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Azerbaijan: Dihaj – Skeletons

It's been a quiet selection season for Azerbaijan so far, but Diana Hajiyeva (Dihaj) has just released her song for Eurovision. Dihaj will perform the Sia-lite Skeletons in the precarious first half of semi-final 1. It's another solid and competent entry from Azerbaijan, thoough Skeletons doesn't quite hit the instant-appeal pop heights of last year's song. Even so, Dihaj will offer greater vocal assurance than Samra, so in that sense Azerbaijan could perform better on both sides of the vote, rather than just appealing to their base televote support. There are some gorgeous vocal layers during the chorus and middle eight…
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Given the weak lineup of songs from the ex-USSR nations this year, Azerbaijan should be aiming for top-10

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It’s been a quiet selection season for Azerbaijan so far, but Diana Hajiyeva (Dihaj) has just released her song for Eurovision.

Dihaj will perform the Sia-lite Skeletons in the precarious first half of semi-final 1.

It’s another solid and competent entry from Azerbaijan, thoough Skeletons doesn’t quite hit the instant-appeal pop heights of last year’s song. Even so, Dihaj will offer greater vocal assurance than Samra, so in that sense Azerbaijan could perform better on both sides of the vote, rather than just appealing to their base televote support.

There are some gorgeous vocal layers during the chorus and middle eight which really adds contrast and a subtle epic feel to the song. If one overlooks the clumsy “I’m a skeletons” lyric, this is actually a technically brilliant song, and some years ago, Azerbaijan would be leading the market with something like this. Nevertheless, those were the days when Azerbaijan were involved in all sorts of backroom dodginess, and since then, their ambition the win the Contest has waned.

Dihaj can be rather harsh on the eye with her alternative appearance, which has to be the main concern for Azerbaijan backers. If she rocks up in Kyiv looking moderately voteable, it could be a better year for Azerbaijan, especially if they have great staging.

Given the weak lineup of songs from the ex-USSR nations, Azerbaijan should be aiming for top-10. Maybe better.

Is Azerbaijan just aiming for another respectable finish?

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6 comments

  1. It starts promisingly, sounds modern, is well produced, and the indications are that Dihaj can hit more of the right notes than Samra did last year. (Mind you my cat could probably have given Samra a run for her money vocally.)

    But then we get to the chorus, and after 3 listens it’s still not making much of an impact on me.

    Another 3 star-ish sort of song. Being Azerbaijan it will probably find a way to get out of the semi, but at the moment I’ve got it no better than 17-21 in the final, unless they come up with something remarkable for the staging (x-ray imaging perhaps?!!)

  2. Should be through fairly comfortably, but not certain just because of the strength of semi 1. Put this second half of semi 2 and its top 3 as it stands. Could do fairly well, if they stage it well, first thoughts are 10-15th.

  3. Am I listening to the same song? I had no recollection of the song after about five minutes. It’s severely lacking a hook for me and in terms of alt-pop songs in the first semi, Belgium and potentially Iceland are a lot more catchy in that vein.

    I honestly think it will struggle.

    • I love how Azerbaijan is starting to become the Halloween country. xD

      Yeah on third listen I’m actually with Kylie on this. The first impression of it is good. It has a great aesthetic, a nice overall sound, as an instrumental it’s got some delicious electronic sounds, but prick it with a pin of just a little careful, really attentive listening as a “pop song” and the whole thing deflates. I like the verses but the chorus is a great big nothing.

      It’s Azerbaijan’s riskiest entry in their post-bribery years. Let’s not forget they got into the 2015 final by the skin of their teeth with another Halloween-themed entry, (although they then leapt weirdly up the scoreboard on the Saturday,) so I think they need to work very hard on the presentation here in order to present a facade that backs that of the song up. Dihaj on stage with standard camerawork and an off the shelf stage backdrop may not cut it.

  4. It’s the sort of song I’d have expected from Norway’s MGP to be honest. It’s alright, but a lot of it will come down to the staging.

  5. Gav, I think the chorus starts with “have my skeletons, have my lungs, my millions”. But if a native speaker is tricked into this, imagine what will happen with the other viewers.

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