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Eurovision Song Contest 2012: Semi-Final One
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To the Crystal Hall in Baku, Azerbaijan, where Scott Mills and Sara Cox present coverage of the song contest’s even less salubrious qualifying rounds.
Among fancied acts trying to win a place in the final line-up are Russia (yokelly grannies uncertainly bellow Europop), Denmark (woman with fringed epaulettes sings dated 90s-style ballad), Montenegro (jarring, syncopated rap by a geezer who looks like he necks Special Brew), Iceland (perfectly groomed couple do dramatic pop with violins) and Ireland (Jedward).
Scott Mills and Sara Cox present coverage of the first semi-final of the 57th edition of the musical extravaganza from the Crystal Hall in Baku, Azerbaijan, which is hosting the contest for the first time after Ell and Nikki's victory in Dusseldorf in 2011. Following their eighth-place finish last year, pop twins Jedward are once again representing Ireland, and will be hoping to secure one of the 10 spots available in Saturday's final. Other hotly tipped acts include Russian grannies Buranovskiye Babushki, Danish busker Soluna Samay and Icelandic duo Greta Salome & Jonsi, while eccentric Montenegrin Rambo Amadeus and San Marino's Valentina Monetta are among the more intriguing outsiders. Scott and Sara are also joined by UK representative Engelbert Humperdinck to look ahead to the final. Viewers in the UK cannot vote in tonight's semi-final.
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