The Countdown To Eurovision is now in the home stretch, with less than a week ’til the eyes of Europe will be affixed on the Swedish city of Malmö for the first of the semi finals.
Entrants from 39 countries across the continent will take to the stage throughout the competition in the hope of taking out the most coveted yearly prize in music – the Eurovision Song Contest trophy.
As always, the competition is split into three finals; the two semi finals (to be held on May 14 and 16) and the grand final (on May 18), in which the victorious countries from the two semi-finals will line up alongside the host nation Sweden and the “big five” of the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
In part 35 of our look at this year’s Eurovision entrants, we’re pointing our compass eastwards to the country of Azerbaijan.
FARID MAMMADOV : Hold Me
Azerbaijani performer Farid will take the hopes of his fellow countrymen and women into battle at the second of the semi finals at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. According to his Wiki entry, he’s a mere 21 years of age, but we reckon he looks at least ten years older than that. The track itself is decent enough – a mid-tempo English language pop number. It even comes complete with the good ol’ fashioned key change, but we’re not sure that young Farid has the stage presence nor the performance skills required to get the rest of Europe voting for him. Cinq points.