Arilena Ara Blas Canto Albania Spain Eurovision 2020

At long last, the Eurovision 2020 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 Rotterdam next May.

They are Albania’s Arilena Ara with “Shaj” and Spain’s Blas Cantó with “Universo”. This means that we can start choosing favourites. Which act do you like best? 

You can listen to both tracks below. Then vote in our poll. Choose wisely, you can only vote ONE time. Voting is open until Sunday 2 February — the eve of the Czech Republic’s Eurovision Song CZ 2020 results announcement.

We will then relaunch the poll to include Lake Malawai’s successor and any other songs which might drop between now and then.

Eurovision 2020 entries as of 30 January

New entries

Arilena Ara “Shaj”

Arilena’s “Shaj” saw off competition from 19 other songs to emerge victorious at Festivali i Këngës 58. Although her win was not without controversy. She came in ahead of the overwhelming favourite — “Me tana” from Elvana Gjata, one of Albania’s biggest names.

Nonetheless, the fuss has since subsided and Ara is currently working on revamping the number. Social media updates suggest she’s doing so in Los Angeles.

Will “Shaj” take Albania to the grand final for a third consecutive year?

Blas Cantó “Universo”

Spain was the second act to reveal its performer for Eurovision 2020, after Belgium’s Hooverphonic. And it’s keeping the trend going by also being the second nation to reveal its song.

“Universo” dropped to much hype, after almost a week of teasing. But does it live up to expectations?

Spain hasn’t come close to the top ten since Ruth Lorenzo in 2014. Could Blas be the man to take them back?

Who is your favourite Eurovision 2020 act so far?

Which of the pair is your favourite? Could either win the contest in May? Let us know in the comments.

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Elton
Elton
5 months ago

Arilena of curse

Beatriz
Beatriz
5 months ago

Blas Cantó is a such a great singer… We all love him in Spain!! It’s true though that this song does not really show his real potential and it’s not great… He’s got better ones, if you want to check “No volveré”, it’s one of my favourites, the lyrics are so beautiful….

Berner
Berner
5 months ago

Elvana Me Tana 12 Point
Spain 8 Point
Albania 1 Point
By GER

Berner
Berner
5 months ago

Spain giv 8 Point
Albania. 1 Point
By GER

Vanuatu
Vanuatu
5 months ago

01 – albania
02 -spain

I have not seen a winner yet, thought.

Yordan
Yordan
5 months ago

Uuuu I am very surpised by these votes 🙂 I voted for Spain.

Eurovision
Eurovision
5 months ago
Reply to  Yordan

Why u have to be suprised ?

George
George
5 months ago

Spain of course … Albania is just another boring ballad as every year !!

trabzan
trabzan
5 months ago

Albania has the epic ending which Spain promised but couldn’t meet the expectations

Jo.
Jo.
5 months ago

Albania doesn’t count here

John
John
5 months ago

Amazing Albania I love it

Chupacabra
Chupacabra
5 months ago

Both disappointing until now…. perhaps they will slay on stage at ESC, but until now both unmemorable. Albania´s entry a bit better.

Tommy
Tommy
5 months ago

Albania and thats on periodddddd!!!! LOVE YOU ARILENA

Melanie Trump
Melanie Trump
5 months ago

I really like Spain

Melanie Trump
Melanie Trump
5 months ago

Forget is you feel Spain doesn’t live to the hype. Remember this would be seen with no expectation on the night. On a good night with good staging, top 15 potential.

Moongaze
Moongaze
5 months ago

By far… Albania

La la love but in the uk
La la love but in the uk
5 months ago

Albania’s song is powerful
Spain’s song is unmemorable
ALBANIA GETS MY VOTE

Eleni
Eleni
5 months ago

Me tana of course.

El Vii
El Vii
5 months ago
Reply to  Eleni

Ukraine of course

Ioa Ioa
Ioa Ioa
5 months ago

A-L-B-A-N-I-A

Arrivederci
Arrivederci
5 months ago

last month i would have said shaj, but i think i listened to it too much and go tired of it. both are good songs!

Kirby
Kirby
5 months ago

Universo doesn’t meet the huge expectations they built up. An overproduced video for a meh song. When is Spain going to learn?

Kirby
Kirby
5 months ago

Albania. You can FEEL what Arilena is singing.

