It seems so long ago now, but it was only back in December that Eneda Tarifa was the very first Eurovision 2016 singer to reveal her song. Now, “Përrallë” has undergone the traditional reworking that we see from Albania every year. With the revamp complete, it’s time to reveal the official Albanian entry for Eurovision 2016. Eneda Tarifa will fly the Albanian flag in Stockholm with the song “Fairytale”.

The song has been written by Olsa Toqi, with the revamp taking place at the Woodstock Studios in London. Eneda kept things close to home for the video though, which was filmed on location in Albania.

Eneda Tarifa – “Fairytale”

The official video clip showcases lovely Albanian nature and clocks. It sounds very similar to original Albanian version, but sounds less dramatic. Eneda Tarifa is fierce with all those different dresses, hand gestures. Just when she looks at you, she wants to enter your soul.

We also know a little bit more about Eneda’s promotional tour for the Eurovision Song Contest. She’s already confirmed to be at the Eurovision in Concert (and we’ll be there too, y’all). It’s also believed she will be in attendance at the Moscow Eurovision Party as well. This is a girl who knows to work the promo circuit!

Of course, it was with Përrallë that Eneda won Festivali i Këngës 54. Much as we see every year, there will no doubt be debate as to which version is better. Make sure to let us know whether you prefer the new version of “Fairytale” in the comments and via our Twitter page.

Connect with Eneda Tarifa

Photo courtesy of Bora Kokëdhima

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Skandar
Skandar
4 years ago

Here’s the problem, I like Perralle for its dramatic and orchestral effect, which actually reflects the true “Fairytale”. This version sounds like Albania tries to go modern and EDM, but it ends nowhere and gets stuck. The tempo is also hanging, makes me confused whether I should get rock or get mellow with it. But still, it is a good material… with wrong revamp

ESCaddict
ESCaddict
4 years ago

I have to say I’m disappointed. I loved Peralle. It was my number 3 but this new version is so different. It was been watered down. The drama, the power, the craziness; they have been removed.
I hope it works out well for Albania. I hope this new version picks up more votes than it loses. For me, it will see Albania slide down my rankings.

Leo M
Leo M
4 years ago

I wasn’t a fan of the song in the first place but it was better in Albanian. No final for Albania this year then

MGR
MGR
4 years ago

Eurovision Song Contest is clearly dying. If world will have great song contest in future, this will be not this contest.

ElEspana
4 years ago

Nobody of you know what is music.If this song is bad than this year eurovision is the worst. This year Albania is the best,and other songs are really bad with no point.SO IF u call that bad u even don’t know what is music.I don’t understand people why are so jealous of albania.Not this year but always. If u don’t know what is music don’t talk,because the profesiont singers laugh with you.You even don’t know who made her melody,one of the famous singer in world. Keep calm people and enjoy the song,the best song of this year,like always Albania the… Read more »

Colin
Colin
4 years ago

My Top 41 (42) so far:

1. Estonia
2. Iceland
3. Romania
4. Germany
5. Croatia
6. Czech Republic
7. Norway
8. The Netherlands
9. Austria
10. Hungary
11. France
12. Italy
13. Ukraine
14. Georgia
15. Macedonia
16. Serbia
17. Spain
18. Sweden
19. Australia
20. Cyprus
21. United Kingdom
22. Poland
23. Russia
24. Belgium
25. Lithuania
26. Moldova
27. Azerbaijan
28. Switzerland
29. Latvia
30. Armenia
< 31. Israel
32. Finland
33. Ireland
34. Malta*
35. Greece
36. Montenegro
37. Denmark
38. Slovenia
39. Belarus
< 40. Albania
41. Bosnia & Herzegovina
42. San Marino

ct_greece
ct_greece
4 years ago

Ok, so here are my reviews of the songs that were unveiled during the weekend: Sweden: This was by far one of the weakest Melodifestivalens in recent years, evidenced by the fact that Frans won with 13% of the vote, with 11 other songs gathering between 6% and 9% and the juries being equally split. I am all for Frans’ simplicity and directness but he loses extra points for the obvious plagiarism. I think the EBU should start enforcing some rules and putting its house in order, but fat chance of doing that as far the swedes are concerned. So… Read more »

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

Interesting. This has a neat, funky feel that I wasn’t expecting based on what I heard from the original version. They’re taking a risk by veering away from the traditional ballad route, but I like the risk they’re taking. Nice job, Albania.

zipp89
zipp89
4 years ago

This Eurovision edition is the edition of meaningless lyrics…

zipp89
zipp89
4 years ago

Great song but these simple English lyrics are killing it. In Albanian this song would stand out in the contest…

A person
A person
4 years ago

i am an albanian and i also didn’t feel the power of the song that it had before in the albanian verson. The words don’t fit at all and it looks generic. The only thing left is her voice. If she sing good live maybe that will be a plus for her.
“Te duaaaaa” turned into “I loooove youuuuu” really???

