The first preview countdown to complete a geographical set! It’s the last of the three countries of the Caucasus, and none have made it out of the bottom 13 for me. Highest placed is the most successful of the three overall in the contest – former winners Azerbaijan. They defend a 100% qualification record – can they maintain that in Lisbon? Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #30 AZERBAIJAN – Aisel – “X My Heart””
Aside from Australia, Azerbaijan is home to Eurovision’s most easterly capital and also its most recent entrant. They have been in it to win it from the start, triumphing in 2011 on only their fourth appearance in the contest. They haven’t hit the top 10 in the past three years but have always qualified for the final. Can Dihaj maintain their 100% record? Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #6 AZERBAIJAN – Dihaj – “Skeletons””
After trips to southern and central Europe, my next top 5 goes as far east as it’s possible to go in Europe to the land of fire, Azerbaijan. A relative newcomer to Eurovision, they have taken it very seriously and had a string of Top 5 finishes (and a win) between 2009 and 2013. They’ve tailed off a little in the last couple of years, but still keep making the final. Continue reading “My top 5 songs from…Azerbaijan”
I’ll be jetting off for warmer climes for a week, but I’m not forgetting my blog in the meantime and with the UK’s Bonfire Night (or Guy Fawkes’ Night) taking place this weekend, what better time for a fire-themed Eurovision top 5? As it turns out, very few Eurovision song titles have used the word “fire” in the title but I’ve dug into the archives and have 5 fire-themed songs for your enjoyment. Continue reading “Bonfire Night: a Eurovision top 5”
200 days to the Grand Final of Eurovision 2017! Some bits of Eurovision news today: Slovakia confirms they won’t be participating next year (they haven’t taken part since 2012) and Moldova confirms that they are taking part, bringing the number of confirmed countries to 41. Moldova haven’t missed a Eurovision since their debut in 2005.
While Eurovision season has indeed begun, news will be quite intermittent until we hit the Christmas period when it will pick up a lot of pace. In the meantime, I’ll be posting up lots of Eurovision content. Today, we’re looking at the top 10 countries by average finishing position in the Grand Final. I haven’t included countries that have not competed in less than 5 finals, and I haven’t included semi-final performances, just how the countries have performed in the finals. This does include countries who no longer compete in Eurovision (or at least haven’t competed for some time). Some familiar or expected countries in this list, as well as some surprises!
Today we go as far east in Europe as it’s possible to go – Azerbaijan. Baku, the Azeri capital, is at the easternmost point of the country and their victory in 2011 brought Eurovision to that most easterly point Eurovision will ever be hosted. Aside from Australia, they are Eurovision’s most recent entrants, yet in that time, have won once and come in the top 5 for five years in a row between 2009 and 2013. Azerbaijan take Eurovision seriously – well, they take doing well in Eurovision seriously (too seriously in fact as some past #skandals have shown with vote rigging accusations). Once again they’ve turned to Swedish songwriters to bring them glory this year? Will Samra work a miracle for them again?
Continue reading “Eurovision 2016 previews countdown: #7 AZERBAIJAN – Samra – “Miracle””