The revamped Albanian entry for Eurovision 2020 “Fall From The Sky”, has been revealed today by RTSH.
Having been the first nation to select their song for Eurovision 2020, Albania has this evening released the revamped version of “Shaj” which has been renamed to “Fall From The Sky”. Arilena Ara who will be performing the song traveled to Los Angeles, USA to work on the song following her victory in Festivali i Këngës. The official music video for “Fall From The Sky” is due to be released in the coming days.
Ahead of the reveal of the revamped song Arilena told Albanian media that:
I’m looking forward to sharing it with you because it’s a different sensation, a different power, a different emotion,
‘Shaj’ was originally recorded in English before being translated into Albanian so that it was eligible to compete in Festivali i Kenges. Arilena will compete in the second half of the second semi-final.
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 points ahead of Elvana Gjata.
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.