“Cleopatra” was the high octane ethno-pop banger that Efendi would have sung in Rotterdam at Eurovision 2020. And late last month, the Azeri diva gave us a taste of the what might have been as she performed the song for the first time on live TV.
Efendi sings “Cleopatra” on live TV
Efendi, clad in one of her high fashion dresses that feature in the official music video, gave us a sizzling performance and dance routine during İctimai Tv’s late-night talk show Fatehin Divanı.
While scaled-down, this gives us an idea of what the big performance in Eurovision might have looked like: veiled dancers with avant-garde clothing, strong pop choreography, all dipped in the Azerbaijani production we all know and love. With the technology that Rotterdam would have offered, the sass levels of Efendi could have gone through the roof, making a strong case for her qualification.
While this was the first live performance of the studio version that would have gone to Eurovision, Efendi had already released a live acoustic rendition her Eurovision Home Concert. She pared it back, showing the rich orchestration that the pop banger offered.
While Cleopatra sounds cheeky on the surface, the Azeri singer elaborated on the liberating meaning of the song. “It is truly a song about freedom, a celebration of all cultures and all sexualities and it’s a song that is meant to inspire people to be who they are and to be proud of themselves – just as Cleopatra was. She was a queen who went through love, heartbreak, and betrayal, but she stood up for herself and is now remembered as an icon of strength and femininity,” she says
What do you think? How would you have envisioned “Cleopatra” live? Let us know in the comments.