The 20 years old singer Samra has been selected internally be the broadcaster Ictimai iTV to represent Azerbaijan in Stockholm. In former years there have been national finals, but not this time. The announcement was made very late, when almost all other countries have presented their songs.
In the age of 16, Samra has participated in the national Azerbaijani final already. Samra is studying culture and arts. She also took part in the “The Voice” Turkey, where she could reach the quarter finals. In the Azerbaijani version she even reached the final.
The Song “Mircale” is not a ballad, it’s a groovy and edgy pop song with a catchy chorus, Samra’s experience at “The Voice” might help to convince in Stockholm. Due to the fact that Azerbaijan is always qualifying for the Grand Finals, this entry also qualify for sure. This year there is an obvious overhang of female singers with medium fast songs. Maybe this song might not stand out enough to come into the top ranks, it all depends on her live performance in her show.
Top 10: 6
Chance for Top 10: 75 %
Since Azerbaijan joined the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, a truly outstanding story of success began. In the short history Azerbaijan has always made it into the Grand Final, and there were even six Top10 places! Statistically there is a chance of 67% for Azerbaijan to have a place in the Top10.
The Eurovision Song Contest has become very important in Azerbaijan and enjoys a huge interest in the entire country. For the Azerbaijani music industry the ESC is also a good platform to show their music talents.
The debut entry “Day After Day” by Elnur & Samir made a respectable 8th place in Belgrade, even if it was a very extraordinary song with a lot of drama and high notes on stage. Until 2014 there were only Top10 places. Of course there were a lot of votes by the ex-Soviet countries. But beside of that the songs from Azerbaijan have shown a lot of modernity and the stage performances were always very special on a very high artistic level. This is also due to the fact that Azerbaijan often invites international composers e.g. Stephan Örn, Sandra Bjuman, etc., which made the songs very international. In 2011, Azerbaijan could even win with “Running Scared” by Ell & Nikki. The ESC from Baku in 2012 was one of the most important events in Azerbaijan with the support of the highest government circles. This was the most south eastern ESC ever. The impressive Crystal Hall and the greatly illuminated city of Baku have surprised the visitors and watchers of the ESC, which will remain in good memories.