Efendi will sing “Cleopatra” for Azerbaijan at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.
The official music video for “Cleopatra” was released today. It was one of two songs that were in the running to represent Azerbaijan in Rotterdam. The other song was “Scars into Stars”. “Cleopatra” was written and composed by Luuk van Beers, Alan Roy Scott and Sarah Lake.
Samira Efendi (performing as Efendi) will represent Azerbaijan at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The singer was internally selected by the Ictimai, the Azeri national broadcaster, out of five artists:
- Samira Efendi
- Laman Dadasheva
- Elvin Novruzov
- Jabrail Rasulov
- Riad Abdulov
This is the Efendi’s fifth attempt at representing her country at the Eurovision Song Contest. She has previous experience competing on behalf of Azerbaijan, having participated in Silk Way Star which was broadcast across Central Asia, Russia, Azerbaijan and Turkey. Efendi also placed 3rd in The Voice of Azerbaijan, and most recently represented her country at the Voice of Nur-Sultan International Festival in Kazakhstan.
Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest
Azerbaijan debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, they were represented by Elnur & Samir with the song “Day After Day”, they finished 8th in the final. In 2011 Azerbaijan won the Eurovision Song Contest represented by Ell & Nikki and their song “Running Scared”. The song scored a total of 221 points, receiving only three sets of 12 points from Malta, Russia and Turkey. In 2018 Azerbaijan failed to qualify for the final for the first time, having previously had a 100% qualification record.