Albania – Festivali i Kenges Final – 20:45 CET and you can follow our live rolling blog of their #Eurovision 2015 selection.
You know the drill by now. Just refresh the page to get our thoughts on the performances. We didn’t look at the semi finals over the past 2 nights as we wanted to make a decision on the songs from first impressions and I had a date with a Turkey to finish off! 18 acts will compete for the Grand Prix tonight – That is a Eurovision Semi Final in itself!
The winner will be decided by Jury only – which is the norm at the Festivali i Kenges.
Alexander Rybak was supposed to be the Interval Act at the contest but he has cancelled earlier today – READ HERE
- Besiana Mehmetaj & Shkodran Tolaj – Keshtjella
- Bojken Lako – Band Te ndjej
- Emi Bogdo – Nje femer
- Lindita Halimi – S’te fal
- Mjellma Berisha – Sot jetoj
- Enver Petrovci – Te vrane
- Erga Halilaj – Ti s’me njeh
- Rezarta Smaja – Me rrembe
- Jozefina Simoni – Mendje trazi
- Venera Lumani – Dua te jetoj
- Altin Goci – Rock dhe per gjithe jeten
- Gjergj Leka – Himn
- Klajdi Musabelliu – Vetem te ti besoj
- Saimir Braho – Kristal
- Estela Brahimllari – Kjo nate
- Marsela Cibukaj – Smuj
- Agim Poshka – Ne rrugen tone
- Elhaida Dani – Te kerkoj
So come back HERE at 20:45 CET for our live Blog. I have a bottle of Mulled Wine waiting to be finished off so expect some terrible spelling!
OK – Here we go. Wonderfully cheesy tv adverts before the main event!
What does an 18 song national selection final need? Well in Albania that means more songs!
It’s Albania’s answer to La Scala – 4 beautiful women on violins
Ok the male presenter has just done a 10 minute monologue where every line was delivered with a drum beat. I beat to the sound of my own drum if you don’t mind Albania #JustSaying
Our 2 stunning female presenters
The drumming presenter is back and it is a case of Little and Large – Ah Bless! But he makes up for his lack in height with his energy!
Besiana Mehmetaj & Shkodran Tolaj – Keshtjella
Albania start the show with a duo that look like Jon Johansen (Sweden 1995) and Linda Woodruff. A mid tempo ballad that had a Balkan feel to it. All very Les Mis and less Eurovision
Bojken Lako – Band Te ndjej
Albania’s answer to Shane McGowan from The Pogues. Having said that a good little rock song but would get lost at Eurovision.
Emi Bogdo – Nje femer
Judge Rona Nishliu will like the dress. The song ain’t too bad. A rock power-ballad circa 1984. Personally ‘I’m Holding Out For A Eurovision Hero’ still.
Lindita Halimi – S’te fal
I get it now. In Albania you cannot have a skirt and a good song so Lindita made the decision to get rid of the skirt. Head and shoulders above the rest of the songs so far. Modern and contemporary and kicks some serious butt. Would work on the big stage in Vienna. Don’t catch a cold though Lindita!
Mjellma Berisha – Sot jetoj
It’s like Sam Bailey coming after Beyonce. Having said that Mjellma has a great rock song that with some work could work.
Enver Petrovci – Te vrane
The Ghost of Christmas Past but I LOVE IT! Eurovision is the place to bring something different to the stage and this is like marmite – you will love it or hate it. Melancholy never sounded so good. GAME ON!
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Erga Halilaj – Ti s’me njeh
One woman, One Piano, One great song and one great voice. Who doesn’t love a good Euro Ballad! This is Jury fodder. They will love it!
Social media presenters get some airtime but they are ‘Fashion That Time Forgot’ #JustSaying
Rezarta Smaja – Me rrembe
Everyone had one of these back in the 1970’s – you remember the toilet roll holders that had a doll on them! This though is a strong song and with some rearrangement could do very well. Cracking voice!
