Elvana Gjata Eurovision 2020 Fik 58

The show ended over 24 hours ago. However, the reverberations of Sunday night’s Festivali i Këngës 58 result are still being felt in Tirana and beyond.

Albania’s Eurovision 2020 selection ended in controversy after local pop superstar and firm fan favourite Elvana Gjata finished second to Arilena Ara.

Mumblings of misgiving turned into a roar when it emerged that all three international jurors had awarded top marks to Elvana, only for her overall score to be dragged down by the two Albanian panellists.

Amidst the social media storm, the show’s host Alketa Vejsiu asked, via Instagram, for the focus to be on the jury and the voting system. Adding that she was left “speechless” by one juror’s decision to give “Me tana” just two points.

Shortly after midnight local time, Elvana reluctantly issued a statement of her own.

Elvana Gjata statement on Festivali i Këngës 58 result

Posting on Instagram, Gjata writes:

“I refuse to talk in these moments but I have to do it…

Arilena…it was not your fault honey, I really wish you the best of luck. I want to thank my fans and to my new European fans that supported me since #MeTana was published. I saw the polls, I saw that you were singing and dancing with my song every day, I saw you also in the arena with your hands up. I’ve heard you screaming my name all over the diaspora, Pristina, and heard it last night in Tirana like never before.

My heart is full of joy! I worked hard and will work until my last breath. Work never got me down, with or without order. Thank you so much for European jurors for voting with maximum points. Not even Mikaela’s 2 points can stop me giving love.

Accept life WITH EVERYTHING

Enjoy live WITH EVERYTHING

I can’t wait to share new projects”

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Refuzoj te flas ne keto raste, por me duhet ta bej… Arilena… nuk eshte faji yt dhe te uroj me gjithe zemer vetem sukses?! Dua te falenderoj te gjithe shqiptaret kudo qe ndodhen por dhe fansat e rinj Europiane per dashurine,mbeshtetjen qe me keni dhene qe diten qe #metana doli! I kam pare te gjitha sondazhet e ju kam pare te kendoni e kerceni kengen me syte e mij cdo dite, e ju pashe dhe ne salle me duart lart! Ju kam degjuar kur therrisni emrin tim plot zjarr ne festivale ne Diaspore dhe ne Prishtine,e degjova dhe dje ne Tirane si kurre me pare ne jeten time!Zemra plot! Kam punuar fort e do punoj deri sa te kem fryme!Puna sme ka hedhur poshte kurre, as balta e helmi,me apo pa porosi! Faleminderit jurise europiane per vleresimin maximal?U gezova shume! Dashni me fal as 2 pikeshi Mikaeles s’mundet me ma ndal! Pranojeni jeten ME TANA Gezojeni jeten ME TANA Mezi pres projektet e reja???

A post shared by Elvana Gjata (@elvanagjataaaa) on

The update quickly drew responses from fellow Albanian stars. Among them was Eneda Tarifa, Albania’s Eurovision 2016 singer and the recent winner of the country’s other big music festival — Kenga Magjike. She simply wrote “Bravo with everything”. Her brief message was accompanied by four crimson heart emojis.

What do you think? Were you one of Elvana’s cheerleaders? Are you excited for her new projects? Let us know in the comments.

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Berner
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Berner

My Winner is Elvana
Love this Song
By Germany

Zaz
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Zaz

UPDATE: RTSH has deleted all FiK videos (audio versions) so that Me Tana isn’t the most viewed video on the channel. They reuploaded all and disabled the comment section (guess they can’t handle the situation). And the drama continues

Tom
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Tom

Why people should vote in ESC if their votes are not added/counted in national selections??

