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Albania: FiK 58 Songs Revealed!


logoAlbania – After revealing the list of this year’s 20 entrants for FIK 58, the songs have now been published as well. Festivali i Këngës will be used once again to select Albania’s entrant for Rotterdam, though it is unclear if it’s the winner that will go to the contest or another one selected specifically for Eurovision.

We thought that maybe the tragic events would push FiK to early 2020 but it has been reported that the contest will take place as scheduled originally, on the 19th, 20th and 22nd of December 2019. It’s often the case that Albania is the first to pick, since their Festivali i Këngës is older than their esc participation and takes place around Christmas. In 2019, the 58th edition of the contest will select their 2020 entry to Rotterdam, though it’s still unclear whether it’ll be the winner or if another entry will be selected insted, as it was the case for San Remo in the early years of Italy’s return to the contest in 2011, or as it happened in 2015 when the winner went with a different song to Vienna. Moreover, we could get a revamp, or a move to English, as it happened before; however, the fact that Albania qualified twice in a row in Albanian could prevent them from making that move.

  • Albërie Hadërgjonaj – “Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua” (Where To Find Someone To Love)
  • Aldo Bardhi – “Melodi” (Melody)
  • Arilena Ara – “Shaj” (Shout)
  • Bojken Lako – “Malaseen” (You Left It Seen)
  • Devis Xherahu – “Bisedoj me serenatën” (Talking With Serenade)
  • Eli Fara & Stresi – “Bohemë” (Bohemian)
  • Elvana Gjata – “Me tana” (Me Tana)
  • Era Rusi – “Eja merre” (Come And Get It)
  • Gena – “Shqiponja e lirë” (Free Eagle)
  • Kamela Islamaj – “Më ngjyros” (Colour Me)
  • Kanita Suma – “Ankth” (Anxiety)
  • Kastro Zizo – “Asaj” (Her)
  • Nadia & Genc Tukiçi – “Ju flet Tirana” (Tirana Calling)
  • Olta Boka – “Botë për dy” (Writings On The Wall)
  • Renis Gjoka – “Loja” (The Game)
  • Robert Berisha – “Ajo nuk është unë” (She Is Not Me)
  • Sara Bajraktari – “Ajër” (Air)
  • Tiri Gjoci – “Me gotën bosh” (With Empty Glass)
  • Valon Shehu – “Kutia e Pandorës” (Pandora’s Box)
  • Wendi Mancaku – “Ende” (Still)

You can read more about the entries on FiK’s official site here. You can check the songs on RTSH’s official YouTube page, here’s the playlist:

So what do you think of this year’s line-up? Whom do you want to see in Rotterdam? Who will win?

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  1. My favorites are Arilena, Elvana, Wendi, Kanita, Kamela, Tiri, and Kastro Zizo😊Among the favorites, Era’s song is very Conan Osiris inspired and Sara’s song is very much Bosnian Lejla so I have to skip them.
    Elvana’s song is the catchiest and has the best potential among all imo. If it is put on stage professionally and performed well, I can see a good result for Albania. Same applied for Arilena’s ballad💕
    I can’t wait for the live show
    Good luck to all

  2. 1) Albërie Hadërgjonaj – “Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua”
    2) Devis Xherahu “Bisedoj me serenatën”
    3) Sara Bajraktari “Ajër”
    4) Kanita Suma – “Ankth”
    5) Arilena Ara – “Shaj”

    close behind them:

    6) Eli Fara & Stresi – “Bohemë”
    7) Olta Boka – “Shkrime në mur”

  3. *Albërie Hadërgjonaj – “Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua”: pretty good
    *Arilena Ara – “Shaj”: i like it, dramatic
    *Aldo Bardhi – “Melodi”: very bad
    *Bojken Lako – “Malaseen”: lol, no
    *Devis Xherahu – “Bisedoj me serenatën”: lovely but boring
    *Eli Fara & Stresi – “Bohem”: fine if well performed
    *Era Rusi – “Eja Merre: interesting, I need to relisten
    *Elvana Gjata – “Me tana”: boring, lifeless
    *Gena – “Shqiponja e lirë”: a bit too much for me
    *Kamela Islamaj – “Më ngjyros”: unexpected modern song, quite strong jamesbondesque
    *Kanita – “Ankth”: boring
    *Kastro Zizo – “Asaj”: decent, memorable
    *Nadia & Genc Tukiçi – “Ju flet Tirana”: boring
    *Olta Boka – “Botë për dy”: well put together but boring
    *Renis Gjoka – “Loja”: fun but not memorable (i could see it do very well)
    *Robert Berisha – “Ajo nuk është unë”: boring
    *Tiri Gjoci – “Me gotën bosh”: cute but boring
    *Valon Shehu – “Kutia e Pandorës”: decent
    *Sara Bajraktari – “Ajër”: lovely, would add diversity in Rotterdam I’m sure
    *Wendi Mancaku – “Ende”: nice, quite unexpected in the line up

