The days of Azerbaijan as the foremost Eurovision powerhouse are long gone. But having regained their place in the Top 10 courtesy of Chingiz, the Caucasus nation is riding on a high. Hoping to continue the Azeri rebirth this year is Samira Efendi, who brings a big dose of female power with her Eurovision 2021 song Mata Hari.

Scroll down for the “Mata Hari” lyrics

Azerbaijan in Eurovision 2021: Efendi “Mata Hari”

29-year-old singer Efendi has vast experience in music competitions. She first found fame as a teenager, taking part in Yeni Ulduz. Six years later, she was a finalist on The Voice of Azerbaijan ahead of 2016 representative Samra Rahimli. The next year, she placed third on international competition of Silk Way Star in Almaty. And in 2019, she again competed in Kazakhstan on The Star of Asia and The Voice of Nur-Sultan.

This is the sixth year she’s attempted to fly the Azeri flag at Eurovision. She competed at the national selection, Böyük Səhnə, in 2014 and was eliminated in the third heat. Since then, she’s regularly been considered for internal selection by İTV. In 2019, she made the shortlist of four potential performers, and in 2020, finally won the ticket to the big stage with the song “Cleopatra”.

Efendi was one of the first artists to be re-confirmed to represent her country in Rotterdam this year following the cancellation of the show last year, but her song was one of the last to be released. “Mata Hari” was selected from an open submission from songwriters which included more than 150 songs. In the end, a group of music experts and fans decided that Efendi should sing about a historic femme fatale.

What do the “Mata Hari” lyrics mean?

“Mata Hari” was written by the Dutch team of Amy van der Wel, Luuk van Beers, Tony Cornelissen and Josh Earl. Luuk van Beers and Tony Cornelissen also produced her previous entry “Cleopatra”. This is the second Eurovision song about the Dutch spy, the other being the Norwegian song in 1976 by Anne-Karine Strøm.

Lyrically, “Mata Hari” is very similar to “Cleopatra” in that it features Efendi comparing herself to a strong woman from history. Mata Hari was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was executed in World War I as a suspected spy for Germany. The seductress supposedly used her wiles and charm to gain secret information from high-ranking French officials. Efendi mentions these details from the start, singing “I’m a spy, I uncover all of your secrets, I want them”. She also refers to Mata Hari’s method of espionage as the “playing the game of desire… would you fall for me now?”

She goes on to refer to herself a “dangerous lover”, saying the men are “drinking my poisonous water, and you’re under my spell”. The seduction continues: “Moving my hips, you are trying, you can’t resist, try to fight it”. Then Efendi gets the information she wants: “Got a story to tell”.

Efendi refers to her previous song, saying she is “just like Cleopatra”. She then chants in Azeri – the first time the Azeri language has appeared in a song representing Azerbaijan. “Yalan da mən, yanan da mən, yaman da mən” roughly translates to “I also lie, I’m on fire, I’m bad”. Don’t mess with strong, intelligent women!

The feminine power of the song is beautifully portrayed in its energy as well as the lyrics. Azerbaijan proudly join the ranks of the feminist songs going to Rotterdam this year, and will no doubt be very well-received on the stage. It’s very important to recognise and celebrate the great women of history, y’all! Ma-ma-ma-Mata Hari!

In a statement, Efendi summed up the point of her song as follows.

“It is very important to talk about strong women in order to remind our beautiful ladies that despite the fact that we still live in a world full of prejudices, a woman can do anything and female power cannot be compared with anything. And if suddenly you do not have enough inspiration now, let the stories of strong women in history become the source of that very charge of energy with which you can cope with everything and achieve even bigger success. There is a queen in each of us and I want to remind you that it’s time to release her.”

Mata Hari lyrics – Efendi (Azerbaijan Eurovision 2021)

Written and composed by: Amy van der Wel, Luuk van Beers, Tony Cornelissen and Josh Earl

Mata Hari

I’m a godless spy
I’m a spy, I uncover
All of your secrets, I want them
There’s no stopping me now
I’m a liar
Playing the game of desire
Ain’t gonna leave no survivors
Would you fall for me now?

