Fade to Black (Nadir Rustamli song)

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"Fade to Black"
The official cover for "Fade to Black"
Single by Nadir Rustamli
Released21 March 2022
  • Andreas Stone Johansson
  • Anderz Wrethov
  • Sebastian Schub
  • Thomas Stengaard
Music video
"Fade to Black" on YouTube
Eurovision Song Contest 2022 entry
  • Andreas Stone Johansson
  • Anderz Wrethov
  • Sebastian Schub
  • Thomas Stengaard
  • Andreas Stone Johansson
  • Anderz Wrethov
  • Sebastian Schub
  • Thomas Stengaard
Finals performance
Semi-final result
Semi-final points
Final result
Final points
Entry chronology
◄ "Mata Hari" (2021)

"Fade to Black" is a 2022 single by Azerbaijani singer Nadir Rustamli. The song represented Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, after being internally selected by İctimai Television (İTV), Azerbaijan's broadcaster for the Eurovision Song Contest.[1]


The song was released on 21 March 2022, with the official music video being released on the Eurovision Song Contest's YouTube channel.[2][3]

Eurovision Song Contest


On 30 December 2021, the Azerbaijani broadcaster İctimai Television (İTV) opened a song submission period for interested composers to submit their songs into the Azerbaijani selection until 31 January 2022. All entrants who wished to take part in the Azerbaijani song selection were to provide a brief description of themselves as part of their submission. Six songs were shortlisted from around 300 submissions, which will be offered to the chosen artist for selection.[4][5]

Nadir Rustamli was announced as the selected artist on 16 February 2022, during İTV's breakfast show Sabahın xeyir, Azərbaycan ("Good morning Azerbaijan").[4]

At Eurovision

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Azerbaijan was placed into the second semi-final, held on 12 May 2022, and performed in the first half of the show.[6]


Chart performance for "Fade to Black"
Chart (2022) Peak
Lithuania (AGATA)[7] 69


  1. ^ "🇦🇿 Azerbaijan: Nadir Rustamli Releases Eurovision Entry "Fade to Black"". Eurovoix. 2022-03-21. Retrieved 2022-03-21.
  2. ^ Granger, Anthony (2022-03-21). "Today: 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan Reveals its Eurovision Entry & 🇺🇸 American Song Contest Commences". Eurovoix. Retrieved 2022-03-21.
  3. ^ van Waarden, Franciska (2022-03-18). "🇦🇿 Azerbaijan: Nadir Rustamli's Eurovision Entry to be Released on March 21". Eurovoix. Retrieved 2022-03-18.
  4. ^ a b Jabbarov, Elvin (2022-02-16). ""Nadi̇r rüstəmli̇ avrovi̇zi̇ya təmsi̇lçİmi̇z oldu!"". 12XAL (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 2022-02-16.
  5. ^ Granger, Anthony (30 December 2021). "Azerbaijan: İTV opens song submissions for Eurovision 2022". Eurovoix. Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Eurovision 2022: Which Semi-Final is your country performing in?". Eurovision.tv. EBU. 2022-01-25. Retrieved 2022-01-25.
  7. ^ "2022 20-os savaitės klausomiausi (Top 100)" (in Lithuanian). AGATA. 20 May 2022. Retrieved 20 May 2022.