Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Semi 1: 08 Azerbaijan
I'll just say it quickly to have it over and done with: I'd be much happier if Azerbaijan at least once would dare rely on their own songwriters instead of buying foreign stuff. Having said that, this is the best song they bought in years.
Dilara Kazimova - Start A Fire (Azerbaijan 2014)
This is an unusual entry, soft and jazzy, soaked in duduk. Could easily have turned into a complete snoozefest in the wrong hands, but Dilara could possibly be one of the most interesting performers Azerbaijan has sent to Eurovision so far.
She keeps it sensual and intimate and appealing for three minutes in this video clip. If she manages the same trick live on stage, she could be the one that collects many of the available ballad points.
Qualifier: Beyond the shadow of a doubt, yes. Unfortunately not only due to musical merit.
My grade: 3/5