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AISEL to represent Azerbaijan at Eurovision 2018!

Azerbaijan have announced who will represent them in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. 28 year old AISEL has been internally selected by ICTIMAI TV for Lisbon.

AISEL: Jazz, soul, lounge and more

AISEL is no stranger to the music scene. While she may be a new name to most of us, her vast experience in jazz festivals reaches far across the Azerbaijani borders. She’s performed in Russia, Italy, the Netherlands and more countries.
Her jazz experience is what we know her best from, but there is more. AISEL is also a lover of other, relaxed types of music. Soul and lounge music are also right up her street. Her Eurovision song could really be anything from a large range of genres. It’s rather hard to predict what she will do at this stage.
Admittedly, her YouTube channel doesn’t have a huge amount of views, but it’s worth checking out. At the bottom of this article, you can see AISEL’s performance in the highly respected Zhara Fest this year.

Board meeting

The decision to announce their act at this stage comes as a surprise to many. The date of the Azerbaijani artist announcement had not yet been confirmed by ICTIMAI. In their press release today, the broadcaster revealed that they had a special board meeting to determine their entrant. During that meeting, where the board discussed many candidates, they chose AISEL for Lisbon. One of the others acts they probably discussed could be Emil Kadirov. The singer said he was in talks with ICTIMAI for Eurovision months ago.
Like in previous years, the song will be revealed at a (much) later date. Azerbaijan usually release the song around March, so let’s wait and see what they come up with when 2018 comes around.
What do you think? Is AISEL a good choice for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon? What kind of song would you like to see from her? Let us know below or on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter!

Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of Eleven years after the start, I'm proud to say that I am now the Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful website. When I'm not doing Eurovision stuff, you should be able to find me teaching German to kids... And cheering on everything and everyone Greek, pretty much. Pame Ellada!

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