Nargiz Zakirova, the liberally-tattooed singer who rose to stardom during the second season of The Voice of Russia, has been a fan favourite to sing at Eurovision ever since 2013.
Now, as Eurovision 2017 beckons, speculation over Nargiz’ possible entry is hotting up once again, as Channel One — the network that airs The Voice — will choose this year’s contestant.
Much of this comes down to an Instagram post from her producer Max Fadeev, who recently teased some very big news.
On Wednesday he shared a photo with his 454,000 Instagram followers that showed him staring into the eyes of Nargiz, along with the caption: “Very soon, there will be a New Year surprise from me and Nargiz.”
Naturally Eurofans have interpreted that as a sign she’s headed to Eurovision.
Of course, Eurovision is rarely so simple and straightforward. And there are also rumours that Nargiz may represent Belarus this year.
That’s because Andrey Fomochkin, a representative of the Belarusian Ministry of Sports and Tourism, carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games.
Russia, of course, was banned from the Paralympics, and carrying the flag was an act of defiance in support of Moscow and its banned athletes.
After that Maxim Fadeev promised to send an artist to Belarus for Eurovision as a sign of thanks.
The deadline for applications to Belarus’ national selection was 22 November. Belarusian media Sputnik.by reports that Max and his artist Nargiz did not file an application.
Nargiz at Eurovision
This is not the first time Nargiz has been a rumoured artist for Russia at Eurovision.
Speculation reached fever pitch in 2015 when Russia’s Channel One, which broadcasts The Voice, was responsible for choosing the country’s Eurovision singer. The rumour mill suggested that it would either be Nargiz — an eccentric singer with a wow voice — or Alexandra Vorobyova, the winner of The Voice in 2014. Instead the honour went to Polina Gagarina, who now serves as a coach on The Voice.
In any case, do you think Nargiz would be a good representative for Eurovision 2017? Is her edgy rock style appropriate for the show? Let us know in the comments box below.
Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You obviously know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to your site when you could be giving us something informative to read?
There may be noticeably a bundle to learn about this. I assume you made certain nice points in options also.
Alex, Nargiz is not Turkish but Turkic.., she is Uzbek.
Turks are also of Turkic stock just like Azeris. Turks can easily understand Crimean tatars, Kazan tatars, Tatars from South Caucasus which we know under their new ethnonym – Azeri.., they can understand Turkmen people, Uzbeks, Uyghurs from China which are also Turkic.
Their are all Asian. Central Asia is their true motherland.
Oxana, Russian – Kazan tatars are not a basis of Russians.
Turkic people, including Crimean tatars, Kazan (Russian) tatars, Azeri, Turkmens. Kazakhs, Turks, Uzbeks, Kyrgyzs are basically related to mongols and not only by their original mongiloid appearance.
Jamal’s mother is Armenian so and most Crimean tatars are mixed with other nations including Slavic people which they – the tatars, during the Ottoman rule, used to have as their slaves, occasionally selling them (girls and boys) to the Turkish harems at the bazars of Istanbul. In assume you know this.
* Crimean Tatars are from Turkish roots and have language close to current Azerbaijani language.
no it’s not turkish, it’s tatar or some asian (they live near Kazakhstan, Mongolia and tatars are the the base of Russian population in its central-south parts). Not to be confused with Crimean Tatars (who is Jamala) because Crimean Tatars are from Turkish roots and have and Russian Tatars are from Mongolian roots (with absolutely different language, culture). Common Tatar also live in Tatarstan which is part of Russia now. if you have heard abour Russian singer Zemfira – she is tatar from Tatarstan too, but calls herself Russian.
Nargiz? Sounds Turkish and it would fit with Jamala.
I wondered how long it would be before they talked Nargiz as a possible entry.
Unfortunately, that will not happen. Musical director and ESC commentator of Channel One said they will not send someone from The Voice anymore
I’ve heard some of her live performances and I must say I’m not impressed.
wiwiuser you’re stupid unneducated individual. if you try to diagnose my condition at least have a knowledge about basics. love and hate is bipolar, the process of hating involves even greater amount of energy than loving. Do you think I ever had any feelings for Russia and its population (people like you)? if I ever did it surely not so emotionally charged as love and hate. something similar to a feeling when your crazy drunk neighbor knoks at your door every night to kill you or to ask for love. You Russians exactry that kind of neighbors for every country… Read more »
Oxana, you have psychological problems. Stop hating Russia at every mention of it and mention Putin. This is a song contest, not Putin
She looks creepy on this picture.
