She stormed into the hearts of Eurovision fans in 2014 with her crazy-yet-musical Festivali i Këngës 53 song “Ste fal”.
And on Thursday evening Albania’s Lindita Halimi reminded the world that she is a Eurovision fan herself with two very powerful covers — Lidia Isac’s “Falling Stars” (Moldova 2014) and Elhaida Dani’s “I’m Alive” (Albania 2015).
“‘I’m Alive’ is so dramatic and ‘Falling Stars’ stabs me in the heart,” Lindita tells wiwibloggs. “I poured myself into both of them and I hope you enjoy.”
Lindita covers Lidia Isac’s “Falling Stars”
Lindita may be known for those big notes and her ability to retain control while serving that fortissimo realness, but with “Falling Stars” she reminds you she can turn it down and give a quiet sound major power.
She slows down the euro-dance original and strips it back, creating a delightful acoustic version that relies on two ingredients: Lindita’s voice and sincere emotion.
The song stirs all sorts of moods and feelings, but to us it sounds like a mix of Hawaiian luau and Spanish siesta — but baby you will not fall asleep with this one.
Lindita covers Elhaida’s “I’m Alive”
“I’m Alive” is near and dear to Lindita’s heart: She penned the English-language lyrics for the song, which was sung at Eurovision 2015.
And you can tell she’s feeling every word as she weaves through this incredibly challenging tune, squeezing the most out of her voice as she nestles every peak and valley.
She even manages to hit that note — you know the one. And for good measure she takes the ending to another level. Just listen and you’ll hear what we mean. WOWZERS!
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