Exclusive: Azeri final with Marija & Ruslana to be webcast

by Stella Floras 63 views

ITV, the broadcaster responsible for bringing Azerbaijan to the Eurovision Song Contest, has confirmed to esctoday.com that the national final on 2nd February will be streamed live on eurovision.tv. The winners press conference will be streamed exclusively on esctoday.com. The national final will start at 18:00 CET and the winners press conference is set to start at 20:35 CET.

esctoday.com can also reveal that Marija Serifovic and Ruslana will perform at the final. The reigning Eurovision Song Contest winner will perform her victorious song from 2007, whilst Ruslana, who is very popular in Azerbaijan, will be the main star of the show, performing her new Wild Energy show for the first time.

ITV have put together a strong list of European production companies to provide the country, and Europe with a glittering show. The government said that winning the Eurovision Song Contest was a national aim, and the country looks set to show Europe that it is more than capable of hosting the competition with a star studded show on 2nd February.

The Azeri final is the third national final to be announced for eurovision.tv's live streaming. The first will take place tomorrow night when they stream the Cypriot national final. Remember you can watch the show live on eurovision.tv and react on esctoday.com under our live coverage report.

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Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain.

I joined esctoday.com in 2006 as a junior editor after being invited by Barry Viniker, I soon became Senior Editor and during the 2007 contest in Helsinki I was appointed Head of Communications. Today I hold the post of Head of Human Resources and I am proud to be working with the best editorial team in the world.