Can Sabina Babayeva make it an Azerbaijan double victory?

Can Sabina Babayeva make it an Azerbaijan double victory?
Sabina Babayeva pictured with the CD of the Afrikaans version of When The Music Dies.Photo:Elke Roels (EBU)
Baku, Azerbaijan -

Today, the home representative in Baku, Sabina Babayeva held her second press conference. As expected, there was huge media interest both from Azerbaijan and the international press, all eager to know what the girl who Azerbaijan hopes will deliver back to back Eurovision Song Contest victories would have to say.

Recognition for the non qualifiers

At the press conference of Azerbaijan, the flags of the 16 nations who did not qualify to the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest this year were displayed on the table.

Sabina Babayeva had a message for these participants saying "They are all really great talented artists and singers, I want to thank them from all my heart, and say that the contest in Baku would not have been as amazing as it was without them, and thankyou to them all for taking part."

A journalist asked Sabina how she managed to keep her vocal in such great shape, to which she responded "I'll tell you a few things about that, I don't smoke, that's a good start, I don't drink alcohol, I don't like ice cream, these are things that a singer shouldn't use. No other secrets besides this."

Meeting with Engelbert Humperdinck

About the stage show for When The Music Dies, Sabina said "The first time when we talked about the performance, it sounded a great concept, but when we saw it it was even more amazing, it helped me to tell the complete story. I like it very much and am satisfied with how it all looks."

When asked about how Sabina felt that Armenia had withdrawn from the competition, she answered "Actually, what I really think is that Eurovision is all about music, it's one of the most popular and greatest song contests. Of course, we're a little disappointed when some countries can't participate but It's not about politics."

Sabina had the chance to meet Engelbert Humperdinck, the entrant from the United Kingdom. She said of him " I love his songs actually. It would be a great idea to have a duet, I would be delighted to do that. Thanks for him for being on stage with us younger singers. I like his attitude, he is proud to be taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest, and this is really great to see."

Afrikaans version of When The Music Dies

On the feeling of representing her homeland, Sabina proudly said "I'm very honoured to represent my motherland, especially when we are hosting Eurovision. I'm so happy that this year, people are coming to my city Baku."

The press conference was rounded off by South Africa's Roy Van Der Merwe handing Sabina a CD of the Afrikaans version of When The Music Dies, which had just been recorded by South African artist Cole Van Dais prior to the Eurovision Song Contest.


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  • Posted on 7/June 2012 at 11:29
    Thank you I really like you! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26/May 2012 at 17:49
    We are with you Sabina ...Go Sabina Go report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26/May 2012 at 13:22
    vote malta 21 place report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26/May 2012 at 13:15
    vote to Malta last year we vote Azerbaijan we give them 12 point vote 21 place this is the night the final. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26/May 2012 at 12:53
    Malta and Azerbaijan we are nighbords vote 21 place report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26/May 2012 at 12:49
    Malta give her 12 point last year vote for Malta Azerbaijan pls i love Azerbaijan report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26/May 2012 at 12:16
    So good performance. Go Azerbaijan! Go Sabina! :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26/May 2012 at 11:51
    NO. SHE'S GOOD ENOUGH TO BE PLACED IN THE TOP 10. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26/May 2012 at 09:38
    As a Turkish, I can say only one word about her total performance: RAVISHING. My vote will be for her... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26/May 2012 at 08:44
    That would be great~!!

    But it could be difficult. Juries/critics are really harsh at giving countries points. Lena only ranked at 10 from both televotes and jury last year.

    The contest's atmosphere has changed drastically over the last couple of years. But I would love to see Sabina score much better than 10th place (like most host countries score). That would be much better than winning! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25/May 2012 at 22:30
    Turkish population of Europe should vote for us as much as they can. In that case the double championship is not very unbelievable thing :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25/May 2012 at 22:02
    AgnusDei
    still not believing that europe voted for Azerbaijan? well as a reminder, most points came to Azerbaijan from countries that do not have a turkish diaspora. And countries that do have Turkish diaspora either did not give any points to Azerbaijan at all (0 points from Germany) or just 1-2 points. So your theory about national voting is a misery. Respect yourself at least and learn how to accept other people's victories. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25/May 2012 at 18:40
    Why not? It will be great.. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25/May 2012 at 18:22
    It would be AMAZING.We have not seen a back to back victory for 18 years!!!!!GOOD LUCK SABINA!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25/May 2012 at 17:02
    No, she can't. Turkey is already in the final, so all azeri/turkish diaspora has to split its votes between these singers. Last year miracle not gonna happen again, for sure. report to the moderator