After months of silence, Azerbaijan broadcaster ITV has finally put out an open call for its 2016 entry. The broadcaster is inviting submissions from both singers and songwriters from which it will select the entry for Stockholm.
Azerbaijan is again using internal selection, having last used a national final in 2014. They have invited Azerbaijani singers (including those living abroad) and songwriters of any nationality to enter. The deadline for applications is February 10.
From there, the broadcaster will have just over one month to internally select its entry for Stockholm. The successful singer and song will be announced on March 14, which will make Azerbaijan one of the last – if not the very last – entry for Stockholm to be revealed.
Azerbaijan has been one of the most consistently successful countries in modern Eurovision. Since debuting in 2008, the former Soviet nation has always qualified for the final, and placed in the top 10 six times, including Ell & Nikki’s 2011 win with “Running Scared”.
In recent years Azerbaijan has placed further down the scoreboard. In 2014 Dilara Kazimova was in a disappointing 22nd place, but Elnur Hüseynov found better form with his 12th place in Vienna last year.
While Azerbaijan has almost exclusively entered Azerbaijani singers, the broadcaster frequently uses songs written by foreign composers, including Swedish and Greek songwriters.