Just like Cleopatra
The army of lovers
I start a fire
Yalan da mən, yanan da mən, yaman da mən

Ma-Ma-Ma-Mata Hari
Mata Hari
(Ma-ma-ma-ma, ma-ma-ma-ma)
(Ma-ma-ma-ma) Ma-Ma-Ma-Mata Hari
Mata Hari
(Ma-ma-ma-ma, ma-ma-ma-ma)
(Ma-ma-ma-ma, ma-ma-ma-ma)
Mata Hari

Undercover
I am a dangerous lover
Drinking my poisonous water
And you’re under my spell
Mesmerizing
Moving my hips, you are trying
You can’t resist, try to fight it
Got a story to tell

Just like Cleopatra
The army of lovers
I start a fire
Yalan da mən, yanan da mən, yaman da mən

Ma-Ma-Ma-Mata Hari
Mata Hari
(Ma-ma-ma-ma, ma-ma-ma-ma)
(Ma-ma-ma-ma) Ma-Ma-Ma-Mata Hari
Mata Hari
(Ma-ma-ma-ma, ma-ma-ma-ma)
(Ma-ma-ma-ma, ma-ma-ma-ma)
Mata Hari

Ma-ma-ma-ma, ma-ma-ma-ma
Ma-ma-ma-ma, ma-ma-ma-ma
Just like Cleopatra
Let’s start a fire
Let’s go

Ma-ma-ma-ma, Mata Hari
Ma-ma-ma-ma, ma-ma-ma-ma, Mata Hari
Mata Hari

What do you think of the “Mata Hari” lyrics? Are you loving all the female power? Let us know below!

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Jake
Jake
4 months ago

Lazy AF lyrics. Would be better if there were more. How much of this song is ‘ma-ma-ma’ or ‘mata hari’ (not to mention ‘just like Cleopatra’ is so cringe – they are not comparable women – one was a ruler one was a spy)

Ern
Ern
4 months ago

“Cleopatra” was a better song. It’s sad she didn’t get to perform that.

“Mata Hari” is OK. But the singer seems to be very talented, so she may elevate it on stage. We shall see ..

Follow your heart
Follow your heart
4 months ago

Perfect

Stephanie
Stephanie
4 months ago

Okay… In 2012 Georgia was asked by EBU to change the title of their entry because it could be in some ways upset Russia and more specifically Putin. Name of the song was I don’t want to put in. Georgia refused and so they decided not to participate. In 2016, Ukraine, with Jamala, was represented by the song 1944. A song, not only about her grandmother, but also what the Russians did during WW2 with the Tartar population. Besides what the Tartars did during that same WW2, not a word, what a shocker. No problem said the EBU. Nowadays we… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Stephanie
Stephanie
Stephanie
4 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

Already did

Stephanie
Stephanie
4 months ago

Some lyrics are sometimes so painful….

ESC 21
4 months ago

I dont like these of song its weird and bad. But its Azerbadzjan so its go to the final anyway

Harut
Harut
4 months ago

If this wgonna do much better than Malta just because it’s Azerbaijan, Im done with ESC .

Milan
Milan
4 months ago
Reply to  Harut

I pity that people.

Jaguar66
Jaguar66
4 months ago

LOL ……… people comes with the worst explaining for songs, when clearly is something else. Only because this song got some nice instrumentation that doesn’t make it a good song & there are a lot of better songs that deserves to qualify.

Cheerios
Cheerios
4 months ago

The way this years going, we’re only gonna have 5 songs participate ;-;

Jenny
Jenny
4 months ago

Worst entry from Azerbaijan, clear NQ.

Cheerios
Cheerios
4 months ago
Reply to  Jenny

Clear qualification you mean?

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Cheerios

I don’t think this is a “clear” anything. Depending on the staging and the comparison with several other songs about seduction, this could qualify and finish top ten in the finals, fail to qualify by several spots or end-up in any of the shades in between, in between, oh, in between. 😉

An American ESC Fan
An American ESC Fan
4 months ago

Even though they sound very similar (though I think last year’s entry was much better), the lyrics between Cleopatra and Mata Hari are different enough in their meanings to be able to distinguish them. And in my opinion, Cleopatra clearly has the upper hand there since it actively tells a story. Cleopatra is about a woman regaining her confidence, telling her story by drawing comparisons between her life and Cleopatra’s. Sure, it’s not exactly reinventing the wheel, but it’s effective songwriting, has a solid meaning, and makes sense. Mata Hari is about… seduction, I guess? It’s understandable, since Mata Hari… Read more »

12345
12345
4 months ago

What you wanted to say:

Bland lyrics: check
Unmemorable music: check
Swedish plasticity: check
Nationalist singer: check
Last in my top: triple check

12345
12345
4 months ago

Man, you couldn’t say this better. Exactly my thoughts. I’m so happy she is free-falling on the odds.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago

Considering that today is St. Patrick’s Day, do you think that there would be an article honoring the Irish Eurovision entries as a way to mark the holiday.

