Eurovision 2012: The Big Five

By David Knox on May 16, 2012 / Filed Under News 5

Today we look at the Big Five, the nations that automatically qualify for the Eurovision Final and don’t have to compete in the Semi Finals.

The UK, France, Germany and Spain have long been principal funders of Eurovision (are you listening, Greece?) and in 2010 were joined by Italy returning to the fold. The host nation / previous winner also automatically qualifies so this year they are joined by Azerbaijan, which I think actually has a better song than their winner from last year.

As it turns out, three of these countries also featured in my last post on Bookies’ Favourites so I am still liking Spain (but France gets the vote for crazy videos here!).

United Kingdom: Englebert Humperdinck: Love Will Set You Free
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France: Anggun: Echo (You And I)
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Italy: Nina Zilli: L’Amore È Femmina (Out Of Love)
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Azerbaijan: Sabina Babayeva: When The Music Dies
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Germany: Roman Lob: Standing Still
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  1. vos May 17, 2012 at 8:31 am -

    I believe Spain would win. I have to give them credit. Its a lovely awesome song.

    But then its always interesting how the easten europe allways wins more then these on the western europe side.. Always seems to win near by denmark countries near by. And its alwyas seems to be interesting how the eurovision stage is mainly more always in the east side of europe near by denmmark then these where france is.

    I as a european person i would be watching it. One thing i dont like is that annoying sbs commentator whos a comedian last years.. shes so annoyed and the guy aswell… doing rediculours sounds with thier mouth. They need to stop been comedians on this nice programe. This eurovision is not a comedy show. Anyways will see who wins. Don’t forget the russian old grannys will be on stage. I think will give these grannys some credit.

  2. ausriley26 May 16, 2012 at 11:59 pm -

    Italy is the only decent one. I am seriously starting to wonder if the BBC just picks names out of a hat to decide who they send to Eurovision, although Humperdinck isn’t as bad as the boy band from last year.

  3. vouvou18 May 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm -

    Looking forward to the silly glam of eurovision!

  4. deedeedragons May 16, 2012 at 5:15 pm -

    Getting an Amy Winehouse vibe from Italy. Maybe it’s her hair?

    The Germany song sounds like The Fray, The Script etc.

    The U.K song is very understated. I like it.

  5. pm1989 May 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm -

    I do love me some Eurovision. Such a guilty pleasure. Love it!!!!!

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