Baku is back in the game! We were expecting good things from Samra, but Azerbaijan seem to have gone one step further. They’ve just released “Miracle”, along with its video — and it’s an absolute pop belter.

Once again, Azerbaijan have turned to Sweden for some help with their Eurovision song. The team behind the song has some real firepower too: Henrik Wikstrom has produced, amongst others, “Constellation Prize“, “Hope and Glory” and “Evighet“. He’s joined by Amir Aly and T.I. Jakke, so it’s clear that Azerbaijan have definitely put some resources behind Samra.

Samra — “Miracle”

This is channelling some Safura-2010 realness, but Samra seems to add something a little bit more. We know that she has a killer voice from her performances on the Voice of Azerbaijan. She also certainly knows how to work the camera and looks stunning throughout the video. It’s simple now, but you get the feeling that Azerbaijan will really step up the staging when we get to Stockholm.

After experimenting with “Start a Fire” and “Hour of the Wolf” in the past two years, it’s also good to see Azerbaijan going back to the traditional pop song that they’ve succeeded with in the past. “Miracle” has some real sassyness to it, with an empowerment message within the song to boot. The bridge in particular seems to be one of the strongest of the year. Y’all, this could be just what Azerbaijan needed to re-establish themselves at Eurovision.

What do you think of “Miracle”? Is this the song that Azerbaijan need to return to the top ten? Let us know in the comments section below as well as via our Twitter page!

Follow all of our Azerbaijan Eurovision news here

137 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Pabs
Pabs
4 years ago

Hey alexa I am not an azerbaijani and I think it’s great

Pabs
Pabs
4 years ago

Top 10

Azerbaijan 12 points
France. 10 points
Malta. 8 points
Sweden. 7 points
Italy. 6 points
Estonia. 5 points
Serbia. 4 points
Poland. 3 points
United Kingdom 2 points
Ukraine. 1 point

Alexa
Alexa
4 years ago

So funny, how many azerbaijanians write here that azerbaijan is great this year 😀 But come on, we all know that your singer and your song is nothing 0. I don`t like the song and i don`t like singer. Maybe will get to the finals but not more. And you get swedish song, again and again, i am tired(((((

Margaret
Margaret
4 years ago

Loved last year’s song more. But this is good too, wouldn’t mind the Top 10.

Mike
Mike
4 years ago

Another song that’s truly representative of Azerbeijan – written by Swedish composers and sung in English, a language we all know very few locals actually speak… lol Also in a type of swedish Pop that has nothing to do with 99.9% of the music scene of the country. Another “very authentic” entry in Eurovision, or should we call its most apt title Sell-Out-Vision ?. 😉 That’s all it is about these days!

David Who
David Who
4 years ago

The hooks in this song are actually good; first in the introduction and again in the choruses. I especially like the falling major-minor shifts throughout the song, especially towards the end of the verses. Finally some good musical content this year, yes! It sounds a lot better audio-only than along with the video – this is my only complaint really. Hardly any effort has been put into the video at all from what I can see – just stick the singer in a black dress on a dance floor with some lights… what a pity. I think that with good… Read more »

Mr. van Dijk
Mr. van Dijk
4 years ago

I guess Swedish song writers be like ” hmm no… not a good song, shall we throw this away?..orrrr no! We will give it to Azeris ”
This song is just idk……meh…
disappointed..

Cute girl bad song sorry.I hope live performance will make it bit interesting…

Felix Prochain
Felix Prochain
4 years ago

@Darren ‘Azerbaijan well done…blah, blah..’

It’s not Azerbaijan who done it well(?) but Swedish composers. What do you mean by ‘well done’? Well paid? Lol

Charles
Charles
4 years ago

I’m sorry but trying to listening to Azerbaijan makes me think of Norway’s entry … and the same goes for Norway … I get easily confused in which I no longer know who’s singing what for which country … This is what happens when certain countries go for the Scandinavian pop-song-done-at-the-very-last-minute … no depth, no soul, just production and … that’s it.

Graph
Graph
4 years ago

Somehow, this seems like the kind of song that will come in 3rd.

ct_greece
ct_greece
4 years ago

Ok, so here are my reviews of the songs that were unveiled during the weekend. Sweden: This was by far one of the weakest Melodifestivalens in recent years, evidenced by the fact that Frans won with 13% of the vote, with 11 other songs gathering between 6% and 9% and the juries being equally split. I am all for Frans’ simplicity and directness but he loses extra points for the obvious plagiarism. I think the EBU should start enforcing some rules and putting its house in order, but fat chance of doing that as far the swedes are concerned. So… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 years ago

