#BIRTHDAY: Aisel from Azerbaijan is 33 today
When your country has a good record in our favourite TV show, it puts extra pressure on performers to keep up this tradition. But there will come a time when that country will do badly.
In 2018, our friends in Azerbaijan were one of the final countries to reveal their entry. It was nicely upbeat and a jolly little tune, written by three people of non-Azerbaijani extraction. Who knew? Anyway, the lyric was interesting to say the least. But would the singer – today’s birthday girl Aisel (née Aysel Məmmədova) – continue her country’s fortunes? The answer was no. By finishing 11th in her semi-final, and a mere 14 points behind Saara Aalto, Aisel became the only Azerbaijani act to date to not make the Saturday night Grand Final. I’m hoping she’s been seen since.
Authors: Riigi Ametnik, John Stanton