Ictimai, the Azerbaijani national broadcaster will be airing the second show of Böyük Səhnə 2014, the Azerbaijani national selection tonight. The winner of Böyük Səhnə 2014 will represent Azerbaijan at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen next May.
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.
Last week a total of 14 acts competed and were shortlisted to 10 by a special jury after showcasing their vocal skills during their performances. Tonight a total of 10 acts will yet again perform in front of a special jury of experts.
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 having kicked off with the auditions phase last month and will conclude on 2 March. A total of 14 candidates will compete in the show and battle for the golden ticket to Copenhangen. The winner of the show will represent Azerbaijan at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest. The grand final of Böyük Sehne is scheduled to be held in Baku on 2 March.
How to watch
Böyük Səhnə’s first show will be aired tonight at 23:00 local time (20:00 CET)
- Ictmai TV
- Ictimai (via satellite)- Hotbird 13
- Ictimai webcast
- Fuad Əsədov
- Dilarə Kazımova
- Xana Həsənova
- Valeriya Hüseynzadə (Rilaya)
- Elton İbrahimov
- Samirə Əfəndiyeva
- Aydın Eyvazzadə
- Erkin Osmanli
- Azad Shabanov
- Hulya Ibadova
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 Böyük Səhnə competed in the Azerbaijani Eurovision final.
Azerbaijan has enjoyed massive success in the contest since their debut in 2008, achieving a total of 5 Top 5 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.