Wiwi: Dilara wants to soar at Eurovision—and so does her trapeze artist. The Azerbaijani singer may have outflanked Estonia’s Tanja and created the most acrobatic (and circus-like) performance of the year. The song opens in darkness before the LED lights reveal a city scape that reminds us of New York. Dilara has skyscrapers behind her, and also beneath her: when the camera pans down we have a view from above the city. It’s kind of spectacular. Throughout the performance the trapeze artist flips and turns and twists. It’s seriously magical. Noticeably absent during today’s performance was any hint of fire. Looks like they aren’t taking the song literally.

Zach: Azerbaijan always brings a “key aspect” to their performances, whether it be Farid’s man in a box, Sabina’s projection dress, or Safura’s staircase and trademark catwalk ability. Dilara has brought in a trapeze dancer, and surprisingly, it really fits in with the song more than you would expect, very elegant and yet not distracting. The LED is very interesting, utilizing the floor monitors creates an “enveloping” effect with Dilara and the many buildings, it’s really sweet. And whoever started this whole ‘Dilara can’t sing at all live!” nonsense, you can take a seat, this girl slayed the vocals! The backing singers could benefit from a few timing fixes, but hey, that’s what rehearsals are for! Definitely one to watch!

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Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)

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Azeri
Azeri
7 years ago

We’re not New York, Azerbaijan is better than New York

sopon
sopon
7 years ago

Sure, it’s a gimmick, but not all gimmicks are bad and tacky. The trapeze is a nice touch.

Wergie
Wergie
7 years ago

‘Azerbaijan always give high level to Eurovision, they don’t need to buy votes, so please no cheating.’

The high level is all Swedish you silly… and yes, they actually don’t have to buy votes- the entire swedish production they purchase every year will do its magic pretty well.

Pastora Soler haha
Pastora Soler haha
7 years ago

BEAUTIFUL.

Azerbaijan always give high level to Eurovision, they don’t need to buy votes, so please no cheating.

I wanna see you next year, you are great guys.

Zolan
Zolan
7 years ago

There should NOT be fire.

The point of the song is the desire to start a fire BECAUSE IT IS ABSENT — people are cold, society is frozen. And there is no fulfilment within the song when a fire is actually started.

That said, a suggestion of fire at the very end could be a nice cliff-hanger.

Seymur
Seymur
7 years ago
Seymur
Seymur
7 years ago

Whatever you guys say i just like this music and her performance. This song reminds me the spirit of Ennio Morricone who’s had his concert and birthday in Baku recently.
This song is unique and the best song of 2014.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd119LK0yqM

Seymur
Seymur
7 years ago

Hello Srebrenko,
the background on original video is the night time Baku but it may remind us NYC, Istanbul, London, Dubai, Vienna, Moscow, Hong Kong, Tokyo you name it. It’s the author who resembles it NYC that’s all.
However in my mind Baku resembles Napoli, Trieste, Izmir, etc. any time.

Srebrenko
Srebrenko
7 years ago

Hi Seymur,
if you’re proud to be Azerbaijan and not New York, why don’t you show to us a landscape of Azerbaijan instead?

And believe me, I’m not jealous at all. What for?

And, you know, circus act is a professional act also.

Seymur
Seymur
7 years ago

Mr Srebrenko:
The author writes “The song opens in darkness before the LED lights reveal a city scape that reminds us of New York.”
He doesn’t say that Azerbaijan is New York!

We are proud to be Azerbaijan not New York 🙂

That’s not ” a cheap circus” but professional act!
Can you do the same personally? Of course not! So why are you jealous then?:-)

Srebrenko
Srebrenko
7 years ago

But Azerbaijan is not New York. It’s a fact. Don’t pretend you’re something you’re not. A trapeze? Hm… It is only 30 seconds though… I hope that it doesn’t get cheap circus act.

Seymur
Seymur
7 years ago

P.P.S

Can one find any Frenchman in national French football team?:-)

Seymur
Seymur
7 years ago

P.S.

UK, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, USA are all in cooperation with Swedish composers. So what?

Azerbaijan is full of US, UK, Swedish, Greek, Russian, etc. composers who want to cooperate. So what?

Seymur
Seymur
7 years ago

I wonder why do people are so jealous to Azeri-Swedish collaboration in music?
Why can’t they see themselves in the mirror?

Azeri music is great…Dilara is just one of its attribution.
ESC2012 Azerbaijan interval act was a proof…
It’s high time to demonstrate Azeri music in Europe but a globalization predominates…

Ryanireland
Ryanireland
7 years ago

Is there anything that this country won’t do to win. 🙁 trapeze, REALLY I hope Europe wakes up to it this year.

Lev
Lev
7 years ago

Sweden is doing a great job 😉

Leon
Leon
7 years ago

As always Azerbaijan always thinks outside the box.

@TIMO I love reading your heated complains on the Armenian page and praises in the Azeri pages. You’re truly living up to your nickname. Bravo.

This is my opinion (TIMO)
This is my opinion (TIMO)
7 years ago

sounds good, the song is good the artist is very professional, only a little bit od rehearsal is interersting, imagine the rest, imagine the real live performance via eurovision, just like Azerbaijan 2012 with “When the music dies” reached top 5, position number four, this is another one, best of luck

Rashad
Rashad
7 years ago

I love the idea. Her voice is much better than the Amsterdam Party here. I hope this is going to be a very spectacular performance as it’s promised.
BTW, in case if you want to listen to Dilara and the Lithuanian singer doing the cover of “Only Teardrops”: http://www.lrt.lt/mediateka/irasas/54955/_dvi_zvaigzdes_?popup

carl of U.S.A
carl of U.S.A
7 years ago

Very good Singing And Performance/…Congratulation Azerbaijan

Wergie
Wergie
7 years ago

The swedish backvocalists girls (perhaps those who sang Running Scared as well) are doing great job. I wonder.. if that acrobat girl is swedish.., or russian, ukrainian, or maybe greek? Hmm.

Armenian guy
Armenian guy
7 years ago

Video is only 30 seconds so it’s hard to decide whether it’s good or not. Looking forward to a nice performance. I want to enjoy all shows. Good luck Dilara.

Dilara
7 years ago

the best performance good luck my land of fire

Xaris
Xaris
7 years ago

Awful