Exclusive interview with Rustam Karimov from Azerbaijan (Junior Eurovision 2013)

The little Rustam Karimov from Azerbaijan has been chatting with us just before Junior Eurovision 2013. He is having a lot of fun in Kiev! Check what he has told us:

ESC+Plus: Hello Rustam, first of all thank you so much for giving us this interview as Azerbaijani representative at Junior Eurovision 2013!

E+: How did you feel when you were selected to represent Azerbaijan at Junior Eurovision 2013? What does being the Azerbaijani representative in Kiev mean for you?

Rustam: I got really excited when my mom brought me the news and of course, it is a great honour and responsibility. But to be honest, the first thing I asked my mom after finding out about going to Kiev was – What flight are we taking?

E+: How was the selection procedure? How did you decided to enter the competition?

Rustam: The teacher from my music school knew about the auditions and suggested me to apply for them. There were more than a hundred boys and girls taking part in the selection.

E+: Have you watched Junior Eurovision before? What are your favourite singers in the history of the competition?

Rustam: I like Anastasia who won Junior Eurovision last year. All singers taking part in this year’s contest are my favourites and we have become friends.

E+: Do you usually watch senior Eurovision? What are your favourite Eurovision singers and songs?

Rustam: Oh yes! I am a huge Eurovision fan! I was so happy Baku hosted the contest in 2012, I even took part in some events during the Eurovision week.

My favourite Eurovision songs are Running Scared and Hold Me and my favourite singers are Ell&Nikki and Farid, I am Ell’s friend too!.

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E+: Tell us more about yourself, your favourite music style, favourite school subject, hobbies, musical career….

Rustam: I love music, even as a subject at school and I also like mathematics. I attend the music school where I am learning to play drums and piano. I like playing drums and I have just started learning guitar.
My favourite music style is jazz, but sometimes I listen to some classical music written by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and List.

Junior Eurovision is my first singing contest. I already have some stage experience because I have already performed with a symphonic orchestra.

E+: Can you tell us what is your song about? Which is the story behind the lyrics?

Rustam: My song is called Me and My Guitar. It is about a guy who loves music and playing guitar, but he does not like school that much. He would rather go out play with friends or practice guitar so, it is definitely a song about me. The lyrics are written by the Azerbaijani songwriter Murad Arif.

E+: How was the shooting of the preview video? Any funny anecdote?

Rustam: It was awesome in spite of the rain. It hardly ever rains it Baku, but somehow had to happen when we were shooting the preview video. It was still fun because I did the things I like: roller skating, singing, dancing, drawing and much more, It is now on-line and everyone can watch it!

E+: What are your impressions after the rehearsals? Do you like the stage design? How do you feel on stage?

Rustam: The stage is so big with big screens behind me. I was surprised and shocked when I first rehearsed and saw the stage. My friends from Kiev are with me on the stage so I am not completely alone!

I was a little bit scared when I went on that stage for the first time but after rehearsing my song for a couple of time, I thought I could fly – it was so amazing!

E+: Have you already met the other participants? What have you been talking about?

Rustam: Yes, I have met other participants. We all stay at the same hotel and we have become friends.

E+: How was the welcome party? Anything you want to share with us?

Rustam: The welcome party was fun. I met the other participants, we performed our songs, and later on we all dance together.

E+: What do you expect from Junior Eurovision 2013?

Rustam: As I have said, this is my first singing competition so the main thing I expect from the contest is the experience.  All participants have had the opportunity to work with professionals from so many countries and yes, I want to sing my song well so you all like it.

E+: Could you send a message for our readers and fans of the competition?

Rustam: Dear readers! Listen to my song Me and My Guitar, I dedicate it to all of you!

E+: Thanks for the interview and good luck on Saturday!

Rustam: Thank you!

10 years old Rustam Karimov will represent Azerbaijan at Junior Eurovision 2013 with the song “Me and my Guitar”, song number 2.






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