Start a Fire (Dilara Kazimova song)

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Azerbaijan "Start a Fire"
ESC2014 - Azerbaijan 04.jpg
Dilara Kazimova performs the song
Eurovision Song Contest 2014 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Language
Composer(s)
Stefan Örn, Johan Kronlund, Alessandra Günthardt
Lyricist(s)
Stefan Örn, Johan Kronlund, Alessandra Günthardt
Finals performance
Semi-final result
9th
Semi-final points
57
Final result
22nd
Final points
33
Appearance chronology
◄ "Hold Me" (2013)   
"Hour of the Wolf" (2015) ►

"Start a Fire" is a song by Azerbaijani singer Dilara Kazimova. It was chosen to represent Azerbaijan at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Denmark.[1] In the national final of Azerbaijan, Dilara Kazimova was chosen to represent Azerbaijan,[2] the song was released two weeks later.[3] The song was written by Stefan Örn, Alessandra Günthardt and Johan Kronlund. Stefan Örn was also a juror in the 2014 national Azerbaijani final.[3] At Eurovision the song placed 22nd which is the first time Azerbaijan hasn't been in the top 10 and the first time the nation hasn't been in the top 5 since their debut in the 2008 contest.

The melody features the traditional Azeri musical instrument balaban[4] (also shown in the video clip).[4][5]

On 16 April 2014, the song was performed by Kazimova for the first time in Azeri, under the name "Bir qığılcım" ("A Flare")[6] and Turkish, under the name "Alev Gibi" ("Like a Fire").[7]

Critical reception[edit]

"Start a Fire" has received average scores in Europe. Daily Mirror entertainment writer Carl Greenwood gave the song 2 star out of 5 and said, "it has the veneer of being a good song, but listen closely and it all falls away."[8] The song received 6.76 out of 10 by the jury of Wiwibloggs.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Omelyanchuk, Olena (16 March 2014). "Watch tonight: Dilara Kazimova's song presentation". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Azerbaijan: Dilara Kazimova wins Böyük Sehne 2014". wiwibloggs.com. 2 March 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Watch: Dilara Kazimova will start a fire for Azerbaijan". wiwibloggs.com. 16 March 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Dilara Kazimova - Start A Fire (Eurovision 2014 Azerbaijan) / Mid.az. 16.03.2014. (in Azerbaijani)

    Bu ildə yarışmada həzin musiqi notları ilə ölkəmizi təmsil edəcək Dilarə Kazımovanın mahnısında Milli Musiqi alətimiz olan balabandan istifadə olunur və həmçinin klipdə də balaban göstərilmişdir.

  5. ^ It is time to "Start A Fire" for Dilara Kazimova
  6. ^ Feliks Wiszniewiecki. Azeri Version of Start a Fire Presented. 1news.az. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Parçasını Türkçe söyledi!" (in Turkish). Habertürk. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-previews/eurovision-2014-preview-azerbaijan-entry-3337342
  9. ^ http://wiwibloggs.com/2014/04/13/azerbaijan-jury-reviews-dilara/44529/