At his second press conference today, Luiz Ejjli stated that things are going well for the Albanian team, and he is not only confident of making the final, but making the final top ten of the contest.
Confident Luiz added that the standard of competition this year is very high in his opinion, but he refused to be drawn on his own personal favourites "for ethical reasons".
He and his performers are indeed giving solid rehearsals in the arena at OAKA, and the presentation is much the same as the first rehearsal on Thursday. There still seemed to be occasional problems with sound levels, however, and Luiz did look uncomfortable at one point, removing his earpiece. The backing vocals seemed overpowering at times, particularly in the bridge sections between chorus and verse. It is now down to the semifinal dress rehearsals to make sure that everything is absolutely perfect for the big night.
Music, not politics
Just as with other competitors choosing to sing in a language other than English, Luiz was quizzed about the choice of Albanian for the entry. His reply won a round of applause from the press: "Music has no language. It's a feeling. You can express it in any way.". He continued"we make music, not politics. The world would be a better place if we all did the same."