It was 4am local time when the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest finally came off the air in Baku. The smile of Azerbaijan compare Eldar Gasimov never faltered but the hopes of many countries wanting to host the event in 2013 fell by the wayside as the Eurovision Song Contest voting progressed. Here we take a look at the Top 5 from the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Final.
The finalists were assembled through one of three ways:
- Azerbaijan (as hosts) and the 5 largest funding entries to the European Broadcast Union were Eurovison Final Automatic Qualifiers.
- 10 finalists were selected from the Eurovision Tuesday Semi-Final
- 10 finalists were selected from the Eurovision Thursday Semi-Final
Winner: Sweden (372 Points)
Loreen - Euphoria
The favourite before the show went to air, the Swedish entry from Loreen was the winner of the Thursday semi-final as well as going on to win the Eurovision final on Saturday night. The song picked up 18 maximum scores out of a possible 41 maximum 12 point scores and only Italy decided not to give then any score at all. 
Loreen is a Swedish born and bred singer who first hit the popular music scene after appearing in a popular TV singing contest. She has worked in television as well as music and tried to appear for Sweden at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest but was not selected during her countries selection process. Loreen has an album in the pipeline, due for release around the Eurovision contest time.
Runner-up: Russia (259 Points)
Buranovskiye Babushki - Party for Everybody
The Winner of the Eurovision Semi-Final on Tuesday, the "Russian Grannies" brought their novelty tune to Eurovision and scored and finished an impressive second. Although they scored highly they only picked up a single maximum score from Belarus and what was more important is that everyone except for Switzerland scored them something although many of the scores were minor.
Buranovskiye Babushki are a larger group than what was seen at Eurovision. The singers are a group of nine but the Eurovision Song Contest rules prevent more than 6 individual members being on the huge Baku stage. Their song Party for Everybody was sung in both English and the very rare language of Udmurt which is an official language in one small section of Russia. In the Russian qualifying program for Eurovision, Buranovskiye Babushki beat half of former Eurovision entrant T.a.T.u among other entertainers.
Third Place: Serbia (214 Points)
Zeljko Joksimovic - Nije Ljubat Stvar
Following close to Sweden in the semi-finals, Serbia were not as lucky to get high scores in their finals appearance as returning artist Zeljko Joksimovic made his second appearance at the competition. Having previously sung for Serbia and Montenegro in 2004, the song which translates as Love is not an object was more consistant than the Russian's at getting high scores but not as many countries chose to vote for them in the minor points scores. This meant that although Serbia managed 4 sets of top marks, they still finished in Bronze position.
Zeljko Joksimovic is a rock singer born in the Serbian region of the former Yugoslavia and even after writing this song himself, he also translated it into an English language version called Synonym and performed by a different artist.
Fourth Place: Azerbaijan (150 Points)
Sabina Babayeva - When The Music Dies
The host country of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 nearly made it a double reaching 4th place with an excellent track from Sabina Babayeva and picking up 4 maximum 12 points scores, more than second placed Russia and equal with 3rd place Serbia. the Azerbaijan entry was well received by its neighbouring countries but also attracted minor scores from the likes of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Sabina Babayeva is predominantly a jazz artist and has performed across Western Europe prior to her appearance in Eurovision which shows itself throughout the track along a more traditional Azerbaijani style of entertainment. Babayeva has also released a local language version of the track since it was selected for the Eurovision finals.
Fifth Place: Albania (146 Points)
Rona Lishliu - Suus
It was in the build up to the Tuesday semi-final that it was announced the Albanian televoting and coverage of the semi final would not happen live. An accident in the country involving a student bus had plunged the country into morning and all of the voting was undertaken by the Albanian jury; Rona Lishliu and the countries Baku contingent all dedicating the performances to those affected by the accident.
Lishliu had qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest after winning the countries selection event Fesitvali i Kenges which has a very similar format to the current Eurovision semi-final and final process. Suus is performed in Albanian and gained alcaldes in her home country getting maximum scores from 5 of the 7 judges at the festival. In the Eurovision contest Rona Lishliu received 146 in both the semifinals and the final itself.