Since 2013, we at escgo! and the #esc chat have been running our annual quest to find the best national final song of the Eurovision season. First called “Chat Charts”, the mission was rethought from scratch and renamed “SongHunt” back in 2015. Finally, after a few further changes, the year 2016 saw the SongHunt as we know it (more or less), with no chosen Eurovision entries allowed. Ever since, SongHunt has been synonymous with our endeavour to find that one song that really should have gone to Eurovision.
Join us as we dive into the SongHunt history together!
2013 and 2014: Chat Charts
The first version of this post began with the Chat Charts 2014, suggesting it was the origin of SongHunt. Little did we know about our own history, as only a few days after this post was published, we rediscovered the existence of the Chat Charts 2013! We can’t reconstruct the whole thing very well, but we do know the final result, and don’t want to leave it hiding in our cellar:
Final results of the Chat Charts 2013:
1. Adelén – Bombo (Norway) 2. Margaret Berger – I Feed You My Love (Norway) 3. Cascada – Glorious (Germany) 4. Lys Assia ft. New Jacks – All In Your Head (Switzerland) 5. Anton Ewald – Begging (Sweden) 6. Valentina Monetta – Crisalide (Vola) (San Marino) 7. Zlata – Gravity (Ukraine) 8. Mary N’diaye – Gosa (Sweden) 9. ByeAlex – Kedvesem (Hungary) 10. Anouk – Birds (Netherlands)
The original idea of the Chat Charts and later SongHunt was to establish something that would meet the following goals at once: First, to find our community’s favourite song of the season. Second, to create a simple and fun way for everyone in our community to find what other fans enjoyed in those national finals that they weren’t able to follow themselves. And third, to connect members of our community more beyond the regular national final viewings in the chat. While the latter wasn’t realised until later (there were no dedicated events in the chat until 2017), the general idea was already out there by 2014. The results of the final were revealed later in the year, in the “Chat Awards”, a last-decade tradition that didn’t live longer than six seasons (2013 – 2018).
Final results of the Chat Charts 2014:
1. Helena Paparizou – Survivor (Sweden)
2. MarieMarie – Cotton Candy Hurricane (Germany)
3. Linnea Dale – High Hopes (Norway)
4. Sil – What’s The Time In Tokyo (Belgium)
5. Mahan Moin – Aleo (Sweden)
6. Elena Sinyavskaya – Via Lattea (Belarus)
7. Oda & Wulff – Sing (Norway)
8. Catarina Pereira – Mea Culpa (Portugal)
9. MarieMarie – Candy Jar (Germany)
10. Ásdís María Viðarsdóttir – Amor (Iceland)
2015: Introducing SongHunt
It was a sleepless night in the second half of 2014 when the idea of SongHunt was born. It was indeed a new idea of how we could achieve what we had on our minds from the start. We rethought that underlying idea from scratch and came up with a system of heats, semi-finals and a final. Again, the final results were only revealed in the Chat Awards towards the end of the year.
Final results of SongHunt 2015:
1. MNTHA – Nefelibata (Latvia)
2. Mørland & Debrah Scarlett – A Monster Like Me (Norway)
3. Dinah Nah – Make Me (La La La) (Sweden)
4. Aminata – Love Injected (Latvia)
5. Elina Born & Stig Rästa – Goodbye To Yesterday (Estonia)
6. Alexa Feser – Das Gold von Morgen (Germany)
7. Isa – Don’t Stop (Sweden)
8. Elhaida Dani – Diell (Albania)
9. Siru – Mustelmat (Finland)
10. Molly Pettersson Hammar – I’ll Be Fine (Sweden)
11. Maraaya – Here For You (Slovenia)
12. Sunday – Fjaðrir (Iceland)
2016: SongHunt – our answer to Second Chance
If it wasn’t for five national final winners ending up in the final Top 12 of the previous edition, we might not have felt the need to change anything, at least not at this point. But we saw one of the three basic principles on the verge of being corrupted. One of SongHunt’s missions was supposed to be to introduce fans to national final songs that they had missed, and to give good national final songs in general a second life and the attention they deserve. So it became clear to us that national final winners – which already are in everyone’s focus anyway – should stay out from now on. In a way, SongHunt became our answer to OGAE’s Second Chance contest, with the difference that we never defined the number of songs that a country could have in our race: neither a minimum nor a maximum. It was always just about the songs and how they resonated with our community.
