jESC 2012: 03 Azerbaijan – Omar Sultanov and Suada Alekberova – Girls and boys (Dünya sənindir)


It’s the continuation of my opinion regarding the 12 competing entries from the 12 participating countries of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012, which will be held in Amsterdam

The next country is one of the three debuting countries for this year’s edition: Azerbaijan (who has been on ESC since 2008 and with a rare feat on their hands in modern times, since they have always been in the top-10 since they first debuted on ESC up to now. Although still a short participation, they managed to win the ESC 2011 edition with Ell & Nikki and the retro-modern pop ballad “Running scared”)


Many would have thought that this country, after deciding two singers would a form a duet, would send a junior version of “Running scared” or some sort, the differences ended right there: Azerbaijan has sent a hyper energetic pop-rock number, sung by Omar Sultanov & Suada Alekberov and titled “Girls & boys (Dünya sənindir)” (the title in bracklets can be translated as “Your world”), a song written by two british people, Jessica Appla and Simon Ellis (the latter is a famed musical producer who has worked with Britney Spears, East 17, Westlife and S Club 7 (to the latter group, he made some of their most known songs, such as “Don’t stop moving”), with lyricist Zahra Badalbeyli (who had done the lyrics for the very first azeri entry on ESC back in 2008 (“Day after day”, sung by Elnur & Samir) co-authoring the lyrics in azeri. More about the biography of the participant in here:

Now to the opinion of the song: for starters, this has a kind of british pop feeling that rivals the likes of recent british pop-rock bands that are making such a sucess internationally such as One Direction. Overall, a professionally well-made entry (Azerbaijan really does step up their game when it comes to ESC and there’s no exception to the rule on their jESC debut). The lyrics about fun are nothing of this world, but they still are quite uplifiting (the inclusion of the azeri language gives it more charm than before (a first for Azerbaijan in the most important EBU contests). And the singers themselves make a cute couple on their own exquisite way. We haven’t seen them perform the song live yet, but if their vocals are as great live as they are on the studio version, they can do pretty well, provided that the visual performance is outstanding enough

Next stop will be Belgium, one of the few countries that has participated in every edition of jESC since its start in 2003. Watch out for it…

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)


Posted on 21 de October de 2012, in Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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