Azerbaijan’s “Skeletons” Are Here to Party

Dihaj will represent Azerbaijan at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest (Photo: Dihaj) Dihaj will represent Azerbaijan at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest (Photo: Dihaj)

Or perhaps to take your lungs, but either way you’ll enjoy yourself.

In Azerbaijan’s first six appearances at Eurovision, it seemed they could do no wrong. Five top-five results, including one win and one runner-up, gave way to a finish near the bottom in 2014. Since then they’ve somewhat recovered, but not to top-ten form. Is “Skeletons” the song that can get the Azeris back to the top of the standings?


There is so much to like about this entry! I have been on board since the opening bass chord, which does such a great job of drawing attention and setting the tone, and to which I verbally responded “YESSSSSSS.” This is probably what it would look like if Stranger Things and Eurovision had a baby together, and I am completely here for it, even if I’m not entirely sure what it’s about.1 The aesthetic manages to be both slick and grimy, which sounds like a terrible combination, but somehow Azerbaijan is pulling it off.

Sonically I have no improvements or suggestions to make, but visually speaking, I’m gonna need some awesome Thriller-type costumes or holograms. What I do NOT want is a typical “band stands around and fake-plays instruments” kind of staging. Dihaj is an electronic music trio, and while I totally understand wanting to have everyone present onstage, I want more from this entry. I think I’ll get it, too — even when Azerbaijan hasn’t been great, they’ve been sparkly and well-produced. Look for this one to land Azerbaijan back near the top in Kyiv.

  1. What are thorn jeans and how does one become surrounded by them?  

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