When Eneda Tarifa won Albania’s Festivali i Kënges back in December, it was easy to understand why Albanians got behind her. Eneda has a controlled, powerful voice and she can belt it out with the ease and precision of a sniper. She’s also got that Holllywood sheen — golden tresses, a matte complexion and enviable décolletage.
Her song — known then as “Përrallë” (Fairytale) — had great potential too. It oozed mystery and soul and, even though I had no idea what she was singing about, sister sounded like she was in pain and really made me feel it. It needed a revamp to give it shape and make it more dynamic in the second half, but surely Albania — the nation that transformed Juliana Pasha’s “It’s All About You” — could handle that.
Apparently not. The much-anticipated revamp and music video dropped on Sunday and “Fairytale” has turned into a total nightmare. Gone is the beautiful Albanian language, replaced with dubious English that really kills the atmosphere. The English-language lyrics are very ESL and at times sound like they were written by someone who still reads fairy tales: “This tale of love, larger than dreams….so many tears, all the craziness and rage, tale of love, the message is love can bring change.” As we now know, change isn’t always a good thing…
Visually this is a train wreck that may just rival Serhat’s “I Didn’t Know” for worst video of the year. Playing with a fairytale theme is fine — when you’re at Junior Eurovision. But this is the big leagues and the video just does not work. It opens with Eneda playing the part of a sexed-up Little Red Riding Hood — and one wearing a rug on her head — before she goes all Dumbledore in an observatory, which appears to be made of cardboard cut-outs spray painted gold. We did this for a school play when I was 13 — and we were backed neither by a record label nor a television broadcaster.
Many of our readers share our dismay. On our Instagram account some describe the song as “horrible” and “so bad.” They aren’t just throwing shade. They are also sharing their disappointment, which follows their high hopes. Instagram user escnetherlands writes that “It was so amazing before” — and punctuates his comment with emoticon tears.
Eneda Tarifa — “Fairytale” (revamp)
Eneda Tarifa — “Përrallë” (original version)
What do YOU think? Is “Fairytale” a sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare? Should Eneda switch back to Albanian ASAP, or at least include an Albanian verse and chorus? Let us know in the comments box below. And be sure to vote in our poll to let us know what you think. You can vote for as many options as you like, but you can only vote ONE time. Be sure to click the box next to each opinion you support before pressing submit.