ENTMM 2013: Azerbaijan’s Farid Mammadov

Every year the men of Eurovision wow millions of viewers with their vocals and choreography. But once they leave the stage they have even more work to do. That’s because the race to win Eurovision’s Next Top Male Model—the premier online modeling contest for men competing at the Eurovision Song Contest—continues long after the cameras stop rolling. This requires them to pump iron, drink protein shakes, choose clothes that will show off all their assets and deal with the ever-present paparazzi and bloggers who stalk them in search of that elusive shirtless pic.

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Farid Mammadov: Eurovision’s Next Top Male Model 2013

On March 31 twenty-five men were brave enough to enter the House of Wiwi to compete for the title of Eurovision’s Next Top Male Model, and a spot in the Top Model Hall of Fame. Along the way we had to say goodbye to nine of them. Hungary’s ByeAlex seemed more interested in barbiturates than he did in health and fitness. And Montenegro’s Noyz preferred wearing space suits to slipping into one made by Armani. On April 30 the final 16 men advanced to the finals.

In the end two men broke all voting records in the history of Top Model and nearly caused our server to explode. But now, after counting 3,471 votes in the semi-finals and a whopping 49,364 votes in the final, We can finally announce that Azerbaijan’s Farid Mammadov is Eurovision’s Next Top Male Model 2013.

Romania’s Cezar Ouatu, our first runner-up, and Italy’s Marco Mengoni, our second runner-up, have also earned a spot in the Top Model Hall of Fame. This was something of a historic year. Farid is the first Azerbaijani to win the contest (although an Azerbaijani contestant has finished in the Top 3 of either the men’s or women’s contest every year since we started the competition). Cezar becomes the most successful Romanian male ever (last year the Men of Mandinga finished as second runners-up). And Marco Mengoni is the first inductee from Italy.

Below you can see the complete results, followed by a re-cap of some of this year’s action.

Congratulations to Farid, Cezar and Marco. Europe loves each of you!

Final Results

Contestant Votes %
1. Azerbaijan’s Farid Mammadov 25,157 50.96%
2. Romania’s Cezar 19,858 40.23%
3. Italy’s Marco Mengoni 2,085 4.22%
4. Greece’s Men of Koza Mostra 325 0.66%
5. Lithuania’s Andrius Pojavis 294 0.60%
6. Ireland’s Ryan Dolan 243 0.49%
7. Malta’s Gianluca Bezzina 240 0.49%
8. Belgium’s Roberto Bellarosa 189 0.38%
9. Sweden’s Robin Stjernberg 187 0.38%
10. Iceland’s Eythor Ingi 186 0.38%
11. F.Y.R. Macedonia’s Lozano 145 0.29%
12. Latvia’s Ralfs Eilands 126 0.26%
13. Georgia’s Nodi Tatishvili 119 0.24%
14. Switzerland’s Men of Takasa 87 0.18%
15. Spain’s David Feito 68 0.14%
16. Latvia’s Edmunds Rasmanis 55 0.11%

Our Winner

Farid finished the semi-finals of our contest in second place, but he gained momentum in the Top Model contest at the same time as he gained momentum in the Eurovision Song Contest. The Wiwi Jury praised his Eurovision song “Hold Me”, and were among the first critics to say that he could win Eurovision. By the time he showed up at Eurovision, the press corps had fallen in love with his innovative staging, which captured the inner turmoil of a man who had lost his love.

Besides his charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent, Farid had a few other tricks up his sleeve (and under his shirt). Eurovision fans from Barcelona to Baku Googled “Farid shirtless” more times than Valentina Monetta rubbed her IKEA lamp on stage. And they watched his Capoeira fitness series more times than Zlata Ognevich shouted that she was “like a butterfly”. After a bit of begging, Team Wiwi managed to secure the following photo, which suggests Farid’s Capoeira regime is no joke.

Farid Mammadov shirtless no shirt wiwibloggs Eurovision

But Farid wasn’t arrogant about his look or the fact thousands of fans had a mega-crush on him. As you can see in his interview with wiwiblogger Deban Aderemi, he was somewhat embarrassed by all the attention. He also told us about the tattoo of a flame on his arm.

Farid’s vote tally of 25,157 is the largest in Top Model history—for men or for women. We wish him the best in his musical career, and hope to see him performing on MTV or hosting a TV show soon.

First Runner-Up

Cezar Ouatu Thomas Hanses EBU

In any other year, Romania’s Cezar Ouatu would have won this contest. He earned 19,858 votes—the second-highest vote tally ever after Farid. His Eurovision song “It’s My Life” was the most divisive of the year—you either loved it or hated it. But regardless of what people said he carried himself with dignity the entire time. His charm and charisma helped turn opera fans into Eurovision fans, and Eurovision fans into opera fans, proving just how influential he is. His utterly unique performance at Eurovision drew headlines all over Europe and was, no doubt, among the most memorable of the year. (His official music video was equally fierce).

