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Farid's perfect staging

11 May 2013 at 17:07 CEST
Farid Mammadov came second at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with the song 'Hold Me' EBU met the Azerbaijani delegation just before Farid entered the stage for his second rehearsal. They were chilling backstage, drinking coffee and eating some sweets. Konstantin Hudov, the Head of the Azerbaijani Press praised Farid very much: "He is not only a talented singer but also a very nice personality. It’s a real pleasure to work with him."

In between Farid’s first and second rehearsal, the artist worked on his show and practiced a lot vocally.

Farid’s perfect performance

The Azerbaijani contestant Farid, his male and female dancers wore on stage their full costumes. Some minor but important changes in production of the staging were made.

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First and foremost, there were some technical improvements in the props. The transparent box in which a dancer performs on stage and which also serves as a podium for Farid required some adjustments to exclude the heavy mood-effect smoke so the dancer could breathe properly. This unexpected challenge turned out after the Farid’s first rehearsals on stage when the special effects were added.

Another improvement was made with the red dress of the female dancer that appears to play the role of Love. On stage she wears a stunning red dress with a back that repeats the shape of human spinal. Moreover the train of the dress is 20 meters long, which caused some issues with handling it.

The last but not least, some improvements were made with the dancer who plays Farid’s “alter ego” inside the transparent podium. Today his looks and hairstyle are brought to the image that fully shows the idea of Farid’s shadow.

"Sweden is my favourite country and I’m happy to be here!"

Frid Mammadov appeared in the press centre with two flags, Azerbaijani and Swedish. He said "I’m so happy that Loreen won last year as Sweden is my favourite country. I always wanted to visit it and now my dreams came true."

The host asked what the singer likes here most. Farid said "I like almost everything here. People are more quiet than in Baku but still very nice. I like the arena and the stage preparation as well."

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One journalist asked Farid how the city of Baku changed since last year. The singer said that one of the changes he mentioned is that "Azerbaijani people started to love Eurovision Song Contest even more now than before the Contest in Baku."

The last question in the Azerbaijani press conference was about sports and music and what Farid is going to do after the Eurovision Contest in Malmö. "Well, now I can’t think what I’ll do after the Eurovision. I think I will continue both, sports and music."