As the line up for Eurovision 2023 nears completion, Azerbaijan have released their entry for this year’s contest. They will be represented by TuralTuranX with “Tell Me More”.
Who are TuralTuranX?
TurlTuranX is a duo made up of twins Tural and Turan Bağmanovlar. Both men are 22 years old and come from Zaqatala, in the far northwest of Azerbaijan. Their song for Eurovision 2023 – “Tell Me More” – was written entirely by the duo themselves.
No specific date has been revealed as the release date for their song. However, with the submission deadline looming, it is expected to be announced in the coming days.
Change in approach for Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan has continued with their internal selection method this year, but changes to the delegation have lead to a new approach to the contest. This includes the prioritisation of Azerbaijani songwriters and composers, as well as performers. Of the 15 entries Azerbaijan has sent to Eurovision previously, only four have featured Azerbaijani writers (2019, 2017, 2009, and 2008), with only 2008’s Day After Day being written by an exclusively Azerbaijani team. The broadcaster received over 200 entries for consideration this year.
Following the semi-final allocation draw, Azerbaijan will compete in the second half of the first semi-final on the 9th May.
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. 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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