iTV has confirmed to Eurovoix that Efendi will be recording her live-on-tape performance for Eurovision 2021 tomorrow.
The Azerbaijani live-on-tape performance for Eurovision 2021 is set to be filmed tomorrow in Baku. March 25th is the last day for countries to film their performances for the contest, which will be broadcast should they be unable to travel to Rotterdam. Also recording their performance tomorrow is the Israeli delegation.
To date the following countries have publicly confirmed that their backup performance has been filmed:
- Austria – Vienna, Austria
- Belgium – Brussels, Belgium
- Bulgaria – Sofia, Bulgaria
- Cyprus – Sofia, Bulgaria
- Czech Republic – Czech Republic, Brno
- Denmark – Copenhagen, Denmark
- Estonia – Tallinn, Estonia
- France – Paris, France
- Germany – Vilnius, Lithuania
- Greece – Sofia, Bulgaria
- Lithuania – Vilnius, Lithuania
- Malta – Sofia, Bulgaria
- Moldova – Sofia, Bulgaria
- North Macedonia – Belgrade, Serbia
- Norway – Oslo, Norway
- Portugal – Lisbon, Portugal
- Romania – Bucharest, Romania
- San Marino – Rome, Italy
- Serbia – Belgrade, Serbia
- Spain – Madrid, Spain
- Sweden – Stockholm, Sweden
- Switzerland – Zurich, Switzerland
This year all 40 acts will need to film a backup performance as part of the many contingency measures the EBU has put in place to ensure the song contest can happen in May no matter what.
Each act can rehearse for as long as they wish for their backup tape performance. However, only three attempts over the course of one hour are given for the filming of the performance which is monitored by the EBU. The participating country can choose which is the three performances is to be used.
Video recordings from all cameras, as well as all audio recordings from mics, are sent immediately to the EBU so that they cannot be tampered with. Each act is filmed as if this was a live show, meaning the performance is one continuous take. The EBU has explained that the backup performance does not need to resemble the live performance in May. All backup performances must be filmed by the 25th of March.
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 last year in 2020 and was reselected to sing for Azerbaijan in 2021 after last year’s show was canceled.
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.
Last year in 2020 she was due to compete with the song “Cleopatra” which was tipped to do well at the contest last May before it was canceled.
Image source & 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.