Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

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

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
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BackgroundEdit

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 EurovisionEdit

Internal selectionEdit

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 EurovisionEdit

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-finalEdit

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.

VotingEdit

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 AzerbaijanEdit

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 AzerbaijanEdit

Split voting resultsEdit

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
Split voting results from Azerbaijan (Semi-final 2)
Draw Country Jury Televote
E. Useynov T. Agayeva U. Karimova Y. Jabbarov R. Hashimov Average Rank Points Rank Points
01   Armenia 17 17 17 17 17 17 17
02   Ireland 15 13 13 10 15 16 14
03   Moldova 3 15 6 15 10 8 3 11
04    Switzerland 9 6 8 8 9 9 2 2 10
05   Latvia 12 11 3 12 3 6 5 15
06   Romania 5 3 15 4 4 3 8 12
07   Denmark 14 12 12 9 14 14 13
08   Sweden 6 9 5 16 16 12 8 3
09   Austria 10 4 9 13 11 11 16
10   Croatia 11 5 11 14 12 13 10 1
11   Malta 7 2 14 6 5 5 6 5 6
12   Lithuania 16 14 16 2 7 10 1 9 2
13   Russia 1 1 1 1 1 1 12 1 12
14   Albania 4 8 4 5 8 4 7 7 4
15   Norway 13 16 10 11 13 15 6 5
16   Netherlands 8 10 7 7 6 7 4 3 8
17   North Macedonia 2 7 2 3 2 2 10 4 7
18   Azerbaijan
Split voting results from Azerbaijan (final)
Draw Country Jury Televote
E. Useynov T. Agayeva U. Karimova Y. Jabbarov R. Hashimov Average Rank Points Rank Points
01   Malta 6 2 9 4 6 2 10 7 4
02   Albania 4 9 5 6 9 4 7 16
03   Czech Republic 19 21 22 2 17 14 18
04   Germany 25 23 21 18 16 22 23
05   Russia 1 1 1 1 1 1 12 1 12
06   Denmark 14 18 16 17 20 19 19
07   San Marino 7 17 10 13 7 13 2 10
08   North Macedonia 5 11 4 5 5 3 8 8 3
09   Sweden 13 10 6 19 18 15 20
10   Slovenia 2 22 2 25 15 7 4 13
11   Cyprus 10 12 7 10 3 8 3 17
12   Netherlands 11 14 13 11 10 16 4 7
13   Greece 12 3 14 3 8 5 6 25
14   Israel 23 15 25 16 21 21 15
15   Norway 16 16 15 14 19 18 10 1
16   United Kingdom 22 25 20 21 24 25 24
17   Iceland 3 5 24 24 14 11 12
18   Estonia 17 24 18 20 23 23 21
19   Belarus 15 13 8 7 4 10 1 6 5
20   Azerbaijan
21   France 24 19 17 22 25 24 14
22   Italy 8 7 11 9 2 6 5 5 6
23   Serbia 18 20 23 15 13 20 22
24    Switzerland 9 6 12 12 11 12 3 8
25   Australia 20 4 3 23 12 9 2 11
26   Spain 21 8 19 8 22 17 9 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Azerbaijan Country Profile". EBU. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  2. ^ Granger, Anthony (27 December 2018). "Azerbaijan: 15 Artists Took Part in Auditions for Eurovision 2019". Eurovoix.com. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  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.