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Cometh the Hour...
If the Azeris can put together a powerful visual package, Hour of the Wolf should be seen as a genuine top-5 song and potential winner.
Azerbaijan have finally put us out of our misery in presenting the widely tipped Elnur Huseynov as their Eurovision representative. Elnur graced the Eurovision stage in 2008 when he duetted with Samir, eventually placing 8th.
Elnur will perform Hour of the Wolf in the second half of semi-final 2.
Hour of the Wolf is something of a return to form for Azerbaijan, having sent Dilara to Copenhagen with an anaemic and lifeless ballad. It was no surprise she finished 22nd in the final.
Elnur’s song, while delicate, has far greater energy and benefits from mesmerising cinematic power during the refrain and climax. The Balaban seems to be Azerbaijan’s instrument of choice which adds a certain gravitas to songs from that region. However, the grandeur of the orchestral elements gives Hour of the Wolf a spine-tingling quality the juries and televoters simply can’t ignore. Moreover, we know Elnur’s voice packs a powerful punch and covers three-octaves with ease – the juries have a history of rewarding supreme vocalists.
Given the strength of Azerbaijan’s entry, they will undoubtedly embark on creating a strong visual package for Vienna. While the Greeks have requested the services of famed Fokas Evaggelinos, Azerbaijan would give him a much stronger package to work with, in addition to a limitless supply of money. If the Azeris can put together a powerful visual package, Hour of the Wolf should be seen as a genuine top-5 song and potential winner.
Can Azerbaijan repeat their 2011 success?
- Qualification History
- Final Performance
Highest semi-final score: 180 (2009: Aysel & Arash – Always)
Lowest semi-final score: 57 (2014: Dilara Kazimova – Start a Fire)
Average semi-final finishing position (since 2008): 3rd
Average semi-final score (since 2008): 117 points
Highest score (since 2004): 234 (2013: Farid Mammadov – Hold Me)
Lowest score (since 2004): 33 (2014: Dilara Kazimova – Start a Fire)
Average final position: 6th
Average final score: 160 points
Russia – 10.1
Czech Rep’ – 10.0
Georgia – 9.8
Moldova – 8.1
Malta – 7.9
Cyprus – 7.8
Poland – 7.4