12345
12345
4 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

If we follow every national holiday of every country, we will have such articles every single day. St Patrick is an Irish day and nothing more.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  12345

Fair enough. I didn’t even think about other countries national holidays.

12345
12345
4 months ago

Already did.

Ethan1994
Ethan1994
4 months ago

I know this is off-topic, but does anyone have any idea what’s happening regarding Belarus’ participation? The deadline for song submissions was two days ago.

Doris
Doris
4 months ago
Reply to  Ethan1994

Dispute ongoing because they deny any political explicit lyrics and are pointing past EBU decisions like Jamala, Hatari and even political lines in Verka’s 2007 song.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Ethan1994

Yeah, they’re really dragging their feet here. Is Belarus in or out? I keep checking this site and other Eurovision new site every day for any news about Belarus, but I keep getting nothing. At this point, I think Belarus should drop out.

Dawid
Dawid
4 months ago

Can we stop pretending like every song has some deeper meaning? xd It’s made to be a bob, let it be a bob.

12345
12345
4 months ago
Reply to  Dawid

It was made to be a bop but failed to be even that…

Darren
Darren
4 months ago

In other news:
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all eurofans.
We are all Irish today today.
Lá ceile Padraig, a chairde

Matt
Matt
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Hapoy St. Patrick’s to you too!

I wish people actually used Irish more, instead of just on St. Patrick’s Days greetings and the like. At the very least, Ireland could send a song in Irish.

Darren
Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Matt

I think TG4 could give us a decent song Ás Gaelige…but I don’t think it’s going to happen anytime soon.
Atleast well always have “Ceoil an Ghrá” back in the 70s

Darren
Darren
4 months ago
Reply to  Darren

K

Kris
Kris
4 months ago

The song has 88 seconds of singing , out of which 28 would be ma-ma-ma -mata hari and 75 seconds of instrumentals/beats. That’s why it feels she’s not singing and the ending is just abrupt . They need to add vocals and some structure to the end.

12345
12345
4 months ago
Reply to  Kris

Well, the Swedes kept the good songs for themselves, hahahaha

Matt
Matt
4 months ago
Reply to  Kris

Have you heard the 1995 winner?

Kris
Kris
4 months ago
Reply to  Matt

That was a different era , with Live orchestra I presume

Stephanie
Stephanie
4 months ago
Reply to  Matt

At least Nocturne was a damn good song, what you can’t say about this!
Besides you forgot Belgium 1983!

12345
12345
4 months ago

This song goes nowhere. PRAY THE SWEDS!!!!

Stef
Stef
4 months ago

Dangerous lover indeed….just saw her military pictures on her insta and made me remove her song from my TOP10! I have no trouble with Azerbaijan but her pictures are provocative!

Stef
Stef
4 months ago
Reply to  Stef

Bad for her….I loved her song and her candidacy till I saw these pictures! SHAME ON HER!

Kosey
Kosey
4 months ago

I really like this song first and foremost because it is an electric slice of pop with perfect staging potential for Eurovision. It is not really a song about female empowerment, but there are interesting layers. I like the storytelling of a historical figure who has resonance today in terms of cultural appropriation, the sexual objectification of women and the murky dealings of European relations. I doubt that the average viewer would be interested in exploring these layers but I like that the song focuses on something a little deeper than simple sexual desire or a need to heal the… Read more »

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
4 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

Move over, Amanda Gorman, here’s Efendi!

Kosey
Kosey
4 months ago
Reply to  Leendert Jan

Now that would be hilarious and I would pay money to see it!!

Helene
Helene
4 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

This is so funny. You should apply for the position to write the next manuscript for a feminist Ghostbusters. Like this song has a deeper meaning LOL

Kosey
Kosey
4 months ago
Reply to  Helene

As legendary 1990s Italian electronic dance band U.S.U.R.A. would say……

Open Your Mind.

Helene
Helene
4 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

I find it a little offensive that you imply that my mind is closed.

Kosey
Kosey
4 months ago
Reply to  Helene

Very funny! LOL!

Doris
Doris
4 months ago

Azerbaidjan will win the televote. Imagine the power of the turkish diaspora if Serhat managed to get the 9th place. And this time addition of regular votes. Bye outdated Charleston.

Reverb
Reverb
4 months ago
Reply to  Doris

with Armenia out of the contest? They needed a nice little aliyev puppet in Azerbaijan to take the risk and Efendi was perfect.

Pandaman
Pandaman
4 months ago
Reply to  Doris

If it was the Turkish diaspora, why didn’t Serhat make it to the final in 2016?

I’m pretty convinced it was the “Eurovision Daddy Serhat diaspora” instead.

