Safura ( born September 20, 1992 Baku, full name Səfurə Əlizadə, also Safura Alizade ( h) ) is an Azerbaijani singer. In 2010 she participated for her native country at the 55th Euro Vision Song Contest, where she finished fifth with the title Drip Drop.
Safura was born into a family of artists. Her father is a painter, her mother a pianist and a fashion designer, the early helped her daughter to design their own costumes. At the age of about three years, Safura began with the singing. Three years later, she completed her first public performance. In addition to a dance school and high school, she attended the School of Music, where she was taught the violin. She later taught himself the saxophone. In addition, she plays the piano.
Safura soon began to pursue a career as a singer. She was a member of various ensembles and children participated in singing competitions. Notoriety she gained in her home by participating in the talent show Yeni Ulduz - in 2008 Safura won the Azerbaijani version of Pop Idol. In early February 2010, she participated in the Euro Vision Song Contest (ESC ) at the Azerbaijani decider. Together with Maryam Shabanova and the duo Milk & Kisses she reached the finals of the material discharged from the national ITV competition. This she could decide for early March 2010. The English pop song Drip Drop, composed and written by the Swede Anders Bagge, Stefan Örn and Sandra Bjurman, but was only two weeks later presented as the official Azerbaijani competition entry. Bagge had worked in the past, among others, Madonna and Celine Dion.
After winning the Azerbaijani ESC preliminary decision to Safura prepared in Ukraine before the album recordings in Sweden. In the Ukrainian capital Kiev and the filming for the music video took place. Support Safura received, inter alia, of Jaquel Knight. The choreographer, who worked in the past for singers such as Beyoncé Knowles, Britney Spears, was also responsible for her stage performances at the Euro Vision Song Contest. She wore at her appearance an Italian clothes creation with built-in LED lights.
In early May began Safura a promotional tour in Germany, which should lead them before their appearance in Oslo in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Poland and Russia. From international bookmakers Azerbaijani singer was traded as the favorite to win. With Drip Drop the 17- year-old singer was represented at the 55th Euro Vision Song Contest on May 27, 2010 in Oslo in the second semi-final and two days later reached the finals taking place. There she finished the victory of the German singer Lena Meyer- Landrut fifth place. One day after the final Safura announced to have signed a five -year contract with an international group of Swedish and Ukrainian producers. On June 17, 2010 their debut album It 's My War was published in Germany.
As part of the preparations for their ESC performance a "Balkan " version of Drip Drop, for the triple ESC participants Željko Joksimović was responsible arose. In 2011 she leave the Azerbaijani scoring for the Euro Vision Song Contest 2011 in Dusseldorf, a year later, the points for the Euro Vision Song Contest 2012 in Baku domestic.
- It's My War ( 2010)
- Drip Drop (2010)
- March On (2010)