They’re the telegenic stars who share talent, beauty and the experience of representing Azerbaijan at the Eurovision Song Contest.
And on Sunday DiHaj, Samra, Sabina Babayeva and Ell & Nikki all shared another experience by performing in the closing ceremony of the fourth edition of the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku National Stadium.
The games, which welcomed athletes from 54 countries from Algeria to Sierra Leone and Turkey to Tajikistan, ended with a bang as the Land of Fire’s Eurovision stars turned the stadium into a dance floor.
During the pre-show, DiHaj warmed up the crowd with a series of Azeri songs and, of course, her Eurovision 2017 song “Skeletons”. Then the real party started as six thousand athletes paraded in with their flags. Ninety minutes later, when they were all cozy, Eurovision 2016 star Samra drenched the stadium in gold and glitter as she performed “Miracle” (from 1:28:35).
Eldar and Nigar also appeared at the closing ceremony, but they didn’t reprise their duet “Running Scared”.
But the party don’t stop, y’all! Sabina Babayeva dropped a fierce remix of her 2012 song “When The Music Dies” (1:47:30). It ain’t dead. It’s alive.
Istanbul will host the 5th edition of Islamic Solidarity Games in 2021. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for Sertab, Hadise and maNga to take the stage!