Zlata Ognevic, Ukraine’s entry for Eurovision 2013, has met in Kiev Farid Mammadov, Azerbaijani entry for the Contest. Farid stopped by in Kiev as a part of his promotional tour and to have rehearsals for his performance in Malmö.
“We’ve riding Segway’s in Mariinsky park, laughing and talking like we’ve known each other for ages!” says Farad. “With such tight schedules as we both are having before the Semi Finals, this meeting was a true retreat. Zlata is an amazing girl, solid and talented artist. And her song Gravity sounds like a fairytale.”
After having a short race on Segway, Zlata and Farid didn’t miss their chance to try stage at open-air concert venue in Mariinsky Park and show-off one to another their entry songs – Gravity and Hold Me.
Zlata Ognevic: “This year Azerbaijan is represented by a genuine fire! Farid is a very passionate person, a singer with a burning heart. Hold Me – is a touching ballad that fits to your ear from the first moment. I wish Farid will fully open up his sensitive soul and unbelievable vocal talent to Eurovision’s audience!”
Farid and Zlata also made small gifts to each other. Zlata has presented a souvenir plate with Ukrainian national motives, and Farid gave Zlata a box with real live butterflies. They released them in the park.
Butterflies are no accident. Since there is a line about butterfly in Zlata’s song Gravity and also Eurovision 2013 in Malmo has a butterfly as its official logo. Last year, in 2012, Eurovision Song Contest was hosted in Farid’s homeland Baku.
Farid and Zlata were very happy with their meeting in Kiev. In end Farid confessed that he wouldn’t mind coming to Kiev next year as guest of the Eurovision 2014, if the Contest arrives to Ukraine.