The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 songs that had been selected for Eurovision 2020. Next up, we take a look at Albania‘s Festivali i Këngës 58 winner Arilena Ara. She has the Eurovision version of her FiK song, “Fall From the Sky”. Did we fall for her song? Read on to find out!
Arilena Ara – “Fall From The Sky”
“Fall From The Sky” reviews
Angus: Given the topic matter, “Fall From The Sky” should be more uplifting than it actually is. It finally takes flight in the last minute, but make sluggish progress getting there. Arilena’s voice is enormous and no doubt she knocks the big notes out of the park. But this is a song we’ve heard a thousand times before at Eurovision.
Calvin: Arilena has a beautiful voice and would elevate the song easily live. However, this isn’t hard with a song that never leaves the ground. The Eurovision version lost every bit of authenticity and with it the emotions. It is polished to a point where the pearl was lost. She is the best thing about this entry without any doubt.
Deban: Arilena Ara won X Factor Albania for a reason. My girl can SING! However, having a phenomenal voice is just one of several ingredients required for a hot Eurovision recipe. “Fall From the Sky” soaked up unnecessary funds in creating a new version for Eurovision. It didn’t need that. It just needed to bow out. Thankfully, the journey ends here.
Renske: “Shaj” gripped me from the first version, but I feel that “Fall from the Sky” offers Arilena so much more. It is a more modern power ballad, which is totally made to “wow” its listeners upon its live performance. It is dramatic and bombastic, so much so that it would perfectly fit in a James Bond soundtrack.
Sebastian: Albania has finally schooled themselves in the art of ‘how to revamp’ with “Fall from the Sky”. It maintains the strength of the Albanian version’s ballad, but makes it more accessible and dynamic. The production is strong, Arilena’s presence is there, and in a year of fairly weak ballads, “Fall from the Sky” is anything but a fall from grace.
Arilena Ara – “Fall From The Sky” rankings
In the Wiwi Jury we have 22 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 2.5 and a high of 8.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.6/10
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