    Overall, mostly boring but competent, I think Era might be my favorite! with, in no order yet, Albërie, Arilena, Kamela, Kastro, Valon, Sara and Wendi as other stand outs. Aldo, Bojken, Nadia & Genc Tukiçi and Elvana are my bottom 4 and the ones I can’t stand…

    • Do you think Arilena’s “Shaj” is similar to “Proud” by Tamara Todevska?
      Composer is the same, Darko Dimitrov from Macedonia..
      Another one composed by him is your fave, Era Rusi! :O

    • I also finally listened to Estonia! In alphabetical order:
      01 Anett x Fredi – Write About Me: boring
      02 Egert Milder – Georgia (On My Mind): lovely
      03 German & Violina – Heart Winder: he’s very cute but what the hell is this
      04 Inga Tislar – Right Time: very boring
      05 Inger – Only Dream: lovely but slightly boring
      06 Jaagup Tuisk – Beautiful Lie: the best song, the hottest boy
      07 Janet Vavilov – Hingelind: zzz
      08 Jennifer Cohen – Ping Pong: decent but boring (cute clip)
      09 Kruuv – Leelo: EL fun, but very irrelevant
      10 Laura Põldvere – Break Me: still a very charismatic singer, ok song
      11 Little Mess – Without A Reason: schlagerishly bad
      12 Mariliis Jõgeva – Unistustes: already forgot it?
      13 Merilin Mälk – Miljon sammu: rather bad
      14 Rasmus Rändvee – Young: he’s great, the song is fine, couldd be a strong entry considering I expect him to be great live
      15 Renate – Videomäng: boring, boring, boring
      16 Revals – Kirjutan romaan: meh, dated
      17 SHIRA – Out in Space: pretty good
      18 Stefan Airapetjan – By My Side: it works ok, could be boring, the live will decide
      19 Synne Valtri Feat. Väliharf – Majakad: the kind of dated fun I like for some reason
      20 Traffic – Üks kord veel: your usual good stuff from Traffic, not groundbreaking
      21 Uku Suviste – What Love Is: overdone, like a bad Sergey
      22 Uudo Sepp – I’m Sorry I Messed Up: decent but boring (the boy in the clip is HOT)
      23 Viinerid – Kapa Kohi-LA: what the
      24 Ziggy Wild – Lean On Me: I enjoyed this trip down memory lane, she looks fun but the chorus could be stronger

      it’s a very boring list, with almost everything rather similar, in the genre, and the ones who should stand out have their weaknesses… I think I only care for the two hotties, Jaagup and Rasmus. “Beautiful Lie” is the best song, and Rasmus will be the best performer… Traffic, Egert Milder, SHIRA and Ziggy Wild are ok

      • Duuuh, I was reading your list from the beginning and I feared so much for my Synne Valtri Feat. Väliharf – “Majakad”, that you will trash it HEAVILY.. :P :P :D :D hahaha
        But when I read your description of it, I was relieved! :D :P

        Doesn’t she look like Sanna Nielsen? :D

  4. A weird mix of songs, my favourite was Devis – “Bisedoj Me Serenatën” but after reading the comments from Lina and Pablo I think I was dissapointed by the first four :/
    I also thought they were picked by their instrumentation but one or two songs would only work as an audio file…
    The rest of my top 5: Kanita – “Ankth”, Elvana – “Me Tana”, Kamela – “Më Ngjyros” and then Gena :P
    Wendi song is fine but at the same time it sounds generic :/ and one of the rock songs was good for me.
    Do we really need two songs from Darko Dimitrov in FiK? Considering we was involved in two songs in ESC, I liked his work but he is running out of tricks. Reminds me of Jimmy Jansson in MF but I’m going to reserve that comment :P