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
4 months ago
Reply to  Doris

You still have a bit of vomit on your lips.

Doris
Doris
4 months ago

Remember my words and you will all be crying in may.

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
4 months ago
Reply to  Doris

Meh, I don’t cry that often and there are chances I don’t remember you in May.

Dawid
Dawid
4 months ago
Reply to  Doris

I guess I’m Turkish. Good to know

Dawid
Dawid
4 months ago
Reply to  Dawid

What? We’re hating on Serhat now? wtf happened?

karen
karen
4 months ago
Reply to  Doris

well, hate that kinda people talking about things which they know nothing at all… should you check out which countries voted for serhat in 2019, you will get that it was not turkish diaspora. even.the countries where turks live the most in, gave 0 points for serhat.

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago

How did four Dutch people write lyrics in Azeri? The translator should also get a credit.

Jimmy Smit
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

It’s possible one or more of the songwriters speaks Azeri.

Translation does not involve authorship, unless they changed the lyrics or added new content, so a translator wouldn’t get a writing credit. Translators sometimes get a translation credit but if it’s just a few words or a line then usually the translator’s fee will suffice.

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

I think it does involve authorship, especially when it is usually not possible to just translate word for word. Books in translation published today always give the translator appropriate credit under the author’s name. The Jules Verne or Leo Tolstoy available in English now are very different to what was around a hundred years ago. Anybody translating a Pablo Neruda poem needs to think very carefully about how to do it.

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

The Dublin Literary Award gives a tenth of the €100,000 to the translator, if there is one. Obviously, this song is only a small example, with just one line…but still, a credit isn’t too much to ask for – if only for the listener’s benefit, so they know it’s accurate and where it came from.

Jimmy Smit
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Translation of novels is very different to, and much more time-consuming than, translation for pop music. Something like the Dublin Literary Award will recognise translation because of the political and postcolonial significance of that act, particularly in the Republic of Ireland, where English is considered a coloniser’s language.

Last edited 4 months ago by Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

That’s partly what I said – it’s not authorship, unless it involves changing the content. I agree, a translation credit would be useful information and nice recognition, but that’s not usually the case for this type of material. The translation needs of centuries-old classic literature are completely different to contemporary pop songs. Novels are a completely different form, with different publishing standards, practices, and marketing. Translations of Beowulf are credited solely to the translator, for example, because we don’t know the original author/s. Translations of contemporary novels usually either credit the translator, as a translator, on the front of the… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

I think it is slightly relevant, because it is a creative translation – not a functional one. Anyway, I really was just asking a question more than making a point – maybe one of the songwriters actually does speak Azeri.

Jimmy Smit
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

And it’s a great question. I was simply thinking it through with you 🙂

I’d say your examples and analysis made a strong case for crediting the role of translators in literature, but presented a less convincing argument for pop music songs. It’s also worth considering how a credit might affect fee and contract. In any case, I agree with you that ideally all work should be openly and appropriately credited.

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

I’m bad with tone, people here might think I’m always fighting or in a bad mood…when really I’m not. I sometimes misread the tone of others – which just reminds me of another crucial job of the translator. It really is authorship. Back to the song…maybe the songwriters refused the first translation, asking the translator to try again – this time using an exact amount of syllables to match the beat. They would deserve credit for that. Celine Dion has recorded some English versions of her French songs, like Vole/Fly. The translator of Jacques Goldman’s lyrics got a songwriter credit,… Read more »

Jimmy Smit
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

For what it’s worth, that’s not my impression of you. You strike me as kind, sincere, and earnest. Reasonable, thoughtful and decent.

Last edited 4 months ago by Jimmy Smit
Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

Thank you. That’s a lot to live up to, but I’ll try…

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Apparently it is a well known expression in Azeri. I doubt anyone can claim to be its author.

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  Leendert Jan

That would make sense.

Why!
Why!
4 months ago

Here’s a tip: If you can’t dance, don’t go with the song that requires dancing.

Also, since we can’t use American Indians as a costume and such, is portraying an Egyptian allowed?

Helene
Helene
4 months ago
Reply to  Why!

You are suggesting a gross cultural appropriation here? ?

Why!
Why!
4 months ago
Reply to  Helene

That is the exact opposite what I’m suggesting; You can’t dress as a native American so why are we allowing the Egyptian culture being sold here?

Imagine what it would look like if Efendi would sing about being a Cherokee.

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  Why!

Cher did that once…

Why!
Why!
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I love that you mentioned Cher since I was thinking about her while writing this, I can understand her doing it in some level, as she said she’s 1/16 of Cherokee and back in the seventies people were not as aware of cultural appropriation but if she would release that album now, would it be seen as a good thing?

