Azerbaijan’s TuralTuranX have released their Eurovision 2023 entry “Tell Me More.”
The twin brothers, Tural Bagmanov and Turan Bagmanov from the northwestern town of Zaqatala, have released a rock entry that is “heavily influenced by music of the late ’60s and early ’70s.”
“Tell Me More” was co-written by the twin brothers, and is Azerbaijan’s first 100% locally written and produced entry since the country’s debut at Eurovision 2008.
The brothers moved to Azerbaijan’s capital Baku a couple of years ago, and earned a following by performing as street magicians and performers.
TuralTuranX were one of five finalists alongside Azer Nasibov, Humay Aslanova and Amrah Musayev, Leyla Izzatova, and Mamagama.
In February 2023, Azerbaijan’s Head of Delegation Vasif Mammadov had to fight off allegations by singer Rauf Kingsley that Mamagama were a shoo-in due to links to Eldar Gasimov, the Azerbaijani Eurovision 2011 co-winner who is working with this year’s delegation.
Though Azerbaijan got their Eurovision appearances off to a flying start, including victory at Eurovision 2011 with Ell & Nikki’s “Running Scared,” the nation has been more of a mid-table finisher since Farid Mammadov’s “Hold Me” came in second at Eurovision 2013.
Since 2014, Chingiz’s 8th placed “Truth” at Eurovision 2019 is their highest finish, a streak that included a non-qualification with Aisel’s “X My Heart” narrowly failing at Eurovision 2018.
For Eurovision 2023, Azerbaijan will perform in the second half of Semi-Final 1 on May 9, 2023.
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