After accepting open applications, Azerbaijan has made a decision. Azeri broadcaster İctimai Television has internally selected The Voice of Azerbaijan winner Nadir Rüstemli to represent his country at Eurovision 2022.
The official reveal came as part of the morning TV show Sabahın xeyir, Azərbaycan (Good morning, Azerbaijan).
Nadir Rüstəmli to represent Azerbaijan at Eurovision 2022
Azerbaijan’s man in Turin will be Nadir Rüstəmli. He’s a familiar face to fans of Azeri talent shows. Less than one month ago he was crowned the champion of The Voice of Azerbaijan.
During his appearance on Sabahın xeyir, Azərbaycan on Wednesday, Nadir was asked a Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? style question of “Who will represent Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest this year?”. The last of the four answers posed to Nadir just happened to be his own name.
After choosing himself, it was revealed that this was the correct answer. Nadir’s initial expression was one of surprise, but later jubilation.
But while Nadir has been selected, his song for Eurovision 2022 is yet to be selected.
Azerbaijan’s Head of Delegation Isa Malikov, who was also present at Sabahın xeyir, Azərbaycan, confirmed that more than 300 songs were submitted to the broadcaster. He said, “As always, we try to look for a beautiful and professional song, regardless of genre. We will pay attention to the degree to which it will match the voice and style of the singer. The selection process will be completed in the second week of March and the song will be announced then.”
Who is Azerbaijan’s Eurovision 2022 singer Nadir Rüstemli?
A 22-year-old singer born in Salyan, Nadir came to fame on series two of The Voice of Azerbaijan, which ended less than one month ago. The singer was coached by Azerbaijan’s Eurovision 2011 winner Eldar Gasimov, who led his prodigy to victory.
Nadir had plenty of opportunities to prove his Eurovision skills on The Voice. He delivered performances of Duncan Laurence’s Eurovision 2019 winning song “Arcade”. The song let Nadir show off his vocal range — and do some interpretive dance.
Nadir also unleashed his rock side with another Eurovision song.
He performed maNga’s 2010 runner-up song “We Could Be the Same”, including both super high falsetto and powerful rock vocals.
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