actress Judith Rakers brought an air of professionalism to proceedings, while comedian Anke Engelke and Stefan Raab, already known to fans as a bit of a joker, brought some slapstick to the show. It was a welcome break from the straight-laced approach usually adopted by Executive Producers.

The arena chosen by NDR is usually associated with football matches, being the home of Bundesliga team, Fortuna Dusseldorf. However, it was built as a multi-purpose stadium and so was easily converted into an arena fit for the world’s biggest musical event. The Green Room, where the singers hung out when they were not on stage, was hidden at the back of the stage and revealed in spectacular fashion at the start of the voting.

Just when you thought the contest was shredding its image as home of the daft song title, along came the 2011 version to relight the unjustified reputation. There was a Haba, Haba, Boom Boom, Da Da Dam and a Ding Dong.

The biggest story of the contest was a very tragic one. The Icelandic song, Coming Home, was written by Sjonni Brink. He was also due to perform the song himself in the Icelandic semi-finals, but died before they took place. Instead of withdrawing the song, six of his friends came together to perform the song in his memory. They proved to be an unstoppable force as they won the right to represent Iceland in Dusseldorf. Sentiment can be a powerful emotion which some felt could have given Iceland its first victory. In the end, despite a strong and professional performance which would have made Sjonni proud, reaching the final was as good as it got. 

Every contest usually sees accusations of plagiarism, and 2011 was no different. The band representing Denmark, A Friend In London, had no sooner won the Danish final than videos were being posted on contest related sites which showed more than a passing similarity between their song, New Tomorrow, and three or four other songs. As is not uncommon, no official complaint was received by the EBU so the fuss soon died down.

While Denmark managed to have no problems where there may have been some, the Belarusians were not so lucky. They selected Anastasiya Vinnikova to sing a very patriotic song called Born in Byelorussia. However, the lyrics didn’t pass the political content test and so Anastasiya was sent to Dusseldorf with the equally patriotic but less political I Love Belarus.

For the first time since the very early days of the Eurovision Song Contest, the winner of the previous year came back to defend her title. Lena made it known soon after Satellite had given her and Germany victory that she would welcome the opportunity to participate again in Dusseldorf. This was an offer that NDR didn’t turn down, and so songs were commissioned for the German public to choose for her.

After many years of campaigning by fans, Italian broadcaster, RAI, submitted an entry for the first time since 1997. A continuation of the return of one of the favourite Eurovision countries may be in doubt due to the low viewing figures in Italy, especially in the second semi-final in which they voted. Italy was not the only nation to enter the contest after an absence, San Marino entered for the second time, Hungary also came back into the fold and Austria also entered again having dropped out after the 2007 contest. All in all, this brought a field of 43 delegations to Germany to fight it out.

The winner of the 1998 contest, Dana International came back to try again. Other returning acts were Dino Merlin and Zdob și Zdub. Some of the acts were already known to the viewers. Blue put their credibility on the line for the United Kingdom, while Jedwood tried to gain some by ‘singing’ for Ireland.

EBU Releases Jury and Televote Results

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The EBU has now released the votes of the juries and the public phone votes. As a result, we can now see how much influence the juries had on the overall result.

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