Bluetree123
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Bluetree123

Im not saying Arilenas song is bad, or that she is a bad singer. The problem lies in the mentality that if a director works on organizing the festival, they feel they have the power to choose the winner and ignore the public and the esteemed foreign jurors they invited for the event. In my country its hard being a fan of anything anymore, because everything is corrupt. Out National football team is filled with players that pay the most to the football federation, The only sportsmen who have a chance to compete at the olympic games are the ones… Read more »

Zekira
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Zekira

The same happened with Aly Ryan, Laura/Bella and Lorena this year and we all know what happened later on the Eurovision… Shaj is still good ballad, but Me Tana is just missed oppprtunity for something big. The only way we see Elvana on Eurovision is if RTSH internally chooses her next year. 🙁 🙁 🙁

Philip
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Philip

Last year similar thing happened in Germany, the favorit did not win, and the winner was punished by receiving zero points in the final voting in tel aviv… that’s a good lesson..

Azaad
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Azaad

It’s a similar dynamic but I’d say that Shaj is still a far superior song to Sister, but Me Tana is also much better than Wear Your Love. Albania may struggle to qualify but they won’t finish last in the semi- they seem like a borderline at the moment.

Franci
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Franci

One thing is for sure, Elvana was a victim of Vera Grabocka’s dirty jobs. Vera’s intention was only and only to change the rules of the festival in order to make Arilena win and use Elvana as a ‘cloth’ for publicity and television audience increase. Festival had a very, very old rules, that it said, allowing only Albanian composers and authors to compose songs for FiK. Arilena, close friend of Vera too, only had her songs composed by Darko Dimitrov. So how can we make Arilena enter the festival? Simply, break the 58 years rule of the festival, because Vera… Read more »

Glauk
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^ This! I cannot upvote it more than once.

Mony
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Mony

Elvana was robbed by her own people. The corrupt Albanian TV people put in the jury 2 members who could be bribed. These 2 Albanian women who gave her 2 points only deserve to be thrown rocks into them on the public market… Shame, shame, shame….

Philip
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Philip

If North Macedonia is smart, they will use the moment and offer Elvina a chance to represent her since Albania obviously gave up on her.

KESC
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KESC

Yeah, but why would they do so? They are not San Marino and have their own artists

Azaad
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Azaad

Also Elvana is known for being patriotic. She’d only do ESC if she represented Albania. Her fan favourite bop may have lost to a ballad but she ain’t Aly Ryan.

marrecar
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marrecar

Why would the other girl give up her win and performance in Rotterdam? Me Tana is a bit overrated. It’s not bad, it’s a great song, but it really sounds like music from Balkan countries that’s been around for so many years, like half a decade. It’s nothing new or that interesting. Neither is the winning song, but it won, and y’all should end it there.

Aribalena
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Aribalena

So we should just accept that someone who strongly and publicly denounces Balkan style music was added to the jury at the last minute to influence the results? How about discounting her votes from the overall total on grounds that she was too biased against a certain style of music to act as a fair juror? Before juries are formed, the jurors must be vetted for impartiality, and based on what this woman has been saying over the past years about Balkan music, she can hardly be considered impartial.

Isa
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Isa

“Me tana” is super overated.

Philip
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Philip

There is nothing wrong to raise your voice against corruption and injustice.. there is nothing wrong to feel proud as an individual and as a nation when your singer’s song is liked by the rest of europe.. for balkan countries it may happen just once in a lifetime.. so.. Arliana rise above your ego, pull back and let Elviana go to Rotterdam, and you can represent Albania next year. No one loses, Albania gets max.

ALEX
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ALEX

Well said. Too bad her ego is huge, she thinks she is like the best singer in the Balkans.

Kaiser1
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Kaiser1

We wish bro. we wish. but it won’t happen. the festival director has already done the damage. the Albanian juries did the damage. With that song Albania won’t even cross the top 30 let alone final , simply because people have got tired of Albania’s screaming ballads.

cshnican
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cshnican

Some more interviews:
https://balkanweb.com/debatet-per-festivalin-e-58-te-ne-rtsh-edmond-zhulali-irritohet-me-organizatoret-shkelen-rende-interesat-kombetare-te-muzikes-shqiptare/?fbclid=IwAR2krVlFLspn2xv4LwzIvmyJi0_i4BRoGPjY2rdFSqK79qV1OZs7sFU_qXc
(by composer Edmond Zhuhali who questioned the last-minute rule change of allowing foreign composers in FiK)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asPIewAfAL8&t=187s
(by one of the jurors Rita Petro, according to the video captions, who mainly questioned the grammar of the lyrics)

Alex
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Alex

I’m eating popcorn while drama intensifies.

