Eurovision Song Contest 2012: the finalists at a glance

Your one-stop shop for everything you need to know (and hear) about this year's Eurovision final entries

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This weekend sees the 57th Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Azerbaijan, with the artists representing the cream of Europe’s musical talent congregating in Baku and attempting to assert their songwriting prowess. 

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26 nations have made it through to the contest’s grand finale and competition is bound to be fierce. With everyone from Engelbert Humperdinck to the compellingly-named Compact Disco taking part, this year’s event promises to be a gala night of music, dancing and celebration.

So if you’re planning on settling down in front of the Contest this Saturday, why not take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with each competing country’s act and song? We’ve collected together all the essential information about this year’s contestants alongside videos of their performances in one handy place for busy Eurovision fans. Have a read and a listen, and then why not vote for who you think deserves to come top of the heap in our poll below? Enjoy the contest…

Albania-FYR Macedonia

France-Italy

Lithuania-Serbia

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Spain-United Kingdom