Azerbaijan national broadcaster Ictimai has finally confirmed that the country will be represented by Samira Efendi. The singer was selected internally.
Last year, she was shortlisted with other 4 singers to represented the country in Eurovision 2019 but in the end, Chingiz was selected.
Who is Samira Efendi?
Samira is a 28 yeard old singer. She competed in several music competitions in Azerbaijan and outside the country. She competed in “Yeni ulduz”, (The New Star), “Böyük Səhnə” (Big Stage), “Silk Way Star” and “The Voice of Azerbaijan”. In the three latter, she finished in 3rd place.
In 2019, she successfully represented Azerbaijan at the Voice of Nur-Sultan, in Kazakhstan.
It was the 5th attempt of Samira to be selected as Azerbaijan representative in Eurovision. However, it’s off course the first time she was selected.
Samira was rumored to submit three different songs this year.
The Selection Process
Like in last years, Azerbaijan selected its artist and song internally.
An international group of music experts, music producers, lyricists, composers, Rv industry representatives, and journalists voted and selected the act for Eurovision 2020.
5 singers were shortlisted for Azerbaijan in Eurovision 2020:
Samira Efendi, Riad Abdulov, Elvin Novruzov, Laman Dadasheva, and Jabrail Rasulo
The broadcaster will release the selected song until the 9th of March 2020.
Meanwhile, you can listen to her latest song :
You can see her official statement on Instagram :
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Finally I can share the great news with you! 😍 I am very proud and happy to represent Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest this year. Thank you to everyone who believes in me and supports me! I will try my best to make it unforgettable. 🇦🇿❤️ Günün ən gözəl xəbəri! 😍Avroviziya 2020-də Azərbaycanı təmsil edəcəyim üçün çox şadam. Mənə inanan hər kəsə təşəkkür edirəm! Avropada musiqimizlə səs salmaq üçün tam gücümlə çalışacağam. 🇦🇿❤️ #efendi #eurovision #eurovision2020 #esc #eurovisionsongcontest