The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 songs that had been selected for Eurovision 2020. Next up, we take a look at Azerbaijan‘s Efendi and her song “Cleopatra”. Did we worship this queen? Read on to find out!
Efendi – “Cleopatra”
Jonathan: Having known of Efendi for a couple of years now, I was excited to see her finally selected for Eurovision. And she did not disappoint with “Cleopatra”. A pop banger infused with ethnic instrumentation, Buddhist chanting and a dance break – it’s a lot, but I am totally on board for the ride. Efendi adds her own touches to the song, with the rolled R’s on “Cleopatra” adding an extra flourish. The song is bold and ensures that it’ll be ingrained in the listener’s memory whether you understand what’s going on or not.
Oliver: This song is jaw-droppingly fantastic. There is so much to process in Azerbaijan’s entry to the contest right from the word go. The ethnic trills coupled with the spiritual chant crossed with the infectious chorus makes for a song perfect for the Eurovision stage – not just as an audio spectacle, but as a visual one too. Traditional flares with a pop foundation, as is the case with “Cleopatra” is undeniably a favourite genre of mine, and I am so glad that Azerbaijan blessed us with a real banger.
Åri: I want to acknowledge this as the bisexual anthem everyone sees in this, but it does not get to me. I’m sorry for this score, but I’m not feeling this song at all. Lyrically, I feel like “Cleopatra” would have been better left unwritten. It annoys me in ways I can’t explain. The song is outdated, Efendi’s voice is irking me… I can’t let myself give it a higher score. Sorry.
Robyn: The energy of this song is incredible. “Cleopatra” throws almost everything in the mix but somehow this kitchen-sink approach works. Dance-pop, Buddist chanting, drum and bass, Latin rhythms — yeah, why not? Efendi is the right singer for the song (!) and with the vocal talent and attitude needed to deliver it. This song deserves to have people dancing to it, singing along with the hard R of the chorus. This will surely be a Euroclub hit for years to come.
William: Cleopatra was a woman of myth, legend, beauty and passion. She may have looked into the future and taken note from Efendi. This Azerbaijani queen has delivered the most lavish music video of the 2020 season — and one that pays proper homage to the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. Whether twerking by a car or bathing in Moroccanoil, our girl is hitting all of her cues! But ultimately it’s the music and the meaning that have me hooked. The song evolves fluidly over the three minutes, progressing from a call to prayer to an ethnic dance banger — all brought home with a fierce beat and an overdose of percussion. Amid all that noise Efendi manages to find her voice again. Listen and you may find yours too.
Efendi – “Cleopatra” rankings
In the Wiwi Jury we have 22 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 3 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.28/10
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