Final results of SongHunt 2016:
1. The Hardkiss – Helpless (Ukraine)
2. Elouiz – History (Norway)
3. Ace Wilder – Don’t Worry (Sweden)
4. Robin Bengtsson – Constellation Prize (Sweden)
5. I Wear* Experiment – Patience (Estonia)
6. Margaret – Cool Me Down (Poland)
7. Laila Samuels – Afterglow (Norway)
8. Laura – Supersonic (Estonia)
9. Wiktoria – Save Me (Sweden)
10. Eini – Draamaa (Finland)
11. Elísabet Ormslev – Á ny (Iceland)
12. SaRaha – Kizunguzungu (Sweden)
2017: The SongHunt final becomes a chat event
Two years of SongHunt (three including the Chat Charts) and a few adjustments brought us very close to what we had on our minds, but there was one thing that we suddenly developed a desire for: to give SongHunt more of an event character, and to make it more independent from the Chat Awards. We wanted to give it its own celebration, and to crown the end of the SongHunt season with the reprise of the winning song. The first song that ended a SongHunt season with its own reprise as part of a chat event was Romania’s “Petale”, and in the eyes of this very editor, it was the best and most deserved SongHunt winner we had so far.
Final results of SongHunt 2017:
1. Instinct – Petale (Romania)
2. Ariadne – Feel Me Now (Estonia)
3. Loreen – Statements (Sweden)
4. Roger Pontare – Himmel och hav (Sweden)
5. Inês Sousa – Se o tempo não falasse (Portugal)
6. Holly Brewer – I Wish I Loved You More (United Kingdom)
7. Wiktoria – As I Lay Me Down (Sweden)
8. Nano – Hold On (Sweden)
9. Mirela – Contigo (Spain)
10. Rúnar Eff – Make Your Way Back Home (Iceland)
11. Ace Wilder – Wild Child (Sweden)
12. Paula Rojo – Lo que nunca fue (Spain)
2018: Editors’ Choices introduced
Our “now-traditional method of finding the best national final song of the year”, as introduced in the article accompanying the launch of SongHunt 2018, came with another change to the format. Before 2017, actual entries eliminated before their national final were also counted in the elaborate calculation for SongHunt qualification. It became too much work to keep track of all the chat votings on all the shows and rounds of the various national final formats, so in 2017 we began only counting the national final shows themselves; songs that didn’t reach their national final still had the chance to qualify via a “Second Chance” poll. In 2018, we got rid of that in order to make things even more flexible. From now on, each heat consisted of nine songs that qualified by their good result in the rolling SongHunt list, and an additonal three songs that were picked by the editors’ team. In this way, we could respect what our chatters enjoyed in the various semi-finals or give our own favourites another chance, without having to stick to specific lists and rules (which always equate to “more work”). SongHunt became simpler for us, and more fun too. In a way, this was a necessary measure that would guarantee the longevity of the format we love, and it’s still at the heart of how we determine the SongHunt entrants now.
Final results of SongHunt 2018:
1. Dora Gaitanovici – Fără tine (Romania)
2. Aitana & Ana Guerra – Lo malo (Spain)
3. Inis Neziri – Piedestal (Albania)
4. Rebecca – Who We Are (Norway)
5. Emmy Liyana – OK ou KO (France)
6. Tamás Horváth – Meggyfa (Hungary)
7. Felix Sandman – Every Single Day (Sweden)
8. Nassi – Rêves de gamin (France)
9. Margaret – In My Cabana (Sweden)
10. Asmik Shiroyan – You And I (Armenia)
11. Lisandro Cuxi – Eva (France)
12. Aitana – Arde (Spain)
2019: SongHunt: An established tradition
When there’s nothing new to announce for something like our SongHunt for a year, I think you can call it a real tradition. Unchanged from the 2018 format, SongHunt 2019 brought us a lot of unforgettable classics like “Tower Of Babylon” or “Passiò”. After two years of Romanian champions, it was now time for another new country to be added to the winners’ list: Albania.
