Way back in December 2019, Arilena Ara won Albania’s Festivali i Këngës 58 with the song “Shaj”. Earlier this week, the singer revealed the revamped version of the track that she will be taking to Eurovision 2020, “Fall From The Sky”.

Albania has a history of revamping their Eurovision songs after Festivali i Këngës takes place. But, we want to know if you think this is a good revamp year, or a bad revamp year for the Balkan nation.

You can listen to both versions of the song below and identify what the major changes are between “Shaj” and “Fall From The Sky”. Then vote in our poll. Be aware that you can only vote once, so make sure you’re certain of you’re decision before submitting your vote.

What are the differences between “Shaj” and “Fall From The Sky”?

While the original was in Arilena’s native Albanian, the revamp sees the star switch to the English language.

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.

Arilena Ara – “Shaj”

Arilena Ara – “Fall From The Sky”

Poll: Do you prefer Arilena Ara’s revamped “Fall From The Sky” or original song “Shaj”?

What do you think? Are you #TeamShaj or #TeamFallFromTheSky? Sound off in the comments below!

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Jago
Jago
10 months ago

Arilena is fantastic.
If Albanians are not happy with the revamp they should complain, not anyone else. Just stop it.

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
10 months ago

Shaj is better as a song, though Fall From The Sky suits Arilena better than the first one. By the way, Shaj was originally made so that she could sing it in English, but she should have an Albanian version to be able to sing in Festivali i Kenges

Anita Mann
Anita Mann
10 months ago

The poll result says it all… Fall From The Sky it is!

ALEX
ALEX
10 months ago

She has a lot of fans. However, this song is UNDEFENDABLE. It’s boring, uninspiring and she in WAY over her head to think this is good.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
10 months ago
Reply to  ALEX

So, what is she supposed to do then?

Anita Mann
Anita Mann
10 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Withdraw? And let us have “Me Tana”!

Jago
Jago
10 months ago
Reply to  Anita Mann

Arilena won. She will sing Fall from the sky. She will represent ALBANIA. End of discussion. LOL
Me Tana studio was great, live was not great. Move on lol It has been a couple months now.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
10 months ago

Just to annoy some of you, I could write an unnecessarily detailed musical analysis. 😛
Instead, I will just say “good luck” to Arilena and the Albanian team with whichever version of the song they go with.

Serafina
Serafina
10 months ago

Fall from the sky’s production but the Albanian lyrics = 10/10

Marseille
Marseille
10 months ago

Why on earth did they get rid of the strings?? They made the song! The English lyrics are fine, not cringy like other years but I wonder why Albanians seem to think songs in English are just automatically better? Specially since they did so well the past two years sticking with Albanian.

Logical Person
Logical Person
10 months ago

They are both snooze, but I prefer Shaj.

Timi
Timi
10 months ago

Me Tana fans are annoying, get over it! She didn’t win, it’s done. About the song, I prefer Shaj, but Fall it’s not bad at all. The revamp it’s good. It’s almost as if Arilena is singing to Me Tana fans, if you ask me. Let her fly and stop blaming her, for Rona Nishliu’s sake! She’s good and extremely talented. It won’t get lost between other ballads because Arilena is one of the best vocalists of semi two. Juries will love her and a lot of people will enjoy the plus that her voice gives to the song. I… Read more »

Malo
Malo
10 months ago
Reply to  Timi

I guess it doesn’t matter now.

Albert
Albert
10 months ago

Me tana.

Timi
Timi
10 months ago
Reply to  Albert

Oh God get over it!!!

Tommy
Tommy
10 months ago
Reply to  Albert

No Europe wants arilena

Anita Mann
Anita Mann
10 months ago
Reply to  Albert

Yes, THAT! We want Me Tana, not this bore of a song.

Jago
Jago
10 months ago
Reply to  Anita Mann

Ridiculous lol
Arilena was the winner.

Andrei
Andrei
10 months ago

She doesn’t deserve to qualify with either of these versions, both are simply bad. The song is really weak, a bland ballad among other ballads that will cancel each other…

Anita Mann
Anita Mann
10 months ago
Reply to  Andrei

So true!

Mr X
Mr X
10 months ago

I´m screaming inside – no, thanks…..

Metalvision Song Contest
10 months ago
Reply to  Mr X

You mean “Hvala, ne?” 😉

(“Faleminderit, jo” doesn’t fit the rhythm… ^^)

Chloé
Chloé
10 months ago

What does “hvala ne” means? Is that Slovenia’s entry of 2018? Whichever the case, that is completely irrelevant and doesn’t make any sense in Albanian nor in this context, whatsoever!

