About AySel & Arash
On the 12th of February 2009 Azerbaijan announced the launch of the Eurovision duo of AySel & Arash. Young AySel will compete for the victory in this year's Eurovision Song Contest along with the experienced songwriter and artist Arash.
AySel was born in Baku on 25th of April, 1989 in the family of a University professor. Her Zodiac sign is Taurus, the underpinning of her ambitious, committed, self-confident personality, who loves the atmosphere of competition. AySel is just 19, but her ambition coupled with the faith in her talent has already led the young artist to the main stage of the European show business, the Eurovision Song Contest stage, as the representative of Azerbaijan.
AySel started to sing at the age of four. She begun taking part in national vocalists’ competitions when she was eight. In 2001, she won the prestigious Azerbaijani contest Рohre. At thirteen, AySel enters a Baku music school where she learns to play the piano and sung in the choir. The piano is AySel’s passion since childhood. No wonder, since AySel’s parents still keep a unique XVIII-century piano at home.
In 2004 AySel went to study in the USA as a student of the exchange program FLEX. Within days from her arrival to the USA, she signed up for the local choir and begun training for young vocalists competitions. During her year in the US, AySel won 3 gold medals at prestigious contests which were held in the Southern Arkansas University and in the University of Texas at Austin.
Currently she continues her studies in the Azerbaijani University of Foreign Languages and is simultaneously working hard to prepare for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow.
Famous singer, author, entertainer and producer Arash was born the 23rd April 1977 in Tehran, Iran. At the age of ten he and his family moved to Sweden. His debut album Arash was released by the Warner Brothers Music in June 2005, after he had finished college. His singles, Boro Boro (Go Away) and Temptation, made it to the hit lists around Europe, and their respective videos garnered significant airplay on more than twenty MTV outlets across the world. In addition he has had hits notably in Eastern European and South-East European charts. He has gone gold in 5 countries: Germany, Russia, Slovenia and Greece for his album, Arash, and in Sweden for Boro Boro.
Arash has Azerbaijani roots that is why he had decided to take part in the Azerbaijani Eurovision Song Contest national selection. In February his song Always won the selection to represent the country. On the 12th of February 2009 Azerbaijan announced the launch of the Eurovision duo of AySel & Arash. The decision to create the duo of AySel and Arash was taken by the seven-member jury of the Azerbaijani national final.