The Azerbaijani Eurovision national final will take place by March 1st, as the country's broadcaster Ictimai TV has revealed. Also, the country's Head of Delegation, Adil Karimli, stated that about 10 composers are intereseted in submitting a song in order to enter the national final. However, APA news agency claims that the country's entry has been already chosen. Famous producer Timbaland would be behind Azerbaijan's song for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.
Last February 2nd, the semifinal in Azerbaijan was held. Three acts won a spot in the final, to take place by March 1st in Baku, and not on February 25th, as Ictimai TV previously announced. Milk & Kisses, Safura Alizadeh or Maryam Shabanova will be chosen as the country's third representative at the Eurovision Song Contest. The decision will be taken by the jury alone.
Moreover, the Azerbaijani Head of Delegation, Adil Karimli, has revealed that "about ten composers have applied to compose the song" that will represent Azerbaijan in Oslo. "The songs will be received by February 20. The opinion of the jury will be taken into consideration while selecting the song. Unlike in previous years, the selected song will be performed by all three qualifiers and the jury will pass a decision", Karimli has stated. This means that the songs performed at the semifinal were not the actual entries in the competition, but just a way to check the hopeful's performing abilities.
Nonetheless, according to APA, the author of the song to be performed by the Azerbaijani representative in Eurovision 2010 is already known. Famous American producer Timbaland will compose the song, the news agency claims. Timbaland has closely collaborated with Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Nelly Furtado and is now working with Rihanna, to name a few.