|Posted by Riku on May 21, 2012 at 6:00 PM|
Today we'll know which of this semi-finals 18 countries will qualify to Saturday's Grand Final. Live show from Baku starts at 21:00 Central European Time!
18 countries were drawn to this semifinal while another 18 to the second semifinal, which will be held on Thursday.
Read all about the artists, listen to their songs and see who are behind the songs on our Participants -page.
HOW TO WATCH
All the 18 participating countries must broadcast the contest on its channels, please visit your local broadcaster's website to read more. Also most of the 42 participating countries will broadcast also this show. You can also watch it online at www.eurovision.tv/esctv starting at 21:00 CET.
Voting starts after all the songs have been performed, when the hosts announce it. Viewers at the 18* participating countries can vote for their favorites by sending an SMS or by calling to the number you see on the screen during the recap. Maximum of 20 votes can be sent from each phone and voting time is 15 minutes. It is not possible to vote for your own country or the country where you are voting from.
(*Also Spain, Azerbaijan and Italy of the direct finalists will vote in this semi-final.)
Professional juries in all respective countries vote as well. Just like the televoters, each jury in each country then gives 12 points to the most popular entry, 10 points to the second most popular, then 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points. Juries' and televoters' points will be added together (50/50%).
At the end of the show, the 10 most voted will be announced in a random order by the hosts. The exact results will be revealed after the final on Saturday.
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HAVE AN EXCITING EVENING - MAY THE BEST SONGS QUALIFY
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