Chingiz is the Azeri entry for Eurovision 2019. Find out more about the singer with our 10 Things About…Chingiz!
1. Chingiz Mustafayev was born on 11 March 1991 and is an Azerbaijani singer, songwriter and guitarist.
2. He was born in Moscow and moved to Qazax in Azerbaijan, a city of just 20,000 people, when he was 6 years old.
3. He learned to play the guitar and started composing his own songs while still a young boy.
4. At age 13, he moved with his mother and his brother to Baku where he was eventually invited to audition for the Azerbaijani version of Pop Idol in 2007. He won the competition, and soon became a rising star in the Azerbaijani music industry.
5. In 2013, he represented Azerbaijan internationally in the prestigious New Wave competition in Jūrmala, Latvia. He placed 11th overall and sang alongside Russian Eurovision 2015 runner up Polina Gagarina.
6. Three years later, Chingiz returned to the world of television talent shows in 2016 when he auditioned for ‘The Voice of Ukraine’. While he made it through the Blind Auditions phase, he was eliminated in the subsequent Battle Round.
7. Since then, Chingiz has performed with his group Palmas. They are know for their mix traditional Azerbaijani and Turkish folk sounds with flamenco guitar, rock, and pop twists.
8. Most recently, Chingiz has focused on his solo pop career and released the songs ‘Get’, ‘Qürbət’ and ‘Tenha gezen’. The latter song peaked at number 7 on the Azeri Singles Chart.
9. Chingiz loves the company of his dog, kung fu and yoga. He always enjoys getting a breath of fresh air while backpacking or doing outdoor meditation.
10. On 8 March 2019, it was confirmed that Chingiz will represent Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song ‘Truth’. He was chosen through an internal selection process by broadcaster İTV. The song is written by a songwriting team that includes Borislav Milanov (‘If Love Was A Crime’, ‘In Too Deep’ and ‘Dance Alone’), Trey Campbell (member of Equinox, Bulgaria’s 2018 representative) and Chingiz himself.