  5. c/p

    1. Kanita – “Ankth”
    2. Elvana Gjata – “Me tana”
    3. Albërie Hadërgjonaj – “Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua”
    4. Arilena Ara – “Shaj”
    5. Era Rusi – “Eja Merre”
    6. Gena – “Shqiponja e lirë”
    7. Wendi Mancaku – “Ende”
    8. Tiri Gjoci – “Me gotën bosh”
    9. Sara Bajraktari – “Ajër”
    10. Valon Shehu – “Kutia e Pandorës”
    11. Renis Gjoka – “Loja”
    12. Eli Fara & Stresi – “Bohem”
    13. Kastro Zizo – “Asaj”
    14-20. Everything else

    I think FiK is heading in a good direction. I remember in circa 2013 there’d only be one or two songs I could listen to, but this year I’d be happy to see any of my top eight winning and I have at least one nice thing to say about each of my top thirteen.

    This is clearly Elvana’s to lose, I don’t see how she wouldn’t win. For non-Albanians, this would be the equivalent of Adele or Ed Sheeran entering the UK’s NF and competing against a bunch of newcomers or D-lists. Arilena could’ve posed a big threat to Elvana but her song is not impactful enough I think to take her; I still expect a podium finish for her too though.

  6. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-arent-more-women-breaking-out-in-the-democratic-primary/

    Very interesting analysis about women political candidates and the public’s opinions of them

    • I think I like Klobuchar more and more.. :)

      • I like her as a person and wouldn’t be that opposed to her as the nominee since her record isn’t that dirty, but I disagree with her policies A LOT. She’s very conservative and those aren’t candidates I support.

        • I like her, but I feel she has come short since day one. Maybe for a future.

          The thing with her is that many say she’s “boring” and “safe”, but I’m more like “after Trump? I crave normalcy like you don’t know!”

    • Interesting article, indeed. Thanks for the link, Lina. Those stories about Klobuchar most likelycame from the most leftist section of the Dems, that is starting to come across as radical and extremist,just like Trump, imo.

      P.S. – I have started to notice that Buttigieg is being attacked by everyone. Does that mean that people believe he may go somewhere?

      • Why is publishing troubling incidents about how someone treats their staff radical and extremist? I don’t think those stories are dealbreakers for me as a voter, but I’m grateful they were put out in the open, especially considering Klobuchar has basically confirmed their validity. Also you can say this about any candidate and party faction — the attacks on Gabbard, Sanders, and Warren are all coming from the center, that is just common sense, and I don’t know why that would reflect poorly on anyone when that is just how politics works.

        Buttigieg is being attacked because of the amount of attention he’s gotten and lack of attacks he’s previously been exposed to. He polls well in Iowa and New Hampshire (two very white states), while he polls poorly and below the threshold to receive delegates in every almost state where a lot of polling has been done, especially ones with high racial minority populations. If he can’t fix that he cannot win.

        • Lina, if Trump wins after all is said and done, the Dems will be very proud of their ideological purity. As I said before, no one is perfect, the party should be focused on what it has to offer; whoever does it better will win.

          • I am not going to vote for a Democrat just to beat Trump. It is conservative Democrats like Obama that created Trump. My vote will never be tactical, it will always be based on my own personal values. If that loses the election and reelects Trump then so be it, but I will always just stand by what I personally believe in.

      • I doubt the stories about Klobuchar being a toxic boss are some leftist conspiracy: She’s basically confirmed them by saying she’s demanding and expects people to have high standards like they do; this is what toxic bosses will usually use as an excuse. Be glad if you’ve never had to work with someone with such behavioral traits, I have.

          • Us agreeing of course could be considered a leftist (by US standards anyway) conspiracy!
            Seriously though what is with the Warren decline? I realize the candidates will take their turn in the spotlight but can’t believe there’s a big move from Warren to Buttigieg (sp.?) by even semi-informed voters. If the choice ends up being Biden vs. Sanders I have serious doubts the nominee would live and stay healthy until the election. Then again the same is obviously true about the orange menace.

