The Azerbaijani Broadcaster, ITV, have today announced that Fidan Huseynova will sing for Azerbaijan at the upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Belarus. Fidan, who was internally chosen by the Azeri broadcaster, is expected to reveal her Junior Eurovision song in the coming weeks.
Fidan is no stranger to competition, having taken part in many competitions in Azerbaijan and abroad, including the 2017 Testene Art Baku festival, which she won, and San Remo Junior in 2018. Alongside performing in various concerts, Fidan has also had the opportunity to sing with big stars such as Lara Fabian, who sang for Luxembourg in Eurovision 1988, which you can see in the video below:
Alongside competing, and winning, various competitions throughout her singing career, Fidan has also been awarded, by the present of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, the Qırmızı kitabı (Red Book) award of young talents of Azerbaijan, which is a presidential scholarship for extraordinary young talent.
Leyla Guliyeva, head of department of Music, Art and Special Projects, had this to say on Fidan being selected for Junior Eurovision:
"The competition will be held on November 25th in Minsk. The song is not ready yet. Fidan has been approved by ITV for participation in the competition. She is very talented. She is engaged in vocal, choreography, basketball and chess. We believe that she will represent us successfully in the contest."
Fidan herself had this to say at her press conference today:
"I'm ready for this competition. I want to successfully represent Azerbaijan and win".
The 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will mark the third appearance for Azerbaijan at Junior Eurovision and their first appearance in five years. Azerbaijan made their debut in 2012 with "Boys and Girls" sung by Omar Sultanov and Suada Alekberova, who finished in 11th place out of 12 participating countries. In 2013, Rustam Karimov bought Azerbaijan to 7th place with his song "Me and My Guitar".
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