Last year she sang an ode to an Egyptian queen, but this year Efendi could be taking a different direction. Azerbaijan‘s singer for Eurovision 2021 has revealed the titles of the six songs in the running to be her entry for Eurovision 2021.
Efendi shared the news through the Azeri fan organisation INFI Azerbaijan. The six song titles are:
- “Breathing You”
- “Mata Hari”
- “Owe You Pretty”
- “When I Am Gone”
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“Mata Hari” appears to be a reference to the legendary Dutch exotic dancer of the same name, who was executed after being found guilty of spying for Germany in World War I.
Of the six songs, two are ballads and the other four are up-tempo songs. One of the songwriters behind Efendi’s 2020 entry “Cleopatra” is also behind one of the six songs.
INFE Azerbaijan also notes that the titles of the songs are not fixed and could still be changed.
How will Efendi’s song for Eurovision 2021 be selected?
At the beginning of the year, broadcaster Ictimai TV opened submissions to find Efendi’s song for Rotterdam. Well over 150 songs were submitted and from that the broadcaster selected a shortlist of those six songs.
A special focus group made up of music experts and fans will assess the shortlisted songs and determine the song Efenfi will take to Rotterdam.
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 promised 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? What song title sounds the most promising? Should Efenfi perform another song like “Cleopatra” or go with a ballad? Tell us your thoughts below!