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Albania: Festivali i Këngës
- Kosovan singer Rona Nishliu will represent Albania with the song “Suus”. The song was selected on December 29 through the Festivali i Kenges. More information here.
- Armenia confirmed their withdrawal in March.
- Ten artists will compete in a one-night event, held on February 24. For more information, click here.
- The Trackshittaz took the victory with “Woki mit deim Popo“.
Azerbaijan: Milli seçim turu
- Similar to their 2011 selection process, Azerbaijan chose artists through a series of televised heats.
- After a long process, Sabina Babayeva was selected to represent her country on home soil. Her song “When the Music Dies“, was revealed in March.
- Fifteen artists were whittled down to five on December 21st, and a Final was held on February 14. For a rundown of the finalist’s songs, click here.
- Alyona Lanskaya’s “All My Life” was originally chosen as the winner, but due to allegations of corruption, it was replaced with Litesound’s “We Are the Heroes”.
- 16-year old singer Iris was internally selected by broadcaster VRT. More information here.
- A two-song National Final was held in March, with “Would You?” being picked as the winning song.
Bosnia and Herzegovina:
- Broadcaster BHRT internally selected singer-songwriter Maya Sar (Maja Sarihodžić). More information here.
- Maya’s song, “Korake ti znam“, was released in March.
- 33 songs have been announced (but not released), and were pared down to 22 by the broadcaster.
- Those songs will go through a semifinal on January 14, where only 12 songs will proceed to the final. More information here.
- The February 29 final resulted in a win for Sofi Marinova’s “Love Unlimited“.
Croatia: Dora 2012
- Nina Badrić has been internally selected to represent Croatia. More information here.
- Nina’s song, “Nebo“, is the title track from her most recent album.
- Singer Ivi Adamou was internally selected by CyBC. More information here.
- A three-song National Selection was held on January 25. To hear the songs, click here.
- After a jury and televote, “La La Love” was chosen to represent Cyprus.
Denmark: Dansk Melodi Grand Prix
- The National Final was held on January 21 in Aalborg. More details here.
- Soluna Samay’s “Should’ve Known Better” will represent Denmark in Baku.
Estonia: Eesti Laul
- 20 songs were announced for Eesti Laul 2012. More information here. Semifinals were held February 18 and 25, with a Final on March 3.
- Ott Lepland’s “Kuula” was declared the winner.
Finland: Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK)
- 40 songs were winnowed down to 12 through a jury vote during a series of five semifinals, to be held weekly from January 27 until February 24. The Finals were held on February 25th. More information here.
- Pernilla Karlsson’s “När jag Blundar” was chosen as the Finnish representative.
- Broadcaster France 3 internally selected singer Anggun. More information here.
- Her song, “Echo (You and I)” was revealed in late January.
- An open call for songs resulted in only thirteen submissions.
- After a National Final, Anri Jokhadze’s “I’m a Joker” was selected for Baku.
Germany: Unser Star für Baku
- Similar to the selection process that picked Lena in 2010.
- Heats are scheduled for January 12, and 19.
- Elimination rounds are scheduled for 26, February 2 and 6.
- A Quarterfinal is to be held February 9, a Semifinal on February 13, and a winner crowned on February 16.
- Roman Lob will be performing “Standing Still” in Azerbaijan.
- The March 12 National final resulted in a win for Eleftheria Eleftheriou’s “Aphrodisiac“.
- An open call for songs lead to the submission of over 200 songs for Hungary.
- Two semifinals (January 28 and February 4) will lead into an eight-song Final on February 11.
- Compact Disco will perform “Sound of Our Hearts” for Hungary.
Iceland: Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins
- Three five-song semifinals will be held on January 14, 21, and 28.
- After a seven-song Final, held on February 11, it was decided that Gréta Salóme & Jónsi will perform “Mundu eftir mér” in Baku. It is unclear whether they will sing in Icelandic, or switch to English.
- Similar to last year, five mentors will assist five acts in a performance on The Late Late Show, to be held February 24.
- The songs were released to the public on February 9.
- Jedward will be returning to the Eurovision stage with their song “Waterline“.
- A full National Selection (Kdam) was originally scheduled, but it seems that plans had fallen through, so IBA opted for an Internal Selection.
- “Time” by Izabo was selected to represent Israel in Baku. The song leaked in mid-February, and was officially unveiled in March.
