While other countries are well into their national finals, Azerbaijan is getting busy with their internal selection process. Broadcaster Ictimai Television has recently opened song submissions to select its entry for Eurovision 2019.
The broadcaster announced details of the song submission process on its Facebook page.
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The process is roughly the same as what Azerbaijan has used since it switched to internal selection in 2015. While the entry is internally selected by the broadcaster, the song is selected via an open submission process.
Azerbaijan will again accept songs from both Azeri and foreign composers. While in recently years Azerbaijan’s songs have usually come from Swedish songwriters, Dihaj’s 2016 entry “Skeletons” was co-written by Azeri songwriter Isa Melikov.
Song submissions for Azerbaijan are now open and will close in less than two weeks time, on February 7.
A shortlist of three singers
Meanwhile, Azerbaijan media is reporting that Ictimai has already come up with a shortlist of three singers, all former contestants of The Voice. While news site Qafqazinfo.az reports that the broadcaster has made their choice from among the three, the new Head of Delegation says no decision has been made yet.
In 2015, Samira Efendi competed in the first (and so far only) series of The Voice of Azerbaijan. She made it to the grand final. In 2017, Efendi represented Azerbaijan at the Silk Way Star song contest in Kazakhstan. This is her 2017 single “Я ТАНЦУЮ”.
Tofig Hajiyev also made it to the grand final of The Voice of Azerbaijan. He is no stranger to Azerbaijan’s Eurovision history, having twice competed in the former national final. In both 2011 and 2012, he competed in the semi-finals but did not advance to the national final. Here is Tofig’s 2018 single “Sən”.
The French-Azeri singer Araz Humbatli got his start in France, on The Voice: La Plus Belle Voix in 2016. While he was eliminated in the Battle round, Araz has since built a career in music and is said to have a “ethno-fusion-psychedelic” style. This is his dreamy 2018 single “The Heaven She Knows”.
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