Last year`s host nation, Azerbaijan put a lot of effort into their final this year, culminating with Farid Mammadov being the lucky one to represent their country at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo with the song Hold Me.
Yesterday Azerbaijan put on a spectacular show as ten acts competed for the right to represent their country in Malmo, Sweden in May. However, there could only be one winner and this was Farid Mammadov who will sing Hold Me.
There is no doubt that Farid has charmed the Azerbaijani audience over the last few weeks with both his considerable musical talent and smouldering good looks. As Farid, aged 21 has effortlessly proven, he is one of the finest vocalists Azerbaijan has produced in years. To win the completion, Farid provided an emotive and sensitive performance of the song Hold Me. This is a strong romantic ballad, which is interpreted powerfully, yet sensitively by Farid. Hold Me is composed by Dimitrios Kontopoulos, who previously produced Eurovision songs for Ani Lorak, Sakis Rouvas and had 27 number one hits in Greek national airplay charts.
Yesterday`s final was awash with special guests including 2011 winner Eldar Qasimov, last year`s participant, Sabina Babayeva and famous Azerbaijani artist Tunzala Aghayeva.
After directly qualifying for the final last year in Baku as the host nation, this year Azerbaijan will perform in the second Semi-Final to be held at the Malmo Arena in Sweden on the 16th of May.