Light your fire! Azerbaijan confirms for Eurovision 2017

At Eurovision 2016 they delivered one of the most radio-friendly tracks of the year.

And on Friday Azerbaijan’s broadcaster Ictimai confirmed that they’re ready to do it again at Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv.

The Land of Fire has not yet revealed whether it will choose its act internally — as it did in 2015 and 2016. But we have a strong feeling they’ll choose the song behind-closed-doors. As you’re well-aware, Baku has a habit of commissioning songs from Swedish songwriters and producers, often to great effect.

Last year Samra’s “Miracle” gave plenty of Eurovision fans major feels ahead of the contest.

The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — praised the song for its catchy melody, infectious beat and expensive production value. As one juror wrote:

When singing about female emancipation, you’ve got to have sass and self-confidence. Samra has these attributes in spades. Her voice blends soul and pop perfectly, and her self-assured performances have managed to mix anger, sex appeal and optimism. The song features one of the best hooks of the year, supported by top-notch production.

Between 2008 and 2013, Azerbaijan managed to place in the Top 10 — securing five Top 5 finishes in a row from 2009. But beginning in 2014 the country began to slip down the scoreboard, finishing 22nd, 12th and 17th.

However, there is reason to be hopeful. In 2014 and 2015 Azerbaijan went with classy songs that failed to make an impact on stage. Some criticised the acts as being too artsy (see Elnur’s interpretive dancers during “Hour Of The Wolf”) or just plain boring (Dilara’s “Light A Fire” was beautiful remastered, but it just didn’t fill the stage in Copenhagen).

Samra, on the other hand, looked fierce and brought one of the few upbeat, well-choreographed songs of the year. The poor dear was ill during the first week of Eurovision this year, which she admits impacted her vocals. But her styling and pyro were on point!

In any event, how do you want Azerbaijan to choose its act? Do you want another internal selection? Or should they stage a national selection for the artist as they did in 2014 with Dilara? Do you expect — and hope for — another Swedish song? Or is it time Azerbaijan let its local songwriters show off their skills? Let us know below!

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