The participation in the Eurovision Song Contest was always Samra’s dream. In 2012 the 16-year-old singer took part in the Azerbaijani national selection. This year Smara’s dream came true; the singer will represent her country in Sweden with her song Miracle.
Samra Rahimli is an up-and-coming Azerbaijani singer. Her foray into the music industry began at 16 when she took part in the national selection for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. After impressing audiences as the youngest contestant, Samra enrolled at Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts.
Samra returned to the spotlight in 2015, when she reached the quarter finals in The Voice of Turkey. When The Voice came to Azerbaijan in 2015, her performance of Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball during a blind audition amazed the audience and she reached the competition’s final.
Samra’s singing influences include Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and Beyoncé. She dreams to land a lead role in her favourite musical Dreamgirls.
Now Samra is concentrating all her efforts on the Eurovision Song Contest. Her entry is called Miracle and despite the fairytale-like title is a dramatic break-up story. "I've been through the similar experience once," explains Samra, "It’s never easy to let someone go but you have to stay strong and keep moving."
Things you should know about Samra
What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?
- Despite the fairytale-like title, my song is a dramatic break-up story. It’s not a ballad, and I like it.
- Miracle is a song of a strong girl.
- It has powerful groove and catchy chorus and I hope you'll sing it along with me.
What are the three most impressive facts about you?
- I started my career at the national selection for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest when I was 16.
- I really hate cutting my hair thus it’s that long.
- I simply adore my dog Arti.
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
Not really but will probably have one before the 2016 Euroviosion Song Contest.
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
Because this is my dream!