Ictimai, the Azerbaijani national broadcaster will be airing the grand final of Böyük Səhnə 2014, the Azerbaijani national selection tonight. The winner of Böyük Səhnə 2014 will represent Azerbaijan at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen next May.
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.
Last week a total of 6 acts competed and were shortlisted to 3 by a special jury after showcasing their vocal skills during their performances. Tonight a total of 3 acts will yet again perform in front of a special jury of experts. The winner of tonight’s grand final will represent Azerbaijan at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen.
Sabina Babayeva, the 2012 Azerbaijani Eurovision representative will be performing in the show tonight, whilst Eldar the 2011 Azerbaijani Eurovision winner will yet again be on the special jury tonight.
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 has run for a total of 6 weeks having kicked off with the auditions phase last January and concludes tonight. A total of 14 candidates competed in the show and battle for the golden ticket to Copenhangen.
How to watch
Böyük Səhnə’s grand final will be aired tonight at 22:00 local time (19:00 CET)
- Ictmai TV
- Ictimai (via satellite)- Hotbird 13
- Ictimai webcast
- Erkin Osmanli
- Xana Həsənova
- Dilarə Kazımova
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 Top 5 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.