The Azerbaijani broadcaster, Ictimai, has officially invited former Eurovision 2011 winner Eldar Gasimov to join the Azerbaijani delegation of the 2023 contest as the official music producer. This news came out mere days after the search for the new Azerbaijani representative was launched.
Who is Eldar Gasimov?
Eldar Gasimov has won the 2011 contest in the German city of Düsseldorf as part of a duo, Eldar & Nikki, with the song “Running Scared”. Their win brought the contest to Azerbaijan for the first time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, and this is also the first and only win of Azerbaijan to date. In 2012 Eldar Gasimov was a co-host during the contest in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku.
What is the procedure of Azerbaijan’s 2023 selection?
The procedure of the 2023 Azerbaijani selection is the following: The national broadcaster of Azerbaijan, Ictimai, made an open call for singers and songwriters alike to apply. Performers, as well as writers, can send in their performances, but also demos or new songs to Ictimai’s dedicated selection committee; they can do so until December 31st 2022.
In the contest of 2022 in Turin (Italy) singer Nadir Rustamli managed to progress to the Grand Final with 0 points from the voters at home, which had never happened before. In the Grand Final he came in 16th (out of 25).