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Meet the hosts!

Just minutes ago, Eldar, Leyla and Nargiz have been announced by the Host Broadcaster Ictimai TV to host this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Baku.

Get to know more about them!

Nargiz Berk-Petersen 

Nargiz’s first experience at television was at the age of 16. In her student years, Nargiz also worked as a reporter at the English news program of the Khazar University Student TV in Azerbaijan.

While studying law in the United States she tried herself as a model to support her studies. After school, Nargiz practiced law in the US and Russia.

“I have been following the Eurovision Song Contest for many years. It has been especially exciting since Azerbaijan started to take part in it. When we won, I was overjoyed, and knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of the contest in 2012. I feel extremely honoured and proud to for being selected to be a presenter at this amazing event!”

Eldar Gasimov

Eldar is a music school graduate trained in vocal, acting and rhethorics. Offspring of a recognised actor family, Eldar also tries himself in cinema. The most recent project he was involved in is Yuli Gusman’s Fear Not, I’m With You.

Proud of his astounding success at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest – he won the contest in 2011 -, Eldar is eager to appear at the Eurovision Song Contest stage again, this time as a presenter.

“It is a great pride to be the part of the Eurovision Song Contest, and it is an indescribable happiness and pleasure to share the stage moderating the contest to pass the spirit of the show to the millions of people around the world.” he says.

Leyla Aliyeva

Leyla, a musician by training and a TV presenter by occupation. She began her TV career in 2005 with the foundation of the Public Television (Ictimai) in Azerbaijan.

Leyla’s other activities include editing fashion magazine, moderating public events, managing public ceremonies and undertaking charity projects. As the first reviewer of the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan, she has been actively involved in all Eurovision-related events ever since.

“Eurovision Song Contest is the largest cultural and social event that is able to make people from all ranges, races and nationalities come together and join the huge music celebration. The founder of the Eurovision Song Contest, Marcel Bezençon maybe didn’t even know that the contest that was created only for Western Europe will crash the borders and will unite the West and the East. For me, it’s a big honour to be a presenter in this fantastic show and become a part of history that will be written in Baku in May. We will light the fire for Eurovision!” Aliyeva said.

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