Azerbaijan begins quest for Eurovision 2009 participant

by Stella Floras 35 views

The first stage of the Azerbaijani national preselection for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest is now complete. Thirty acts took part in the first phase preselection and the results will be announced next week.

The head of the ICTV Department of Art and Entertainment, Fizuli Ismayilov, promises another impressive edition of Land of Fire, the country's national final which managed to make waves last year featuring three recent Eurovision Song Contest winners, Sertab, Ruslana and Marija Serifovic as special guests and a spectacular show.

The first phase of the Azerbaijani national preselection is now complete with the participation of thirty acts who performed for the special ICTV jury. The process was closed to the local media and the exact number and names of the finalists will be announced next week.Some of theartists who took part in the first stage are:

Nura Suri
Gunesh Abbasova
Aysel Teimurzadeh
Azad Shukurov
Vusala Seidova
Emin Hasan
Natavan Habibi
Sevda Yahyaeva

Gunesh Abbassova, although Azerbaijani, tried her luck last year in Eurofest 2008 to represent Belarus.

Very special thanks to Ruslan Ismayilzadeh, president of OGAE Azerbaijan for the information.

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Stella Floras

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