Welcome back to the ESC Views’ Pre-Contest Vote 2015! If you are unfamiliar with what this involves, do go ahead and click this link to take you to the ‘Launch Page’ of the competition. As more and more of these articles are written, they will be added to this page, so you can navigate between each country as you so wish.
Today, we’re looking at Albania, and Elhaida Dani’s song, I’m Alive. In 2013, she won The Voice of Italy and then won Festivali i Këngës in December 2014, earning the right to represent Albania in Eurovision this year. Currently, she’s at 3/1 NOT to qualify for the Grand Final, so things are looking good for Albania. The last time they qualified was with Rona Nishliu’s Suus.
Here’s what the jury members think:
Lewis – This strikes a good mix between a ballad and an up-tempo song. It’ll definitely be remembered by the audience and favoured by the juries. It’s definitely a song that has commercial potential too, and it’s more mutually agreeable (flashback to 2012). 8/12
Reece – This is far better than Diell, but I still think it is quite overrated. Saying that, it’s strong from the Albanians, and a top-half finish is very possible. 6/12
Rory – When Elhaida was picked to represent Albania in Vienna with Diell, I was just very.. Meh about it.. But what a change had it turned out to be! Not to sound like a superfan, but Albania is kicking it!! 10/12
Lauren – Complete with twangy guitars, powerful vocals, and a catchy chorus, Albania’s entry this year is more or less guaranteed to get a good placement in the final! 7/12.
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We’ll see you tomorrow!