Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011

Eurovision Song Contest 2011
Country  Azerbaijan
National selection
Selection process Milli Seçim Turu 2010
Selection date(s) Heats:
15 November – 31 December 2010
(50% jury, 50% televote)
Semifinal:
10 – 14 January 2011
National Final:
11 February 2011
Selected entrant Ell & Nikki
Selected song "Running Scared"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (2nd, 122 points)
Final result 1st, 221 points
Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest
2012►

Azerbaijan won the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany with the entry "Running Scared".

National Final 2011

A few days after the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Bærum, İctimai TV announced the Azerbaijani participation in Düsseldorf.[1]

On 6 October, İctimai TV announced their selection process for Eurovision 2011. In this preliminary phase of the national selection, İctimai chose 100 hopefuls to participate in the process. The broadcaster called for participants that must stand out for their "beautiful voice, dance ability and stage culture".[2] On 19 October, İctimai TV announced that they had received 120 submissions for national selection.[3] One of the candidates is 20-year-old Ilgara Kazimova, daughter of the renowned Azerbaijani pop singer Aygun Kazimova.[4] The candidates also included previous years' applicants: Azad Shabanov, Aynishan Quliyeva, teenage quartet Next, Chingiz Mustafayev, Arzum, and Seyran Ismayilkhanov who resides in Germany, as well as Elnur Hüseynov who represented Azerbaijan at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 as part of a duo having been placed eighth.[5] Other first-time contestants are Khayyam Nisanov, Nurlan Novrasli, Khayyam Mustafazadeh,[6] Khana Hasanova, Sabina Babayeva, Diana Hajiyeva, Sevinj Aghashirinova,[5] and others. Submissions came from abroad, including Nigar Jamal and Nicola Barclay from the United Kingdom,[7][8][9] Tarik Yigit from Turkey, Sultan Mashadiyev and Tahir Guliyev from Russia and Gunay Alakbarova from Finland.[10]

In November 2010, İctimai TV released more information on their selection. 77 people would be fighting for the ticket to Eurovision in Germany. 11 participants would appear on air every week. By the end of each week the jurors and the audience would select the only participant who would advance to the final, where seven singers would compete.[11] The candidates would perform a foreign song on Monday, an Azerbaijani song on Tuesday, a Eurovision entry on Wednesday, a song of their choice on Thursday, and on Friday the winner would be determined.[12]

On 6 December, Nicola Barclay, who came second in the third semi-final, has been granted a place in the final as a wildcard. The jury decided that Nicola deserves another chance as they were "amazed" by her vocal skills.[13] Similarly on 24 December, Eldar Gasimov was granted the wildcard and won a right to compete in the final.[14] In the final, seventh semi-final, Nigar Jamal received the third and final wildcard, also granting her a place in the final which would now involve 10 people and not 7, as planned originally.[15]

On 4 January, representative of Azerbaijan's official Eurovision broadcaster Ictimai TV Natig Abdullayev announced changes to the original plan of holding the final among winners of the seven semi-finals. According to him, from 10 January to 14 January, 10 winners of the semi-finals would compete in an intermediate selection phase which would determine 5 finalists. Of these 5 finalists, one would be chosen by the jury in February to represent Azerbaijan in Eurovision.[16] These changes and her illness have forced Scottish singer Nicola Barclay to pull out of the competition.[17][18][19]

On 11 February, the jury selected Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal to represent Azerbaijan as a duo at Eurovision 2011.

Televised heats

Heat 1

Heat 1 - 15–19 November 2010
Draw Artist Points Place
1 Khana Hasanova 4 7
2 Aygun Ismayilova 6 5
3 Adil Bakhishli 10 2
4 Tofig "Mr. Toto" Hajiyev 5 6
5 Chingiz Mustafayev 12 1
6 Tarik Yigit 0 DNQ
7 Nurana Alasgarova 0 DNQ
8 Ulviyya Abbasova 3 8
9 Gulchohra Babayeva 2 9
10 Next 8 3
11 Zulfunaz Rajabova 7 4

Heat 2

Heat 2 - 22–26 November 2010
Draw Artist Points Place
1 East Groove 8 3
2 Fizza Nadirova 4 7
3 Sitara Nasirova 5 6
4 Emin Hasan 2 9
5 Nazrin Zarbaliyeva 3 8
6 Ulvi Rashidov 10 2
7 Gunay Alakbarova 7 4
8 Yegana Aghayeva 0 DNQ
9 Shola Safaraliyeva 6 5
10 Ulviyya Talishinskaya 1 10
11 Nurlan Novrasli 12 1

