Until last year, Azerbaijan had an almost perfect Eurovision track record. Since their debut in 2008 they had finished in the top 10 every year with a third place in 2009 with Aysel and Arash, a second place in 2013 with Farid Mammadov and of course their big win in 2011 with ‘Running Scared’ from duo Ell and Niki. 2014 saw their worst result to date when they finished in 22nd, and this year they are back, all guns blazing, hoping to return to their former glory. They have even picked a former Eurovision contestant Elnur who returns to the Eurovision stage with ‘Hour of the Wolf’ following a successful eighth place as part of Samir and Elnur who were Azerbaijan’s first ever representative. We take a look at Elnur’s 2-15 entry.
Have you ever wondered how the Eurovision voting system works? The EBU have released a new video to clarify the voting procedures for fans. In it, it explains how the public televote accounts for 50% of the overall vote for each country. This is merged together with the other 50% made up of votes from the national juries comprised of 5 musical professionals and often former Eurovision contestants. The jury’s votes are overseen by a notary.
Lithuania haven’t been too successful in Eurovision, so you have to commend them for having the brass neck on them to come out with a song in 2006 which exclaimed that ‘We Are the Winners’ of Eurovision. Unfortunately their confidence didn’t pay off and their prophecy didn’t come true.