One thing to remember about Cezar is that he was already star before coming to Eurovision. As one of the world’s most esteemed counter-tenors, he sings at opera houses from Milan to Paris to London. Yet being a star never made him a snob, and he gave Team Wiwi several interviews in the run-up to Eurovision. He spoke with us at Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam, at the London Eurovision Party, as he prepared for the contest in Bucharest, and even in his dressing room just 30 minutes before the second semi-final jury performance. His generosity of spirit impressed all of us.

Here he is thanking all of his loyal fans on wiwibloggs.com:

Eurovision wasn’t the beginning for Cezar, and it certainly isn’t the end. We hope he releases more pop-era songs soon!

Second Runner-Up

Italy Marco Mengoni Eurovision 2013

Italy’s Marco Mengoni is all about transformation. Prior to rising to prominence in Italy, this Italian Stallion really struggled with his weight. As you can see in this photograph, it took a lot of hard work—and plenty of meal replacement bars—to become a swan. But the swan had definitely spread its wings by the time this Vanity Fair photo shoot came up.

Marco Mengoni

We had our first brush with Marco on the red carpet at Eurovision. He went for a casual look, proving that you don’t have to be buttoned up to be a fashion icon. When we caught up with him in the press room a few days later he was still rocking the streetwear.

Congratulations to all of this year’s contestants: You put on a great show. This brings to an end another year of Eurovision’s Next Top Male Model, but we look forward to staging the contest again next year. For now be sure to visit the Top Model Hall of Fame. And come back to wiwibloggs for the latest Eurovision news and gossip—all year long!

Winner’s Gallery

Photos: Farid—Eurovision Talents; Cezar and Marco—Eurovision.tv (EBU); Marco shirtless—Vanity Fair Italia

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Hope Lee
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Hope Lee

Farid and Marco are very handsome.But Cezar isn’t.Even we can say that he is ugly.The others (for example men of Koza Mostra,Andrius,Ralfs Eilands) are much more handsome than him.However Farid is number 1.Marco should be number 2.But what can we do?

Catalina
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Catalina

Really Cezar nr 2 ?=)))) Bleahhh Horror! Cezar is orible ! My top is nr 1 Ryan Dolan 🙂

nigar
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nigar

Ferid <3

Ayshen
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Ayshen

Hold me by Farid Mammadov was the best in Eurovision 2013. He must be winner of Eurovision 2013 not Only Teardrops :/

Elena
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Elena

I voted for Farid in the song contest. Cezar is unique, I am Romanian, I love Cezar, but Farid won my heart with his song. For me, Cezar’s song and performance came second and not because he is Romanian; I liked the show, his presence and his voice but not the song. I tend to be the least subjective I can, and value what I believe in. If I were to go to a concert, honestly I’d go to Cezar’s; from all the contestants I saw he is the most likely to touch me on the whole. Farid’s song on… Read more »

Carmen
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Carmen

Can anybody explain to me what “Hold me…Just unfold me” means?Thanks.

Nermin
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Farid you are number one <3

Bahar
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Bahar

Thanks for everyone who voted for Farid 🙂 From every part of world 🙂

nikki
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MOON-FLOWER ok men de seni ve butun hemvetenlerimi Feridi de hemcinin, ODLAR YURDUNA QELEBE YARASIR INSHALLAH TEZLIKLE DAHA BOYUK QELEBELER ELDE EDRIK. YASA YASA COX YASA EY SANLI AZERBAYCAN
28 May republic day Congratulations All azerbaijan people

MOON-FLOWER
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BU GUN RESPUBLIKA GUNUDUR.BU SAYTDA OLAN BUTUN AZERBAYCANLILARI TEBRIK EDIREM. CANIM AZERBAYCANIM BIZE HER ZAMAN QELEBE YARAWIR…

MOON-FLOWER
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MENIM UCUN HER ZAMAN BIRINCI OLAN -FERID.<3

ELENA
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ELENA

Every man is handsome in his own way. I like Farid, there is harmony. He’s not dumb jock with biceps. Man seriously involved in sports and studies at the university. He is still very young. He has a beautiful body, but it is beautiful and inner beauty. When you look at it you want to smile. He’s very charming. For me it is more important than beauty. I believe that he deserves to be first. I do not like Cesar. For me there is something repulsive. Although it is popular with many women. Marco is too thin and feminine. This… Read more »

Hebbuzz
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Hebbuzz

I wonder how many sockpuppets have voted for Farid. I’m afraid Azeri’s have done their job verywell. Just glad Farid won over the voting by beating the fanbase of Romania. Actually, I was a bit disappointed in the men this year. There’s just none I call a handsome guy. OK, Farid comes in first place to with me, but still he ain’t a hunk to my concerns.

nikki
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who have voted for Farid them have great taste. Go FARID YOU ARE ALWAYS NUMBER ONE

chris
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You all have terrible taste in men.

