We have been awarding the past Azeri Eurovision entries points based on a number of different criteria over the last week and a bit. Today we look at their legacy. What have they done since representing their country at the world’s biggest music competition. Read on to see what they’ve been up to. Some of them may surprise you. Which of them for instance has collaborated with Shaggy and Sean Paul?
Since first appearing at Eurovision in 2008 with Samir, Elnur has gone on to win the Voice of Turkey in 2014 where he performed a mixture of Turkish and English language songs. This included Disclosure’s ‘Latch’, the Beegee’s ‘Stayin’ Alive’ and Daft Punk hit ‘Get Lucky’. Elnur returned to Eurovision in 2015 to represent Azerbaijan again. This time he finished in twelfth place. 6 points.
Prior to competing in Eurovision as a solo artist in 2014, Dilara had competed to be Azerbaijan’s entry in 2008 with rock band Unformal and in 2010 as part of Milk and Kisses. Both times she narrowly missed out, finishing in second place. Dilara has also starred in two films ‘Try Not To Breathe’ and ‘Purgatory’ (the latter of which she also sang on the soundtrack for with band Unformal). Dilara has also taken part in the most recent season of Ukraine’s version of The Voice which is currently still in production. 7 points.
It would seem that Farid Mamadov has done relatively nothing since competing in Eurovision in 2013 and more’s the pity. However prior to Eurovision he released two singles: ‘Gel Yanima’ and ‘Inan’. 3 points.
Sabina received the Marcel Bezencon Press Award following her appearance in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest for her song ‘When the Music Dies’. Since then she has enrolled as a student in the Baku Academy of Music. In 2014 she returned to Eurovision to announce the results of the Azerbaijani jury and televote. In July 2012 it was announced that she got married to Javidan Sharifov, who is a program director on Ictimai TV and former participant of the reality show ‘Gafas’. Sabina heavily denied these rumours only to later confirm that it was in fact true. Bizarre! 4 points.
Since winning the Eurovision in 2011, Ell and Nikki haven’t done much in the way of musical projects. They both became the face of Nar Mobile, a telecommunications company from Azerbaijan and travelled around Europe to perform their winning song ‘Running Scared’ and they have also featured on a German and Azerbaijani stamp commemorating their win. The duo were the recipients of the “Peace and Friendship Award” in Zonguldak’s Ereğli district for carrying a Turkish flag onstage during final scene. Following their Eurovision win, the pair decided to pursue solo careers.
Eldar returned to Eurovision in 2012 and served as part of the Azeri jury as well as being one of the co-hosts of the contest, and performed with Nikki and a number of other previous Eurovision winners. In January 2012, he released his first post-Eurovision song called ‘Birlikda nahayat’ (‘At last together’). This was followed up with an acoustic version of his new single ‘I’m Free‘ in July of the same year. In 2014 he teamed up with former Ukrainian Eurovision entrant Zlata Ognevich for the song ‘Ice and Fire’
Meanwhile Nikki appeared in the Turkish comedy series Yashi Cazibe. In terms of music Nikki released her first post-Eurovision solo song called ‘Crush on You‘. Other new material was released afterwards, including a duet with Miri Yusif entitled ‘Qal’ (‘Stay’); and another duet with Eurovision 2008 winner Dima Bilan entitled ‘Come Into My World’. On August 11, 2012, she released her debut album entitled ‘Play With Me’. In early 2014, she was a judge in the Turkish television show X Factor and produced the winner of the show.
In 2013, the duo recorded their second song named ‘Music’s Still Alive’. The song was written as a tribute to Michael Jackson and released on 29 August 2013, the late singer’s birthday. Both Gasimov and Jamal describe themselves as Jackson’s fans. 10 points.
Safura has released a number of post Eurovision singles including tracks entitled ‘March On’, ‘Paradise’, and ‘Alive’. These have all charted in the top 20 in Turkey. Her initial record deal was signed with a Swedish record company, however she parted ways with them in 2012 due to the strict terms they had introduced into her contract. She has been working on new material and in 2014 she released the new single ‘Tonight (Gonna Let You Know)’. She has also delivered the Eurovision results for Azerbaijan on two consecutive occasions in 2011 and again in 2012. 8 points.
Aysel and Arash (2009)
Perhaps the most successful Azerbaijan act since competing at Eurovision may come as a shock. Both Aysel and Arash have both had relative international success since they performed together in 2009. Aysel has appeared in a prestigious advertising campaign for Danone, released an album with Sony BMG and had a string of successful singles including ‘Fallin” ‘Azerbaijan’ and ‘Don’t Let the Morning Come’. Not to be out done, Arash has three studio albums, 2 films entitled ‘Bluffmaster’ and ‘Rhino Season’ and has had many hit singles including collaborations with T-Pain, Sean Paul, Lumidee (uh oooh) and Shaggy. 12 points.
Elnur and Samir (2008)
(See Elnur 2015 above). Prior to Eurovision Samir Javadzadeh graduated from university with a degree in business in 2002. In 2003, he finished five-year courses in music, specializing in mugham. After serving in the army for a year, he became a member of the pop band Sheron for the next three years and eventually started pursuing solo career. He joined forces with Elnur for 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, but not much is known about his activities since. 5 points.
We have added the points for legacy to the overall scores and we can see with just one round to go (your public vote) that it is still Ell and Nikki in the lead with 60 points. Can they be caught? Only you can make a difference! Get voting! Poll closes on Sunday at 7pm.