Elhaida Dani releases new ‘I'm Alive’ Eurovision song

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times March 20, 2015 10:45

elhaida DaniTIRANA, March 17 - In less than one month after Albania withdrew its late 2014 winning song for the Eurovision song contest, the country's representative Elhaida Dani has released a new song and video in record time ahead of the promotional tour for next May's competition in Austria.

Dani's new song "I'm Alive" is a pop ballad with modern and ethnic element which grows by the end and manages to exhibit Elhaida’s impressive vocal, says Eurovision on its official website.

"I believe I did my best in record time and hope and I can pay you back for the trust in me," Dani told fans in social networks, sharing the new music video with them.

The new entry was composed by Kosovo duo Zzap & Chris, with lyrics by Sokol Marsi and the adapted English version by U.S based Kosovo singer Linda Halimi who came third in the 2014 national competition serving as platform to select the country's Eurovision representative.

Back in late December 2014, Dani was initially selected to participate in the Eurovision contest with her "Diell" (Sun) ballad but the song was withdrawn after a dispute with its composer.

“The author of the song ‘Diell‘, for personal and irrevocable reasons, has decided to withdraw the song and unfortunately it will be impossible for me to perform it in the Eurovision song contest 2015. Accordingly to his decision and in agreement with the Albanian broadcaster RTSH, I will represent my country in Vienna with a new song,” wrote in social networks Dani, who in 2013 made every Albanian proud by winning the Voice of Italy song contest.

“I will work hard to ensure the presentation of a song appropriate to the prestige of the event and to make Albania achieve a respectable result in the competition," she added.

Born in the northern town of Shkodra, Dani, 21, started her singing career 2008 when she participated in the Kënga Magjike festival. One year later she won the Star Akademi talent show, followed by her victory in Top Fest in 2012. She rose to fame in 2013 when she won the Voice of Italy song contest.

"This means a lot to me. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to represent Albania in an important festival such as Eurovision and making my dream come true," Dani told the audience in late 2014 after she was announced the festival's winner and asked to sing the winning song again.

Back in 2012, Rona Nishliu became the most successful Albanian Eurovision representative after ranking fifth among 26 finalists in the 2012 song contest held in Azerbaijan. Nishliu collected 146 points to see herself rank 5th, the best result since 2004 when Albania made its Eurovision debut with Anjeza Shahini who came sixth.


Tirana Times
By Tirana Times March 20, 2015 10:45