Albania’s song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 may be revamped into English.
Yesterday evening the final of Festivali i Kengës 58 took place in Tirana, Albania, featuring twelve artists. The winner, Arilena Ara, was selected entirely by jury voting, and will be representing Albania at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest with her song “Shaj”.
Her song was sung entirely in Albanian at the festival, however in Arilena’s interviews following her victory, she stated that it’s possible that “Shaj” will contain English lyrics for the contest, although no final decision has been made yet.
The results of yesterday’s show were as follows:
- Valon Sheku – “Kutia e Pandorës”
- Sara Bajraktari – “Ajër” – 3rd
- Robert Berisha – “Ajo nuk është unë”
- Tiri Gjoci – “Me gotën osh”
- Bojken Lako – “Malaseen”
- Arilena Ara – “Shaj” – Winner
- Gena – “Shqiponja e lirë”
- Kamela Islamaj – “Më ngjyros”
- Albërie Hadergjonaj – “Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua”
- Elvana Gjata – “Me tana” – 2nd
- Olta Boka – “Botë për dy”
- Era Rusi – “Eja merre”
The guest performers at yesterday’s show were Eleni Foureira and Giusy Ferreri. Eleni represented Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon with the song “Fuego”. The singer, who was born in Albania, finished 2nd in the final in Portugal, giving Cyprus their best result to date in the competition. Giusy first came to public attention after finishing second on the X Factor. She has gone to release five albums and has topped the Italian Singles Chart five times.
Jonida Maliqi represented Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. She took the nation to the Grand Final for a second consecutive year. Performing “Ktheju tokës”, she finished 17th scoring a total of 90 points.
Source: OGAE Greece
Albania made their debut at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004, the same year the televised semi final was originally introduced to the competition. Albania succeeded in their first showing with Anjeza Shahini’s “The Image of You”, sailing through the semi final in 4th place and eventually landing in a respectable 7th place at the grand final. Albania have competed in the Eurovision Song Contest every single year since their debut. Since the success in their original attempt, they have reach the grand final a further six times. They bettered their 2004 score in 2012 with Rona Nishliu’s song “Suus” who finished the contest in fifth place with 146 Points, their first time reaching the top 5 and their best placing to date.