Best of the Bunch: The Trials – Azerbaijan

Through our Best of the Bunch series, we gave a recap on the Eurovision entries from 2006 to 2015 and gave you the opportunity to choose your Best of the Bunch. As you may remember, the current Best of the Bunch winners were put into our ‘Ultimate Eurovision’ but it’s time to see which of the latest three entries have remained as your favourites! In our Best of the Bunch: The Trials series, we are going to recap the entries from a certain nation starting with 2016 and continuing through to the latest Eurovision season of 2018. Your job is to simply enjoy the music, and vote for your Best of the Bunch winner!

Today we’re taking a closer look at the recent history of Azerbaijan at Eurovision, a nation that is fairly recent to Eurovision, but has really made their mark. Within four years of their debut, Azerbaijan won Eurovision with Ell & Nikki, and throughout their history have had various successful results. Today we are looking at the last three years of Azerbaijan at Eurovision, which have been a mixed three years of results. Once we have recapped the entries, it will be up to you to decide on the Best of the Bunch!

Azerbaijan 2016

Let’s rewind back to 2016, where young artist Samra was selected to represent the nation with her radio friendly pop tune titled Miracle. It was the one of the first songs for Azerbaijan which omitted the ‘signature’ Azeri sound and featured more of a generic pop sound. This theme continued with the contemporary performance with Samra a vision in a sparkly gold jumpsuit! The song qualified into the final in 6th place, which was an improvement on the previous two years, however in the final finished in 17th place with 117 points.

Azerbaijan 2017

The following year we saw an interesting stylistic choice from Azerbaijan who internally selected the unique but talented artist Dihaj. The song Skeletons is dark and mysterious, and perhaps not as much of an instant hit in comparison with some of their previous successful entries, but it’s unique flavour was bound to strike a chord with certain voters. At Eurovision, the performance was visually unlike anything we had seen at Eurovision before, and with the combination of a unique song and performance, the song qualified into the final in 8th position, and in the final Azerbaijan finished in 14th place with 120 points.

Azerbaijan 2018

That brings us to this year’s entry and continuing the theme of Girl Power, Azerbaijan internally selected jazz artist Aisel. While we waited for the song to be released, we hoped that it would fall into her usual jazz style to show off her incredible voice, however the nation decided to go back down the radio-friendly pop route with the song X My Heart. Opening the show with an energetic performance unfortunately wasn’t enough to send Azerbaijan to the final, which marked the first time in their history to fail to qualify! The song finished in 11th place with 94 points.

So now you’ve seen all three performances, it’s time to vote for your Best of the Bunch!

If you want more Best of the Bunch from Azerbaijan check out our original series:

If you want to check out who made our Ultimate Eurovision, check it out here:

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