Azerbaijan possibly have the best Eurovision track record ever. They’ve qualified for the final every time they have competed since their debut in 2008, they won in 2011 with Ell and Niki’s ‘Running Scared’ and have a total of six top ten finishes in eight attempts. Their worst result to date was in 2014 when Dilara Kazimova came 22nd with ‘Start a Fire’. What is the secret of their success and what have they in store for us in 2016?
Typically Azerbaijan choose their Eurovision entry through internal selection, and this will be no different in 2016. Applicants interested in representing the Land of Fire should send their songs into ITV, the national broadcaster, between now and 10th February. ITV will then announce the winning song and entrant on 14th March, making them one of the last countries to choose their song for 2016.
All applicants must be citizens of Azerbaijan either living in the country or abroad, and must supply the Azeri broadcaster with audio and video recordings of their Eurovision performance, a link to their YouTube profile and five recent photos.
What do you make of the Azerbaijan selection process? Is there anyone you would like to see flying the flag for the nation? Let us know by commenting below!