Mr X
Mr X
10 months ago

An absolute unecessary english Version from Albania, just like always…. Now sounds too similar to the polish scream song there are still hardly any difference. I don´t like Arilenas voice in it and the lyrics are grammaticly ridicolous.

This should be forbidden !

Metalvision Song Contest
10 months ago
Reply to  Mr X

I think the main reason revamps should be forbidden is because they make national selections pointless… this is not the song that the Albanian public and jury voted for. The most ridiculous cases were in 2016, when Israel completely overhauled “Made of Stars”, and Malta just swapped out their entire song. With internal selections, sure, the public has no say anyway, so the producers might as well go nuts with their entry – or even improve it based on fan feedback. But I do think there should be a conditional rule stating “if you use a national final to determine… Read more »

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
10 months ago

Festivali i Këngës didn’t use a televote – it was selected by the jury alone. Though judging by the audience response, Arilena was clearly one of the audience’s big favourites of the night.

Malta were able to swap their song in 2016 because the rules for MESC stated that the national final selected the singer only, not the song.

Tommy
Tommy
10 months ago
Reply to  Mr X

Omg stop you people make a huge scandal about Albania sending English songs but if your going to do that then get mad at other countries for doing the same thing. Why is Sweden in English Why is Greece in English Cyprus, Armenia, Moldova, Romania, Norway, Azerbaijan, France, etc WHY ARENT ALL THOSE COUNTRIES SONGS IN THEIR NATIVE LANGUAGE. Why is it such a big deal when Albania literally does the same thing everyone else does, if your going to harrase Albania every year about the language they sing in, do it to every other country too

Ant
Ant
10 months ago

I don’t mind English lyrics too much (though I would’ve preferred the Albanian version) but it just sounds empty without the violin part, like something is missing. The original version was my top-5.

Ant
Ant
10 months ago
Reply to  Ant

The original had this warm and soulful (Balkan?) quality to it which is lacking now. I much prefer that “oh ooh ooh ooh” interlude to the new “spoken” bridge but now that motif is entirely gone 🙁

Eurovision
Eurovision
10 months ago

Comapring the audio in albaniana and in english it is more beautiful in English! We have an amazing live performance in albanian and we have to wait for a better performance in English for sure. This gonna be epic in May. Till then people can complain as muchh as the can ahahhahahaha

Mr X
Mr X
10 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision

No, it will fail – Albania in English doesn´t fit.

Malo
Malo
10 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision

Well it won’t happen now so us haters won XD

mei international
mei international
10 months ago

i like “me tana” by elvana gjata the best. PERIOD

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
10 months ago

I didn’t connect with the Albanian version in December, it felt somehow aggressive and unmemorable. And now I am singing “fall from the skyyyyyyy” everyday 😀 I also hope that she will perform in a white outfit and not in black. I like the new concept more 🙂

Metalvision Song Contest
10 months ago
Reply to  ESCFan2009

To be honest, white actually makes it more generic to me… that choice of outfit didn’t work particularly well for either Lindita Halimi nor Tijana Bogi?evi? in 2017… :/ Sure, that tight leather outfit Arilena was wearing at FiK looked a bit like what a domina would wear, but at least that’s something memorable that gets people talking… ^^

elizabeth
elizabeth
10 months ago

Lol, neither, I hate this song so much :/

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
10 months ago

I like the new version but I prefer the Albanian version more

Anita Mann
Anita Mann
10 months ago

English, please. The Albania version is just so… DULL!

Malo
Malo
10 months ago
Reply to  Anita Mann

Not a fan of either version, but you should really open your mind and accept other musical styles, instead of only Western Pop Ballads in English.

Zen
Zen
10 months ago

English lyrics doesn’t sound natural at all and musically it conveys zero emotions now. Feels almost plastic. I won’t be surprised if she ends up sharing Lindita’s faith.

Puff
Puff
10 months ago

English ruined it. Like if your song is originally in another language, keep it that way. Making it English only damages the song.

Héctor
Héctor
10 months ago

None.

Mena
Mena
10 months ago

Albanian version !

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10 months ago

My big issue is the language, they should’ve kept the song in Albanian.

Jake
Jake
10 months ago

New version sounds so generic and soulless.

Nicky91
Nicky91
10 months ago
Reply to  Jake

yeah so, fall from the sky can make Arilena more internationally famous than Shaj what was just for a minor show like esc

Adam
Adam
10 months ago
Reply to  Nicky91

A minor show like esc ?

Polliu
Polliu
10 months ago

Don’t care. She’s lucky in semi 2.

Andy
Andy
10 months ago

Arilena die beste

chris
chris
10 months ago

just ME TANA, this is boring

Marco
Marco
10 months ago

Just another screaming song, both of them are boring ??

Anita Mann
Anita Mann
10 months ago

Agree… but, still not a patch to “Me Tana”.

