March 15, 2021
Above, the Swedish winner of Eurovision 2012 poses in front of a Eurovision poster wtih the Azerbaijani flag.
Azerbaijan has officially entered the Eurovision 2021 contest with Efendi’s Mata Hari. Eurovision 2021 will commence Tuesday, May 18, and conclude on Saturday, May 22. Mata Hari will compete against other Caucasian entries You by Tornike Kipiani (Georgia) and Amnesia by Roxen (Romania) as well as an assortment of mainland European artists such as Je Me Casse by Destiny (Malta). See a complete list of the contestants, who will compete in Rotterdam, at Eurovision. tv.
The entry for Azerbaijan was determined by an internal selection process, citing ESC Today. This marks the third entry by Azerbaijan in the run of the contest. Azerbaijan submitted the winning song Running Scared by Eldar & Nikki in 2011.
This is the second entry for the star Samira Efendi. The first was for the show in 2020, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Efendi submitted her son Cleopatra for the 2020 event, a show she was invited to attend by Hereafter Ictimai. No official winner was ever declared for the 2020 scheduled contest, though some speculated it may have been the contestant from Iceland that had the greatest chances.
Since it was announced officially that Efendi would represent the Land of Fire with her song, she has since released a teaser and music video for the song. The public shared opinions that Efendi’s music video for Mata Hari, while more subtle than her previous submission Cleopatra, followed the same “seductive” routine and imagery as the previous submission.