Just because something was more allowed before doesn’t mean it would still be. People evolve and opinions change.

Helene
Helene
4 months ago
Reply to  Why!

You do not understand irony.

Last edited 4 months ago by Helene
Why!
Why!
4 months ago
Reply to  Helene

My comment was written in a bit of a sarcastic way, I guess there’s some communication problems with us. No harm done Helene, sorry for misunderstanding your message!

Why!
Why!
4 months ago
Reply to  Why!

Why is it offensive to dress up as Native american? Why can’t I paint my face black? Is it really not a good costume to wear a nazi outfit? Were those crows from Dumbo really racist?

Wearing Levi jeans and an AC/DC t-shirt isn’t about culture or race.

Tulia
Tulia
4 months ago
Reply to  Why!

Why! never said it’s okay for black people to wear a whiteface. You’re just blant racist.

Tulia
Tulia
4 months ago
Reply to  Tulia

You’re not going to even apollogize when people here clearly see you as a racist and to top it all you see yourself as a better person. Disgusting behaviour.

Maggie
Maggie
4 months ago
Reply to  Why!

Lol! Just watch the Dutch performance in 2012 and you’ll perhaps have an idea what can be done. I really don’t get why people feel the urge to comment on things they clearly have no idea about!

Why!
Why!
4 months ago
Reply to  Maggie

I have seen it, I’m not new to Eurovision. It also was cultural appropriation and disrespectful to Native American cultures to wear a symbolic and important part of their culture as a costume. What is your point, that it’s okay to use other’s cultures as costumes? Very disrespectful.

Nadja
Nadja
4 months ago
Reply to  Maggie

Maggie that literally was cultural apppropriation, which is not acceptable.

Matt
Matt
4 months ago

Why are you not reporting on Tornike’s facebook post and why did you close the comment section for Vasil’s article?

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Matt

What did Tornike say?

Doris
Doris
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

My Love, I wanna be with you

Yellow
Yellow
4 months ago

I don’t get the hype on this one, it’s just annoying with that “mata-mata hari” being repeated all the time. I feel like this is going to be a NQ, since there are better songs.

Kris
Kris
4 months ago
Reply to  Yellow

There is no hype , since the song release Azerbaijan is constantly dropping in the odds too

Yellow
Yellow
4 months ago
Reply to  Kris

Oh no, I meant the hype as in it was quite anticipated upon it’s release. To me this kinda is a letdown, as I was expecting something more spectacular.

Pandaman
Pandaman
4 months ago

My favourite part of this song is that they don’t rhyme “fire” with “desire”.

Lolalola
Lolalola
4 months ago
Reply to  Pandaman

But they rhyme liar with desire XDD

Tulia
Tulia
4 months ago

Once again song is bought from another country, are Azeri people that bad at making music?

Honesty
Honesty
4 months ago

Efendi: “I start a fire…”
Meanwhile in my head:
Cause I’m burning up and I ain’t coolin’ down
Yeah I got the the fire
Ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah, yeah ah yeah ah yeah
Fuego!

Niya
Niya
4 months ago
Reply to  Honesty

Or you can go with the classic: “you’re a fire, and desire, when I kiss your lips you know you take me higher” 🙂

Kris
Kris
4 months ago
Reply to  Honesty

More like she is copying Dilara Kazimova , Azerbaijan 2014 , Start a Faiiiiii-re

12345
12345
4 months ago
Reply to  Kris

And Dilara probably copies someone else. The Azeris generally haven’t proved to us they are creative enough.

raylee
raylee
4 months ago

Yes it is so similar to Cleopatra because everybody wanted a Cleopatra vol 2. They responded and cared audience’s feedbacks and opinions. Maybe a little basic but i don’t think this is a bad one. She needs to improve dance skills until May because everything is up to stage show. If the staging is good , the worst possibility is 12th place and the best one is a place between 5-10

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Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
4 months ago

I don ‘t like the song

Alex
Alex
4 months ago

Sorry guys but this is a mess. How’s Mata Hari a feminist anthem? I think we really overreact as a community whenever there is a bop. You could call a feminist anthem the song from Malta. France’s song is also about finding your identity and confidence but how’s Mata Hari a feminist anthem? It’s a messy song with nonsense lyrics trying to recreate the vibe from Cleopatra. My point here is that we should enjoy the songs for what they are and not try to decorate them with big labels like ‘feminist anthem’ just to push them more and make… Read more »

Helene
Helene
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Especially when it is the opposite of feminist.

