Eurovision:Europe Shine A Light : Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal reunite to feature on the alternative show
The duo from Azerbaijan that won Eurovision 2011 Ell & Niki , are teaming up once again in order to appear on the special show ‘Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light’ that will be replacing this year’s cancelled contest.
Good news for the fans that will have the chance to see on their screens two more past Eurovision winners as the duo from Azerbaijan, Ell & Niki , that had lifted the trophy back in 2011 are joining forces again in order to take part in ‘Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light’.
The official website of the contest announced that the upcoming show will be fraught with many surprises, and one of them will be the participation in it of the winners of Eurovision 2011 Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal, as evidenced by E. Gasimov’s post on Instagram, accompanied by the hashtag #shinealight.
Elli & Niki in Eurovision
Eldar and Nigar separately took part in the Azerbaijani national selection, Milli Seçim Turu 2011. They qualified from the semi-finals along with three other artists to the final on 11 February 2011, where they won the right to represent Azerbaijan at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany in May 2011. Although it was originally planned to send an individual as Azerbaijan, when the winner was announced, İTV had decided that both Eldar and Nigar would be going to Germany as a duo.
In the 2011 Eurovision song contest Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal performed together under the duo name Ell & Nikki. Their entry, named “Running Scared”, was written by Stefan Örn and Sandra Bjurman from Sweden and Iain Farquharson from the UK. The performance included four backing vocalists and singers, including Jessica Marberger and Vera Prada who had earlier in the year attempted to represent Sweden as part of Shirley’s Angels.
They were the overall winners of the Eurovision final on 14 May, which meant that Azerbaijan earned the right to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.