The 2014 Azerbaijani national selection kicks off today with a special series of episodes feauturing the auditions and castings of Böyük Sehne, running from Monday- Friday this week at 21:30 local time ( 18:30 CET). The main show will be aired on Sundays, kicking off from 2 February and concluding on 2 March, when Azerbaijan will select its 2014 Eurovision representative.
Ms. Husniye Maharramova, the multi talented Azerbaijani tv host and Head of Delegation at the Eurovision Song Contest will be hosting the show along with Tural Asadov. Böyük Sehne will be held on Sundays and will be broadcast on Ictimai at 22:00 local time (19:00 CET). Viewers will be able to watch the show via satellite on Ictimai (Hotbird) and a webstream will be available on Ictimai’s official website. You can watch it here
The famous talent show Böyük Sehne was aired on ATV during the last season, and now will be aired on Ictimai. Auditions have been held in 8 cities throughout Azerbaijan, including the final casting phase which was held in Baku.
Böyük Sehne will run for a total of 6 weeks kicking off on 27 January and concluding on 2 March. 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.
Stay tuned to more information and news on Azerbaijan and the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.