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With this year’s Eurovision Song Contest coming from Azarbaijan, many writers and journos are desperate to find a link with that particular country. There has been a lot of the negative in the press but for one performer, an appearance at the biggest musical event on TV is a welcome opportunity for both him and his country.

Born in Azerbaijan Emin Agalarov is a star in both his home country and Russia, and a rising star in Britain where his second album ‘After The Thunder’ will be released this month. Although Emin regularly performs his music to arena audiences the invitation to perform on this global stage is a life-changing opportunity and a great honour for him:   “It is probably the single biggest opportunity to be able to perform as a guest during the Eurovision in the country which is your home country, how often does that happen? Once in a lifetime and it’s great. Every time you perform for a big crowd it is very exciting, if you perform in your home country it is twice as exciting and if there are also hundreds of millions of people watching then it is just unbelievable. I think I don’t even understand what it will feel like but I am very excited”

As well as being a personal highlight for Emin, he sees this as an important event for Azerbaijan saying: “I think it’s an incredible showcase for my country, a small country that many people would probably not even be able to find on a map but hopefully this will inspire an interest to ‘Google’ Azerbaijan and see where it is and perhaps go there.”

The new album ‘After The Thunder’ released 21st May