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Azerbaijan, one of the countries competing in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest has just revealed their first official preview video in support of their entry Hold Me composed by Dimitrios Kontopoulos to the lyrics of John Ballad and Ralph Charlie Al Fahel. Since the rehearsals commenced earlier this week, it has been rather positive for Azerbaijan who have been dubbed by the international press as outside favourites for the competition. The element which helped it grow in such a positive manner is the stage presentation which is nothing as it was expected by the public. Farid was one of the two artists who visited Malta during a promotional tour in anticipation for the Eurovision Song Contest, with the others being Takasa on behalf of Switzerland.

Turkey, missing from this years' international showcase due to irregularities brought about by the jury voting noting that talent is not being appreciated in their minds had a large imposition on the contest for the simple reason that diaspora is found throughout the continent. Azerbaijan, one of their neighbouring countries has always had a penchant for the language and therefore, it comes as no surprise to see the nation recording a Turkish version of the song Hold Me with the hope of increasing it's tele-voting percentage. The staging of the song is just mesmerizing noting a dancer caged in glass box who first mimics Farid and then another female dancer who moves from the catwalk to the main stage. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: YouTube 


Saturday, 30 March 2013 17:00

Azerbaijan: Extensive Promo Tour for Farid

Farid Mammadov and his entry Hold Me composed by Dimitris Kontopoulos with lyrics by John Ballard and Ralph Charlie has recently embarked on an extensive promotional tour ahead of his appearance at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Malmö, Sweden. Ictimai Television, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of the country within the esteemed international competition held a national final at the beginning of the month which selected both the artist and the entry, something that has not happened in Azerbaijan in quite some time.

Rome, the capital city of Italy was the kick off point of the promotional tour for Farid Mammadov as he performed during a concert held on behalf of Azerbaijani Students and Alumni International Forum. This was his first time in the country and therefore took some time off his schedule to sight see and ultimately ended up taking a lot of photos just like any other tourist would. Next up will be Athens, the capital city of Greece where Farid will be performing at a Eurovision Party held at the Noiz Club on the 7th April. The event is being organised by Eurovision fansite, Oikotimes in light of their twelve year anniversary. Farid will also be giving interviews to several media outlets including; ERT, Oikotimes, Star Channel, Showtime Cyprus and many others. It will be quite interesting to see whether Farid will be coming over to Malta during his promotional tour to ascertain relations between the two countries. Maximum points have been given by Malta to Azerbaijan in the past three years. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Official WebsitePress Release


Sabina Babayeva, this year's Azeri representative has planned to visit Malta so to carry on promoting her Eurovision entry When The Music Dies around Europe. It is important to note Maltese representative Kurt Calleja took part of Azerbaijan's National Selection show one week after he was chosen to fly the island's flag in the European contest. The relations between Azerbaijan and Malta have always been strong and this was further echoed earlier this year actually when the national selection coined as the Malta Eurovision Song Contest was transmitted on Ictimai Television, the host broadcasters of this years' music showcase.

There have been a number of Azeri personnel in Malta in the past couple of months noting that in the past four years, we have built a strong bond.  Last week, Sabina was part of the Eurovision In Concert event held in Amsterdam within The Netherlands and will not continue her tour as the contest draws closer. In Malta, there are already a number of local television appearances scheduled such as those on the Friday night discussion programme; Xarabank and also the entertaining programme on Sunday afternoon; Ħadd Għalik both produced by the company, Where's Everybody. The song that she will be presenting entitled When the Music Dies will be the 13th entry in the running order of the final to take in the newly built Crystal Hall on the 26th May 2012.

Source: Ictimai Television, Euromedia