Who is Albania’s Eurovision Song Contest 2017 entry? Here’s All You Need to Know

Albania is hoping American Idol singer Lindita will win the Eurovision Song Contest for them. But what is her background, how was she chosen and what is Lindita singing?

Who is Lindita?
Lindita Halimi has, like Madonna, dropped the surname and is most commonly known as just Lindita. The 27-year-old star was born in Kosovo and has been performing for a number of years.
She has taken part in Albania’s answer to American Idol Ethet and Albanian music competition Top Fest twice, winning in 2006.
She moved to the States in 2013 and competed in American Idol although she didn’t make it through to the final stages.
How was Lindita chosen to represent Albania?
The Albanian broadcaster Radio Televizioni Shqiptar organised a competition to determine who would represent the country at this year’s Eurovision.

The 55th edition of the show Festivali i Këngës Lindita claimed victory.
The competition is judged by a combination of a jury’s votes and a vote by the public.
What are the odds of Albania winning?

Sunbets’ Eurovision odds currently list Albania winning at 150/1.

What song is Lindita performing and who wrote it?
Lindita will be performing her song Botë which translates to ‘world’ in English. It was composed by Klodian Qafoku while the lyrics were written by Gerald Xhari.

What are the lyrics to Botë?
This one is completely in Albanian but that doesn’t mean you can’t give it a go. Here are all the words:

Jemi pranë, dhe larg
Po më ngel në fyt çdo fjalë
Unë dhe ti, shumë ne ngjajmë
Sa vështirë për ne me falë

Aaa-aa-aa
Sëmundje që shërim nuk ka
Aaa-aa-aa
Ndjej se zemra po më ndal

Këtë realitet, ne e zgjodhëm vetë
S’mundem as të fle, të gjata janë këto netë
Njoha vetëm dhunë, kur do të ketë një fund
Jetë e rëndë si plumb, se po çmendem unë
Ohh…

Sa shumë lotë, sa shumë dhembje në këtë botë
Jo më s’mund të duroj, do të doja t’jem më e fortë

(T’jemi bashkë ne më të fortë)
Ohh…
(T’jemi bashkë ne më të fortë)
Ohh, ohh, ohhh…

Jooo…
(Sa shumë lotë, sa shumë dhembje në këtë botë)

Ooo…
Jo nuk mundem të duroj, do të doja t’jem më e fortë
Sa shumë lotë, sa shumë dhembje në këtë botë
jo nuk mundem të duroj, do të doja t’jem më e fortë
The Sun

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