The Eurovision Song Contest 2012

Engelbert Humperdinck to sing Love Will Set You Free

BBC Eurovision Song Contest coverage 2012

SEMI-FINAL ONE

Tuesday 22 May, BBC Three at 8.00pm

The first of two spectacular Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals broadcasts live from Baku. Performers from the first batch of 18 (out of 42 countries), including Ireland’s own Jedward, will be competing in a bid to win a place in the Grand Final on Saturday. Special guest Engelbert Humperdinck will look towards Saturday’s final.

SEMI-FINAL TWO

Thursday 24 May, BBC Three at 8.00pm

Interviews with some of the top acts that have already gone through from Tuesday’s first semi-final. Performers from the second batch of 18 (out of 42 countries) will be competing in a bid to win a place in the Grand Final on Saturday. UK Viewers will have the chance to vote on who goes through to the final during this semi-final.

PRE-GRAND FINAL

Friday 25 May - Radio 2 at 9.30am – 12.00pm

BBC Radio 2 presenter Ken Bruce will be broadcasting live from Baku. In this special edition of his regular mid-morning show, Ken will be taking a look back at the history of Baku, as well as Azerbaijan as a tourist destination. He’ll be joined by Eurovision historian and expert John Kennedy O’Connor and Eurovision boffin and broadcaster Paddy O’Connell. Special guest Engelbert Humperdinck will be stopping by for a chat, as will some of Eurovision’s most famous female contestants including Dana, Clodagh Rodgers and Kate Robbins.

GRAND FINAL

Saturday 26 May

BBC Radio 2 at 10.00am – 1.00pm

Graham Norton presents his Radio 2 show live from Baku with special guest Engelbert Humperdinck will look towards the evening’s Grand Final.

BBC One, BBC One HD and simulcast on BBC Radio 2 at 8.00pm

Graham Norton commentates for BBC One and BBC One HD and Ken Bruce commentates for BBC Radio 2 as 26 countries (out of the original 42) compete for the coveted title of the Eurovision Song Contest winner 2012.

From each of the two semi-finals, ten countries will have qualified. France, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy and host country Azerbaijan are automatically qualified to take part in the Final.