Extremely happy and extremely excited. These are the words Albanian singer Arilena Ara used to describe her feelings just moments after booking her spot at Eurovision 2020.
The Festivali i Këngës 58 winner was still in her stage costume when she met with Wiwiblogger Erdi Tejeci inside the Pallati i Kongreseve in Tirana. She said she was still trying to take it all in.
“I don’t know what to say,” the “Shaj” singer said. “I have no words. I have to sit for a minute and to think about it and to ask myself, ‘Am I the winner? Is this real?'”
Will Arilena revamp “Shaj” in English for Eurovision 2020?
Albania has a rich history of revamping its songs ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest. Sometimes it works, but sometimes it really doesn’t. It seems that Arilena is considering taking the chance.
“I haven’t thought about it yet because I didn’t know if I was going to be the winner, but maybe we’ll do it in English,” she said of a potential revamp.
It seems her mind is more concerned with doing her nation proud.
“I can’t wait for Eurovision even though it’s a really big responsibility to be there because you will represent all the Albanians everywhere.”
During the festival, she said that the song originally came to her in English. Erdi asked her if she could remember the English lyrics that ultimately inspired the tune.
After a pause, she sang: “Broken, broken, broken with love…”
In the months ahead, Arilena will repeatedly be asked if she has a message for Eurofans. The X Factor winner, who also placed third with the Wiwi Jury ahead of the show, is focused on gratitude.
“Thank you for supporting me, supporting my music,” she said. “Thank you for loving ‘Shaj’. It has been a great journey here in the festival. I hope I won’t disappoint you. I really love all of you guys and God bless. Merry Christmas.”
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