Final results of SongHunt 2019:
1. Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti – Dua te besoj (Albania)
2. Aly Ryan – Wear Your Love (Germany)
3. Mørland – En livredd mann (Norway)
4. Lorena Bućan – Tower Of Babylon (Croatia)
5. Electric Fields – 2000 And Whatever (Australia)
6. Battista Acquaviva – Passiò (France)
7. Kerrie-Anne – Sweet Lies (United Kingdom)
8. Arja Saijonmaa – Mina fyra årstider (Sweden)
9. Hanna Ferm & LIAMOO – Hold You (Sweden)
10. Lidija Bačić – Tek je počelo (Croatia)
11. Anna Bergendahl – Ashes To Ashes (Sweden)
12. Chimène Badi – Là-haut (France)
2020: Not cancelled.
2020 changed all our lives, in one way or another. We don’t even need to explain to you what 2020 meant for nearly everything, including Eurovision. Unaffected: SongHunt. We kept searching for a song that should have gone to Eurovision, and this premise wasn’t changed by the fact that the contest itself was cancelled. Why stop the fun?
Final results of SongHunt 2020:
1. CHАKRАS – La-ley-la (Belarus)
2. Dotter – Bulletproof (Sweden)
3. Sara Bajraktari – Ajër (Albania)
4. Erika Vikman – Cicciolina (Finland)
5. Anna Bergendahl – Kingdom Come (Sweden)
6. Indira – You Will Never Break My Heart (Croatia)
7. Iva – Oculis videre (Iceland)
8. Olga Lounová – Dark Water (Czech Republic)
9. Didrik & Emil – Out Of Air (Norway)
10. We All Poop – All The Blood (Positive Song Actually) (Czech Republic)
11. Paul Rey – Talking In My Sleep (Sweden)
12. Tone Damli – Hurts Sometimes (Norway)
2021: More compact, but also more glamorous
The aftermath of 2020 meant a whole bunch of national finals being cancelled until 2022, as many countries decided to send the same representatives to ESC 2021 that should have gone to the previous year’s contest. This completely changed the map of the national final season, resulting in fewer shows and fewer songs, but also more room to enjoy them. After the tough time that most of us have been through with uncertainty as to what the future might look like, this national final season is (writing this in February 2021) bringing some fun, light and colour into many of our lives that we’ve been thirsting for, more or less conciously. It’s the first time in many years that a national final season was this compact. As a result, SongHunt 2021 had to become more compact, too: We cut the total amount of songs from 96 to 48, and the amount of rounds from 15 to 6. But on the other hand, we decided to stage the event bigger than before, giving each round its own event in the chat, and introducing a 50/50 voting rule to give the chat more power regarding the results.
In a way, SongHunt has now become our own national final, deciding what we would have sent to Eurovision – and staging it similarly with an even bigger final event in the chat, in which 15 songs will be competing for this year’s title of “SongHunt winner”.
You can take part and vote in the current poll here, if you haven’t yet!
Nothing can be said about the future, especially not after 2020 happened. But our dedication to SongHunt shows no signs of declining. Maybe it even reached new heights, now in 2021. What the future brings? We’ll see – but whatever happens, we hope you enjoy traveling further on the SongHunt journey with us!
Super Saturday entertains us with entries from Finland, Norway and Spain
Super Saturday entertains us with entries from Finland, Norway and Spain
There’s always at least one “Super Saturday” in every national final season, and even this more streamlined 2021 variant was no exception. Last night, fans were able to juggle streams for a good six hours as Finland, Norway and Spain selected their entries for Rotterdam and semi-finals took place in Estonia, Sweden and Portugal.
In Finland, a high-quality line-up in Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2021 was no obstacle to rockers Blind Channel, whose “Dark Side” won the international jury vote before absolutely obliterating the competition by receiving more than 50% of the televotes – a more than convincing victory!
In Norway, several rounds of voting whittled down the 12 contenders to two superfinalists – returning fan favourites KEiiNO, who famously won the televote when they represented the country in ESC 2019, and popular local artist TIX, whose songwriting credits include international hits like Ava Max’s “Sweet But Psycho”. In our chat, KEiiNO was our #1 of the night and TIX was our #12 – but the Norwegian public saw things differently and duly selected TIX’s “Fallen Angel” to represent them in Rotterdam!
Finally, we already knew that Spain would be represented by Blas Cantó as would have been the case in ESC 2020, but the question was which of his two songs would get the ticket. The answer is “Voy a quedarme”, and you can listen to it here:
The non-winning finalists from these shows get to participate in SongHunt 2021, our annual quest to find the best song of the season which begins tonight. You can read all about it right here – make sure you get involved!
We are delighted to introduce SongHunt 2021 – this year’s edition of our annual quest to find the most robbed losing national final song of the Eurovision season!
