Last year, rumours suggested that Azerbaijan songstress AISEL would be working with the so-called “Dream Team” on her entry for Eurovision 2018. Now the rumours have been confirmed. Russian maestro Philipp Kirkorov and Greek composer Dimitris Kontopoulos are now confirmed as being behind AISEL’s song for Lisbon.

Last year, Kirkorov told media that he had been approached by a country friendly to Russia and had agreed to produce their entry for Lisbon. He later teased fans with an Instagram post promising a “miracle adventure” with Kontopoulos.

Some fans ruled out Azerbaijan as a potential partner, as the elegant style of AISEL seemed at odds with the bold pop traditions of the “Dream Team”. However, AISEL was soon photographed with Kirkorov at social events and had nothing but praise for the Eurovision icon.

Now Azeri media has confirmed that Kirkorov and Kontopoulos will indeed be working on Azerbaijan’s entry for Eurovision 2018.

Another confirmed member of the “Dream Team” is creative director Ilias Kokotos. He was part of the team’s most recent Eurovision collaboration — Sergey Lazarev‘s 2016 entry “You Are the Only One”.

This won’t be the first time that a “Dream Team” member has worked with Azerbaijan. In 2013, Kontopoulos co-wrote Azerbaijan’s entry “Hold Me”, which placed second in Malmö.

Azeri media has also reported that the song will contain Azeri lyrics, which would be the first appearance of the Azeri language since Azerbaijan debuted at Eurovision in 2008. However, sources close to the Dream Team tell wiwibloggs that the Eurovision entry will not contain any Azeri lyrics.

The music video for AISEL’s song is currently being filmed in Greece. The song is expected to be released in coming weeks.

What do you think? Are you excited that the Dream Team is working with AISEL? Is using Azeri lyrics a smart move? Share your thoughts below!

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EmilyG
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EmilyG

For me Azerbaijan should not participate in Eurovision. It’s not only that the country is not a part of Europe but the most important is the fact that their people don’t even feel part of Europe. In every post about Azerbaijan you see Azeri people being obsessed about the song being in their language, being written by authors from their country , having ethic elements. It’s obvious the can’t get the concept of “Eurovision” so why are they taking part? No one reacted in Sweden with a Polish singer taking part in their selection , no one reacted in Balarus… Read more »

Felixxx
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Felixxx

hovik is armenian

Faezdel
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Faezdel

So, why Australia is taking part in the contest, then? First, the country is not part of Europe. And I don’t think Australians even feel part of Europe either. The same can be said about Israel. Don’t be ridiculous.

haparoiden
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haparoiden

Australia and Israel shouldn’t participate too.

Hazar
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Hazar

Breaking news…..Ilias Kokotos said to azeri media that he will not work with Aisel. Also he said it is false information. Maybe composer will be azeri

Hazar
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Hazar

I read this news 15 minutes ago. So calm down

EmilyG
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EmilyG

So another year that Azerbaijan will not be in top 10. 5th year in a row.

Hazar
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Hazar

I think see will do very well.

EmilyG
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EmilyG

If she sings a song in Azeri language with ethnic elements she will do as Azerbaijan is doing the last 4 years : 14 to 22 place

Yerevan is calling
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Yerevan is calling

Last time an azeri composer “composed” the song it was earlier offered to Iveta Mukuchyan (1 year before) . They must be paying bit more so authors agree not to be mentioned as composers. Hehe

AzeriChico
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AzeriChico

Are you talking about the same “musician” who rised disputed region’s flag in an international song contest and then spoke about peace and love in the press conference? Haha. That was funny, dear. She’s a liar and she’s just another puppet of your government. But of course, she says what you want to hear and you just make yourself believe in those lies. “Skeletons” indeed was composed by Isa Malikov, he’s a very well known composer here in Azerbaijan and he actually worked with Ell & Nikki before, but not as a songwriter. Iveta could only get the lyrics of… Read more »

Faezdel
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Faezdel

Last year’s Azerbaijan’s entry, Skeletons, was composed by Isa Melikov. He’s from Azerbaijan, actually.

