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 Rahimli, Polina Gagarina, Ani Lorak, Alex 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
POLINA GAGARINA – RUSSIA, 2015
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
ALEX SPARROW – RUSSIA, 2011
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)
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!