Elhaida Dani

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Elhaida Dani
Elhaida Dani at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015
Elhaida Dani at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015
Background information
Birth nameElhaida Dani
Born (1993-02-17) 17 February 1993 (age 27)
Shkodër, Albania
GenresPop-rock[1]
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active2008–present
Labels
Associated actsRiccardo Cocciante

Elhaida Dani (Albanian pronunciation: [ɛlhaida dani]; born 17 February 1993) is an Albanian singer-songwriter and actress.[2]

Born and raised in Shkodër, she performed in diverse singing competitions and started to play piano as a child. She rose to significant recognition in the Albanian-speaking world after her victories at Star Academy Albania, Top Fest and Festivali i Këngës.[3][4] In Italy, she is also prominent for being the winner of the first series of The Voice of Italy.[5][6]

Dani represented Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song "I'm Alive", after she won the 53rd edition of Festivali i Këngës.[7] She participated in Kënga Magjike for the first time in 2017 with the song "E Ngrirë" whereas she finished second.[8] She rose again great popularity in Italy as well as in France upon her international acting debut in the world renowned musical of Notre-Dame de Paris.[9][10]

Life[edit]

Elhaida Dani was born on 17 February 1993 in Shkodër, north Albania. She studied piano from the age of 6. She started appearing on national television in 2008, after participating in Kënga Magjike with her song "Fjala e fundit" (The last word).

Career[edit]

In 2009, she auditioned for the Albanian version of Star Academy and won the show. She then continued singing at various music competitions around the Balkans. In 2011 she participated in Sunčane Skale, held in Montenegro with "Si asnjëherë" (Like never before). and won the youth category of the show.[11][12] Later that year, she won two competitions in Bulgaria and Romania. She also participated at the 50th edition of Festivali i Këngës with "Mijëra vjet" (Thousands of years).

In early 2012, she worked with Threedots Music Albania, a popular music label and wrote "S'je më" (You're not the same anymore), and won Albania's biggest music show, Top Fest.[13][14] After returning to Albania, the first song she sang was "Ya nabi salam alayka" of Maher Zain in the Medrese Haxhi Sheh Shamia of Shkodra. There she wore a headscarf.[15][16]

The Voice of Italy[edit]

After seeking an international career and winning many music competitions in the Balkan region (she won all the contest she took part in), Elhaida decided to temporarily move to Rome, Italy to audition for the Italian version of The Voice. She appeared on the "Blind auditions" with Jessie J's "Mamma Knows Best" and received a huge feedback from the jury and the viewers.

She chose to join Riccardo Cocciante's team, and the world-renowned songwriter became her coach. She advanced to the battles and knockouts and reached the finals in May 2013. She sang Lara Fabian's version of "Adagio" and "When Love Calls Your Name", the unreleased song that Riccardo Cocciante wrote for her with Roxanne Seeman, and won the show with over 70% of the public vote.[17][18]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

In 2014, Dani revealed that she was going to participate at the 53rd edition of Festivali i Këngës, with the hope to represent Albania at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.[19] Her song "Diell" (Sun) was among the 28 participating entries.[20] The competition was held from 26 to 28 December in Tirana. She was the favourite to win the show.[21][22] On 28 December 2014, Elhaida won the contest with a total of 82 points.[23][24]

After Festivali i Këngës, Dani was forced to change her Eurovision song "Diell" to "I'm Alive", after the original song's composers decided to withdraw it from the contest.[25][26] She then competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with this song. She qualified from the first semi final in tenth place.

Elhaida Dani with Daniel Lavoie and Angelo Del Vecchio in the musical Notre-Dame de Paris in 2016.

At the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Elhaida Dani placed 17th, with a total of 34 points, similarly to previous Albanian entrants Olta Boka in Eurovision Song Contest 2008 and Kejsi Tola in Eurovision Song Contest 2009.

Notre Dame de Paris[edit]

In 2016, she has been called by Riccardo Cocciante and Luc Plamondon to play the role of Esmeralda in the world renown musical (Winner of several world Guinness) Notre Dame de Paris.

And since 2016 she is touring worldwide (France, Lebanon, Russia, Taiwan, Canada).

In December she competed in Kënga Magjike, one of Albania's largest musical events. She reached the final and ended up in second place with 988 points, 11 points behind Anxhela Peristeri, the winner. She also won the Critics' Award.

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
ITA
[27]
Elhaida Dani 28

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
ALB ICE ITA
[28]
"Fjala e fundit" 2008 Non-album single
"Si asnjëherë" 2010
"Mijëra vjet" 2011
"S'je më" 2012
"When Love Calls Your Name" 2013 Elhaida Dani
"Baciami e basta"
"In the Sky for a While"
"Diell" 2014 Non-album single
"I'm Alive" 2015 1 46
"Në jetë"
"Më mbaj" 2017
"E Ngrirë"
"Amazing"
"Sugar Wings"
Featured in

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Star Academy Albania Herself Winner, season 4
2011, 2014 Portokalli Musical guest, season 16 & 21
2012 Top Fest Winner, season 9
2013 Apartamenti 2XL Special guest, season 2
2013 The Voice of Italy Winner, season 1
2014, 2015 X Factor Albania Musical guest, season 3 & 4
2014 Festivali i Këngës Winner, season 53
2015 Eurovision Song Contest Contestant
2015 Chance Judge

Awards and nominations[edit]

Festivali i Këngës

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 "Diell" First Prize Won

Top Fest

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 "S'je më" First Prize Won
Best New Artist Won

The Voice

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 Herself First Prize Won

Star Academy Albania

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2009 Herself First Prize Won

Sunčane Skale

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2011 "Si asnjëherë" First Prize for New Stars Won

Bullgaria International Festival

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 Herself First Prize Won

Romania International Pop Festival

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 "Suus" First Prize Won

References[edit]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
First
The Voice of Italy winner
2013
Succeeded by
Cristina Scuccia
Preceded by
Hersi Matmuja
with "One Night's Anger"
Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest
2015
Succeeded by
Eneda Tarifa
with "Fairytale Love"