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Sabina Babayeva's Eurovision story

16 June 2012 at 19:12 CEST

Sabina had tried every year since 2008 to represent her homeland in Europe's Favourite TV Show since Azerbaijan made their debut in the contest. 

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Sabina's persistency paid off this year after she was chosen to finally represent her country with the song When The Music Dies. On stage in Baku, Sabina was joined by one of the worlds most famed mugam singers, Alim Qasimov to add a national flavour to the performance.

Sabina meets Engelbert and Jedward

You can follow Sabina's progress during the Eurovision Song Contest weeks in Baku, including her presenting gifts to Jedward and Engelbert Humperdinck in her special video below.

During the second week of rehearsals in Baku, Sabina held a concert at the Baku Jazz Club where she gave a fantastic concert and was joined by some of her special friends from this year's contest, namely Anri Jokhadze from Georgia, Kurt Calleja from Malta and Željko Joksimović of Serbia. You can see our gallery below.

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Sabina talks Eurovision

At the Jazz Club party, Sabina spoke to and told us amongst other things, why she was always so determined to represent her country in the Eurovision Song Contest. Hear what she has to say in our video interview.

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Azerbaijan have a hugely impressive record since they began participating in Europe's Favourite TV Show in 2008. As well as their victory in 2011 with Ell/Nikki, they have achieved third place in 2009, fourth place in 2012, fifth place in 2010 and eighth place in 2008.