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!