INFE Azerbaijan reports that 8 of the songs submitted for Efendi have been shortlisted to be selected for Eurovision.
Eight songs are in the running for Efendi to perform at Eurovision 2021 according to INFE Azerbaijan. The site reports that eight songs have been shortlisted by the Azerbaijani broadcaster following a submissions process that opened at the start of the month.
The eight songs selected so far been chosen by the focus group. It should be noted that it was only a few days ago that İctimai extended the submission deadline to February 1st. It remains unclear if the shortlist will change to reflect any songs submitted in the time since the deadline extension.
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: INFE AZERBAIJAN
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.