Last year was a dark year for Eurovision fans. Following the cancellation of the 2020 contest, 41 songs never made it to the Rotterdam stage. Luckily, many artists from the class of 2020 are returning to compete at Eurovision 2021.
A record-breaking 26 artists received the comeback ticket. And with that, comparisons to their previous entries are inevitable. So, we want to hear from our readers. Do you prefer the returning artists’ 2020 or 2021 songs?
Today, we’re heading to the land of fire and taking a look at Azerbaijan. In 2020, Efendi was set to sing “Cleopatra”. This year, she’s singing the track’s spiritual successor “Mata Hari”. Two tracks, two years. But which is your favourite? Vote in our poll now!
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“Cleopatra” (Azerbaijan 2020)
“Cleopatra” was a tribute to Cleopatra VII, the last ruler of Ptolemaic Egypt. The track itself is an eclectic blend of sounds combining modern dance-pop and more traditional instrumentations. With the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — Efendi scored an average of 7.28 out of 10.
“This song is jaw-droppingly fantastic”, wrote juror Oliver R. “There is so much to process in Azerbaijan’s entry to the contest right from the word go. The ethnic trills coupled with the spiritual chant crossed with the infectious chorus makes for a song perfect for the Eurovision stage — not just as an audio spectacle, but as a visual one too.”
“Mata Hari” (Azerbaijan 2021)
Efendi’s 2021 song “Mata Hari” is somewhat of a spiritual successor to “Cleopatra”. The song gets its title from the Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari, who was executed after being convicted of spying for Germany in World War I.
The track contains musical and lyrical references to Efendi’s previous entry. The pre-chorus chanting is in the Azeri language, marking the first time a Eurovision entry from Azerbaijan has been sung (at least partly) in the local language.
Poll battle — Azerbaijan: Which Efendi song is your favourite?
In this poll, there are only two songs to choose from, so you can only vote for one song. And as always, you can only vote once, so make it count. Europe, start voting now!
Which song did you vote for? How does “Mata Hari” compare to “Cleopatra”? Sound off in the comments below.