ELL & NIKKI – Running Scared
If the number of views on their video are anything to go by, there’s a heck of a lot of interest in the Azerbaijani Eurovision entry this year.
21 year old Eldar Gasimov and 30 year old Nigar Jamal are AKAing as Ell & Nikki and after winning the Milli Seçim Turu 2011, they’re through to semi final No.1 on May 10, where they’ll compete with the likes of Poland, Turkey and Greece for a shot at moving through to the grand final.
They’ll be performing the English language track ‘Running Scared’ which, in a further European twist, was penned by a Swedish songwriting trio.
And just a third of the way into the song, it’s not hard to hear why it’s garnering such interest – it’s a soaring R&B flavoured ballad that’s pumped with all manner of synths so it’s right on trend in a kinda Beyonce ‘Halo’ way; the kind of tune that wouldn’t sound out of place being hammered eight times a day on the 2Day Network.