More new versions and videos released!
As expected, Albania has revamped their entry for Düsseldorf. What was once Aurela Gaçe’s “Kënga Ime” is now “Feel the Passion”:
I feel like I’m in the minority here, but I loved Aurela’s song the first time I heard it, and this revamp only solidifies my position. Aurela is this year’s diva, and whether she wins or not, she is making this her show. (It’s funny, though; I was talking with my friend Slavi yesterday before we saw the new video or heard the translation, and I told him how I imagined that the clip would somehow involve Aurela standing on top of a mountain or other high point, a wind machine fluttering around some epic dress, and an eagle soaring. I should have placed money on it!)
On the other end of the Eurovision world (geographically speaking), the Icelandic representatives have released the English-language version of “Aftur Heim“, “Coming Home”.
It seems that “Aftur Heim” was, in fact, originally written with English lyrics, with the text eventually refined by the wife of the late Sigurjón Brink. The song was performed in Icelandic for the National Final, as per the network’s rules, but the door was always open to have it performed in English. We all know the story of Sigurjón and his tragic passing by now, but hearing this song in a language that I can understand just makes the whole thing even more powerful. “Coming Home” is performed admirably, and is truly a celebration of Sjónni’s life and work.
Also releasing an official video clip is San Marino’s Senit, with her ballad “Stand By”:
(Sharp-eyed ESC fans might recognize some of the same landscapes and landmarks as seen in MiOdio’s video for “Complice“. Then again, considering that San Marino is only about 24 square miles (61 sq km), that’s not too difficult.)
Only slightly bigger, at 121 square miles (316 sq km), is Malta, which coincidentally also released their official preview video today for Glen Vella’s “One Life”:
(It appears that half of Malta’s population took part in this year’s National Selection, and the other half appears in Glen’s video!)
Finally, Croatia’s new preview video has been released: Daria Kinzer’s “
Lahor” “ Break a Leg” “Celebrate”!
I’m sure more videos are coming down the pipeline within the next few days, as the official “Heads of Delegation” meeting is happening now in Düsseldorf. We’ll also have the official draw for the running order tomorrow afternoon (or, for me, morning!). Even though Preselection Season is officially over, there’s still lots to do before the First Semifinal on May 10th!