Introducing 2010: Albania

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All songs for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 have been selected. During the weeks between the national final season and the actual Eurovision Song Contest, we will introduce all 39 entries in random order. Part three of the series is dedicated to the Albanian entry.

Basic information

Performer: Juliana Pasha
Song: It's all about you
Language: English
Music: Ardit Gjebrea
Lyrics: Pirro Çako
Draw: 12th in the first semi final

The song

It's all about you is an up-tempo pop song. Through the lyrics, the singer confirms her devotion to her lover, no matter what other people think about their relationship:

In love with you I'm falling
We been down
Don't you know we been down here, and I feel it
Even now
Time that we make a deal and seal it

It's all about you
The things that I do
The rest of the world don't understand me
You are all I dream
Everything that I need

The performer

Juliana Pasha launched her career as a singer in the late 1990s, when she won the newcomer award in the Albanian Radio and Television music festival. She became even better known in late 2007, when she competed in the Festivali i Këngës, which has been serving as Albanian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest the respective year after since 2003, for the first time. With her song Një qiell të ri, which was written by Endri Sina and Lasgush Poradeci, she finished third overall. The year after, she returned to the contest, this time performing a duet with 2006 Albanian representative Luiz Ejlli. Their song Një jetë was written by Shpetim Saraçi and Turian Hyskaj and it finished second getting seven points less than winning entry Më merr në ëndërr.

In 2009, the singer returned to the Festivali i Këngës yet again and this time, she won the right to represent Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. Her entry Nuk mundem pa ty was written by Ardit Gjebrea and Pirro Çako and it will be performed in English in Oslo under the titel It's all about you. Various different versions of the song were produced in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Juliana Pasha will celebrate her 30th birthday on 20th May, five days before the first semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010.

The songwriters

The Albanian entry was written by Ardit Gjebrea (music) and Pirro Çako (lyrics). Ardit Gjebrea is a successful composer, record producer and TV show presenter in Albania. He is also a singer and has released three albums so far. Pirro Çako is a composer and singer, who also competed as a performer in the 2010 national final. He co-wrote his song Një tjetër jetë with Ardit Gjebrea and he finished fourth in the final. In 2007, he had already co-hosted the festival with Elsa Lila.

The national selection

The annual Festivali i Këngës was once again to select the Albanian Eurovision Song Contest. The show was held over four nighst. On the first night, the 18 pre-qulified finalists presented their songs. On the second night, 18 newcomers presented one song each and two of them were chosen to compete in the grand final. On the third night, the 20 finalists presented their songs in different versions as duets with famous artists. The fourth night saw the final being held with a jury of seven people choosing the eventual winner.

Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest

Albania joined the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 and achieved its only top ten placing in a final to date that year. The country was less successful since finishing 16th in 2005 and being eliminated in the 2006 and 2007 semi finals. Last year, Albania finished 7th in the second semi final and therefore made it to the final, where they eventually finished 17th.

I deshirojme Shqiperise dhe Juliana Pashes shume fat dhe nje rezultat shume te mire ne Oslos!


Live performance in the national final:

Preview video ncluding final English version:

Juliana Pasha and Luiz Ejlli in the Festivali i Këngës in 2008:

Juliana Pasha competing in 2007:

Tomorrow, we will take a look at the Danish entry.

Previous parts of this series:

  1. Ireland
  2. Belarus