Previous murmurs suggested that Chingiz Mustafayev would sing for Azerbaijan at Eurovision 2019. And today it’s finally been confirmed. The Caucasus nation has confirmed that the 27-year-old singer-songwriter will perform “Truth” in Tel Aviv.
In a statement sent to wiwibloggs, Ictimai TV said that his song is “contemporary, radio-friendly and personal” and stressed that it will be “a major departure from his flamenco-inspired compositions and beloved guitar.”
The song comes from Borislav Milanov, the Bulgarian songwriter behind beloved tracks like “Dance Alone”, “Beautiful Mess” and “In Too Deep”.
“Initially, I was a little nervous about how Chingiz would perform the song, since he comes from a different musical background,” Milanov says. “But meeting him totally changed my mind. He’s so passionate about music and his own culture. We even added some unique elements of traditional Azerbaijani music, which worked brilliantly to make the song an authentic fusion of Azerbaijan and the West.”
Ictimai TV revealed that it chose the song from more than 350 entries.
According to the broadcaster, “‘Truth’ is about a dishonest, toxic relationship. The song explores the story of one partner who betrays the other, leaving them with a difficult choice: accept deceit or break free from false illusions.”
He is the first male to represent Azerbaijan since Elnur Huseynov in 2015 — with the lovely ladies Samira, Dihaj and Aisel singing for the Land of Fire after that.
Chingiz is not shy of a music competition, as he first won the seventh series of popular talent show Yeni Ulduz in 2007 at the age of sixteen. Afterwards, he went on to participate in both The Voice of Ukraine and New Wave, where he duetted with Polina Gagarina. As he has been inspired by Spanish music since his childhood, the guitar is a key instrument you will hear in most of his music.
Other must-know facts? “Chingiz loves the company of his dog, kung fu and yoga. He always enjoys getting a breathe of fresh air while backpacking or doing outdoor meditation.” A man of our own heart.
“Truth” is a major departure away from the recent pop Azerbaijan have brought to the contest. Perhaps the delegation decided to go drastically different after their first-ever non-qualification last year in Lisbon, when Aisel came 11th in her semi with “X My Heart”. Chingiz’s track is in the singer-songwriter genre, which has proved very popular recently both within the contest and outside of it.
Will Azerbaijan get back on track and qualify this year? What do you think to the new flavour being brought from them? Let us know what you think of “Turth in the comments below, and drop us a message on Twitter @Wiwibloggs !