Ictimai, the Azerbaijani national broadcaster has informed esctoday.com 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.
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 Esctoday.com for the latest news on Azerbaijan and its 2013 Eurovision Song Contest participation.
Cover Photograph: Ictimai