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.

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ESCaddict
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ESCaddict

Azerbaijan’s last two songs were excellent. “Hour of the Wolf” was my favourite song in ESC2015. I hope they select another great song for me. I don’t care about the nationality of the song writers.

Rashad
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Rashad

I have a feeling that Azerbaijan is sending Samira Efendiyeva this year. Check her out. http://youtu.be/cbGil1j98fs

Banu is also an option. But her vocals are not good enough yet. I know that she’s working on it though.
http://youtu.be/Yd0PyeYxG7I

fikri
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fikri

i wonder if the drop in oil price will affect their performance in eurovision. they already showing signs of it.

Huh
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Huh

Authentic Azeri composition this time, please.

Mei international
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Mei international

Kinda ridiculous how almost all of their entries are written by swedes

oooops
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oooops

I think for some reason that the Azeri entry won’t qualify this year

Laburnum
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Laburnum

I would like another ballad like 2012 or 2014! I hated their 2015 song though… Sabrina certainly I think was their best ever effort, great song, voice and performance. Safura from 2010 also was fantastic, Azerbaijan I fear are losing their edge…

Felix Prochain
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Felix Prochain

I’m expecting another Swedish (or Greek) production. As always.

PP
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PP

For me from 2008 to 2015, only song from 2012 from Azerbaijan deserved to be in TOP 5. 2009,2013, 2015 deserved to be in TOP 10 from 6 to 10 place.

cheesecake
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cheesecake

Don’t let me down, Azerbaijan, I always love your entries.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Azerbaijan should have had a top five placing last year so I hope that they do not deviate from their formula too much.

AzerBoy96
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AzerBoy96

Well, this is my country! 🙂 I hope this year we are not going to send another swedish ballad, this is really boring. I liked our 2009, 2011 and 2012 entries, the rest were bad imo.

Good luck. 🙂

Ben Rafter
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Ben Rafter

I’m expecting a lot, good luck Azerbaijan!