By Paul Osborne

Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal visit performers at the Baku 2015 Ceremony auditions ©Baku 2015Baku 2015 Celebrity Ambassadors and 2011 Eurovision Song Contest winners Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal have paid a surprise visit to the auditions for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the European Games. 

The duo addressed performers with a short motivational speech, highlighting the dedication and preparation required to successfully perform at major international events.

"Representing your country at a major international event is an incredible feeling and I am delighted that so many young Azerbaijani people will have the opportunity to do so at Baku 2015," Jamal, who won the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest alongside Gasimov with the song Running Scared, said.

"As a Celebrity Ambassador it is my duty to encourage more people to get involved with Baku 2015 through initiatives such as the Ceremonies performer programme, and play a part in creating history for our country."

The Baku 2015 Opening Ceremony is set to be a celebration of traditional Azerbaijani culture that will reflect the host city's role in modern Europe, as well as honouring all the athletes that will be competing.

"We are trying to create a dream about Azerbaijan and we need you to help us make this dream come true. Come and join us and I promise you a truly unforgettable experience," said Tom Bisignano, senior producer at Five Currents, the company who will produce the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal won the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest with their song "Running Scared" ©Baku 2015Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal won the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest with their song Running Scared ©Baku 2015

Khumar Kuluzade, Baku 2015 Ceremonies performer, added: "My audition was an amazing experience and everyone involved was very friendly and smiling all the time.

"I already feel like I have become a part of one big family and I am looking forward to beginning my training to become a Baku 2015 Ceremonies performer."

The Baku 2015 Ceremonies team will recruit volunteer performers aged 16 and above who have passion, energy and a desire to represent their country in the newly-built National Stadium at the Opening Ceremony due on Friday June 12.

The Closing Ceremony are then scheduled to take place on Sunday June 28.

More details on how to apply can be found here.

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