Arilena Ara Shaj Eurovision 2020 Albania

The Arilena-ators are out in force! For the third consecutive week fans of Albania’s Arilena Ara have voted her their favourite Eurovision 2020 act so far. And presumably several of our regular readers did too!

Arilena Ara is your favourite Eurovision 2020 act so far

Since Sunday, a whooping 7,235 votes were cast in our poll. Approximately one third of those went to the Festivali i Këngës winner and “Shaj” singer — 2,441 votes.

In second, we have the first of the newcomers — Australia’s Montaigne with “Don’t Break Me”. She was briefly the bookies’ favourite to win Eurovision outright and it seems our readers are also rowing behind her. The blue haired songstress attracted 1,359 votes or 18.78% of all votes cast.

Next is Italy’s Diodato and “Fui Rumore”. For once, Italy didn’t dally when it came to confirming that both the Sanremo winning singer and song were Eurovision-bound. The Italian crooner amassed 1,317 votes or 18.2% of all votes cast.

Latvia’s Samanta Tīna is the only other act to reach quadruple digits. “Still Breathing” polled 1,033 votes or 14.28%.

The ranking is rounded out by Spain’s Blas Cantó and Czech Republic’s Benny Cristo. Both gents appear to have been swept away in the onslaught of fresh competition.

Thankfully, this isn’t a knockout bout. The six will return to the ring once again when we relaunch the poll on Monday. They’ll be joined by new entries from Norway, Lithuania, Armenia, France and Belgium.

What do you think of the current standings? Does Albania deserve to be at number one again? Let us know below.

Your Eurovision favourites on 15 February (6 acts)

  1. Albania: Arilena Ara “Shaj” 33.74% (2,441 votes)
  2. Australia: Montaigne “Don’t Break Me” 18.78% (1,359 votes)
  3. Italy: Diodata “Fai rumore” 18.2% (1,317 votes)
  4. Latvia: Samanta Tīna “Still Breathing” 14.28% (1,033 votes)
  5. Spain: Blas Cantó “Universo” 9.99% (723 votes)
  6. Czech Republic: Benny Cristo “Kemama” 5% (362 votes)

Total Votes: 7,235

Your Eurovision favourites on 8 February (3 acts)

  1. Albania: Arilena Ara – “Shaj” 60.53%  (4,603 votes)
  2. Spain: Blas Cantó “Universo” 29.52%  (2,245 votes)
  3. Czech Republic: Benny Cristo – “Kemama” 9.94%  (756 votes)

Total Votes: 7,604

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

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ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
9 months ago

Why does Albania keep winning these polls? The song is so bland and forgettable and is certainly not going to qualify unless they do some Elhaida Dani-style song change. I still don’t understand how she even won the right to represent Albania at Eurovision ahead of Me Tana.

Alexander
Alexander
9 months ago

It’s kinda clear from the scores that Albania isn’t some runaway favourite with a fanbase or some faithful country stans putting it above all (Like Croatia last year) so I’m pretty glad seeing it still do well.

Yeah it’s likely some of it is inflated from people just vote crusading, but that should probably only account for 1/4th at most.

Polliu
Polliu
9 months ago

Lol Albanians, stop hijacking the polls! You are like the new Spain and Greece. It’s getting annoying.

Marinero
Marinero
9 months ago

I wish SHAJ was as genuinely popular as this poll suggests. I’ve been looking for someone to stan about it with and everyone else has other favorites. *cries in revamped Albanian*

Erasmus
Erasmus
9 months ago

1. Australia – Love the song, the performance not so much… But if she can improve it she could get top 10 May, could especially do good with the juries 2. Czech Republic – Again a really good, modern song. Can’t wait for his live performance today. 3. Italy – would prefer Andromeda, but this is also really good. Heard it on the Slovenian radio the other day. Doubt it will be in top 6 though. 4. Spain – I should like this song way more, but something bothers me about, don’t know really what… But still best Spanish entry… Read more »

Mr X
Mr X
9 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Really – in the slovene radio ?

