Ictimai, the Azerbaijani broadcaster, has begun its selection process for the act that it will send to Liverpool for Eurovision 2023.
Deadline to submit December 31
Azerbaijan has opened the selection process for choosing their next Eurovision entry. Interested performers and composers can submit their songs and compositions to Ictimai at [email protected] until December 31st. The normal Eurovision rules apply. The songs must be no more than 3 minutes long, not have been released for commercial purposes before 1 September 2022 and fully prepared to take part in the contest. In addition to this, the broadcaster has also requested that all applicants provide a brief description of themselves.
Azerbaijan normally elects for an internal selection method. They have used this method since 2015. It is expected that the act for 2023 will also be selected in this way.
Azerbaijan at the Eurovision Song Contest
Azerbaijan first entered Eurovision in 2008. They have been a regular participant since, winning once in 2011. 2023 will be their 15th entry, which they confirmed in October.
Azerbaijan finished 16th in the Grand Final with 106 points. Their dark ballad “Fade To Black”, performed by Nadir Rustamli, was a big hit with the juries, scoring 103 points. It received only 3 points from the public. This was the only song to ever qualify for a final without scoring a single point in the televote in the semi final, meaning under the new voting system announced last week, it would not have qualified.
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