Heat 3

Heat 3–29 November-3 December 2010
Draw Artist Points Place
1 Dilshan Ibadova 3 8
2 Gunay Ibrahimli 12 1
3 Khayyam Nisanov 8 3
4 Sevinj Aghashirinova 5 6
5 Kanan Gadimov 6 5
6 Nigar Babayeva 2 9
7 Orkhan Aghayev 7 4
8 Farid Mammadov 1 10
9 Nazir Aghayev 0 11
10 Nicola Barclay 10 2
11 Rinat Alimov 4 7

Heat 4

Heat 4 - 6–9 December 2010
Draw Artist Points Place
1 Said Ismayilzadeh 1 10
2 Aydan Rustamova 10 2
3 Arzum Khalilova 12 1
4 Emilia Yagubova 3 8
5 Ramin Guliyev 4 7
6 Chinara Nazarli 5 6
7 Milan Mammadov 2 9
8 Sabina Babayeva 8 3
9 Rahima Hasanalizadeh 6 5
10 Leyla Dadashova 0 11
11 Javanshir Hajiyev 7 4

Heat 5

Heat 5 - 13–17 December 2010
Draw Artist Points Place
1 Empathy 3 8
2 Elmar Asgarov 2 9
3 Altun Zeynalov 5 6
4 Emin Nasirli 10 2
5 Janana Zeynalova 1 10
6 Rovshan Jivishov 7 4
7 Jamila Hashimova 8 3
8 Aynishan Quliyeva 12 1
9 Gulnar Nabi-Chingiz 4 7
10 Dinara Jafarova 0 11
11 Orkhan Israfilov 6 5

Heat 6

Heat 6 - 20–24 December 2010
Draw Artist Points Place
1 Ilgara Ibrahimova 12 1
2 Eldar Gasimov 10 2
3 Seyran Ismayilkhanov 6 5
4 Leyla Idrisova 4 7
5 Rustam Allazov 5 6
6 Sultan Mashadiyev 3 8
7 Elyana Ahmadova 8 3
8 Fuad Mustafazadeh 1 10
9 Sarkhan Mammadov 2 9
10 Diana Hajiyeva 7 4

Heat 7

Heat 7 - 27–31 December 2010
Draw Artist Points Place
1 Orkhan Nasibov 0 12
2 Sabina Mammadova 6 6
3 Habil Ahmadov 1 11
4 Sadikh Aghamaliyev 3 9
5 Nigar Dargahzadeh 7 5
6 Ilhama Gasimova 12 1
7 Davud Asgarli 4 8
8 Lala Aliyeva 5 7
9 Tahir Guliyev 2 10
10 Gunay Ahmadova 8 4
11 Azad Shabanov 10 3
12 Nigar Jamal 12 2

Semifinal

Semifinal - 10–14 January 2011
Artist
Chingiz Mustafayev
Nurlan Novrasli
Gunay Ibrahimli
Arzum Khalilova
Aynishan Quliyeva
Ilgara Ibrahimova
Eldar Gasimov
Ilhama Gasimova
Nigar Jamal

Final

Final - 11 February 2011
Draw Artist
1 Nigar Jamal
2 Aynishan Quliyeva
3 Ilgara Ibrahimova
4 Eldar Gasimov
5 Ilhama Gasimova

The song

On 11 January, the organising committee of Eurovision Azerbaijan announced a call for submissions for the song that would be performed by the Azerbaijani representative. Both national and foreign composers were invited to submit their songs, and one song would be chosen by an internal committee.[20] As of 25 January, the organising committee had received 15 submissions, coming mostly from Azerbaijan, as well as from Spain, Greece, Romania, and Australia.[21]

At Eurovision

Azerbaijan competed under number 18 in the second half of the first semi-final of the contest, on 10 May, and qualified for the final. They went on to win it with 221 points.[22] A later review of the split voting showed that the juries placed Azerbaijan second (behind Italy), but that the televoting carried the song through to first.[23]


Points awarded to Azerbaijan

Points Awarded to Azerbaijan (Semi-Final 1)
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
0 points

Points awarded by Azerbaijan[24]

See also

References

External links

  • Eldar and Nigar - Official Website of Azerbaijani Participants for Eurovision 2011.
  • Eldar & Nigar - Eurovision 2011 Winners! (official video)
  • ITV's official Eurovision site
  • Eurovision Azerbaijan Official Website
  • Eurovision Azerbaijan Fan Website

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