Eldar Gasimov’s Star-Studded Azerbaijani Heritage

Eldar Gasimov brought Eurovision to Azerbaijan for the first time with his stunning 2011 duet with Nigar Jamal, “Running Scared.” Eldar is the great-grandson of an Azerbaijan artist power couple: Abbas Mirza Sharifzadeh, an Honored Artist Azerbaijan, and Marziyya Davudova, a People’s Artist of USSR. He is also the grandson of People’s Artist of Azerbaijan actress Firangiz Sharifova.

This star-studded Azerbaijani family background is reflected in his DNA results: he is 78.4% West Asian and 7.1% Central Asian. There are also some surprises, though: he’s 11.6% Scandinavian, 2.1% Baltic, and 0.8% Italian!