Bluetree123
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Bluetree123

I think Arilena should give up the representation at Eurovision this year. I have the outmost respect for her as an artist and I worry that if she doesnt qualify (which is possible) she will have to carry this throughout her career as a stain, only because the corrupt organizers decided to do as they please, instead of carrying out the will of the public as well as the expert opinion of real eurovision professionals.

Loin dici
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Arilena’s win was received really positively by the audience, so I don’t think she’ll ever give it up soon enough.

Aribalena
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Aribalena

The applauses from the audience were from fans and not representative of the general feeling. The YouTube views on the other end tell a much different story. Nonetheless, just by a quick look at the Instagram postings from Arilena and Elvana after the show, the overwhelming majority of the Albanian music industry sided with Elvana and boycotted Arilena. This will indeed stain her career and she will be outcasted from the Albanian music industry in no time. She can go sing in Russia though.

Kaiser1
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Kaiser1

I am sorry but the public did support Arilena but not as much as they did for Elvana. In the first night of the semi where Elvana performed, the whole public stood up on their feet to applause her. In the other hand, the tickets were already sold out for the final and it was also announced. All of a sudden, FiK’s moderator Alketa Vejsiu comes up publicly on stage and says that 400 seats were added. How? Weren’t the tickets sold out? Yep. But who were those people? Those were Arilena’s fans, invited by Vera Grabocka, who were told… Read more »

ALEX
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ALEX

I wish she would, we all wish that. But she is extremely selfish. Not a fan of her anymore.

Fionn
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Fionn

Who does she think she is saying ” it was not your fault honey” to the winner. Like……if she was 100 percent sure she was going to win it wouldn’t be a competition. Arilena was great andn deserved to win over Elvana’s tin canny, fuego knock off. So basically what I’m saying is the people should just get over it and at the end of the day it is just a national final for Eurovision does it really make such a difference in your lives?

Milan
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Milan

At last somebody notices this. This is precisely an example of a sore loser (“Honey, it’s not your fault you won instead of me”)!

Fionn
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Fionn

My point exactly

Kaiser1
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Kaiser1

Dude are u living under a rock or what? “GeT oVeR iT”
Tell that to the millions of Albanians who pay taxes to this channel only and only for them to watch an undeserved winner. Lucky director! Spent all our money like she wanted to!

Isa
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Isa

Well said.

Alex
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Alex

5 Stages of Grief (FIK 58 style)

Denial: OMG I don’t want Arilena!
Anger: UGH CHRISTER ITS UR FAULT!!!
Bargain: Please RTSH fix the jury results.
Depression: Of course Albania will not qualify.
Acceptance: Fine I’m going to listen to Shaj a few more times and change my mind.

Craigeemac
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Craigeemac

I notice all 5 jurors had Arilena in their top 3, so that’s one thing in her favour so first of, congrats to Arliena. Now , I am not a conspiracy theorist, but could it be that Albanian public officials were actually so scared of winning, as they would have to build a venue or put a roof on the Air Albania stadium? That costs $$$.. Also, Once ‘Me Tana’ hit 3 million views, the public broadcaster thought they might actually have to host to EV in 2021, and thought that just can’t happen!! I am not saying this did… Read more »

Isa
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Isa

Graigeemac, the winning broadcaster at Eurovision is not obliged to host the Eurovision. It’s in the rules.

Kaiser1
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Kaiser1

One of the Albanian jurors confirmed for a night show hours ago that she rated Elvana Gjata low because she used dialects/slangs in her song and not the standard Albanian. “Me Tana” is a Northern albanian dialectic version of “Me të tëra” (standard Albanian) which means “With all of me/it”. Now for Lord’s sake, dont tell us that fik wasnt staged and that we should get over it. the juror wasnt even somebody known for artistic projects. she was added there by Vera grabocka lol

Kaiser1
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Kaiser1

The other Albanian jury (who ranked Elvana almost dead last) meanwhile said that Elvana’s song is close to gypsy music and that this kind of music should not be allowed in Albania. This whole festival is a disgrace to music….. yet there are peoppe who believe that it was not rigged. Open your eyes.

