The national broadcaster of Azerbaijan,  Icitmai TV, decided this year to go internal in order to select its next Eurovision representative in Tel Aviv. After a number of auditions held within the broadcaster by the Focus Group concluded in Chingiz Mustafayev who will represent the land of fire with his entry  “Truth” which was chosen after an open call to songwriters.

A few words about Chingiz Mustafayev

Chingiz Mustafayev was born in Moscow and in the age of 6 moved with his family to the city of Qazax in Azerbaijan. He learned to play the guitar and start writting song from a very early age. Whne he turns 13 he moves to the capital city of Baku while at the age of 16 he becomes widely known by participating in the  talent show Yeni Ulduz ( Pop Idol) , which eventually won after receiving the jury’s and public’s support. Nowadays he’s one of the most recognizable names in Aerbaijan’s music scene, which he represented in the  New Wavefestival at the city of  Jūrmala in Latvia. Three years later he took part in the Ukrainian version of The Voice.

The entry “Truth”

Chingiz will represent Azerbaijan in Tel Aviv next month with his song “Truth”. The song has been written by himself alongside with  Borislav Milanov and Trey CampbellBo J, Hostess and Pablo Dinero. Borislav has been behind several  Eurovision entries in the past, such as “If Love Was a Crime”, “Beautiful Mess”, “Bones”, “Dance Alone” and “In Too Deep”, while Trey Campbell was one of the 5 members of the group Equinox that represented Bulgaria in Eurovision 2018 , having contributed to that year’s entry “Bones”.

Take a look at the lyrics of the song  “Truth”:

I’m in the mirror

So freaking bitter

But I’ve gotta get through

I’m gonna get through
Keep it together

Be cool under pressure

Cause she wants to break you

She wants to break you
Drink till I forget

She’s on to the next

And when the ghost starts screaming

Right when they resonate

Hear my heart confess
It’s been so hard to bear

So shut up about it

shut up about it

It’s just to hard to hear

So shut up about it

shut up about it
Oooooo
So shut up

shut up about it
Out of the mirror

It’s getting clearer

Then out of the blue

She crashes the room
Gotta remember

She is a killer

With that freaking perfume

Girl, it’s too soon
It’s been so hard to bear

So shut up about it

shut up about it

It’s just to hard to hear

So shut up about it

shut up about it
Oooooo
So shut up

shut up about it
Oooooo
So shut up

shut up about it
I don’t need I don’t need the truth

I don’t need I don’t need the truth
It’s been so hard to bear

So shut up about it

shut up about it

It’s just to hard to hear

So shut up about it

shut up about it
Oooooo
So shut up

shut up about it
Oooooo
So shut up

shut up about it

Azerbaijan will comepete in the second half of the 2nd semi final on May 16. Here is the official music video of the song:

The Eurovision Story so Far

The Land of fire debuted in the contest in 2008 and since then they have been present in every single edition of it. In 2011 The duo Eldar & Nikki gave the country its one and only victory with their entry Running scared, leading the Eurovision event next year in the capital city of Baku. The country counts 11 participations and hasn’t missed a year since its debut.

In 2018 Azerbaijan was represented by Aisel and her entry X my heart, despite a dynamic performance she failed to qualify to the Grand Final.