Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017
|Eurovision Song Contest 2017|
|Selection process||Internal Selection|
5 December 2016
|Selected entrant||Diana Hajiyeva|
|Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest|
Azerbaijan will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with a song performed by Diana Hajiyeva. On 5 December 2016, the Azerbaijani broadcaster İctimai Television (İTV) announced that they had internally selected Dihaj to compete at the 2017 contest in Kiev.
Prior to the 2017 Contest, Azerbaijan had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest nine times since its first entry in 2008. Azerbaijan had won the contest on one occasion in 2011 with the song « Running Scared » performed by Ell/Nikki. Since their debut in 2008, Azerbaijan has had a string of successful results, qualifying to the final and placing in the top ten each year until 2014, including a third-place result in 2009 with the song « Always » performed by AySel and Arash and a second-place result in 2013 with the song « Hold Me » performed by Farid Mammadov. However, in 2014, Azerbaijan achieved their lowest placing in the contest to this point, placing 22nd in the final with the song « Start a Fire » performed by Dilara Kazimova. In 2016, Azerbaijan placed seventeenth with the song « Miracle » performed by Samra.
On 23 September 2016, İTV announced it’s intentions to participate in 2017 but didn’t give any further details about the selection process. Later on the 5th of December it was revealed that Diana Hajiyeva was internally selected to represent the country. Despite not having announced anything about the song, Hajiyeva said in an interview that she was planning to keep her experimental style in ESC stage.
- « Azerbaijan Country Profile ». EBU. Retrieved 12 February 2015.