Start a Fire (Dilara Kazimova song)

"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 hadn't been in the top 10 and the first time the nation hadn't been in the top 5 since their debut in the 2008 contest, until their non-qualification in the 2018 contest.

"Start a Fire"
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Single by Dilara Kazimova
Released2014
Songwriter(s)
Azerbaijan "Start a Fire"
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Dilara Kazimova performs the song
Eurovision Song Contest 2014 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Language
Composer(s)
Lyricist(s)
Finals performance
Semi-final result
9th
Semi-final points
57
Final result
22nd
Final points
33
Entry chronology
◄ "Hold Me" (2013)   
"Hour of the Wolf" (2015) ►

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 receptionEdit

"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]

ReferencesEdit

  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) Archived 2014-03-17 at the Wayback Machine / 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. ^ "Eurovision 2014 preview: Will Azerbaijan entry Start a Fire see Dilara Kazimova join song contest winners?". 3 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Azerbaijan: Wiwi Jury reviews Dilara Kazimova with Start a Fire". 13 April 2014.