Direct & produce the interval performance for the Eurovision Song Contest Baku Azerbaijan 2012.
Baku, Azerbaijan - The interval acts for Eurovision Song Contest 2012, a mixture of foreign and local stars, from traditional to pop culture. Traditionally, the opening and interval acts reflect the national culture of each Host Country.
"The “Grand” Final definitely had the “grandest” interval act. It was by far the best of the three. The first half was reminiscent of what we saw in the first semi-final, with traditional Azeri music driving much of the action. This time, however, the performance was far more captivating and “mystical”, like something you would see in Las Vegas. A great deal of that had to do with the dynamic camera angles. I also enjoyed how they portrayed the “Light your Fire!” slogan with torches.
In the second half, we met pop star Emin Agalarov, who just happens to be the President’s son-in-law. He descended from the rafters suspended by wires. At least his coat didn’t get tangled in them! Emin went on to perform “Never Enough”, which is a pop song with dark elements (similar to Russia’s 2006 entry “Never Let You Go” or Belarus’s 2007 entry “Work Your Magic”). While watching the Final, I thought to myself “Meh, this isn’t that great…typical mainstream generic crap that you would hear on the radio.” However, when I listened to it again a few weeks later, I actually enjoyed it. It was also well performed, and I’m fairly certain he sang live as the studio version sounds different and there were backing singers.
Overall, this was my favorite of the three interval acts, as it kept me entertained the whole way through. Azerbaijan really put on a spectacular show with Emin, and did a decent job making the country look fancy and sophisticated. Unfortunately, what was going on outside the venue paints a very different picture…”