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. 

What do you make of Azerbaijan’s choice? Are you excited to see Nadir Rüstemli head to Eurovision 2022? Let us know in the comments below.

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Isabella
Isabella
11 months ago

Off-topic but interesting thing how Azerbaijani sounds so much like Turkish to my foreign uncultured ears lol
anyways good luck to Nadir

Paco
Paco
10 months ago
Reply to  Isabella

Azéri Language is a Turk Language. So yes it‘s similar to our ears. It’s like Dutch and flamish

Hulcé
Hulcé
11 months ago

His voice isn’t good at all, too pitchy and flat. Also the pronunciation abilities need to improve a lot!

Gramer
Gramer
11 months ago

His voice isn’t that strong, I’m surprised that he has won The Voice (Azerbaijan’s). Not expecting much to be honest, sorry!

Amy
Amy
11 months ago

Swedish songwriters are getting to work as we speak

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
11 months ago

That cover of We Could Be The Same is pretty good. Hopefully the song he will sing in May will have heavy ethnic elements because it’s pretty evident that’s where his strength is.

Last edited 11 months ago by Fast Food Music Lover
ete sech
ete sech
11 months ago

He has a nice voice but he struggles enunciating English. I also think it’s too soon for him to go, his career’s just taking off and the way he was announced as Azerbuyjan’s representative was rather awkward, at least he was happy with the news 🙂

Safiya
Safiya
11 months ago

Wait, so they did not ask him whether he wants to participate? They just surprised him and now he has to go? He seems happy, but what if he didn’t want to? Anyway, his reaction was cute, I bet it’s going to be a meme.

Last edited 11 months ago by Safiya
Ron
Ron
11 months ago
Reply to  Safiya

When the dictatorship decides it’s your turn to go, then it’s your turn to go.

Ay Jo
Ay Jo
11 months ago
Reply to  Ron

You can’t go to Eurovision if you don’t apply for the internal selection. Just mere ignorance of this question and ridiculous reply to it, really kills soul.

Princess Diana
Princess Diana
11 months ago
Reply to  Safiya

Some of the Voice finalists applied to represent Azerbaijan and Nadir was one of them. He really wanted to go Eurovision, and the last time when I had an interview with him, I asked him about Eurovision (as in Azerbaijan we really wanted him to represent us), he said he was waiting for results.

Im so fab
Im so fab
11 months ago

Just call them Azerbuyjan or Azerbribejan. Both fit better.

Jofty
Jofty
11 months ago
Reply to  Im so fab

Or Azerbabejan

Princess Diana
Princess Diana
11 months ago
Reply to  Im so fab

2014 – 22nd place
2015 – 12nd place
2016 – 17th place
2017 – 14th place
2018 – NQ
2021 – 20th place

And you still say we buy votes?

Zisk
Zisk
11 months ago

This guy has a fantastic voice but you can see that he really struggles along some of the English enunciation. There could be serious potential if they would just give him a song in his native language. The best part of these two videos is when he dipped out of English when covering maNga. Last year was enough proof that linguistic authenticity is loved by Eurovision fans if the song is good…

MartyMcCu
MartyMcCu
11 months ago

Azerbaijan , always comes up with something good. Looking forward to the song. One of the last to be chosen i guess in mid-March.

Ron
Ron
11 months ago

I have a feeling no “Dream Team” or Melfest producers are gonna be able to save this from being utterly forgettable.

Alex
Alex
11 months ago

Not impressed but let’s see. At least they send a male singer…

I hope they don’t force him to sing in English PLEASE. Stop sending Azeri singers singing in English when they cannot even speak English at all.

Martin
Martin
11 months ago
Reply to  Alex

I think Efendi or Aisel they could speak English?

Alex
Alex
11 months ago
Reply to  Martin

No, Efendi did not speak English and she always had someone translate for her. Remember the TIX romance and how she wanted to learn English to communicate with him? Very few Eurovision contestants from Azerbaijan spoke English (Arash, 2011 duo, 2017 and maybe 2018)

Last edited 11 months ago by Alex
Princess Diana
Princess Diana
11 months ago
Reply to  Alex

+ Sabina Babayeva and Samra

Tomas Turbando
Tomas Turbando
11 months ago
Reply to  Princess Diana

Yes, Samra is fluent in english tio!

