Azerbaijan

Miss Universe 2013 Gets The Eurovision Touch

Emin and Miss Universe Olivia Culpo. Photograph courtesy of sehife.az

Emin and Miss Universe Olivia Culpo. Photograph courtesy of sehife.az

Russia will stage its first ever Miss Universe beauty pageant on November 9th and the show will contain performances from a former Spice Girl, An American Rock Legend and a recent performer at Eurovision.

November 9th will see Moscow host the Miss Universe contest for their first time ever. The performers who will take to the stage include Mel B, Steven Tyler, American rockers Panic at the Disco and the Eurovision 2012 interval act in Baku Emin Agalarov aka Emin.

The news that Emin will be performing at the event should not be a surprise. He is the son of real estate tycoon Aras Agalarov who just happens to own the venue where the Miss Universe Pageant will be taking place – Moscow’s Crocus City Hall.

Emin is a successful singer in Russia and Azerbaijan. He is known to us in Western Europe for his Eurovision Interval Act at the 2012 Grand Final of Eurovision “Never Enough”, where he descended from the roof of the arena to the stage. In his new video of his new song “Amor”, it features the reigning Miss Universe, America’s Olivia Culpo.

“International recording artist Emin will also take the stage during the pageant,” pageant organizers said in a statement released in New York on Thursday. “Emin spent much of this year traveling the globe promoting his hit single ‘Amor,’ which has already been released in Russia, Great Britain, his native Azerbaijan and is set for wide release this year.”

According to The Moscow Times “Emin has been accused of benefiting from family ties in the past. When Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, hosted the Eurovision Song Contest last year, the local organizing committee raised eyebrows by asking Emin to perform as a non-contestant. The head of the organizing committee happened to be Enim’s mother-in-law and the wife of Azerbaijan’s president, Mehriban Aliyeva. (Emin married President Ilham Aliyev’s elder daughter, Leyla, in 2006.)”

Being in the stadium for his Eurovision performance – it was heart pounding. Tell me who would not like to fly into the stage from over 100 meters – every school child’s dream!

 

Author/Website co-founder and Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall

Source : The Moscow Times and Eurovision Ireland

 

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