|Sweden Wins 2012 Eurovision Song Contest|
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The 36 countries represented in the Semi-Finals were drawn from six pots, based on voting patterns from the past years with a big show to kick-off the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest that took place at the Buta Palace in the host city Baku in Azerbaijan. Viewers of the actual contest can only vote for the other countries taking part in their country's respective Semi-Final. A Total of 26 countries took part in the final on Saturday May 26th, 2012 live from Baku, Azerbaijan.
The Contest has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956 and is one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. It is also one of the most watched non-sporting events in the world, with audience figures having been quoted in recent years as anything between 100 million and 600 million internationally.