Anisa
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Anisa

So, she’s stupid and also racist. I’m done.

Isa
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Isa

I’m sorry, but you are stupid for believing in everything you read.

Kaiser1
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Kaiser1

I think ur just living under a rock. Mikaela Minga wrote an article for Albanian media site Faxweb and explained why she gave 2 pts to elvana. She is a racist daft.

Isa
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Isa

Kaiser, that is not what she said. You are trying plant negative emotions in people’s hearts! Shame on you!

Kaiser1
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Kaiser1

Yeah sure. I would fake news to plant negativity. LOL. seriously?

Luba Moon
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marking someone down because you have racist views is disgraceful. Albania has been tarnished by this Russian style fixing of the result.

Anisa
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Anisa

And she has nothing to do with music. She is just a poet (and a horrible one tbh). She said that she was in Albania for vacations and they invited her to be part of the jury and she said why not. She knows nothing about Eurovision and zero knowledge about music. It’s like sending a random woman from the streets to be part of the jury.

Kaiser1
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Kaiser1

Every albanian knows who she is. How is a poet allowed to make judgment about music? disgraceful

Isa
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Isa

So YOU are suddenly an expert in music and the poet is not. Why?

Kaiser1
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Kaiser1

The difference is that my vote as a normal fan counts for nothing. While her vote as a jury measures a lot. my profession is architect. Should i get hired and judge in a dancing talent show?

Alex
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Alex

She was hired to rate songs. Not dialects.

Kaiser1
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Kaiser1

Precisely! But of course, ask a question to Vera Grabocka who hired them in the first place. How is a, primary school-books writer and publisher, hired to judge songs in a festival like this? It’s like a bricklayer or an accountant giving dancing and ballet lessons. It doesn’t make any sense.

Loin dici
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Well, even if the new results point to Elvana, if she declined just to shade RTSH, which is a team she possibly can’t trust anymore, would you get over it?

Kaiser
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Kaiser

yes it was only the international jury! Alketa Vejsiu the presenter came 3-4 days before the festival started in an Albanian show that only 3 juries would vote. all of a sudden they became 5. they were made sure to sabotage Elvana.

JusticeForMaruv
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JusticeForMaruv

RTSH’s YouTube Channel has been terminated? :O

Anisa
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Anisa

They removed all the FiK videos for some reason. Weird

Kaiser
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Kaiser

Rita Petro another juror of FiK (added by Vera Grabocka) said in an Albanian morning show that she was ashamed that she had to be divided into the jury like that and wants the voting to be redone and recalculated. I think she is ashamed of what happened.

???????
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???????

REALLY? OMG I HOPE IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN

Fix
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Fix

They removed the videos to try and hide the fact that Elvana was by far the most popular song. As if we can’t tell from every other video that has been posted over the last few days. This will not be forgotten any time soon, they can bet on that. In fact EBU should strip RTSH’s rights of membership if they do not correct the despicable act of the racist jury member.

Thomas
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Thomas

My biggest concern now is about Arliena’s reputation within her own country. I really hope people don’t hate her as it wasn’t her doing anything behind the scenes.

ALEX
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ALEX

I will never listen to her music again. Shes canceled. She needs to do the right thing and give bow out of 2020 Eurovision and let Elvana do it.

Jack
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Jack

Yes, they were added 2 days before the final. What a coincidence….

Talentina Monetta
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Talentina Monetta

Yes. According to Eriona Rushiti (Ktheju Tokes songwriter), the 2 Albanian juries were added last minute to manipulate the result.

Esc1234
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Esc1234

Reading all the comments and no one mentioned that the Albanian jurors were added after the first night of the festival while it was announced that only the 3 international jurors will be the jury. If this isn’t fishy and corruption, I don’t know what is.

Jack
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Jack

Don’t destroy the dreams of fanboys who think that Elvana fans are salty. They don’t have the necessary iq to realize that everything was done to make Arilena win. The jury, the fact that Dimitrov who is the only one who writes songs for Arilena could take part after a change in rules, everything were calculated to send Arilena. If it was a private broadcaster people couldn’t do much. But now all this mess happens with tax payers money.

