Albania: Listen to the acoustic version of “Titan” by Besa!

Just like last year, some time before the first rehearsals of the countries, the first episode of “A Little Bit More” aired on the official Eurovision YouTube channel.

So, for all this time before the rehearsals, Eurovision TV will upload different performances of the artists, like different versions of their songs, or covers of songs from other artists.

Below you can listen to the acoustic version of Albania’s entry for this year’s contest, “Titan” by Besa, performed in the Pyramid of Tirana, a former museum located in the Albanian capital:

You can also watch our our exclusive nterview with the Albanian representative for Eurovision 2024:

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Albanian participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024, in Malmö!

Bets: The first odds for advancing to the final!

Just over three weeks separate us from the start of rehearsals in Malmö ahead of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest. As we head into the final stretch just before Eurovision 2024 takes place in the Swedish city, one of Eurovisionfun ‘s most loved and talked about columns is back, with our Eurovision 2024 betting analysis back again.

With bookmakers having started to offer more betting sections for the upcoming contest in recent hours, we take a look at the qualification odds for this year’s Eurovision grand final from the two semi-finals on May 7 and 9.

First semi-final

The first semi-final on May 7 is expected to be particularly competitive, according to the bookers. With just three companies offering the possibility of qualifying for Saturday’s grand final so far, the sample may be small, but it is still largely representative of what we will see on Tuesday’s show.

Four countries are considered by the betting companies to be guaranteed to qualify for the grand final of this year’s competition. Croatia, Ukraine, Finland and Lithuania are offered at odds of under 1.05, a big gap compared to the other eleven participating countries in this semi-final.

Particularly increased chances of qualifying for the grand final are given by bookers to Luxembourg, Cyprus, Serbia and Poland. The group of these countries is being played at odds between 1.25 and 1.33, which translates betting-wise into a qualification probability of over 70% for three of them(Cyprus, Serbia, Poland) and over 80% for Luxembourg in its return to Eurovision after more than three decades.

A battle is expected to be waged for the last two tickets to the grand final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest, where four countries are expected to fight for their place in the contest. Slovenia, Portugal, Australia and Ireland are being played at odds of between 1.44 and 1.75, with the former two currently looking like the frontrunners to get past the first semi-final hurdle, with all of them having more than a 53% chance of qualifying.

Finally, regarding the remaining three countries in the first semi-final, Azerbaijan, Moldova and Iceland, betting companies see them as the big underdogs for qualification. With regard to Azerbaijan, their chances of qualification are far from negligible, as they are offered odds of more than doubling, approaching 2.25. In contrast, Moldova and Iceland seem to have little chance of making it to the final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest, with Moldova being offered odds of between 3 and 3.75, while Iceland is offered odds of between 3 and 5.2.

Second semi-final

Things seem to be clearer in the second semi-final regarding the chances of the sixteen participating countries qualifying for the grand final on 11 May. The countries taking part in the second semi-final appear to be divided by the bookers into five sub-groups.

The first sub-group is made up of the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium. The three Central and Western European countries, which occupy three of the top six places in the odds of winning this year’s competition, are considered by bookmakers to be certain to qualify, which is why their odds of qualification are no more than 1.02.

All five countries in the second sub-group seem largely certain to qualify. Greece, Norway, Israel, Armenia and Austria are offered odds of between 1.04 and 1.2, which translates into qualification odds of 85% for Greece, 83% for Norway, 82% for Israel and Armenia and 81% for Estonia.

A “category” on its own is Estonia, whose qualification to the grand final is considered the most likely scenario, with bookers giving them around 70% odds and playing at odds between 1.28 and 1.33.

Georgia and Denmark are set to battle it out for the final ticket, with Georgia and Denmark both distancing themselves from the leading nine countries and the remaining five in the running. At odds of around 1.75, Georgia ‘s qualification is being played at odds of between 1.67 and 2.22, with bookies giving 52% odds to the Caucasians and 49% to the Scandinavians.

Finally, the last sub-group is the remaining five countries that will take part in the second semi-final on May 9. Latvia, Albania, San Marino, Malta and the Czech Republic are considered by bookers as the underdogs to qualify for the Eurovision 2024 final, as all of them have odds between 27% and 35% and are offered at odds that return around three times the initial stake.

In any case, with the pre-parties continuing in the coming weeks and with the start of rehearsals for the 68th Eurovision Song Contest less than a month away, the only thing that is certain is that the shake-up will continue and will culminate as the days for the big celebration in Malmö approach. Competition is fierce and all possibilities are open.

Which countries do you think will qualify for the grand final of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest? Tell us in the comments!

Eurovision 2024: The running order of the semifinals has been revealed!

With a month and a half to go until the first Eurovision 2024 semi-final on 7 May, the EBU today announced the order of the semi-final line-up.

