From Tirana to Los Angeles. Festivali i Këngës 58 winner and Albania’s Eurovision 2020 representative Arilena Ara has headed over to the USA to work on her power-ballad “Shaj”.
According to a local showbiz website, she’s working on a radio-friendly pop ballad with two Grammy-winning producers.
Albania Eurovision 2020 revamp
A radio-friendly pop ballad
Albanian news site News 31 has given us some clues of what’s to come.
The ballad will be sung in English on the Eurovision stage. Two Grammy Award-winning producers are working on the song’s release at the festival. The English version of “Shaj” has been worked on and re-recorded at one of the world’s largest music studios, where artists such as Michael Jackson have given life to their projects.
At Eurovision, we will hear a more radio ballad with pop trends, normally staying true to Shaji’s Albanian identity. In short, Arilena is expected to surprise us at the giant festival scene.
There was already a hint that she was planning to take a English-language version to Rotterdam, as opposed to the Albanian one, when we spoke to her in December.
During the festival, she said that the song originally came to her in English. We asked her if she could remember the English lyrics that ultimately inspired the tune.
After a pause, she sang: “Broken, broken, broken with love…”
Back in January, she posted some captionless photos from her time in the studio in Los Angeles. These left us begging for details.
Albania has a rich history of revamping its songs ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest. Sometimes it works, but sometimes it really doesn’t.
Nonetheless, this shows a risk by the broadcaster. This may also indicate a willingness to try to go for gold.
We can’t wait to see what’s in store.
Are you excited to hear the Albanian revamp? Do you predict success? Let us know in the comments.