Azeri broadcaster Ictimai has announced an open call for artists to submit their potential entries for Eurovision 2023!
Submissions now open!
Performers and composers are now able to submit their songs (in demo or final form) to firstname.lastname@example.org for the chance to represent their country in Liverpool in 2023. Artists must also submit a short biography. Submissions are open until 31st December 2022, after which the song and artist will be selected.
The open call marks a change in direction for the Azeri delegation, who in recent years have called for songs, but not for artists.
Azerbaijan has recently seen a change of Head of Delegation. Vasif Mammadov, Deputy Director General of Ictimai, will take over from Isa Melikov, who served as their HoD in 2021.
Azerbaijan’s Eurovision Journey
Azerbaijan is a powerhouse in Eurovision, first debuting in 2008 with the song “Day After Day” by Elnur & Samir, finishing 8th. The country has since gone on to achieve five top-5 performances, including one win in 2011. Azerbaijan has a near-perfect qualification record, only failing to make the final in 2018, and is known for its impressive on-stage performances. In 2021, they were represented by Nadir Rustamli, who received 106 points and finished 16th with his song “Fade to Black”.
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News Source: Ictimai
Photo Credit: EBU/Corinne Cumming