🇦🇱 ALBANIA – Due to a traffic accident (not of their own) Icelandic delegation has stuck in the traffic. The is why move to Albania. Euegnt and his five mates give a truly outstanding vocal performance with the stage looking magnificent in pink lights. A good rock song that could get to the final but remember Hungary and The Netherlands are truly competing this one. One of the best entries of Albania I have admit. Powerful vocals and great camera work for this one. Eugent backed by two female backing vocalists, a drummer and two guitarists. The guitarists begin the performance to the side of the stage, joining Eugent by the first chorus. It is definitely a second powerful song something which is rare for a semi final sequence.
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ESCKAZ.COM: Secure as before, holds back on the vocals for when it matters. Clever.
ESCBUBBLE.COM: There’s also a lot more red/blue in the back lighting, and I think with the lack of LED’s this year this is the type of staging that Albania can really benefit from.
ESCXTRA.COM: We have taken a flash poll from around the ESCXTRA table here in the press centre and 8 out of 9 of us say: NO!
EUROVOIX.COM: Albania is a strong performance, opens on the guitarist and then onto Eugent. Red colour all the way through. Albania is competing with Switzerland to get through to the final, so being on this early will most likely hurt its chances.
DESTINATIOEUROVISION.PL: The entire performance is very good! It’s clean and you’ll feel like you’re watching a real rock concert. I can see here a qualifier, for sure!
WIWIIBLOGGS.COM: People are whispering that this could be Albania’s best entry ever. It’s easy to see why.
“Suus” is a song by Kosovar singer Rona Nishliu, and used as the Albanian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. The lyrics were written by Nishliu and the music was composed by Florent Boshnjaku.
Although the song is entirely in Albanian, the title is the Latin third person reflexive possessive pronoun suus, and can mean “his,” “his own”; its official translation is “Personal”
The song received a positive review from Will Adams from Huffington Post, who said that he was skeptical when he first heard the song but upon realizing that Nishliu was singing “qaj” (“cry” in English), he said that “it really drove home the point that “Suus” is a deeply emotional ballad.”
Despite this, he did not predict that the song would fare well in the Grand Final scoreboard during the contest. (source: wikipedia.org)
ALBANIA – Albania will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The Albanian broadcaster Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) will organise the national final Festivali i Këngës 56 in order to select the Albanian entry for the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal. Prior to the 2018 Contest, Albania had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fourteen 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, Albania had, to this point, featured in seven finals. In 2017 Albania failed to qualify for the final with the song “World” performed by Lindita Halimi, placing 14th in the first semi-final, scoring 76 points.
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 56th edition of Festivali i Këngës were announced on 17 October 2017; however, the Albanian broadcaster formally confirmed their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 on 4 October 2017.
Festivali i Këngës 56 will be the 56th annual edition of the Albanian music competition Festivali i Këngës and the fifteenth time the competition will determine the artist and song that would represent Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest, this time selecting their 2018 contest entry. The competition will consist of two semi-finals on 21 and 22 December 2017 and a final on 23 December 2017.
Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation’s jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song’s composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation’s televoting results were released shortly after the grand final.
|PARTICIPANT||SONG TITLE||ENGLISH TITLE||RESULTS||RANKING|
|Artemisa Mithi||"E dua botën"||I love the world|
|Bojken Lako||"Sytë e shpirtit"||The eyes of the soul|
|David & Genc Tukiçi||"Të pandarë"||Inseparable|
|Denisa Gjezo||"Zemër ku je"||My love, where are you|
|Elton Deda||"Fjalët"||The words|
|Endri & Stefi Prifti||"Mesazh"||Message|
|Ergi Bregu-Latifllari||"Bum bum"||Boom boom|
|Evans Rama||"Gjurmët"||The traces|
|Grupi Akullthyesit||"Divorci"||The divorce|
|Grupi NA & Festina Mezini||"Tjetër jetë"||Another life|
|Lorela Sejdini||"Pritëm edhe pak"||Wait for me some more|
|Manjola Nallbani||"I njëjti qiell"||The same sky|
|Orgesa Zaimi||"Ngrije zërin"||Raise your voice|
|Redon Makashi||"Ekzistoj"||I exist|
|Rezarta Smaja & Luiz Ejlli||"Ra një yll"||A star has fallen|
|Tahir Gjoçi||"Orë e ndaluar"||Forbidden hour|
|Voltan Prodani||"Pse të desha"||Why I loved you|
Më Mbaj (Hold me), was born a few months ago, playing around in the studio with folk instruments. Playing mandolins, the traditional Albanian folk music came to my mind immediately: so I felt inspired to write the Albanian lyrics to this melody. 1 hour later we had #membaj ‘’
This is the “genesis” of Më Mbaj, the first single written by Elhaida Dani, who starts her journey as a composer and songwriter!
The lyrics tell us the end of a story between two lovers, when the singer remember all the moments shared together, and wishes she could go back to her loved one, even if it is just for one night.
The video represents a very intimate atmosphere, where the loneliness of the singer is broken only by the flow of the memories, which are called back by the water.
The artist tries to reach the water and dives into, every time she wants to immerse herself into these memories to feel embraced by them.
The song and the video have been produced in Italy, where Elhaida is working on her first album as a songwriter in Italian and English.
In the meantime, since 2016 Elhaida is touring worldwide as Esmeralda in the French, Guinness Winner Musical “Notre Dame de Paris”, written by Luc Plamondon and Riccardo Cocciante, her former Coach in the talent show ‘The Voice of Italy’ (which she won in 2013).
ALBANIA – It was this picture (below) which made the Albanian singer Samanta Karavella to comment Elhadia’s post by saying that she should represent Albania in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest and participate again in the annual Festivali I Kenges.
Exploring Lisbon with my @maureenkimparis … Obsessed with my new handbag ! It goes with everything and has all the space you need while traveling but most important …. it feels so classy and still young ! Just love for this one ❤️ – – – Esplorando Lisbona con la mia nuova @maureenkimparis ! La mia nuova borsa sta bene con tutto e in momenti di viaggio mi aiuta con tutto lo spazio che ha , ma soprattutto …. Quanto classe e nello stesso tempo giovane e questa borsa ?! #Adoro 💕 – – – Duke eksploruar Lisbonën me çantën time të re @maureenkimparis ! Kjo çantë duket bukur me cdo stil që ke veshur dhe gjithashtu në momente udhëtim si ky tani, me ndihmon me hapesirën qe ka, por më e rëndësishmja…. Sa elegante dhe në të njëjtën kohe rinore është kjo cantë ?! #Dashuri ❤️ #maureenkimgoestolisbon #maureenkimparis #maureenkimparisgoestolisbon #travel #love #fashion #music #explore #ootd #perfect_fashion_styling #justinemarjanhair #findmeonifluenz
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In 2014, Dani revealed that she was going to participate at the 53rd edition of Festivali i Këngës, with the hope to represent Albania at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Her song “Diell” (Sun) was among the 28 participating entries. The competition was held from 26 to 28 December in Tirana. She was the favourite to win the show. On 28 December 2014, Elhaida won the contest with a total of 82 points.
After Festivali i Këngës, Dani was forced to change her Eurovision song “Diell” to “I’m Alive”, after the original song’s composers decided to withdraw it from the contest. She then competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with this song. She qualified from the first semi final in tenth place.
At the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Elhaida Dani placed 17th, with a total of 34 points, similarly to previous Albanian entrants Olta Boka in Eurovision Song Contest 2008 and Kejsi Tola in Eurovision Song Contest 2009.
special thanks to Loriana Pepi for the information