            • I think it’s because Buttigieg is tugging at her white educated voter base. She’s managed to hang onto the more left-wing supporters of that demographic, but a lot of the centrist one’s are looking at him. If you look at statewide polls in the first four voting states though I think she is in a good spot. She’s in second place in all four. Even if Buttigieg wins IA and NH, she will get the second most delegates there. Buttigieg will surely not win any delegates in South Carolina and Nevada, where Biden is in the lead, but Warren is in second there and can pick up the second most delegates again. Biden is in danger of placing fourth in IA and NH which could mean no delegates for him, which would result in Warren having the most delegates (four second places are better than two firsts and two fourths) going into Super Tuesday. I’m still hopeful, and I expect Buttigieg’s past to catch up with him soon enough.

            • I just don’t understand how anyone educated can just flit between Warren and Buttigieg… I can see where they might go for Biden on tactical/generational/historic grounds but EW and PB are just diametric opposites. But as u said IA and NH should focus the field.

            • Everyone I know who likes Buttigieg is one of those fake woke people who will champion “yes a gay president that’s what I want, plus he went to Harvard and is a Rhodes Scholar!!!” while simultaneously neglecting to investigate his policy proposals and racist record, while also ignoring the woman who TAUGHT at Harvard (Warren) and the other Rhodes Scholar in the race (Booker). A white man jumps five feet for every step a woman or person of color makes. Being part of the educated voter demographic does not make you educated on voting I suppose.

            • Totally agree and LOL on the defintion of “educated voter”. AS a gay guy I find it sort of terrifying how many gay guys who have been out and proud for decades seem to think that “I’m gay but it’s OK because McKinseyMilitaryJeeeesus” is the guy to support. I’m not even sure of his commitment to non-str8-acting GLT people considering his record.

            • I think LGBT people are beginning to see him for who he is. In the first ever LGBT presidential poll Warren was the clear winner with 31% to second-place Bernie’s 18%.

            • Booker probably did pretty well in that poll; he’s pretty hot hahaha. You’ve a link for that poll? Haven’t run across it on my usual sites.

            • https://www.out.com/election/2019/11/25/exclusive-warren-leads-among-lgbtq-voters-first-its-kind-poll

              There are a lot of gay rumors about Booker himself. He’s never been married and has never given a clear answer about his sexuality his entire career (it’s always “it doesn’t matter if I am or aren’t gay so”). I read an article awhile back when Buttigieg was first receiving attention saying that an anonymous presidential candidate was considering coming out due to the acceptance Buttigieg has received, but wanted to say he was bisexual so he could have a girlfriend. He hasn’t ended up coming out but he did suddenly start “dating” Rosario Dawson.

            • Thanks, interesting read!
              I always thought Booker is gay exactly because a) sth. about his eyes sets my gaydar off and b) statements like the ones you referenced; no str8 guy waffles about his sexual orientation like that. And LOL on the Booker-Dawson “romance” because with her my gaydar (lesbiandar?) also goes off pretty strong.

            • Lmao I don’t think Rosario Dawson is gay (actually who knows she might be) because one of my like family pride stories is that my mom’s brother dated her for a bit back in the 90s around when Kids came out. Her relationship with Booker though seems to me to be as fake as Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s, which in case you didn’t know, is very fake.

        • I never said anything about conspiracies. I was alluding to how each party should showcase what they have to offer and stop trying to find dirt and/or mistakes in what others have done.

          • Then let’s hold every faction of the party to that standard. Centrists have gone to lengths to attempt to destroy candidates like Gabbard, Sanders, Warren, and Yang. Personally I don’t see a problem with it, I’d rather transparency than all the horrible things each candidate’s ever done being a secret; politicians can be slimy, I’d prefer not to elect the slimy ones.

            • I see your point, but finding dirt on someone may backfire. Anyway, both extremes of the political spectrum are experts in this area, because they do not truly care about democracy and despise people who do not think like them.

            • I strongly disagree with that. Maybe in places like Europe where there is much more party unity, but here everything changes on a candidate-by-candidate basis. Sure that is true for Trump, but if you’ve ever seen Bernie speak or debate, he refuses to ever attack his opponents and solely relies on the strategy that you said you prefer of showing what you have to offer. Centrist candidates like Delaney were the most vicious in “despising people who do not think like them” during the debates because they needed to increase their name recognition, and once the field winnowed it was other centrist candidate Castro who was the most heavily on attack of other candidates. I know you love Buttigieg, but he has also been employing the system of vicious attacks against his opponents and trying to find as much dirt as possible now in his many confrontations with Warren. Warren is not innocent either, they have been going back and forth now in the news for weeks.

