Efendi has said in a recent interview she is planning a few changes for her next rehearsal on May 12.
The singer has teased changes will be made to the staging including new outfits and make-up for the singer. Stating there will be a lot of differences in the second rehearsal, although the singer was tightlipped about the specifics.
Azerbaijani fashion designer Rufat Ismayil has designed the outfit that Efendi will wear at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. Rufat who founded the Affair brand has worked with the likes of Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez.
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.
Efendi, Azerbaijan. Image Source: EBU / Thomas Hanses | Source: escxtra
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.