Azerbaijan: 2nd rehearsal Eurovision 2012 / Sabina Babayeva - When the Music Dies
Today for the very first time, Azerbaijan's Sabina Babayeva graced the Crystal Hall stage in her home town. We watched her first rehearsal so come and see how it went!
Sabina Babayeva entered the stage for her first rehearsal in a very grand white frock adorned with silver sequins, feathers and with a long train.
Her backing singers were wearing light gray dresses with white headscarfs and stand to the right of Sabina. She is also joined on stage by Alim Qasinov, a traditional mugam performer to add a more traditional Azerbaijani tone to the performance. He sits on a glass platform to the left behind Sabina.
Sabina's first soundcheck was very impressive and she received raptuous applause several times during the song by the press and fans watching in the arena. Although we shouldn't forget that she is singing on home turf so there was a lot of support for her in the arena.
The performance starts with a white spotlights shining down on Sabina and the backing acts with an abstract image moving on the LED screens, of paint being splashed. The song has a very sad and passionate story so as it progresses and gains power, the colours turn to deep shades of red and the backing images start to become more kinetic and fiery.
Sabina Babayeva (Azerbaijani: Səbinə Babayeva, born 2 December 1979, Baku) is an Azerbaijani singer. She will represent Azerbaijan in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, on 26 May 2012, with the song When the Music Dies.
A graduate of the Asaf Zeynally College of Music 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. 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.
Prior to being selected, Sabina Babayeva recorded the song Sikhvarulis tamashi in duo with Anri Jokhadze who will represent Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.
As part of her promotional tour, Sabina performed in London, Amsterdam and Budapest.
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