The Azerbaijani Head of Delegation has appeared on breakfast television to encourage everyone to take part in the song submissions process for Eurovision.
Leyla Quliyeva appeared on Ictimai’s breakfast television program ‘Sabahın Xeyir Azərbaycan’ (Good Morning Azerbaijan) to talk about the nations plans for Eurovision 2020.
Ms Quliyeva explained that one of the biggest complaints people have about Eurovision is that Azerbaijan’s songs are not written by Azerbaijani songwriters. In response she explained that the broadcaster has not put any restrictions on who can submit a song for Eurovision.
We didn’t put any restrictions on songs. What they need to do is only send demo version of a song. You may even be an amateur or maybe a hit maker, it doesn’t matter just send us your work.
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Interested songwriters and composer can submit their song in mp3 form and the lyrics to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with information regarding themselves. The submissions process is open until February 7. The Azerbaijani song will then be selected internally by iTV.
Source: INFE Azerbaijan
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.