EUROFAN MEXICO
4 years ago

PENSAR QUE GASTAS MILES DE EUROS MANDANDO ESTAS CANCIONES ME SIENTO TRISTE, PLEASE SEND RONA AGAIN

Huh
Huh
4 years ago

It’s like Hersi’s song once again. The instruments felt uninspiring.

blondboybc
blondboybc
4 years ago

I agree with Robyn…it’s like they simply tried to fit English lyrics into a song that was written with Albanian in mind…also the tempo/power and timbre of the original has flatlined. Not a fan of this change, but it wasn’t in my top 20 anyway…Elaida Dani was one of my favs last year. Now this. Albania may struggle to reach the final.

Denis
Denis
4 years ago

Albanian entries are never bad. Neither is this but it’s just so boring and flat. tells me nothing.
But Albania always put on a good show and that might help them out

Denis
Denis
4 years ago

Albanian entries are never bad. Neither is this but it’s just boring and flat. Tells me nothing. But Albania always have good stage shows so that might give them a push

Xeph
Xeph
4 years ago

they made it even worse than it already was

NJM
NJM
4 years ago

I actually really like it. I wasn’t expecting it to be very good but I think this works and will appeal to a greater audience.

BBB
BBB
4 years ago

My TOP 10 for I semifinal wihout Malta
1.Czech Republic
2.Russia
3.Estonia
4.Armenia
5.Azerbaijan
6.Croatia
7.Hungary
8.Cyprus
9.Iceland
10.Bosnia

My TOP 10 in II semifinal without Bulgaria
1.Latvia
2.Serbia
3.Ukraine
4.Poland
5.Norway
6.Australia
7.Belgium
8.Romania
9.Belarus
10.Denmark

Big 5 and host
1.Italy
2.France
3.Germany
4.Spain
5.United Kingdom
6.Sweden

My TOP 10 without Malta,Bulgaria

1.Czech Republic
2.Russia
3.Latvia
4.Serbia
5.Italy
6.France
7.Ukraine
8.Poland
9.Estonia
10.Armenia

AurelianTamisan
AurelianTamisan
4 years ago

I don’t think that the language worsened the song, but the instrumental is much more weaker. I hope it’s not the last version, cause it’s a big loss.

Bhrister Cjorkman
Bhrister Cjorkman
4 years ago

Meant to say RnB of course

Laburnum
Laburnum
4 years ago

It actually got worse! :I

Bhrister Cjorkman
Bhrister Cjorkman
4 years ago

Very weak song that is not memorable at all. The hip-hop style sounds very weird with what they could have done with this melody. I don’t think her voice fits the hi-hats beats at all. Feels like a very unfinished product. 1 Australia 2 Germany 3 Hungary 4 Russia 5 Iceland 6 Norway 7 Belgium 8 Belarus 9 Italy 10 France 11 Armenia 12 Croatia 13 Serbia 14 Ireland 15 The Netherlands 16 Estonia 17 Poland 18 Cyprus 19 Georgia 20 Moldova 21 Sweden 22 Czech Republic 23 Lithuania 24 Finland 25 Azerbadjan 26 Switzerland 27 United Kingdom —> 28… Read more »

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
4 years ago

The English lyrics sound like they’ve been shoe-horned into a structure designed for Albanian words. It doesn’t fit and the song isn’t saying anything special.

Mikael
Mikael
4 years ago

Oh great! Another revamp that destroys the original.

Cratis
Cratis
4 years ago

Ruined.

BBB
BBB
4 years ago

My predcition for draw , because draw decide host and reference group full of members from western nordic countries and SVT like uptempo song for opening and close or song with tehnical inovation
I semifinal
1.Russia
2.San Marino
3.Croatia
4.Hungary
5.Armenia
6.Moldova
7.Greece
8.Finland
9.The Netherlands
10.Azerbaijan
11.Estonia
12.Czech Republic
13.Bosnia Herzegovina
14.Austria
15.Montenegro
16.Malta
17.Cyprus
18.Iceland

For II semifinal
1.Latvia
2.Belarus
3.Serbia
4.Poland
5.F.Y.R Macedonia
6.Lithuania
7.Switzerland
8.Israel
9.Australia
10.Ireland
11.Ukraine
12.Bulgaria
13.Belgium
14.Albania
15.Romania
16.Slovenia
17.Norway
18.Georgia
19.Denmark

Henry
Henry
4 years ago

No final for sure, Albanian version was bad, but this is even worse!

Mar
Mar
4 years ago

Perralle was pure drama, Fairytale is just a huge letdown. It’s like they turned a fierce tiger into a mellow kitten. I thought the song was fine as it was, maybe tweak the instrumentation a little to sound less orchestral and add english lyrics if you absolutely have to, but this whole revamp was unnecesary.
Also I hate songs that have “I love you” in their lyrics, it just screams lazy songwriting and zero imagination. Where’s the poetry and the metaphors?