12345
12345
4 months ago

Sorry honey, the feminist anthem has been taken by Malta this year. Please try again next year.

Eurovision2016>
Eurovision2016>
4 months ago
Reply to  12345

Azerbaijan is like so much better.

Doris
Doris
4 months ago
Reply to  12345

Russia !!!! Malta just copied and even choose a french tittle when they saw Switzerland was leading.
Netta 2.0 we don’t want.

Reverb
Reverb
4 months ago
Reply to  Doris

you’re paranoid and offensive.

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
4 months ago

I think this song is overrated by the fans (9th on My Eurovision Scoreboard app). The song is nice but nothing special and I would even say it’s not quality. It is a guilty pleasure.
I don’t know if she can sing live but I feel like it could stay in semi final. I wish not for her but the juries will probably not give her many points.

KRM
KRM
4 months ago

This is 16th in the betting odds. How is this overrated?

12345
12345
4 months ago
Reply to  KRM

Any place higher than 20th is overrating when it comes to this song. Because 20th is the place she is gonna get in May. Just wait 🙂

Eurovision2016>
Eurovision2016>
4 months ago
Reply to  12345

It’s probably gonna rise to top five in the odds after rehearsals, same with Cyprus.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 months ago

Even though you’re possibly right, that really saddens me. 😉

Doris
Doris
4 months ago
Reply to  KRM

Malta is 10X more overrated.

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
4 months ago
Reply to  KRM

Did I say overrated in the betting odds? No. I said overrated by the fans. But still I think it will struggle to go through the semi final. And if she does a great show and gets a great score then I’ll be happy for her.

Duh
Duh
4 months ago

You wrote my thoughts exactly! I don’t think deserves a spot in the final since there are better songs in the same semifinal.

Doris
Doris
4 months ago

Why Malta is so high on the odds when Azerbaijan hasn’t move with a song 10X better that will 100% do better than Malta on televote ?
Malta delegation is creating fake hype by certainly bying the betting odds companies.or placing high amounts on themselves.

Ende
Ende
4 months ago
Reply to  Doris

Have you not heard ? All the countries participating to the Eurovision secretly met in Moscow early March annd decided to not vote for Azerbaijan this year.

Kris
Kris
4 months ago
Reply to  Ende

They met in Moscow ? Would seem more plausible they made a pledge to vote for Azerbaijan rather than against , lol

KRM
KRM
4 months ago
Reply to  Doris

I love Destiny, but I feel like her destiny will be like Michela in 2019.
Wish her the best of luck, tho.

Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  KRM

Sorry you’re wrong. Michela absolutely failed to support Chameleon on stage. She was bland.

Destiny has the sass and the vocals and has stage charisma.

Doris
Doris
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

But Chameleon was still 10X better song than this messy charleston.

KRM
KRM
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

I know, and as I said, I wish the best of luck to her. I would love to see Malta in the TOP 10 or even a Maltese victory in the near future, but Malta often does really bad with the televotes, that’s why I am a bit worried.

Tina
Tina
4 months ago

Serbian song is about 3 girls singing to a guy (1 guy?) to go crazy and sleep with them 😀 I really wonder what meaning will they say their song has 😀

Translation of the chorus:

And I am sweet and fine,
And you are alone, alone, alone,
And I know, know, know,
That there will be breaking, breaking, breaking,
So com’on, be crazy, crazy 😀

Last edited 4 months ago by Tina
Milan
Milan
4 months ago
Reply to  Tina

Well you just said it 🙂

Tina
Tina
4 months ago
Reply to  Milan

Yes, I said it, but I am wondering what will THEY say, how will they explain the meaning haha It’s nothing against Hurricane, I love them! But this is going to be a funny answer and I wanna hear their explination 😀

Last edited 4 months ago by Tina
Anne Marie
Anne Marie
4 months ago
Reply to  Tina

Probably how consumerism makes us lonely and at the same time very superficial to the point of spiraling into mental illnesses (hence the “crazy”). The “breaking” probably references the breaking point of one’s moral standards in the capitalistic world we live in but also the breaking of one’s own mental health, which is also an indirect critique to class discrimination.

Tina
Tina
4 months ago
Reply to  Anne Marie

oh, sorry, I used the word “breaking”, but the direct translation is “break”, and a slang meaning of it is “fu*k” 😀 You can type the word “Lom”, and check all the translations, and the last one will be the naughtiest one lol

Last edited 4 months ago by Tina
willchrisiam
willchrisiam
4 months ago
Reply to  Tina

What are you talking about? It isn’t about breaking anything, it means chaos in the context of the song. They used ,,lom” because it’s short and easy to pronounce. ,,ludilo” didn’t fit the criteria. And it’s not 3 girls addressing 1 guy, it’s 1 girl. Groups often do this thing where they all sing but represent 1 person. The lyrics are not good but there’s no need to stir additional controversy.

