The Azeri national selection is underway and the first heat culminated last night when Orxan Kərimli won the right to perform in the semi-final, chosen my a mixture of jury and televoting.
There are eight groups of nine artists in the selection this year, meaning that 8 artists will qualify directly to the semi-final. The event took place over 5 nights starting on Monday, and ending on Friday with the results show. During the week the candidates perform a variety of different song genres to try and persuade the jury and public to vote for them.
In the semi-final the 8 acts will be reduced to 3 who will compete to represent Azerbaijan at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.
Here are the names of all the artists competing in heat 1 (winner in bold). The next heat will start on Monday the 5th of December:
- Ramin Quliyev
- Canana Zeynalova
- Orxan Mirzəyev
- Kənan Qədimov
- Anastasiya Bedritskaya
- Amil Qocayev
- Orxan Kərimli
- Elnarə Həsənli
- Səmra Rəhimli
Stay tuned to Eurovision.tv for more news on the Azeri national selection as it comes in.