Azerbaijan

New Versions of Azerbaijan, Bulgaria and Spain 2012

  Eurovision 2012 – In the last couple of days three ladies have released new versions of their 2012 Eurovision entries. Sabina Babayeva from Azerbaijan recorded a jazz version of “When the Music Dies”. After a version in Azerbaijani and an ethnic version, this is the third new arrangement for the song. The Bulgarian representative […]

Eurovision Voting 2012: Did Azerbaijan Cheat?

  Azerbaijan – Just so you don’t get the wrong idea: I have no interest in targeting Azerbaijan or any other countries, but the news come as they come. This Saturday, Cyprus gave its 8 points to Azerbaijan. The Cypriot jury got suspicious and complained to CyBC as they had not awarded a single point […]

Eurovision 2012: Several Terrorist Attacks Allegedly Averted

  Azerbaijan – According to several websites, the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 may have been seriously in peril of a terrorist attack. Allegedly, the Azeri officials arrested 40 people who were planning a terrorist attack on the Baku Crystal Hall. Members of

Norway Was About To Pull Out Of Eurovision Final

  Norway – No, it wasn’t premonition of their last place this year.The Norwegian national broadcaster NRK was apparently seriously considering to pull out of the Eurovision Song Contest Final on Saturday after a team of their journalists was harassed by Azeri authorities at the airport, when they were about to leave the country.

United Kingdom: Englebert hosts Sabina and Jedward

United Kingdom – The BBC today hosted a press event which saw Englebert Humperdinck get together with Azerbaijan’s Sabina, and then Ireland’s Jedward. ‘The Hump’ chatted to the Irish twins about their trademark hair and wore a jedhead. Eurovision Times was there to capture the moment ‘Jenglebert’ was born. Watch the video now.

Iran: “Azerbaijan Insults Islam With Eurovision”

Azerbaijan – This year’s Eurovision is more political than any edition before it. Apart from human rights problems in Azerbaijan and the conflict with Armenia, the list of political issues surrounding the competition another conflict has just been added to the list. Azerbaijan’s neighbour Iran has criticized the Caucasus nation for its hosting of the […]

Euroclub: Armenian Music Unwelcome

  Euroclub – Several sources report, that the DJ at the Euroclub was advised not to play Armenian Eurovision entries anymore. After he played Armenia’s 2010 entry “Apricot Stone” by Eva Rivas, the authorities apparently intervened and prohibited any Armenian music. Azerbaijan and Armenia are in a quasi state of war, which is also why […]

Azerbaijan: Sabina Babayeva Releases Dance Mix

Azerbaijan -A dance remix of  Sabina Babayeva‘s entry for 2012 ‘When the music dies (Babaeff Dark remix)‘ has been released via YouTube. The club remix has been produced for the Azerbaijan entry by Babaeff Dark. Babaeff Dark & DJ China feat. Leyla Kafari have also been responsible in recent weeks for several official Eurovision 2012 […]

Azerbaijan: Song Revealed is ‘When The Music Dies’

Azerbaijan – The song that will Sabina Babayeva will sing for the host country in Baku has been announced, and is called ‘When The Music Dies‘. It is composed by the Swedes Anders Bagge, Sandra Bjurman, Stefan Örn and Johan Kronlunddur. It is a slow ballad, sung in English. The video will be released on […]

Azerbaijan: Song to be Revealed in Two Weeks

Azerbaijan -  It was confirmed today that the representative for the host country, Sabina Babayeva, will present her song in two weeks time. A specially selected jury will choose the song internally for her to sing in Baku, and this will be presented to the public in another two weeks.

Azerbaijan: ‘Our Love Song’ Snippet Online

Azerbaijan – The entry to be performed by Sabina Babayeva for this year’s host country in Baku is called “Our love song“. It may be called its Azerbaijani title: “Sevgi Nəğməmiz” and will probably be sung in Azerbaijani. Part of the song has been revealed online and you can hear it here. It’s full release […]

Azerbaijan: Sabina Babayeva Wins in Baku

Azerbaijan – Tonight’s lengthy final in the Heydar Aliyev Palace saw Sabina Babayeva (or Səbinə Babayeva) chosen as the host city’s representative for Eurovision 2012. The three hour programme saw Sabina win out over Elton İbrahimov, Arzu İsmayilova, Fəqan Səfərov and Orxan Kərimli. The song that she will song in Baku in May has yet to […]

Azerbaijan: Host Country Chooses Tonight

Azerbaijan -The host country will tonight pick its representative for Baku in its Mili Seçim Turu show. 5 acts are competing for the honour: Elton İbrahimov, Arzu İsmayilova, Fəqan Səfərov, Orxan Kərimli and Səbinə Babayeva. The show will start at 21.00 local time and can be seen online at eurovision.az. The Turkish representative Can Bonomo, […]

What Could Armenia’s Participation in Baku Entail?

  Armenia/Azerbaijan – Today the EBU published the official participants list for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Among the 43 participating countries is Armenia. Even though the Armenian Head of delegation has put the participation in question again today, a participation of the Caucasian country is most likely. First of all we have to say […]

Azerbaijan: Sabina Babayeva Qualifies

  Azerbaijan – Today, the seventh round of the Azerbaijani national selection for Eurovision 2012 took place. Sabina Babayeva was the winner of this week’s heat. Only one more heat remains to take place.  The results of the heat were determined by 50% jury and 50% SMS-voting. Sabina will join Orhan Kerimli, Maryam Karimova, Hayyam Mustafazadeh, […]

Eurovision 2012: No List of Participants, No Venue, No Tickets… No Hope?

