Little has been heard from Eurovision 2011 winners Azerbaijan, as they search for their act for Eurovision 2020. But now a rumour has emerged which suggests that Azeri singer Samira Efendi has been selected as Azerbaijan’s act for Rotterdam.
The news was first reported by the Turkish Eurovision Facebook page ESC Honey.
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The post includes a photo which shows the Dutch songwriters Tony Cornelissen and Luuk van Beers in a Baku recording studio with the Azeri musician Kenoud.
ESC Honey writes that the songwriters are working on Azerbaijan’s entry for Eurovision 2020, which will be performed by Samira Efendi.
Kenoud is known for playing the oud, a traditional guitar-like stringed instrument which was also used on Chingiz’ “Truth”.
Who is Samira Efendi?
Samira Efendi may be familiar to Eurovision fans as one of the five singers shortlisted as Azerbaijan’s act for Eurovision 2019. While Efendi missed out to Chingiz, it seems like she still made a good impression on the broadcaster.
In 2014, Efendi competed in Azerbaijan’s national final Böyük Səhnə. She made it to the third heat, where she was eliminated just before the grand final. But her three performances on the show proved Efendi is an experienced performer with a strong voice.
The following year, she competed on the first series of The Voice of Azerbaijan. Efendi impressed the judges with her audition of Whitney Houston’s “Listen”. All four judges turned, which led to a successful stint on the show. Efendi eventually finished in second place in the grand final.
In 2017, Efendi represented Azerbaijan in the Kazakhstan-hosted international music contest Silk Way Star. Over the weeks, Efendi delivered performances in a number of styles, including the jazzy “Sensiz”.
Most recently, Efendi has released the single “Yol Ayrici”. It’s a modern electronic pop track, where Efendi sings of being at the crossroads of a relationship, not knowing whether to give up on love. The song has traditional elements and Efendi shows off her rich vocal style as well. She also delivers a sultry rap, showing she’s truly a versatile performer.
But will we see her at Eurovision 2020? Azerbaijan’s broadcaster Ictimai Television has NOT made any comment on their selection for Rotterdam, and nor has Efendi herself said anything.
What do you think? Should Azerbaijan send Samira Efendi to Eurovision 2020? What sort of song should she sing? Tell us your thoughts below!