Aydan FM
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The Best FARiD <3

Carmen
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Carmen

Stop being ridiculous, all of you who say one can vote only one time from one computer. This is a shameful lie. Everyone can vote infinite times from one computer in any of this polls.

Vio
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Vio

This is, indeed, getting ridiculous! Bogdan has been quite a supporter of Cezar, I think we should respect everyone´s work on this blog. Come on, Romanians, stop it, we are making fun of ourselves. Cezar does not even care about this poll, he is quite grown up, unlike many of us here. I got over this fan fight already, and I am waiting for the release of our beautiful Cezar´s new single, on June 5th. The teaser has already been posted on his Fb face, in case you want to be amazed!!! Wiwi, really, we should apologize for all the… Read more »

Ibrahim T.
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Ibrahim T.

2 @Marco not Mengoni

Cesar was the leader in a month? It’s not true! Leaders are dramatically changes every day to the final!

Stop that mess, let’s respect each other! Romanians are fantastic fans but they must accept their defeat to us!

Japan *2*
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Take your victory and goodluck , SAYOUNARA … me and my friends from all over the world, we’ll try forget this fake blog forever , fail ppl also … Congratulations !!!

NoName
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NoName

Hellooooo! Farid is more charming and better good looking than any Cezars. Come on! Congrats, Farid!

NoName
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NoName

Yes!!!!!!! 🙂

LAND OF FIRE
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LAND OF FIRE

The Romanian reaction is based on racism and bigotry against Azeri people. We have become rich nation recently and now many people want us to fail. So when Farid have success here Romanians cry and say we cheat and buy votes and pay people. Do we say this about you? No. Do we complain when Luminita Anghel get third place? No. Or when Paula Seling get third place at Eurovision 2010 and win Top Model? No. But we win and you attack Land of Fire. I’m sad for you. Cezar would not cry about this but you do. Sad.

FROM AZERBAIJAN
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FROM AZERBAIJAN

Was the poll rigged when Romania won in 2009? Or 2010? Or 2012? But when Romania loses it is suddenly rigged? Just because Azerbaijan wins it is rigged? Don’t spit on my country like that. Also, I tried to vote for Farid last night and couldn’t BECAUSE I HAD ALREADY VOTED ON MY COMPUTER BEFORE. You can only vote once stupid. PollDaddy remembers your IP address. LOOK AT ALL THE VOTE BUYING FOR ROMANIA IN PAST: http://wiwibloggs.com/eurovisions-next-top-model-hall-of-fame/

From Japan
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From Japan

Last night I’ve tried vote for Romania ,me and my friends , the votes wasn’t registered because was closed, after that I’ve tried for Malta same nothing ,at this time in 7 minutes Azerbaijian got hundred votes …how do you explain this Wiwi or @Bogdan????? ,I thought this poll is serious but …history,someone from Netherland told me that this site poll is corupted by 5 hacker dad.y..poll I’ve just gave up…anyway CONGRATULATIONS Farid and viva to hackers or fraud!!!

Daniela
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Daniela

I am so much glad, that this page support Farid. His song Hold Me is the best, he show us the best performance in all history of Eurovision and Farid is the most good looking boy ever (its hard to convince me but he did!). Just poetry on Eurovision stage in Malmo. Greetings, Daniela from Slovenia.

@@bogdanhonciuc
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@@bogdanhonciuc

farid doesn’t even have a nice body… He is like an advertise for Mr. Muscle – the gel plumber 🙂 :). He doesn’t speak english – he barely speaks at all … On the other side, Bogdan, who claims to be romanian, should be ashaimed of all this dirt. All this was about money – an we were full enough fo bite for this game.

@@bogdanhonciuc
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@@bogdanhonciuc

And this blog reported on the alleged vote-buying: http://wiwibloggs.com/2013/05/20/lithuanian-press-did-azerbaijan-buy-votes-at-eurovision/27267/
So why would this blog then accept dirty money? I’m sorry, but the theory that this is rigged is so, so pathetic. I don’t think Azerbaijan would waste money on a game like the Top Model poll! He won because he has a nice body.

@Bogdan Honciuc
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@Bogdan Honciuc

Are you so sure regarding vote buying …. Many thing appeared in press regarding buying votes for farid. Sooooooo …??? Maybe it’s fun – but my opinion is that … noone never does anything without money. Anyhow, there is a lot of people thinking that all this joke of yours have been totally unfair and deeply incorrect …. proof by negating and demonstrate :))

Bogdan Honciuc
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As a Romanian working for this blog, I was first amused, then saddened by the accusations of vote blocking or (worse) vote buying. This never happened and it never would happen on Wiwibloggs.

