He stands alone on the FiK 60 stage, but his voice carries the power of an army. And on Night One of Albania’s Eurovision selection, all of the country was listening as Alban Ramosaj performed his entry “Theje”.
“It’s actually about — long story short — a breakup and how this individual, me in this case, lets himself be played just because they love them. Out of love they forgive and keep an eye closed and pretend not to hear a word or two.”
It’s a story of his own life.
“I always write based on my own life and this is not an exclusion.”
What was he feeling as we spoke, just an hour before his performance?
“I’m not feeling anything,” he says. “This is like a dream. I’m numb. But seriously, there has been a lot of work that went into making tonight’s night possible through a lot of technical difficulties, a lot of ups and downs, but I can honestly say that today everything is stable and going to go well.”
Does doing well only mean winning?
“Not necessarily. My main goal is to enjoy my own performance, to be happy with what I deliver. The rest is just bonuses that come along.”
He has nothing but gratitude for all of you watching, liking and commenting.
“As usual I want to thank…all the audience and everyone who supports me and shows me love. I am truly honoured and humbled and blessed to have such positivity coming my way, especially in times of need like today. Thank you everyone for watching and for all the love.”