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Azerbaijan: Chingiz – Truth

Azerbaijan has presented Chingiz for Tel Aviv with the song, Truth. My initial reaction to Azerbaijan's song was that it was too edgy to be considered a serious challenger. Nevertheless, Truth is contemporary and could exist in many western music charts if performed by a homegrown singer. It's catchy as a radio song, but I have my doubts over its ability to exist ahead of one of Switzerland or Cyprus - both nations have far stronger hooks. They've hired the same staging guru responsible for Dihaj's 'horse on a step-ladder' and graffiti blackboard with spelling mistakes (corrected after we spotted them…
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The raw ingredients are there to be extracted to see Azerbaijan return to the final and push on for a left-hand-side finish.

User Rating: 3.66 ( 29 votes)

Azerbaijan has presented Chingiz for Tel Aviv with the song, Truth.

My initial reaction to Azerbaijan’s song was that it was too edgy to be considered a serious challenger. Nevertheless, Truth is contemporary and could exist in many western music charts if performed by a homegrown singer. It’s catchy as a radio song, but I have my doubts over its ability to exist ahead of one of Switzerland or Cyprus – both nations have far stronger hooks.

They’ve hired the same staging guru responsible for Dihaj’s ‘horse on a step-ladder’ and graffiti blackboard with spelling mistakes (corrected after we spotted them during rehearsals). So it would appear the Azeri delegation is aiming so supplement what is a decent yet unremarkable song with a distinctive, left-field staging concept. This is a good move. The raw ingredients are there to be extracted to see Azerbaijan return to the final and push on for a left-hand-side finish.

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10 comments

  1. This is very much like Lithuania for me, I feel it’s on course to being a great song but it false just short and for some reason I just can’t put my finger on it. Incidentally Bulgaria’s dream team (we saw what Bulgaria were up to last year with the odds bot) and this year coincidently the two countries they are involved with are Azerbaijan and Malta…two of the most obvious countries for skullduggery, makes me wonder have these two more than just a song in their deal…but that’s just my conspiracy theory. Anyway this should I think get Azerbaijan back in the final, how far it goes there is anyone’s guess.

  2. I think this one’s been a little underrated, this is Azerbaijan’s most competetive entry since “Hold Me”. The downsides are question marks over the live vocal and a slightly underdeveloped bridge but this does an awful lot well and I wouldn’t be surprised to see this feature in the top 10 if not higher.

  3. You really think the jury support will be relatively strong for this?
    I doubt it…

  4. Gav, I think you’ve got this about right with 3.5 stars. The best song released today and one of the better songs in this year’s contest.

    There is top 10 potential there, but it just hovers on the borderline of generic which may hold it back from doing really well.

  5. This is a strong entry, for this year anyway. It feels cool, relevant, and if well performed will hoover up jury snd televote love in a Loic/Mikos kind of way.

    Shame for its smarts that it sticks totally to the ‘shaddup about it’ chorus, as this eventually becomes kind of a negativs refrain. Eurovicious’ essays about the contest espouse the need for some positivity, this song is a call for apathy. And that’s before Hatari turn up.

    Funny on Women’s Day the contest should confirm itself to be the year of the male (winner). Aze, Sui, Rus, Ned, Est, maybe Swe, dark horses Portugal and Iceland – and only really Greece to challenge them.

  6. Last year it was Greece, this year the Netherlands and Azerbaijan. What’s all the sudden fascination with the underwater look? Will the 2020 final be coming from an Aquarium? I blame it all on “The Shape of Water.”

    • It’s hot in Israel, the singers might be glad for a dip. This kind of wardrobe philosophy could quench a lot of thirst. I blame Imri Ziv.

  7. In the end I don’t care so much about videoclips. What counts is how it will look on stage. For me this is the best Azerbaijani entry since Azerbaijan’s 2nd place in 2013. In a way it reminds me about the soulful Austrian entry from last year, mixed with some necessary Eastern-European scents/sounds. I think this is a fairly certain Qualifier to me.

    Hopefully they don’t create a too artyfarty staging concept in Tel Aviv. Fokas Evangelinos could perhaps do something more pallatable. Alas, he’s staging the Spanish entry.

  8. Good, solid entry. Song, performer, arrangement, art direction, lyrics – they all match each other. I think the words “Shuddup” are not negative. They’re powerful. Like Gert commented: they should stay away from arty-farty on the night.
    Why all this underwater camera work? If you cannot find an explanation for something, blame it on climate change. So yeah: it’s because of climate change.

  9. Still, let’s notunderestimate Chingiz’s stage presence. Uttermost telegenic guy, even when he was 6 years younger as you can see here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ITH-iRoxpU

    Here he performs with Polina Gagarina:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NsR5ki6iIg

    Chingiz Mustafayes actually grew up in Moscow. I think Sergei Lazarev can learn a thing or two from him.

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