Why can’t we enjoy the results? All three men on the “podium” are worthy of the title. There had to be just one winner and Farid deserves our congratulations.

(It’s a fun poll, let’s keep it fun.)

Piksey
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Piksey

No wonder.. turks and azeris dominate everything what concerns Eurovision. This guy looks like an arabian villager. Well, he isn’t ugly, he could be a top model in Azerbaijan though, not in Europe lol.

Nacho
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@Gessica C.
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@Gessica C.

maybe that’s all about farid poor (or absent ) english speaking abilities 🙂 🙂

Marco not Mengoni
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Marco not Mengoni

When I logged in last week and voted Farid was winning. I think the votes change frequently and often, and in polls the ending is the most important. Farid wrote on his Facebook wall for people to vote the other day. That is only fair. He has like 70,000 fans on Facebook so I can believe that they all vote at once. Anyway, this link shows how close the race was at one point — only 30 vote different between the two: http://wiwibloggs.com/2013/04/16/eurovisions-next-top-male-model-elimination-1-3/24338/
Anyway, #1 and #2 of 25 is very good.

@Marco not Mengoni
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@Marco not Mengoni

There is no sense here. Cezar has been the leader for more then one month, farid won on the last night before closing …it’s an odd thing, and it’s all about money …. good money, in the admin pocket , and has nothing to do with beauty, style, value ….

@Marco not Mengoni
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@Marco not Mengoni

Then why didn’t farid been the first from the very beginning ?? Why did Cezar have been the first for so long?? And how, for God’s sake, did farid won only on the last night before closing ????? this is still an odd thing for me – and, on my mind, has an only reason: money!!! The value, the beauty, the stile … has no sense here … It’s just a way of making money … from the stupidity of all of us 🙁

Marco not Mengoni
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Marco not Mengoni

Can I point something out? Azerbaijan got 2nd place at Eurovision. Romania got 13th. Why is it surprising then that Farid won here then? It seems obvious he would do well as he already had a lot of fans PS I AM NOT FROM AZERBAIJAN so don’t start yelling at me and saying some stupid things about I am Azeri. I am not.

Lucia
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Lucia

lololol. reading the chain of comments is hilarious. the real crime is that marco mengoni didn’t win, but i am from italy so naturally i think this. i also like the latvian boys and iceland. he was really underrated!!!!

Rick S
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Rick S

TOTALLY agree with Alex. Why are people upset Romania got second? Second out of 25 people is REALLY GOOD. Everyone should be more positive and stop screaming “fraud! cheaters! thieves!” It’s only an online poll!

Alex
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Alex

LOL guys it’s an online poll for God’s sake.

I think the Latvian guys were the hottest. Farid’s a little too refined and well-packaged for me or something, but a worthy winner in terms of his physique for sure.

Jessica C.
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Jessica C.

I think it’s really sad how so many Romanians are claiming this result is unfair and biased. If you click on “news by country” in the right-hand column you will see that wiwibloggs.com covers Romania MORE THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY. The text above includes FOUR interviews with Cezar. How can you call this unfair? They have only ONE interview with Farid. ONE vs FOUR. Don’t be sore losers. It makes you look bad. P.S. I voted for Marco 🙂

Vio
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Vio

Wiwi, you do not have to justify yourself each time someone accuses you of something, really. It is not a big deal, after all. We are indeed a little upset because voting last night did not work for Cezar (from a computer previously not used), and today someone said that there are many tutorials online on how to rig polldaddy. I have not checked, but it may be true. Perhaps polldaddy is not as reliable as you indicate, try to consider this for the future.

Shane
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Not my cup of tea, I prefer Alex…and Marco.

Congratulations to Farid, however.

Alexa
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Alexa

I only watched Eurovision because of the unique Cezar. It was the first time and last time for me, such an idiotic contest.
Farid is just the type of man the world is so full of – a little doll. He has got nothing special, he is common. And short.
Greetings from Germany.

felicia
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felicia

FAKE! WIWIBLOGS YOU HELPED FARID TO WIN, YOU GAVED HIM VOTES, AND BLOKED ROMANIAN VOTERS A BIG BLOCK, AND NOT ALLOW THEM TO VOTE!

Mary
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Mary

love Cezar forever!!!

Ana
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Ana

I don’t like Farid…nothing…irrelevant body…irrelevant voice!

sonja
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sonja

farid is ofcourse the number ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anthony Ko
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It was either going to be Farid or Cezar and the right bloke won in the end! 😀