Azerbaijan’s Eurovision 2017 Entry

DiHaj will be representing Azerbaijan in Kyiv with the song “Skeletons.”

Diana Hajiyeva made her first attempt to represent Azerbaijan during 2011’s artist selection show, but did not make it out of her heat (which included eventual representative Eldar Gasimov). She since launched DiHaj as an electronic music group dabbling in “experimental doom pop,” which is a natural fit for Eurovision. (When you think about it, “1944” is kind of a dark song.) “Skeletons” was written by Isa Melikov and Sandra Bjurman, who co-wrote Azerbaijan’s winning entry “Running Scared.”

As you might expect from a singer from an experimental doom pop electronic music group, “Skeleton” is a moody, atmospheric song. There are a lot of sweet ’80s-influenced synth lines and a big booming chorus to add an air of drama. But underneath the veneer of this “4AD sells out” number is a pretty solid pop song with surprisingly chipper lyrics. It’s not so much a pensive dirge as an ode to falling in lust at first site.

We gave up on predicting Azerbaijan would miss out on the Final (because if they could qualify with last year’s entry, they could probably qualify with a beatboxing mime performing in front of dogs playing poker), so let’s assume that they are through, stealing Finland’s and Iceland’s thunder on the way.