Jozefina Simoni – Mendje trazi
No at last I can get my groove on! This is a cracking disco inspired 70’s song – either from the discotheque or a Linda Lovelace Movie. Great song and cheeky singer too.
Venera Lumani – Dua te jetoj
The biggest reaction from the audience by far. A good song and voice but Venera looked like she was auditioning for ‘Desperate Housewives’ and not on this #Fabulous stage. Lots of potential here but I would have it in 3rd at the moment.
Altin Goci – Rock dhe per gjithe jeten
Make over of the night goes to Altin! Above was he in his semi-final and below is him in the Grand Final. Yes they took his glasses off. A comedy rock song for me. Would be lost on Europe like Altin’s sight tonight on the stage!
Gjergj Leka – Himn
Ok – This is like your uncle singing at a family wedding though he can belt it out. However I think we could have an imposter on stage as there was a potential Junior Eurovision singer on stage or he just uses #Fabulous skin products! As for the song – the Albanian’s loved it!
We are not finished the show yet but we have an interval act. I actually loved this one. It was for a Children’s Needs Charity and the kids were amazing!
Klajdi Musabelliu – Vetem te ti besoj
Kudos as Klajdi makes the male presenter look positively tall. You know what they say about small packages. The song was sung well but is stuck back in the 1990’s.
Saimir Braho – Kristal
Saimir obviously has the same tailor as Dermot O’Leary. They were spray painted on him. This was a great pop song that would be more suited to a young boy band as opposed to a mid 30’s man – sorry
Estela Brahimllari – Kjo nate
This is a dangerous song for me because when I hear a funky jazz song I think that I am NOT Chris Helmsworth and think that I can chat anyone up. This is sassy and gets my blood bubbling and my hips swinging and remember ‘My Hips Don’t Lie’. Love It
Marsela Cibukaj – Smuj
Albania’s answer to Caro Emerald. The audience liked her a lot. If you asked her where she got her clothes from she would say a ‘Vintage Shop’ or to you and me a ‘Second Hand Shop’. A bit dated for me but the locals loved it.
Agim Poshka – Ne rrugen tone
Totally Bizarre song in oh so many ways! It was Albania’s answer to Steptoe and Son. A mature man talking as he writes on a table while what seems like a younger version of him sings the song. The song changes from a depressing ballad to a kick your legs in the air dance marathon. I’m confused!!
Elhaida Dani – Te kerkoj
WOW – Albania have saved the best till last. That was power ballad in the Whitney and Mariah vein. A stunning voice, a stunning woman, a stunning dress and a stunning song. This has to go to Eurovision if Albania want to make the Grand Final.
That is all your 18 songs!
I guess we will have an hour of interval acts!
Tonight was my first listen to all the songs and singers and for me the stand our performances were
- Elhaida Dani – Te kerkoj – It was just super classy and a power class in ‘Less is More’
- Estela Brahimllari – Kjo nate – A Jazzy little number that made me feel hot under the collar
- Lindita Halimi – S’te fal – A funky number that makes we want to spend 2 weeks with Lindita at Euroclub in Vienna
- Jozefina Simoni – Mendje trazi – Again I like the Disco retro vibe to this one
- Venera Lumani – Dua te jetoj – The song has potential and I get the feeling that Albania want Venera to to go to Eurovision. She certainly has presence
- Enver Petrovci – Te vrane – This is just so different that I love it.
We had a Ska band that were rather sprightly. Why weren’t they in the contest!!!
This is what happens when Alexander Rybak cancels on you. You get the presenter and a singer winging it and stripping on stage. Come back Alexander!!!
Rona Nishliu is back and guess what she sounds amazing but she couldn’t help but blow my eardrums again!
Well we got 1st and 3rd place correct.
Congratulations to Diell aka Elhaida Dani – Te kerkoj
Albania are in for a good result at Eurovision with this singer and song!
Author/Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Source : Eurovision Ireland