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Given the weak lineup of songs from the ex-USSR nations this year, Azerbaijan should be aiming for top-10
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?