Television: Romanians suspect Eurovision for oil fix
16 May 2011
The next Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Baku, home to the Azerbaijani duo of Ell/Nikki who won the final round of the 56th Eurovision contest held May 14 in Düsseldorf (Germany). A victory that stinks, says the Romanian singer Ovidiu Cernăuţeanu, who took part in the 2010 contest. Quoted by Adevarul, the singer affirms that the victory was due mainly to lobbying by the Swedish music industry, which has produced many artists from Azerbaijan, a former Soviet country that also happens to be rich in oil. The winning song itself was written by Swedish songwriters. Cernăuţeanu notes, finally, that “Nigar Jamal (who sang the duet with Eldar Gasimov) is married to a Russian oligarch who lives in London."