William: Elnur Huseynov created a mysterious, other-worldy atmosphere during his first rehearsal. The principle colours are black and blue, perhaps to symolise the battering we all face in relationships and in life. This opens with a close-up shot of Elnur’s face and a moon in the background. It’s night — a time of self-reflection — so it’s only natural we see a tortured dancer (with no shirt) wearing a dog collar and writhing on the floor. A female dancer soon joins him and they embark on some very physical back-and-forth, culiminating in an explosion of red. Elnur is working with three backing vocalists to give this a spiritual, choral sound. It will take a bit of time for them to meld perfectly but this was a fantastic start. They blended better with each take, perhaps because audio technicians sorted out the volumes on their mics.
Azerbaijan’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015
Chris: Elnur is far and away the best part of this performance right now, although he’s still playing around with some vocal tricks that haven’t always worked in his favour. The backdrop is also very fitting for the song, but unfortunately it’s hard to notice with the questionable dancers flinging themselves around the stage. This is interpretive dance that we’ve all seen before at Eurovision and doesn’t do anything to help the act: they’re “Amazing”-meets-“Running” from 2014. The final shot, with the two dancers flanking Elnur and panting makes it look like they’ve finished their routine early and are waiting for him to be done so they can leave.
Padraig: The Azeri wolf howls again. Any worries of a repeat of 2014 were wiped away with Elnur’s rehearsal. Vocals were on point and the staging was wonderful. Elnur emerges from the dark, shadowy background as a male/female dance duo battle it out behind him. Are they wolves? Are they Farid Mammadov style human representations of sexual confusion? All I know is that the whole performance gives me the feels. Not quiet Boggie or Aminata level goosebumps, but chills nonetheless.
Elnur Hüseynov: Reviews and Reactions
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Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)