Arilena Ara has traveled to Los Angeles to record a revamped version of her Eurovision entry “Shaj”.
Albania’s Arilena Ara revealed on her Instagram story that she has traveled to the United States and appears to be recording a revamped version of her Eurovision entry “Shaj”. The singer has been in Los Angeles for over a week and posted on her Instagram story yesterday an image of her in a recording studio with ‘Shaj New’ printed off on the mixing desk.
Arilena stated after her victory at Festivali i Kengës 58 that she was discussing whether she would change the language she would perform in. At the time she stated that it was possible that English lyrics could be included in the song, but that a decision had not been taken.
Who is Arilena Ara?
Arilena Ara is 21 years old and has been known to the Albanian public since 2012 when she auditioned for the X Factor. She went on to win the 2012 edition of the competition at the age of 15 and released her first single in 2014.
In 2018 she went on to become a judge on The Voice Kids Albania replacing Albania’s 2016 Eurovision participant Eneda Tarifa. She competed in the 58th edition of Festivali i Këngës with the song “Shaj” scoring 67 points, 3 point ahead of Elvana Gjata.
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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.