It’s almost time for us to face the music. But before the 20 songs for Albania’s Festivali i Këngës 58 arrive on Monday, we can reveal the one act which has left our readers giddy with anticipation — Elvana Gjata!
FiK 58: Favourite Acts
Back in November, shortly after the line-up for Albania’s Eurovision 2020 selection was revealed, we asked a very important question — Which Festivali i Këngës 58 act are you the most excited for?
Hundreds of you let your voices by heard by voting in our poll. And after counting just over 2,000 votes, we can confirm that Elvana Gjata is the act that’s left y’all gagging. The star hoovered up support, capturing 37.87% of all votes cast.
And it’s hardly surprising. Gjata is huge. We’re talking almost half a billion views on YouTube and 1.4 million Instagram followers huge. In fact, the star is so big that when news of the line-up first broke, many thought it was fake.
Name a contest in Albania and the chances are Elvana has either won it or placed highly — Dancing With The Stars, Kënga Magjike Award and Top Fest Award. She even attempted FiK early in her career. However, that was in the days before the contest was used as a national selection for Eurovision. Some of her many hits include “Kuq e zi je ti”, “Love Me” and “Mike”.
Some way back, in second place, it’s Arilena Ara. She secured 22.02% of all votes cast.
Elvana may have the biggest following, but Arilena Ara is not far behind. Her Instagram fans number 1.1 million. She first rose to fame after winning The X Factor Albania in 2013. In the years since she’s racked up numerous chart smashes. And she’s even gone to the other side of the talent show table, acting as a coach on The Voice Kids Albania.
“Nëntori” is her best known single internationally. It enjoyed considerable airplay in Romania and Russia and has over 67 million YouTube views.
Olta Boka comes a distant third with 8.41% of the ballot.
While consumers of Albanian pop are gagging on Gjata and Aja, hers is the only name on the lips of Eurovision fans of a certain vintage. Olta Boka won Festivali i Këngës 46 and represented Albania at the 2008 song contest in Belgrade. She placed 17th in the final with “Zemrën E Lamë Peng”.
Following her Eurovision stint, she’s won awards at both Kënga Magjike and Top Fest and released a slew of popular singles.
Poll results: Which Festivali i Këngës 58 act are you the most excited for?
- Elvana Gjata 37.87% (779 Votes)
- Arilena Ara 22.02% (453 Votes)
- Olta Boka 8.41% (173 Votes)
- Kanita 5.64% (116 Votes)
- Era Rusi 2.92% (60 Votes)
- Albërije Hadërgjonaj 2.87% (59 Votes)
- Aldo Bardhi 2.67% (55 Votes)
- Tiri Gjoci 2.38% (49 Votes)
- Uendi Mancaku 2.33% (48 Votes)
- Kamela Islamaj 2.24% (46 Votes)
- Eli Fara & Stresi 1.99% (41 Votes)
- Valon Shehu 1.56% (32 Votes)
- Bojken Lako 1.41% (29 Votes)
- Gena 1.17% (24 Votes)
- Robert Berisha 1.12% (23 Votes)
- Renis Gjoka 1.02% (21 Votes)
- Sara Bajraktari 0.88% (18 Votes)
- Kastro Zizo 0.58% (12 Votes)
- Genc Tukiçi & Nadia Tukiçi 0.49% (10 Votes)
- Devis Xherahu 0.43% (9 Votes)
Total Votes: 2,057