The 2018 Azerbaijani Eurovision hopeful Aisel travelled to Portugal recently in order to film her Eurovision postcard.
The delegations and participants of the 43 participating countries at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will be travelling to Portugal prior to the contest in order to film their respective presentation postcards. Each artist will be portrayed in an activity or a challenge.
The postcards will showcase the beauty of Portugal and will portray the Eurovision artists enjoying the sights and sounds of the host country.
The presentation postcards serve as a massive platform for the host country to promote its tourism and showcase itself on a global scale as millions of viewers tune in to watch Europe’s favorite television show. The Eurovision Song Contest reaches households beyond Europe, from Australia to Argentina, from China to New Zealand, from USA to India etc.
The Azerbaiajani Postcard
Aisel, the 2018 Azerbaijani Eurovision representative will be depicted flying on a hot air balloon in her Eurovision postcard. The Azerbaijani postcard has been filmed in Monsaraz, south west of Portugal.
The city of Reguengos de Monsaraz in Alentejo was the setting chosen for the recording of Aisel’s postcard.
Reguengos de Monsaraz is a city with an impressive natural beauty, characterized by its plains, megalithic monuments and gastronomy. Reguengos de Monsaraz has the largest artificial lake in Europe, the Alqueva Dam. In her postcard, Aisel finds a door in the middle of a plain. As she walks through the door, the artist discovers a hot air and embarks on an adventure. Aisel will be seen admiring the magnificent landscapes of the region from the sky in her Eurovision postcard.
After filming her postcard Aisel commented:
I feel lucky, because my postcard was filmed in this extraordinary place called Monsaraz. The unique experience of Monsaraz was completed by the balloon flight over the largest artificial lake in Europe and the infinite fields. I have to admit that before flying I was a little afraid … However, when we started to float in the air, the fear disappeared and I loved this wonderful trip. Last but not least, the staff was amazing, very friendly and helpful! I cannot wait to see the final result!
Aisel was selected via an internal election by Azerbaijani national broadcaster, Ictimai, in order to represent the Land of fire aka Azerbaijan at the forthcoming 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.
Aisel was born in 1989, she began her musical career very early and over the past few years has performed various musical styles, with jazz being her favorite style. Last year she performed at Zhara Festival, one of the most important music festivals in Azerbaijan, where she shared the stage with former Eurovision hopefuls.
Azerbaijan in Eurovision
Azerbaijan debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008 and has won the competition in 2011 with Ell and Nikki’s Running scared. The country successfully hosted the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku.
Azerbaijan will compete in the First Semi-final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest on 8 May in Lisbon, Portugal.