Artist Profile

Eldar Gasimov

Artist Profile


Eldar Gasimov

Having graduated from Baku Slavic University in 2010, Eldar Gasimov first found fame in Azerbaijan after entering “Milli Seçim Turu” in a bid to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest. Having made the final of the competition, he was declared the winner alongside fellow contestant Nigar Jamal.

With the duo name “Ell and Nikki” the pair performed the entry “Running Scared” in Dusseldorf for Azerbaijan. Having received 221 points, they were declared the winners of the competition, marking Azerbaijan’s first and only Eurovision win to date and are the last group to win.

Eldar returned to the competition the following year as host of the show in Baku. Since appearing on Eurovision, Eldar recorded several solo songs along the years and released “Priceless” in 2012 with his winning partner Nikki. In addition to his music career, Eldar now teaches international relations at the Baku Slavic University where he graduated. He remains a fan of the contest and regularly travels to watch the show live.

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Azerbaijan at the Eurovision Song Contest

Azerbaijan debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, they were represented by Elnur & Samir with the song “Day After Day”, they finished 8th in the final. In 2011 Azerbaijan won the Eurovision Song Contest represented by Ell & Nikki and their song “Running Scared”. The song scored a total of 221 points, receiving only three sets of 12 points from Malta, Russia and Turkey. In 2018 Azerbaijan failed to qualify for the final for the first time, having previously had a 100% qualification record. | Find out more about this artist and others like them at

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