Monday, 15 November 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Winner already decided?! Linda withdraws!

I just had a talk to Linda Halimi, who takes part in the Festivali i këngës 2010 in December. She posted following into her facebook page, below u can see our smalltalk in Albanian, I'll translate for you into English:


Free Translation into English:
"Linda Halimi: My participation at the festivali i këngës is confirmed... But this time i'm going to take things easy and just promote my new song as the winner has been already decided (THOUGH THE FESTIVAL HASN'T KICKED OFF YET). Nevertheless, I congratulate ALBAN SKENDERAJ AND MIRIAM CANI for the first prize at the FiK 2010! :) Respect :)
Linda Halimi: I feel much respect for Miriam and Alban... but it feels very bad if you take part only to fill out a number when you actually try to achieve something... This worries all of us simple participants, not all of us are allowed to speak out. But I WILL SPEAK OUT what worries me in public.. so that it can get better in the future haha...
Arben: Is the winner really decided or is that only your opinion on the winner song as you think it's such a wonderful song?
Linda Halimi: the winner is decided.
Arben: Strong of you to go public, just go on, you have the right to!
Linda Halimi:  No, it's simply not fair. It's not like I hoped to be the first place, but we only don't speak out because we dont want to loose the right to take part. It does not mean that we don't know the truth! Belive me, as a participant (if i won't withdraw) i feel bad because of the fact that I'm participating means that i am not there for nothing in the end... and if you know the winner already? Why put unnecessary effort into it. If they really feel the need for all those expenditures, they can do the SHOW also right now for the winner!
While writing, the debate has not finished on facebook:

Linda also states, that the Kënga Magjike will be the greatest Musical show that Albania has to offer in near future. At least it is a fair contest, also Top Fest belongs to those fair festivals.
"The RTSH says no artist is left in Albania to represent us to the world. Yet they do not give new artists any chance and aid for a that aim. I don't want to spend all that money for dresses, the way to Tirana etc. for nothing. People, my participation is DEFINATELY CANCELLED. I will publish my song later here. I am the only artist speaking out the truth though everyone knows it. I don't know if I ever return to that contest."

If Lindas statements turn out to be right, a comment of Irgen Dragovoja would sum the whole situation up:
"And they say new artists have to hand in the creations, songtexts, fotos just so that in the end Alban, promoting head of Vodafone wins the thing!"


IS the winner of the Festivali i kënges already DECIDED?! We'll see the outcome, have your say.

11 comments:

  1. This is the top of embarasement , shame on FiK if thats true.

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  2. this girl is very beautiful and i like me

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  3. Thank you for this article. I hope it's not true, but anything is possible in Albania I guess.. ;)

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  4. Linda is one of the caressed singers of Top Fest and Kenga Magice, that's why she affirm that those two festivals are fair, they are not, and the only one festival less fair (let's say) is festivali kenges, that is turned into a media marketing, not only,into politics artistic market, i know is true, she has right to say that Alban and Mirjam will propably win, but Linda made that huge thing on her facebook and here, by showing how pure she is!!!... o come on, all albanian artists are separate into Top channel ones, and into Ardit Gjebrea side...if she made the same thing by showing on her facebook horrible unregretable stuffs for ardit gjebrea, he will end her career..she choose to show up by regreting for the only "undamaged career fest" don't be so arranged Linda, you are still that village girl trying to show up with all kind of stuff only..
    and to you EUROVISIONTIMES, i respect what you do, but is the same that the last year when Juliana Pasha has win before the competition starts,it was a huge discussion into all albanian media and facebook profiles of all known singers, why Linda didn't say anything? She was part of that festival too!! WHY? Cause the song producer was Ardit Gjebrea, and he will not allow her in all her career to be part of kenga magice...
    This is only the truth, i sware, let me show my sincer opinion, like Linda aclaimed to have done!!!

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  5. Linda has been a winner herself in TOP FEST a couple a years ago . WAS IT ARRANGED AT THAT TIME LINDA ? WHAT DID THE OTHERS SAID ? DID THEY PRETENDED THE SAME THING ABOUT YOU ?

    EVERY YEAR THE SAME STORY , EVERY FESTIVAL THE SAME STORY : KENGA MAGJIKE, TOP FEST, FESTIVALI I KENGES !

    The newspapers have the winner name long time before festival even starts !

    It's time artsits should stop this and sing with all their heart for the audience ! The WINNER IS GOING TO BE ONE !

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  6. The last comment seems like Linda herself tryin to defend herself... omg, what a shame!!!

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  7. The last comment has not been written by Linda , guaranteed. Commentary is made by somebody who doesn't know at all Linda personally, but who really loves albanian music and great true artists and honour & respect their work .
    It's reciprocal , Artists give us beautiful music and Public / Audience give them back love and appreciation.

    But this story of ARTISTS JELOUSY is becoming really BORING !!!! They have to grow up ! Find the real reason why the want to sing at that event ! Stop acting childish !!!

    Just few examples : We heard this story with Greata Koci winning " Top Fest" - she bought the First Price, we heard it again when PONI got mad because she didn't win with Stine's song - Si trendafil.

    We heard it at " Kenga Magjike " when Armend Rexhapagiq won, Aurela Gace won, Genta Ismajli won .

    We heard this story when Kejsi won, Juliana won in Festivali i Kenges .... JUST TO MENTION A FEW !!!

    ALWAYS SAME STORY - EACH FESTIVAL IS FIXED !!!!

    ARTISTS should understand once and forever PRICE OF CONTEST IS ONLY ONE !!! SOMEBODY IS GOING TO WIN IT !!! STOP FIGHTING EACH OTHER - AIM BRINGING BEAUTIFUL SONGS !

    Going back to LINDA, personally I think she is making tooooooo much fuss !!!

    Last year she partecipated with Erti Hizmo in a duet and couldn't listen to the end of song, not even thinking to like the song/ consider one of the best . Not even worth to consider somewhere close to the TOP FIVE !!!! Linda got in the wrong place. IT IS A SONG CONTEST not SCREAM CONTEST !!!!

    This year, her trio at Kenga Magjike is not one of the Hits of event !

    An artist has to give hits before pretending to be one of the best and claiming she is being used !

    A last note the BEST OF KOSOVA ARTISTS partecipated with beatiful songs, succesful and unforgettable ones. Partecipating in the same event is a sucess itself. Being up to their level is another sucess. It's time to grow up !

    Ilis Shaqiri , Naim Krasniqi, MIhrije Braha , Gili, Alberie Hadergjonaj, Adelina Ismajli, Leonora Jakupi , Edona Llalloshi , Etno Engjujt ft. Arta Bajrami , Bedri Islami, Sabri Fejzullahu , Alma Bektashi.


    IT IS AN HONOUR TO PARTECIPATE AT FESTIALI I KENGES THAT WROTE THE HISTORY OF ALBANIAN MUSIC !!!

    THAT SHOULD DO !!!

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  9. Linda also states, that :

    the Kënga Magjike will be the greatest Musical show that Albania has to offer in near future. At least it is a fair contest, also Top Fest belongs to those fair festivals.

    LINDA , can you re-state this again now that KENGA MAGJIKE - Ardit Gjebrea booted you out not only for this year , but for 6 ( six ) years in a row ???!!!

    Not your year Linda ! First out of Festivali i Kenges ( your choice ) , now out of Kenga Magjike ( not respecting the contract you signed ) .

    Don't worry you still have TOP FEST ! GOOD LUCK LINDA !!!

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