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Përrallë did pack a punch before the rework, but has now lacks the power present at the national final.
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?