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By Pete Devine

It's an undoubted fact that one of the most consistent country's at this year's Eurovision Song Contest is Azerbaijan and this year's entry Aisel is no exception

Her entry 'X My Heart' has all the hallmarks of a country that puts the effort into making sure all of it entries capture the hearts of audiences across Europe.

Like most of her predecessors Aisel, aged 29, was born into a family of musicians. Little surprise then that she has been performing most of her life, initially at the country's Special Secondary Musical School before attending the State Conservatory in Baku. 

Since then she has released several singles and has performed  not only in her home country but in Russia, Georgia, Turkey, Ukraine, Israel, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Italy. 

The song was recorded in London and the mix of the song belongs to Ash Howes who is internationally recognised for his work with One Direction, Dido, The Corrs, Ellie Goulding and many others. 

Aisel said: "From the moment I heard the song it was my favourite. The music has a positive, uplifting feeling and it has a power that made me enjoy every second working on it in the studio. 

"I feel a strong connection with the lyrics of the song, and by believing in myself, I was able to overcome difficulties I had in my life. 

"The message I want to send to everyone is that believing in yourself can make you stronger."

Outside of music, Aisel is an active member of the Baku Animal Rescue Society, an association that cares for homeless dogs and cats.

Previous Years

2017 - Dihaj "Skeletons"

2016 - Samra "Miracle" - 17th place (117 points)

2015 - Elnur Heseynov "Hour Of The Wolf" - 12th place (49 points)

2014 - Dilara Kazimova "Start a Fire" - 22nd place (33 points)

2013 - Farid Mammadov "Hold Me" - 2nd place (234 points)

2012 - Sabina Babayeva "When the Music Dies" - 4th place (150 points)

2011 - Ell & Nikki "Running Scared" - 1st place (221 points)

2010 - Safura "Drip Drop" - 5th place (145 points)

2009 - Aysel & Arash "Always" - 3rd place (207 points)

2008 - Elnur & Samir "Day After Day" - 8th place (132 points)

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