Anisa
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Anisa

This. Why no one talks about the fact that this is the first FiK ever, where a foreign composer/producer participates, with more than 1 song? 2 essential rules violated right there. Albanian composers have been complaining about this since last month, but no one talks about it.

Kaiser
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Kaiser

yeah but let the Arilena stans think that Elvana fans are salty. hohoho Merry Fikmas! This festival really ‘fiked’ the Albanian music industry with the dirty jobs

Yeahno
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Yeahno

If a jury member voted a certain way due to corruption or out of malice, those are legitimate grounds to disqualify their scores. Why should the only consequence to an unfair vote be limited to just making a defiant statement? If it’s a manipulated result, there are mechanisms to making it right. Accepting the results with just a side note of discontent is the same as endorsing them.

Kaltrin
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Kaltrin

Come on,..people.. I agree she is popular but I know and also you know that she did not have the best song…

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Unlike some of her fans, she at least knows how to accept a lose
Get over it, it’s not the end of the world, it’s a competition, it’s Eurovision!
We’re supposed to be celebrating and having fun, not fighting over who’s going or not
Both Arilena and Elvana were fabulous but there could be only one winner

Enal
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Enal

Vera Grabocka are you ? 😀

Kaiser
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Kaiser

“Get over it. Its not the end of the world.”

These words for you are easy to say. But try to be an Albanian and understand what a shame and disgrace RTSH and Vera Grabocka are to Albania.

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

I understand, but:
A. It’s not like someone bad won, Arilena won and she’s really good and her song is great
B. It’s still just a competition, supposed to be fun 🙂
Elvana might not be going to Eurovision, which could have been fresh to see Albania with a pop song
But I’m already learning Shaj’s lyrics in Albanian (and I’m a non-Albanian speaker Israeli xD)
I hope they change the voting of FiK in the future so the public would have a say, but for now, appreciate what you do have, which is Arilena Ara! A strong vocalist with a solid song!

KarmaLeon
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KarmaLeon

Each jury has its own tastes so there is anybody to blame ! She has the right to not like this song ! Goooosh … please stop your dramas ..are you fourteen years old and any other problems in your life ????

sav001
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sav001

But to give only 2 points. There is something fishy about that.

KarmaLeon
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KarmaLeon

Personnaly i would give her the 5th place so no its not strange for me …

Milan
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Milan

Not necessarily – the song was absolutely not my type, so I can imagine that there’s other people with the same taste. No song can be brought down by the vote of a single juror.

Ashton
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Ashton

but it was brought down by the vote of a single juror…

Héctor
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Héctor

Taste should be a really small percentage of a juror’s decision. Raw taste comes with the televote. Jurors should adress other aspects.

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

Of course, everybody has the right to have his or her own opinion. The problem here is that 3 jurors ranked Elvana first and one did almost the complete opposite. So, if a majority (3 out of 5) choose Elvana on top, it’s hard to believe that one single person a) puts her almost last instead of giving her around 5, 6, 7 points and b) “ruins” the majority vote in a way. My suggestion for next year: 50% televote and 50% international jury, but with 5 “foreigners”.

Vanuatu
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Vanuatu

we could say the same with baiken. Not everybody has to think the same, and thats it. there is no rule to make things “more fair” or to please oir own tastes. Everyone is entitled to love elvana’s song or hate it. I hate baiken’s song this year but still, im tolerant enough to understand that other persons may think otherwise. And the same with elvana. To me, by example, elvana was a bit overrated. She was not the best on live imo (in fact, i think arilena was), her music live was dissapointing from studio, her dances at the… Read more »

Enal
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Enal

To me, you just Shut The Hell Up, B i t c h y! Cry US a river you Grabocka’s puppets!

ADutchPerson
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ADutchPerson

I feel so bad for Arilena; she really doesn’t deserve any of the hate she is getting. She put up a powerful performance, sang amazing so I do hope people will stop hating on her!

