Azerbaijan, the host country sticks to its formula used last year to find its represant on home soil somewhere in Baku - in the Chrystal Hall under construction or somewhere else. Like in 2010-2011 this will be one of the longest selection procedures: for 8 weeks 9 artists every week sing 5 songs in 5 shows. Or Mondays they do worldhits, Tuesdays Azeri songs, Wednesdays Eurovision hits, Thursday is the performance day and Friday they can sing whatever they want to. All this shown also on TV every night starting tonight. There is a televote 50%-jury vote 50%. After all this there will be 8 semifinalists known and the shows start again... In the end there should be only one artists left but we saw this year they matched Eldar and Nigar as a duo in the end with known results. And once they have the artist(s) they can hunt for a suitable song. Like from Sweden or some other place but this blogger surely hopes they should stick to domestic product this time around at least!
Tonight we have Ramin Guliyev, Janana Zeinalova, Orhan Mirzayev, Kenan Gadimov, Anastasiya Bedritskaya, Amil Gojayev, Orhan Kerimli, Elnara Hasanli (pictured) and Samra Rahimli. 19.00 CET here.