What next for this year’s Eurovision finalists?

Azerbaijan: Chingiz

by Christopher Smith

Moscow born Chingiz Mustafayev represented Azerbaijan at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Truth”. The 28 year old received 302 points to come eighth overall, Azerbaijan’s highest placing since Farid Mammadov came second in 2013 with “Hold Me”.

Chingiz moved with his family to Azerbaijan when he was six years old and learned to play the guitar from a young age. He first came to prominence in his home country when he auditioned and ultimately won Azerbaijan Pop Idol in 2007. In 2010 he auditioned for the sixth season of The Voice – Ukraine, but was eliminated at the battle round. The following year he formed the group Palmas, a mix of Azerbaijani/Turkish folk/Flamenco music, and has toured the country extensively with them.

Chingiz released three solo singles during 2018, “Qürbət” (“Virtuosity”), “Get” and “Tənha Gəzən” (“Smooth Brown”) prior to winning the chance to represent the country at this year’s Eurovision. “Truth” is written by Chingiz, together with Borislav Milanov, Trey Campbell, Pablo Dinero, Hostess and Joacim Persson. It has charted in many parts of Europe, though not in his home country. Yet!

For now Chingiz has returned to performing with Palmas and only time will tell if we are blessed with any more solo projects or appearances.

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