A total of 229 entries have been submitted to Azerbaijan’s Ictimai for Eurovision 2021.
Azerbaijan’s Head of Delegation Isa Malikov has revealed that a total of 229 songs have been submitted for Efendi to sing at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The submissions come from both local and foreign writers.
“Our team listened to each song several times to appreciate it. There were really beautiful compositions among them, six of the best of them were on our shortlist. As always, we tried to find a beautiful and professional song” – Isa Malikov
Azerbaijan will reveal their competing song in the second week of March, according to the vocal teacher who is currently working with Efendi on her potential entries.
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.
Source: INFE Azerbaijan / Image source: Ictimai
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.