Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

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Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Country Azerbaijan
National selection
Selection processInternal Selection
Selection date(s)8 March 2019
Selected entrantChingiz
Selected song"Truth"
Selected songwriter(s)Borislav Milanov
Trey Campbell
Bo J
Pablo Dinero
Hostess
Chingiz Mustafayev
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (5th, 224 points)
Final result8th, 302 points
Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2018 2019

Azerbaijan participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song “Truth” performed by Chingiz.

Background[edit]

Prior to the 2019 Contest, Azerbaijan had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest eleven times since its first entry in 2008.[1] Azerbaijan had won the contest on one occasion in 2011 with the song "Running Scared" performed by Ell/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.

Before Eurovision[edit]

Internal selection[edit]

On 20 November 2018, İTV organised an internal audition round in order to select the Azerbaijani representative for 2019.[2] As of February 7, over 350 songs were received and 4 artists qualified to the final selection: Tofig Hajiyev, Chingiz Mustafayev, Leman Dadashova and Samira Efendi. iTV also announced that the selected entrant would be announced on 8 March, after the final decision of the national jury. [3]

At Eurovision[edit]

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (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 28 January 2019, a special 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 was placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 16 May 2019, and was scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[4]

Once all the competing songs for the 2019 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Azerbaijan was set to perform in position 18, following the entry from North Macedonia, closing the semi-final.[5]

Semi-final[edit]

Azerbaijan performed last in the second semi-final, following the entry from North Macedonia.At the end of the show, Azerbaijan was announced as having finished in the top 10 and subsequently qualifying for the grand final.It was later revealed that Azerbaijan placed fifth in the semi-final, receiving a total of 224 points: 121 points from the televoting and 103 points from the juries.

Voting[edit]

Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation's jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation's televoting results will be released shortly after the grand final.[6]

Points awarded to Azerbaijan[edit]

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

Points awarded by Azerbaijan[edit]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprised the Azerbaijani jury:[6]

  • Rashad Hashimov – Chairperson – composer
  • Emir Useynov – choreographer
  • Tunzale Agayeva – author, composer, singer
  • Ulviyya Karimova – film director
  • Yalchin Jabbarov – producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Azerbaijan Country Profile". EBU. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  2. ^ Granger, Anthony (2018-12-27). "Azerbaijan: 15 Artists Took Part in Auditions for Eurovision 2019". Eurovoix.com. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  3. ^ https://www.facebook.com/EurovisionCoverage/posts/10156179175876305
  4. ^ Jordan, Paul (28 January 2019). "Eurovision 2019: Which country takes part in which Semi-Final?". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Exclusive: This is the Eurovision 2019 Semi-Final running order!". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 2 April 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  6. ^ a b Groot, Evert (30 April 2019). "Exclusive: They are the judges who will vote in Eurovision 2019!". Eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 30 April 2019.