We’ve made a few changes this time. Just like the 2021 national final season, our SongHunt is a little more compact – but on the other hand, it’s more glamorous too!
Most notably, our #esc chat community will now play a bigger part, with a regular Sunday night viewing event followed by a vote that will count for 50% of the result. The familiar website poll will count for the other 50% – so if you’re a website reader but not a chatter, you can just stay tuned and vote in the weekly polls here as usual!
SongHunt 2021 will consist of four heats, a chat-only “Last Chance” round, and the grand final. You can see an overview of the format below:
As usual, we have been compiling our “master list” of how the chat voted on each national final show so far. This serves as the basis for qualification for each heat, and you can investigate the list right here! We will also be selecting some wildcards – editors’ choices – to reward those songs that perhaps didn’t get the love we thought they deserved.
The first heat will be launched this Sunday, 21 February, with an event in the chat at 21:00 CET. So be there and support your national final favourites!
One of the good things about not being a leading Eurovision fan site is you don’t have to claim to be impartial. That’s not to say that escgo! would ever take a biased editorial line, but the fact is that we – this site’s authors and the #esc chat community that lies at our heart – do have certain favourites among the national final process. We’re suckers for Festivali i Këngës, we’ll religiously watch Romanian semi-finals (especially if they’re held in a salt mine)… and we are still delighted about Croatia’s decision a few years ago to revive Dora, the preselection format that gave us so many classics around the turn of the century in particular.
Songs from Dora 2019 and 2020 have reached the latter stages of our SongHunt competition – and we expect the same to be true this year, because some great entries were left in the dust as Albina Grčić stormed to victory in Dora 2021 this evening.
The votes of ten regional juries were combined 50-50 with a public vote to form the final result, and Albina’s “Tick-Tock” was a fairly comfortable winner in both. Our chat favourite, “Rijeka” by Nina Kraljić a.k.a. Alkonost of Balkan, had to settle for second place but will surely make a strong SongHunt showing this season. We’ll drink to that.
Congratulations to Albina, who will perform “Tick-Tock” in the second half of the first semi-final on 18 May. And the good news is that our SongHunt 2021 launches shortly, so those losing songs we enjoyed so much in the chat tonight will soon have their shot at redemption!
The Roop’s living a celebration – and Go_A bring the noise
In an ESC week that also saw the first heat of Melodifestivalen in Sweden and further Norwegian action as part of Melodi Grand Prix, two new additions were made to the ESC 2021 line-up. To almost nobody’s surprise, The Roop, who would have represented Lithuania at the 2020 contest had it taken place, won the ticket to this year’s event with their song “Discoteque”.
As the defending champions, The Roop were granted a free pass to the final of Pabandom iš naujo 2021, where they comfortably saw off all opposition by winning both the jury vote and (especially) the public vote. Like “On Fire” last year, “Discoteque” and its accompanying stage routine are sure to be among the most talked-about packages as the 2021 season continues.
Having already been internally selected to represent Ukraine again, electro-folk group Go_A had submitted three songs for internal selection. Clips of those candidates were revealed a few days ago, and we now know the identity of the Ukrainian song for ESC 2021: “Shum” (“Noise”).
Earlier in the week, another bit of largely unsurprising news was revealed: The most optimistic scenario for the organisation of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, namely “ESC as usual” with a full arena, was ruled out in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and against the backdrop of restrictions and public opinion in the host country, the Netherlands.
The parameters of the remaining potential scenarios were also shifted and now read as follows:
While it’s easy to be cynical after almost a year of bad news, the fact that the powers-that-be are willing to entertain various scenarios and wait a little longer to see what happens is certainly to be welcomed. Realistically, though, it seems almost inevitable that ESC 2021 will have something of a “virtual” feel and it’s hard to imagine all of the delegations performing in Rotterdam in person. However, the prospect of some kind of audience – even if just local residents – to provide real cheers after each song is something that will be welcomed by those of us who are still scarred by the “canned applause” used so prominently in Vienna in 2015!
France and Israel select – and news about SongHunt 2021!
France and Israel select – and news about SongHunt 2021!
“Voilà” by Barbara Pravi won last night’s French national final, Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez!, and will represent the Big Five country in the grand final of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest.
As well as the honour of being the favourite in our chatroom, Pravi won the expert jury vote and the public vote in France to seal a comfortable victory in the actual competition. Followers of Junior Eurovision will be familiar with Pravi’s work, even if they didn’t realise it before – she co-composed the last two French JESC entries, including the reigning champion “J’imagine” by Valentina.
