27-year-old singer-songwriter Chingiz will take to the Eurovision stage in Tel Aviv to represent Azerbaijan with the song ‘Truth’. He will attempt to qualify from the second Semi-Final on Thursday
Truth won the national song selection, organized internally by Azerbaijani Broadcaster Ictimai TV, in January, leaving more than 350 other entries behind.Chingiz has changed up his artistic approach for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Truth is contemporary, radio-friendly and personal. His performance in Tel Aviv will be a major departure from his flamenco-inspired compositions.
Truth is about a dishonest, toxic relationship. The song explores the story of one partner who betrays the other, leaving them with a difficult choice: accept deceit or break free from false illusions.Bulgarian-Austrian songwriter Borislav Milanov wrote Truth. He says: “Initially, I was a little nervous about how Chingiz would perform the song, since he comes from a different musical background. But meeting him totally changed my mind. He’s so passionate about music and his own culture. We even added some unique elements of traditional Azerbaijani music, which worked brilliantly to make the song an authentic fusion of Azerbaijan and the West”.
Chingiz was born in Moscow and moved to Qazax in Azerbaijan at the age of six. He learned to play guitar and started composing his own songs while still a young boy. At age 13, his family moved to Baku, where eventually he was invited to audition for the Azerbaijani version of Pop Idol. Chingiz won the competition thanks to tremendous support from the jury and viewers of the show. Read more..
Azerbaijan in Eurovision
Azerbaijan did not appear at the Eurovision Song Contest until 2008, but quickly became one of the strongest competitors at the event, reaching the top 10 in each of their first six years. They took third place in 2009 with Aysel and Arash and went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 when Ell and Nikki charmed Europe with Running Scared. Two years later, Azerbaijan finished in second place with Farid Mammadov’s Hold Me. Since then, fortunes have dipped a little, with only one top half placing but Azerbaijan maintained a record of qualifying for every Grand Final until last year when Aisel narrowly missed out, finishing 11th in her Semi-Final with X My Heart.