Only 2 days from now and the Festivali i këngës starts.Until then, we would like to present you the most interesting participants. Their careers, former participations and relations to the Festivali i këngës and the Eurovision Songcontest, their teams behind the song and our view on their chances of success in the National Final. We are reporting live from Tirana and the Pallati i kongreseve (More info here).
Singer: Enkelejda Arifi
Composer: Adrian Hila
Text: Pandi Laço
Song: Nje dashuri (One love)
Draw: Semi final 2, number 14
Profile: Enkelejda is a known South Albanian singer, who sings mostly folk songs in the Tosk dialect of South Albania and the region çameria.
This year: Her participation at the festivali i kenges is a bit surprising, indeed. But what is more surprising is the the team that composed her song, which is no other than A.Hila and P.Laço, who composed the Albanian ESC songs in 2005, 2007 and 2008.
What is to be expected?: Enkelejda sings a song of the most successful composer team of the recent years. We know that Hila and Paço are able of creating wonderful songs and they know who they pick for their songs. Especially when deciding to let Enkelejda sing their newest composition, we can await a folk song that may touch many Albanians musical and lyrical wise. After the success with Olta Boka though, their compositions haven't placed that high in FiK anymore (I wouldn't say the songs have become worse). Juries seemed to take a little "time-out" of their songs. We believe that this year the Hila/Laço team has a real chance of placing high again, as enough time has passed now and they are not seen as the eternal winners of the FiK anymore, which may influence the jury's votes to the better again.
One of her most famous songs - Mall per Camerine