TIRANA, ALBANIA – 18 acts participated in the 2014 edition of Festivali i Këngës through which Albania decided its participation entry to Vienna’s Eurovision Song Contest edition. The winner is: Elhaida Dani with the Të kërkoj also known as “Diell”.
01st Elhaida Dani – Të kërkoj
02nd Bojken Lako Band – Të ndjej
03rd Lindita Halimi – S’të fal
??th Besiana Mehmedi & Shkodran Tolaj – Kështjella
??th Emi Bogdo – Një femër
??th Mjellma Berisha – Sot jetoj
??th Enver Petrovci – Të vranë bukuri
??th Erga Halilaj – Ti s’më njeh
??th Rezarta Smaja – Më rrëmbe
??th Jozefina Simoni – Mendje trazi
??th Venera Lumani – Dua të jetoj
??th Altin Goci – Rock për gjithë jetën
??th Gjergj Leka – Himn
??th Klajdi Musabelliu – Vetëm te ti besoj
??th Saimir Braho – Kristal
??th Estela Brahimllari – Kjo natë
??th Marsela Çibukaj – S’muj
??th Agim Poshka – Në rrugën tonë
In the aftermath of last night’s announcement by Elhaida Dani herself that her song for Eurovision 2015 Diell was withdrawn by the composer, today RTSH announced they have found a song for her. The song is now titled “I’m Alive” penned by Kosovo-Albanian Zzap & Chris and will be the official entry for the country in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SHOW
Elhaida Dani was the favourite and won the show with a flawless performance. The night though had quite interesting performances such as the funky one by Estela Brahimllari, the pop rock entry of Klajdi Musabelliu and Venera Lumani. Rezarta Smaja could have been the winner as well as her performance was awesome despite the awful dress, Erga Halilaj and Enver Petrovci gave also a very good performance. Uptempo energy came from Mjellma Berisha while one other favourite, Linda Halimi, failed to impress as her vocals were very bad. Overall you can say that the show this year had few great performances and lots of horrible presentations!
INFORMATION ON ELHAIDA
Elhaida Dani was born on February 17.1993 in North Albania, Scutari. She starts singing when she was a little girl and started styding piano in age 6 in performing arts school. When she was 18 she moved with her family in Tirana where she started studying Musicology in the ‘University of Arts’ and started singing Live with her band in the mos important places in Tirana. She worked as a backvocalist and soloist singer in the famous program ‘E Diela Shqiptare’ (‘The Albanian Sunday’) from 2009-2012. The First competition she decided to partecipate was the international
talent show in Albania called ‘Star Academy IV’ on 2009 where she was the Winner. In August 2011 she was one of the competitors of the Festival ‘Suncane Skale’ in Herceg Novi/Montenegro , where she won ‘The best New Artist’ tittle. On 23-24 September Elhaida was part of the festival ‘Zlaten Kesten’ Festival in Petric/Bulgaria, where she was elected the ‘Best Singer’ of the festival. Her last competition of 2011 was the Albanian National Festival where her song was awarded with the price “Best Melody”. In May 2012 she was part of a the VIII-edition on the festival ‘George Grigoriu’ Braila/Rumania where she was the winner of the First I Place. Later that month she partecipated in Gorna Oriahovitsa/Bulgaria in the festival ‘Nova Musica’ (New Music) where she was the winner of ‘Grand Prix’. On june 3rd, 2012 Elhaida Dani became the Winner of the most important competition of modern music in Albania, ‘Top Fest 9’, where she was nominated and the winner of the ‘Best New Artist’ tittle too. In the first days of August she partecipated in the Rumanian festival ‘Champions League’, where she was the winner of the ‘Grand Prix’, the winner of the very important award ‘Mihai Traistariu’ (one of the biggest Rumanian stars) , the ‘Senior Trophy’ and the First Price from the Junior Jury ‘Little Champions’. Her last competition for 2012 was in early September in Veliko Turnovo/Bulgari where she was the winner of the ‘Grand Prix’ of the ‘Silver Yantra’ Festival.