She was touted as Azerbaijan’s Eurovision act two days ago. And now it has been confirmed that Samira Efendi will represent Azerbaijan at Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam.
The news was announced through the official Eurovision channels:
Samira Efendi is the #ESC2020 artist for Azerbaijan?? | Ictimai TV?
She will head to Rotterdam?? after a successful 5th attempt at representing the Land of Fire?
Her song will be announced soon. Find out more? https://t.co/NpdRmbW7Tt
— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) February 28, 2020
Efendi also shared the announcement on her Instagram account, writing “I am very proud and happy to represent Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest this year. Thank you to everyone who believes in me and supports me! I will try my best to make it unforgettable.”
No details have been confirmed about Efendi’s song for Rotterdam. Earlier in the week, it was reported that Dutch songwriters Tony Cornelissen and Luuk van Beers had been in Baku working on a song for her.
While Azerbaijan has always sent English-language songs to Eurovision, Efendi’s strengths lie in Azeri-language songs, which suggests an ethnic ballad may be more suited to her style.
Her song for Eurovision 2020 will be released in coming days.
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.
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.
Broadcaster Ictimai says Samira Efendi was selected from a short list of five acts.
The other four in contention were Laman Dadasheva, Elvin Novruzov, Jabrail Rasulov and Riad Abdulov.
In the end, Samira Efendi was chosen by an international jury, which included music producers, composers, television industry professionals and journalists.
What do you think of the news? Will Samira do Azerbaijan proud? Let us know in the comments below!