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North Vision Song Contest 7
Country Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
National selection
Selection process Milli Secim Turu
Selection date(s) 10 January 2014
Selected entrant Safura
Selected song "Sən və Mən"
Selected songwriter(s) {{{songwriter}}}
Finals performance
Semi-final result Failed to qualify (19th, 47 points)
Azerbaijan in the North Vision Song Contest
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Azerbaijan took part in the seventh edition of the North Vision Song Contest which was hosted in the host city of Liverpool, United Kingdom. The country was represented by Safura with the song "Sən və Mən". The entry was selected via the second edition of the national final Milli Secim Turu, hosted by AzTV (Azerbaijan TV).

Background

Further information: Azerbaijan in the North Vision Song Contest

Azerbaijan debuted in the third edition of the North Vision Song Contest under the Azerbaijani national broadcaster AzTV. AzTV decided to participate in the contest due to the popularity of music competitions within the country.

Despite a poor result in their debut at the contest, AzTV decided to continue Azerbaijan's participation in the North Vision Song Contest due to high viewing figures and popularity amongst the public. Viewing figures continued to rise following Azerbaijan's success at the fourth edition of the North Vision Song Contest.

AzTV first decided to host a national final in order to select their entrant for the North Vision Song Contest in the sixth edition, under the name Milli Secim Turu. The national final continued for the seventh edition of the contest.

Before North Vision

AzTV confirmed Azerbaijan's participation in the seventh edition of the North Vision Song Contest on the 23rd December. AzTV also revealed that a second edition of Milli Secim Turu would take place in order to decide who would represent Azerbaijan in the seventh edition of the contest.

Milli Secim Turu 2

As with the first edition of Milli Secim Turu, 10 singers were selected by AzTV to participate in the national final along with 10 songs. The tenth and final act to be confirmed was listed at a foreign act. Like with the previous foreign act, the singer selected was an Iranian artist, Baran, with a song performed in the Persian language, "100 Baar".

On the 20th January, the results of the selection were revealed; Safura won the selection with the song "Sən və Mən", gaining a total of 192 points from the international jury.

Results

Draw Language Artist Song Place Points
01 Persian Baran "100 Baar" 5 117
02 Azerbaijani Zamiq "Qurban verərdim" 8 94
03 English Ashiq Sebuhi, Heyder, Burak Zorlu & Umut Gundogdu "Fantasy" 10 78
04 English Emin "Wonder" 3 148
05 Azerbaijani Xeyal "Səni Unutmaq" 6 116
06 Russian Dilara Kyazymova "Mysli" 7 109
07 English, Arabic Sami Yusuf "Forgotten Promises" 2 148
08 English Elli "Say Maybe" 4 125
09 Azerbaijani Safura "Sən və Mən" 1 192
10 English Seyran Ismayilkhanov "Waiting For Your Call" 9 91

Promotion

NVSC 7 Azerbaijan Banner

Azerbaijan's support banner for NVSC #7 made by BBC

Shortly after the Milli Secim Turu results were revealed, AzTV announced that Safura would take part in a European tour to help promote her North Vision entry. She toured around a number of countries around Europe, some of which included Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Safura also went on to perform at the seventh edition of NViC which was held in Astana, Kazakhstan.

At North Vision

During the first part of the allocation draw, it was revealed that Azerbaijan had received the wildcard, meaning that Azerbaijan would be able to choose their starting position in the first semi-final. Soon after, AzTV and Safura requested to start in 10th position.

Safura at the NVSC 7

Safura performing at the first semi-final on the 24th February

Safura took part in the first semi-final on the 24th February where she performed alongside a male contemporary dancer. Despite a confident performance at the competition, the semi-final results revealed that Azerbaijan unexpectedly did not qualify to the Grand Final of the competition. Fans were outraged with the results with one fan stating; Talking to my friends from numerous participating countries, I've been informed that some fans were not able to vote for Azerbaijan as their votes were not getting through and were therefore not counted.

A day after the full results of the seventh edition were unveiled, the first semi-final ranking was released by the NBU, revealing that Azerbaijan had ended in 17th position. Due to ending in the bottom 5 of the first semi-final, Azerbaijan was required to take part in the newly introduced pre-qualification round in the eighth edition of the contest. Rumours later arose regarding the introduction of the pre-qualification round, stating that AzTV disagreed with the decision of the NBU. Despite this, nothing suggested that AzTV were planning on withdrawing from the contest due to high interest within the country.

Points awarded at the contest

Semi-final 1 votes

Points Country
12 Flag of Norway Norway
10 Flag of Sweden Sweden
8 Flag of France France
7 Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
6 Flag of Serbia Serbia
5 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands
4 Flag of Israel Israel
3 Flag of Lebanon Lebanon
2 Flag of Portugal Portugal
1 Flag of Poland Poland

Final votes

Points Country
12 Flag of Norway Norway
10 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania
8 Flag of France France
7 Flag of FYR Macedonia FYR Macedonia
6 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
5 Flag of Austria Austria
4 Flag of Poland Poland
3 Flag of Denmark Denmark
2 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine
1 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom
Points Awarded to Azerbaijan (Semi-Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Spokesperson

As with the previous choice of spokesperson, the runner-up of the second edition of Milli Secim Turu, Sami Yusuf, was chosen to present the Azerbaijani votes at the contest.

See also

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