Albania was again one of the first countries to pick their Eurovision entry, however, last month it was told that they will have to change it. The composer of the original entry for Elhaida Dani, ‘Diell’, didn’t give the permission to send the song to Eurovision. Back then the singer published following statement on her Facebook page:
The author of the song ‘Diell‘, for personal and irrevocable reasons, has decided to withdraw the song and unfortunately it will be impossible for me to perform it in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Accordingly to his decision and in agreement with the Albanian broadcaster RTSH, I will represent my country in Vienna with a new song.
Today, the new entry was released. It is called ‘I’m Alive’ and it is penned by Zzap & Chris. You can listen to it below together with the official music video.
This was the first time when the winning song of Festivali i Këngës wasn’t send to Eurovision. The winner of this traditional festival has been given the Eurovision ticket since 2004 when Albania first participated.