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Eurovision 2023 Azerbaijan profile: ‘Tell Me More’ by TuralTuranX

Photo credit: Khalid Zeynalov

Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest

Azerbaijan’s Eurovision debut came in 2008 and they have competed in every edition of the Contest ever since. They only failed to qualify for the Grand Final on one occasion (when Aisel’s ‘X My Heart’ placed 11th in her semi-final in 2018).

After just four years of participation in the Contest, Ell and Nikki won for Azerbaijan in Düsseldorf in 2011 with their duet ‘Running Scared’. The following year Baku would host the 57th Contest.

Last year, Nadir Rustamli’s ‘Fade to Black’ fared less well, qualifying from his semi-final in 10th place and ending the Grand Final in 16th place.

2023 Entry: TuralTuranX - ‘Tell Me More’

  • TuralTuranX will perform 12th in semi-final 1

  • My Eurovision Scoreboard ranking: 35th

  • Odds to win ranking: 30th

(Rankings as of 3 April 2023)

About the artist

Tural and Turan Bağmanovlar, who are competing under the TuralTuranX, are twins, born on 30 October 2000 in Zaqatala, located in northwestern Azerbaijan.

Influenced by their father from a young age, Tural and Turan started a band called ‘The Red Jungle,’ playing in the streets of Baku.

‘Tell Me More’ will be TuralTuranX’s debut single and first large-scale performance.

About the song

‘Tell Me More’ is written by Tural and Turan together with their friends Nihad Aliyev and Tunar Taghiyev. The lyrics tell a story of bittersweet love, with the protagonist asking the listener to ‘tell me more‘ about the status of their relationship. Throughout the song, the protagonist reflects on his own actions and thoughts while trying to win over the listener’s love.

The song is reminiscent of British Invasion pop/rock and Britpop throughout the years.

It is the first time that Azerbaijan's Eurovision entry has been written by an Azeri team since their debut entry in 2008 'Day After Day' by Elnur and Samir.

How TuralTuranX was chosen for Eurovision

TuralTuranX were revealed to be representing Azerbaijan on February 9. They were internally-selected for Eurovision 2023 by the national broadcaster İTV following a song submission and evaluation process.

Five shortlisted acts were announced on February 2, with TuralTuranX chosen a week later. A focus group formed by İTV chose the duo based on their studio recording and live performance.

There has not been a public national final to select the Azerbaijani song and/or artist since 2014.

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Azerbaijan will compete in semi-final 1 on May 9 (European time) in Liverpool.

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