Azerbaijan’s Aisel has released a new version of her Eurovision entry “X My Heart.”
The new version of the song was released on Tuesday morning and features fresh production and new vocal lines from Aisel. The producer responsible for the new arrangement is Tim Bran who was also produced City Lights by Blanche which came in 5th place in Eurovision 2017 for Belgium.
Speaking after the original release of the song, Aisel emphasised the international nature of the team behind it:
I’m very pleased to work with the international team I would like to emphasize the joint work of professionals from Azerbaijan, Great Britain, Sweden, Cyprus, Portugal, Russia and Ukraine. For me, Eurovision is a competition that connects people through music. I’m proud to represent my country at this event.
Aisel and her team filmed the music video, which was directed by Roula Koutroubeli, for the song in Greece. The song’s lyricist is Swedish musician Sandra Bjurman who has written many Azeri Eurovision entries including the 2011 contest winner Running Scared. Also involved in the production are the “Dream Team” composed of Philip Kirkorov, pop singer and the 1995 Eurovision contestant from Russia, choreographer Ilias Kokotos, and composer Dimitris Kontopoulos.
Blind polling ahead of the song’s release gave it an 87% positive rating.
Aisel will perform “X My Heart” in the first half of the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon on 8 May. The 28 year-old jazz musician and songwriter was chosen to represent her country through an internal selection.
Azerbaijan in 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 the past three years Azerbaijan has failed to reach the top.10 in the final a position that Azerbaijan never placed lower than between 2008 and 2013.