Albania: Elhaida Dani makes headlines in Italy

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With a great artistic suitcase in her musical journey, Elhaida Dani, makes headlines in Italy for her participation in Festivali i Kenges 53 and setting the bar even higher for in her career: the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

Elhaida Dani, born in Shkoder in 1993 has come a long way since her early days. She started off with a participation in Kenga Magjike in 2008, then participated in talent show Star Academy in 2009 which she ended up winning. She participated in the 50th edition of Festivali i Kenges with Mijera Nete, made it to the final but ended up with null points. In 2012 though she came back stronger as she won Top Fest with her major hit, S’je me.

Her success doesn’t stop there as in 2013 she won the Voice of Italy, got to sing with Italian music legend, Riccardo Cocciante and A week ago, Elhaida shared the same stage as Jessie J for the Albanian independence day concert held in Tirana with a couple 50,000 people attending (no big deal, right?). As if this wasn’t enough she competes in Festivali i Kenges 53 with a composition from Aldo Shllaku, who has composed several soundtracks for blockbuster movies and worked in the remake of the 2012 Albanian entry which earned a top 5 spot in Baku.

Italian media has been writing about her recently as she was reportedly supposed to participate in Sanremo which apparently is not the case anymore. Since winning the Voice of Italy, Elhaida has created quite the fanbase there with a major attendance by the Italian public in her Italian tour. Italy showed the interest of a possible Eurovision representation right after she won the talent show.

You can read an article here.

Elhaida will compete in the one of the semi-finals with her song Te kerkoj, composed by Aldo Shllaku and penned by Viola Trebicka and Sokol Marsi (composed of 2011 Albanian representing entry).

Below you can listen to some of Elhaida’s songs:

Stay tuned to as we follow Festivali i Kenges and the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.