Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.
Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Azerbaijan, “X My Heart” by Aisel, written by Sandra Bjurman (lyircs), Dimitris Kontopoulos, and Tim Bran (music). The song is performed in English. Aisel has been active in the entertainment industry in her native country for over a decade, and attended Azerbaijan State Conservatory for her musical education. The song has one of the slots dreaded by most countries – it will be performed 1st out of 19 songs in the competition order on the first semi-final on May 8.
This number is a mid-tempo dance ditty with a Katy Perry-style backing, along with the usual electronic sound a lot of European dance songs have. Asiel’s voice resembles Celine Dion in many ways, strong and able to belt out each note with the perfect intensity. The song is actually quite pleasant, and I love the lyrics, which are about devoted love; shot in a beautiful tree-filled park, it has a very etheral feel about it. The more I listen to it, the more I like it. This is also a song that could cross over successfully to the US charts – especially on the dance charts, but this kind of beat, especially when paired with this strong of a vocal performance, has a history of doing well on the general Hot 100 as well…maybe, we’ll see
Azerbaijan is relatively new to EuroVision, having debuted in 2008, and have participated each year since, sending ten songs to the contest. For a relative newcomer, they have done quite well also, winning their first Grand Champion title in 2011, with “Running Scared” by Eli and Nikki, who became the first mixed gender duo since 1963 to win the contest, and have more often than not made it to the Grand Final, also achieving a runner up and a third place victory in their ten years of participation.
Here’s the official music video – see what you think!
Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!
In case you’re interested, I will post my list of all 43 songs in the order of my favorites at the end of our song by song preview in early May, so keep tuned in! This weekend is going to be full, with FOUR song by song profiles each day, so we will have time at the end of the profiles to do some favorites and not-so-favorites…
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