OMG! Seems like we’re going back to Baku

Orinoco Child
4 years ago

It looks like Semi Final 1 is going to be like the Hunger Games. So many great songs in contrast to Semi Final 2. Austria and Czech Republic have stepped up their game and are my favourites but I fear they may not qualify as there are so many good songs: Azerbaijan, Russia, Estonia, Iceland, Moldova, Hungary, Cyprus, Finland, Croatia, etc. The only certain bomb outs are San Marino and Montenegro. Thank goodness my country Australia is in Semi Final 2! 🙂

Julian
Julian
4 years ago

Another Swedish song, already so as expected that it is a strong part of the definition for boring, they must be ashamed of their music. It is just as they have withdrawn from ESC. Maybe they will come back sometime. Who knows.

criticca
criticca
4 years ago

Finally! no more ballads from them. About time Azeris stepped up their game. I can see this getting into the Top 10 if they get that Greek stage director again 🙂

MMs
MMs
4 years ago

@Colin: Same here haha and even for the songs I like to give constructive comments. No quarrels with me 😀 They better change the system next year, something innovative with chosing the song, while still giving exposure to the singers would work. Damn, that semi is cursed haha, good songs are deemed to stay out :S I am not much high on Azerbaijan though they would pass as the song is good 🙂 Now, as for semi 2, my personal choices would be: I think Ireland, Israel and Latvia will pass instead of Belgium, Georgia and Macedonia maybe or it… Read more »

AurelianTamisan
AurelianTamisan
4 years ago

It’s weak, nothing more to add. Nothing impressing, a mediocre pop song. I guess we had more expectations from Azerbaijan.

Darren
Darren
4 years ago

I would have to agree with @Colin here;
Its annoying to see Malta quickly change their song after almost every entry has been revealed and it transpires that Malta are not one of the favorites this year. Ira Losco sang “Chameleon” at the Maltese national final and that is the song that the people voted for. I can understand a revamp, but to change the song completely is just a bad move. Malta should have just internally selected Ira and not reveal the song until now.

Colin
Colin
4 years ago

MMs 🙂 Thanks, I am glad we are on the same page. I like getting along with people here and not picking quarrels. I respect everything you said 🙂 Changes better not become Malta’s M.O., but since it’s already here, I really do hope it’s good. (Although that would make harder semi even harder). I’ve stated my Semi 1 finalists (although Malta isn’t actually presented, so I keep it as a limbo and have an asterix sign or Azerbaijan, which would probably be my 10’th out of 10 passes). Now, as for semi 2, my personal choices would be: Qualifiers:… Read more »

MMs
MMs
4 years ago

@Colin : Don’t worry bro you weren’t harsh 🙂 And I am glad that we are on the same page 🙂 I honestly only love Malta 2007, 2010 and 2015 from last previous years, I hope this year Malta will be back in contention 😀 In the past (before 2007) they had awesome entries, which I love almost all. Nowadays expect for the years I mentioned I just like the entries. I am with you on the other participants 🙁 I want to see Jessica, Christabelle, Corazon and others representing Malta 😛 Yeah Malta and Bulgaria are left and I… Read more »

Colin
Colin
4 years ago

@MMs I might have been a little harsh, I just feel bit cheated. Thanks for explaining deadline rule to me. Yes, Albanian change last year turned out for the better, but I stand behind that is tricking voters in national finals. Well, Albanian song last year was MILES better than their crappy translation which is just out. And about Malta… OF COURSE I do hope they give us something memorable and amazing. I might be totally in love with the song. I am just sad that some talented artists like Jessika and Brooke gave their best in national finals to… Read more »

Mar
Mar
4 years ago

Me thinks Sweden was so ashamed after Frans won Melfest they just sent Azerbaijan the best song they had on reserve, so that at least their proxy country would win and they could save some face.
Good song btw, not groundbreaking by any means, but pleasant.

Amerivision
Amerivision
4 years ago

Why the heck does it sounds like “Survior”?

Watch this become overrated as hell!

Daniel E.
Daniel E.
4 years ago

I don’t get the Safura reference in the article… ‘Drip Drop’ was light years better than this… And, to be honest, I liked ‘Constellation Prize’ much better, as I understand it comes from the same writers.

MMs
MMs
4 years ago

@Colin I am honestly with you on most points, but some need clarification. Yeah it is the same but Albania gave us a masterpiece literary. I definitely agree with you about ppl paying money but from what I read the rules were stipulated earlier so the Maltese public and especially to the singers knew that. Ira is super (and I mean super popular) in Malta so I believe that even if she had the worse song, she would have still won the public vote. I read a comment from a particular singer actually praising the system (lol) as he wrote… Read more »

Thiefo
4 years ago

I like it! And I don’t mind if it sounds too swedish, I need a swedish song to love this year 😛 if you know what I mean….

