Agim Poshka at Festivali i Këngës 2015

What I’ve learned from Albania’s Festivali i Këngës:

  • a tinkly piano intro apparently establishes that your ditty has heart even if it goes off somewhere else after that
  • why have one piano when you can have two played by a geriatric and a child?
  • being in tune is for wimps
  • if you use the work ‘rock’ often enough in your song, you must be rockin’
  • narrative voice-overs are a thing

Masochists can go straight to the YouTube playlist—ordered from losingest to the dull winner.

Not part of the competition, but who is this Aurela person?

 
PlacePointsArtistSongVideoNotesMusic/Lyrics

1

82

Elhaida Dani

"Diell"
Sun

the usual emotional warble, though often flat…Celine Dion has much to answer for. gratuitous key change!

Aldo Shllaku (m)
Viola Trebicka & Sokol Marsi (l)

2

62

Bojken Lako Band

"Të ndjej"
I feel you

possibly a rocker neutered by an arranger?

Bojken Lako Band (m&l)

3

45

Lindita Halimi

"S'të fal"
I don't forgive you

Not sure I forgive her vocal gymnastics either. Did she forget part of her costume?

Zzap & Lindita Halimi (m)
Lindita Halimi (l)

4

31

Besiana Mehmeti & Shkodran Tolaj

"Kështjella"
The castle

slightly, but only slightly kooky. possibly better when in tune.

Adrian Hila (m)
Pandi Laço (l)

5

28

Marsela Çibukaj

"S'muj"
I can't

ambiguous hat

Olsa Toqi (m&l)

6

24

Gjergj Leka

"Himn"
Hymn

old-style ballad, old singer, child pianist, mobile cellist

Gjergj Leka (m)
Zhuljana Jorganxhi (l)

7

23

Rezarta Smaja

"Më rrëmbe"
Take me away

kaval player & flounce-powered dress but otherwise dull

Klodian Qafoku (m)
Floran Kondi (Dr. Flori) (l)

8

22

Mjellma Berisha

"Sot jetoj"
Today I live

‘rock’ & ‘dress’ 

Enis Mullaj (m&l)

9

20

Venera Lumani

"Dua të jetoj"
I want to live

piano intro. apparently living is important. gratuitous backing singer micro-operatic interludes. back of her top puts the ‘vent’ in conventional

Endrit Shani (m)
Gerald Xhari (Big Basta) (l)

10

18

Emi Bogdo

"Një femër"
A woman

piano intro’d power ballad…yawn. impressive sleeve awnings

Lambert Jorganxhi (m)
Florian Zyka (l)

11

15

Erga Halilaj

"Ti s'më njeh"
You don't know me

pianist

Kristi Popa (m)
Ronela Hajati (l)

12

12

Jozefina Simoni

"Mendje trazi"
Stirred mind

fluff dress

Bledar Sejko & Markeljan Kapedani (m)
Eda Sejko (l)

12

12

Enver Petrovci

"Të vranë bukuri"
Beauty they killed you

faux tramp chic? this man is a respected actor apparently

Enver Petrovci (m&l)

14

9

Altin Goci

"Rock për gjithë jetën"
Rock for all of eternity

Rock, but not as we know it Jim

Altin Goci (m)
Klodi Shehu (l)

15

3

Saimir Braho

"Kristal"
Crystal

rockin’…not! coming to an Albanian wedding reception near you!

Saimir Braho (m&l)

18

0

Klajdi Musabelliu

"Vetëm te ti besoj"
I only believe in you

yet another heartfelt piano intro leading into a copy of every Euroballad ever

Klajdi Musabelliu (m)
Jorgo Papingji (l)

18

0

Estela Brahimllari

"Kjo natë"
This night

almost sophisticated and yet dull

Edmond Veizaj (m&l)

18

0

Agim Poshka

"Në rrugën tonë"
In our street

piano, narration that’s poignant out the wazoo, modestly draped table, waistcoats & cap…a class act

Agim Poshka (m)
Olsa Poshka (l)

Eliminated in the semi-finals

 

0

Enxhi & Xhejn Kumrija

"Njeri"
Human

Not inhuman. Not that interesting either despite contrasting hair(&clothing)styles.

Enxhi & Xhejn Kumrija (m)
Xhejn Kumrija (l)

 

0

Ana Gramo

"Në koma"
In a coma

a coma would be better than this…quieter at least

Genti Lako (m)
Ida Nurçe (l)

 

0

Grupi Aurora

"Maria"

this must be some new kind of torture technique

Gr. Aurora (m&l)

 

0

Kelly

"Nëse ti do"
If you want

look out Bruce Springsteen!

Kelly (m&l)

 

0

Grupi Offchestra

"Bajram"

slightly off, hip Balkan

Faruk Banjska (m)
Gr. Offchestra (l)

 

0

Florent Abrashi & Sigi Bastri

"Eklips mbi oqean"
Eclipse over the ocean

slightly awkward duet, not always in tune

Sokol Marsi (m)
Florent Abrashi (l)

 

0

Julian Gjojdeshi

"Himn jetës"
Hymn to life

horrible in a fairly unique way, gratuitous key changes worthy of Lloyd Weber

Vasil S. Tole (m)
Fatos Arapi (l)

 

0

Revolt Klan

"Më mungon"
I miss you

boy-band rap intro by two grown men in suits leads to (disappointing obvs) ballad

Bruno Pollogati (m)
Febi Shkurti (l)

More info about this than anyone needs @ Wikipedia: Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015