Albania to compete with new song at Eurovision song contest

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times February 27, 2015 10:14

Albania to compete with new song at Eurovision song contest

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  • “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," says Elhaida Dani, Albania’s Eurovision representative

TIRANA, Feb. 25 - Albania will create a last-minute new song to compete in the Eurovision song contest in Austria after a dispute with the composer of the initial winning song selected in the year-end national competition which serves as a platform to select the country's Eurovision representative.

Elhaida Dani, who was announced Albania's Eurovision representative in late December 2014 with her "Diell" (Sun) ballad has recently unveiled she is working on a brand new song to represent the country in the 60th edition of the annual Eurovision song contest scheduled to take place in Vienna next May.

"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.

Martin Leka, the director of the public broadcaster, RTSH, has also confirmed Dani's participation with a new song after the withdrawal of the winning song's composer Aldo Shllaku.

Dani will participate in the Eurosong competition with the "I'm Alive," song written by Kosovo Albanian song writers Zzap & Chris.

Anjeza Shahini, who made Albania's Eurovision debut in 2004 and came sixth, has described Dani's victory as undeserved and the change of rules allowing her to sing a new song as unfair.

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 February 27, 2015 10:14