Ronnie
Ronnie
4 years ago

It’s a good song, but it’s such a typical swedish composition. Auto-tuned af but still god. Honestly, it’s a little ridiculous….half the contest has swedish composers in it.

Lucci Ricevo
Lucci Ricevo
4 years ago

My new winner.
BAKU2017

Colin
Colin
4 years ago

Btw. Malta has been among my favorites several times (2014, 2013, 2009, 2007…) so it has nothing to do with the country, I just don’t like these tactics.

Sasha
Sasha
4 years ago

They could invest in better auto-tune technology so it’s less noticeable.

AM Casablancas
AM Casablancas
4 years ago

I like it but it doesn’t sound Azerbaijani,
it sounds like something from NRK’s MGP (even more than a Swedish song)

Colin
Colin
4 years ago

@MMs I get your standpoint, but I still think they are being unprofessional. You mentioned Albania last year, and I was saying EXACTLY THE SAME THING. One thing is if it was an internal choice (although it would still be misleading coming out in public with one song and then changing it), but having an actual contest makes it worse. People PAID MONEY to vote effin Chameleon, other artists did their performances and gave some effort only to make it all in vain. Yes, it was obvious that Maltese jury wanted Ira in the first place, but they should have… Read more »

oxyk
oxyk
4 years ago

good to see this song, i feared for much worse tbh. still, waiting for live performance before I’ll start to spread optimism.

Xepher
Xepher
4 years ago

Does anyone think that this has the same vibe as Survivor by Helena Paparizou from Melodifestivalen 2014?

Darren
Darren
4 years ago

Azerbaijan!!! Well done!!! I was expecting something like Dilara but this just blew me away! Not a country I usually like at ESC so I thought their entry in 2015 was going to be a once-off in my favorites list…but your back in their again!
Such a powerful song! This will look and sound amazing in the Globen. Well done to the land of fire!

MMs
MMs
4 years ago

@Colin : LOL saying Malta is unprofessional just because they are changing the song sounds harsh. Bro, cool down after all other countries have done this in the past like Albania 2015, Belarus 2013. You should be hoping for a better song not declaring that they should not pass, at least that’s what I’m hoping for. As long as they are within the deadline they can and should improve their entry. I am with you, however, it will be very difficult for them to pass. I just hope that Malta, and other small countries like Czech Republic, Croatia, Bulgaria, Cyprus… Read more »

David
David
4 years ago

Good song, on my top 5, but Armenia is my number one 🙂

Geo
Geo
4 years ago

2 from 12 :/ too weak

Nare
Nare
4 years ago

But why so boring?

Jennifer
Jennifer
4 years ago

My top 10
1. Russia
2. Czech Republic
3. Armenia
4. Hungary
5. Croatia
6. Estonia
7. Finland
8. Moldova
9. Malta
10. Azerbaijan

Nata
Nata
4 years ago

The same swedish composer 😀

Milla
Milla
4 years ago

I think she can’t do the song live

KatyGrey
KatyGrey
4 years ago

I don’t like this years song. Might be better.

Janna
Janna
4 years ago

Similar to other songs in eurovision :/

blondboybc
blondboybc
4 years ago

Good singer and song, then I realized it sounded too much like a Melfest song. Hardly original. No doubt it’ll qualify, but not sure about it’s placing in final. Her staging and live performance will make or break it. At least Armenia’s song is more original and has some ethnic elements that ID it as such, so I prefer it more. 🙂

Antonio
Antonio
4 years ago

boring as usual :/

Helena
Helena
4 years ago

My Top 5
Armenia
Sweden
Latvia
Azerbaijan
Poland

Idan
Idan
4 years ago

Well, the songs is good and fine, but I will keep my fingers crossed that this falls flat on its ass just like Elnur did last year. There is apparently no worthy composers in this pathetic and corrupt country that their leaders (!) can rely on for producing an authentic entry that will not embarrass them. And they have got the money, so why bother, Swedes do it much better after all. I will start taking Aze seriously entries when at least a great portion of the production of their entry is by themselves. Otherwise, I cannot wrap my head… Read more »

Ben Rafter
Ben Rafter
4 years ago

My top. Only 10 qualify as you know.
1. Russia
2. Czech Republic
3. Azerbaijan
4. Hungary
5. Iceland
6. Estonia
7. Finland
8. Malta
9. Moldova
10. Netherlands
11. Bosnia
12. Cyprus
13. Armenia
14. Croatia
15. Greece
16. Austria
17. Montenegro
18. San Marino

chessguy99
4 years ago

Last 30 seconds are awful, like they wrote this amazing song and found out it was 30 shorter than they were contracted for so they added some filler. That end turns a potential winner into at best edging into Top 10. Its a shame as Samra has a voice that slays just about everyone else.