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!