Sunday, 3 May 2015

Vienna Countdown review - AZERBAIJAN!

Greetings Eurofans, it's time to look at this years' Eurovision entry from Azerbaijan!  The Azeris tend to do well in this contest of popular song, they entered for the first time in 2008 and won the thing three years later.  They had a minor fillip last year as while they qualified for the final, they *gasp* ended up on the right hand side of the scoreboard!!

Always controversial (there have been numerous rumours of vote swapping - Malta, I'm looking at you), the artist for Azerbaijan this year is one half of the duo that made up their debut entry back in 2008.  Elnur Huseyov won the Turkish version of the Voice recently, but as Turkey are still sulking and not taking part in Eurovision, it will be the rest of Europe that judges him at the contest.  Have a judge of it yourself, here it is!:

So what do our esteemed panel make of it?:

Asta Bjornsdottir:  "Hmm, first listen, I´m not sure! It‘s a good song. He can sing ok and there‘s a lot of drama. Guess this one depends on staging and live perfomance."

Hasse Skoldebjer: "Azaj... ben... Aza... Baku: First time I hear this one and I usually don't like their entries but I LOVE this one!! What a great song, and he really can sing. This might very well knock Italy down from my first place. 10/10"

Annemieke Kelleter: "Somehow I find this song a bit old fashioned and over dramatic. He has a good voice and it will undoubtedly do well but it's just not my cup of tea, doesn't do anything for me."

Adam and Charlotte Lane: "Ticks all the Eurovision boxes. A power ballad with a meaningful storyline, modulating up before the final chorus. Well arranged and produced, could do well. On the negative side, it took too long to get moving - half of the 3 minute allotted time. Another example of a song which if in the charts would have probably been 4-and-a-half minutes long. 6/10"

So that's the Euro Bureau view - tell us what you think and comment below! :)

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