Remember the foxy choir chick behind Albania’s Juliana Pasha on stage in Oslo? We remember thinking she didn’t look very Albanian, and it turns out she’s far from it. Check out the story behind why Albania ended up having three American backing singers on stage, on Glenys Vargas’ blog, and yes it’s her in the middle:
This could have been the end to an interesting story, and it sure is entertaining to get some juicy gossip on Glenys’ blog from behind the scenes from an “outsider gone insider’s” view. We are very sorry that we didn’t get to meet her in Oslo as she sounds like heaps of fun to hang out with.
Merry Christmas everybody from the bottom of our cups of eggnog. We had to add considerable amounts of rum to be able to endure a quick flip through the 18 finalists of tonight’s 49th edition of the Festivali i Këngës. The Albanians will treat us to an extra Christmas pressie as usual as they will be the second country to choose their entry for Düsseldorf 2011. And by the look of it, this might very well be a ballad.
Here’s the final line-up selected through two semifinals (thanks to esctoday for info):
The rehearsals for the semi-finals have kicked off and with this, the speculations around which countries will proceed to the big final. We find the prediction game rather mind wrenching, and with the 50/50 jury and televote system it makes it even harder to guess the lucky 10 in each semi-final.
That’s why we will settle for choosing our personal favorites which according to our opinion, in a perfect world without war, global warming and Dutch schlagers, would snatch a ticket to the final. Amazingly we agree on most entries. We suppose we have brainwashed each other and have pretty much morphed into one person by now. Ok, nuff said, here’s our pick for Semi-Final 1! Continue reading
Albania tends to do best when they send cute, young girls to defend their flag’s colors and we like them best when they include ethnic sounds and sing in their native language, like sweet sixteen Olta Boka did with “Zemrën e lamë peng” in 2008.