AZERBAIJAN 2014: DILARA TO COPENHAGEN
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – On the 2nd of March Azerbaijani National Broadcaster ITV has announced the name of this year’s representative to the Eurovision Song Contest, hosted by Denmark. The lucky entry is a young, beautiful, and talented Dilyara Kazimova, the winner of an international music show Boyuk Sehne (The Big Stage), the Azeri National Selection. Dilyara Kazimova will perform in the first Semi Final on the 6th of May, 2014 at B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen. The entry song will be chosen at ITV by internal selection and will be announced by 15th of March, 2014.
Dilyara is a young, but already established singer with a profound background as a solo artists, and as a member of music bands in Azerbaijan. It is the third time already that Dilyara is participating in Azerbaijani National Selection for Eurovision Song Contest and two times before she qualified to in the final. First time she took her chance as a member of band «Unformal» in 2008, when Azerbaijan debuted on the Contest. Later, in 2010 she took her second chance in a female duo «Milk&Kisses», and again qualified to the final. The same year she went to represent Azerbaijan on another international music festival «New Wave» in Yurmala, Latvia.
While Dilyara was competing for her right to go to the Eurovision 2014 at the Big Stage show, she has passed the “blind audition” and moved in two rounds at Ukrainian version of famous vocal show “The Voice” that is now produced in Kyiv, Ukraine. The winner of Boyuk Sehne, Azerbaijani National Selection, was chosen by a professional jury that consisted of Azerbaijani and foreign experts, music producers, songwriters, and show business professionals. According to the format all programs of Boyuk Sehne have been shot on Friday’s and broadcasted on ITV on Sunday’s. The final was aired on March 2nd at 19:00 CET.