Eurovision National Finals 2013

Albania – See the 9 lucky acts that made the final!

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A busy night of Eurovision finals and Semi finals. Albania began their wonderful Festivali i Këngës 2012 in the capital Tirana.

The first of 2 semi finals took place tonight – the second tomorrow. 13 acts competed for 9 places in the Saturday Night Final. I love how this is one of the few national contests that still uses a full orchestra to accompany the artist. It is a real skill to perform live with an orchestra and it just makes the event magical.

After all the 13 acts performed the luck 9 were announced – and in the order they performed in

1.Selami Kolonja – Ku je? (Where are you?)

Il Divo’s older brother. An old style ballad more suited to the 90’s – Score 4/10

(YouTube Video courtesy of ESCramadan)

2.Rosela Gjylbegu – Dëshirë (Wish)

A very pretty singer who was sweet and charming on stage but the song was totally forgettable. A shame – Score 3/10

(YouTube Video Courtesy of 2013EurovisionMalmo)

3.Kejsi Tola – S’jemi më atje (We’re not there anymore)

Our little girl Kejsi has all grown up and is a stunning woman now. With an edgy mid tempo song and her amazing vocals there was no doubt that this was going to the final – Score 8/10

(YouTube Video Courtesy of 2013EurovisionMalmo)

4.Vesa Luma – S’jam perfekt (I’m not perfect)

Ivana Trump in a Tartan dress! A high energy euro dance song that has potential. Vesa’s vocals were strained at times and you really need to have dancers for a song like this. She did not own the stage but I think she can do it given time – say Saturday Vesa? Score 7/10

(YouTube Video Courtesy of 2013EurovisionMalmo)

8.Dr.Flori & Fabi – Jam ti (I’m You)

With a name like Dr. Flori and Fabi I was hoping for something modern – and they delivered. This is a Hip Hop ballad along the lines of Eminem and Dido. Rapping tends not to do well at Eurovision but this sounds modern, dramatic and accessible to all ages. This could do very well if it gets to Eurovision – Score 9/10

(YouTube Video Courtesy of 2013EurovisionMalmo)

9.Merland Kademi – Këtu fillon parajsa (The heaven starts here)

Looking like Moby wearing glasses and with a song that reminded me of Adele’s Skyfall – This was James Bond Albanian style. I like my 007 soundtracks so this was very enjoyable – Score 7.5/10

(YouTube Video Courtesy of 2013EurovisionMalmo)

10.Rezarta Smaja – Ti? (You?)

Elegant, passionate and full of gusto – this is a power ballad that Celine Dion would love to have on her next album. This is a real tough contest and hard to call. Score 8.5/10

(YouTube Video Courtesy of 2013EurovisionMalmo)

11.Ardian Bujupi – I çmendur për ty (Crazy for you)

Ok Ardian will appeal to every young school girl across Europe. He has a good voice and presence. The song is like an Olly Murrs track but needs work on the arrangement and the bridges between the verses and chorus. With some work could be good on the Eurovision Stage – Score 7/10

(YouTube Video Courtesy of 2013EurovisionMalmo)

12.Xheni & Enxhi Kumrija – Arti i një fundi (The art of an ending)

This was very lucky to make the final in my opinion. 2 female singers who do not have strong voices or compliment each other with any harmonies. They both looked like they were bored on stage and had no presence. I am not going to travel half way across Europe to see a lack lustre X-Factor audition. Can I put my hand up to ask them to stop now please? Score 1/10

(YouTube Video Courtesy of 2013EurovisionMalmo)

So you will have another semi final tonight where 13 acts again will compete for 9 places in the final.

Have we seen a winner yet?

Author/Website Creator and Chief Editor – Garrett Mulhall

(Source RTSH)

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