Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010

Azerbaijan participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with the song "Drip Drop" written by Anders Bagge, Stefan Örn and Sandra Bjurman. The song was performed by Safura. The Azerbaijani Eurovision entrant for the 2010 contest in Oslo, Norway was selected through Land of Fire 2010, organised by the Azerbaijani broadcaster İctimai Television (İTV). Following a semi-final and a final on 2 February and 2 March 2010, respectively, a seven-member jury selected Safura as the winner. The song "Drip Drop" was internally selected and presented to the public on 18 March.

Eurovision Song Contest 2010
Country Azerbaijan
National selection
Selection processArtist: Land of Fire 2010
Song: Internal selection
Selection date(s)Artist: 2 March 2010
Song: 18 March 2010
Selected entrantSafura
Selected song"Drip Drop"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (2nd, 113 points)
Final result5th, 145 points
Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Azerbaijan was drawn to compete in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 27 May 2010. Performing during the show in position 7, "Drip Drop" was announced among the top 10 entries of the second semi-final and therefore qualified to compete in the final on 29 May. It was later revealed that Azerbaijan placed second out of the 17 participating countries in the semi-final with 113 points. In the final, Azerbaijan performed in position 1 and placed fifth out of the 25 participating countries, scoring 145 points.

BackgroundEdit

Prior to the 2010 contest, Azerbaijan had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest two times since its first entry in 2008.[1] In 2008 and 2009, Azerbaijan qualified to the final on both occasions and placed in the top ten, including a third-place result in 2009 with the song "Always" performed by AySel and Arash. The Azerbaijani national broadcaster, İctimai Television (İTV), broadcasts the event within Azerbaijan and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. İTV confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest on 1 June 2009.[2] In 2008, Azerbaijan organized a national final titled Land of Fire, which resulted in the selection of a winning performer that would subsequently be given an internally selected song to perform at Eurovision, while in 2009, the broadcaster internally selected both the artist and song that represented Azerbaijan. For their 2010 entry, the broadcaster opted to organise the Land of Fire national final.[3]

Before EurovisionEdit

Land of Fire 2010Edit

 
Safura was selected to represent Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 following her victory at Land of Fire 2010

Land of Fire 2010 was the national final organised by İTV that selected the Azerbaijani contestant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. The competition consisted of two shows concluded with a winning artist on 2 March 2010.[4][5] The two shows took place at the Buta Palace in Baku and hosted by Husniya Maharramova and Ilham Gasimov. Both shows were broadcast on İTV and streamed online via the broadcaster's website itv.az. The competition was also broadcast in Turkey on TRT Avaz and in Georgia on GPB.[6][7]

FormatEdit

The national final consisted of two stages. The first stage involved an audition period where interested artists had the opportunity to apply for the competition. Six artists were selected and advanced to the second stage, the televised shows. Two introductory shows were broadcast on 15 and 23 January 2010 where the six artists were presented.[8] Two shows including a semi-final on 2 February 2010 selected the artists (who each performed an original song) that would advance to the final on 2 March 2010.[9][10] In the final, the winner was selected from the remaining artists who each performed three candidate Eurovision songs.[11][12] The results of both shows were determined by the votes of a seven-member jury panel.[13]

The members of the jury were:[14]

Competing entriesEdit

On 1 June 2009, İTV called for interested artists to submit their applications to the broadcaster by 30 September 2009. Eligible artists were those that were citizens of Azerbaijan or part of the Azerbaijani diaspora. Artists were required to submit cover versions of two songs along with their application: one ballad and one uptempo song.[2][15] On 6 January 2010, the six artists selected for the competition from over 30 applications based on the decision of İTV and a group of local and international experts based on criteria such as vocal, dance and foreign language abilities were announced.[16][17] On 3 February 2010, the broadcaster called for interested songwriters to submit their entries by 20 February 2010. Songwriters could be of any nationality.[18] Five candidate Eurovision songs were selected from submissions from local and international songwriters and announced on 2 March 2010.[19] One of the songs, "Don't Let the Morning Come", was later withdrawn and therefore was not performed during the final.[8]

Competing songs
Song Songwriter(s)
"Cancelled" Stefan Örn, Negin, Random
"Drip Drop" Anders Bagge, Stefan Örn, Sandra Bjurman
"Soulless" Anders Lundström
"Under My Skin" Stefan Örn, Phil Anquetil

ShowsEdit

Semi-finalEdit

The semi-final took place on 2 February 2010 where the six artists each performed an original song. The jury selected three of the artists to advance to the final.[20][21] In addition to the performances of the artists, Ukrainian Eurovision Song Contest 2004 winner Ruslana, Norwegian Eurovision Song Contest 2009 winner Alexander Rybak and 2009 Azerbaijani Eurovision entrant AySel and Arash performed during the show as guests.[22]

