Tel Aviv 2019

Azerbaijan: Chingiz releases ‘unplugged’ version of Truth

The video features Chingiz' five backing singers for Tel Aviv, plus a beatboxer

With rehearsals due to begin later on this week, Chingiz has released a stripped-back version of his Eurovision entry. The video, posted on his YouTube, features the backing singers who will be joining him in Tel Aviv.

Chingiz didn’t perform at any of the pre-parties for this year’s contest, so this video is an opportunity for fans to hear his vocals prior to rehearsals. Instead, he has been rehearsing for his performance in Kiev, Ukraine with vocal coach Alex Panayi.

As previously reported, Chingiz will be joined by four backing singers for his performance in Tel Aviv. His backing singers are as follows:

  • Cedrik Hammar
  • Patrick Jean Olsson
  • Pernille Leeloo 
  • Sara Linnea

The four vocalists feature in the clip alongside Peter Simpson, who will also be part of Chingiz’s team in Tel Aviv. The beatboxing in the clip was provided by Bastian Holze, who will not be part of his Tel Aviv performance. You can see the ‘unplugged’ version of “Truth” below:

Who is Chingiz?

Chingiz Mustafayev is a singer, guitarist and songwriter. He has been performing for over ten years after winning a popular talent show Yeni Ulduz in 2007.

In 2013 he took part in the New Wave contest and finished 11th out of 16 contestants. Next to his solo career, Chingiz is also the lead singer and guitarist of the group Palmas. Recently the group released a cover of Maroon 5’s hit “Girls Like You”. 

Chingiz got his biggest hits just recently. His self-directed music video for the song “Tenha gezen” was uploaded to YouTube in January and has reached over 3 millions views.

Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest

Azerbaijan debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, where they reach 8th place. Having since participated 11 times, Azerbaijan have been one of the strongest countries in recent years, appearing in the Grand Final 10 times consecutively. The country even won the contest back in 2011 with Ell and Nikki’s “Running Scared”.

In addition, the country has achieved five consecutive top five results in the contest. They have finished third (2009) and fifth (2010) before their 2011 win, and fourth (2012) and second (2013) after their win.

However, last year they failed to qualify for the Grand Final for the first time. In Lisbon 2018, Aisel’s “X My Heart” narrowly missed out on a spot in the final, finishing 11th in the first Semi-Final with 94 points. This year, Chingiz will be seeking to bring Azerbaijan back to the final, performing in 18th in the second semi-final on May 16th.

What do you think about his version of “Truth”? Are you looking forward to seeing Truth’s staging in Tel Aviv? Let us know! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter@escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates! We’ll also be posting plenty of content on our YouTube in the run up to Tel Aviv!

Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.
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