Azerbaijan: Ictimai TV confirms Eurovision 2022 participation
Azerbaijan's national broadcaster, İctimai TV , has confirmed that the country will be joining the party in Italy next year for the 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Ictimai TV has confirmed to ESCToday that the Land of Fire will be present at Eurovision 2022 marking the country's 14th participation the competition since their debut in the 2008 contest.
In the recent years Ictimai has opted for internal selections in order to determine the country's hopefuls, which seems to be the most likely scenario for the ESC 2022 selection. However, ITV will shed more light on the country's selection over the following weeks.
Azerbaijan in Eurovision
The Land of fire debuted in the contest in 2008 and since then they have been present in every single edition of it, counting a totla of 13 participation. In 2011 The duo Eldar & Nikki gave the country its one and only victory with their entry Running scared, leading the Eurovision event next year in the capital city of Baku.
In 2018 Azerbaijan was represented by Aisel and her entry X my heart, despite a dynamic performance she failed to qualify to the Grand Final. In 2019 Azerbaijan chose Chingiz through an internal selection to represent the country in Tel Aviv with his entry 'Truth', which finished 8th in the Grand final scoreboard.
While Efendi's Eurovision 2020 journey was interrupted due to the coronavirus outbreak and never had the chance to perform 'Cleopatra' in Rotterdam, iTV decide to stick with the same act this year, giving her the chance to complete her mission in ESC 2021.
Efendi flew to Rotterdam where she competed in the first semi final performing 'Mata Hari' and after qualifying to the Grand final she finished 20th with 65 points.
News Source: ESCToday
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