Ictimai, the national Azerbaijani broadcaster has released the names of the 14 candidates who are set to compete in the 2014 Azerbaijani Eurovision national selection- Böyük Səhnə 2014. The 2014 Azerbaijani representative will be selected during Böyük Səhnə’s grand final on 2 March in Baku.
The 14 finalists
- Fuad Əsədov
- Safa Eldar
- Wave Wave group
- Dilarə Kazımova
- Xana Həsənova
- Valeriya Hüseynzadə (Rilaya)
- Elton İbrahimov
- Samirə Əfəndiyeva
- Aydın Eyvazzadə
- Ayşəbəyim Nağıyeva
- Lalə Sultan.
- Erkin Osmanli
- Azad Shabanov
- Hulya Ibadova
Ms. Husniye Maharramova, the multi talented Azerbaijani tv host and Head of Delegation at the Eurovision Song Contest will be hosting the show along with Tural Asadov.
Böyük Səhnə’s special jury consists of Gulchora Shafieva, Saleh Bagirov, Tunzala Gahraman, Ilhama Gasimova, Sevda Aleksperzade.
The famous talent show Böyük Sehne was aired on ATV during the last season, and now will be aired on Ictimai. Auditions have been held in 8 cities throughout Azerbaijan, including the final casting phase which was held in Baku.
Böyük Sehne will run for a total of 6 weeks kicking off on 27 January and concluding on 2 March. A total of 14 candidates will compete in the show and battle for the golden ticket to Copenhangen.
Böyük Səhnə casting special from 02-02-2014
Farid Mammadov, the 2013 Eurovision representative shot to fame thanks to his participation in this show earlier this year. He then went on to compete in the 2013 Azerbaijani national final, where he won the golden ticket to Malmö. Farid and 2 more participants from Böyük Səhnə competed in the Azerbaijani Eurovision final.
Azerbaijan has enjoyed massive success in the contest since their debut in 2008, achieving a total of 5 Top5 placings out of their 6 participations, including a victory in 2011 (3rd in 2009, 5th in 2010, 1st in 2011, 4th in 2012, 2nd in 2013).
Azerbaijan debuted at the Eurovision Song Contestin 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.
Farid Mammadov represented Azerbaijan at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö achieving an honorable 2nd placing with his entry Hold me.
Stay tuned to more information and news on Azerbaijan and the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.