Eurovision 2012: By the Numbers

Now that we’ve got all 42 participating entrants for this year’s Contest (plus a few bonus entries that were later withdrawn or edited…I’m looking at you, Italy, Belarus, and San Marino…), we’ve got a bit more than a month and a half before delegations, press, and fans converge on Baku.  Rehearsals start around May 13, and the fun doesn’t stop until the Press Conferences after the end of the Final (or, in my case, when I groggily board my flight out of Baku at too-early-o’clock the next morning).  Until then, though, things tend to be a bit on the quiet side, in terms of Eurovision News.  We’ve got our songs, the preview videos, news about Pre-ESC events in Amsterdam (April 21…more information here) and London (April 29…tickets available here)…but now what?

In order to tide us over for a little while and preventing us all from going into fits of Euro-withdrawal, I’ve taken the liberty of breaking down this year’s crop of participants into manageable bites of trivial goodness.  (Some of my more loyal readers might remember me doing something similar last year, too.)

All of the songs and preview videos are available on’s official Media Player, so crank up the volume and get your playlists ready!

Who’s performing?

  • Male Soloists: Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Turkey, Slovakia, United Kingdom (12 in total)
  • Female Soloists: Albania, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia,  Macedonia, Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine (21 in total)
  • Duos: Austria, Iceland, Ireland, Switzerland (4 in total)
  • Groups: Belarus, Hungary, Israel, Romania, Russia (5 in total)

What are they singing?

  • Ballads: Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom
  • Midtempo: Belgium, Denmark, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands
  • Upbeat/Dance: Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Georgia, Greece, Ireland, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine
  • Rock: Belarus, Hungary, Israel, Macedonia, Slovakia, Switzerland
  • Multiple genres: Lithuania (ballad, dance…and tango?)

What language are they singing in?

  • English: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland,  Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, San Marino, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom (24 in total)
  • Bilingual: France, Georgia, Israel, Italy, Romania, Russia (6 in total)
  • No/minimal English: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Macedonia, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain (12 in total)

How old are the performers?

  • Artists under the age of 20 by the time of the Final: Belgium (17), Cyprus (18), Slovenia (16),
  • Artists over the age of 40 by the time of the Final: Macedonia (45), Montenegro (48), Russia (members range from 47 to 76), Serbia (40),  United Kingdom (76),
  • Artists celebrating their birthday during Eurovision Weeks (May 12-27, 2012): Estonia (turning 25), Greece (turning 23), Norway (turning 25), Turkey (turning 25)

Have we seen them before?

  • Artists who have previously performed at Eurovision as a lead singer: Iceland (Jónsi, 2004), Ireland (Jedward, 2011), Macedonia (Kaliopi, 1996 pre-qualifier), Serbia (Željko Joksimović, 2004)
  • Artists who have previously performed at Eurovision as a backing singer: Bosnia and Herzegovina (Maya Sar, 2011), Georgia (Anri Jokhadze, 2008)
  • Artists who had unsuccessful National Final entries in 2011: Austria, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Sweden
  • Artists who had unsuccessful National Final entries in 2010: Greece, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Russia

How did they get to Baku?

  • Complete Internal Selection (artist and song): Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Israel, Macedonia, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey, United Kingdom
  • Artist internally selected, song chosen by National Selection: Belgium, Cyprus, Spain
  • Artist chosen by National Selection, song internally selected: Azerbaijan
  • Artist and song chosen by a National Selection: Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine
  • Other: Italy (a special jury as part of the San Remo Festival selected their singer, who then changed her song)

What else?

  • “X-Factor”/”Idol”/Talent Show participants (not counting National Finals): Albania, Cyprus, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden
  • Artists born outside of the country that they’ll be representing: Albania (Kosovo), Denmark (Guatemala), France (Indonesia), Greece (Cyprus), Norway (Iran), UK (India, although it wasn’t independent at the time of his birth)
  • Artists with experience as DJs or MTV VJs: Albania, Italy, Norway, Turkey
  • Artists who haven’t released a full album yet: Albania, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland (Gréta Salóme), Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden
  • Songs with Swedish Songwriters: Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
  • Songs at least partially written by the performer: Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, France, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine
  • Entries performed by siblings: Belarus (Dmitry and Vladimir Karyakin), Georgia (Anri Jokhadze, with his sister Magda on backing vocals), Ireland (John and Edward Grimes), Switzerland (Ivan and Gabriel Broggini)

Posted on March 27, '12, in 2012, Special Comment. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Wow… 😀

    Surprised to see that there are only 12 “ballads” .. feels like there are more. Maybe its just the overload of Balkan ones that makes it feel like that.

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