Italy: Festival di Sanremo
- Similar to 2011, a special jury was set up as part of the San Remo Festival.
- The Festival was held during the week of February 14. More information here.
- Nina Zilli will represent Italy in Baku, performing “L’amore è femmina“.
- After an online Preselection, 71 songs were narrowed down to 20.
- Two Semifinals were held on January 7 and 14, with a ten-song Final held on February 18.
- Anmary’s “Beautiful Song” was selected to go to Baku.
- 47 acts are in the running for Lithuania.
- Semifinals will be held February 4, 11, 18, and 25, with a National Final on March 3.
- After years of trying, Donny Montell will be singing “Love is Blind” in Baku.
- 24 songs will go through a Semifinal on February 3, where 16 songs will qualify for the February 4 Final.
- Malta has selected Kurt Calleja’s “This is the Night” to represent them in Azerbaijan.
- Broadcaster MKRTV internally selected singer Kaliopi. More information here.
- “Crno i Belo”/”Black and White” was revealed to the public on February 29.
- Moldova held their National Final on March 10.
- Pasha Parfeny won the ticket to Baku with “Lăutar“.
- RCTG returns to the contest for the first time since 2009 with Rambo Amadeus. More information here.
- His song will be called “Euro Neuro“, and was to the public in March.
Netherlands: Nationaal Songfestival
- Over 450 songs were submitted to TROS through an open call for songs and singers. From those, six songs went through to a National Selection on February 26, produced by John De Mol of Big Brother and The Voice fame.
- Joan Franka will represent the Dutch with “You and Me“.
Norway: Melodi Grand Prix
- 24 songs (already chosen) will go through three semifinals (January 21, 28, and February 4).
- The February 11 final determined that Tooji’s “Stay” will go to Baku.
Portugal: Festival Da Canção
- An open call for singers led to the application of over 400 hopeful artists. A jury created by broadcaster RTP selected a top 12, who went through to a National Final on March 10.
- Filipa Sousa will perform “Vida Minha” in Azerbaijan.
- A National Final was held on March 10.
- Mandinga’s “Zaleilah” will be performed in Baku.
- A 25-song National Final was held on March 7.
- The Buranovskiye Babushki won the ticket to Eurovision with “Party for Everybody”.
- San Marino turned towards an internal selection for their 2012 participation.
- Their song will be unveiled in March.
- Veteran singer and composer Željko Joksimović was internally selected to represent Serbia. More information here.
- His song, “Nije ljubav stvar“, was released on March 10.
- After it had been announced hat singer Miro Smajda would be representing his country, it had appeared that contract negotiations between the singer and the broadcaster had fallen through.
- In March, however, Miro’s participation (under the stage name Max Jason Mai) was confirmed, as was his song “Don’t Close Your Eyes“.
Slovenia: Misija Evrovizija, EMA 2012
- Slovenia’s artist selection has been ongoing since early October. After numerous heats and elimination rounds, Misija Evrovizjia selected Eva Boto and sisters Eva & Nika Prusnik.
- After performing against each other in EMA 2012, Eva Boto’s “Verjamem” was selected.
- Pop/ballad/flamenco singer Pastora Soler has been announced as Spain’s artist for Baku.
- A national final was held on March 3, where Pastora performed three tracks from her latest album.
- Pastora will be singing “Quédate Conmigo” in Baku.
- 32 songs competed in four Semifinals (February 4, 11, 18, and 25) and one Second Chance round (March 3) for a shot at the Final, held on March 10.
- Loreen’s “Euphoria” won Melodifestivalen 2012, and will be heard at Eurovision.
Switzerland: Die grosse Entscheidungs Show
- “Unbreakable” by Sinplus was selected on December 10. More information here.
- After months of speculation, Indie rock artist Can Bonomo will represent Turkey in Baku. More information here.
- “Love Me Back” was premiered in February.
- A 21-song National Final will be held on February 18.
- Nineteen of the songs were chosen through an NTU jury, one act was the winners of “Show #1”, and the last was selected via a social networking site.
- Gaitana’s “Be My Guest” will represent Ukraine in Baku.
- A second consecutive internal selection resulted in the announcement of Engelbert Humperdinck as the UK’s representative. His song, “Love Will Set You Free“, was released on March 19.
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