Last edited 4 months ago by willchrisiam
Preuss
Preuss
4 months ago

This is my favorite of the year, but the lyrics aren’t really that deep lol. All this reminds me of Switzerland 2019 when Luca or someone in wiwibloggs said his song was about female empowerment or something of meaning, yikes…

KRM
KRM
4 months ago

I don’t think that every song needs to have lyrics with a deep meaning. Neither has this song, but the lyrics fit really well with the concept and as a great party dance track this really works. A definite earworm!

Rashad
Rashad
4 months ago

Feminism is about not judging women for what they want to look like. If you’re sl*t-shaming someone for looking “seductive”, you’re doing exactly the opposite of what a feminist should do.
For me the deepest part of the song is the chanting in Azeri. It’s a very meaningful saying in Azerbaijan and we usually say it when someone is a victim but also being blamed. I think this saying perfectly matches with Mata Hari’s sad life story taking her to her execution.

KRM
KRM
4 months ago
Reply to  Rashad

Oh, come on, just stop it. What has this got to do with propaganda? Don’t you have got anything better to do than hating here?

KRM
KRM
4 months ago
Reply to  KRM

Well, that’s also what you basically do, so..

Rashad
Rashad
4 months ago
Reply to  KRM

Seems like I’ve got fans over here.

Ende
Ende
4 months ago
Reply to  Rashad

I love when a man comes to explain what Feminism is all about and fights “sl*t shaming” when absolutely no one critized Efendi of this…

Rashad
Rashad
4 months ago
Reply to  Ende

So a man can’t know what feminism is? It’s probably the most narrow-minded thing I’ve heard these days.

Ende
Ende
4 months ago
Reply to  Rashad

A man can know what feminism is, but YOU, with your Messiah man-spreading attitude delivering lecture and mentioning “sl*t shaming” when absolutely no one said or thought that about Efendi, you have definitely no idea about Feminism.

Helene
Helene
4 months ago
Reply to  Rashad

It is not judging her for what they she looks like. If you are beautiful it is not a fault. The opposite. And she seams like beautiful. But feminist empower have nothing to do with making yourself pleasing for men to gain your fortune. It is to reach the point where you are free of such ideas. This song is full of cliches about a woman using men so for me it is not feminist at all. It is actually as cheesy as it can be.

Emelié
Emelié
4 months ago
Reply to  Rashad

After the sexist comment you said last time, you will be the last person who should be explaining feminism.

Rashad
Rashad
4 months ago
Reply to  Emelié

Lol, when did I ever make a sexist comment? What’s wrong with these people? Now you’re making up a fake sexist comment? Also I had no idea I had so many followers reading every comment that I make on this website. 😀 I feel flattered.

Emelié
Emelié
4 months ago
Reply to  Rashad

http://wiwibloggs.com/2021/03/15/efendi-releases-mata-hari-azerbaijans-eurovision-2021-song/263237/#comment-1145040

Feeling flattered for people disagreeing with almost everything you say? Rashad you’re the living end.

Emelié
Emelié
4 months ago
Reply to  Emelié

Rashad said that Efendi can even win if she does sexy choreography, looks like you don’t know what sexism is Kris. And after you said doing a blackface should be allowed I doubt you’re much to say on these things.

Railey
Railey
4 months ago
Reply to  Emelié

Yeah, it looks like Rashad is joined by Kris on the wrong side. Sexism and racism have no place here, you should just both look on your views that are not acceptable and rethink those comments you’ve said. Sad to see that women get hatred even in the Eurovision community. Don’t take it up to youself Emelié, it’s good you try to correct wrong behaviour here, but sometimes people just don’t listen.

Rashad
Rashad
4 months ago
Reply to  Emelié

The whole situation is just pathetic. I’m not even going to try to explain myself, because clearly these articles are shared in some groups to attack any Azerbaijan related comments. All the dislikes, likes, and obviously trolls commenting nonsense explain it very well. It just upsets me to see how a group of people can lose their minds at once and not find anything better to do.

Nadja
Nadja
4 months ago
Reply to  Rashad

You’re saying sexist comments towards women and enjoying people getting upset? That’s narcist behaviour!

