Elnur Huseynov, the bearded singer who will represent Azerbaijan at Eurovision, has hit the road for his Eurovision 2015 promotional tour. The “Hour of the Wolf” star is out and about, and his fans couldn’t be happier. This is one wolf we want on the loose.
The first stop was the Eurovision Pre-Party Riga 2015, where the Azerbaijani singer wowed audiences with his live vocals. He shared the stage with Eurovision legends like Alexander Rybak (the winner from 2009), Eldar Gasimov (half of the winning duo from 2011) and Marie N (the winner from 2002). He also squeezed in an inteview with wiwibloggs, saying, “I want to reach your heart with my song.” Awww.
From Riga to Budapest
Elnur then headed to the Hungarian capital where, on April 13 (that’s tonight, y’all), he will promote his song. We expect him to meet Boggie, his Hungarian rival. Her song is about peace and it would be totally non-peace-orientated to ignore the Azerbaijani Eurovision star!
Elnur in Hungary
He got the chance to sing his song at the Hungarian national TV:
We get the sense there is some sort of Baku-Budapest love-in going on. Last year, András Kállay-Saunders and Dilara Kazimova built a strong friendship. The Azeri singer went to Hungary, spent a day with András, and appeared on a TV show where the Hungarian artist sang the Azeri song “Start a Fire”. They spent even more time together in Denmark, playing with puppies in an animal shelter.
And now Elnur can build a lovely friendship with Boggie too. Of course, friendship is a two-way street. Sadly last year’s voting was decidedly one-sided.
We took a look at the points that they gave each other last year and Hungary didn’t show Azerbaijan the love. In 2014 the countries were in the same semi final: Hungary only gave only one point to Dilara, but Azerbaijan gave eight points to András. In the grand final, Hungary gave the Land of Fire exactly ZERO points. However, András Kállay-Saunders received eight points from Azerbaijan.
Dilara and András together in Denmark
In 2013 they also shared the same semi final stage, but the situation was reversed. Hungary gave 12 points to Farid, but Azerbaijan gave ByeAlex nothing. In the big final, Hungary still loved Hold Me, but Azerbaijan had no warm feelings for Kedvesem. Sad face.
Three years ago, when Azerbaijan was the host country, Sabina Babayeva visited Compact Disco in Budapest. Neither country awarded the other anything at Eurovision.
Sabina and the Compact Disco
It looks like this story begun in 2012 and these two still want to hold the other’s hands. Maybe a few years later they will be like Greece and Cyprus? Who knows? But never forget: More friends you have, more chance to win the Eurovision.