Efendi Azerbaijan Eurovision 2020 Cleopatra

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!”

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!

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Tom
Tom
3 months ago

She revealed many weeks ago that she and probably her team working on her song and now they opened the submition again? 🙁

Dope
Dope
3 months ago

Just buy another Senhit rejected song, like who cares

Colin
Colin
3 months ago

Cleopatra is a kind of a guilty pleasure that transcends that and becomes a song I legitemately love.

Preliminary, I’d like to hear something that channels that vibe and which would make Efendi claim her rightful place on the throne among other seduction divas of ESC, like Ani and Eleni.

But if it’s a ballad, so be it. I don’t mind a change of pace, as long as I like the song. I have faith in her pick.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Everything you’ve said about anything else ever would make me so sure that you should hate “Cleopatra”. Just goes to show, people can always surprise you. 😉

Colin
Colin
3 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Yeah, I usually dislike diet pop which tries to be anthemic but says nothing. My first impression for Cleopatra wasn’t that positive either, if you recall. But it soon won me over by how musically creative and lyrically exaggerated it is. It feels self-aware of how racy / nonsensical it’s content is. Even the parts that are perhaps accidentally funny (“… or in between… in between”, “you know who I mean, not the Latin king”…) perfectly embody how uniquely bonkers it all is. The lyrics aren’t just “run the mill bad” (e. i. collecting only phrases heard millions of times),… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I’m in a similar situation. “Cleopatra” wasn’t normally the kind of entry I would like, but it grew on me a lot. It’s so all over the place, that I can’t help but have fun with it. I still believe the “in between” line was trying to pander to the fandom, I understand why the use of the mantra bothers some people, but the full package is quite memorable and a stand-out. Knowing how much effort Azerbaijan puts on staging, I could see this becoming an unexpected sensation.

Richard
Richard
3 months ago
Reply to  Colin

You’ve totally summed up my exact sentiments about this song, amazing!

Kaitlin
Kaitlin
3 months ago

I hope its something that
1. Has a bit of the Azeri language
2. Suits Efendi’s inner diva

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 months ago

I’d like a song that hadn’t been passed around other delegations. Maybe, even an Azerbaijani songwriter gets involved? Crazy ideas, I know. 😉

Ashton
Ashton
3 months ago

As always, hoping for something in Azerbaijani.

Richard
Richard
3 months ago

Still mourning that we’ll never see the staging for Cleopatra. If they can come up with something as bonkers and fabulous as that (without repeating the formula) I’ll be delighted.

Paul
Paul
3 months ago

I would like it to be as close as possible to Cleopatra. Maybe sing it about another female icon – Imagine a banger about Marie Curie or Emmeline Pankhurst