Albania, Rona Nishliu, 3

When we spoke to Rona Nishliu at the Eurovision in Concert event in Amsterdam, one thing became very clear: girl has got a big brain. Well she has channeled all her brain power into a fierce marketing campaign, and joined the ranks of other PR-savvy contestants by releasing a jazz version of her entry “Suus.” That’s right. Just in case some of you don’t like the dramatic dirge style of her original entry, she’s re-cast it with a 1920s, soul vibe. It’s also in English. What do you think of the jazz version? Does Rona have a chance at ESC with the original version?  Or should she be competing with this instead?

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Peters
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beatiful sleeping pill

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Zolan

I’ve been listening to this since it was first released, as well as the official version, and I appreciate and enjoy both. My ideal for the contest would be a combination based primarily on the official version, but with occasional slides into jazz harmony and timing in the backing track and bluesy/soulful vocal expression — Not necessarily at the same time, so the straight and the slippery can run against each other a bit. It should be in Albanian. Some lines work well in English, but I have mixed feelings about going bilingual; I feel that English would stick out… Read more »

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ZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!