Another powerful “heart-felt”, but this time, ethno-infused ballad, comes courtesy of Albania’s Elhaida Dani. Elhaida’s profile stretches across the Mediterranean courtesy of winning “The Voice of Italy” in 2013 boding well for her garnering precious votes. “I’m Alive” is a solid effort that works towards a stunning end. Fortunately for Albania Elhaida will benefit from being drawn later in the running order which often augers well for votes.
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3 Questions with Elhaida Dani
What are three interesting aspects about your entry?
- The withdrawal of the author of the song that won the national selection, a really unusual circumstance, and the following was a race against time.
- The international perspective that we followed in the realisation of the new song: we had an international audience always in mind and I hope the song will meet its expectations.
- The great expectations of my attendance in Albania but even more in the Albanian communities outside the country (in Italy above all).
What are three impressive facts about you?
- Professionally, the winning of the Voice of Italy in 2013 and the personal and professional relationship with Cocciante, an icon in music. I have learned so much under his guidance.
- I have never studied singing. I received my voice as a gift. So I would like to use it not as a tool but only as the mean to express what I feel and what I am.
- The bond that links my family and me: I owe everything to my parents. They discovered my talent, they wanted me to attended the music schools, they made sacrifices to allow me following my passion.
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
It’s the opportunity to perform in front of millions of people from all over Europe, and it’s the most prestigious contest I have ever take part in. I love competitions, they always give me rushes of adrenaline and usually adrenaline it’s an asset for me, it makes me perform even better. I hope it will happen in Vienna.