February 13, 2012 - 16:54 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Sabina Babayeva will represent Azerbaijan at 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. This was announced following the final selection tour on Sunday, Feb 12.
The participants from Azerbaijan were being determined during three months. About 119 performers submitted the applications for participation in the national qualifying contest. Only 72 performers were eligible to participate in Eurovision national qualification contest, Trend reported.
Azerbaijan’s Ell/Nikki duet with Running Scared song won the Eurovision 2011. Italy's Raphael Gualazzi with Madness Of Love song took second place followed by Eric Saade from Sweden.
Armenia’s Emmy was knocked out of Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in the May 10 seminal, although her performance of Boom Boom song was met warmly by the audience at Arena stadium in Düsseldorf, Germany.
For several months Armenia couldn’t decide on participation in the song contest. Public Television of Armenia demanded safety guarantees for the Armenian delegation from Baku and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
On January 17, the head of the Armenian delegation to Eurovision, Gohar Gasparyan said that Armenia’s participation in the contest proves its full fledged membership in EBU.
Eurovision semifinals are scheduled for May 22 and 24. Armenian along with Serbia, Sweden, Georgia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Macedonia, Estonia, Belarus, Turkey, Malta, Slovakia, Croatia, Norway, Ukraine, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Bosnia Herzegovina will perform in the second semifinal due on May 24.
Eurovision 2012 final is scheduled for May 26.