Azerbaijan – Tonight’s lengthy final in the Heydar Aliyev Palace saw Sabina Babayeva (or Səbinə Babayeva) chosen as the host city’s representative for Eurovision 2012. The three hour programme saw Sabina win out over Elton İbrahimov, Arzu İsmayilova, Fəqan Səfərov and Orxan Kərimli. The song that she will song in Baku in May has yet to be chosen at a later date.
The final also saw performances from Turkey’s Can Bonomo, and Maltese representative Kurt Calleja who showed off the Azeri words he had learnt. Nikki and Ell, last year’s winners, were of course in attendance. Nikki sang a solo song, and they finished off the programme singing “Running Scared” with all the finalists.
The contestants have had to sing world hits, eurovision songs and songs in the Azeri language in the heat stages. Tonight the five finalists sang covers in both Azeri and English. The show was broadcast in Azerbaijan, Malta, Turkey and Georgia. The final song has not yet been chosen and will be premiered early to mid-March. Sabinamissed out last year in being Azerbaijan’s representative.
Here’s the winner, Sabina, performing in the competition earlier:
Source: Eurovision.az, Ictimai TV
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