Kaiser
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Kaiser

Nobody is hating Arilena but FiK and RTSH who are corrupted

Zio
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Zio

To be honest, the people who will vote in Eurovision are INTERNATIONAL audience. People within the Albanian borders couldn’t vote for their country. Therefore, the organisers have to admit or push a statement about this matter. If international audience and juries like it, the song and the performances itself most likely will do well in ESC.

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Like Romania 2019? It ain’t about nationality, it’s about integrity. Also, the Albanians themselves clearly liked it, too. But they had no say.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

no1curr for international jurors. it’s about the NATIONAL representative, the one the country’s people want to see sing for them, that’s why a public voting is absolutely necessary

Philip Wester
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Philip Wester

This national final did not have a televote. It was 100% jury vote. Only 2 Alabanians were involved in choosing the representative.

Vanuatu
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Vanuatu

esc is not about pleasing europe, sorry. Is about showing your colours and be proud of them. National opinion matters (and should matter the most) in order to picking up your own entrant. Albania is known for their power balads and female vocals, and i think is good they consolidate that cultural music trend with arilena. Remember last year a song with the same vibes, the same sound and the same composers reached top on jury votes (im talikng about macedonia 2019). While a song like me tana (cyprus 2019) came worst on the table at the end.

Sav001
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Sav001

That’s why people are upset. The majority of people are over Albania sending shout ballads every year. And how is it fair for basically 2 people to decide who was selected for Eurovision.

Bram Wammes
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Bram Wammes

I just think that we all should support Arilena in Eurovision next year, but we should also keep up with Elvana!

Alex
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Alex

I feel weird that the most viewed song on RTSH’s YouTube channel didn’t win.

Milan
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Milan

Weird or not, you also have to carry it out live. This is why my winner is hardly ever the actual winner.

ALEX
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ALEX

While Elvana dances and gives us an amazing show, people still complain about vocals. Arilena just standing there for 3 minutes, not even move one inch. Of course, she is not gonna be out of breath.

Milan
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Milan

I recommend Eurovision Dance Contest for Elvana then.

ALEX
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ALEX

no one asked for your recommendation. Haha

Milan
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Milan

So why don’t you write to all the people who state their opinions on this forum that no one asked for their opinions?

Sabrina
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Sabrina

That was a great reaction by Elvana (with a little shade to Mikaela, but it’s totally understandable). It was important to show her fans that Arilena is not the villain here. She’s focusing on the positive consequences of her participation in FiK. Her song is a hit, she increased her fanbase outside Albania. How many national finals’ runner-ups will be able to say the same? Besides the fact that people who really love music don’t do it to win contests, which is of course a nice bonus when it happens.

Stacy
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Stacy

i dont get the hype….she was just a low cost rosalia

Enal
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Enal

B i a t ch! You have the right to remain SILENT. Anything you say can and will be used against you. 😀

Ashton
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Ashton

ok calm down there enal

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

rosalía sweetie…

Vanuatu
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Vanuatu

i would add that she was a tamta performing in a high school. What a dance…

Enal
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Enal

That’s why she never graduated! Still in Hight School, your little Tamta ?!

Anisa
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Anisa

As if Tamta can dance

Mr Vanilla Bean
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My happiness for Arilena is kind of fading now that it’s becoming more and more apparent that Elvana has become this year’s Laura. And it only took one person to do her in. ‘Me tana’ wasn’t my favorite, but there’s no way it deserved less than 10 points from a juror. I like Arilena in contrast to last year’s Romanian atrocity which got excactly what it deserved at Eurovision, but that still doesn’t make it right.

sitr
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sitr

Fun Fact – Arilena has the same hairstyle like Ester Peony.
Seriously, this is why I want 100% televote, or complete secrecy of internal selection. The artist doesn’t deserve the bullying when doesn’t have support of the country. Don’t put the singers in the position of going to ESC without the support of the televote.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Guest

Agreed. Although I want to note that in my opinion, Arilena is like a million times prettier and more talented than the one you mentioned.