Hazar
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Hazar

I didnt talk about your Iveta. Calm down. Also I dont care about composers. So many countries use foreign composers. Azerbaijan always sends good songs

Dear Mark
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Dear Mark

Because of foreign composers))

Jon Olalala Sand
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Jon Olalala Sand

So? It doesn’t matter what nationality is the composer of the song, what matters is the final product. Nobody votes for the national identities of the composers. That’s ridiculous.

EmilyG
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EmilyG

I so much agree with you!
Azeris are so nationalists. This is why they should not even participate in Eurovision. The country is not part of Europe and obviously its people don’t feel part of it.

Jon Olalala Sand
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Jon Olalala Sand

@EmilyG Gurl, do you even understand that half of these comments are from Yerevan, Armenia? They don’t like azeris, so they are trying to bring ’em down with these type of comments like “Boo, they are buying from foreigners!” lol. And of course Azeris want local composers to write a song for Eurovision, that’s what all the nations want in Eurovision. But it’s not so important, because what matters in the end is the final product.

Faezdel
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Faezdel

EmilyG, applying your criteria, Australia and Israel shouldn’t take in the contest either.

haparoiden
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haparoiden

Because they shouldn’t.

Hazar
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Hazar

Azerbaijan knows its job very well. Best Esc country for me

Michael
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Michael

Considering that the song has no Azerbaijani lyrics, it sounds like this entry will be crap. The “Dream Team” hasn’t sent a good song since 2008. And it’s so sad because Aisel is such a talented and versatile singer and they come back to a duo who’s last contribution was a lame and dated dance song with no hook. I would be happy if the song was at least partially in Azeri, like I had heard, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. It’s funny that a country as nationalist as Azerbaijan always relies on foreign songwriters to… Read more »

EmilyG
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EmilyG

Well the “dream team” after 2008 had 3 entries :
2013 they came 2nd with “Hold me”
2014 they came 7th with “Shine”
2016 they won the televoting with “You are the only one”
So maybe it would be more correct for you to say “I didn’t like the songs they have send after 2008” because the results show that this is just your personal opinion with which the majority of the audience disagreed.
And having said that I must say that from those three entries I personally liked very much only “You are the only one”.

Michael
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Michael

I guess it’s my personal opinion, but how many people actually think Dancing Lasha Tumbai deserved to come 2nd or Believe deserved to win? Plus, I said I understood why Azerbaijan would come back to Kirkorov, he did write their last top 5 finish.

EmilyG
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EmilyG

tip: When you want to say your personal opinion you should say “I believe that the “Dream Team” hasn’t sent a good song since 2008.” and not ” The “Dream Team” hasn’t sent a good song since 2008.”

Faezdel
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Faezdel

“Hold Me” must me remembered as one of the most overrated Eurovision entries ever. I still don’t understand how it got that far, it was unoriginal, plain and forgettable. I think it’s one of Azerbaijan’s worst entries.

EmilyG
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EmilyG

PLEASE Azerbaijan send a nice pop song in English.
After the victory of Ukraine and Portugal most countries are sending boring songs on their native language or songs with ethnic elements. Why?
No one will listen to these songs after the 13th of May. Exactly as it happened with the songs of Jamala and Salvador.
I would prefer having as many songs as “Euphoria” or as “Heroes” as possible.

Faezdel
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Faezdel

What are the “ethnic elements” in the entries from Spain, France, Italy or even Albania? If sung in any other language, it would be impossible to say from what country they’re from. So, don’t be ridiculous! Only Serbia and Greece have what I’d call ethnic elements. In addition, “Heroes” must be one of the most banal and forgettable ESC winners ever, we don’t need more crap of that kind.

haparoiden
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haparoiden

Portugal was boring song without national elements. It is the worst winner ever, though I usually like its entries (like 2014, 2015). Not all songs with national elements are boring, but this one was.

Ron
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Ron

Azerbaijan doing what Azerbaijan does best – importing foreign talent and in this case, that foreign talent happens to be a Bulgarian-Armenian. I wonder if Kirkorov is going to convince Karen Kavalerian (Russia 2006; Belarus 2007; Ukraine 2008, 2011, 2013; Armenia 2007, 2010) to get on board to write the song too?

