Tonight: Azerbaijan takes Eurovision stage with artistic performance

Singer DiHaj from Azerbaijan has explained the thought behind her remarkable act for the song ‘Skeletons’ at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. “The guy with the horse mask is the bad guy,” DiHaj says.

“He is sitting on a ladder, showing that there is a huge emotional distance between us,” DiHaj continues. “At the end of our performance I am getting out of our box, a cage, which means I have stepped over our selfdestructive relationship.”

DiHaj explains the meaning of her Eurovision act:

The Azerbaijan Eurovision performance also features a chalk board behind singer DiHaj. She writes a text on this board during her act. At the end of the song, the walls come down. All in all, Azerbaijan has quite an artistic act and performance in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

Check out the song from Azerbaijan here

Curious to what DiHaj is talking about? You can see the full second rehearsal of Azerbaijan below. The country takes part in the first semi final of the contest in Kiev. They are country number 8 in the show, performing after Finland and before Portugal.

Streak of bad results

Up until 2013, Azerbaijan had always reached the top 10 of the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. This magnificient streak was broken, however, and the last three Azeri entries did not do well in the final. The difficult job for DiHaj is to not only reach the final, but also finally bring her country back in the top segment of the rankings.