Azerbaijani national selection delayed – technical issues

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 219 views

Ictimai, the Azerbaijani national broadcaster has informed that the 2013  Azerbaijani national selection,  Milli Seçim Turu  has been delayed owing to technical issues, initially it was scheduled to  kick off on 19 November. The Azerbaijani broadcaster will release the dates for their 2013 Eurovision national selection in  the coming days.

The Azerbaijani jury has shorlisted 80 candidates from the 128 applicants who  applied to compete  in  Azerbaijani 2013 Eurovision national selection.  Among the candidates there are many  Azerbaijanis who  reside overseas, in Germany, Denmark, Canada and Russia.  A total of  80 artists will compete in the live shows, they have been divided in several groups.

Candidates from each group will have the chance to showcase their vocal  skills  throughout the week. Each group will be able to showcase their talent in the different genres. The shows will run from Monday- Friday (5 shows a week).

Monday – Eurovision hits

Tuesday -Azerbaijani music

Wednesday – World hits

Thursday – Stage performance

Friday – Candidates are free to perform song of their own choice – During the Friday show the artists will be able to repeat one of the 4 songs they have performed during the week.

Ictimai has received a total of  128 applications from the many candidates who wish  to represent Azerbaijan at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest next May.

Ictimai exclusively revealed to few weeks back that a special jury will select 100 candidates out of the 128 in order to compete in the national selection. The shows will be aired on Ictimai and are scheduled to kick off on  November 19.  Leila Guliyeva and Konul Arifkizi will have the honour of hosting the 2013 Milli Seçim Turu selection (Azerbaijani 2013 Eurovision national selection)

Azerbaijan debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 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.

Stay tuned to for the latest news on Azerbaijan and its 2013 Eurovision Song Contest participation.

photograph: Ictimai