Azerbaijan: National final on 14 March

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 262 views

Ictimai, the Azerbaijani national broadcaster has informed that the 2013 Azerbaijani national final will be held on 14 March.

A total of 8 groups have been competing  in the Azerbaijani 2013 national selection this year,  hence a total of  8-9 artists will qualify directly to the semi-final. The heats will be concluding this week when the 8th heat finished,they  have been running every week from Monday- Friday since 17 December. The results have been  announced on Fridays. Throughout the week  the competing artists have been having the chance to showcase their talent and vocal skills.

One of the following artists will have the honour of representing Azerbaijan at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest: Nigar Huseynova , Vlada Axundova, Vugar Muradov and Ravana Aliyeva, Farah Hajiyeva, Leyla  Aliyeva and Leyla Gafari, Farid Mammadov this weeks winner.

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

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.

The procedure is the same way as every year. The candidates have showcased their talent and skills throughout the week.  On Fridays, the weekly  winner has been selected and announced. The winners from the weekly shows will hence qualify to compete in the 2013 Azerbaijani national final. The representative will be determined by both audience voting and jury.

The shows have been aired on Ictimai , the national selection is expeted to end on March 14 with the grand finale  of  Milim Secim Turu 2013.  Leila Guliyeva and Konul Arifkizi are the hosts of  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’sRunning  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.

Cover Photograph: Ictimai