Earlier this week, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — shared their top five favourite songs completing in Festivali i Këngës 56. Wiwibloggs readers also had their own top fives from the Albanan national final, and shared them in the comments.
We’ve tallied up your favourites and have come up with an overall top five from wiwibloggs readers. Let’s see what y’all think!
5. Xhesika Polo – “Përjetë”
Xhesika Polo’s ballad “Përjetë” is the most like a traditional FiK entry and many of y’all were feeling Xhesika’s emotional expression. Reader Héctor wrote, “The song itself is a textbook example of an epic/dramatic ballad. I don’t understand what she’s singing, but I feel it. The violins add something magical to the song. Won’t be a bad choice for Albania.”
4. LYNX – “Vonë”
Rockers Lynx delivered the modern rock track “Vonë”. It’s one of the few rock-based songs in FiK56 to avoid a classic Albanian guitar solo. Wiwi reader Pablo wrote, “Easily the most ESC-ready of all. They got the feel of the song to a tee. Even if it could use some editing to really bring it to that catchiness level that Minus One had, this would be a really worthy entry.”
3. Inis Neziri – “Piedastal”
Inis Neziri’s ballad “Piedestal” divided readers the most. It had plenty of fans, but also those who thought that Albania could and should do a lot better. Reader Sabrina summed up both sides: “The thing is, Albania has overplayed this card. But if they want to play safe (on their notion of safe), I think Inis would be a fresh choice. It’s more remarkable than most of the ballads we had this year.”
2. Eugent Bushpepa – “Mall”
Eugent Bushpepa’s dreamy and folky song “Mall” had grabbed the attention of a lot of readers. Héctor wrote, “Don’t know what he’s singing, but it makes me kinda nostalgic.” While blondboybc shared his enthusiasm: “Loved it since first listen! Unique. Powerful. Anthemic. Unforgettable. Best voice. Hope they send this!”
1. Orgesa Zaimi – “Ngrije zërin”
Orgesa Zaimi’s modern pop track “Ngrije zërin” was the overwhelming favourite with wiwibloggs readers. Y’all were captivated by her drum and bass-infused pop. Wiwi reader Macus (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.”
But will the Festivali i Këngës 56 selection jury be thinking the same? Eugent Bushpepa faces the selection jury tonight along with the other ten acts competing in the first semi-final tonight. Orgesa Zaimi, Inis Neziri, LYNX and Xhesika Polo will face off against the seven other acts in the second semi-final on Friday night.
The qualifying acts will then perform at the grand final on Saturday night where the jury will decide who will win FiK 56 — and we’ll have the first song for Eurovision 2018.
What do you think? Is the FiK 56 winner in this list? Who should Albania send to Lisbon? Share your thoughts below!