Azerbaijan’s Efendi has been confirmed for Eurovision 2021. And while she won’t be able to sing her song about Cleopatra — the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt — she’ll most definitely bring her treasure trove of gifts: beauty, voice and presence.
“Guys, I have great news to share with you,” she wrote on Instagram. “Yes, I will represent Azerbaijan at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021! Thank you for your support and unforgettable emotions! Can’t wait to see you.”
She punctuated her message with a heart emoji, signing off with a love akin to that Cleopatra shared with Marc Antony. But thankfully our girl has the ambition and fire make sure her love affair with Eurovision has a happier ending.
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Guys, i have great news to share with you? ? Yes, I will represent Azerbaijan at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021! Thank you for your support and unforgettable emotions! Can’t wait to see you ?? ? Dostlar, sizinl? sevindirici x?b?rl? bölü?m?k ist?yir?m ? ? B?li, m?n 2021-ci il Avroviziya müsabiq?sind? Az?rbaycan? t?msil ed?c?y?m. D?st?yiniz? gör? d?rin t???kkürümü bildirir?m ??
Azerbaijan at Eurovision 2021: It’s Efendi!
Our excitement for Efendi stems, no doubt, from the impressive music video she dropped for her intended 2020 song “Cleopatra”. And while she won’t be able to sing it next year, owing to a decree by the EBU for new songs, it sets down a very high standard for The Land of Fire to build on next year.
“Betrayed by a lover, so hard to recover, couldn’t see the forest from the trees.” These are just some of the words she used to create an aura of mystery and intrigue in the song.
It was 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 Efendi was poised to seduce listeners with her mystical sound and endlessly sensual looks. Not to mention some out-there Buddhist chanting.
When Deban and I reviewed the song after its release, we were impressed by how lush and expensive it all was. We see Efendi bedecked in garments befitting of an Egyptian queen. Amid her personal splendour we also see stunning landscapes — including a vast desert — adding to the myth and hype of Cleopatra, but also Efendi, our Azerbaijani queen.
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.
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Legend, myth, Cleopatra ? Azerbaijan’s @efendi_music is on fire in her #Eurovision music video. Sensuality. Spirituality. Rhythm. Buddhist chanting. Shades of Khaleesi. This is bananas is the best possible way! ?????? Full reaction video is up on the #wiwibloggs YouTube channel ???? #eurovision2020 #esc2020 #efendi #cleopatra #eurovisionsongcontest #popmusic #azerbaijan
Are you as excited to welcome Samira to Eurovision 2021 as we are? Do you hope that she comes with a similarly over-the-top song? Let us know in the comments box down below.