MARK
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MARK

WAIT HOW CAN KIRKOROV ENTER AZERBAYJAN (?) WHEN HE´S HALF ARMENIAN????

AzeriChico
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AzeriChico

He’s Russian citizen, so that’s ok. The ban is only for the ones who have the Armenian passports. But I guess it’s not the same case in Armenia, because Azeris cannot enter there even if they are citizens of any other country, not that any azeri would like to visit there. lol

Yerevan is calling
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Yerevan is calling

Yerevan’s streets are full of Iranian Azerbaijanians during Novruz Bayram celebrations in Iran!

AzeriChico
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AzeriChico

@Yerevan is calling We also have some old armenians here, but of course they are not talking about their roots. Are you sure they are Azeris?? Because I know there are a lot of iranians living in Armenia and most of them consider your nation as brothers to them. But Iranian Azeris in Yerevan?? LOL Nor that any Azeri would visit Armenia because even a kid knows that it’s too dangerous for us. Anyway I’m sure you won’t admit that, but there’s no way your people tolerates something like that. Foreigners might believe in such stories, but your neighbors know… Read more »

Yerevan is calling
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Yerevan is calling

There are a lot of Azerbiajanians who live in Armenia. Hopefully the national hero of Azerbaijan Ramil Safarov doesn’t know where those aged Armenians live. Well in 2004 he beheaded sleaping Armenian student Gurgen Margaryan in their Budapesht campus screaming Allah akbar. And after extradition to Azerbaijanian your governemnt accepted him as hero and he had promotion as military. There are no Azeri hostages in Armenia. There are caught diversants in Nagorno Karabakh but Nagorno Karabakh is independent country. Well no one Azrbaijanian hostage (who was caught without fire) died in Karabakh while Armenian hostages are being killed in Azerbaijan… Read more »

Yerevan is calling
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Yerevan is calling

Yes there are a lot of Iranian Azerbaijanians who visit Armenia and they never speak persian in the streets – only turkish.

Faezdel
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Faezdel

All this eternal Armenia vs Azerbaijan issue is getting boring… Why don’t you forget this for a while? It’s getting ridiculous.

Ron
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Ron

@AzeriChico – Actually, Armenia has no laws banning anyone with Azeri names from entering Armenia get your facts straight.

haparoiden
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haparoiden

Hahaha, Armenians don’t care about Azerbaijan, it’s Azeris who hate Armenia. Remember Eurovision 2009? Some Armenians voted for Azerbaijan and it even got 1 point!!! Azeris would never vote for Armenia. And Karabakh was, is and forever will be Armenian!

A J
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A J

People who say Azerbaijani is not melodic or smth. While the Italian alphabet has six vowels in the Azeri one we have nine vowels I am not mentioning vowel sounds yet. Why vowels? Because vowels are the first criteria to determine if the langauge is melodic ENOUGH and suitable for compositions. If you do not like how our language sounds it is okay. For instance, I cannot stand listening to French, German, Arabic ( I used to hate Persian, but now I am in love with it) but it does not mean they are the least melodic languages or unsuitable… Read more »

AzeriChico
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AzeriChico

Well, I should have guessed that ITV wouldn’t take a risk and send a song in any other language than English. I hope that at least there will be some ethno elements in the song. :/

coca_cola
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coca_cola

I found a channel on youtube named “Baku music factory” and I must admit that despite the fact that I liked most of the songs the language sounded weird.
Italian or Spanish are languages that we have been used more, since there are world hits, or at least European hits in those languages, while Azeri sounds weird.
Also, I don’t know if this youtube channel has the hits of the country but 90% of the songs didn’t have any ethnic elements, so I understand why you should send to Eurovision something like that.

Ay Jo
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Ay Jo

Coca-Cola, I do not understand why people think we tend to listen to ethnic songs. The case is very different. When you listen to the radio or walk through shopping malls, mcdonalds things you will be bombarded songs 65% in English. The rest are either Russian, Azeri, Turkish (recently Arabic ones pop up) in modern up tempo styles. Because youth most likely to listen to them. Why? Because we are living in a century where is everything about sale. Baku Music Factory is a commercial organization as all normal (?!) music production companies whose sole purpose to attract singers who… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

I don’t get it. If you guys are so proud of your culture, like I keep hearing, then why do you always send songs in English? I’ve heard the language is very similar to Turkish and Turkish sounded awesome when Turkey sent songs in their native language.

coca_cola
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coca_cola

which Turkish song sounded awesome to you?

