Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

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Eurovision Song Contest 2022
Country Azerbaijan
National selection
Selection processInternal selection
Selection date(s)Artist: 16 February 2022
Song: March 2022
Selected entrantNadir Rustamli
Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2021 2022

Azerbaijan is set to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy. On 16 February 2022, Azerbaijani broadcaster İctimai Television (İTV) announced that they have internally selected Nadir Rustamli to represent the country at the contest.[1]

Background

Prior to the 2022 contest, Azerbaijan has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 13 times since its first entry in 2008.[2] Azerbaijan has won the contest on one occasion in 2011 with the song "Running Scared" performed by Ell and Nikki. Since their debut in 2008, Azerbaijan has had a string of successful results, qualifying to the final and placing in the top ten each year until 2014, including a third-place result in 2009 with the song "Always" performed by AySel and Arash and a second-place result in 2013 with the song "Hold Me" performed by Farid Mammadov. However, in 2018, Azerbaijan placed eleventh in the semi-final with the song "X My Heart" performed by Aisel, making it the first occasion that Azerbaijan did not participate in a Eurovision final since their debut in 2008. In 2019, Chingiz with "Truth" brought Azerbaijan back into the top 10, finishing in 8th place with 302 points. For the 2021 contest, Samira Efendi was internally selected to represent Azerbaijan with the song "Mata Hari". Efendi went on to qualify for the grand final, finishing in 20th place with 65 points.

Before Eurovision

Internal selection

On 30 December 2021, İTV opened a song submission period for interested composers to submit their songs into the Azerbaijani selection until 31 January 2022. All entrants who wished to take part in the Azerbaijani song selection were to provide a brief description of themselves as part of their submission. Six songs were shortlisted from around 300 submissions, which will be offered to the chosen artist for selection.[1][3]

Nadir Rustamli was announced as the selected artist on 16 February 2022, during İTV's breakfast show Sabahın xeyir, Azərbaycan ("Good morning Azerbaijan"),[1] with his competing song scheduled to be announced "on the second week of March".[4] Rustamli is the most recent winner of The Voice of Azerbaijan, and was mentored by Eldar Gasimov, winner of the 2011 contest.[5]

At Eurovision

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Azerbaijan has been placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 12 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b c Jabbarov, Elvin (16 February 2022). ""Nadi̇r rüstəmli̇ avrovi̇zi̇ya təmsi̇lçİmi̇z oldu!"". 12XAL (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 16 February 2022.
  2. ^ "Azerbaijan - Eurovision Song Contest". EBU. Archived from the original on 11 July 2019.
  3. ^ Granger, Anthony (30 December 2021). "Azerbaijan: İTV opens song submissions for Eurovision 2022". Eurovoix. Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  4. ^ Granger, Anthony (16 February 2022). "Azerbaijan: Nadir Rüstəmli Selected For Eurovision 2022". Eurovoix. Retrieved 16 February 2022.
  5. ^ Terry, Connor (16 February 2022). "Recent winner of The Voice of Azerbaijan Nadir Rüstəmli heads to Eurovision 2022 for Azerbaijan". ESCUnited. Retrieved 16 February 2022.
  6. ^ "Eurovision 2022: Which Semi-Final is your country performing in?". Eurovision.tv. EBU. 25 January 2022. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
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