Arilena Ara - Shaj Festivali i kenges albania eurovision 2020

The Eurovision 2020 season received a much need kick-start this week when Spain released Blas Cantó’s long-awaited song for Rotterdam — “Universo”. This brought the current tally of confirmed acts and songs to two, the other being Albania’s Arilena Ara with “Shaj”. She earned the right to sing at Eurovision after winning Festivali i Këngës 58 just before Christmas.

Rotterdam may still be a long way off, but it only takes two to tango. And what a fierce dance it’s been!

We asked y’all to vote for your favourite Eurovision act so far, and a whopping 3,990 votes were cast.

Blas put in a valiant effort, picking up 1,476 votes (36.99% of all votes cast). But the Iberian crooner was pipped to the post by the Balkan songstress. Arilena turned on the heat and scooped up 2,514 votes in the process (63.01% of all votes cast).

Arilena Ara “Shaj”

Blas Cantó “Universo”

Your Eurovision favourites on 3 February (2 acts)

  1. Albania: Arilena Ara – “Shaj” 63.01% (2,514 votes)
  2. Spain: Blas Cantó – “Universo” 36.99% (1,476 votes)

Total Votes: 3,990

Thankfully, this isn’t a knockout blow. Blas survives to fight another day. However, he and Arilena will face additional adversaries. Czech Republic’s search for its next Eurovision act concludes tonight. Afterwards, we’ll relaunch the poll to include the winning song.

What do you think of the current standings? Does Albania deserve its number one placing? Let us know below.

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Tom
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Tom

Tonight also we will know Greek song and artist 🙂

Kukuluku
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Kukuluku

Only the Artist I think

Tommy
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Tommy

I’m so excited for Greece love from Albania! Best of luck to both of us. I can’t wait to hear Albania’s revamp!

Addy
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Addy

Arilena ara -shaj the best one

WILD DANCES
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WILD DANCES

Arilena Ara is beautiful,but Universo is much better than shaj.

WannaEatMySpaghetti
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WannaEatMySpaghetti

Shaj is an average song but Arilena is a great singer. Still I prefer Universo by far. Let’s be honest once for all, Eurovision fans are always disappointed when it comes to Spain and sometimes without any reason. Sure Universo is not the song of the year but it’s a good song really well produced. I think it deserves at least a top 15 if we look at the standards of previous years. For Albania, I first thought this song has no chance to go through his semi final. I know we have to wait for the songs but looking… Read more »

Eurovision
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Eurovision

Lol it’s very early to talk about her since you haven’t heared the song yet secondly she will definitely be in the final ??

Tommy
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Tommy

I agree the revamp is coming very early March and I heard a sneak peak of it and it sounded AMAZING only 11 seconds and it was amazing, and then it was deleted

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

First time listening to Universo, I thought Shaj was miles better than it.
Now…Shaj is still better but not by as much as I thought.

Uni-Universo!

Lucky Rotterdam
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Lucky Rotterdam

Shaj will not qualify, end of story. Nothing to see here.

Eurovision
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Eurovision

She will qualife and get a better pplace like Albania did last year (at first nobody liked Jonida they were all saying La Venda was better but we sow the results after) ?

Lucky Rotterdam
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Lucky Rotterdam

I just saw an interview where Manel Navarro says in the last two years he lived a hell, and Blas Canto was close to him. Now Blas is next, poor thing. He already said he is not sure he made the right choice with Universo, because the haters. Why Spain is doing this? Let Spain send its beloved divas then.

Isa
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Isa

Manuel Navarro can only blame his friends who made sure he won the Spanish selection for Eurovision… Facts are facts and Karma is Karma! Having said that, I hope he manages to move on because lingering in past does not bring anything good.

Mia
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Mia

Oh no, like other contestants don’t go through hell, only them poor little things automatic qualifiers aww…

West
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West

Call me oracle, but I already know that no matter who’ll win czech nf, my top 3 will look:
1. Czech Republic
2. Spain
3. Albania

Lena
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Lena

I love Shaj from Albania , she has strong and beautiful voice, the song is a masterpiece

Kris
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Kris

Shaj wasn’t even In my Top 5 of Albanian selection
And in English it might lose its identity further

My Top 5 In Albania were :
1) Eja mere
2) Me Tana
3) Ankth
4) Ende
5) Ajer

Eurovision
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Eurovision

Why do you care about the revamp since you dont like her.

Tommy
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Tommy

It won’t trust me

Mr X
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Mr X

For me it´s annoying and I don´t like translating in English – there´s no need to do it. Look at the past two years….

“Universo” is so much better – mucha suerte españa.

Spain 7/10
Albania 2/10

Tommy
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Tommy

Explain to me why it’s always a HUGE deal when Albania changes their song in English but when other countries do it’s fine,

Laëa
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Laëa

Albania for years has singing only in albanian.

mr 305 # dale
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mr 305 # dale

?

Ding dong
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Ding dong

I don’t really know the reason why people’s hating on Shaj, i mean Me tana was great but Shaj is also a masterpiece a would be a dark horse in grand final!

BadWoolfGirl
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BadWoolfGirl

Because people are bitter that their favorite song didn’t win.

Polliu
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Polliu

Dark Horse? A typical female ballad with no identity. Serbia 2019 already showed you the result the best it can get. Ps. I don’t like Me Tana, either.

eren
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eren

Why bringing front Kruna , Shaj ‘s instrumental and execution is much similar with last year “proud”. She is great , the song is great , and the MAJORITY of voting people wont know anything about me tana.

Tommy
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Tommy

I’m sorry But Serbia’s 2019 isn’t anything compared to Albania 2020 especially when the revamp comes

jatojo
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jatojo

The bookmakers don’t have much faith in Shaj.

Tommy
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Tommy

We have to wait for the revamp