Back in December last year, Orgesa Zaimi was one of the fan favourites going into Festivali i Këngës 56 with her upbeat song “Ngrije zërin”. She didn’t disappoint at the Albanian song contest, however the jury selected Eugent Bushpepa as the overall winner. Now Orgesa has rewarded fans by finally releasing a music video to her FiK entry.

In the video, Orgesa has ditched the hipster librarian look and instead wears an elegant red gown. She is joined by a number of people, of different ages, sexes and cultures. They morph into each other, taking a cue from Michael Jackson’s iconic “Black or White” video. The people also join Orgesa for a group shot, where they sing along to the song and share in its positive message.

When “Ngrije zërin” (Speak Up) was released shortly before FiK 56, the song soon became a fan favourite.

It was also a favourite with the Wiwi Jury. While there was a lot of love for eventual winner Eugent Bushpepa and “Mall”, six jurors selected “Ngrije zërin” as their favourite. Jury member Luis wrote, “‘Ngrije zërin’ is catchy, memorable and uplifting, and Orgesa garnishes it with power and self-confidence. It is, by far, the most contemporary entry in FiK 56 and it’s one of the very few songs that is “Eurovision aware”.

Wiwibloggs readers also had enthusiasm for Orgesa’s song. After tallying reader scores, “Ngrije zërin” stood out as a favourite. Wiwi reader ‘Marcus (Day One)’ recognised the song’s hit potential: “It is the only radio friendly, contemporary song and as we’ve seen that goes down well at Eurovision. It has elements of The Chainsmokers, Rudimental and that can only be a good thing. With some minor tweaking and good staging sung in either English or Albanian, this could be a top 10 entry.”

In the Wiwi Poll — held after all acts had performed in the semi-finals and the 14 finalists had been selected — Orgesa was ranked third with 13.38% of the vote. Eugent Bushpepa topped the vote with 38.04%.

When it came to the grand final of Festivali i Këngës 56, the jury selected Bushpepa’s “Mall” as the winner. Orgesa placed outside the top three, so it is not known how the song was ranked.

Festivali i Këngës is usually the first national final to be held in the Eurovision season. While Albania’s participation in Eurovision 2019 has not yet been confirmed, FiK 57 has been confirmed. Entries for the song contest are currently open and will close on 10 September.

 

Read more Albania Eurovision news

Follow all our new music reviews

Listen to our new music playlist on Spotify

Total
41
Shares

Leave a Reply

16 Comments on "Albania: FiK 56 fan favourite Orgesa Zaimi finally releases music video for “Ngrije zërin”"

avatar
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Kirby
Guest

Orgesa has to enter FIK again!!!

Pang
Guest

Found the English lyrics and I appreciate the message but unfortunately those social-themed songs are generally incompatible with Eurovision and she is admittedly incomparable to a virtuoso like Eugene. Actually, she doesn’t have to be comparable to anyone but being better than another is a must to succeed in competitions. I am – however – very glad to have heard of her last year and I truly appreciate her global social activism.

John Moynahan
Guest

This was my personal favourite from FiK 56…………however Eugent live performance and tremendous vocal range won me over.. … he was superb..
Still would have sent Orgesa??

Jürg
Guest

Unlike Madame Monsieur’s “Mercy” which was a blatant PR strategy, Orgesa’s effort felt genuine from the beginning, and the fact that she decided to release the music video seven months after her participation at “FiK”, proves the authenticity of her humanist intention. She wasn’t there to win a trophy. She is here to make a positive change. Respect!

HATE NEVER WINS!
Guest

Albanians encourage a culture of tolerance, pluralism and diversity, whereas people here in Eastern Europe invest to increase the hate magnitude! I belong to a distinct ethnic group living in Hungary and Slovakia and I feel related to this song. It heartens me to stand for myself and to combat the hatred! #hateneverwins

Henry
Guest

Albania should let televoters decide 50% of the results, the jury can be shady. They tend to go for te typical Albanian formula of male rock or female power ballad. Orgesa has the best song in 2017, but the orchestra ?, it’s 2018 not 1957

Pierre
Guest

“FiK’s” voting system is usually 50/50. Also, the live orchestra signifies the fact that Albania has class and invests in its national selection event which is the third-oldest in Europe (second to Eurovision and third to Sanremo). “Festival e Kenges” should never become a “Melodifestivalen”.

David
Guest

True that! Albania and Italy must never turn their highbrow music events into fast-food-contests like the rest of Europe has done. That would mark a complete cultural suicide!

impressiveinstants
Guest

People complain about FiK but they always have strong entries. This, and Piedestal would have been great choices for Albania. Mall was SUPERB nonetheless.

Sylvia
Guest

I was trying so hard to read what is written with small letters on that tshirt I, m a virgin. Is (This is very old shirt), right?

Danni
Guest

Yes. I’ve seen a shirt like that before.

Briekimchi
Guest

FiK was so good this year!

Jeff
Guest

Honestly Albania had two of my favorite national fo al songs Mall and Ngrije Zërin. However I preferred Orgesa’s song because it was finally FiK entry that sounded fresh and modern.

Jo.
Guest

Also Vonë for me. Three great songs.

Eurovisionfan12
Guest

Better late than never :p

Alex
Guest

YASSS