Michael
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Michael

“Deli” their 1997 entry, even “Rimi Rimi Ley’, while not one of my favorite songs, sounded better in Turkish than it would’ve in English.

Ay Jo
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Ay Jo

AzeriChico, we needed a decade to understand they are not risk-taking buddies. Maybe, they will surprize us. Who knows?! I bet you do.

VlaD
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VlaD

You just post the name “Kirkorov” and you get 95 comments.
Thats what S T A R means.

Ari
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Ari

Does he pay you or are you Kirkorov himself? It’s hardly surprising that news about an upcoming Eurovision entry gets some comments. Like, erm, these kind of news are kind of the whole point of this website, so…

VlaD
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VlaD

I don’t see the news for any other country getting so many comments.
And by the way , why does a Greek guy care so much about the Azeri entry that posts so many hate comments? That’s strange

Ari
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Ari

Glasses might help
And by the way, what Greek and which hate comments?

Yerevan is calling
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Yerevan is calling

Nice to see that after Swedes now ethnic Armenian is standing behind Azerbaijanian entry. Azerbaijan may be proud.

Dear Mark
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Dear Mark

They are not going to sing in their language.

Yerevan is calling
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Yerevan is calling

Matter of taste but I’m glad that they won’t do it.

Hazar
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Hazar

Kirkorov doesnt think that he is armenian. His mother is bolgarian jew

Yerevan is calling
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Yerevan is calling

His father does. There are plenty of videos during his concert in Armenia where he speaks about his being of Armenian origin. I said “ethnic Armenian” because I don’t consider him Armenian. Many years he was persona non grata in Armenia because of bichy behavior with an Armenian journalist. Everyone in Russia, Ukrain, Armenia know how disgusting that person can be.

Arsenik
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Arsenik

Kirkorov always prefer Azeris to Armenians

Hulu
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Hulu

Great!so many countries are using their national language this year

Lazarevfan95
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Lazarevfan95

This isn’t a good idea. Aisel will get a dated trashy song which does nothing to represent her as an artist. I hated Demy and Sergey’s songs both were bad and one of the worst songs from both of the artists.

VlaD
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VlaD

Well this is just your personal opinion.
As a so called “Lazarev fan” you should know that he won the televoting and “You are the only one” became a major hit with a rotation of more than 1.000.000 plays in radio stations across Eastern Europe

Lazarevfan95
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Lazarevfan95

Yes i know he won the televote but the song was awful and doesn’t represent his music.

Ari
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Ari

Preach! I feel your pain.

Szymon
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Szymon

I am sorry for her. I was really expected top shelf song. It’s probably gonna be another Kirkorov trash song.

VlaD
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VlaD

@Szymon you forgot to add “That will score very well as all his previous entries”

VlaD
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VlaD

@Lazarevfan95 Of course it didn’t represent his music, this is way it became a major hit.
Lazarev, before meeting Kirkorov , was for 15 years in the music industry with just 2 radio hits.

Lazarevfan95
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Lazarevfan95

Eto Vse Oha has more then 100 Million views on youtube. Sergey’s music style is modern and definitely not dated schalger. Had they have sent him with something in the style of that or his other songs i am sure it would have done as good as YATOO or even better and it certainly would have done better with chart postions after ESC

VlaD
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VlaD

“Eto Vse Oha” was a Swedish pop song as Shlanger as it gets that made all these views only because of his acting abilities. If he represented Russia with all his trash pop songs as “electric touch” , “take it off” or even his 2008 National final entry “flyer” he would not even qualify. Lazarev, and his fans, should thank Kirkorov for ever. After 15 years in the music industry he finally had a MASSIVE hit, that won all the awards. After 15 years it was the first time that he even managed to win “artist of the year” at… Read more »

Lazarevfan95
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Lazarevfan95

Sergey has won that award before ESC and Dima has released more albums then Sergey so naturally yes Dima does have more awards. Take It Off and Electric Touch are not dated. Flyer was dated but so was Believe and Flyer was better than it.