Semi-final – 2 February 2010
Draw Artist Song Songwriter(s) Result
1 Milk and Kisses "I Am on Fire" Dilara Kazimova, Farida Nelson, DJ LOOPer Advanced
2 Elli Mishiyeva "Up, Up" Isa Melikov, Paulina Malikova, Elli Mishiyeva Eliminated
3 Azad Shabanov "Smile" Zahra Badalbeyli, Vusal Garayev Eliminated
4 Ulviyya Rahimova "In Love" Ulviyya Rahimova, Sergey Guliyev, Lala Guliyeva Eliminated
5 Safura Alizadeh "Söz Ver" Elvin Musayev, Gunel Musayeva, Zahra Badalbeyli Advanced
6 Maryam Shabanova "I've Had Enough" Maryam Shabanova Advanced

FinalEdit

The final took place on 2 March 2010 where the remaining three artists each performed three of the four candidate Eurovision songs. Safura Alizadeh was selected by the jury as the winner.[23] In addition to the performances of the artists, AySel and Arash, Belarusian singer Dakota and 2010 Georgian Eurovision entrant Sofia Nizharadze performed during the show as guests.[24][25]

Final – 2 March 2010
Draw Artist Song
1 Safura Alizadeh "Drip Drop"
2 "Under My Skin"
3 "Soulless"
4 Milk and Kisses "Under My Skin"
5 "Drip Drop"
6 "Cancelled"
7 Maryam Shabanova "Under My Skin"
8 "Soulless"
9 "Drip Drop"


Song selectionEdit

On 18 March 2010, İTV announced that Safura would be performing the song "Drip Drop" at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010.[26][27] The selection of the song was based on the decision of İTV and the seven-member jury panel of Land of Fire 2010 from the three candidate Eurovision songs performed by Safura during the final of the competition.[28]

PromotionEdit

Safura made several appearances across Europe to specifically promote "Drip Drop" as the Azerbaijani Eurovision entry. On 5 March, Safura performed "Drip Drop" during the first Ukrainian Eurovision national final.[29] Safura also took part in promotional activities in Belgium, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Poland, Russia and Switzerland.[30]

At EurovisionEdit

 
Safura at the Eurovision Opening Party in Oslo

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Four" (France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom) were 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 7 February 2010, 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 27 May 2010, and was scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.[31] The running order for the semi-finals was decided through another draw on 23 March 2010 and Azerbaijan was set to perform in position 8, following the entry from Sweden and before the entry from Ukraine.

The two semi-finals and final were broadcast in Azerbaijan on İTV with commentary by Husniye Maharramova. The Azerbaijani spokesperson, who announced the Azerbaijani votes during the final, was Tamilla Shirinova.

Semi-finalEdit

 
Safura during a rehearsal before the second semi-final

Safura took part in technical rehearsals on 19 and 22 May, followed by dress rehearsals on 26 and 27 May. This included the jury show on 26 May where the professional juries of each country watched and voted on the competing entries.

The Azerbaijani performance featured Safura in a turquoise and blue dress with LED elements that illuminated at the end of the song performing with a dancer and four backing vocalists. Two podiums with LED screens that displayed dripping water were featured on stage, one for Safura and one for the backing vocalists. Safura's podium also included a staircase which illuminated in a turquoise colour as she took each step down simultaneously with the backing vocalists at the beginning of the song. The dancer interacted with Safura during the second verse before the singer walked to the end of the catwalk and returned to the main stage to conclude the performance. The stage backdrop was dark and the lighting transitioned between white, green and blue colours.[32][33] The performance was choreographed by JaQuel Knight.[34] The dancer that joined Safura on stage was Denis Khrystyuk, while the backing vocalists were Anna Bergenholtz, Johanna Eriksson, Marlene Strand and Samantha Powell.[35]

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 second in the semi-final, receiving a total of 113 points.[36]

FinalEdit

Shortly after the second semi-final, a winners' press conference was held for the ten qualifying countries. As part of this press conference, the qualifying artists took part in a draw to determine the running order for the final. This draw was done in the order the countries were announced during the semi-final. Ukraine was drawn to perform in position 1, before the entry from Spain.[37]

Safura once again took part in dress rehearsals on 28 and 29 May before the final, including the jury final where the professional juries cast their final votes before the live show. Safura performed a repeat of her semi-final performance during the final on 29 May. At the conclusion of the voting, Azerbaijan finished in fifth place with 145 points.[38]

VotingEdit

Voting during the three shows consisted of 50 percent public televoting and 50 percent from a jury deliberation. The jury consisted of five music industry professionals who were citizens of the country they represent. This jury was asked to judge each contestant 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 could be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently.

Following the release of the full split voting by the EBU after the conclusion of the competition, it was revealed that Azerbaijan had placed fifth with the public televote and ninth with the jury vote in the final. In the public vote, Azerbaijan scored 161 points, while with the jury vote, Azerbaijan scored 116 points. In the second semi-final, Azerbaijan placed first with the public televote with 126 points and third with the jury vote, scoring 89 points.[39]

Below is a breakdown of points awarded to Azerbaijan and awarded by Azerbaijan in the second semi-final and grand final of the contest. The nation awarded its 12 points to Turkey in the semi-final and the final of the contest.

Points awarded to AzerbaijanEdit

Points awarded by AzerbaijanEdit

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