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Participant of Azerbaijan's national Eurovision semifinals: My mom was once offered to sell me for big money… - PHOTOS

14 April 2010 [18:07] - TODAY.AZ
Day.Az interview with Mariam Aranovich, young Azerbaijani singer, participant of Azerbaijan’s national semifinals for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010.
Passsions around the Eurovision 2010 song contest were high in Azerbaijan. How did you take your defeat in the national semifinals? Was it hard to lose to Safure Alizadeh?

I am optimistic by nature. I believe that what happens, its for the better. As for the passions, they are rather far-fetched than real. The slightest verbal altercation was exaggerated to intrigue between the semifinalists, it's all blown up to the level of scandal.

My conversation with Elly about her alleged ignorance of the Russian language was dramatized. We had a conversation with her at the audition, and she freely talked to me in Russian, but while on television, when I spoke to her in Russian, and she spoke like she never even knew Russian, and then completely switched to English. What I said was "you are so tense that you completely forgotten Russian?" and the media turned this whole thing into a scandal between us. We did not compete with each other and did everything we could within our capabilities.

Each of you thought about how to appear better than the rest. Is not it a rivalry?

Feelings such as envy, jealousy and hatred destroy me like as a person. And I will never let these feelings rise deep inside. I was preparing for finals very hard. I lost five kilos of weight. I never said anything bad about anyone and never talked about the weakness of others. All the conversations behind the scenes about strained relations between the semifinalists aimed simply to push us together.

Scene requires wisdom, cunning, and even the experience to be credible and stay here. Participation in the national selection gave you a chance. How do you use it?

Popularity is not my key goal. I started working in restaurants and earn money when I was 17. Back then even musicians who worked with me were saying "You have no teeth yet!". Now I understand what they meant. But I could stand my ground. However, I can not spend my energy, strength and soul only on the quarrels with colleagues.

You are beautiful. I'm sure it had  consequences, and not always pleasant ...

I'm not a feminist, but I do not understand why some men believe that "singer" is a synonym for a "whore"! There was even an occasion when my mom was offered to sell me for big money! Moreover, they knew it was my mom! .. I remember managers of restaurants came up and asked to spend time with their boss. In these cases, despite being 17, I said sternly "Did I understand you correctly?"

And, consequently, you ended up without a job.

Yes, I lost my job in this restaurant and found a job in a different restaurant.

Do you feel sorry that you got married early, and deprived yourself of the opportunity to use the money of many rich men who could well fund you as a singer?

You know, once I started working in restaurants, I had a lot of fans. All of them tried to get familiar with me, bought my phone number to communicate with me. They were burning with passion, talking about love and sms messaging which I disliked a lot.

Is your husband ready to stand that busy schedules of a star that can sometimes be incompatible with personal life?

If he could take care of our child together with his mother while I was preparing for the Eurovision, he's ready for everthing ... Sometimes I regret that I was born female. Men are more united among themselves. They help each other get out. They regard women as an accessory. And that is annoying me …


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