In focus: Azerbaijan
ESC debut: 2008
No. of entries: 4
Gold medals: 1 (2011)
Silver medals: 0
Bronze medals: 1 (2009)
Top 10 finishes: 4
Top 10 success rate: 100%
Wooden spoons (last places!): 0
Semi final qualifications: 4/4
Qualification success rate: 100%
My favourite entry: Drip Drop by Safura (2010)
My least favourite entry: Running Scared by Ell & Nikki (2011)
Their best stage show: 2008, with Elnur and Samir. Who doesn’t love a completely over-the-top angel & devil theme? WITH A COSTUME REVEAL? And the spilling of red wine (a.k.a. water with red food colouring in it).
Their best costume/s: As much as I love a dress with more lights on it than a Christmas tree, I’m going with the simplicity of the 2011 outfits.
Their best vocalist/s: Elnur & Samir – giving Mariah Carey a run for her money in the glass-shattering note department since ’08.
What I love about Azerbaijan in the ESC: Yes, they’ve only been in it four years, but for each of those they’ve given 110%, and are always in it to win it (although they may not try as hard now they actually have won it). Well-performed, well-crafted Top 40 pop/r & b is their specialty, and I’m a-ok with that!