              Personally though, I do disagree that there is anything wrong with this. As I said, I want both the good AND the bad of every candidate to be public knowledge before an election. I’m sure you’re fine when news of sexual misconduct or abuse on the hands of a candidate is released, sure not all stories are as bad as that, but I believe others will be equally as disqualifying when competing for my vote.

            • We come from different realities and see things differently.

      • This is politics 101. You can’t win if your platform is “I’m not the other guy.”
        It’s one of the first things I learned in my political science classes.

        If Biden doesn’t win the nomination, Trump gets re-elected easily.

        Democratically are indeed moving more to the left. Pelosi is doing her best to try to reign them in, but nobody preaching out and out socialism in the USA will ever win. Not happening.

        Plus, let’s be real. The news channels here secretly want trump to win because it means ratings and more money for them.

        Trump would never had won the nomination had they not given him so much air time during the campaign.

        • “If Biden doesn’t win the nomination, Trump gets re-elected easily.”

          Maybe based on today’s polling data, but you really think given Biden’s performances against other Democrats he would look good, strong, and knowledgable in a debate against Trump? Personally I think Trump will eat him alive.

          • I think so because he is a career insider that will get the machine behind him. The campaign will be different if he gets the nomination in my opinion.

            The others are DOA.

            The saddest takeaway in all this is that in a country of 300 million, this is the best we can do for potential presidents?

            No wonder I don’t vote. Haha

          • Biden has unfortunately become a tragic figure – he might have had a case in 2016 (certainly a more effective one than H. Clinton) but now I’m mortified of him in a debate vs Dump. He has been a fiasco in every debate and with the media focusing on a 1-on-1 duel and being desperate to seem unbiased, he would come across as a confused Dole/McCain-like candidate who’s totally out of it.

            • Yes exactly, I am horribly scared of what our nation would look like seeing the two of them debate. That’d be truly sad to watch. If you can’t debate those in your own party you will crash and burn debating those in the other party.

            • You could always just rant crazily like the “president”. Seriously, once the lunatic is voted out / removed there needs to be some sort of (loadd term I know) re-education or de-trumpification since 1/3-40% of the population seems to have lost its mind. I seriously don’t understand hwo anyone but uneducated sexist racist homophobic str8 WM can support this insanity.

        • We’ll see. :)

      • I can’t wait this campaign and elections to end so we can see more comments on ESC stuff from you, like earlier.. :P lol :D

      • Sorry but I don’t think a white man is in any place to tell African Americans that legitimate concerns they have over a man with a racist past are “absurd.”

        • Well, I think he makes a fair point. :)

        • So no person can talk about anything that some other group’s debate guardians (which are usually not average citizens but professionals who engage in this sort of speech policing for a living) deem sacroscant or beyond the pale. Similarly, a woman can not say that it is unfair for someone who has been through male puberty to compete in women sports because she is not trans etc, etc. And of course let’s not forget the only reason the mayor of an inconsequential town is even in the race is because he represents another “first” his party is interested in.

          I am sorry but unlike Shevek, this whole attitude makes me tune the whole thing off.

          • It is the equivalent of a straight person telling a gay person what they are allowed to think is homophobic or a man telling a woman what they are allowed to think is sexist. If African Americans are saying “this concerns us and is racist behavior,” no non-black person should ever go up to them saying they’re wrong because they cannot choose what a black person is allowed to be offended by – only a black person can, and the rest of us must take their word for it and say “hey, this behavior will never be targeted at me, so I’ll trust you.”

            • Yeah as I said this kind of thinking completely tunes me off the whole thing. By the way, was there a poll of all black people deciding collectively what is “offensive” to them or is this simply a decision taken by professional gatekeepers who do this for a living in journalism, academia or working for various lobbying groups?

              If straight people from their point of view (which is equally valid as my own and includes experiences I don’t have just like I have experiences they don’t) tell me what they think is homophobic or not, I can disagree with them and give them my own point of view from my own experience but it never even occured to me to shut them up because they offend me. The point is to persuade them, not to lay down the law on what they are allowed to think.