Earlier in the week, Eden Alene became the first of several re-selected 2020 performers to have her own single-artist national final as Israel chose its entry. Three entries were in the running, and “Set Me Free” came out on top in what turned out to be a dominant public vote victory. Israel will perform in the second half of the first semi-final in Rotterdam (or the virtual equivalent thereof).
The non-winning songs from the French and Israeli finals, together with all of the other losing national finalists so far, will get their chance for revenge when we launch SongHunt 2021 in the second half of February!
Using a shorter format to reflect the scaled-back national final season this year, SongHunt is our annual competition to find the song that our chatters and website readers think was the most “robbed” and that really should have made it through to ESC proper. So stay tuned for that!
This page contains the full qualification list for SongHunt 2021 based on our votes in the chat, plus an overview of the heats and later rounds.
The number in brackets is the average score from the chat voting.
[—] indicates that no one in the chat rated the songs in this show.
Red coloured titles are Eurovision entries (not eligible for SongHunt). Green coloured titles are the songs that will enter the next heat according to the current standings. Bold titles are songs that have already taken part in a SongHunt heat this year. [EC] after the title indicates that the song reached a SongHunt heat as an editors’ choice.
[8.50] KEiiNO – Monument (Norway)
[8.46] Ilta – Kelle mä soitan (Finland)
[8.15] Oskr – Lie (Finland)
[7.81] Raylee – Hero (Norway)
[7.81] Barbara Pravi – Voilà (France)
[7.67] Imerika – I Can’t Escape (Norway)
[7.62] Claudia Campagnol – Abracadabra (Denmark)
[7.55] Danny – Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua (Finland)
Lillasyster – Pretender (Sweden Andra Chansen)
Frida Green – The Silence (Sweden Andra Chansen)
Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos – Rena rama ding dong (Sweden Andra Chansen)
Efraim Leo – Best of Me (Sweden Andra Chansen)
Da Chick – I Got Music (Portugal Semi 2)
Tainá – Jasmim (Portugal Semi 2)
Ariana – Mundo melhor (Portugal Semi 2)
Ana Tereza – Com um abraço (Portugal Semi 2)
Graciela – A vida sem acontecer (Portugal Semi 2) Tess Merkel – Good Life (Sweden Semi 4) [EC]
Lovad – Allting är precis likadant (Sweden Semi 4)
Sannex – All Inclusive (Sweden Semi 4)
mema. – Claro como água (Portugal Semi 1)
Nadine – Cheguei aqui (Portugal Semi 1)
Miguel Marôco – Girassol (Portugal Semi 1)
Irma – Livros (Portugal Semi 1)
IAN – Mundo (Portugal Semi 1)
Emil Assergård – Om allting skiter sig (Sweden Semi 3)
Mustasch – Contagious (Sweden Semi 3)
Elisa – Den du är (Sweden Semi 3)
Gram-Of-Fun – Lost In A Dance (Estonia Semi 2)
Helen – Nii kõrgele (Estonia Semi 2)
Rahel – Sunday Night (Estonia Semi 2)
Uku Haasma – Kaos (Estonia Semi 2)
HELEZA – 6 (Estonia Semi 2)
Alabama Watchdog – Alabama Watchdog (Estonia Semi 2)
Tanja – Best Night Ever (Estonia Semi 1)
WIIRALT – Tuuled (Estonia Semi 1)
Kéa – Hypnotized (Estonia Semi 1)
Nika Marula – Calm Down (Estonia Semi 1)
Tuuli Rand – Üks öö (Estonia Semi 1)
Kristin Kalnapenk – Find a Way (Estonia Semi 1)
Beady Belle – Playing with Fire (Norway Sistesjansen)
Stina Talling – Elevate (Norway Sistesjansen) Ketil Stokkan – My Life Is OK (Norway Sistesjansen) [EC]
Maria Solheim – Nordlyset (Norway Sistesjansen)
Daniel Owen – Psycho (Norway Sistesjansen)
Dinaye – Own Yourself (Norway Sistesjansen)
Ole Hartz – Vi er Norge (Norway Sistesjansen)
Big Daddy Karsten – Smile (Norway Sistesjansen)
Landeveiens Helter – Alt det der (Norway Sistesjansen)
Royane – Circus (Norway Sistesjansen)
Marianne Petha & Mikkel Gaup – Pages (Norway Sistesjansen)
