In a recent interview, Efendi has revealed more details on her Eurovision staging for “Mata Hari”.
In our recent interview with Efendi, she revealed more details on her plans for “Mata Hari” staging in May. Many details are still yet to be announced in order to keep surprises for the audience, while some details such as costumes are still being decided upon but it does seem clear that viewers can expect a colourful and bright show.
“I hope you will see bright colours on the stage”
Efendi teased more secrets about the staging stating that:
“The costumes will be really beautiful, the dancing will be really beautiful and a really bright show”
When asked about whether the staging would borrow any elements planned for last year’s performance of “Cleopatra”, Efendi stated:
“It will be a completely different show to what we wanted to show in Cleopatra, as in Cleopatra we wanted to recreate an Egyptian atmosphere onstage but this year Mata Hari is different. The theme of the song is different”
Efendi also revealed the process of creating the staging for Cleopatra last year was never completed due to the pandemic.
“Last year we stopped the process of discussing the staging for Eurovision due to the pandemic”
Efendi also has revealed viewer can expect to see different staging in her back up tape performance. With Efendi already vaccinated, the risk of her not being able to perform live are low but fans can look forward to seeing Efendi back up tape performance on May 29th at the Eurovision Song Celebration. Efendi back up tape performance was filmed in Baku in a TV studio at ictimai.
“In general these performances will be different because the costumes will be different and the dancing will be different. Of course, I think Eurovision is a more large-scale event, this performance will be bigger.”
Efendi also demonstrated her lead live vocals will be up to the task of carrying “Mata Hari” live and this will be accompanied by pre-recorded backing vocals which the rules of this year Contest allow for in 2021 for the first time.
Beyond the topic of staging, Efendi revealed that Finland, Israel and the United Kingdom were among her favourites songs competing this year. Efendi has been regularly texting UK representative James Newman, With both singers supporting one another on their Eurovision journeys.
The full interview with Efendi can be viewed here:
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 cancelled.
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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.