The order of appearance was determined by the EBU in cooperation with the Swedish organisers, taking into account which place each country was drawn to perform (first or second), but also in a way that the show would be more interesting.

The official Eurovision YouTube channel announced a few minutes ago the official order of appearance of the songs in the semi-finals of this year’s contest.

It is worth noting that this year is the first year in which the Big 5 and the host country, Sweden, are going to perform their songs live in the two semi-finals. So, among the competing countries in the two semi-finals, we will see Germany, Sweden and the UK as guest stars in the first semi-final, while in the second semi-final we’ll see France, Italy and Spain.

Running Order

Semi-final 1 – Tuesday 7 May

  1. Cyprus
  2. Serbia
  3. Lithuania
  4. Ireland
    United Kingdom
  5. Ukraine
  6. Poland
  7. Croatia
  8. Iceland
    Germany
  9. Slovenia
  10. Finland
  11. Moldova
    Sweden
  12. Azerbaijan
  13. Australia
  14. Portugal
  15. Luxembourg

Semi-final 2 – Thursday 11 May

  1. Malta
  2. Albania
  3. Greece
  4. Switzerland
  5. Czechia
    France
  6. Austria
  7. Denmark
  8. Armenia
  9. Latvia
    Spain
  10. San Marino
  11. Georgia
  12. Belgium
  13. Estonia
    Italy
  14. Israel
  15. Norway
  16. Netherlands

The analysis from fans and beyond has been on fire for a few minutes now. After the theories based on the countries’ history in the competition, it’s a first insight into how deep the qualification to the final is or isn’t. In other words, it’s time to make our predictions about who will make it to the final and who are favourites to say goodbye to Malmö early…

Malmö will host the 68th Eurovision Song Contest from 7 to 11 May at the Malmö Arena. The motto of this year’s event, as chosen by the organisers, is ‘United by Music’.

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the developments regarding Eurovision 2024!

Albania: Details on Besa Kokëdhima’s performance in Malmö!

After the revamped version of her FiK’s televoting winning entry was released, Besa Kokëdhima began her preparations for Malmö.

Besa was a guest in Ermal Peci’s nightshow E Diela Jone, where she had the chance to talk about her stage performance in Malmö and the choice of an international artistic team that will support her while being hosted on an RTSH’s program. As stated by Besa Kokëdhima:

I chose a team with many people from different countries so that I wouldn’t have any differences with other countries. The stage performance is done. The team is the one that made Sweden’s ‘Heroes’ as well as Finland’s performance (“Cha Cha Cha”). I will not be alone, I will be with some dancers who are the best in the Nordic countries. It is a performance that connects what will happen on stage with the LED screens.

 

 

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Besa Kokëdhima’s artistic team for Malmö

Besa Kokëdhima’s creative team for Malmo consists of Fredrik Benke Rydman, Melissa Thompson and Reija Ware.

Fredrik Benke Rydman is no stranger to the Eurovision community. He is the creator behind two highly regarded Eurovision entries, Mans Zelmerlow’s “Heroes,” which won for Sweden in 2015 and Kaarija’s “Cha Cha Cha,” which finished second last year. This year, Rydman is also in charge of Switzerland’s and Finland’s entries for Eurovision 2024.

Some of his other works include:

  • Sweden 2011 – Eric Saade –  ”Popular”  (3rd place)
  • Finland 2022 – The Rasmus –  “Jezebel”  (21st place)
  • Ireland 2021 – Leslie Roy –  ”Maps”  (16th place on the First Semi-Final)

Albania with Besa Kokëdhima and “Titan” will perform at the first half of the second semi-final on May 9.

You can also enjoy EurovisionFun’s interview with Besa Kokëdhima, below:

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the news!

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Albania: Besa Kokëdhima’s artistic team for Malmö!

This year’s Albanian representative, Besa Kokëdhima, unveiled her creative team for Eurovision 2024 via her personal account on X. She revealed that Fredrik Benke Rydman, an experienced director and choreographer, will be taking over the artistic direction of “Titan” on Malmö stage. Melissa Thompson and Reija Ware will join him.

Fredrik Benke Rydman is no stranger to the Eurovision community. He is the creator behind two highly regarded Eurovision entries, Mans Zelmerlow’s “Heroes,” which won for Sweden in 2015 and Kaarija’s “Cha Cha Cha,” which finished second last year. This year, Rydman is also in charge of Switzerland’s and Finland’s entries for Eurovision 2024.

Some of his other works include:

  • Sweden 2011 – Eric Saade –  ”Popular”  (3rd place)
  • Finland 2022 – The Rasmus –  “Jezebel”  (21st place)
  • Ireland 2021 – Leslie Roy –  ”Maps”  (16th place on the First Semi-Final)

Albania with Besa Kokëdhima and “Titan” will perform at the first half of the second semi-final on May 9.

