After yesterday’s shocking announcement that Elhaida Dani will not sing “Diell” in Vienna, more news is unfolding. According to local Albanian media, Elhaida will sing “I’m Alive” in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. It was confirmed by the director of RTSH, Martin Leka. It’s the very first time Albania will completely change their Eurovision entry in the contest.
Apparently Aldo Shllaku has withdrawn the song because of widespread criticism. Not only that, he has broken contact with RTSH. The EBU and RTSH have reached an agreement that Elhaida Dani will still go to Vienna and represent the Land of Eagles.
The composers of “I’m Alive” are Zzap & Chriss (Arbër Elshani and Christian Lekaj) – they’re very successful composers in the Albanian diaspora and come from Kosovo. Yesterday they announced that they will compose the 2015 Albanian Eurovision entry on Facebook. They create really modern songs, and are popular among the Albanian diaspora.
Songs by Zzap & Chriss
They also were behind “S’të fal” sung by Lindita Halimi in Festivali i Këngës 53 and ended third by the jury. Zzap & Chriss made a totally modern song work so well in FiK, definitely a big clap to them.
This is us !!! I think it is correct to personally announce that an important resolution has been taken relating to my participation into Eurovision Song Contest. This news will become official and public soon. The author of the song ‘Diell‘, for personal and irrevocable reasons, has decided to withdraw the song and unfortunately it will be impossible for me to perform it in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Accordingly to his decision and in agreement with the Albanian broadcaster RTSH, I will represent my country in Vienna with a new song. I will work hard to ensure the presentation of a song appropriate to the prestige of the event and to make Albania achieve a respectable result in the competition. Information on the new song will come soon. @zzap1 @chrisslekaj
More details on the song
“I’m Alive” will be in English and the lyrics are written by a famous Albanian lyricist in the traditional Festivali i Këngës, Sokol Marsi. He co-wrote the lyrics to “Diell” and Albania 2011, just to name a few. In the next couple of days, “I’m Alive” will be completed and after that, the official video will be produced.
Elhaida Dani will be doing a promotional tour for the Eurovision Song Contest. We already know that she will be in Eurovision in Concert. It’s mostly likely she will also be at the Eurovision London Party and two other countries in Albania’s semi final. More info to come.
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