Last month, Azerbaijan announced that Diana Hajiyeva, better known as DiHaj, has been internally selected to represent the country at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Now, Diana has spoken to Azeri media about her feelings on the contest and her plans for Kyiv.
Speaking to press before a concert, Diana claimed that she considers Eurovision as a “great experience”. She also acknowledged that her music and performance style is different to those typically seen at Eurovision. However, Diana stressed that she is “open to new experiments”, and that she and the Azeri broadcaster will work together to find a compromised song, style and stage show. When asked if she would sacrifice her style for the contest, Diana replied that she “believe(s) that this will not happen”.
However, Diana has not indicated who will write her Eurovision entry. In recent years, Azerbaijan have often imported their songs from Swedish songwriters, and Diana has not ruled this out for her own song. When one media representative commented that Eurovision fans from both Azerbaijan and the rest of Europe want to hear Diana perform her own song as opposed to a Swedish one, Diana merely replied that “Swedish or non-Swedish (she) will do (her) best for Azerbaijan”.
Azerbaijan’s entry to this year’s Eurovision will be revealed in the coming months, however no specific date has been revealed as of yet.
Source: trend.az ; INFE Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest
Azerbaijan debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, when they were represented by Elnur & Samir with the song “Day After Day” and finished 8th in the final. In 2011 Azerbaijan won the Eurovision Song Contest represented by Ell & Nikki and their song “Running Scared”. The song scored a total of 221 points, receiving only three sets of 12 points from Malta, Russia and Turkey. In the past three years Azerbaijan has failed to reach the top.10 in the final a position that Azerbaijan never placed lower than between 2008 and 2013.