She’s the songstress who won Festivali i Kenges 57 and will represent the country of the two-headed eagle at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. And as usually happens in Albania, Jonida Maliqi and her team have gone to the studio to give her Eurovision entry a proper revamp ahead of the song submission deadline.
Albania has a mixed history with their revamps, with both Eneda Tarifa and Lindita Halimi failing to qualify in 2016 and 2017, while Eugent Bushpepa broke the curse and finished eleventh in last year’s grand final with “Mall”.
On Sunday evening, the wait was finally over as Jonida unveiled the revamped version of “Ktheju Tokës”, accompanied by an artistic music video.
The revamp didn’t change the arrangement of the song. In fact, it gained more atmosphere and more depth, allowing Jonida’s vocals and the flutes to truly soar. Overall there’s a more polished sound that elevates the song and takes it to new heights. Albania ain’t messing this year.
The video features a more sensual Jonida singing her song in the smoke and, later, in the rain, along with shots of people in a nest, the same nest burning in flames, and two kids running, one across the water, another escaping from the flames. These most probably symbolize the message of the song, asking the people stuck abroad to return to their homeland. The short snippet of the mighty eagle is a reminder that “Ktheju Tokës” is the song of the whole Albanian nation.
Are you pleased with this year’s revamped Albanian song? Do you think Jonida can follow Eugent’s footsteps and take the Balkan nation to the grand final for the second time in a row? Sound off in the comments below!