Nargiz is a really great artist and such an interesting public figure, I think Russia should select wisely the artist they will send to Ukraine (sadly there will be a lot booooh), so maybe someone with open mind and a modern prespective as Nargiz would be adequate.
So I’ll be happy if this rumour becomes true.
she sounds great and i believe she can be eurovision top model winner, hands down.
Plum, tell me as Russian resident. do you think it is acceptable if someone will say “hey Russia we’re your brothers from China (or India, North Korea you name it). Your country is so kind to us (some Russian once raised our flag on sport event), we’re so delighted so we decided as a token of our gratitude to send you our Chinese/Indian/Korean singer to represent you, Russia, in ESC”? I’m sure you will gladly accept their generous offer, nah? 🙂 What’s your real problem is lack of common sence. yes, Belarus is slave of Russia in many areas, but… Read more »
what hatred? I’m a big fan of Max Fadeev and even have his audio CDs in my collection (and all albums of his sister Linda + various early projects he made before he turned to cheesy commercial pop).
If you dislike what I’m saying and hatred is the word you can describe my attitude towards Fadeev then maybe hatred is your basic feeling at the moment? phew
Why not? Nargiz is very interesting.
Katya Ryabova (JESC2009?), Lerika (?)… – what are they? I’ve never heard anything here in Russia.
You are unstoppable in your hatred.
it must be hard on Russians to be booted from Paralympics at the time when their grave enemy Ukraine were able to beat their another grave enemy USA in medal count. I wonder what they felt when it happened to everyone’s surprise. was such a bad feeling so they had to broke rules and raise a flag, what urged them to boast about Belarusian ESC entry afterwards? it’s so immature
just a side tought. even if Fadeev contacted Belarusian president-“elect” with that letter, he haven’t sent his application to show his interest. it’s almost certain that he won’t represent Belarus but what’s the primary reason? Lukashenko reigns a puppet nation but he wont capitulate that easily to accept Russian mandatory ESC artist. If he’ll accept it it will mean Belarus completely lost it’s bits of sovereignity ans Luka as a dictator lost all his power. But Luka needs money to say country budget (like every year) and maybe he’ll sell ESC spot for some finansial sponsorship like he sold many… Read more »
Definitely here for this. I usually love their entries, but they often tend to be a bit basic. With Nargiz, we certainly won’t get a dated/generic song.
No, it’s not happening. I was expecting Katya Ryabova, Lerika, or a foreign singer of Russian heritage. 🙁
“After that Maxim Fadeev promised to send an artist to Belarus for Eurovision as a sign of thanks. ” from were did you get that, wiwi? haven’t I told you to stay away from Russian lie news? can you please provide original quotation of Max for this episode with Belarus? Because I’m almost sure you picked up poorly made Russian tale. Max Fadeev is the greatest music writer Russia ever had in this century. Why he would want to get dirty in politics and to be caught while he publicly licks Putin’s butt? Unless he does it for the sake… Read more »
wasn’t this rumour brought up last year?
YEEEEAH, BABY. NARGIZ WILL RAISE THE WHOLE OF EUROPE. BE READY!
Russia needs to send something folkie, like Ottawa Yo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JQ0xnJyb0A
I hope not.
I think Belarus should get her, sorta give them a chance to shine for the first time since 2007…Russia has a lot of amazing singers that they can send and still do well and be unique
Her recent song with Fadeev is amazing!
Actually Max congratulated the fans with 20mln views of their music video and hinted on a new collaboration with Nargiz. Here’s their clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBKuHpJprVI
Yesss please Russia, don’t play safe this time
Seems like an interesting choice. Her music and voice are great but not the most suitable for a peace ballad or schlager pop song! Loving the ethnic diversity though!
Hopefully yes. She’s a great vocalist and nice personality.