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Albania’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

May 11, 2016


Eneda Tarifa – Fairy Tale.

It’s an odd experience watching Eurovision videos while also binge watching Game of Thrones.  To be honest – right now any referencing of “fairy tale” type imagery makes me brace myself for nudity and/or dismemberments.

She’s swinging on the most uncomfortable swing I’ve ever seen.  I don’t know who was responsible for installing it, but poor Eneda may been in need of a tetanus shot after just a few turns on it.


Again, this is probably the effect of tramping methodically through season after season of Game of Thrones, but I can’t help but wait for something very very bad to happen here.  And I don’t know what she’ll be wearing for the performance as opposed to the video, but there’s something very disconcerting about that “face” shirt which arranges eyes at chest height.

And that’s why I love you..oh I
Yes I love you u..u..
And I’d fight for you
give my life for you
my heart

Fairly unexceptional sentiments.  More striking is the red costume which opens and closes like a cocoon.  Hopefully this will be retained for the stage performance.  The song is hardly interesting to sell itself on its own merits and if Albania is to strut itself on a big stage, then it’s going to have to appeal to everything Dark and Wrong and Violent and Sexually Transgressive that we now associated with sweet ol’ fashioned fairy tales.

You may (indeed should) prefer Georgia.

If you want something very mainstream – go Norway…

Or, if you favour a keening wail of historical pain and suffering – here’s Ukraine…

Most people will want something a bit more optimistic.  Like Denmark’s effort – see below…

Bulgaria could learn a lot about positive thinking from Søren.

If you’re keen on Balkan Country and Western Music, then you’ll like Slovenia’s entry…

Australia, bizarrely, are back…

If, in the meantime,  you want to watch an implausible love story involving a sex worker from Vilnius – try Lithuania’s entry…

Here, by the way – is Macedonia’s offering…

Meanwhile, Ireland’s entry – Nicky Byrne out of Westlife – is sort of all growed up.

Here’s Serbia, in case you were wondering…

Then again there’s Ivan from Belarus, who may or may not be dancing naked with wolves…

In the meantime, here is Israel:

You might prefer this GameofThronesy offering from Switzerland

Here, on the other hand, is Poland.

And here’s cheery Latvia,

Someone else who doesn’t look cross at all is Malta’s representative  –

Meanwhile, I found Bosnia and Herzegovina somewhat intriguing this year – see below…

More interesting than Montenegro, anyhow

Far, far more conventional is Azerbaijan

More chillingly, here is Estonia

But here, by way of some (but not much) relief is Cyprus

On a lighter note, see the Czech Republic’s offering…

And Russia…

San Marino – folks…

Meanwhile, here’s the Netherlands…

And Croatia

And Hungary

And Moldova

And Greece

Greece’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

And Finland

Finland’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

Here’s Austria by the way…

Austria’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

Here’s Armenia

Armenia’s 2016 Eurovision Entry


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