ALBANIA – Kosovar singer Mentor Haziri didn’t make it to FIK 2021 and now says that RTSH is not supporting the Kosovar artists, despite MIRUD and Alban Ramosaj being chosen as such. He accused the selection committee of being afraid and using playback in the contest, calling them amateurs.
“My new song written by me and orchestrated by music professionals from Ireland was not accepted at Festivali I Këngës without giving any single reason! In the past I have been told that it is a dirty and corrupt festival where the song is sold in the corridors — I never believed it because I grew up watching that Festival with singers and icons of that time. Today, unfortunately, I confirmed this evil, and I also confirmed that that Festival does not like Albanians from Kosovo there because they make competition. No one from Kosovo is a competitor there this year, and this is where I want to connect.”
Although RTSH hasn’t responded, Mentor’s statement made a fuzz in the media. Alban Ramosaj reacted refuting Mentor’s accusations.
Mentor answered back saying that Alban breaches the rules as his song is penned by Irish authors, sighting no Albanian inspiration included in the song. He also accused Alban of having an Albanian passport and not being a pure Kosovar.
Alban has not replied (yet).
Following the escalation, Mentor makes an effort to gain publicity out of it releasing his DFIK bidding song which received mixed reactions from the public.
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