His song is “Fade to Black”. But we know that Azerbaijan’s Nadir Rustamli has plans to bring Turin to life when he takes the Eurovision 2022 stage.
And to help him do that he’s enlisted the help of Mads Enggaard — the esteemed Danish producer and stage director.
Mads is a TV veteran who has worked on shows including The X Factor and several editions of Eurovision. As Viewing Room Producer at Eurovision 2017, he regularly had difficult discussions with delegations as they debated tweaks following their rehearsals. He knows how to keep the stars and their delegations in check.
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Writing on Instagram, Mads said: “I am directing the entry from Azerbaijan for Eurovision and I couldn’t be happier with the beautiful song Fade To Black, the amazing artist Nadir Rustamli or my friends and colleagues from team Azerbaijan.”
“We are working hard to give you a spectacular and beautiful show and can’t wait for you to see the song come to life on the Eurovision stage in Turin soon.”
Nadir replied, showcasing his gratitude that Mads is taking him on.
“Thank you for all the previous successful shows you’ve made real and let’s make this year’s show at least as awesome!”
Among those awesome shows was Efendi’s performance of “Mata Hari” from Eurovision 2021.
In our interview with Mads and his 2021 singer, it was clear he felt a chemistry with the Azeri delegation. You can watch that below.
What type of stage show do you hope to see for “Fade to Black”? Let us know down below!
No surprises, Azerbaijan TV never appoints a local stage director or team. It’s always Scandinavians, which is disappointing.
Mata Hari was super catchy so it wasn’t difficult to qualify or make it work on stage. Let’s see about this one, it really does not deserve to qualify because there are at least 10 better songs in the semi.
Don’t think this is all that good of a decision, but the song is too safe anyway. I’d rather have this make space for another country who deserves to qualify more
it’s flat to death, unoriginal and gives nothing to the contest. There are so much better songs. I hope the juries will not fall for it
At least Russia’s exclusion (they’d have been in the other semifinal anyway) makes it trickier for them, avoiding free points (although Georgia might give still) so let’s hope he stays away from the final
Europe, don’t disappoint me. Let them stay in the semi for once!
no they deserve to qualify this year again with the wonderful masterpiece ballad from Nadir
the one who needs to not only stay in the semi, but also become last place in the semi is Malta
they don’t deserve to qualify, the song is awfully flat and not authentic. another purchase from scandinavian team.
Will they ever send a song in Azerbaijani language?
neverrr they try to look European..
And after Eurovision he will have a career promoting make-up for men.
or be a coach on The Voice Kids lol.
Well he shouldnt. Efendi had a winning song but that awful stage ruined every chance.
winning song?????? ^^
Efendi’s staging was awesome! The background with snake and shapes were awesome.
I’m guessing that if Azerbaijan uses their own talents, the Sun will explode or something.
I’m kinda bummed he’s not going by his real name Rüst?mli.
It would be great to see a ? on the Eurovision graphics. I love seeing letters that are particular to the different languages of the participating countries. The title of Iceland’s song this year is great in that regard.
I hope it’s not too late for Nadir to go back to the original spelling of his name.
we wish, but the mission of the azerbaijani delegation is to hide their identity as much as possible in order to seem like a modern and rich country (lol). i hope they understand their formula isn’t working soon.
it’s not about looking rich but about looking western and european and hiding their Asian/Turkic side.
Azerbaijan doesn’t have its own alphabet, so you will see Latin alphabet instead if they decide to use them.
Yes, it does. It’s called the Azerbaijani alphabet, which is based on the Latin alphabet.