Albania makes its ninth appearance at Junior Eurovision in 2023. Representing the nation in Nice will be Viola Gjyzeli with the song “Bota Ime”.
Scroll down for the “Bota Ime” lyrics
Albania in Junior Eurovision 2023: Viola Gjyzeli with “Bota Ime”
Viola earned the honour of representing her country at Junior Eurovision after winning the national selection Junior Fest 2023. Held at the Pyramid of Tirana, Viola emerged victorious from amongst 16 contestants.
This isn’t the first signing competition the young star has won. She first showcased her performing abilities at the age of seven when she lifted the trophy at a children’s song contest held in her hometown of Durrës. Voila moved there after being born in Italy to Albanian parents.
Outside of singing, Viola also enjoys playing basketball and table tennis. Her house is always full to the brim with life — she has six dogs (Zago, Era, Tomi, Zara, Boi, and Bora) and one pet cow (Dotty).
What do the “Bota Ime” lyrics mean?
“Bota Ime” translates to “My World”.
Viola creates a new mystical world in her daydreams and uses it as a safe place. The young singer escapes from the troubles of the physical world and the judgement of other people. In her own realm, she’s able to live however she pleases:
There I muse
My fantasy I build
Feeling real and taking risks
No-one judges me
Live the way I want
Some may think Viola is away with the fairies by daydreaming so much and that she should face her problems head on. But for many, a comforting place to shelter can often be an important thing to have, regardless of whether that is fantasy or reality.
Viola is resolute in her desire to create her own world where she feels free to be herself. She doesn’t want anyone coming along to ruin it for her:
No, No! No, No!
Don’t fight me
I’m in my own fairyland
Mine is this world
Tiny, but fully-fledged
“Bota Ime” lyrics – Viola Gjyzeli (Albania JESC 2023)
Lyrics: Eriona Rushiti; Music: Enis Mullaj
Eriona has previously written two of Albania’s Eurovision entries — “Ktheju Tokës” (2019) and “Duje” (2023).
Jo, jo! Jo, jo!
No, No! No, No!
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