Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
Fans need to step back from the momentary hissyfit and recognise the anthemic and international qualities of Aisel's song.
It has been a quiet few years for Azerbaijan, but over the last few weeks news emerged that they had enlisted Eurovision’s dream team, along with Sandra Bjurman, to write and stage Aisel’s song. That song has just dropped and it is different to what was anticipated and maybe slightly light on expectations. But this is a great return to form for Azerbaijan.
Aisel will perform X My Heart in the first half of semi-final 1.
Based on the mixed reaction to X My Heart, it appears everyone was hoping for Skeletons mark II or the female incarnation of Hold Me. Fans were waiting for a super-cool pop-ballad and are now malfunctioning over what is an efficient, but highly effective earworm.
Fans need to step back from the momentary hissyfit and recognise the anthemic and international qualities of Aisel’s song. This is incredibly uplifting and is the sort of track that would be used on TV montages as images of incredible sporting achievements are replayed. It even has cinematic qualities and I can picture it as the lead track to Avatar or something of that ilk. It’s essentially Azerbaijan’s version of Sea of Flags or Rainmaker; two very anthemic tracks that never actually took park in Eurovision. Zlata Ognevich’s Gravity had a very similar feel, albeit with greater vocal impact. Also Zlata got away with many more dodgy lyrics than “Misty moon I’m your loon.”
The slight negativity is probably born out of the upbeat nature of the song and the fact it is so easy to dump all ‘dream team’ compositions into the generic Kontopoulos box. X My Heart has more layers to it, probably due to Bjurman’s influence. There’s even a passing resemblance to P!nk’s What About Us. The production isn’t as rich and the percussion is a bit plasticky, but I doubt that will matter in May provided Fokas unveils a much needed staging masterclass and improves Azerbaijan’s chances from big outsider to dark horse.
Now we need to know if Azerbaijan are payi… sorry, I meant playing this year!
Are Azerbaijan hungry for success again?