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Azerbaijan: Samra – Miracle

Azerbaijan have presented Samra with the song, Miracle, as their Eurovision package for Stockholm. They'll be hoping Samra can perform a miracle and overturn their recent run of bad form, which is mostly down to them playing by the book. Last year Azerbaijan qualified in 10th place with just a 10-point margin to 11th-placed Malta. The days of Azerbaijan being a top-10 banker are long gone after the 2013 power-voting controversy, and even though the briefcases still supposedly change hands, we now know Azerbaijan are running on their base vote. This year, Azerbaijan are among friends in semi-final 1 and they've sent a…
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If this song was entered in 2013, Azerbaijan would almost certainly be top-5 in the odds

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Azerbaijan have presented Samra with the song, Miracle, as their Eurovision package for Stockholm. They’ll be hoping Samra can perform a miracle and overturn their recent run of bad form, which is mostly down to them playing by the book.

Last year Azerbaijan qualified in 10th place with just a 10-point margin to 11th-placed Malta. The days of Azerbaijan being a top-10 banker are long gone after the 2013 power-voting controversy, and even though the briefcases still supposedly change hands, we now know Azerbaijan are running on their base vote.

This year, Azerbaijan are among friends in semi-final 1 and they’ve sent a more appealing western-sounding song with a memorable, if not slightly overused hook. Their weakness comes in the shape of Samra, and the videos posted in the comments section suggest earplugs might be in order at May’s rehearsals. However, it’s also worth remembering that previous Azeri singers have been subject to similarly poor videos only to surprise at Eurovision, so it’s worth waiting until the pre-Contest concerts before writing her off.

Miracle isn’t a Drip-Drop, which is arguably Azerbaijan’s best song to date, but there are high quality elements: notably the verses that have a warm, classy feel with those bright piano flourishes. The chorus is a tad abrupt, but the piano is there again to ease in the second verse. There isn’t a conventional bridge, and instead, the song repeats the chorus for the entire third minute. Remarkably, it doesn’t get boring, so as a package, Miracle is perhaps the strongest of this year’s Sia-influenced songs.

If this song was entered in 2013, Azerbaijan would almost certainly be top-5 in the odds. Until we know if Samra can be trusted with a microphone, the 40/1 currently available looks about right. If she proves to be much better than those unflattering videos suggest, then Azerbaijan could be back in the game.

 

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10 comments

  1. It has more televote appeal than the last two efforts, which seems to be more to Azerbaijan’s strength. I think Azerbaijan can qualify with this from the second half but top ten is beyond them- Russia, Armenia and Ukraine are all higher in the pecking order this year. Backing singers a must based on her live performances.

  2. I think this is a very average song and I don’t think it deserves to go to the final. But in a semi in which Malta, Czech Republic, Montenegro and San Marino are voting, everything is possible, so it’s better to be careful.

    At least Armenia’s score for this song is predictable.

  3. Not gonna take a miracle to be honest. Just five swedish backing singers.

  4. My prediction this year is a 100% qualification record will be ended.Greece,Azerbaijan,Bosnia etc.

  5. Ufff…..thanks for linking me to these live-performances. Her voice is all over the place.

  6. I have this down as a top 3 finisher in the first semi-final.

    Azerbaijan have sent quite a few dodgy live vocalists before, two of which went on to win. As long as Samra sings it like she does in the studio, than their shouldn’t be problems there. What I like is this year they’ve gone back to sending something a lot more ‘pop’. Although I rated their 2014 and 15 entries highly, there was something just very off beat about them and the way they were presented, which clearly didn’t connect with people.

    This time around, I see them improving. ‘Miracle’ has a strong hook and the trap beat you’ll find in a lot of charting songs. I love the ‘Mira’ ‘Mira’ part and the added lyrics for the second chorus, both keeping the song fresh in my view.

    It’s interesting how perceptions have changed, regarding Azerbaijan’s chances. 2016 is arguably the first year since 2008 where we haven’t plugged them as a potential winner. People’s expectations, especially after the vote buying/jury bribing scandal have become more reserved and maybe now they can slip under the radar, and nab a top 10 spot.

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