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Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010

Eurovision Song Contest 2010
Country  Azerbaijan
National selection
Selection process Land of Fire 2010
100% Jury
Selection date(s) Semi-final
2 February 2010
Final
2 March 2010
Song Selection
18 March 2010
Selected entrant Safura Alizadeh
Selected song "Drip Drop"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (2nd, 113 points)
Final result 5th, 145 points
Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Azerbaijan was represented at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 by 17 year old singer Safura Alizadeh, selected from an open casting call for artists and a national final. She performed the song "Drip Drop" at the contest, held in Bærum, Norway, and finished 5th in the final. Azerbaijanian broadcaster İctimai Televiziya və Radio Yayımları Şirkəti (İTV) selected the song on 18 March.[1]

Land of Fire 2010

Shortly after the 2009 Contest had finished İTV released information of the selection of the 2010 Azerbaijani entry. Two separate open calls for songs and artists were held to select the song and artists to represent Azerbaijan at the 2010 Contest.

The first phase of the selection entailed submissions by interested artists to compete in the selection. Artists wishing to participate had to submit a karaoke version of the songs they wanted to take part with in the selection procedure, one of which had to be a ballad and the other an uptempo song. The artists' dancing, acting and foreign language abilities were also used in selecting the singer for the Contest. There were no restrictions to either the nationality of the composer, or the language of the song.[2]

Around 20 candidates expressed their interest in representing Azerbaijan at Eurovision 2010 by 8 July 2009.[3] Among them was the winner of the last season of the Yeni Ulduz musical talent competition Safura Alizadeh,[4] as well as young participants of other musical contests, such as Azad Shabanov, Chingiz Mustafayev and Huseyn Abdullayev,[5] and Sumqayit band Sevan Uraklar.[6]

From a total of 30 candidates, İTV selected six artists to take part in the contest after being assessed by local and foreign specialists.[7][8][9] The semi-final was held on 2 February at the Buta Palace in Baku. Three acts will qualify to the final, which will be held in late February 2010.[10][11] The winner of the contest will be chosen by 100% jury vote.[11][12] İTV announced the six songs selected for the contest on 30 January, all of which are performed in English.[13][14]

Semi-final

The semi-final was held on 2 February at the Buta Palace in Baku. Three acts were selected from the six artist line-up by a jury to the final.

The contest began with a solo performance by last year's Azerbaijani entry AySel, who placed third in Eurovision 2009 with Arash with the song "Always". Afterwards Eurovision Song Contest 2004 winner Ruslana performed many of her hits: "Dance with the Wolves"; "The Girl That Rules"; "The Same Star"; and her Eurovision winning song "Wild Dances", introduced by an oriental bellydance performance.[15][16]

After the competing performances, Eurovision 2009 winner Alexander Rybak performed some of his hits, including a cover version of "Can't Take My Eyes off You" and a Russian-English version of his Eurovision winning song "Fairytale".[15][16]

The three qualifying acts were Milk & Kisses, Safura Alizadeh and Maryam Shabanova. However the competing songs may not be used in the final, and may be changed for others.[16][17]

Semi-final – 2 February 2010
Draw Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m)
1 Milk & Kisses "I Am On Fire" Dilara Kazimova (m & l), Farida Nelson (m), DJ LOOPer (l)
2 Elli Mishiyeva "Up, Up" Isa Malikov (m), Paulina Malikova (l), Elli Mishiyeva (l)
3 Azad Shabanov "Smile" Zahra Badalbeyli (m), Vusal Garayev (l)
4 Ulviyya Rahimova "In Love" Ulviyya Rahimova (l), Sergey Guliyev (m), Lala Guliyeva (m)
5 Safura Alizadeh "Soz ver" Elvin Musayev (m), Gunel Musayeva (l), Zahra Badalbeyli (l)
6 Maryam Shabanova "I've Had Enough" Maryam Shabanova (m & l)

Final

The final was held on 2 March. The three qualifying artists - Milk & Kisses, Maryam Shabanova and Safura Alizadeh - each performed one song in the contest, selected by an open call by İTV. The head of the Azerbaijani delegation, Adil Karimli, has reported that about ten composers have expressed their interest in the contest, all of whom are non-Azerbaijani. However it has been reported by APA that the composer has already been selected, and that American producer Timbaland will compose the song.[18][19]

On 19 February Adil Karimli confirmed that the national final would be held on 2 March, again held at the Buta Palace in Baku. The three finalists would perform five songs between them, composed by foreign authors and recorded recently in Kiev, Ukraine.[20][21] The four songs were: "Drip Drop" and "Under My Skin", performed by all three acts; "Soulless", performed by Safura Alizadeh and Maryam Shabanova; "Cancelled", performed by Milk and Kisses and later Safura Alizadeh; and "Don't Let The Morning Come".[22]

The Georgian entry for the 2010 Contest Sopho Nizharadze, and AySel, part of last year's Azerbaijani entry, were guests at the final, with Nizharadze performing her entry "Shine" for the Azerbaijani public.[22][23][24]

A seven-member jury selected Safura Alizadeh as the Azerbaijani entry for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.[22][25] On 18 March İTV selected "Drip Drop", written by Stefan Örn and Sandra Bjurman, as the Azerbajanian song, after deliberation over which song to send to Eurovision from the three performed by Safura at the final, or to choose a new song.[1][26]

Final – 2 March 2010
Draw Artist Song Songwriter(s)
1 Safura Alizadeh "Drip Drop" Stefan Örn, Sandra Bjurman
2 Safura Alizadeh "Under My Skin" Stefan Örn, Sandra Bjurman
3 Safura Alizadeh "Soulless" Anders Lundström
4 Milk and Kisses "Under My Skin" Stefan Örn, Sandra Bjurman
5 Milk and Kisses "Drip Drop" Stefan Örn, Sandra Bjurman
6 Milk and Kisses "Cancelled" Stefan Örn
7 Maryam Shabanova "Under My Skin" Stefan Örn, Sandra Bjurman
8 Maryam Shabanova "Soulless" Anders Lundström
9 Maryam Shabanova "Drip Drop" Stefan Örn, Sandra Bjurman

At Eurovision

Azerbaijan competed in the second semi-final of the contest, on 27 May, seventh on the draw. "Drip Drop" was performed after Sweden's This is my life and preceding Ukraine's Sweet People, and qualified for the final, to be held on Saturday 29 May 2010.

Points awarded to Azerbaijan

Points Awarded to Azerbaijan (Semi-Final 2)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points awarded to Azerbaijan (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Azerbaijan[27]

See also

References

External links

  • (English) İTV Eurovision website
  • Safura Alizade - Participant at Eurovision 2010 from Azerbaijan - Official Web-Site.
  • Drip Drop - Official Eurovision Song 2010 of Azerbaijani participant.

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