Martin
Martin
11 months ago
Reply to  Alex

I think that Efendi spoke English in some of her stories on Instagram, I thought that she could speak English, but was not sure and rather spoke her native language.

Colin
Colin
11 months ago
Reply to  Martin

I also assume that she is able understand a large part of it, but that she isn’t proficient enough to speak it in longer conversations. She nailed the accent in her songs, though.

Tomas Turbando
Tomas Turbando
11 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Aysel Teymurzadeh, who sang with arash in 2008, speaks english fluently. She did her high school in USA.

Ay Jo
Ay Jo
11 months ago
Reply to  Tomas Turbando

“Aysel Teymurzadeh, who sang with arash in 2008, speaks english fluently. She did her high school in USA.” And I don’t understand why people downvoted this reply where the user doesn’t express his/her opinions, the user just gives a mere fact about Aysel. People are sick?

Dino
Dino
11 months ago
Reply to  Ay Jo

How trustworthy statement you think that is, even the year is wrong. Lol, people just want reliable source.

Ay Jo
Ay Jo
11 months ago
Reply to  Dino

Dude, what I am gonna write here really kills my soul… But it seems I have to spoon-feed smb. The conversation wasn’t about participation years. It’s about which participant speaks English. So years are irrelevant in this context. It doesn’t change the fact that Aysel did her high school in the USA. Okay? The fact.

LOL
LOL
11 months ago
Reply to  Ay Jo

Dino wanted a source, even the year of the participation was wrong. Oh btw, Lesley Roy (Ireland 2016) spoke croatian – a fact!

Ay Jo
Ay Jo
11 months ago
Reply to  LOL

I am not your Google. If you want the source move your fingers and search for it. Dear, three year old nephew…

aleksander eide
aleksander eide
11 months ago

looking forward to seeing the song

kiki3654
kiki3654
11 months ago

Flop lmfao

Tzs
Tzs
11 months ago

I need Efendi 🙁

LOL
LOL
11 months ago
Reply to  Tzs

She’ll mime anything these days!

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
11 months ago

You don’t know that. Maybe he’ll send a self assured queer anthem bop with an eastern dance part in it like Israel this year.

Last edited 11 months ago by Frisian esc
EProduc
EProduc
11 months ago

My problem with these freshly new ‘The Voice’ winners is not that they don’t have a great voice, range or capability, but that they often lack creativity or their own style that makes them stand out on a Eurovision stage. They lack a clear vision or self-awareness of what kind of artist they want to be. However, Duncan came from The Voice without having produced any song before so this can go both ways. Let’s hope he brings something original and not just a ballad any artist could sing.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
11 months ago
Reply to  EProduc

Duncan didn’t came directly from the voice though. He came until the ‘battle round’, followed a music study and did some of his own songwriting and then he appeared on eurovision with his own produced song 5 years later.

Chessguy99
11 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

The five years later is the key. To many times these singing show contestants are hit new talents that fade from the music scene once the next season of the show starts. Duncan stayed relevant on the music scene well after he was off the TV show.

Tomi
Tomi
11 months ago
Reply to  EProduc

So true.

Alex
Alex
11 months ago
Reply to  EProduc

well Azerbaijan does not give freedom to decide on the creativity of their song and staging as they almost always buy the songs and the choreography/staging direction from foreign teams.

Ffs
Ffs
11 months ago

Meh…..

Diwali
Diwali
11 months ago

A good looking guy with a nice voice. All they need is a strong song

Meckie
Meckie
11 months ago

The other names in the Who wants to be a millionaire game, were they fake names or are they actually real singers from Azerbaijan? Maybe they were also in the running for eurovision 2022?

Princess Diana
Princess Diana
11 months ago
Reply to  Meckie

2 of them (Leyla Izzetova and Hidayat) wanted to represent Azerbaijan indeed.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
11 months ago

So do Azerbaijan just pick their singer then wait for Melfest to be finished to see what Swedish songwriters are available to whip something up in 2-3 days for them?

Sava
Sava
11 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

300 songs are already given to ITV, they have to choose a genre for Nadir’s style.

Brötchen
Brötchen
11 months ago

He has a good voice but he conveys no emotion, his Arcade cover is just lifeless. I’m also not wowed by his version of “We could be the same”. It’s like he has no clue what he is singing and what the songs are meant to convey.

