The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 season has officially kicked off. Belgium was first cab off the rank in announcing Laura Groeseneken as their representative to hit the sunny shores of Lisbon next May. And the latest name to be thrown into the ring as a potential candidate is Azerbaijan’s Emil Kadirov.
Kadirov, who hails from Baku, has expressed an interest in representing the land of fire next year. He told Metubat that he is currently in the process of negotiating with the Azerbaijani delegation – which have, in recent years, opted for an internal selection.
“I want to represent Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest. At present, negotiations are under way with responsible persons in Azerbaijan. I hope negotiations will be successful and I will be able to represent Azerbaijan at the Eurovision 2018, which will be held in Portugal.”
Emil’s is certainly no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest. We joined Emil alongside an esteemed list of Eurovision stars at Zhara Fest in July, including Samra (Azerbaijan 2016), Sergey Lazarev (Russia 2016), Dima Bilan (Russia 2008), Nikki Jamal and Eldar Gasimov (Azerbaijan 2011), and LOBODA (Ukraine 2009). Light your fire, baby!
When we asked Emil about representing his homeland at the Eurovision Song Contest, he gave us a cryptic ‘maybe, hopefully’. But it was clear that Eurovision was definitely on Emil’s mind. He said that should he be given the opportunity to enter, he’d like to bring a song to showcase his voice.
And can we say – what a voice!
The baritone from Baku was catapulted into the spotlight after competing on ‘The Voice’ in Russia in 2015. Emil was coached by Russian rock singer Alexander Gradsky, who in 2012 coached Dina Garipova, Russia’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013.
Emil impressed the judges with his talented guitar work and fast fingers, serving up some Catalan flamenco realness with his take on the Gypsy Kings, making it to the quarter finals of the competition.
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