Azerbaijan has today confirmed their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 bringing the total number of participating countries, and countries to express provisional interest, up to thirty-seven so far, matching that of Copenhagen 2014. The announcement came a matter of hours after Tamilla Shirinova was dropped as the nation’s head of delegation. Tamilla Shirinova became the Azerbaijani Head of Delegation in 2015 following on from Husniye Maharramova. Over the course of the two years that she held the position, she brought Azerbaijan their two worst results to date.
In Stockholm earlier this year Azerbaijan finished in 17th place with the song ‘Miracle’ performed by Samra, selected internally. The song was penned by Sweden’s Henrik Wikström, the man behind another thirty-seven Eurovision national final entries, most of which were in his home nation – including the song ‘Invincible’ by Eurovision winner, Carola.
The contest’s most Eastern participating country (excluding Australia) has appeared in nine consecutive contests and never failed to reach the final; their best result was in 2011 when the country finished in first place, hosting in Baku the following year. Azerbaijan first participated in 2008 with Elnur & Samir performing ‘Day After Day.