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Azerbaijan: Hot performance for the Land of Fire

06 May 2009 at 11:44 CEST

The Azerbaijani stage act took place on and around a metal pedestal with adjacent stairs, all within a true "circle of fire". AySel and Arash started singing on top of the pedestal, going down to the floor via the stairs and dancing in front of three female dancers. Fitting the lyrics of the Azerbaijani entry Always, Arash and AySel hugged each other and held hands several times. When the instrumental part of the song began, Arash started playing a small traditional guitar. Not only the performance of the dancers, who kept turning around, running, and lying on the floor, was truly hot, the LED screens made clear, too, that Azerbaijan isn't called the Land of Fire for no reason: They pictured erupting volcanoes and drums. To add to that, pyros were used throughout the act as well, while two different kinds were used: high fountains of fireworks and clouds of fire. Altogether, a very effective performance was shown, which was vocally flawless.


AySel was born in Baku on the 25th of April, 1989 into the family of a university professor. She started to sing at the age of four. In 2005, she took part in the television project Yeni Ulduz 4 (New Star 4) where she went straight to the final. When the project ended in 2006, AySel became a student at the International Relations department of the Azerbaijani University of Foreign Languages. Famous singer, author, entertainer and producer Arash was born on the 23rd of April, 1977 in Tehran, Iran. At the age of ten he and his family moved to Sweden. His debut album Arash was released in June 2005, after he had finished college. His single Boro Boro made it to the hit lists around Europe, and the video attracted significant airplay on more than 20 MTV outlets across the world. He has gone gold in five countries: Germany, Russia, Slovenia and Greece for his album Arash, and in Sweden for Boro Boro.

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The press conference of Azerbaijan was started with a video clip showing impressions from AySel's and Arash's first days in Moscow. Asked about her first steps in music, AySel told that she grew up in a house with a German piano dating from the 18th century and she had always played on it. When a journalist asked what kind of an exchange of cultures has taken place within the team since Always was announced as the Azerbaijani entry for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, Arash said that the three months of working together had been great and they had had a fantastic time touring Europe. Ever since their cooperation started, they had become very close friends.

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