Albania Entry: Lindita - World

World - Lindita |

If there was one amazing vocalist and song that deserved to have been in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, it was totally Albania's entrant Lindita, with her song "World". However, many Eurovision fans weren't impressed with the revamp of the song for the contest, I have to agree, I much preferred "Botë", on the other hand, "World" is just as powerful, if not more so because of the English lyrics. Unfortunately, Lindita placed 14th in the first semi-final with 76 points, 38 from the jury vote and an additional 38 from the televote. This deserved the Grand Final, but many people thought she oversung it on the night. Watch Lindita perform her Eurovision 2017 song "World" in a futuristic world destroyed by war, where there is a serene forest, many clocks and machinery space ships.

Lindita, full name Lindita Halimi, is mostly known for competing on the fifteenth series of American Idol. It wasn't the first Idol she took part in, she came tenth in Ethet (Albanian Idol) during the third series. She also took part in Top Fest, twice, and in 2009, she won it. Then, she decided to give Eurovision a go, by entering the 53rd edition of Festivali i Këngës where she came third; she later tried again in the 55th edition of Festivali i Këngës, winning it this time around and going on to represent Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Unfortunately, she didn't get through to the Grand Final, but she gained many more fans, including myself, who will certainly help her on her way to success, because a voice this great should never be lost to the world. The song was written by Lindita, Big Basta, and Klodian Qafoku.

Directed by Kleidi Eski, this music video is a pure performance piece, only with a subtle narrative placed throughout. Lindita is in a futuristic world, that has been destroyed by war. Her acting throughout is superb all the while completely bringing it for the performance.

Within the visual, Lindita totally proves that she's a future star. It's such a shame she didn't have more of staging on the Eurovision 2017 stage, they could've easily put her in one of the spaceships. Regardless, they replicated some of the imagery onto the backing LED screen, which was a nice added touch.

Overall the video is cool and interesting. I love how different Lindita looks in each of the scenes, whilst easily getting the meaning of her song across and fitting in nicely within this war-destroyed future setting. It's big and engaging just like this song is.
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