Friday, April 15, 2016
Semi 1: 14 Azerbaijan / Miracle
As per usual Azerbaijan selected a local talent and then got international songwriters to set the singer in question up with an appealing package. This method used to work so well for Azerbaijan but the last two years left a few question marks.
In 2014, "Start A Fire" turned out to be Azerbaijan's worst showing to date. Last year "Hour of the Wolf" only managed a tenth place in its semi final.
Instead of coming back with a vengeance they offer us a pleasant but in no way unforgettable pop number, reminiscent of many others heard and seen in this contest in recent years.
Most of all it reminds me of Azerbaijan's own "Hold Me", which came together with a stage number to die for. In order to make this work, Samra needs to perform her little heart out in Stockholm.
Borderline. There are many songs in this same style and this team really have to nail every detail to convince the audience. Could go either way but this is probably in.
My grade: 2/5
Samra / Miracle (Azerbaijan 2016 preview clip)