Thiefo
4 years ago

I don’t think is that bad… at least the change wasn’t as bad as in 2014 😛 now THAT was messed up. I do think it lost some of it’s power, but I still like it!

EF0912
EF0912
4 years ago

I preferred it in Albanian. The song has lost its power.

John
John
4 years ago

Perfect recipe of how you take a great powerful song and turn in into a powerless mess. She butchered it.

MGR
MGR
4 years ago

We used to have eurodance, but now we have euronihilism.

Juuseven
Juuseven
4 years ago

Didn’t like the revamp at all; the previous version was more powerful and fierce. Now it sounds too cheap with this music arrangements, even the lyrics are stupid in English. Preferred to go with the original one.

Racal
Racal
4 years ago

1. They killed it by switching to English, and 2. The revamp brings absolutely nothing, it’s neither better or worse, it’s just dull. I would be very surprised if this qualifies.

cheesecake
cheesecake
4 years ago

I slightly prefered “Perralle”, because of the language and the drama, but I still love this.

ARCHIFY
ARCHIFY
4 years ago

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SpirK
SpirK
4 years ago

They really messed up with the revamp if you ask me. They had a wonderful song (for me it just needed a little cut to be as short as Eurovision commands). I always thought that I’d prefer it in Albanian, but they didn’t only change the language, they sucked the power off this song to make it a ballad with a light dance (?) beat.
It was my 8th, I think it is below 15th now.

Colin
Colin
4 years ago

This is why I think translations don’t work. The only positive things I can say is that video is very well made and that her English accent (at least in studio version) isn’t as bad as I dreaded. But the lyrics…. COME ON? ‘I love you’ Seriously? On rare occasions, that CAN work (Lithuania 2009, although I did prefer his Lithuanian version), but this isn’t good. It is generic, generic, generic and probably more generic than Denmark. Well, one goes up (Israel), one goes down (Albania). Now we wait for Malta and Bulgaria to unveil their songs and we have… Read more »

JonathanUK
JonathanUK
4 years ago

Surely her vocals on-stage will be enough to carry her through to the Final! She’s one of a rare breed of artists who sound amazing live, far better than they do on studio versions!
All those who are saying this song lacks power – wait until Eneda performs it live and she will inject the power back into it!!
I’m confident the Juries will love this too!

Az Paynter
Az Paynter
4 years ago

First time posting here, hi from Australia~ Honestly it’s not the English translation that wrecks the song, it’s the production – they took away everything that made the original Albanian version work. It was the rock edge with the orchestra together that made the song, and instead of ramping up the electric guitars for the added drama they stripped the guitars away so all the intensity is gone. It’s a damn shame too; ‘Perralle’ was in my personal top 5, but this version isn’t going to get Albania very far at all. Probably on par with Elhaida Dani’s ranking last… Read more »

MMs
MMs
4 years ago

Albania is doomed :/ They really can’t rely on the staging as they tend to go for simple staging, which works with some songs, and as per voice she is amazing but will it be enough especially know that in the same semi there will be Macedonia, and Ukraine. I loved Perralle so much, and I want to love this one as well but I just can’t stand the letdown that the chorus gives after the phrase “that’s why I love you”.

RoboNL
RoboNL
4 years ago

So I hated the Albanian version not just for that ugly language…
Still hate this one very much. Can’t decide to put Albania or San Marino last in my top

Tom
Tom
4 years ago

The language change doesn’t bother me, although I liked it in Albanian too. But, just like some of the others here, I really miss the strength of the chorus in the original song.

MarceloN
MarceloN
4 years ago

Oh, yes… and the lyrics in English aren’t half as good as what one could make of a rough translation of the original message. Not half as good!

Steven
Steven
4 years ago

I was such a big fan of the Albanian version. What a letdown. Power vocals gone, drama gone, instant impact gone. Ugh.

MarceloN
MarceloN
4 years ago

IN SHOCK
She’s still beautiful, sings great, and the tune is nice. But Perralle was not meant to be nice! It was a dramatic tale of mad love, heavens!!!
I wonder what the composer had to say about this washed down version. Don’t misunderstand us “likers”, we are actually not “hating” this version. It’s just this lacks the power, the energy, the madness (hate to think of ‘drama’), the rawness of the first. To boot, Perralle as it was lacked nothing. Please, people in charge?!

Travis
Travis
4 years ago

And THIS Ladies and Gentlemen, is how you destroy a good song by switching the language into english =/ I’m so grateful Italy didn’t do that entirely

rono
rono
4 years ago

Damn… they’ve destroyed a good song…

MirkoJoshua
MirkoJoshua
4 years ago

I think people are a bit angry because she switched the language to English and I agree, in Albanian it sounded better, but that’s still a good song. Albania can really do well in Stockholm, I really like this song