VlaD
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VlaD

No he won the award “artist of the year” at muz tv awards in June 2016 which is AFTER eurovision

Faezdel
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Faezdel

1.000.000 plays mean nothing when you’re from a country with 144 million potential listeners. It would be far more impressive if the song came from a small country like Latvia or Slovakia. But Russia is another case. Whatever, the song was crap, no matter how many radio plays it got…

Dear Mark
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Dear Mark

Ok, just another bought song and entire production. Nothing new, nothing new.

Salvadorable
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Salvadorable

To be honest, it’s much better than those corrupted national finals some of the eastern countries (like Armenia, Belarus etc) are making. And in the end they are sending some boring stuff, at least Azerbaijan knows what its doing and they always end up sending good songs to Eurovision and that is what matters the most I think.

Dear Mark
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Dear Mark

What matters is to be original and creative – not vying all included and be proud of it.

Roma
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Roma

Azerbaijan always sends good songs to Eurovision, so I am sure it’s going to be amazing. Azerbaijani is really beautiful, so it will be interesting to see how’s that gonna work in Eurovision. Good luck!

Christopher
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Christopher

I am very excited about this.
Azerbaijan always send good Songs so i am very optimistic.
This can be a Top 10 finish if the other countries send some crap like we have heard until now. There isnt any song with winner potential imo.

Good luck from Germany, Azerbajan. 🙂

Ari
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Ari

This “dream team” is one of the biggest Eurovision nightmares, becoming more persistent and insipid than Ralph Siegel. Now, one should never judge before listening to the final product, but if history is any indication, it will be a complete and utter nightmare for my taste. In my opinion, Kirkorov has not written ONE half-decent, let alone heart-felt song for Eurovision. He’s just Mr. Money Bags with ridiculously over the top staging, especially when this Greek tragedy is also part of the team.

VlaD
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VlaD

Well their history shows exactly the opposite.
They are the MOST SUCCESSFUL team that has ever participated in Eurovision.
2007 : “Work your magic” 6th place
2008 : “Shady Lady” 2nd place
2013: “Hold me” 2nd place
2014: “Shine” 7th place
2016: “You are the only one” 3rd place
With the songs of 2007,2008,2016 becoming MAJOR hits.

Fast Food Music Lover
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Fast Food Music Lover

Preach! I don’t know why people are so hateful towards these guys. They clearly know what they’re doing based on their track record unlike the overrated Thomas G:Son who has so many hits and misses.

Ari
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Ari

I was not commenting on how they did in the voting, I was expressing my disdain for the entries they are successful with (for what it’s worth: I even think Russia is the rightful winner of 2016 as he DID win the televote and I am a fan of democracy). As I stated, this is merely my personal taste. And you conveniently left out the Greek tragedy from last which barely made the final. But that was without Kirkorov, admittedly.

VlaD
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VlaD

“This “dream team” is one of the biggest Eurovision nightmares, becoming more persistent and insipid than Ralph Siegel.”

This is a statement NOT a “merely personal taste”. So I answered to that.

Ari
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Ari

This is a blog where people comment based on their own personal opinion, so every statement is per se reflective of own’s personal opinion.

Faezdel
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Faezdel

I agree with Ari. Kirkorov, G:son, Jonas Gladnikoff and all those are flooding the contest with their insipid and formulaic compositions. There’s no variety anymore.

Denis
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Denis

Lol calm down. Are you working for him?
None of the songs became major hits. Maybe in ESC but not anywhere else. And Sergej couldnt even become a hit in Russia.

