Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008

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Eurovision Song Contest 2008
Country Azerbaijan
National selection
Selection processLand of Fire
Selection date(s)2 February 2008
Selected entrantElnur Hüseynov
and Samir Javadzadeh
Selected song"Day After Day"
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (6th, 96 points)
Final result8th, 132 points
Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest
2008 2009►

Azerbaijan's selection for an entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 took place in the form of a national selection on 2 February 2008. Initially, the Azeri broadcaster held castings calls for artists interested to represent the nation at the international competition. Behind closed doors, several candidates were selected by a jury to advance to the next round. These candidates were condensed to three participants: Elnur Hüseynov, Aynur Isgandarli, and the band Unformal.[1]

National final[edit]

İTV spearheaded a selection campaign and developed a show that is set to feature Eurovision stars such as Eurovision Song Contest 2004 winner Ruslana, Eurovision Song Contest 2007 winner Marija Serifovic, and Eurovision Song Contest 2003 winner Sertab Erener.[2] In addition to terrestrial broadcast, the final will be transmitted on Turkish television TRT (TRT2, TRT Türk, TRT International), Georgian GEGT and a live television bridge with Lithuanian LRT.[3][4] The show will also be streamed live through the official Eurovision website channel, ESCtv.[2]

The national final started at 17:30 CET and the winners press conference was set to start at 19:30 CET.[5] The winner of the national competition was decided by a combination of jury and televoting results, however, the selection determined the performer; it was an option for the song to be changed.[6]

The winner was Elnur Hüseynov feat. Samir Javadzadeh with the song Day After Day.

Draw Artist Song
1 Unformal "Lalala song"
2 "Little Muse"
3 Elnur Hüseynov "If You Never Back"
4 Elnur Hüseynov
and Samir Javadzadeh
"Day After Day"
5 Aynur Isgandarli "Swear That You Will Stay"
6 "Rhythm of Fire"

At Eurovision[edit]

Azerbaijan made its début in the Eurovision taking part in the first semi-final on 20 May 2008. It qualified as the fourth country pulled out and will be in the Eurovision final on Sunday 24 May 2008. Azerbaijan was drawn 20th in the Final.[7] In the final the Azerbaijani duet Elnur Hüseynov and Samir Javadzadeh finished 8th with 132 points.

Points awarded to Azerbaijan[edit]

Points awarded to Azerbaijan (Semi-Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points awarded to Azerbaijan (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Azerbaijan[8][edit]


For the 2008 contest the spokesperson for the Azerbaijan broadcast was Leyla Aliyeva.


  1. ^ "Exclusive: 3 Finalists for Azerbaijan known". Esctoday (in English)
  2. ^ a b "Exclusive: Azeri final with Marija & Ruslana to be webcast". Esctoday (in English)
  3. ^ "ITV prepares state of the art show for Saturday". Archived from the original on 2009-05-22. Oikotimes (in English)
  4. ^ "Exclusive: Lithuanian TV link to Azerbaijan". Esctoday (in English)
  5. ^ "Exclusive: Azerbaijan song will not be known at final". Esctoday (in English)
  6. ^ "Azerbaijan 2008 / Азербайджан 2008". Esckaz (in English) (in Russian)
  7. ^ The official website of the Eurovision Song Contest. First Semi-Final: Winners Press Conference.
  8. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2008

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