Ictimai Television, the Azerbaijani national broadcaster is to make their final decision on the country’s entry for Eurovision 2018 in the coming days.
INFE Azerbaijan reports that ITV are due to make a decision on the song that will represent Azerbaijan in Lisbon in the next few days. They report that AISEL has recorded a number of different versions of her song for Lisbon, with ITV being presented with a number of options for Eurovision 2018.
28-year old AISEL was born in Baku in July 1989, and is part of a musical family. She attended the Bulbul School of Music from 1995 to 2006, and the Azerbaijan National Conservatory, a higher music school, until 2010. She is a jazz and soul singer, and an accomplished vocalist, pianist and composer. She has performed at festivals such as the Caspian Jazz & Blues Festival (2002), the Baku International Jazz festival (2005 & 2006), the MuzEnergo Festival of Music Improvisation (2007), Montreux Jazz Festival (2009), and the Caucasus Jazz Festival (2012), and is also a member of the Baku Jazz Centre.
AISEL will be the 11th artist to represent Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest. Despite the country’s initial success in the contest, AISEL’s participation at the contest will follow a recent run of average to poor results. From 2008 to 2013 the country failed to finish outside of the top 10, even managing to finish in 3rd, 2nd and 1st in 2009, 2013 and 2011 respectively. However, since 2014 Azerbaijan has failed to finish inside the top 10, with this year’s representative, Dihaj, earning a respectable 14th place for the country with her song “Skeletons”.
Source: INFE Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.