“Betrayed by a lover, so hard to recover, couldn’t see the forest from the trees.” These are just some of the words that Samira Efendi sings in Azerbaijan’s mysterious and enchanting Eurovision 2020 song “Cleopatra”.
The song is built around the myth and legend of Cleopatra — Egypt’s final Pharaoh who has beguiled artists, writers and historians for centuries. She’s known to have seduced many powerful men, such as Caesar and Antionius. And now Efendi is poised to seduce listeners with her mystical sound and endlessly sensual looks. Not to mention some out-there Buddhist chanting.
The video is lush and expensive. We see Efendi bedecked in garments befitting of an Egyptian queen. Amid her personal splendour we see stunning landscapes — include a vast desert — adding to the myth and hype of Cleopatra, but also Efendi, our Azerbaijani queen.
Cleopatra: Azerbaijan’s Eurovision 2020 song
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.
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.
Azerbeijan at the Eurovision Song Contest
Azerbaijan has been participating in the Eurovision Song Contest since 2008. In total, the country has now participated 12 times. In 2011, Aazerbeijan achieved its best Eurovision result ever when Ell & Nikki won the contest with ‘’Running Scared’’. Last year Azerbaijan placed 8th with Chigiz and Truth.
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