Ictimai has extended the submissions deadline for songs to represent Azerbaijan at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
The Azerbaijani broadcaster has extended its submissions deadline for songs to compete in Eurovision 2021 from January 19 to February 1. The deadline gives interested songwriters and producers an additional 13 days to submit songs into the Azerbaijani selection process.
12 xal reports that to date a total of 150 songs have been submitted into the nations selection for Eurovision. Following the closure of the submissions process the songs will be evaluated and shortlisted. The shortlisted songs will compete in a final round featuring a focus group that will select Efendi’s song for Rotterdam.
Who is Efendi?
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.
She was due to compete with the song “Cleopatra” which was tipped to do well at the contest last may before it was cancelled.
Image source: Ictimai | Source: 12xal
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.