Ictimai, the Azerbaijani national broadcaster has confirmed to esctoday.com that Azerbaijan will select the 2014 Azerbaijani Eurovision representative on 2 March at the Boyuk Sehne final.
The famous talent show Boyuk Sehne was aired on ATV during the last season, and now will be aired on Ictimai. Currently the auditions in the search for candidates for show are on going in Azerbaijan. Auditions have been held in 8 cities, whilst the final audition is taking place today in Baku. It is yet not clear if the 2014 Azerbaijani entry will be selected via Boyuk Sehne or via another mechanism.
Boyuk Sehne will run for a total of 7 weeks kicking off on 27 January. A total of 12 candidates will compete in the show and battle for the golden ticket to Copenhangen.
Farid Mammadov, the 2013 Eurovision representative shot to fame thanks to his participation in this show earlier this year. He then went on to compete in the 2013 Azerbaijani national final, where he won the golden ticket to Malmö. Farid and 2 more participants from Boyuk Sehne competed in the Azerbaijani Eurovision final.
Azerbaijan has enjoyed massive success in the contest since their debut in 2008, achieving a total of 5 Top5 placings out of their 6 participations, including a victory in 2011 (3rd in 2009, 5th in 2010, 1st in 2011, 4th in 2012, 2nd in 2013).
Azerbaijan debuted at the Eurovision Song Contestin 2008 and won the event on its 4th attempt in 2011 with Ell and Nikki’s Running Scared, thus bringing the contest to Baku in 2012.
Farid Mammadov represented Azerbaijan at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö achieving an honorable 2nd placing with his entry Hold me.
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