Aisel will sing the song ‘X My Heart’ for Azerbaijan at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. You can listen to the song, composed by her ‘dream team’ here.
Earlier this week, Azeri media reported that the song for Azerbaijan at the Eurovision Song Contest will be composed by the ‘dream team’ Philip Kirkorov, who represented Russia in 1995, choreographer and creative director Ilias Kokotos and composer Dimitris Kontopoulos. The team for singer Aisel is the same group of people who were also behind the Russian song in 2016, ‘You Are The Only One’, which gave Sergey Lazarev a third place in Stockholm.
A couple of months ago, there were already speculations on this news. Kirkorov mentioned in an interview that he had been approached by a “friendly” country to act as the producer for their Eurovision entry. And Aisel had also been photographed in Moscow with Philip Kirkorov a few months ago.
Who is Aisel?
Aisel Mammadova was born in July 1989 in the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku. Growing up, she was part of a musical family, and attended the Bulbul School of Music from 1995 to 2006. She also attended the Azerbaijan National Conservatory, a higher music school, until 2010.
She is a jazz and soul singer, and an accomplished vocalist, pianist, and composer. She has performed at festivals such as the Caspian Jazz & Blues Festival (2002), the Baku International Jazz festival (2005 & 2006), the MuzEnergo Festival of Music Improvisation (2007), Montreux Jazz Festival (2009), and the Caucasus Jazz Festival (2012), and is also a member of the Baku Jazz Centre.
Azerbaijan takes part in the first half of the first semi final on the 8th of May 2018.