”It’s a dream come true..”.
Those were the words of Ell & Nikki, who reverted to their original names Eldar and Nigar at the Winners Press Conference last night. ”I can’t believe that 6 months ago I was a housewife, and now I’m the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest”, says Nigar.
It has not been a very long journey for Azerbaijan from its debut as an ESC contestant in Belgrade 2008 to winning the contest this year. During the press conference the Azerbaijan delegation was asked how their supposedly conservative country would react to the large number of gay and transgender visitors who will go to Azerbaijan next year. ”All is welcome” was the simple answer.
It is uncertain if Armenia is able to participate in the ESC next year due to the unresolved political dispute between the two countries. When asked if winning the ESC could bring closer relations between them, Eldar quietly said, ”Culture brings people together..”.
Jan Ola Sand, the ESC Supervisor, entered the press conference by announcing that the Eurovision chapter in Dusseldorf is now closed and the EBU pledges its support to a succesful hosting by Azerbaijan. Judging from the words of the Azerbaijan Head of Delegation it seems that Baku will be the host city.
When asked to say something to his home country Eldar declared, ”We’re coming back, Azerbaijan!”.
So we will we, and see you next year in Baku!