The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 40 competing songs in Eurovision 2022. Next we review Azerbaijan, who have chosen Nadir Rustamli with “Fade To Black”.
Did we find the colour in the song? Read on to find out!
Nadir Rustamli – “Fade To Black” (Azerbaijan Eurovision 2022)
Review: Nadir Rustamli – “Fade To Black”
Tom: There is lots to like about “Fade To Black” but I will start with the negative. It’s not a sound we haven’t heard before – it does feel a tad dated. I think we would have been talking about “Fade To Black” having a chance at winning the contest ten years ago. But that is also a positive of course – it’s a strong song. Nadir has got a fantastic voice, a lovely hook in the chorus, and I think with the right staging this could really pop on stage. It should qualify but he really has to sing his chops off if he wants the left-hand side of the scoreboard. I suspect he will be getting the majority of his votes from the juries.
Lucy: After such a high-energy outing in 2021, Azerbaijan have dialled it way back with “Fade To Black”. Nadir suits the song in the sense that his falsetto moments do give it decent value; however, this just really isn’t my cup of tea. I find the song somewhat dull, and I don’t get the connection between artist and song at all. It just feels like a song that’s been provided and sung. I do hope to be proved wrong in Turin but I’m not holding my breath.
Deban: “Fade To Black” is a well thought-out entry that attempts to uncover deep emotions. As a studio cut, the elements are there. Great voice, good arrangement and interesting production. The imagery captured in the music video drives its narrative of isolation and unsettled scores. But what needs to happen next is a live performance that connects the singer with his listeners. Although Nadir Rustamli’s vocals are unquestionably first class, singing is much more than just a good vocal delivery. He needs to emote too.
Pablo: There’s very little amount of meat in this song. “Fade To Black” has quite possibly one of the most barebones structures of all songs this year, completely going through one ear and out the other without leaving any memory. While there are clear choruses and verses, in its entirety it feels muddled together and there just isn’t enough to elevate it beyond other male ballads. Overall, it’s a step back from the fun and/or polished but engaging packages Azerbaijan have previously sent, and there’s a big risk of it becoming their second non-qualification.
Josh: Azerbaijan’s most successful entries in their Eurovision history either reflected their culture, or made you feel a strong sense of emotion. Unfortunately, “Fade To Black” doesn’t give me anything to connect to either way. Everything about the song feels too calculated — from the dramatic, slow opening, to the insertion of “traditional” instrumentation (for too short a time to make real impact), to the final chorus speeding up to the finish. It feels like they are literally “checking boxes” rather than making something competitive. Though I can give points for Nadir’s effort, the end result is just as he sings — I’m numb.
Azerbaijan Eurovision 2022 ranking
In the Eurovision 2022 Wiwi Jury, we have 18 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 2 and a high of 7.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 4.75/10
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