beccaboo1212
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To calm everyone down, Albania is being represented be someone to previously competed in another singing contest. Arilena won the second Albanian season of The X Factor in 2013. 🙂 Flash forward barley seven years later and she is representing the nation at Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with a song that was originally in English before being re-recorded in Albanian for FiK. 🙂

ALEX
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ALEX

no one cares about Arilena…. shes a snoozefest

Flags
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Flags

Yeah she wont do well and will always be hated about this victory

Anisa
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Anisa

With a bland, forgettable song you mean. Not to mention the song’s awful sorrowful lyrics that don’t make any sense. Georgia also sent the winner of X factor at Eurovision last year( they’re doing the same this year), but they didn’t qualify last year because of the weak song. And I’m not against ballads, to be clear. Jonida had a ballad, but an amazing one. Eugent also sent a rock ballad kinda, but that was a masterpiece. Arilena brings us back to the Pre-Eugent era of Lindita, Eneda and such. And it sucks!

Pineaple
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Pineaple

So that jury member isn’t allowed their opinion? People need to understand that not everyone is going to like the same thing, this isn’t an injustice like people including Elvana are painting it as. Arilena got the most points from five indipendant jury votes, and she won. End of. People aren’t entitled to their favourite winning all the time, there are going to be times where your favourite doesn’t win. That is just life. I was supporting Kanita personally but you dont see me complaining that it was rigged and the eventual winner should be replaced. Acting like a petulant… Read more »

ALEX
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ALEX

just 2 points for Elvana? that’s not an opinion. That is sabotaged.

Eurovisionfan12
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Eurovisionfan12

Maybe she just doesn’t like or even hates her song at all? I’ve seen someone rank Me Tana 16th in his/her top so that’s not really a sabotage

sav001
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sav001

Still that’s not fair that 1 person person can have such a big impact on the result. They need to rethink their voting method.

Pineaple
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Pineaple

If you don’t like the system, and the way Albania do things. Why watch it?

Milan
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Milan

As a juror, I’d give her a fat zero – the type of song that I generally detest (why is it so hard for people to understand that there are other people with not necessarily the same taste?). To me, there were far better songs there (a surprisingly good edition of FiK, for that matter).

ALEX
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ALEX

I don’t think Albania is looking for any Serbian Jurors, so keep dreaming LOL

Milan
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Milan

How would you know what I’m dreaming of?

ALEX
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ALEX

You wish you were a juror, as the statement above. You said “as a juror”, that’s when your fantasy starts. Again, keep on dreaming, Albania is not looking for Serbian Jurors. Bye! haha

Milan
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Milan

I don’t wish I was a juror – nor did I say so. I just said what I would do as a juror, which was just a way of expressing my criticism towards the song – and I would feel the same if the song came from my country or any other. I just don’t like that kind of music, why it is so hard to get?

Ashton
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Ashton

Why do you have to express criticism in such a negative way?? Literally every post about Elvana you comment about how much you hate the song. Like calm down.

Milan
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Milan

OK, let’s be constructive. How do you propose that I express criticism in a positive way?

Ashton
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Ashton

Point out the aspects of the song you hate instead of saying that you would give it a ‘fat zero’ and you ‘generally detest’ it. That’s not constructive. Say that you find it too repetitive, or lacking emotion, or whatever you think it lacks, just in a positive way. For example, I believe Shaj is a very good ballad, but lacks excitement and originality, despite having fabulous vocals.

Pineaple
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Pineaple

Do we have to bring politics into it? They really don’t matter.

Enal
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Enal

Are you BLIND or DEAF? which one? or both ?? Pls decide fast!

Vanuatu
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Vanuatu

well said

Kaiser
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Kaiser

You dont even know the dirty trades that happened here. Vera the director is a disgrace to RTSH and Albania

Alba
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Alba

The winner has good voice, however honestly if you listen to the meaning of lyrics ,it is so forgettable and sorrowful. I am fluent in the language and cant even tell you what they are because the lyrics are dreadful. The winner literally said she cried, felt unhappy and had anxiety with this song. Best choice is change the song or do a recount by only having the public vote only.

Flags
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Flags

Yes pleasee!

Anisa
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Anisa

I agree. Those lyrics are awful, an abomination.

