Sabina Babayeva

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Səbinə Babayeva
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Sabina Babayeva (2012)
Background information
Born (1979-12-02) 2 December 1979 (age 39)
Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union
Genres Jazz, pop, soul
Associated acts Alim Gasimov

Sabina Babayeva (Azerbaijani : Səbinə Babayeva, Сәбинә Бабајева, سبینه بابایوا; born 2 December 1979, Baku) is an Azerbaijani singer. She represented Azerbaijan in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, held in Baku, Azerbaijan on 26 May 2012, with the song "When the Music Dies", as the 13th act, she came fourth overall.

Azerbaijani language Turkic language

Azerbaijani or Azeri, also sometimes referred to as Azeri Turkic or Azeri Turkish, is a term referring to two Turkic lects that are spoken primarily by the Azerbaijanis, who live mainly in Transcaucasia and Iran. North Azerbaijani and South Azerbaijani have significant differences in phonology, lexicon, morphology, syntax, and loanwords. ISO 639-3 groups the two lects as a "macrolanguage".

Baku Place in Azerbaijan

Baku is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, as well as the largest city on the Caspian Sea and of the Caucasus region. Baku is located 28 metres (92 ft) below sea level, which makes it the lowest lying national capital in the world and also the largest city in the world located below sea level. Baku lies on the southern shore of the Absheron Peninsula, alongside the Bay of Baku. At the beginning of 2009, Baku's urban population was estimated at just over 2,000,000 people. Officially, about 25 percent of all inhabitants of the country live in Baku's metropolitan area. Baku is the sole metropolis in Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 as host in Baku and selected their entry in a series of competitive heats and a national final Milli seçim turu, which was organised by Azerbaijani broadcaster İTV. Azerbaijan was represented by Sabina Babayeva in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, on 26 May 2012, with the song "When the Music Dies", as the 13th act. She came fourth overall with 150 points.


Eurovision Song Contest 2012

A graduate of the Asaf Zeynally Music School in Baku with a degree in vocal arts, she has participated in a number of song competitions both in her country and abroad. She is known in Azerbaijan as the singer of Roya kimi, theme song of the 2003 Azerbaijani television series Bayaz hayat . [1] A veteran contestant in the Azerbaijani national selection, she has applied to represent Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest every year since the country's debut in 2008. In 2011, she came third in her heat. [2]

Prior to being selected, Sabina Babayeva recorded the song Sikhvarulis tamashi in duo with Anri Jokhadze who represented Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. [3]

Anri Jokhadze singer

Anri Jokhadze is a Georgian pop singer from Tbilisi who represented Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with the song "I'm a Joker". The singer is a winner and laureate of 13 international contests. Prior to his appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, Anri Jokhadze has also represented Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 as a backing vocalist for Diana Gurtskaya and her song "Peace Will Come." Besides, he is the composer of the Georgian entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, "Keep the Faith" sung by Tamara Gachechiladze.

Georgia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Georgian entry was selected through a national selection, organised by the Georgian broadcaster GPB. Anri Jokhadze represented Georgia with the song "I'm a Joker", which failed to qualify from the second semi-final, achieving 14th place with 36 points.

As part of her promotional tour, Sabina performed in London, Amsterdam and Budapest. [4] At Eurovision, she came in fourth, the highest rank for a host country contestant since the introduction of the semi-finals. [5] She also received the Marcel Bezençon Press Award for her performance of "When the Music Dies". [6]

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Amsterdam Capital of the Netherlands

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After Eurovision

In 2012, Babayeva was admitted to a post-secondary programme at the Baku Academy of Music. [7]

Baku Academy of Music university

The Hajibeyov Baku Academy of Music is a music school in Baku, Azerbaijan. It was established in 1920 in Baku and was previously known as the Hajibeyov Azerbaijan State Conservatoire.

In 2014, Babayeva was the spokesperson for the Azerbaijani voting for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Eurovision Song Contest 2014 59th Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 was the 59th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, following Emmelie de Forest's win at the 2013 contest in Malmö, Sweden with the song "Only Teardrops". This was the third time that Denmark hosted the contest, the most recent previous occasion being in 2001. The two semi-finals took place on 6 and 8 May 2014, and the final on 10 May 2014. The shows were presented by Lise Rønne, Nikolaj Koppel and Pilou Asbæk.

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Denmark Sovereign state and Scandinavian country in northern Europe

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Personal life

She considers, rival, Engelbert Humperdinck one of her favourite singers and has expressed an interest in singing a duet with him. [8]

On 30 July 2012, it was announced that Babayeva had got engaged. Her alleged fiancé Javidan Sharifov, who was said to be six years her junior, is a program director on Ictimai TV and former participant of the reality show Gafas. The couple was reported to have been dating for a year. [9] Sabina Babayeva refuted these claims immediately, adding she was "appalled" by the unprofessionalism of the media reporters. [10] Despite her reaction, the wedding did in fact take place on 26 September. [11]

Achievements and awards


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  1. (in Azerbaijani) Sabina Babayeva - Roya Kimi. Markaz Information Agency. 13 February 2012. Archived 3 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  2. (in Azerbaijani) Azerbaijan's Eurovision Representative Known. 13 February 2012.
  3. Georgia and Latvia Selected Representatives for ESC 2012. APA. 20 February 2012.
  4. Sabina Babayeva on Preparing for Eurovision. 30 March 2012.
  5. Sabina Babayeva's Unprecedented Result. 31 May 2012.
  6. Roxburgh, Gordon (27 May 2012). Winners of the Marcel Bezençon Awards 2012. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 15 July 2012
  7. Sabina Babayeva Became Student. 18 August 2012.
  8. 1 25 May 2012.
  9. Azerbaijani Participant of Eurovision Got Engaged. 30 July 2012.
  10. Sabina Babayeva Refuted Rumours of Coming Engagement. 30 July 2012.
  11. Sabina Babayeva Got Married. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
Preceded by
Ell & Nikki
with "Running Scared"
Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Farid Mammadov
with "Hold Me"