Amor
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Amor

Just because the songs did well in Eurovision does not mean they are good songs. The only good one there is Shady Lady and those lyrics are a bit weird.

oggy
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oggy

Nice for Azerbaijan. Better for send Native language for some years.

blondboybc
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blondboybc

Bravo, Azerbaijan for making your song bilingual!…hoping you will add some Azeri ethnic sounds to the track as well. *clap clap*

LiGhts
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LiGhts

That’s so great, something in our beatiful language 🙂 This year is the year of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (because of the 100th anniversary of ADR) and this year is also an anniversary of something bad I don’t want to mention… Singing in our language this year is a great idea

blondboybc
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blondboybc

Congratulations on both! 🙂

LiGhts
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LiGhts

Thanks 😀

Fast Food Music Lover
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Fast Food Music Lover

I trust the dream team. Baku 2019. 😉

Duias Schilx
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Duias Schilx

Yes!!??BAKU2019

Duias Schilx
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Duias Schilx

**Question to Wiwibloggs
How come whenever you put an emoji in the comment, it shows up as a question mark???

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Probably because the website’s comments section uses plain text and was implemented before emojis came into regular use; that would be my guess. Maybe one day Wiwi’s website will be able to afford an update.

James
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James

So we’re officially hearing the following langauges this year:
1. Portuguese
2. Spanish
3. Montenegrin
4. Italian
5. Serbian
6. Azerbaijani
7. French

And if Slovenia, Armenia, and Germany follow suit, depending on how their NF’s turn out, we could be hearing Slovenian, Armenian and German as well.

James
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James

I forgot to add Greek, and depending on Moldova and Romania’s own selection, we might be hearing Romanian too. Hungary could also pull another Origo by sending another song in Hungarian.

James
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James

lol, and Albanian.

Pablo Nava
Member

Georgian as well. It is confirmed it’s Georgian and English

Denis
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Denis

Well count Azerbajani out. I also wouldn’t count on hearing German, Slovene or Armenian in the contest. Also doubt on Romanian. Or Moldovan

Jo
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Jo

ok, we can cancel Baku 2019 now.

Hazar
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Hazar

Omg. At last we will hear azeri language. I really can’t wait. I think this year will be full of surprises and events. I’m sure she will do her best. Please bring us beautiful song Aisel!
Also she is so nice

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

inb4 the “Azeri lyrics” will be her saying “selam” at the beginning of the song and nothing more.

LiGhts
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LiGhts

Haha, btw it’s “salam” in Azerbaijani and “selam” in Turkish :d

ZMG
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ZMG

I have mixed feelings about this – I’m excited we will finally hear some Azeri lyrics in the Azeri song, but I’m worried this team will give us an OTT mess. Azerbaijan does have a checkered history with its staging making or breaking its entries…

sea
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sea

Sorry for AZE

Noel Hoffmann
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Noel Hoffmann

Azerbaijan is my favorite country. 🙂 Miracle, Hold me, Running Scared, Hour of the Wolf, Always, When the music dies, Start a fire, Drip drop, Skilletons… OMG I can’t wait. 😀

Rayne
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Rayne

I also expect good things from Azerbaijan. They always send good stuff. I’m glad the song will have some azeri lyrics as well. Can’t wait to hear it. Good luck ?

PS. She’s so damn beautiful LOL

brennan
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brennan

azeri lyrics???? yes!!!!!
but written by the ‘dream team’? yikes i expect the trashiest

Krys Ka
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Krys Ka

How’s ‘number one’ or ‘the only one’ in Azeri? 😉

Polyna
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Polyna

The song will be partly in Azeri? Finally? OK, Azerbaijan, I forgive you turning to these cheesemasters, but I hope that Azeri part will be at least 50% of the song.

Kris
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Kris

I read on a sister website that quoted INFE Azerbaijan said her song has not been finalized yet!!

Joe
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Joe

Just saying: 13 of the entries we know of so far are either entirely or partially in the country’s native language (granted, four of those are English, but still, we also got some songs in Georgian, Albanian, Azerbaijani, Serbian, Italian, Greek, French, and Montenegrin. I’d also guess Portugal is gonna stay with Portuguese and Hungary usually sings in a native language as well).

Joe
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Joe

Oh, and Spanish! How could I forget?

Polyna
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Polyna

Everybody wants to forget their song.

Joe
Guest
Joe

How’d I guess I was gonna get that response?

Polyna
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Polyna

Because everybody’s thinking that.

Kris
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Kris

Hungary is going for either 100% Hungarian or 100% English! So don’t just count them in

Ronda
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Ronda

My body is ready for that beauty of Azeri language, bring that on!

