Albania’s representative for Eurovision 2020, Arilena Ara, announced on her social media that her entry will not be called “Shaj,” but will be called “Fall from the Sky” instead.
After winning Festivali i Këngës 58 with “Shaj” on December 22, 2019, Ara had mentioned that the lyrics were originally in English, but were translated into Albanian for the national selection. It appears from her social media post, that her entry may be entered into Eurovision in English, the first Albanian entry to do so since Lindita’s “World” at Eurovision 2017.
— Arilena Ara (@Arilena_Ara) March 8, 2020
Written by renowned songwriters Darko Dimitrov (who co-wrote North Macedonian Tamara Todevska’s 5th placed but jury winning Eurovision 2019 entry “Proud”) and Lazar Cvetkovski (who co-wrote North Macedonian Mila Moskov’s 6th placed Junior Eurovision 2019 entry “Fire), with lyrics by Lindon Berisha, “Shaj” won FiK 58 by securing first place among the two Albanian judges. But with 2nd place and Eurovision fan favorite Elvana Gjata winning the foreign judges, Ara received a lot of online negativity, to the point where many called out fans for their toxic behavior (including our very own Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief Sean Tarbuck).
With the deadline for entries here today, the release of “Fall from the Sky” is imminent, though it remains to be seen that the whole entry is in English. However, based on Ara’s past statements about the composition of the entry and the naming of the song title today, it seems a fair bet Ara will be performing in English.
Since their debut in 2004, Albania has been a cult favorite at Eurovision, mostly due to their first on the calendar national selection and strong entries over the years. To date, Rona Nishliu’s “Suus” at Eurovision 2012 is Albania’s highest placement, with only their debut Anjeza Shahini’s “The Image of You” being the other Albanian entry to crack the Top Ten.
Arilena Ara’s “Fall from the Sky” is scheduled to be performed in the second half of Semi-Final 2 on May 14, 2020.
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