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In Baku, Eurovision Supervisor Talks Of Human Rights, Hopes For Event

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Preparations for the 57th Eurovision Song Contest have reached a fever pitch in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku.

Finishing touches are being put on the venue, local streets are undergoing a scrupulous cleanup, and the city has become the focus of numerous pop songs celebrating its charms.

​​Azerbaijan has also crossed a critical milestone in the run-up to its hosting of the contest. In a high-wattage ceremony on January 25, Baku Mayor Hajibala Abutalibov accepted the symbolic key to the contest from last year's host, his Duesseldorf counterpart, Dirk Elsbers.

The country also unveiled the logo for this year's contest -- a flaming red flower accompanied by the slogan "Light Your Fire!"

Sietse Bakker, the event supervisor for the Eurovision competition who was in Baku for the unveiling, said the logo is "absolutely beautiful."

"I think this is a very modern representation of the Eurovision Song Contest," Bakker said. "And I actually think this may be the best theme arc, and the best slogan, that we've ever had for Eurovision."

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Daisy Sindelar, based on reporting by Kenan Aliyev.

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In Baku, Eurovision Supervisor Talks Of Human Rights, Hopes For Event

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