It’s amazing how more countries send songs in their own languages this year. Thank you, Salvador. (:

Colin
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Colin

2018 is getting more and more inclusive of national (or third, anyway) languages, so it doesn’t feel like Englishvision anymore! Awesome!

Paul D.
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Paul D.

This is a disgrace for her

Joe
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Joe

To sing in her native language? No more disgraceful than if I sent a song in English.

Paul D.
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Paul D.

To have a song from Nightmare Team

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

The way I screamed. But yeah, they’re a late 00s fad.

Kristy
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Kristy

OMG!!!!!! Azerbaijan without Swedish composers!
I never thought that this was possible!

zr
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zr

Loooooool

Anthony Ko
Editor

It already happened on their Eurovision debut back in 2008.

Joe
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Joe

Normally I have reservations about Kirkorov (he and Bjorkman are the dynamic duo of Eurovision svengalis who didn’t impress much when they actually competed) but I’m thrilled that there’s some Azeri in this entry! First time Azerbaijan actually embraced their native language.

FanESC
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FanESC

So happy to see so many countries coming back with their own languages this year. Really hope they’ll all do well in the final to encourage more and more countries to bringing their own languages in the coming years.

Anabela
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Anabela

OMG! I’m so looking forward to this! Azerbaijan is one of my favourite Eurovision countries, they rarely disappoint me. I’m so happy the song will be bilingual this time. 😀

josh
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josh

YAY.., Azeri lyrics!!! well done aisel

Jerusalem 2019
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Jerusalem 2019

It looks promising so far. Azeri language addition is what we need!! Good luck to lovely Azerbaijan and AISEL.

AngieP
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AngieP

OMG! I’m really looking forward to listening to the song. The “dream team” has done a great job through the years!

I love the fact that it will be bilingual. More and more countries showcase their native language. It’s sad that we needed Salvador’s win to appreciate our own language and bring it on the Eurovision stage.

Can’t wait!

Jornemaogl
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Jornemaogl

Wow we are going to listen again to some Turkic lyrics like Jamala did. So she won with crimean tatar which is a turkic language too.. and now Aisel with Azerbaijani language also a turkic language.. Good luck

ron
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ron

OMG!!! Can’t wait! :O

KESC
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KESC

I’m looking forward to hear the song. Yes, it will be an ethno ballad, and I also sow a snippet of Aisel working in the studio, where one could hear 4 seconds of the song.

Pretty sure that she will come with a bop, and hopefully won’t disappoint, but yay, a song partly in Azeri is already a huge step forward.

KESC
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KESC

*saw 😉

Hellogoodbye
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Hellogoodbye

“Dream team” !!!
Really .. “you are the only one”
Is a terrible song that was only successful with it OTT staging ..
Cheesy lyrics and soulless junk ..
Also Demy “this is love” was equally terrible ..
It’s pure junk music with no substance .. type of garbage that brings Eurovision down every year !!
Seriously write a song with a story or some meaning .. bored of this crap now

Azaad
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Azaad

To be fair to Khirkirov, he wasn’t involved in last year’s Greek tragedy.

But he and Dimitris tend to pull off the cheese well. I’m all for musical integrity but it’s nice to have a few guilty pleasure pop songs. Although like with last year, Azerbaijan’s choice of a more artistically credible singer means that like Skeletons, this song will blend the artistic and the commercial.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

I’m excited, but I just have to mention: Girl, you look absolutely gorgeous!

Akmens
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Akmens

No Swedish composers? Color me surprised

Tobias
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Tobias

Hell yeah to the Azeri lyrics! If even Azerbaijan can finally bring something culturally unique to Eurovision, and if cultural diversity in general stays a priority in Eurovision from now on, the Eurovision gods have heard all of my prayers. 😀

Azaad
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Azaad

I think having two consecutive winners display their culture and or language prominently in their winning songs means countries aren’t afraid to showcase their cultures anymore.

Andy
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Andy

I’m very excited for this. In another news outlet, Aisel was quoted that the song is emotional and ethnic, which explains the Azeri lyrics and probably means the song leans to ballad despite Dream Team’s history of pop songs.