🇦🇱 Festivali i Këngës 🇦🇱 Final Ranking & Review
Dec 22, 2019
- My ranking & review ahead of tonight's final.
1. Elvana Gjata - Me tana
2. Era Rusi - Eja merre
3. Arilena Ara - Shaj
4. Gena - Shqiponja e lirë
5. Bojken Lako - Malaseen
6. Robert Berisha - Ajo nuk është unë
7. Valon Shehu - Kutia e Pandorës
8. Kamela Islamaj - Më ngjyros
9. Tiri Gjoci - Me gotën bosh
10. Albërie Hadërgjonaj - Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua
11. Sara Bajraktari - Ajër
12. Olta Boka - Botë për dy
I think this year's Festivali i Kenges is a really strong national final, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's one of the strongest from the 2020 season when looking back after all is said and done. There's a diverse array of unique genres, most of which are executed rather well.
Elvana and Era are both bringing the heat. I would never have expected songs like those to be taken as serious contenders in Festivali i Kenges even five years ago. Soni Malaj really did walk last year so that Elvana could RUN. I think sending Elvana to Eurovision would be smart considering that she's Albania's biggest star. It would surely boost interest in the contest domestically, but also abroad from the Albanian diaspora (12 points from Switzerland, y'all). I could see Me Tana going down well in the Balkan region in general. It's already racked up over 3 million views, and was trending in MULTIPLE countries. I think it's a potential televote top five for sure.
I think Shaj is a really good ballad as far as Albanian Eurovision ballads are concerned. It's better than any ballad Albania has sent in the 2010's apart from Ktheju tokes. I would be all aboard an Arilena victory in a normal FiK, but considering the fact that we have two ethno pop bangers, I don't want Albania picking another ballad. It's time for something fresh to kick off the decade.
Gena's song sounds like a World Cup anthem, hence I like it. Bojken's song is really weird, but in a good way. I think the beat is extremely compelling. Robert has the best ballad behind Arilena, and I think he's quite underrated. Valon has a cool rock sound that I'm not normally into which I'm making an exception for, and Kamela has a cool edgier ballad. I'm indifferent toward the rest of the finalists, with my bottom three all blending together.
Who I WANT to win: Elvana Gjata
Who I THINK will win: Arilena Ara (sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but too bad)
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