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.
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.
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.
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.