            • You can have your opinion but I strongly disagree. Men have tried to tell me that being told I should never hold a position of power because it’s not what women do or being groped in a club and then yelled at for not enjoying it were not acts of sexism or things I should be upset about, but until they’ve experienced that I don’t think they have any place telling me if I’m allowed to be offended over it or not. Other people can think whatever they want, but when they are speaking to me, and coming from a traditional position of power over me, I will determine what is offensive not them.

            • So as long as the traditional power structure is reversed and the shoe is on the other foot, everything is fine and dandy. A man can also be falsely accused of sexual misconduct or domestic violence in order to bring him down, or passed over because he does not fill diversity quotas etc. This is also a valid experience from his point of view. But I don’t see what this victimology leads.

            • I would never tell a man what they are or aren’t allowed to be upset about because I do not have the same experiences as them. As for your example of false accusations though, those make up only 0.5% of all accusations.

  7. from previous post:

    There is very little that’s immediate, but there are some good ones in the mix. And with Albania experiencing a certain death in 2016-7 and a revival in 2018-9, my guess is they keep on Albanian, which on most songs is a good thing. Elvana could survive an English translate, but she has personality in Albanian.

    Elvana is likely to win, but I wouldn’t mind it. It does need a tighter production, but the eastern-guitar hook is amazing.

  8. Can Netherlands pick O’G3NE for Rotterdam? <3 :)

  9. Hooverphonic’s esc entry has been written and now they are working on the production of it. They say it’s their best song.

  10. More sad news after Marie Fredriksson’s death. Not a big name per se but Bodo Staiger, the brain’s behind ’80s Neue deutsche Welle Band Rheingold, died as well. Their best-known song is Dreiklangsdimensionen >

  11. Cliffs?

    Haven’t listened to these yet, but how are we ranking these entries using my criteria?

  12. Aly Ryan did an interview with the Wiwis. She sent songs to Switzerland, Finland, San Marino, and Ireland, but she believes the Swiss one was the only “official” application, as the other three were just her emailing the broadcaster with a song (and apparently most didn’t get back to her). I think she mentioned she’s been talking to other broadcasters too but didn’t reveal which. She said she’d want to represent the Netherlands too because she’s half-Dutch. Apparently she has a song ready that the German delegation wanted her to compete with but she chose “Wear Your Love” instead. This woman never stops.

  13. Just combing through the songs now and will post my thoughts later. I like the diversity so far.

    Question for anyone with experience going to the ESC Final/Semifinal: how much of the stage can be seen with limited viewing? I’m going to try for tickets tomorrow and I’m trying to decide whether to go for a Standard Seat for the Jury Final or Limited Viewing Seat for the Live Final.

    • You go to Rotterdam too!? :)

      I have been to Tel Aviv last year, they didn’t have limited view places at all..
      Stomie from NED told me as far as he knows, limited view are close to the stage, but you can’t ecperience LED effects..
      I will try to buy that ticket for the final tomorrow. :)

  14. I heard Elvana Gjata’s song who seems to be the favourite. Not terribly impressed. Tries to be ethno shake it but lacks production value imo.

  15. Ahhh, why she didn’t wait with this and submit to DORA 2020! :(

  16. Elvana Gjata – 808 000 views!

    Armond Ghazarian
    1 day ago
    Eurovision culture is singing Me tana like a fluent Albanian an hour after its release, having replayed it 20 times.

    Diogo Silveira
    1 day ago
    I didnt even heard all the songs and I already knew this one was going to be my fav. Albania never desapoints me, great year of FiK

    Betim Goldberg
    1 day ago
    Finally we will have a happy song representing Albania, tired of all the sad ones

    Orioneyes
    1 day ago
    If you listen to a song which makes you imagine how it would look like on the ESC stage – then it is the Winner! This song has ESC vibes all the way

    LOOOOOOOL :DDDD

  17. ET favourite, well at least mine and Marko’s, Jon Henrik Fjällgren has new song out. I was waiting SAS airbus or Volvo to appear in the end with pompous slogan :-)

  18. I like Eja merre.

  19. BREAKING NEWS

    I just updated my favorites list (see in my profile) and Albania got its first entry! Congratulations, Jonida!

