Alban Ramosaj is one of the top favourites ahead of Festivali i Këngës 60, the show Albania will use to select its entrant for Eurovision 2022. As he prepares for the festival, Alban sat down for an interview with our very own Deban Aderemi to talk about his Festivali i Këngës song, “Theje”, and his Eurovision dream.
A Dutch-Albanian singer, songwriter and model from Kosovo, Alban began his career on singing talent shows X Factor Albania and The Voice of Albania. He later went on to win the the 22nd edition of Kënga Magjike.
Alban Ramosaj – Interview – Festivali i Këngës 60
During his chat with Deban, Alban speaks about being chosen for wiwibloggs’ Wednesday Wishlist series for Eurovision 2022. Even though he has always been a big fan of Eurovision, he says that he had to wait to find the right song before participating at Festivali i Këngës. Now, he has found a song he believes in with “Theje”.
Alban Ramosaj is also aware of the importance of Festivali i Këngës in Albania, especially this year’s milestone 60th edition. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of the previous winners who went on to represent Albania at Eurovision, especially his mentor during The Voice of Albania, Aurela Gaçe.
Alban only won Kënga Magjike in May this year, and it might seem like a quick turnaround to participate in Festivali i Këngës so soon after. If he ends up winning Festivali i Këngës 60 with “Theje”, Alban will be the first ever Albanian singer to win both Kënga Magjike and Festivali i Këngës in the same year. However, he explains to Deban that the two contests are different in nature and they come with their own challenges. Ultimately, Alban is just happy to be a part of Festivali i Këngës, no matter what happens.
During the interview, Alban Ramosaj also gives us some hints about his possible staging plans for Festivali i Këngës. Although he can’t reveal too much, he assures Deban that he will keep his authenticity on stage.
Alban is a passionate singer and he has a certain way of expressing his emotions during his performances. He tells Deban he has had many comments from people in the music industry about toning it down. However, following his victory at Kënga Magjike he was inundated with messages of the contrary, with people responding to the emotion he poured out on stage. Therefore, Alban is going to stick with being himself.
Those who are looking forward to even more new music from the “Theje” singer will be pleased to hear he already has 20 songs selected for his upcoming album, almost 50% of which will be sung in English. Regardless of language though, Alban has been involved with writing all 20 songs. He mentions that his inspiration for writing songs comes from travelling and exploring different cultures around the world.
What do you think about Alban Ramosaj’s “Theje”? Would you like to see him win Festivali i Këngës 60 and go on to represent Albania at Eurovision 2022? Let us know in the comments below.