Norway's Tooji: I came to Azerbaijan to win Eurovision 2012 (PHOTO)

Azerbaijan Materials 25 May 2012 03:15 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, May 25 /Trend/

I came here to win the contest, Norway's representative Tooji said at the at the press conference after the voting of the second Semi-Finals of Eurovision-2012.

"I am very glad to be here, and fortunately, the final coincides with my birthday," he said. "The fact that my loved ones are here today is very important for me".

Touraj Keshtkar, known as Tooji is a Norwegian singer, model and television host. Tooji was born in Shiraz (Iran), but moved to Norway when he was one year old. After the model work, he started working on MTV Norway.

His first single was called "Swan Song" and it was released in 2008. He won Melodi Grand Prix 2012 and was given the opportunity to represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan with his entry "Stay".

On March 10, 2012, he presented the international jury votes on behalf of Norway at the finals of Melodifestivalen 2012 where Swedish singer Loreen's "Euphoria" was crowned as the winner.

Norway will go under #12 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.