They’re one of the last countries to reveal their selection plans for Eurovision 2022. Now Azerbaijan‘s public broadcaster ITV has opened the submission period to find their song for Turin.
The broadcaster is inviting interested creatives to send in a demo version of their potential Eurovision song along with a brief artist bio. Submissions can be send to [email protected]
But interested acts had better get moving. The entry period is only one month long, closing on 31 January 2022.
While ITV has not confirmed that they will internally select the entry for Turin, this is the most likely scenario. Since 2015, Azerbaijan has internally selected its Eurovision entry using an open-submission process.
Azerbaijan at Eurovision
Azerbaijan debuted at Eurovision in 2008. In the early years, the Azeri entry or artist was selected using a number of different national final formats, including Land of Fire, Milli Seçim Turu and Böyük Səhnə. This system was successful for Azerbaijan, with a six-year run of top ten finishes.
This included 2011, where Nigar Jamal and Eldar Gasimov both won the nation final as solo artists. They were then paired up and “Running Scared” was internally selected for the new duo. It was a risk that paid off — the duo went on to win Eurovision 2011.
Since 2015, Azerbaijan has always internally selected both the artist and song. This era has given Azerbaijan mixed results. In 2018, Aisel was the only Azeri act to not qualify for the grand final, however the following year Chingiz made the top ten with his song “Truth”.
For Eurovision 2021, Efendi was internally selected. She performed the dance-pop song “Mata Hari”, which captured the same energy as her 2020 entry “Cleopatra”.
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