Minsk 2018

Fidan Huseynova will perform “I Wanna Be Like You” in Minsk!

Today (16th October), Azeri broadcaster ITV has announced the song that Fidan Huseynova will perform in Minsk. Despite being announced as the Azeri participant four weeks ago, it was not until today that her song, “I Wanna Be Like You”, had been released. The accompanying music video for the song has also been released.ย 

The song will be performed in both Azeri and English

Just like Azerbaijan’s previous two entries into the contest, 12-year old Fidan Huseynova will perform “I Wanna Be Like You” in both Azeri and English, and marks the fourth time that the Azeri language will be used in a song across the Eurovision family of events.

The song has been composed by Ayten Ismikhanova and Elvira Michieva, and written by Isa Melikov and Fidan Huseynova herself.ย 

When she was originally selected as Azerbaijan’s entrant for the contest, she stated that:

I’m ready for this competition. I want to successfully represent Azerbaijan and win.

Fidan Huseynova, on being selected as the Azeri entrant

The release of Fidan’s song today means there are just four songs left to be announced for the contest which will be held in Minsk, Belarus next month – FYR Macedonia, Ireland, Poland and Portugal.ย 

You can listen to Fidan’s entry for Minsk below:

Azerbaijan in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Azerbaijan debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Amsterdam in 2012 with the song “Girls and Boys” by Suada Alakbarova and Omar Sultanov, which finished in 11th place (second to last) with 49 points.

In 2013, on their second appearance at the contest, Azerbaijan sent Rustam Karimov to Kyiv to represent the country with the song, “Me and My Guitar”, finishing in 7th place with 66 points. Azerbaijan did not however return to the contest in 2014, for unspecified reasons and only returned to the contest this year. Will Fidan be able to get Azerbaijan’s best result of all time and beat Rustam’s seventh-place from 2013? We will find out next month in Minsk.

You can read more about Azerbaijan’s history at the contest, with our article about Azerbaijan’s journey in the contest so far, or maybe take a listen to Azerbaijan’s latest entry in the contest?

Do you like Fidan’s entry? Do you think she can do well in Minsk? Are you excited for this year’s Junior Eurovision?

Let us know in the comments below and on social media @ESCXTRA.

Tom Ryan

After joining the team in 2018, I've been lucky enough to cover four Eurovision seasons and I'm excited to see what 2023 has in store for us! I'm a music enthusiast, but also enjoy learning - so you'll likely find me in a classroom or listening to the best new music!

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