Ictimai have confirmed that Azerbaijan will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Portugal, Lisbon.
According to ESCToday, Ictimai have confirmed their participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. It’s unknown how they will select their participant, but in recent years they have selected internally. The last time the Azeri public selected their Eurovision entry was in 2014 through the format of Böyük Səhnə. The winner, Dilara Kazimova, placed 22nd in Copenhagen with the song “Start A Fire”. This is the worst placed entry from Azerbaijan to date. Since then the country have opted to an internal selection.
Azerbaijan are one of few countries to have a 100% qualification record, qualifying to the Grand Final every year since their debut in 2008. In their 10 attempts at Eurovision, they have won once in 2011 when Ell and Nikki brought home the crown with their song “Running Scared”. They hosted the contest in Baku the following year, which also brought them a fourth place finish. Since 2008, the country has placed in the top 3 three times, with their aforementioned first place, a second place in 2013, and a third place in 2009. Since 2013, Azerbaijan haven’t placed inside the top 10.
The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 8th, 10th and 12th of May in Lisbon’s MEO Arena, following Salvador Sobral’s victory in Kyiv. His song “Amar Pelos Dois” brought Portugal their first Eurovision victory in 49 attempts.
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Azerbaijan debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, they were represented by Elnur & Samir with the song “Day After Day”, they 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.