Azerbaijan: 1.6 million euro spent on Eurovision entry

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A total of a little over 1.6 million euros was spent by AZTV on Azerbaijan's 2010 Eurovision Song Contest entry, Drip drop, reports quoting Mr Adil Kerimli who headed the Azerbaijani delegation again this year.

Following reports in the Russian media about 10 million having been spent on the entire process involved in this year's Azerbaijani entry in the Eurovision Song Contest Mr Adil Kerimli set the record straight explaining to local news portal that the entire budget for his country's Eurovision entry this year was AZN 1,560,000 (1,614,496,37 EUR). The amount covered the national preselection, promotion, video clip and Oslo expenses for the presentation of the song and delegations. The impressive amount did not cover Safura's album which was independently produced by Zaphire Records.

According to Mr Kerimli, three sponsors came to their assistance, one being SOCAR, the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan and two more who wished to remain nameless.

Special thanks to Galandar Baghirov for his assistance.

Stella Floras

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