Review: Azerbaijan- DiHaj ‘Skeletons’

DiHaj will represent Azerbaijan in 2017 with song ‘Skeletons’. She missed out on representing her country in 2011 when the nation opted for Ell and Nikki who went on to win the Contest with ‘Running Scared’. DiHaj is hoping to recreate this success and give Azerbaijan their second every victory this year.

And she may well come close. DiHaj is a pure artist from her intriguing voice, her style, her synth pop songs and her staging complete with a man dressed as a horse on a ladder surrounded by chalk boards with the song’s lyrics on it. She really has the whole package. ‘Skeletons’ is simultaneously modern, experimental, haunting but also is an infectious song that’ll have you yelling ‘Drum drum drum bring out your guns…BAD BOY!’ at the top of your lungs.

The song’s lyrics, written by Isa Melikov and Sandra Bjurman who penned Azerbaijan’s last winning entry ‘Running Scared’, takes the idea of having skeletons in your closet and takes it to a whole new level. It explores the idea of being haunted by a past relationship and how, try as you may, you can’t escape its memory.

The official music video further demonstrates Dihaj’s experimental artistic vision. While it shows off some of the Azeri beautiful natural scenery, it also has a haunting 80s horror movie vibe with especially in the scene with the retro car and aerial tv sets on top suspended in the misty moonlit forest.

I really want this to do well, especially because I’ve placed a bet on it to finish top 4. I think it has a lot of potential and whether people take to the bizarre staging with the horse on a ladder, will make or break its chances.

My Ranking: 5th

My Prediction: 8th in the Final

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