NickC
NickC
5 months ago

Albania, because it is a feeling and Spain is just a production.

Kirby
Kirby
5 months ago
Reply to  NickC

Good point!!!

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
5 months ago

Albania much better ?

Eurovision
Eurovision
5 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Albania is much better*

Porsteinn
Porsteinn
5 months ago

Spain. At least there is no revamp to come.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
5 months ago

Definitely Shaj
I think it’s a great song while Universo is nice but that’s it

Gin&Monique
Gin&Monique
5 months ago

Albania by far (and I’m not a big fan on Shaj either).

Spain’s song is extremely underwhelming! The folks at RTVE doing everything in their powers to keep Spain outside the top 20 for the 6th year in a row!

OhhHoney
OhhHoney
5 months ago

Albania has more personality so easy pick.

Sabrina
Sabrina
5 months ago

For now, Albania, though we don’t know how it’ll sound in English. Both are decent, but I’m expecting the Czech Republic, Australia and Italy to bring things to another level next week.

Kris
Kris
5 months ago

I don’t like Shaj much , neither did I love Universo especially the chorus is meh
But shaj with English is going to sound even weirder , so I’ve voted Spain for now

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
5 months ago
Reply to  Kris

How you know how it is going to sound without hearing it

Una
Una
5 months ago

Neither song 🙁

Thomas
Thomas
5 months ago

I prefer Albania

samoylover
samoylover
5 months ago

Shaj by far, at least it has something

Gil Dadia
Gil Dadia
5 months ago

Both are bad

Polegend Godgarina
5 months ago

i’ll wait for albania’s final version to judge it, for now i vote neither

Nicolas
Nicolas
5 months ago

We don’t have yet the ESC version of shaj aka another english boring ballad. So at least Spain sings in spanish. So yes Spain has my vote.

Wayne
Wayne
5 months ago

Universo is a good song and hopefully it has a great staging.

Sale
Sale
5 months ago

None

first row at ESC and JESC
first row at ESC and JESC
5 months ago

That is a tough question but for me —–> > > Spain is my favorite (so far) < < <—– if Albania had chosen Elvana Gjata "Me tana", then Albania would be my favorite.

Bigger
Bigger
5 months ago

Shaj has a very distinct and clearly recognizable melody/chorus which I have been humming for two months now in my head. After listening to the first snippet I could remember it, but as for Universo I couldn’t remember it at all after the first and second listen. And now a couple of hours after I still don’t remember what it sounds like. I really enjoy Universo while listening and I enjoy the beautiful Spanish language, but I’m afraid it might form a problem during the voting in the live shows. It takes a couple of listens to remember the song,… Read more »

Dima
Dima
5 months ago

I’m the only one who sees the potential of this song? Live this song could have the same impact as Arcade.
Radio hits are always welcome and it’s definitely going to top steaming charts in Europe.

Matthew
Matthew
5 months ago

Hmm weird, facebook is leaning towards Albania but youtube/this poll leaning towards Spain.

Rom
Rom
5 months ago

Looks like Spain doesnt want to leave the bottom 5 spots.

Barbara
Barbara
5 months ago

Spain Shaj song wasn’t my choice at all

EurofanNL
EurofanNL
5 months ago

How is spain above albania? I really dont like spains song, nothing special.

KESC
KESC
5 months ago
Reply to  EurofanNL

Spain is always high in polls and guess why

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
5 months ago

Sorry Blas, but I really love Albania this year. So unless they change the lyrics to English, “Shaj” is and will be a pretty clear winner of this duel for me.

Andreu
Andreu
5 months ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

I think she said they will most likely be in English since orginally they wrote it in English but translated to Albanian for the show.

Eurovision
Eurovision
5 months ago
Reply to  Andreu

I would prefer bilingual

KESC
KESC
5 months ago

Although I really wanted Elvana to win, I really have to say that Arilena is a great vocalist and the song has grown on me. If she doesn’t mess things up with the revamp (which Albania often does), I do think that she has chances to qualify in Rotterdam. She needs a good staging and the song needs a stronger beat. And although I couldn’t listen to Universo entirely, I have to say that the song is very disappointing from what I’ve heard till now. Need to listen to it as a whole, in order to judge, but till now… Read more »

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
5 months ago

Spain just made Albania more appealing.

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
5 months ago

The other way round 😀

Loin dici
5 months ago

Shaj still stands for me.