Let’s wait and see…

Teeks
Teeks
11 months ago

This could be Azerbaijan’s nadir lol

Last edited 11 months ago by Teeks
Aria
Aria
11 months ago

Well…

Olaaaf
Olaaaf
11 months ago

Well it seems like he does like Eurovision, so yay for him 😀

Though he definitely needs to either work on his pronunciation or just sing in Azerbaijani, because his English in these videos isn’t it 🙁

okanial
okanial
11 months ago

He needs a good ballad or a pop opera like Zero Gravity I think. I didn’t like his version of We could be the same. but Arcade was pretty good

voix
voix
11 months ago

A nice surprise would be to give him a song in azerbaijani, his english pronunciation has issues

Colin
Colin
11 months ago

Welcome to ESC, Nadir. 🙂
I am hoping for something professional, but not pretentious. Sometimes, both Armenia and Azerbaijan can polish their entries to the point of feeling artificial. I want something that comes from a genuine place, no matter if it’s in English or Azeri.

Ron
Ron
11 months ago
Reply to  Colin

The difference of course being Azerbaijan doesn’t actually polish anything. They hire Europeans to do the polishing and stamp their flag on it and call it a day.

RandomGuy
RandomGuy
11 months ago
Reply to  Ron

Chill buddy. I understand you love to hate on everything that is related to Azerbaijan(from its government to it people), but Nadir’s song is still not released. Yet, I’ve seen at least 3 comments of you hating on Nadir (like you did with Efendi, Chingiz and all the other Azeri participants in the last few years).

Ron
Ron
11 months ago
Reply to  RandomGuy

You understand correctly.

Princess Diana
Princess Diana
11 months ago
Reply to  Ron

Who stops you from doing the same?
I mean it is our entry and we can choose it however we want. Is it any of your business? Or why does it make you so aggressive? Do we spend your money?

NickC
NickC
11 months ago
Reply to  Princess Diana

I think Ron spends his days and nights expressing his hate and frustration with Azerbaijan. So in sync with the Eurovision sprit.

Ron
Ron
11 months ago
Reply to  NickC

As in synch with Eurovision spirit as the Azeri delegation and broadcaster who had commentators talking non-stop while the Armenian singer was on stage singing among other violations.

Jebbiebear
Jebbiebear
11 months ago

Is there any correlation between how late a song is released and how well it does it Eurovision. I don’t remember it even being this bad 50% of the songs coming out in the space of a few days doesn’t actually help anything.

Colin
Colin
11 months ago
Reply to  Jebbiebear

Toy was among the last three songs released that year. Only Teardrops was among the first few. I don’t think it actually plays a part.

Olaaaf
Olaaaf
11 months ago
Reply to  Jebbiebear

France and Italy (especially France) were all announced quite early and they were the top2 last year. People forget that a huge chunk of the audience doesn’t really listen to the songs before the contest anyway, so when a song is announced isn’t as important as some fans like to pretend it is

Leo
Leo
11 months ago
Reply to  Olaaaf

France was selected 5 weeks before Italy, but at least 10 songs came after Italy, mostly from internal choices

Benny AUT
Benny AUT
11 months ago

I hope Azerbaijan’s song this year will at least partly be composed/written/produced by Azerbaijanis. The singer this year not having established a brand yet when it comes to releases makes me doubtful in that regard, but I’ll wait and see. Eurovision could be a great platform for Azerbaijani musicians to get their music heard internationally, it’s a pity that Ictimai seems not to have fostered that potential fully yet. Eurovision watchers might get a false perception of Azerbaijani music based on most of their Eurovision songs. I understand that it can be cheaper and more comfortable to look for songs… Read more »

Aria
Aria
11 months ago

Based on these two videos, I’m not impressed. Also has pronunciation troubles.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
11 months ago
Reply to  Aria

Yeah kinda surprised he’s a season winner.

Good luck to him though

Brko
Brko
11 months ago

I don’t like his take on “Arcade” and “We could be the same”. 🙁

Jamie
Jamie
11 months ago
Reply to  Brko

After listening to these I really hope they don’t give him a song in English. That’s an instant flop.

Karl
Karl
11 months ago

I just hope that the song is in Azerbaijani, or at the very least with parts in Azerbaijani.

Polegend Godgarina
11 months ago
Reply to  Karl

you already know it won’t be

West
West
11 months ago

But one can still hope.