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Azerbaijan: Over 200 Songs Submitted for Eurovision 2023

Head of Delegation Vasif Mammadov has revealed that over 200 songs have been submitted to the Azerbaijani selection for Eurovision 2023.

More than 200 songs have been submitted to represent Azerbaijan at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. 12 Xal reports that the majority of song submissions came from international songwriters and composers outside of Azerbaijan.

Mr. Mammadov also explained that iTV is aiming to showcase Azerbaijani composers at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, the country has traditionally selected songs written by international songwriters and composers for Eurovision.

“Our goal and desire with this is to have local composer’s music featured in the competition. Based on the selection process, if local and foreign songs meet the same criteria, we will prefer the local song. That is, we really want the music of Azerbaijani composers to be played in the competition. Let’s demonstrate that we also have talented composers. I hope this can serve as a stimulus for years to come.”

According to the Azerbaijani Head of Delegation, the singer and song that will represent Azerbaijan in Liverpool is expected to be selected by the end of January.

At the 2022 contest, Nadir Rustamli represented Azerbaijan in Turin with “Fade to Black”, he is the only artist to qualify for the Grand Final scoring 0 points from the televote. In the Grand Final he finished 16th with a total of 106 points, 103 of which were from the jury and 3 from the televote.

Image source: EBU / Nathan Reinds | Source: 12 Xal / Eurovoix

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