Director General of Public Television: If Armenian representative use Azeri rhythms in Eurovision-2008, we will send a protest letter to the organization committee

Director General of Public Television: If Armenian representative use Azeri rhythms in Eurovision-2008, we will send a protest letter to the organization committee
# 24 January 2008 14:26 (UTC +04:00)
The final will be organized on February 2. BBC will broadcast special report about the final,” Ismayil Omarov, director general of Public Television and Radio Broadcasting Company told the press conference on January 24, APA reports. He said that Azerbaijan is also seriously preparing for Eurovision-2008.
“Participation in the contest first of all requires membership of European Broadcasting Union. We invited a lot of singers to the selection rounds for Eurovision-2008. Three candidates, who reached the final, have been selected out of 40 participants. Famous singers, who attended the selection rounds, could not reach the final. 13-man jury selected the finalists. I am the chairman of the jury,” he said.
Ismayil Omarov said that Public Television is responsible for Azerbaijan’s participation in the contest and Azercell sponsors the project.
“Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Culture and Tourism Ministry also supported us. We have signed a contract with Ukrainian Luxen company for our high-level participation in the contest. The same company prepared Ruslana for the contest,” he said.
Ismayil Omarov said the jury will select Azerbaijan’s representative in the final in Heydar Aliyev Sport and Concert Complex.
“We decided that the selection will be continued how it was carried out before. We do not want new selections to be through SMS. I am sure that the candidate selected by jury will represent Azerbaijan in the esteemed contest,” he said.
Mr.Omarov said that Husniyya Maharramova and Ilham Gasimov will be the announcers of the final which will be held on February 2. Sertap Erener, Ruslana and Maria Sherifovich - winners of Eurovision song contest in various years will also participate in the event.
“We should present name and song to be sung by our representative to the Organizing Committee till March 15. What song the singer will sing will be defined then. Jury will choose song,” he said.
Mr. Omarov saying that the names of the representatives of 11 countries are already known, Armenia is also among them.
He said that Sirusho will represent Armenia in the contest.
“Armenian media says that Azerbaijani national and composers’ songs are among the songs which are being chosen at present for Armenian representative in Eurovision. They are not so unintelligent for singing the whole composition. Only Azerbaijani rhythms can be used in those songs. If it is so, we will appeal to Organizing Committee and prove that the song belongs to us. We will take this step only after when the song to be sung by Armenian representative in Eurovision Song Contest is defined,” he said.
He said that three our finalists – Elnur Huseynov, Aynur Isgandarli and “Unformal” rock group deserve participation in this song contest.
Mr. Omarov said that Azerbaijan will be represented by delegation led by correspondent of ITV Adil Karimli in the contest. /APA/
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