In just over four weeks time, entrants from across Europe will descend on the Azerbaijani capital Baku to take part in the first semi final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. As always, two semi finals are scheduled, each containing 18 performers who’ll be battling it out for a place in the 2012 Grand Final on Saturday May 26, where waiting for them will be the ‘big five’ of the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy, along with the host nation Azerbaijan. Here at auspOp, we’re continuing the Countdown To Eurovision will a daily look at one of the competitor’s songs.
RONA NISHLIU : Suus
25 year old Rona only officially became a citizen of Albania earlier this year, though her newly-adopted homeland has known of her for some time… She was a finalist in the 2004 version of the country’s ‘Idol’ competition. In winning official selection in the Festivali i Këngës late last year, she becomes the first Kosovo-born Albanian to represent her country in the Eurovision Song Contest.
The track is one of only 18 that will be performed in the country’s own language and Rona will take to the stage at the first semi final on Tuesday May 22.
Fans of the various Eurovision drinking games, in which players take a sip of alcohol for every money note, chord change, outfit change etc, will be sloshed after this very number, as Rona’s vocals are super-powerful and impressive. She hits some pretty extraordinary notes, but just when you think she can’t go any higher… You get the idea.