    Also new: Hatari and Mahmood.

    Conan Osiris and Duncan Laurence came close but just didn’t make the cut.

    Still without an entry: Andorra, Australia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Morocco, North Macedonia, Romania and Slovakia.

  20. Where’s Oxi to support “Kutia e Pandorës” ? :P

  21. On first listening these four stood out for me :

    Arilena Ara
    Devis Xherahu
    Eli Fara & Stresi
    Kastro Zizo

  22. Arilena should easily win it imo

  23. To all UK voters: please be wise.

    • I’m waiting for your impression on my FiK 2020 winner (based on studio versions) – Albërie Hadërgjonaj “Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua”!! :D :)

      • I’ve just listened to it. I like the orchestration very much and the whole song comes across as convincing and genuine. I do not like that photo at all, though.

        • Yaaaas.. :)
          Everybody like the transition from classic ballad music to ethnic parts towards the end..
          It seems really genuine and unique..
          Ok, I know lips and botox lol typical Balkan diva look.. :P

    • One can only hope that the worst will be prevented. Good luck UK.

    • Expecting the worst but hoping for the best. The pre-election polling has not been reassuring.

    • Are you refering here Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour as wise choice? Or maybe there’s s options I don’t know about? Britons don’t have wise choices in this election, they don’t have even good or moderately good choices. Quite the oppsire

      • What happened to your “for every political statement on ET, let’s give them one bare chest, or pair of bulky thighs” policy? 😛

        • LOL The air is pretty thick here with left wing populism here. We are at the point where you can’t tell a difference between Guardian’s commenting section and ET. I was actually thinking about the policy yesterday, but started mildly with Jon Henrik and Klemens. Both ESC mega babes 😃

          • Smooth transition is the best😀

          • It’s not left-wing populism but euro-liberal populism which is something different. In this case progressivist slogans (mainly about the environment and diversity) are used to disguise the reality of neoliberal policies not all that different than those that will be pursued in Brexit UK (free trade, open borders and reduction of the welfare state).

            I don’t know if there is a wise choice but there is a necessary choice to get Brexit done after 3 years of kicking the can down the road, hoping to abort it. And I suspect that will be the main criterion of voting. On the other hand there is the valid fear of having the health system privatised as the price for a US trade deal. So quite a conundrum.

            • Political conversations in ET hail from supporting left wing populists like Corbyn and Warren. So can’t really tell are these people left wing populists or euro liberal populists. Can you?

            • There were also a lot of pro-Tsipras comments at some point but only after he became Europe’s favourite poodle, not before when he pretended to be a firebrand. And if Corbyn says he will pursue full Brexit with totally left-wing policies, I doubt he will find much support here. They just think he might be more easy to pressure in that direction.

            • With his deluded marxist Manifesto, antisemitism, terrorist hugging and historic eurosceptic stance, I’m surprised that he is referred here as wise choice.

            • Euroliberal populism (is this an actual existing term?) vs. Alt-right populism of Putin, Trump, Orban, Brexit supporters etc?

            • In bibliography what I describe is mostly called undemocratic liberalism. For example:

              https://www.socialeurope.eu/double-threat-liberal-democracy

              Alt-right on the other hand is a media buzzword that originally refers to US online forums of white separatism rather than a term in political science. I guess what they mean when they put it everywhere is what the french call poujadisme or souverainisme.

            • Our euro liberals have spotted the biggest enviromental problem in Finland. It’s those bloody people still eating meat. It’s not their own indulgence in middle class consumerism. After all, they do say that Greta is genius. It washes all their enviromental sins away as the most remarkable eco acts are done in the social media. Interesting idea that disguise. First they signed into policies that left working class people without jobs or future in their home countries, then they went after their dignity. And you still wonder why right populism is on the rise in Europe. LOL

      • Shevek has always been a Conservative. I guess that he means a hung parliament which I agree on because nothing happening is preferable to what would happen under either Mr. Johnson or Mr. Corbyn.
        *runs for cover in case Oxi is around*

      • I just wish people vote for whichever candidate is better positioned to beat Brexiteers.

  24. Hahahahhaah comedy!!
    Wiwi guys made reaction on Elvana Gjata.. :P :D

    They will vote as FiK jurors.. LOL

    Btw Elvana Gjata has 1 million views now..

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