  Eurovision Song Contest – January 8th 2011, the list of participants has been published, the host city is known to be Düsseldorf, the venue to be the Esprit Arena and the last ticket for the final had been sold nearly a month ago. Now, one year later, the crown of the Eurovision winner and […]

Azerbaijan: Adil Bakhshili Qualifies

  Azerbaijan – Today, the sixth round of the Azerbaijani national selection for Eurovision 2012 ended. Adil Bakhishli was the chosen one this week, out of the eight contestans. He performed “Lane Moje“, originally performed by Zeljko Joksimovic in Eurovision 2004. You can check his performance for Zeljko’s song here. He also performed Lady Gaga’s […]

Azerbaijan: Elton Ibrahimov Qualifies

Azerbaijan – The national selection of the 2012 host nation of the Eurovision Song Contest continued this week. The fifth heat of Milli Seçim Turu  ended last night. Nine artists competed for 1 place in the semi-final of the national selection. A total of eight heats will be held over the coming two months. Just […]

Armenia vs. Azerbaijan: The Feud Part 3

  Armenia/Azerbaijan – There is nothing new about Armenia and Azerbaijan not liking each other, but leading up to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 which will be held in Azerbaijan, tensions are rising again. Armenian media report false accusations against their rival country while Azeri media praise the fast and professional development, not forgetting to […]

Azerbaijan: Faqan Safarov Qualifies

Azerbaijan – The national selection of the 2012 host nation of the Eurovision Song Contest continued this week. The fourth heat of Milli Seçim Turu ended tonight. Nine artists competed for 1 place in the semi-final of the national selection. A total of eight heats will be held over the coming two months. Just as […]

Denmark: OGAE President Calls for Boycott of Eurovision 2012

  OGAE Denmark – Eurovisionary reports, that the newly elected president of OGAE Denmark has called for a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 due to human rights violations related to the construction of the 2012 venue “Baku Crystal Hall“. Johann Sørensen sent out a press release suggesting to the Danish national broadcaster DRK […]

Eurovision 2012: Hundreds of Families Evicted for Baku Crystal Hall

  Azerbaijan – Azerbaijan’s win at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest was a joyous occasion for almost all Azeris. Hundreds of families living in the center of Baku may already curse their countries’ victory as they are evicted from their homes to make place for the new hall that is being built in Baku for […]

Azerbaijan: Hayam Mustafazadeh Qualifies

  Azerbaijan – The national selection of the 2012 host nation of the Eurovision Song Contest continued this week. The third heat of Milli Seçim Turu ended tonight. Nine artists competed for 1 place in the semi-final of the national selection. A total of eight heats will be held over the coming two months. Just […]

Eurovision 2012: Venue Is Taking Shape

  Azerbaijan- The proposed venue for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, the Baku Crystal Hall is beginning to take shape after months of building the fundamentals and after concerns began to be raised that the hall would not be finished for the big event in May. On August 2,2011 the main agreement was signed with […]

Azerbaijan: Mariyam Kerimova Qualifies

Azerbaijan – The national selection of the 2012 host nation of the Eurovision Song Contest started this Monday. The first heat of Milli Seçim Turu ended tonight. Nine artists competed for 1 place in the semi-final of the national selection. A total of eight heats will be held over the coming two months. Just as […]

Azerbaijan: Concerns About Energy Supply and Cash Flow During Eurovision

  Azerbaijan – Due to concerns stated by several newspapers and websites, the Azeri government seems to deem it necessary to soothe the worries. The Azeri ministry of energy and the energy corporation OJSC Azernerji Industry have declared that the energy supply during the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest will be sufficient to meet the demands […]

Azerbaijan: Second Heat Started

Azerbaijan – The national selection of the 2012 host nation of the Eurovision Song Contest continued today. The second heat of Milli Seçim Turu began  tonight at 19:00 CET. Nine artists will compete for 1 place in the semi-final of the national selection in the coming week. A total of eight heats will be held […]

Azerbaijan: Orhan Kerimli Qualifies

Azerbaijan – The national selection of the 2012 host nation of the Eurovision Song Contest started this Monday. The first heat of Milli Seçim Turu ended tonight. Nine artists competed for 1 place in the semi-final of the national selection. A total of eight heats will be held over the coming two months. Just as […]

Switzerland: Amnesty Puts Pressure on SF

  Switzerland – The fact that next year’s Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Azerbaijan is a throne in the side of Amnesty International. Just recently they published a report about the human rights violations of the Azeri government. The Swiss newspaper Tagesanzeiger reports today, that the Swiss subdivision of the organization has caused […]

Azerbaijan: First Heat Starts Today

  Azerbaijan – The national selection of the 2012 host nation of the Eurovision Song Contest will start today. The first heat of Milli Seçim Turu will begin tonight at 19:00 CET. Nine artists will compete for 1 place in the semi-final of the national selection. A total of eight heats will be held over […]

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