Ictimai, the Azerbaijani public broadcaster has confirmed to Eurovision.com.cy that Azerbaijan will participate at the forthcoming 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna next year.
The method and mechanism that Azerbaijan will opt for to select its 2015 Eurovision entry and representative is yet to be determined. More details regarding the 2015 Azerbaijani Eurovision project will be released in due course. In 2014 Azerbaijan selected its Eurovision hopeful and entry via Böyük Sehne, a televised national selection. Dilara Kasimova won the golden ticket to Copenhagen with her entry Start the fire, achieving a 22nd place in the grand finale.
Azerbaijan is the 20th country to confirm its intention to participate at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest.Azerbaijan joins Greece, FYR Macedonia, Austria, Cyprus, Malta, Switzerland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, Germany, Finland, The Netherlands, Lithuania, Belgium, Portugal, France and Estonia in the list of countries which will join the 2015 Eurovision party in Austria next year. Whilst Montenegro, Latvia, Georgia and Belarus have stated that they are most likely to enter the competition next year.
The official list of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest participants is expected to be released by the EBU by early January. The deadline for countries to submit their application in order to compete at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest has been set on 15 September.
Azerbaijan has enjoyed massive success in the contest since their debut in 2008, achieving a total of 5 TOP 5 placings out of their 7 participations, including a victory in 2011 ( 3rd in 2009, 5th in 2010, 1st in 2011, 4th in 2012, 2nd in 2013).
Azerbaijan debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008 and won the event on its 4th attempt in 2011 with Ell and Nikki’s Running Scared, thus bringing the contest to Baku in 2012.
The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 19, 21, 23 May at the Wiener Stadthalle, in Vienna.