Maryam Shabanova is among the singers being revealed by Azeri media as having taken part in the casting round for Eurovision 2019 at iTV.
INFE Azerbaijan and 12 Xal have reported the first names that are known to have taken part in the casting round for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. INFE Azerbaijan reports that Maryam Shabanova who was one of three artists to participate in the final of “Land of Fire 2010”, is among the singers who have performed for iTV. Since finishing as a runner up she continues to perform, and is now a well known songwriter and composer.
While 12 Xal reports that Emiliya Yaqubova and Abdullayev Hüseyn also attended the casting rounds. Emiliya Yaqubova won The Voice of Azerbaijan in 2016, and also participated in the nations 2010 selection as part of the group Milk & Kisses. She then returned to the Azerbaijani selection in 2011, but failed to progress through to the latter rounds. Abdullayev Hüseyn also participated in the The Voice of Azerbaijan in 2016, finishing in 2nd place. He has also previously attempted to represent Azerbaijan at Eurovision, having taken part in Böyük Səhnə in 2014.
The first audition rounds were held by iTV on the 20th of November. Azerbaijan has not held a televised selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest since 2014. Since this point both the singer and song for the Eurovision Song Contest have both been selected internally by iTV.
Aisel represented Azerbaijan at this year’s contest in Lisbon, Portugal. However, she failed to qualify for the final with her song “X My Heart”, finishing 11th. She was 14 points away from qualification, and this was the first time the country failed to make it to the final.
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 2018 Azerbaijan failed to qualify for the final for the first time, having previously had a 100% qualification record.