Home / News / Ell & Nikki “Running Scared” for Azerbaijan

Ell & Nikki “Running Scared” for Azerbaijan

After three years of participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, Azerbaijan has three top ten placings to its credit. Will the duo Ell & Nikki be able to continue the lucky streak, or even top it? Running Scared is written by Stefan Örn, Sandra Bjurman, Iain Farquharson, with lyrics by Stefan Örn, Sandra Bjurman, and the song will be performed in the 1st semi-final, at starting position #18.

Read more and check out the video clip…

After three years of participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, Azerbaijan has three top ten placings to its credit. Will the duo Ell & Nikki be able to continue the lucky streak, or even top it? Running Scared is written by Stefan Örn, Sandra Bjurman, Iain Farquharson, with lyrics by Stefan Örn, Sandra Bjurman, and the song will be performed in the 1st semi-final, at starting position #18.

Check out the video clip:

About Ell Nikki

Nigar Jamal was born in Baku on 7th September 1980. Niki, as her family calls her, began to sing at the age of 5 in a children’s group. Then there was the music school, where Nigar studied piano. In 1996, she was recognised in the popular Azerbaijani vocal competition Pöhrə. Despite her relative success, the young artist did not venture to make music her profession. Instead, Nigar began her economics and management studies at the Baku Khazar University. She graduated in 2001.

The dream to represent Azerbaijan in Eurovision has followed Nigar since 2000. That was when the Russian singer Alsou, highly popular in Azerbaijan, finished on the 2nd place in the Contest with her song Solo. Alsu’s success gave Nigar the hope that one day her dream of performing on the Eurovision stage may become reality. However, it was still a long shot – Azerbaijan debuted in Eurovision only 8 years later; in addition, Nigar’s life underwent some radical changes too. She met her sweetheart and future husband Luke who was living in London at that time. Upon serious contemplation, Nigar decided to move to the UK, where in 2005 she married her beloved. And then a true miracle happened in Nigar’s life – she had a daughter Jasmin. One year later, in 2007, she had her second daughter Saida. For a while, Nigar had to put aside her dream of the big stage. Instead she dedicated herself to her family and to raising her daughters.

Last autumn, Nigar revived her dream of taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest. She decided to change her life and returned to Baku. After a series of pre-selection shows, Nigar ended up in the final of the national selection for the Contest. On 11th February, in the final of the Milli Seçim Turu show, Nigar was announced one of the representatives of Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011.

Eldar Gasimov was born in Baku in 1989. Since he was a kid, Eldar was fond of performing arts and repeatedly took part in national and international vocal competitions. Perhaps his grandparents were a particular influence, his grand-dad a musician, and his granny a people’s artist of Azerbaijan, whose shows Eldar frequented since early age.

In 2001, Eldar began his studies the piano class at a Baku music school, from which he graduated with distinction. Twice – in 2004 and 2008 – Eldar won a scholarship to study in Germany as an exchange student. While in Germany, besides German and his regular curriculum, Eldar studied vocals and acting. In 2010, Eldar graduated from the Baku Slavic University with a degree in international relations. He currently continues his studies in the master’s program.

Just like Nigar, Eldar has dreamt of performing on the Eurovision stage since 2000. He has passionately followed the Contest, particularly after Azerbaijan’s 2008 debut. Last autumn, Eldar decided to try himself in the national Eurovision selection. He was one of 77 contenders to represent Azerbaijan in Eurovision 2011. After preliminary castings and 7 pre-selection shows, which were broadcast by the ITV channel, Eldar went to the national selection final and became one of the 2 winners.

Check Also

ESC Radio Awards 2020 – vote for your favourites, May 17-24!

It’s ESC Radio Awards time again! From May 17-24, you’ll be able to vote for …

Luca Hänni receives ESC Radio Award ‘Best Male Artist’ 2019

In the 2019 ESC Radio Awards poll Switzerland’s representative Luca Hänni won the ‘Best Male …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

 

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.