Back in December, “Shaj” was the first Eurovision 2020 entry we heard after Arilena Ara won Festivali i Kënges. Almost three months later, Albania’s entry has been revamped into “Fall from the Sky” and it’s now available to listen to along with a lyric video.
Arilena Ara – “Fall from the Sky” lyric video – Eurovision 2020 Albania
Unlike the final version of previous Albanian entries, “Fall from the Sky” does keep the essence of “Shaj”. In fact, it feels more like a “good revamp year” for Albania. The changes are more like those in Lindita’s “World” than the ones in Eneda Tarifa’s “Fairytale”.
There are some differences with the original version, though. The first verses are more high-pitched now. While in “Shaj” Arilena began almost whispering, in “Fall from the Sky” she enters the song in a manner more consistent with what follows.
The violin has been the biggest loser in the revamp: the one at the beginning has been transformed into a piano and the song has lost the epic string interlude before the final chorus.
In exchange, there’s a little section in which Arilena sings: “You think I’m better without a way to speak my mind, you think I don’t wanna shout and that I’m terrified, screaming inside with nowhere to hide”, right before belting out the sentence “You won’t let me fly”.
After that comes a key change that leads into a powerful final chorus which becomes a wall of sound as Arilena nails one note after the other.
From “Shaj” to “Fall from the Sky”
From the very first moment, a revamp of “Shaj” was expected, as Arilena had expressed her will to sing in English at Eurovision. Minutes after winning in Tirana, she told wiwiblogger Erdi Tejeci that she was considering changing the language of her song:
In early February, Albanian media reported “Shaj” would become a “radio friendly pop ballad”. It also emerged that Arilena was working with two Grammy-winning producers in Los Angeles, where she has spent some weeks.
Some may think the wait has been too long. On Twitter, @kthejutokes wrote on Monday night
the year is 2178
the uk has not had a top 5 result in 169 years
malta has come second on 43 consecutive occasions, solidifying it’s ‘best country to never win’ status
mariette has gone dtf 76 times
the netherlands is underwater
the shaj revamp is still not released
— harry ?? (@kthejutokes) March 9, 2020
@eusouoalexandre was also impatient for it…
Me trying to look for the Shaj revamp ??pic.twitter.com/wKNEmyG6AZ
— Alexandre ?? (@eusouoalexandre) March 9, 2020
Do you like Albania’s revamp? Has this been a good transformation? How will Arilena Ara do in Rotterdam? What do you expect from staging? Tell us in the comment section below!