Okan idu?
Okan idu?
4 months ago

The oriental part of the song is complete rip off of Turkish folk song Konyalim. There is literally 2 added notes at the end but it is not original for sure

Velvet
Velvet
4 months ago

She’s my second place, but let’s not act like the lyrics have such a deep meaning lmao

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

Look, this is a guilty pleasure song and I like it for what it is. I get that every singer wants to promote their entry, but it gets a bit funny when every party song suddenly has a hidden meaning about empowerment, true love or self reflection. Love them or not, Russia, Malta and Latvia are about feminism. This is about seduction. The closest feminist thing I can take from it is that women shouldn’t be ashamed of displaying their sexuality. I’m totally fine with that. Just don’t overplay the depth of these lyrics, please. 😉

Ende
Ende
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

100% with you.
The song is good and not all the songs need a deep meaning or cause to exist and to make people dance and have a good time!

Helene
Helene
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

But there are some limits to a guilty pleasure. This passes my limit. It is without any sense of humour or charm.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 months ago

“I am a dangerous lover
Drinking my poisonous water
And you’re under my spell
Mesmerizing
Moving my hips, you are trying
You can’t resist, try to fight it.”

Yep, feminism. Obvs.

Reverb
Reverb
4 months ago

“Ain’t gonna leave no survivors” is not the classiest or most appropriate lyric miss Efendi could have sung. La militarrrrrrrrri – sta

Ende
Ende
4 months ago

How is that celebrating women who unleash their power ? She just sings about ONE famous woman.

Nancy G
Nancy G
4 months ago
Reply to  Ende

Read Efendi’s quote in the article maybe?

Reverb
Reverb
4 months ago
Reply to  Nancy G

Is she going to show the same quote on the video backdrop on the night?

Ende
Ende
4 months ago
Reply to  Nancy G

Sure … so tomorrow is she sings about coffee beans and she says in an interview that this a metaphorical song about women who unleash their power and keep us awake, this will be fine for you ?
No need to mention that based on “her” choices of women (Cleopatra, Mata Hari), her idea for women to unleash their power is mainly focused on seduction… That’s totally fine and nothing to be ashamed of but what about women who unleash power in different ways ?

Ende
Ende
4 months ago
Reply to  Ende

Do not misinterpret my comment. This is exactly what I meant, what about she sings about all and numerous examples of women who unleash their power in an other way than seduction!?
What about singing of different ways to unleash power for women (and men) using whatever way they want (seduction, intelligence, charisma, leadership…)? Because now basically she is saying that women should be inspired by strong women in the past => Cleopatra/Mata Hari who are famous for their seduction skills. This is counter-productive…
Both songs are great! No need to use pseudo-feminism as a moral excuse.

Milan
Milan
4 months ago
Reply to  Ende

It takes real skill and self-control to write a non-mocking article about the lyrics of this song. The temptation must be huge.

Reverb
Reverb
4 months ago
Reply to  Milan

or you just reproduce Efendi’s press release. The easy, lazy, irresponsible, risk-free way to do it.

Az*rbaijan
Az*rbaijan
4 months ago

Does Efendi even know who Mata Hari is?

Robert
Robert
4 months ago

Great song.. Very Eurovision, middle eastern pop.. Will do well as is expected of Azerbaijan

Escjesc
Escjesc
4 months ago

I love Turkic language and sounds.. Jamala had turkic lyrics in her song.. also Efendi has. I hope she will do well.

BeepBoop
BeepBoop
4 months ago

Oh well, I guess those super rich lyrics do really empower women!
Look, the song is fine — although, in my opinion, it is not the masterpiece some people want it to be — but, I respect every opinion, and as I always say, taste is subjective. Still, I am so tired of seeing this “oh, this is feminist!” argument when the song in particular is so bland lyric-wise… I do not get it, seriously.

Is it an ethnic BOP? Definitely.
Will it do well? Definitely.
Is it feminist? Well …

Milan
Milan
4 months ago
Reply to  BeepBoop

I wouldn’t bet that it will do well. There are a lot of good songs this year.

BeepBoop
BeepBoop
4 months ago
Reply to  Milan

I mean… I don’t even have it in my TOP15 but seeing how it is being hyped… I expect it to do well in the televote.

Kris
Kris
4 months ago
Reply to  BeepBoop

It should do well in Televote , the juries I don’t know. But Samra qualified in 2016 with garbage vocals , I highly doubt She is as bad as her

Vytautas
Vytautas
4 months ago

Does she mean she starts a fire against Armenians?

Colono
Colono
4 months ago
Reply to  Vytautas

How in the hell this user is still allowed to comment on this site?! Accusing one artist constantly with very offensive adjectives. At this point wiwibloggs’ admins should do something I guess.