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Elnur Hüseynov

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About

Quick Facts

Name
Elnur Hüseynov

Born
03 March 1987

Nationality
🇦🇿 Azerbaijani

National Selection
Internal selection 2015
Land of Fire 2008

In Eurovision
2015 Vienna
2008 Belgrade

Song
Hour of the wolf (2015)
Day after day (Elnur & Samir)

Biography

Elnur Hüseynov is an Azerbaijani singer. He was born on March 3, 1987, in Ashgabat. In 1992, he entered the ROXMIM for gifted children alongside the Turkmenistan Conservatory, where he received education in piano class. In 1999, Elnur Hüseynov came to Baku and was admitted to the Dental Technical Specialty of the Medical School in 2000. However, in 2001, he left the medical school and joined the Asaf Zeynalli Music School. Elnur worked at the Azerbaijan State Opera and Ballet Theater for a while. After graduating from the Music School in 2004, he learned the profession of stylist-barber.

In the early years, in 2003, Elnur participated for the second time in the Sing Your Song project. He won the grand prize. This was his first success in his career. In 2005, he recorded the song “Besdir” with the group Prestij, written by Eldar Mansurov. Later, a music video was made for this song. In late 2007, Elnur performed at the Lighting Azerbaijan international concert program in the assembly hall of the Kiev President Hotel in Ukraine

In 2008, Elnur Hüseynov participated in the national selection to represent Azerbaijan for the first time at the Eurovision Song Contest. Elnur performed the song “If You Never Back,”. Later, he performed the song “Day After Day” in a duet with Samir Javadzadeh. After the jury’s voting, it was announced that they had won the duet category with Samir.

At the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, they were the first ever representants from Azerbaijan. In the final held on May 24, they placed 8th among the 25 countries competing in the final.

Travel to Ukraine and subsequent years In December 2009, Elnur announced that he would continue his music career in Ukraine and would not return to Azerbaijan. However, he returned to his homeland a few months later. In April 2010, Elnur participated as a contestant in the  reality show Maşın but was eliminated on the first day. In 2010, Elnur participated in a musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” at the Heydar Aliyev Palace, portraying the character of Phoebus de Châteaupers. This musical marked a first in Elnur’s career. 

On December 1, 2014, Elnur participated in the O Ses Türkiye (The Voice of Turkey) competition, which aired on Turkey’s TV8 channel. 

After winning the final stage, it was determined that Elnur received the highest number of votes ever recorded in the competition, reaching one million votes. 

Elnur was chosen internally to represent Azerbaijan again in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015. He presented his song “Hour of the wolf”, reached the final and became 12th in the contest.

In 2015, Elnur performed the song “Avropa Oyunları qədim Bakı torpağında” (European Games in Ancient Baku Land) dedicated to the inaugural European Games held in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. He performed the song together with Samir Javadzadeh and Honored Artist Sevda Elekberzadeh. Although Samir and Sevda initially performed the duet, Elnur later joined them. They performed the song in both Azerbaijani and English languages. Elnur Hüseynov also performed live shows before the opening ceremony held at Baku Olympic Stadium on June 12.

 In 2017, Elnur released a music video for his new song “Vibration,” with lyrics by Diana Hajiyeva and music by Isfar Sarabski. In September 2018 he released a new single again, this time with the title “Dreamer”.

Ali Nasib wrote another song for Elnur. “Try to be yourself” was released on 26 April 2019.

In 2020, Elnur teamed up with Ilgara Kazimova for the song “Deniz ver”. In 2021, Elnur joined a new band, the Sonar House Collective. Their debut single “Since I know you” was released on the 1st of February of that year. 

In February 2023, Elnur had a concert together with the “Mavi Ürəklər” blue choir, consisting of members with autism syndrome. On 7 April of the same year, his new video and song “Monster pop” was released. He performed at a youth festival organized for the Heydar Aliyev Year.

Entries

Hour Of The Wolf

Country
🇦🇿 Azerbaijan

Year
2015

Language
English

Lyrics
Lina Hansson
Nicklas Lif
Nicolas Rebscher
Sandra Bjurman

Music
Lina Hansson
Nicklas Lif
Nicolas Rebscher

Backings
Krysten Cummings
Nicklas Lif
Tamara Nivillac

Dancers
Julia Spiesser
Lukas McFarlane

Results Semi

Points: 53
Position: 10
Running order: 11

Results Finals

Points: 49
Position: 12
Running order: 24

Day After Day (Elnur & Samir)

Country
🇦🇿 Azerbaijan

Year
2008

Language
English

Lyrics
Zahra Bədəlbəyli

Music
Govher Hasanzadə

Backings
Names of the 2 dancers and 2 backing singers are unknown.

Results Semi

Points: 96
Position: 6
Running order: 7

Results Finals

Points: 132
Position: 8
Running order: 20

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