Azerbaijan will be back in 2015 and a national selection will pick their act for Eurovision.The real question though is whether a national selection can take them back to the Top 10.
Dilara Kazimova finished a relatively embarrassing 22nd place in Copenhagen in May. ‘Start A Fire’ bombed and gave Azerbaijan its’ worst result in seven years at the contest.
Azerbaijan has among the most rigorous national selections of all countries in Eurovision. 2014’s selection lasted over three months and in 2013 the entire process to pick Farid Mammadov to sing in Malmö lasted eight months.
The rigorous approach has borne significant fruit in recent years. Other than 2008 and 2014, Azerbaijan has never finished beyond the Top 5 and secured its first victory at the ultra competitive 2011 contest.
So will a national selection take Azerbaijan back to the Top 10? As far as Team Wiwi is concerned it hinges on the song. If a dull ballad like ‘Start A Fire’ is forced on us Baku might fail to advance beyond the semi-final.
But if they recapture the high drama of ‘Drip Drop’, mesmerising staging of ‘Running Scared’ and ‘Hold Me’ or offer a dizzying dance number like ‘Always’ Baku might threaten for gold again.
Serve up the goods and Team Wiwi will be whooping from the stands Baku!
What do y’all think? Is Azerbaijan dead in the water or will their proven national selection give them a Top 10 result in Vienna next May?