It is time to "Start A Fire" for Dilara Kazimova

It is time to "Start A Fire" for Dilara Kazimova
Dilara Kazimova will represent Azerbaijan in Denmark. Source: İTV
Baku, Azerbaijan -

Two weeks ago Dilara Kazimova got the trophy in the Azerbaijani national final Böyük Səhnə. Today, it is time to get to know her song. It is called Start A Fire and is composed by Stefan Örn, Johan Kronlund and Alessandra Günthardt. You can watch it on!

Some months ago the participation in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest felt so unreachable for Dilara Kazimova. Two weeks ago her dreams came true when she won Böyük Səhnə in Azerbaijan. And now, it's time to introduce her song Start A Fire.

About the song

In her ballad Start A Fire, Dilara perfectly shows her unique vocal style. The music and lyrics of her entry have been written by Stefan Örn, Alessandra Günthardt and Johan Kronlund. The song has been chosen internally by the Azerbaijani national jury.

The young, talented Dilara describes her entry song as "a confession of strong yet vulnerable women." "The song is not just about love, but also about kindness, humanity and respect for each other", Dilara said. "It’s also about being absolutely lonely in a world that can be so cruel."

Dilara wanted a very special song for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contets. "Start A Fire is the best choice for me", Dilara says. "The melody is kind of hypnotizing and the story is deep and touching. It’s a bit tragic but with hope. I’m very much into the song and want to make my audiences feel its deep meaning."

About the composers

Stefan Örn is the Swedish music composer, guitarist and sound-producer, the member of the band Apollo Drive. He was one of the composers of the songs which represented Azerbaijan at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 and 2011. The song Drip Drop, co-written with Sandra Bjurman and Anders Bagge perfomed by Safura came on fifth place. Running Scared perfomed by Ell/Nikki in Düsseldorf won the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.

Alessa Noa is the alias of Stockholm-based artist and songwriter Alessandra Günthardt. Born in Zürich and raised in France and Sweden, Alessandra was early on drawn to different cultures and influences. Consequently, her music can be described as being very eclectic, drawing inspiration from a wide array of genres, although icons such as Kate Bush and David Bowie are often cited as her main influences. Apart from making a name for herself as an artist, Alessandra has built up a steady career in songwriting and recently co-wrote the 2013 Swedish Idol song Belong.

Johan Kronlund is a composer/producer and also an engineer. He has worked with such international pop and dance artists and bands as PLAY, Danny Saucedo, Montt mardié, Darin, September, Medina, Lucky Soul etc.

In our previous issues you can recollect the last shows of Böyük Səhnə and Dilara's long way to the victory.

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  • Posted on 4 May 2014 at 12:34
    She's so beautiful!!! :-) Good luck Dilara! Hope you make it to the Grand Final!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 May 2014 at 11:58
    .nice sing,nice lady and great entry.WE DO IT .good luck LAND OF FIRE report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 March 2014 at 08:47
    Bad song,I don't like. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 March 2014 at 22:46
    Disappointing entry this year :( report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 March 2014 at 10:08
    Really nice song and Dilara has beautiful voice, but using Armenian duduk was not a good idea ;) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 March 2014 at 00:25
    I didn't quite know what to make of this song when I first heard it. I waited and waited for the fire to take hold but it kind of fizzled out on me and ended up being a bit of a damp squib. I had to light the touch paper two or three times before it eventually started to smoulder. My fourth listen started to produce a few sparks. However, I have to say that now that I've listened to it five times it has erupted into a blazing inferno. I absolutely love it. My only note of caution is that it's not instantly accessible. Maybe that's because as a song, it's just too intelligent for my sluggish old brain to cope with in one go. I'm almost 60, for God's sake! Dilara has arguably one of the best voices in this year's Contest and in my view we could easily end up with a pitched battle between Azerbaijan and Armenia for the top prize. Figuratively speaking, of course. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 March 2014 at 06:30
    Short and to the point. Not bad. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 March 2014 at 20:52
    The more i listen to this song, the more i love it :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 March 2014 at 22:36
    good luck.... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 March 2014 at 10:51
    Dilara has a really really beautiful voice, but i think the song is a bit boring, not my cup of tea.. but I'm sure it will be in top 10 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 March 2014 at 23:52
    I think , this is the best song ever from the Azerbaijan , Dilara ! you are so gorgeous , you have a such an amazing talent , your voice absolutely adorable, your song ? is Incredible . Definitely Magnificent . and I hope your performance will be Spectacular , Good luck my lovely country , and in that performance "Start a Fire" and show to Europe . Best wishes from Orkhan (Azerbaijan ) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 March 2014 at 21:13
    great entry, no matter the critiques..
    the song stays simple, doesn't go over the top..
    I like it :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 March 2014 at 11:06
    Azerbaijan will win INSALLAH. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 March 2014 at 08:09
    I agree with Edward Reeves. Sending sad songs year after year is becoming predictable now for Azerbaijan. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 March 2014 at 21:30
    GOOD LUCK DİLARA (y) report to the moderator