Grab your towels, y’all. Basements are about to be flooded! The inaugural Zhara Fest recently took place in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, and some of Eastern Europe’s most beloved performers turned up and turned out. The star-studded line-up featured the brightest stars in the Russian and Azeri music scenes, and boasted an array of Eurovision alums, including Sergey Lazarev, Samra RahimliPolina GagarinaAni LorakAlex Sparrow and Philipp Kirkorov.

Sergey continued to win fans with another reprise of his Eurovision hit, “You Are The Only One”. He returned with two male and two female dancers and built on the choreography we all came to love in Stockholm.

Polina, who Eurovision fans remember for her peace ballad “A Million Voices”, showed her poppier side when she nailed her performance of “I Will Not” (one of our favourite tracks of 2015). Just watch her move!

SERGEY LAZAREV – RUSSIA, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PADjsg6dHtc

POLINA GAGARINA – RUSSIA, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUORLdqEJ7w

Ani Lorak — the “Shady Lady” from Eurovision 2008 in Belgrade — looked hot in a leather two-piece and a reflective robe. It would seem she hasn’t aged a bit because her body is still smoking!

Speaking of smoking bodies, Alex Sparrow (formally known as Alexey Vorobyov), sang his Eurovision 2011 track “Get You” and looked absolutely stellar in a suit with his token coiffe.

ANI LORAK – UKRAINE, 2008

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VamKN2vSpY

ALEX SPARROW – RUSSIA, 2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bVD206Q97s

Russian pop royalty and Eurovision song mastermind Philipp Kirkorov provided one of the major highlights of the night when he covered Dana International‘s Eurovision 1998 track “Diva”

Philipp opted to sing the song largely in Russian.

PHILIPP KIRKOROV – PERFORMING “DIVA” (ISRAEL, 1998)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3N37Kx3rqQ

Azerbaijan put its oil money to great use with the festival, which is helping raise its cultural profile among music fans in general and Eurovision fans in particular. Zhara Fest is going to be a mandatory stop on the Euro-pop tour in years ahead!

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loving_ya_harder
loving_ya_harder
4 years ago

It was an amazing show indeed. Well done, Azerbaijan. <3 Polina was the best IMO. ^-^

(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
4 years ago

Polina is the best! “A Million Voices” remains my favorite Eurovision song ever.

#Justice4Margaret
#Justice4Margaret
4 years ago

Polegend Godgarina slayed as per usual. Queen.

cherry 3.14
cherry 3.14
4 years ago

@Maru fr He’s not drunk. LOL That’s Grigory’s normal condition.

cheesecake
cheesecake
4 years ago

Seems like a nice festival with very good performances. Well done.

Al
Al
4 years ago
Plum
Plum
4 years ago

In fact Ani Lorak is Ukranian singer and Svetlana Loboda was also there, so Ukrainian Eurovision participants were also present. And trere were many good artists who had never participate in Eurovision as well.
It was a great show and in 2017 it will we widened and will last for four dsys.

Maru fr
Maru fr
4 years ago

@karminowe.usta
Here`s this trio – Lazarev, Emin, Grigory(is he drunk?!) 😀
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrthv5icb4Y

karminowe.usta
karminowe.usta
4 years ago

Fantastic show. I see videos from Zhara Fest, these are amazing. Azerbaijan paid so much money for this performance. Anna Sedokova danced at the water. Trio Grigory Leps, Emin and Sergey Lazarev is my favourite performance from Zhara Fest:)