Jony has long been an artist high on the wishlists of Eurovision fans across Eastern Europe. The Baku-born singer made an impression during the last season of Russia’s The Masked Singer franchise. However, Bakh Tee — the director of Atlantic Records Russia — has revealed that Jony has consistently declined all offers to sing at Eurovision in recent years.
Born Cahid Hüseynli, Jony moved to Russia at the age of six after first growing up in Azerbaijan’s capital city. Debuting on the Russian-language music market in 2018 with “Pustoy stakan”, Jony’s career has gone from one high to another. He quickly signed to Atlantic Records Russia, one of the major labels fusing pop and rap in the country.
In 2021, he broke through nationally after he won the second season of the Russian adaption of The Masked Singer. Cast as the Crocodile, he managed to impress both the audiences and the judges — including Philipp Kirkorov. Afterwards, Jony often appeared in the eyes of Eurovision fans as a potential act at the contest.
Jony declined to go to Eurovision despite offers
In an interview with Nadezhda Strelets, Atlantic Records Russia director Bakh Tee revealed that Jony had previously ruled out going to Eurovision. When talking about Jony’s perspectives as an artist, Bakh Tee said:
“Jony has super big perspectives [as an artist], but he just refuses. He even refused Eurovision two or three times. In general, it is interesting. They offered him for Russia and Azerbaijan, but he did not just simply refuse, he would have liked it, but it didn’t particularly fit, let’s say that, his schedule.”
On top of that, he said that as a label they would not influence Jony to go to Eurovision if he had no appetite for it. Bakh Tee added that as a musician he himself did not like to influenced by label bosses either.
Both Azerbaijan and Russia have yet to present any details with regards to their selection process. In recent years, Azerbaijan has been relying on local talent, which has seen the selection of Chingiz Mustafayev and Efendi.
Russia’s second public broadcaster VGTRK (formerly RTR) has relied heavily on the Dream Team — a group of Greek and Russian producers under the lead of composer Dimitris Kontopoulos and Russian superstar Philipp Kirkorov — for its efforts since 2014. But the rumour mill has also been pointing in the direction of Armenia when it comes to the next Dream Team effort, as multiple Armenian publications have reported that New Wave winner Saro has been receiving proposals from the Dream Team.
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