Phil
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Phil

She is a class act. Shame about the result but we all need to move on with our lives.

Julius Caesar
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Julius Caesar

But we just can’t, can we? This may be the first time i am really ANGRY for a jury decision.

BANSHEE4THEWIN
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BANSHEE4THEWIN

Im sorry but if it bothers u that much then u need to rethink ur priorities in life.

Enal
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Enal

And your priorities are?? OH let me guess…. commenting here and reminding us our priorities?! Did I get it right ? YEAH B i a t ch!!

Ashton
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Ashton

seriously enal you need to chill

Nela
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Nela

That’s complete bs answer, because I don’t think you understand that she didn’t just win a contest, she won the right to represent us in way bigger stage which if we are to win it raises the economy and the singer’s status. So yea it is a big and also not to mention this is the second festival in less than 2 months in which votes have been contested by the public. Music shouldn’t have this form of corruption , it should be the most free form of speech of expression. This outcome is a validation of other corrupted schemes… Read more »

Vanuatu
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Vanuatu

class? “Arilena, is not your fault, honey”. To me she sounds like a kardashian. It is nobody’s fault, cause there is no pain: it was a competition and someone won and somone lost. Where is the fault? Where is the pain?

Philip
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Philip

There is nothing wrong to raise your voice against corruption and injustice.. there is nothing wrong to feel proud as an individual and as a nation when your singer’s song is liked by the rest of europe.. for balkan countries it may happen just once in a lifetime.. so..

goodjuju
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goodjuju

I had no idea who Elvana was before watching FiK for the first time and she was such a gem throughout the whole thing. I’m sure that her career will continue to flourish after this <3

Vanuatu
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Vanuatu

that says a lot about elvana, cause she had years and years of career. in fact is her second time in kenges, last time it was in 2000 and something. She is not such a big deal as this month some eurofans have tried to put her on. She has spent years and years trying to make her place in albanian music, and even as she is known, she is not as known as arilena, this one with just a couple of years of musical career. There you can see when somone is built to something and when they are… Read more »

sav001
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sav001

She is much more known and popular than Arilena

AlbanianKM
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AlbanianKM

Arilena has only one song, “Nëntori”. With this song she reached international fame but her others song aren’t so famous (Aeroplan, Toke rroke, Nallane perhaps in Albania, all others no) . Elvana is called Albanian pop diva, every song she has made, has reached top 5 on albanian hitparades. Everyone can look at the views, Elvana’s success is bigger( apart that most of her songs were made in the time that YouTube was not very used in Albania). Every song of her is a big hit in Albania, Kosovo and Diaspora. She has reached success aboard not as much as… Read more »

Julius Caesar
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Julius Caesar

After all what happened, she’s still shining, and she’s all we’re talking about. Already forgot Arilena’s song and still can’t get over what happened. :/

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Hard to stay classy after what happened so I understand the tiny bit of shade there.
I’m all for Elvana biting her tongue but those two points are Laura B-r-e-t-a-n levels of WTF.

goodjuju
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goodjuju

I honestly thought it was okay…

Colin
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Colin

I agree. Not having Me tana as your first favorite is okay. I would probably put her song third if I was in a jury. Tastes differ. However, saying she was second to last in terms of quality is questionable.

goodjuju
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goodjuju

There was definitely something shady going on there hmmm

esc1234
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esc1234

This girl is a gem. So succesfull in her career with millions of views, and yet she decided to compete among others to represent her country with a self created song. She had more to loose than to win and she took the risk just cause she wanted to represent her country. I respect her for that. She shouldnt feel sad because a juror decided to stop her from winning. Giving 2 points to this perfomance is a joke.

Loin dici
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(‘ME TANA’ is produced by UNIK anyways)

esc1234
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esc1234

yes, but she is credited as the songwriter which means she put effort not only on perfoming but also on creating the song. Not every singer does that

Vanuatu
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Vanuatu

she should have put more efforts then on orquestra arrangements, on her choreography and lights. But you are right, not every singer does that.

Duncan
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She had nothing to lose. We should stop with the idea that not winning is the same as losing.