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Azerbaijan: AISEL – X My Heart

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…
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Fans need to step back from the momentary hissyfit and recognise the anthemic and international qualities of Aisel's song.

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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?

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23 comments

  1. Dimitris Kontopoulos did better this year, this is miles better than This is love. It gets better with every listen.
    Is it enough for Azerbaijan to go back to the top 10 tho? I don’t know. It feels a bit dated to me, plus it lacks a built up. I think the time in Eurovision for songs like this has passed ( for them to finish top 3 at least ). It will be interesting to see what will Fokas Evaggelinos do with this on stage, he underperformed too last year.

  2. Azerbaijan just shat all over UK’s entry.

    • I don’t think we needed Azerbaijan to confirm that.

    • Catriona Colville

      Odd comparison. They are very different entries, and we are waiting for the UK revamp. I still think the UK can get a good result. This song seems very generic. A waste of a jazz talent like Aisel. I think the era of the “dream team” has passed. Music has moved on. I respected Azerbaijan’s entry last year a lot more.

      Will need to listen to it more tomorrow when I’m not so tired.

      • Ι think they are similar musically and have the same ” vibe ”. X my heart is what Storm should have been basically

        • I agree. Azerbaijan and the UK’s entries are fishing in the same pool. I look forward to the final version of Storm before passing further judgement though, and hopefully the current UK team develops a form for visually striking but simple staging like with Lucie.

  3. This is a qualifier and I’m keen to see the staging concept with it it. If the dream team get it right, I think this is on the left hand side of the scoreboard.

  4. This is a weak song- maybe the weakest Azerbaijan have ever sent. Kontopoulos’s Eurovision entries have really been going downhill.
    The good news is she’s a good singer, Fokas has only one staging misfire (although that was last year) and Azerbaijan has an excellent record. It’s a poor draw for them overall, there’s room for jury support from Greece and Cyprus who will be supporting their guys and Belarus may be friendly, but on the televote side there’s only the Czech Republic who seem keen. Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Hungary are their biggest fans and they are all in the other semi and with similar and arguably better entries from Finland and Cyprus with a later draw, things could get interesting.
    I have it as borderline and mid table if it makes the final, where more allies can support them.

  5. Yeah this is nice. Really easy to listen to, modern, nice voice, moderately uplifting, quite hard to fault really. Could do with a bit more development maybe – suffers from Trintje Walk Along syndrome a bit in that it’s given all it has to give once the first chorus is over, but extra oomph in the live vocal and visual development through staging easily addresses that. Should do reasonably well. Could even sneak through and take it by default if nobody else delivers, as in 2011, but I won’t jump to any conclusions. It can’t be written off at this stage though.

  6. What a let down. I really thought Azerbaijan would be back up there in May but honestly after seeing what happened with Greece last year I’m tempted to have a cheap lay on this, thankfully expect the brown envelopes to save her from this fate but in the final after seeing Azerbaijan’s previous results id be shocked if this is top 10 in May.

    I guess we must also wait to see what batshit crazy staging is planned from the dream team in May, the dream team and Azerbaijan coming up with staging together…now that is a sight to behold!

  7. X My Heart is an easily listenable slice of modern pop which currently lacks the X factor to take it to the highest places on the scoreboard. With a good live performance and staging it could do a Poli Genova. In that respect it is fishing in the same pool as Fuego and Monsters. To my mind Monsters is the most Eurovision friendly of the three but it all depends what the respective entries bring in May.

    Azerbaijan always qualify and they always avoid the bottom 5. Beyond that, the final position is difficult to predict at this stage.

  8. lol, top marks for rhyming ‘firewalls’ with ‘cannonballs’. seriously can an entry with such shit lyrics be highly marked by the juries?

    top ten because its Azer…

    • Azerbaijan haven’t made the top 10 since 2013…

      I agree regarding the lyrics but if the live performance is good I can see it doing well in the televise & possibly just enough un the jury to sneak a top 10 place.

  9. Outdated entry, isn’t going anywhere.

    Azerbaijan has struggled in the past with way better efforts than this.
    Borderline qualifier for me.

  10. I’ve been listenting to this quite a lot. I agree – it’s weak. The chorus is lazy in particular. But the thing standing out for me is her voice. I love it – maybe I’m alone, but I think her voice will elevate this somewhat. Add the staging and I expect this to do quite well considering this years’ poor standard. 7th-14th maybe.

  11. This is a very unremarkable song with some quistaionable lyrics. There’s nothing interesting about this.

    There was a little hype surrounding her entry to be something a bit more breathataking. The song feels more like an entry into a junior singing competition. The title of the song is also quite pedestrian. It lacks excitement.

  12. It reminds me a lot of Hungary 2011. But I have a distinct feeling the Azeri won’t f**k it up so much as Hungary in 2011. It also has the power that an entry like Australia 2016 had. I think this is TOP 10. And it’s about time Azerbaijan is doing well again. They basically…..stood still after their unremarkable victory in 2011.

  13. This is seriously bad. The lyric are terrible. No points from the jury.

    Easy pop song, but it does not cling at all, I do not see any connection with the audience. And I’m pretty sure that they will make a meaningless staging with a bunch of dances, which will completely kill the impression (like Armenia and Greece last year).

    • At least no we will know for sure (if there was any doubt) that the brown envelopes are real if Azerbaijan qualify in the jury unless there is significant improvment.

  14. I don’t like Belgium but the presence of Belgium with songs left to pick looks worse for Azerbaijan now. Bare in mind now as we speak we have the THREE top placed countries in the betting odds in this first half (Czech Republic, Estonia, Bulgaria) like I said I don’t like Belgium but its got the ability to do very well in the jury and qualify on that alone so right now you have potentially only one spot left if we are going by the usual 5 only rule from the first half. Bare in mind we still have Lithuania who are Lithuania and can never be written off and Israel who appear to have high expectations also, also you got Fuego & Monsters in the second half who could drain some of Aisel’s support. Azerbaijan better be well up for the brown envelopes this year like in 2016 otherwise they are in serious trouble here.

  15. The song is lacking something and there are better uplifting earworm entries – notably Poland. So, unless the live really lifts this I struggle to see it on the left hand side of the board.

  16. Azerbaijan, with this song, are a potential threat. Its my dark horse, and oh I have had a flutter at those odds.

    People are really picking on the lyrics as a key reason for why it wont be successful.
    However, for those majoriity of first-time listeners on the night of the contest, how many will be listening intently to the lyrics. The majority of the continental are not native-English speakers and not going to sitting at home in front of the TV picking it apart. They will be looking for something that evokes an emotion, sounds right to their ear and has good and memorable staging.

    If there is one thing the ‘dream team’ do, they create that memorable staging.
    The song itself sounds like any number of radio tunes, it has an uplifting feel and toe-tapping quality.
    From the videos seen of other performances, she can sing live (something a few of their recent performers couldn’t really do).
    It stuck in my head on first listen and I can recall the melody and chorus easily.

    Azer have returned to form in a year where nothing is standing out as winner, so I can’t shoot down its chances.

    • >>It stuck in my head on first listen and I can recall the melody and chorus easily.

      I have the opposite effect. I can listen to the melody to the end and appreciate it as an easy pop song, but I can not remember it at all after listening.

      I have to come back to this song all the time, because I always forget how the bid of Azerbaijan sounds.

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