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Albania: Eneda Tarifa – Fairytale

The long journey has commenced now that we have our first song selected for Eurovision 2016. Viewers of what was a lengthy Festivali i Këngës final will have seen Eneda Tarifa win her place in Eurovision 2016 with the song, Përrallë, which translated, means Fairytale. There is often a lot of hype surrounding the first song selected for Eurovision, yet the reaction is strangely muted this year, despite Përrallë containing some high-quality moments. Confirmation the song will be performed in English has helped Albania's cause, as it could earn them a later slot in the producer-decided running order. This is more important than ever, as…
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Përrallë did pack a punch before the rework, but has now lacks the power present at the national final.

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The long journey has commenced now that we have our first song selected for Eurovision 2016.

Viewers of what was a lengthy Festivali i Këngës final will have seen Eneda Tarifa win her place in Eurovision 2016 with the song, Përrallë, which translated, means Fairytale.

There is often a lot of hype surrounding the first song selected for Eurovision, yet the reaction is strangely muted this year, despite Përrallë containing some high-quality moments. Confirmation the song will be performed in English has helped Albania’s cause, as it could earn them a later slot in the producer-decided running order. This is more important than ever, as the semi-finals are increasing from 16 & 17 nations to 18 & 19. Elhaida qualified 10th in Vienna, so with increased competition, Albania will have to raise their game.

As has already been mentioned in the comments section, Albania’s recent qualification history isn’t great, but in sending what will now be called Fairytale, Eneda should enjoy more success than Elhaida, who was cruelly forced to change her original song, Diell, to I’m Alive. It’s also reasonable to expect Eneda to fare better than Hersi, who tried and failed to inject life into her insipid One Night’s Anger.

Fairytale isn’t a Suus, but it does have a classy, brooding arrangement and impressive orchestral refrain that packs a punch and even encourages the odd foot tap. Eneda’s raspy vocals will also impress jurors who are known to recognise strong vocals and well-written songs.

With the transition to English, we will get an entirely different feeling song with an even more memorable hook. Until then, it’s worth waiting for the new version before forming a solid opinion. Even so, I think there are enough raw ingredients to suggest Albania should make the final this year provided they are drawn into the second-half of a friendly semi-final.

UPDATE – the rework is terrible. ’nuff said.

Can Eneda improve on Elhaida’s 17th place?

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7 comments

  1. I feel this year it will be much harder for Albania (as it will be for the vast majority of entries) with there being 19 countries instead of 16, the package isn’t a whole lot better than last year and last years entry only snuck through in 10th with a good draw so I wouldnt be so confident in this doing a whole lot better. But, Like you said Eneda is a much more reliable performer so you never know.

  2. It’s decent, but it’s way too early to assess its chances because there’s nothing to compare it to. At least it doesn’t feel like they’re trying to salvage something with an ESC revamp, so let’s just hope they don’t ruin it.

  3. Eneda deserved the win and the jury at Fik got things right.The producers showed their hand as well putting the main female challengers together in the middle.
    Interesting to see what Gav thinks about how they can get the best from this in Sweden.

    For me it paces nicely and Eneda packs a punch.Great intro and I even like the guitar bridge (DONT put it on stage though).The backing works really nicely and could perhaps be expanded slightly.
    Albania,like Ben says have a bad record of re-working songs,taking away the strengths and adding nothing.I hope they simply tweak this and instead look to the lighting etc.
    Another question for Eneda is what Kaliopi brings and if they clash in the semi.

  4. Not much use trying to take too much from a FiK song before the final version comes out, but she certainly has a strong voice anyway, and there’s a decent melody in there. May struggle to qualify now the semis are that bit bigger again, though.

  5. Sounds stupid but do you think having a song title of “Fairytale” could hurt considering a certain winning entry had the same title?

  6. Albania have done what they always do.Pick a winner and then try to westernise the re-work that then destroys all the good parts of the original.Top vocalists deliver and win Fik and end up with a sterilized version of their songs.

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