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Dilara Kazimova

Start A Fire

🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
Grand Final
Finished 22nd
First Semi-Final
Finished 9th
Start A Fire
Stefan Örn, Johan Kronlund, Alessandra Günthardt
Stefan Örn, Johan Kronlund, Alessandra Günthardt
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It’s been a long way for a 29-year-old Dilara Kazimova to join the Eurovision family and she’s now ready to take on all comers and gain the admiration of new fans in Europe.

First time Dilara took her chance in the Azerbaijani national selection as a band member of Unformal in 2008, when the country debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest. The band finished second in the national selection. Later, in 2010, Dilara qualified to the final as a part of a female duo Milk&Kisses. In the same year, she went to represent Azerbaijan at another international music festival New Wave in Yurmala, Latvia.

Dilara has what it takes to be a standout. Early vocal training gave her a great range and vocal discipline. As a child, she was surrounded by different music, from opera and classics to the rock legends like Freddie Mercury. Not to mention the influence of traditional Azeri folk music.

She’s taken elements from each of these diverse genres, developing her own unique vocal style brilliantly showed at this year's Azerbaijani final of Böyük Səhnə. Dilara is remarkably flexible, handling a Motown inspired Mercy with soul and impressive energy or a jazzy cover of Hometown Glory which may actually be as good as Adele’s original effort.

Dilara began to sing professionally at age of 14. For the last 15 years, she has been experimenting with variety of styles and training her versatile voice. She was introduced to music professionally at the U. Hajibekov Baku Academy of Music. Later on she graduated as an opera singer from Baku Conservatory.

Besides music Dilara has a passion for painting and acting. Her filmography includes Try, Do Not Breathe (2006) and In-between (2007), where besides acting she has also created a soundtrack Sonzul Yol. One of her next planned steps for future is to combine music with acting in musical.

Dilara is in her top shape as an artist. Fans of live music in Baku know her as one of the most wanted and most discussed guest of city’s modern alternative stage.

When she’s got a chance, Dilara spends her spare time in the yoga studio or reading books on psychology. She also loves animals and never wears fur in life or on stage.

Lyrics of Start A Fire

Someone's selling garden roses down the square People gathering by to breathe the morning air But no one sees the bitter cold and shivering empty hands A school girl running by and trying to beat the bell People dropping, tossing coins in wishing wells But no one cares for dreams that don't fit into our world Maybe nightfall darkens skies And maybe teardrops stain our eyes But may the slightest light start a fire A soldier in the hands of a forgotten mess Digging out the burning bullets in his chest So eager, bold and noble - printing footsteps on this earth Maybe nightfall darkens skies Maybe teardrops stain our eyes But may the slightest light start a fire Start a fire But may the slightest light start a fire