Oh now how can you say I don’t give you what you want? After all the effort I spend writing posts on this blog, all most of you want to do is look at mucky pictures of singers. And why not? I don’t hold it against you, I might go and do that right now. But first, in honour of the first Men of Malmö post, here’s a second portion. I fear I used most of the best ones on the first post, so look at that too! I’ve got loads of the Baku guys too, if you’re good…
There’s also a 2014 remix – The Men of Copenhagen!
Oh don’t pretend, I know what some of you are after. After all, I could hardly ignore the several hundred search hits for “Ott Lepland penis” and similar terms after last year’s contest. So I thought, why not just pull out all the stops and just give you what you want. Don’t worry, I’ve taken the burden of searching for all this stuff for you, no need to worry.
If you’re interested in the music of Eurovision or Melodifestivalen of course, please read my blog. Click Malmö 2013, Baku 2012 or just plain old ESC for hubs to all sorts of reviews, as well as the other page tabs at the top to find everything else. Have fun! Click the thumbnails to enlarge.
UPDATE – there’s a PART 2 now, and the 2014 version, The Men of Copenhagen!
Azerbaijan – Farid Mammadov
The penultimate national final to look at today, and one at the very furthest extent of Eurovision Europe – last year’s host Azerbaijan. It’s easy to have a pop at them, with much coverage about last year’s contest focusing on their human rights policies, as well as their continuing territorial dispute with Armenia. But in Eurovision, they remain a force to be reckoned with since their debut in 2008.
As the most recent addition to the Eurovision family (along with San Marino), their five entries have all finished in the top 10, with the last four breaching the top 5. I had previously said never to bet against Azerbaijan, but it still came as something of a surprise when they took home the trophy in Dusseldorf when “Running Scared” won the 2011 contest.
The Baku contest last year went well, and – despite some behind-the-scenes difficulties – showed that Azerbaijan could keep up with the increasingly flashy contests from Russia, Norway and Germany. Now they’ve built Crystal Hall, I wonder how keen they are to fill it with Eurovision so soon. So we come to their selection process, Milli Seçim Turu.
It’s been a long journey – eight weeks of heats to select the best Azeri talent started in December, culminating (eventually) in a national final where the selected singers showcased original songs. A 50/50 jury & televote would decide the winner. The results were a little opaque, so I don’t know any of the results other than the winner.