Like in previous years, Azerbaijan has made an internal selection to determine the Eurovision singer and act. As of the most successful countries in the recent Eurovision history with 12 participations, one victory and six Top 10 places, it’s always exciting to follow up what’s coming from Azerbaijan this year.
This year the choice of Ictimai iTV has fallen to the singer Chingiz with the song “Truth”. Çingiz Mustafayev was born in Moscow, Russia in 1991, moved with his family to Qazax in the north east of Azerbaijan. When Chingiz was young he started to compose his own songs. With 13 he moved to Baku, where he entered the Azerbaijani version of Pop Idol 2007 and he could win it. From that point he became a rising star in his country. With his band Milk & Kisses he took part in the New Wave festival in Jurmala, Latvia and later on as solo singer as well. In the year 2011 Chingiz wanted to represent his country at Eurovision for the first time, but Ell & Niki made the legendary race that year. Chingiz also performed together with Polina Gagarina (Russia 2015) at the New Wave Festival.
The Azerbaijani ESC song “Truth” is another love song, of course. This one has a very modern arrangement with a very cool made video clip. The first impression is very fresh and modern with an international approach. The song is a real catchy tune which will definitely attract many viewers, also thanks to the attractive singer itself. Azerbaijan is on a very good way to enter the Top 10 again.
Since Azerbaijan joined the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, a truly outstanding story of success began. The debut entry “Day After Day” by Elnur & Samir made a respectable 8th place in Belgrade, even if it was a very extraordinary song with a lot of drama and unbelievable high notes on stage.
In the short history Azerbaijan has mostly made it into the Grand Final, and there were even six Top10 places in that short period of time! Statistically there is a chance of 50% for Azerbaijan to have a place in the Top10. In the very early years Azerbaijan even made it into the Top10, but since 2014 this has not been the case anymore. And the chances for reaching the Grand Final is at 83%, this is due to the fact that Azerbaijan mostly made it since the debut. And that’s really something special. Last year it was the first time, Azerbaijan did not pass with Aisel Mammadova and “X My Heart”.
The Eurovision Song Contest has become very important in Azerbaijan and enjoys a huge interest in the entire country. For the Azerbaijani music industry the ESC is also a good platform to show their music talents internationally.
Of course there were a lot of votes by the ex-Soviet countries. But beside of that the songs from Azerbaijan have shown a lot of modernity and the stage performances were always very special on a very high artistic level. This is also due to the fact that Azerbaijan often invites international composers e.g. Stephan Örn, Sandra Bjuman, etc., which made the songs very international. In 2011, Azerbaijan could even win with “Running Scared” by Ell & Niki. The ESC from Baku in 2012 was one of the most important events in Azerbaijan with the support of the highest government circles. This was the most south eastern ESC ever. The impressive Crystal Hall and the greatly illuminated city of Baku have surprised the visitors and watchers of the ESC, which will remain in good memories.