Participants of semi-finals of Eurovision-2012 will cast lots in Baku
Today in the capital of Azerbaijan, 37 participants of the two semi-finals of Eurovision-2012 will cast lots. The event will be held in Baku "Buta Palace", RIA Novosti reported with reference to the official website of the competition.
Contest participants will be divided into two groups, performances of which will be held on 22 and 24 May this year, the BBC Russian reported. The sequence of appearance of the participating countries will be known only in March after the draw to be held with participation of heads of delegations.
"Eurovision - 2012 will be held in Baku on May 22-26, 2012. Azerbaijan has the right to host the prestigious European sinders competition after the victory of Azerbaijani duo of Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal (the stage name Ell&Nikki) with the pop ballad "Running Scared" at Eurovision-2011 in the German city of Duesseldorf.
January 25, another important event will also be held in Baku - receiving a symbolic key of Eurovision-2012. The Mayor of Duesseldorf Dirk Elsbers will present the key to the head of executive power of Baku Hajibala Abutalibov. In addition, a presentation of logo, slogan and the concept of Eurovision - 2012 will be held today, "Aksakal" reported.
The ceremony will be attended by representatives of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the official Azerbaijani persons. Executive director of the Eurovision Jon Ola Sand and the Director on organizational issues of the contest Sietse Bakker arrived in Baku.