Anita Mann
Anita Mann
10 months ago

Option3 “Me Tana”!

Alex
Alex
10 months ago

They screwed up they’re chances this year THE MOST.

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10 months ago
Reply to  Alex

I don’t think so… Semi 2 is wide open.

Malo
Malo
10 months ago
Reply to  Alex

It doesn’t matter anymore.

Aplk
Aplk
10 months ago

Shaj works better with the orchestra but i think FFTS is better for eurovision

Karworld
Karworld
10 months ago

Always local languages! English sounds impersonal

Karworld
Karworld
10 months ago
Reply to  Karworld

And the English is under my opinion worse. I confess I’m not a big fan of this entry anyway

Polkka
Polkka
10 months ago

Why they have to translate the songs? Be proud of your own language! Juries should encourage songs with own languages. (*cicciolina*)

Zheng
Zheng
10 months ago

I don’t like this song anyway

N.G.
N.G.
10 months ago

Shaj had more personality. And Albanian is beautiful. So that.

Indiana07
Indiana07
10 months ago

English sounds better. So Fall From the Sky.

Anita Mann
Anita Mann
10 months ago
Reply to  Indiana07

It does, indeed! Shaj was just a noisy SCREAMFEST!

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
10 months ago

Of course, I pick ‘Fall from the Sky’. I instantly connected with this great revamp, whereas ‘Shaj’ left me rather cold. Arilena’s powerful vocals really come through in English, so much so that I believe every word she’s singing. I’m happy that I’ll be able to vote for her in the semi final, as well as in the final. The only thing that the revamp lacks are the violins of the original, but her vocals are so powerful on their own that I can deal with it. Arilena, don’t read the internet. The real world will come through for you.

Stavros
Stavros
10 months ago

Shaj off course. First of all the depth of the sound of albanian language. Its more impactfull when you don’t understand every single word but get the feeling from the expressions. Second the string session. It matches perfectly with Arilena’s incredible vocals. Third Shaj overall has more identity and authedicity to me.

Nils
Nils
10 months ago

First I was not that unhappy about her winning the Festival.
But now I notice that even the Albanian Version really does not stand out enough.
The English version is without soul.
Me Tana 🙁

Anita Mann
Anita Mann
10 months ago
Reply to  Nils

Me Tana.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
10 months ago

Shaj was unique in Albanian and that piano part
But overall, I do like Fall From The Sky

Luxe
Luxe
10 months ago

Now im very happy that Arilena won Festivali i Kënges (and of course my other non-favourites in the other national finals) .. Eurovision will be canceled for sure because of the Coronavirus .. i can tolerate it.

Phantom632
Phantom632
10 months ago
Reply to  Luxe

it actually won’t be cancelled.. they will probably postpone it for later or it will just happen without a crowd.

Malo
Malo
10 months ago
Reply to  Phantom632

Well guess again Phantom632

Vrede
Vrede
10 months ago

Fall from the Shaj.

Alo
Alo
10 months ago

100% shaj..
Unfortunately now its just a random ballad without any special identity.
Arilena is a great vocalist, but I am not sure if this will help their chances.

Fiore
Fiore
10 months ago

She basically shot herself in the foot with that revamp. The original version at least had some ethnic touch to it and now it’s just a standard ESC ballad with cliché lyrics.

Una
Una
10 months ago

I don’t get it. Albania was successful in the last two years and qualified in very competitive semis with songs in Albanian (Eugent 2018 and Jonida 2019). Why revamp and change to English? WHY?

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
10 months ago
Reply to  Una

The artist should choose what she likes best. That’s why. Also, this song is nothing like Albania 2019, whose whole identity was rooted in the Albanian language.

Una
Una
10 months ago

Yes to the argument about Albania 2019 but I still am of opinion that Albania singing in Albanian stands out and qualifies from the semis or at least they have a better chance for it. I don’t remember all their recent entries but Hersi with the Night’s Anger and Lindinta with World did not qualify. Hersi – a professional classical canto training. Lindita also with a very good voice. Two good songs changed to English for the contest and they failed. I think that their last qualifications actually were all in Albanian – Rona with Suus (in 2012?) and Eugent… Read more »

EuroSluuuuuutty
EuroSluuuuuutty
10 months ago

The original was better. It could at least reach top 15 with an impactful staging

Anita Mann
Anita Mann
10 months ago

No 15 in the semi-final, yes!

Michael Malone
Michael Malone
10 months ago

Epic fail! Why oh why did they strip away all the soul and spirit of this diamond only to force banal trite English lyrics upon us. What a shame. One of the greatest crimes of ESC20!

Anita Mann
Anita Mann
10 months ago
Reply to  Michael Malone

Goodlord, so dramatic!