Written by Ramazan Ramazanov. Photos by Artur Samirov
Translation by Sonya Luzina. English revision by Anni Jowett
The hero of Moscow’s Eurovision has devoted the whole of Tuesday, May 22, to his Azerbajani fans. Fans from many parts of the country arrived in Baku to see their idol.
The entire staff of the hotel, where this informal meeting was held, were amazed by simplicity and sincerity of the Belarusian-Norwegian artist. Rybak was very attentive to every fan , took photos with them and graciously signed autographs. And he even sang his triumphal song with the fans and played piano .
Fans did not remain in debt and presented a backgammon set to their favourite artist. Fans taught the singer for more than an hour how to play this simple game, which is insanely popular in the Caucasus. Rybak meekly complied to all the commands of his “teachers”. After all Sasha admitted that he must write a song for the Azerbaijani participant of “Eurovision” one day. – How can I not do it? I was royalty received in Baku and I should thank these hospitable people, – Rybak said.