Jo.
Jo.
9 months ago

arilenettes can downvote and attack everybody as much as they want, but your diva ain’t gonna fly in may BYE

La la love
La la love
9 months ago

Overrated ones: Latvia, Albania
Underrated one: Czech Republic

percy
percy
9 months ago
Reply to  La la love

Why is this getting so much downvotes? It’s true, Arilenettes you can downvote me.

Zoli
Zoli
9 months ago

Spain is so underrated. Blas is my favourite so far, but if Ulrikke, The Roop and Tokinonine will win tonight, Spain will be my 4th.

Colin
Colin
9 months ago

Italy is certainly my current favorite. I believe this will (again) be in top 10 of an actual contest. Albania is really good, but I’m afraid that the translation might kill it’s main appeal. Might or might not qualify. Australia is pretty good and I am sure they will again find their place in the finals. Latvia finally has a noteworthy song and I believe they will qualify on televote, but am unsure about it’s jury appeal. Czech Republic is just okay in my book, but I can see them doing very well. Spain is okay, which we all know… Read more »

Gabi
Gabi
9 months ago

Not surprised isn’t doing well. B?t first place’s gonna change after Monique’s winning tonight 😉

Marios
Marios
9 months ago

I’m 100% sure that Czech Republic will end up in top 10. It’s one of those songs that go impressively well with the televote and no-one sees it coming.

Fruzz
9 months ago

My top is :
1. Latvia
2. Australia
3. Albania
4. Spain
5. Italy
6. Czcechia

Whisker
Whisker
9 months ago

As of now my top is:
1. Australia
2. Italy
3. Albania
4. Czechia
5. Spain
6. Latvia

Héctor
Héctor
9 months ago

Hyping the Albanian entry won’t make it qualify. Just saying. 80% of those votes come from Albanian though.
I don’t get the other 20% tbh, “Shaj” is another basic Albanian ballad sung by an impressive woman. Different taste I suppose.

Mia
Mia
9 months ago

Not that I care about the polls, but seems like Benny Cristo pulls out the worst out of people, wow, how sad..
“They can say what they want, you should let it go, ’cause tonight I will show love, I’ll show them I can dance on my own..” Great lyrics <3

hooverphonicfan
hooverphonicfan
9 months ago

Italy has the best original song !!! and live it ll be fantastic

Mr X
Mr X
9 months ago

Albania is my personal last so far. I´m afraid that in English it will be even worse….

Italy 9/10
Spain 7/10
Czech Republic 6/10
Latvia 5/10
Australia 3/10
Albania 2/10

bryn collins
bryn collins
9 months ago

how is samanta 4th excuse me

miskdisky
miskdisky
9 months ago
Reply to  bryn collins

I agree: she should be 1st!

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
9 months ago

There’s one song I don’t really like and five that I do like. Of those five, they’re all pretty similar in quality so no…I don’t believe Albania is genuinely 15% better than other entries. 😉

Jo.
Jo.
9 months ago

Czech Republic dead last? Aff

Polegend Godgarina
9 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

the czech fans are too busy strihming kemama to rig online polls and create fake hype around them!

Tibor
Tibor
9 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

What counts are the results in May. 😉 And they will be good.

Jo.
Jo.
9 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

yeah, but I’m afraid he will revamp the song just to please these brats. I hope he’ll stay true to himself.

Mr X
Mr X
9 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

I can´t understand it. CZ is in a very unusual and fresh sound.

miskdisky
miskdisky
9 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

Lucky to get that high.

Kosey
Kosey
9 months ago

I feel sad for Benny. I think there is a good song in there. I’m hoping the revamp will bring it to life.

Sale
Sale
9 months ago

Yes, yes OUR favourite xD

Kobe
Kobe
9 months ago
Reply to  Sale

Not MY favourite 😀

Escf
Escf
9 months ago
Reply to  Sale

AraAra fans, you are upvoting ironic statement lmao!!

Sale
Sale
9 months ago
Reply to  Escf

I was ironic many people didnt get it hahah