Albania 2017: we heard and reviewed the songs; how about have a say in our poll

ALBANIA – Albania will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Albanian broadcaster Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) will organise the national final Festivali i Këngës 55 in order to select the Albanian entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine. Prior to the 2017 Contest, Albania had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest thirteen times since its first entry in 2004. The nation’s best placing in the contest was fifth, which it achieved in 2012 with the song “Suus” performed by Rona Nishliu. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004 contest, Albania had, to this point, featured in seven finals. In 2016, Albania failed qualify to the final and placed sixteenth with the song “Fairytale” performed by Eneda Tarifa. The Albanian national broadcaster, Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH), broadcasts the event within Albania and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. The Albanian competition Festivali i Këngës has been organised every year since 1964 and has been used as Albania’s Eurovision selection method since its debut in 2004. Details regarding the 55th edition of Festivali i Këngës were announced on 8 August 2016, however the Albanian broadcaster formally confirmed their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on 24 September 2016.

Dilan Reka – Mos harro: it’s too old fashioned but I love it. The performance with the live orchestra is absolutely amazing. Sentimental, pop of the 80s and Victor Lazlo could come out of the corner. The singer is delivering vocals although the song is not that difficult to be performed. It would never do anything to Eurovision but I would surely vote for it.

Edea Demaliaj – Besoj në ëndrra: a totally modern song with a touch of Albanian essence in the vocals and I even love the outfit. The performance is quite interesting and could appeal to international audience. I love the tune as delivered by the RTSH orchestra. I am not sure if the studio version could work on TV but then again why not record an orchestral sound for it?

Fabiola Agalliu & Agnesa Çavolli – Shkon e vjen: it is clear that we have to do with the new wave of music of Albania. A jazz dance song which surely could impress many of you. I am not sure how such a song could do in Eurovision but surely is something different.

Flaka Krelani – Osiris: I am watching the fourth video and already I see a trend in the jewellery by the female artists. Alternative tune and a difficult song. Flake is giving a great performance but this kind of song cannot be easily be understood by a wider audience such as the Eurovision viewers.

Franc Koruni – Macka: interesting but somehow I feel I am in Cuba. For the local festival of FiK could be excellent and it could also be the Russian interval act in a Moscow Eurovision. Although it sounds interesting and could make me dance with a beer in my hands, especially with the wonderful execution by the orchestra I don’t think it will make it to Eurovision.

Genc Salihu – Këtu: Underground artist for sure, bad dressed, bad hair styled, hideous glasses and a song that could be a Hungarian entry in the 00s for Eurovision. Nope this song does nothing to me as a listener and moreover as a Eurofan. The video interruption in the middle of the song is suppose to deliver a message I am sure but effort to make it as art is not working. Difficult act to judge to be honest as I cannot say it’s bad. I am only saying it’s not fit.

Lindita Halimi – Botë: I am not sure how this song makes me feel. The performance of Linda is simply excellent. I think we have our favourite. My only hesitation is that this song is stunning with the orchestra execution and will loose everything if the studio sound in he mp3 will be used in Eurovision. I simply love it and it’s my favourite.

Lorela – Me ty: not a bad entry and it could surprise us by winning the festival but I have to be honest: although good song and great vocals it sounds like an entry in Maltese selection (not to mention it also looks like one with the outfit). I think this is a good bidder for the FiK victory. It’s a song that I will definitely love it when I see it rehearsing in Kyiv, if it wins.

LYNX – Sot: not sure if you know Onramp band from Greece, but it feels like hearing and watching them. Great pop rock entry with average vocals but definitely strong vibe. Love the style of rock music combined with men in suits. I am not sure I would vote for them with this kind of vocal levels. But for sure the orchestra sound boosts this entry in my ears. I could see them winning and I have them in my “dark horse” list.

Orges Toçe – Shi diamantësh: it’s a nice British pop attempt but definitely not my style. It looks and sound like another Andreas from Germany. Hope he will deny Eurovision participation in case he wins FiK.

Rezarta Smaja – Pse prite gjatë: interesting vocal performance and quite beautiful singer but the song is totally trashy for my taste. It sounds like a typical samba in Brazilian soap opera.

Xhesika Polo – Eva jam unë: no to the make up, no to the dress, weird vocals but interesting tune. Difficult song involving orchestral ambient pop styles and making a rock version cover of a song already existing. Yes, you didn’t get anything of what I am saying: guess what ME TOO!

XUXI – Metropol: and we are live with Sanremo 2017…. oops no! it’s an Albanian bidder. Well it’s a festival and it definitely fits in it. But I cannot see it doing anything further than the final of FiK. There is some sparkle here and the performer is definitely giving an artistic performance, I even like his styling.

Yll Limani – Shiu: if you fire the person who dressed him, Yll is one more personal favourite of mine. Love the tune, its simplicity, the vocal performance and the structure of the tune which grows. Once again (and I am not tired to saying it all over) the orchestra executes the song in an excellent way. Not sure I will love this song in a studio mp3 version. Great sentiments created with this performance.