Ane.Fin – Walking In My Sleep (Norway Sistesjansen)
TuVeia – Bli med meg på gar’n (Norway Sistesjansen)
RIVER – Coming Home (Norway Sistesjansen)
Julia Alfrida – Rich (Sweden Semi 2)
WAHL feat. SAMI – 90-talet (Sweden Semi 2)
Patrik Jean – Tears Run Dry (Sweden Semi 2)
Kadiatou – One Touch (Sweden Semi 1) Jessica Andersson – Horizon (Sweden Semi 1) [EC]
Nathalie Brydolf – Fingerprints (Sweden Semi 1)
Be U – Love Yourself (Lithuania Semi) Aistė Brokenleg – Home (Lithuania Semi) [EC]
Gabrielius Vagelis – My Guy (Lithuania Semi)
Norbertas – Man In Need (Lithuania Semi)
Milita Daikerytė – Shadows (Lithuania Semi)
UnoBand – Eisiu (Lithuania Heat 2)
Cosmic Bride – Solitary Star (Lithuania Heat 2)
Rapolas – Degam (Lithuania Heat 2)
Sunday Afternoon – Open (Lithuania Heat 2)
Gabrielė Goštautaitė – Freedom (Lithuania Heat 2)
Black Spikes ft. Indrė Launikonytė – Don’t Tell Me (Lithuania Heat 1)
Thomukas1 – Wish (Lithuania Heat 1)
Donata Virbilaitė – The Way I Am (Lithuania Heat 1)
Twosome – I Love My Bear (Lithuania Heat 1)
Aldegunda – Sit Down (Lithuania Heat 1)
Enxhi Nasufi – Njësoj (Albania Semi)
Franc Koruni – E morën botën (Albania Semi)
Erik Lloshi – Jo (Albania Semi)
Agim Poshka – Vendi im (Albania Semi)
Stefan Marena – Meteor (Albania Semi)
Fatos Shabani – Ty (Albania Semi)
Klint Çollaku – Do t’ja dal (Albania Semi)
Overview of the rounds:
Green coloured titles qualified directly for the next round. Orange coloured titles qualified for the Last Chance round (to be announced later).
Nina Kraljić – Rijeka (Croatia)
Florent Abrashi – Vajzë (Albania)
LMK – Magique (France)
Jessica Andersson – Horizon (Sweden)
KEiiNO – Monument (Norway)
Ilta – Kelle mä soitan (Finland)
Aistė Brokenleg – Home (Lithuania)
Oskr – Lie (Finland)
Imerika – I Can’t Escape (Norway)
Inis Neziri – Pendesë (Albania)
Danny – Sinä päivänä kun kaikki rakastaa mua (Finland)
2021 begins here, with an Albanian winner: It’s Anxhela Peristeri
2021 begins here, with an Albanian winner: It’s Anxhela Peristeri
We are always grateful for Albania’s Festivali i Këngës, the traditional music event that also serves as the country’s selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Even in an ordinary year, it serves as the kick-off for the new Eurovision on-season and a nice bit of light in the winter darkness.
But this year more than ever, FiK 59 marked the moment at which we turn our back on the horror year of 2020 – in terms of world events above all, of course, but also as ESC fans with the cancellation of our beloved event for the first time ever – and look to the better times ahead in 2021.
ESC 2021 in Rotterdam might still look quite different to what we’re used to, of course, but at least it will happen. And that “the show must go on” mentality was present in Albania too, right from the moment it was announced that the national final would be held outdoors in order to prevent health risks and allow for social distancing. Even with pre-recorded performances, an outdoor national final in December was a brave choice, but it all worked well enough and served as a timely illustration of how a bit of imagination can help the Eurovision train to keep rolling.
And the winner? Well, in many quarters it was perceived as a two-way battle between Inis Neziri’s “Pendesë” (our chat’s favourite both on the semi-final night and tonight) and “Karma” by Anxhela Peristeri. In the end, Inis didn’t even make the podium – whereas “Karma” did indeed take the crown and will represent Albania in Amsterdam! Let the revamping begin.
So here you have it – officially the first ESC 2021 entry we know, and what a lovely Christmas present it is to now be thinking about 2021 and positive things to come. To each and every one of our readers, we wish you: Gëzuar festat!