Azerbaijan broadcaster Ictimai TV are largely keeping quiet about their internal selection process for Eurovision 2019. But now one name has emerged as the likely pick for Azerbaijan in Tel Aviv. The Azeri singer Chingiz Mustafayev is said to have been selected to represent Azerbijan at Eurovision 2019.
His name emerged in a since-deleted Facebook post from INFE Azerbaijan. However, wiwibloggs sources have confirmed that Chingiz was among the final four acts being assessed by Ictimai TV.
Who is Chingiz Mustafayev?
Chingiz is an Azeri singer-songwriter and guitarist. He got his start in 2007 at the age of 16 when he won the seventh edition of the popular talent show Yeni Ulduz (New Star).
In 2013, Chingiz represented Azerbaijan in the prestigious New Wave competition for upcoming singers. He placed 11th overall, and duetted with future Russian Eurovision star Polina Gagarina.
Chingiz returned to the world of television talent shows in 2016 when he auditioned for Holos Krainy (The Voice Ukraine). He gave a spirited performance of the Gipsy Kings’ “Bamboléo” in his blind audition and two judges turned. However, Chingiz was eliminated in the subsequent Battle Round.
Since then, Chingiz has performed with his group Palmas. They meld traditional Azerbaijan and Turkish folk sounds with flamenco guitar and rock and pop twists.
Most recently, Chingiz has focused on his solo pop career. Last month he released his new single, “Tenha gezen”. It combines his signature acoustic guitar sound with a fresh electronic style. If Chingiz has been selected for Eurovision, could this be the style of his entry?
It’s important to note that at this stage, broadcaster Icitimai has NOT confirmed that Chingiz will be the act for Tel Aviv.
New Head of Delegation Husniye Maharramova recently posted to Instagram, stating that the “Azerbaijan representative has not been selected yet.” But she promises that “you will know everything soon. Do not be anxious and be patient.”
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Selecting the song
In January, broadcaster Ictimai opened song submissions to find its entry for Eurovision 2019.
The process is roughly the same as what Azerbaijan has used since it switched to internal selection in 2015. While the entry is internally selected by the broadcaster, the song is selected using an open submission process.
Azerbaijan will again accept songs from both Azeri and foreign composers. While in recently years Azerbaijan’s songs have usually come from Swedish songwriters, Dihaj’s 2016 entry “Skeletons” was co-written by Azeri songwriter Isa Melikov.
Song submissions for Azerbaijan are still open and will close this Thursday, February 7.
What do you think? Should Azerbaijan select Chingiz Mustafayev for Eurovision? What sort of song should he take to Tel Aviv? Tell us your thoughts below!