At Eurovision 2015 she told us she was alive en route to the grand final, where televoters placed her in the Top 10. And now Albania’s Elhaida Dani has teased what could be a Eurovision comeback — though it’s not yet clear in what capacity if at all.

Elhaida has been in Albania promoting her new EP ZanIN, which has five new songs: the titular “Zanin”, and “Jam Betu”, “Hajmali”, “Amore” and “Kënga Jonë”. She worked with three different Albanian composers for the release: Elgit Doda, Alban Kondi and Kledi Bahiti. Curiously, Kledi was also behind Albania’s most recent Eurovision entry entry “Karma”, sung by Anxhela Peristeri.

During her stay in Tirana, the Festivali i Këngës winner made the rounds on TV and radio to discuss the EP. On Wednesday she appeared on “ABC e Pasditës” hosted by Ermal Peçi.  Ermal cut straight to the chase with questions about Eurovision and FiK.

Elhaida Dani at Festivali i Këngës 60 and Eurovision?

Of all the years Elhaida might consider a return to Eurovision, this year seems the most written in the stars. It will take place in Italy and Elhaida famously won the first series of The Voice of Italy under the guidance of coach Riccardo Cocciante.

So, is she planning a comeback this December at Albania’s national final?

“This is one of the comments I get, probably every day, because especially my Albanian fans really want me to come back to the Eurovision Song Contest,” she said. “I really don’t know if this is something I want to do or don’t want to do. All I know is that I want to do my music. I want to be on the stage and to perform, which is what I love the most. It doesn’t matter if it is an Albanian stage or a European one.”

That answer doesn’t give away too much. As her loyal fans know, she’s spent the past five years touring with the musical “Notre-Dame de Paris”, in which she portrays the role of Esmeralda. But her recent return to Albania to present her newest songs at a Gala Night in Tirana was a reminder there is local appetite for her music and voice.

But what really gives us hope is the last question from Ermal, where he asks about her future plans.

“I will continue with my tour with ‘Notre-Dame de Paris’ this November in South Korea, then go back to Italy, and in December we will meet again in Tirana, Albania for something else. That I cannot share right now.”

We all know that Festivali i Këngës takes place toward the end of December, and that it’s the big moment on the Albanian music calendar. It’s giving a lot of people hope Elhaida will attempt to become the first Albanian singer to represent her homeland at the contest twice.

Would you like to see Elhaida return to the FiK stage as a singer? Or would you prefer to see her work her magic as a host or maybe even a juror? Let us know in the comments box below!

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Purple Mask
Purple Mask
16 days ago

Prediction: Albania will win a Eurovision Song Contest in this decade. Discuss. 🙂
It would be good to see Elhaida again. I loved last year’s song, so anything like that will probably sit well with me.

Bird Lover
Bird Lover
19 days ago

Elhaida is a great artist, just not on stage. This cost her a lot in 2015 and I’m not sure Albania wants to risk another NQ as she barely qualified

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
21 days ago

I loved her 2015 entry, but I still want Elvana more because she has never been at ESC

Malo
Malo
21 days ago

She was the first Albanian to change the song for Eurovision. She might be the first to participate twice too.

Nikko
Nikko
21 days ago

Wow! Just listen to her latest released songs from her LP. Every song is an artsy masterpiece plus every song so far is under 3 minutes, thus a potential ESC song. I really would like her back. We know how much she loves Italy. All stars are in line.

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
21 days ago

I’m Alive was a great modern and radio-friendly song that should’ve come top 10 based off the strength of its studio version but the live performance was a mess. Her vocals were terrible and the staging was non-existent.

hhhhurricane
hhhhurricane
21 days ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

The way you sang her praises for the first half of the comment, to then absolutely cut her off at the knees at the end, pleaaaaseee xp

Malo
Malo
21 days ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

Agreed on the staging.
Regarding her vocals, she was ill during that time. I can assure you cause I followed her (online ofc xp) like a maniac during the pre Eurovision months and Eurovision weeks. She has proven several other times she’s a great singer. She wouldn’t still be Esmeralda in the live Notre Damme musical if she couldn’t sing.

Max
Max
20 days ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

I liked her live vocals and I don’t get why people think it sounded bad.

Lorenzo
Lorenzo
21 days ago

Please come back! (pun intended)
Favorite Albanian entry over here

Nobody Important
Nobody Important
21 days ago

Does it really matter? We all know that a fan favorite never wins in FiK.

Malo
Malo
21 days ago

True, but this would be a special case. She’s still a big name and the broadcaster loves those.

siyu viyu
siyu viyu
21 days ago
Reply to  Malo

Like Elvana?

sam
sam
21 days ago
Reply to  siyu viyu

and arilena ara, anxhela, jonida …

esc_fl
esc_fl
21 days ago

Hopefully her answer to FiK is “po”! Would love to see her try again

EscFrekxxx
EscFrekxxx
21 days ago

Yess guurl, Elhaida is now more mature and confident, she will slay if it happens!

Lele
Lele
21 days ago

Wow please. Her song ist actually still my esc favourite song of ALL TIME

Sot
Sot
21 days ago

Answer: Yes.

Neil
Neil
21 days ago

ugh yes plsss! Her song is my favorite Eurovision song of all time <3 too bad she had a throat infection the day of Eurovision 🙁

Branko86
Branko86
21 days ago
Reply to  Neil

Semi Final or Final?

Malo
Malo
21 days ago
Reply to  Branko86

Both. She even temporarily lost her voice some time prior to the contest.

Bird Lover
Bird Lover
19 days ago
Reply to  Neil

well that is the difference between professionals and amateurs… there are ways to save and protect your voice for an upcoming performance and she went all out months leading to the contest, during rehearsals where those performances dont impact any votes etc…

EscFan
EscFan
18 days ago
Reply to  Bird Lover

Yeah your comment reminded me of Jonida, who even quit eating sweets because sugar affects your vocals

Erasmus
Erasmus
21 days ago

Love her and her ep songs are actually great!

Her and Elvana and maybe even Arilena?! Uff… it will be hard.

Aeria
Aeria
21 days ago

Her 2015 song was phenomenal, but I hope that when she reappears, she won’t have the same amount of struggles with her vocals as back then. The Grand Final performance was almost earpiercingly bad

Joe
Joe
21 days ago
Reply to  Aeria

Looking through the jury scores for that one…yeesh

Ashton
Ashton
21 days ago
Reply to  Aeria

I personally thought the grand final performance was really good lmao. her vocals were way huskier but she was never off-key or anything, and she nailed the high notes

Erasmus
Erasmus
21 days ago
Reply to  Ashton

yeah, I basically listen to that performance daily.

kir
kir
21 days ago

Baby please come back

esc_fl
esc_fl
21 days ago
Reply to  kir

This is perfect, I think you won the comment section! lol

zheng
zheng
22 days ago

I hope she will comeback at FiK, her new LP is great!!