Azerbaijan: Dilara Kazimova to Copenhagen

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Dilara Kazimova won the grand final of Böyük Səhnə tonight and will represent Azerbaijan at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.

Dilara Kazimova, Erkin Osmanli and Xana Hasanova battled in tonight’s Azerbaijani Eurovision national final for the right to represent Azerbaijan at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. Dilara Kazimova will fly the Azerbaijani flag in Copenhagen next May.

Böyük Səhnə has been the mechanism Azerbaijan has used this year to select its 2014 Eurovision representative for Copenhangen.  Dilara Kazimova was declared the winner of the show with 136 points. The 2014 Azerbaijani entry will be revealed in the coming days. Hence we know the representative, but the song is yet to be revealed. The song will be selected by Ictmai via an internal selection and will be released on 15 March.

Boyuk Sehne grand final

Babayeva, the 2012 Azerbaijani representative graced the stage and treated everyone with a unique performance.

Show #4 – Grand finale Results

1. Dilara Kazimova
2. Erkin Osmanli
3. Xana Hasanova

The winner of Böyük Səhnə 2014 will represent Azerbaijan at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen next May. The show was aired on national Azerbaijani broadcaster Ictimai.  A total of 4 shows were aired: Show # 1 February 9, Show #2 February 16, Show #3 February 23 and the Show #4 -Grand Final on March 2.Ms. Husniye Maharramova, the multi talented Azerbaijani tv host and Head of Delegation at the Eurovision Song Contest hosted the show along with Tural Asadov.

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 2014  ran for a total of 6 weeks having kicked off with the auditions phase last January and concluded tonight. A total of 14  candidates  competed in the show and battled for the golden ticket to Copenhangen. .

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.