Back in March, Azerbaijan‘s broadcaster Ictimai TV gave Efendi the return ticket to Rotterdam. And now the broadcaster has opened submissions to find the song that Efendi will perform at Eurovision 2021.
The broadcaster put out the call on social media. They wrote:
“Maybe you are the author of the song that will represent Azerbaijan on the stage of Eurovision in 2021? We are waiting for the song at [email protected] until January 19. Make sure that Samira Efendi will perform it magnificently. Let the whole world hear your song!”
2021-ci ild? "Avroviziya" s?hn?sind? Az?rbaycan? t?msil ed?c?k mahn?n?n mü?llifi b?lk? el? s?ns?n?
Yanvar?n 19-na kimi [email protected] elektron ünvan?nda mahn?n? gözl?yirik.
?min ol ki, Samir? ?f?ndi onu möht???m ifa ed?c?k.
Qoy bütün dünya s?nin mahn?n? e?itsin! pic.twitter.com/hvudUCslDt
— Ictimai TV (@TvIctimai) January 7, 2021
The post was accompanied by a video explaining the call, accompanied by clips of iconic Eurovision performances, both from Azeri artists and international stars. The overall impression is that Azerbaijan is continuing to aim high.
Interested songwriters won’t have long to get their entries in — submissions close on 19 January, in little over one week. But with Efendi having been confirmed for Eurovision 2021 over nine months ago, songwriters have had a long time to craft the perfect song with Efendi in mind.
How will Efendi’s song for Eurovision 2021 be selected?
While Ictimai TV has opened submissions for Efendi’s Eurovision 2021 song, they haven’t confirmed how exactly the song will be selected.
However, since 2014 Azerbaijan has always selected its song internally. And with the world in the middle of a pandemic, sticking with a simple internal selection seems the most practical choice.
Efendi’s journey to Eurovision 2021
Samira Efendi has long been on many fans wishlists to represent Azerbaijan at Eurovision. She was reportedly one of the shortlisted acts in 2019, and was finally given the ticket to Eurovision in 2020.
After much hype and speculation, Efendi’s song for Eurovision 2020 was confirmed as “Cleopatra”. The song came with a bold music video, which promises an equally thrilling live performance at Eurovision.
However, little over one week after “Cleopatra” was released, the EBU announced that, sadly, Eurovision 2020 would not go ahead.
But Ictimai TV didn’t want to let go of their diva. Just two days after the cancellation, Efendi confirmed that she would be back at Eurovision 2021.
What do you think? Should Efenfi perform another song like “Cleopatra”? Or should she go in a different direction? Tell us your thoughts below!