Efendi Cleopatra Live TV performance Azerbaijan Eurovision 2020

“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.

“Cleopatra” acoustic

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

Efendi has been confirmed to represent Azerbaijan in Eurovision 2021.

What do you think? How would you have envisioned “Cleopatra” live? Let us know in the comments.

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3 months ago

yes girl give us nothing!

Con b
Con b
3 months ago

Definitely not ‘live’ , and so static . ‘Me tana’ was ten times better than this song .

Richard
Richard
3 months ago

Still loving Cleo, I could listen to this song all day.

Danielito
Danielito
3 months ago

She cannot move her a**. I was expecting an energy 5 times stronger than Fuego and instead I saw a static woman. Pitty.

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago

I was so curious about what they’d come up with for the actual ESC2020 performance. So.curious. This entry lends itself to a really fabulous, epic, and everything in between performance. 🙁

Héctor
Héctor
3 months ago

Is it me or this performance took place months ago? I swear I’ve seen this in Wiwibloggs before. This is old guys.

About the performance… well, I wouldn’t say this is a live performance nor a good performance either not to say the Eurovision performance would have been nothing like this.

Nina
Nina
3 months ago

This is amazing song, but always knew that her vocals are weak, so I’m not surprised to see her performing acoustic version (NOT) in live haha She should have think about the distance she make when she move away from the mic, ’cause in many moments her mouth is not positioned right, but we STILL hear the voice in the same intensity haha Funny how low intelligence can play against us. Let’s hope her team have SOMEONE smart who won’t let her make some stupid mistakes in her esc performance. I expect amazing ethnic banger from Azeri next year, and… Read more »

KESC
KESC
3 months ago
Reply to  Nina

Her vocals are weak? Not really.

Would advise you to check out some of her live performances:

https://youtu.be/cR68fdp5DmA

https://youtu.be/ydSRajFaw5Y

https://youtu.be/lks0stosphY

https://youtu.be/jVhpsuwZVmc

Last edited 3 months ago by KESC
Martin
Martin
3 months ago

She didn’t even move her feet while she was miming!

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
3 months ago

Why are her backup signers wearing masks and she’s not? Is she an anti-masker?

Tom
Tom
3 months ago

She is Cleopa -TRA

RavensHeart
RavensHeart
3 months ago

Love her, love the song, but she can’t mime to save her life 😛

KESC
KESC
3 months ago

This is definitely not what we would’ve seen!
No one said that! She just performed there and the reason why she didn’t sing live was because of the low technical quality of the show.

She already said that she doesn’t want to show anything from her staging, since there is the possibility that she can incorporate these things in next year’s performance, depending on the genre of the song.

So, no, her outfit and also the choreography wouldn’t have looked this way!!

Last edited 3 months ago by KESC
Kosey
Kosey
3 months ago

This song had so much potential. It is one of my biggest disappointments that we won’t get to see it on the Eurovision stage.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
3 months ago

Efendi’s music video is vivacious, colourful and flamboyant so this studio performance is shockingly lifeless in comparison. Having no live vocal may have been justified if there was an impressive dance routine. Instead, she lip-synced passionatelessly and twirled on the spot.

Maybe she’d hurt her leg and had a sore throat? Whatever the case, I would have asked those back-up dancers to take those things off of their mouths, but perhaps they didn’t know the words either.

Last edited 3 months ago by Jimmy Smit
vangelis vt
vangelis vt
3 months ago

“Aphrodisiac” vol.2

Bella
Bella
3 months ago

I doubt this is “what could have been”. She’s lip-syncing and just standing idle in the middle.

Guest
Guest
3 months ago

She’s stunning. Why is she not singing live, though? ?