You can also enjoy EurovisionFun’s interview with Besa Kokëdhima, below:

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the news!

Albania: Listen to “Titan” by Besa Kokëdhima!

 The third country to select its Eurovision 2024 entry was Albania. Back in December, Besa Kokedhima won the public voting of Festivali i Këngës 62 and therefore won the ticket to Malmö with her song “Zemrën n’dorë”.

However, a couple months ago she revealed that her FiK entry would be revamped. The title of the revamped entry is “Titan” and today, March 11th, “Titan” was officially released.

You can listen to “Titan”, below:

Titan” is signed by Besa, Kledi Bahiti, Gia Koka and Alias Lj and is sung fully in English. The reason behind this language change, according to Besa, is:

To better convey the message of the song we decided to have it all in English. The song has evolved and I want everyone to understand the message! I know it’s a risk to change the language but what could go wrong?

You can also enjoy EurovisionFun’s interview with Besa Kokëdhima, below:

What do you think of “Titan”? Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the news!

Albania: Besa Kokëdhima will sing “Titan” in Eurovision 2024!

It has been no secret that Besa Kokëdhima, the Albanian representative in Eurovision 2024, would revamp her FiK entry “Zemrën N’dorë” for Eurovision 2024.

Now, it was revealed via her official Instagram account that Besa Kokëdhima’s entry for Eurovision 2024 is titled “Titan“. “Titan” will be sung fully in English and will be released on March 11th.

The reason behind the language change according to Besa Kokëdhmia is:

To better convey the message of the song we decided to have it all in English. The song has evolved and I want everyone to understand the message! I know it’s a risk to change the language but what could go wrong?

Besa Kokëdhima won the Albanian national selection for Eurovision 2024, namely FiK, in December, exclusively by the vote of the audience, as she was not the jury’s pick. We remind you that Besa Kokëdhima will perform at the first half of the second semi-final on May 9.

You can also check out the reaction video of EurovisionFun on “Zemrën N’dorë”, below:

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the news!

Albania: The revamp of “Zemrën N’dorë” will be released on March 11th!

Besa Kokëdhima, the Albanian representative in Eurovision 2024, revealed on her personal Instagram account that the new revamped version of “Zemrën N’dorë” will be released on March 11th. In fact, the release date of her entry’s revamped version is written on her Instagram bio:

The revamped version of “Zemrën N’dorë” will be sung fully in English, as Besa has mentioned before. The reason behind the language change according to Besa Kokëdhmia is:

To better convey the message of the song we decided to have it all in English. The song has evolved and I want everyone to understand the message! I know it’s a risk to change the language but what could go wrong?

Besa Kokëdhima won the Albanian national selection for Eurovision 2024, namely FiK, in December, exclusively by the vote of the audience, as she was not the jury’s pick. We remind you that Besa Kokëdhima will perform at the first half of the second semi-final on May 9.

You can also check out the reaction video of EurovisionFun on “Zemrën N’dorë”, below:

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the news!

Βesa: “Τhe revamp of my song will be in English!” | Exclusive Interview

This year’s Albanian representative Besa Kokëdhima spoke exclusively to Eurovisionfun about her preparations for this year’s contest, the new version of the song and her upcoming visit to Greece.

In her exclusive interview with Paschalis and Apostolis, Besa revealed that very soon she will be attending the first official Eurovision pre-party in Athens and is looking forward to meeting the Greek fans as she often visits both Athens and Thessaloniki as well as Halkidiki .

The revamp of her entry

“I wanted to work with people from different cultures for the new version of my song. So to better convey the message of the song we decided to have it all in English. The song has evolved and I want everyone to understand the message! I know it’s a risk to change the language but what could go wrong?”

Then she revealed to us that she has not officially started the preparations for her staging, but this time she is focusing on the creation of the video clip of the participation which will be officially released in the next period.

“Our time is very limited but we work day and night for the best result”

From this year’s entries, she singled out those of Denmark, France and Italy, while as her favorite entries from the Eurovision contest she mentioned those of Loreen and Elena Paparizou from 2005.

Finally, together with Besa we played our brand new game and of course she shared her wishes for the Eurovisionfun audience. Watch the full interview below:

We have nothing but to warmly thank this year’s representative of Albania and wish her success on the Malmo stage!

Albania: The revamp of “Zemrën N’dorë” will be released in March!

Besa Kokëdhima, Albania’s Eurovision representative in Eurovision 2024, revealed on her personal Instagram account that the new revamped version of “Zemrën N’dorë” will be released in March.

Besa Kokëdhima won the Albanian national selection for Eurovision 2024, namely FiK, in December, exclusively by the vote of the audience, as she was not the jury’s pick. We remind you that Besa Kokëdhima will participate in the first half of the second semi-final on May 9.

You can also check out the reaction video of EurovisionFun on “Zemrën N’dorë”, below:

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the news!