At long last, Eurovision season is heating up! We’ve known the identities of several acts for weeks now, but actual songs have been very slow to materialise. However, that’s all changed as we now know two of the entries which will be performed in Tel Aviv next May.
They are Albania’s Jonida Maliqi with “Ktheju tokës” and Spain’s Miki with “La Venda”. This means that we can start choosing favourites. Which act do you like best?
You can listen to both tracks and watch our video reactions below. Then vote in our poll. Choose wisely, you can only vote ONE time. Voting is open until Friday 25 January — the eve of France’s Destination Eurovision grand final.
We will then relaunch the poll to include Madame Monsieur’s successor and any other songs which might drop between now and then.
Jonida Maliqi “Ktheju tokës”
Jonida Maliqi’s “Ktheju tokës” saw off competition from 21 other songs to emerge victorious at Festivali i Këngës 57. After one year off, it sees Albania return to its big-lunged diva formula. However, “Ktheju tokës” isn’t your typical ballad. Its themes of woe hark back to Jamala’s Eurovision 2016 winning number “1944” and Rona Nishliu’s “Suus” — Albania’s most successful entry. Will “Ktheju tokës” replicate their fortunes in May?
Miki “La Venda”
Famous won Operación Triunfo, but last night it was Miki who won the all important Gala Eurovision with the insanely infectious “La Venda”. Not only did he beat the series winner, he also overcame the early fan-favourite “Muérdeme” from María. Spain hasn’t come close to the top ten since Ruth Lorenzo in 2014. Could Miki be the man to take them back?