Ukraine's Gaitana: Azerbaijan feels like home (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 25 /Trend/
Azerbaijan feels like home, Ukraine's representative Gaitana said at the at the press conference after the voting of the second Semi-Finals of Eurovision-2012.
"I am very happy that we passed this test, and that we are in the finals," she said. "Azerbaijan is a great country with great people."
Gaitana also noted that she was nervous before the semi-finals.
"I hope we will improve our performance in the finals," Gaitana said.
Gaita-Lurdes Essami, better known under stage name Gaitana, born on 29 September 1979 in Kiev), is a Ukrainian singer and songwriter of Ukrainian and Congolese descent.
Her music combines elements of jazz, funk, soul, and folk music. Gaitana represents Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Ukraine will go under #25 in the finals.
Winners of the second semi-finals of Eurovision Song Contest 2012 that is taking place in Baku, have been announced.
Participants of the following countries will perform in the Grand Final on May 26:
Lithuania (Donny Montell with song Love Is Blind)
Bosnia and Herzegovina (Maya Sar with song Korake Ti Znam)
Serbia (Zeljko Joksimovic - with song Nije Ljubav Stvar)
Ukraine (Gaitana with song Be My Guest)
Sweden (Loreen with song Euphoria)
Macedonia (Kaliopi with song Crno I Belo)
Norway (Tooji with song Stay)
Estonia (Ott Lepland with song Kuula)
Malta (Kurt Calleja with song This Is The Night)
Turkey (Can Bonomo with song Love Me Back)
Participants of the following countries left the contest as a result of the second semi-finals: Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, The Netherlands, Portugal, Georgia.
The finals of the contest will be hosted on May 26. According to Eurovision Song contest rules, five countries plus the host country will automatically move to the finals. They are Azerbaijan, Britain, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. Twenty more countries (ten from each semi-final) will be performing as well.
Azerbaijan is hosting the 57th contest after in 2011 the country won the right to host the contest at Eurovision 2011 in Dusseldorf, Germany last May.
Representing Azerbaijan at the contest was the Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal (Ell / Nikki) duo with "Running Scared" song. Azerbaijan scored 221 points as the winner of the contest.