Emin not to compete in Eurovision

Wed 29 Jun 2011 08:21 GMT | 12:21 Local Time

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Baku-born singer Emin Agalarov has ended speculation that he might represent Azerbaijan in next year's Eurovision Song Contest.

"If I do perform at Eurovision it won't be in the competition, just as support. The competition is for people starting their careers and I don't fall into that category any more," Emin said in an interview with Azerbaijan's ANS TV.

Emin, who is to give a charity concert at Baku's open-air Green Theatre on 7 July, has been enjoying a successful year.

He entered the Top 30 artists played on BBC Radio 2 for the week ending 26 June with his single Any Time You Fall and is to give a concert in the Under the Bridge Club in London on 22 July.

"I'm very glad that the efforts of me and my team have been successful - I was the first artist from a non-English speaking country to be chosen twice consecutively by the BBC's most popular radio station, BBC 2 - first my debut single Obvious was chosen as a Song of the Week, then Any Time You Fall. The songs didn't do badly in the charts either - Obvious reached 25th spot in the British Radio Charts and now Any Time You Fall is catching up with it and is at 28th. As soon as the album Wonder came out, BBC Radio 2 made it Album of the Week. What can I say? I hope it's just the start!"

He agreed that hard work was important. "Hard work guarantees a result but doesn't guarantee success. Success requires help from 'on high' and some luck, which may be one and the same thing."

The young singer acknowledged that the late Muslum Magomayev was his idol and had encouraged him to sing.

The correspondent asked Emin how he managed to find time to be a singer and composer, businessman (he is commercial director of his father's Crocus International Company, owner of some of Russia's biggest shopping malls) and father of twin boys (he is married to Leyla Aliyeva, elder daughter of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev).

"I don't have a special secret. I really enjoy everything that I do and the greater the success I achieve in any area, the greater the demands I make of myself. To be honest, if you really want to do something, you won't have a problem finding time for it," Emin told ANS.




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