Lindita Halimi will represent Albania at Eurovision 2017, following her victory at the national selection show Festivali i Kenges. Find out more about the artist!
1. Lindita Halimi is a 27 year old singer born in Vitina in Kosovo.
2. Lindita auditioned for the last ever season of American Idol, receiving three yes votes from judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Comnick Jr and Keith Urban and getting that all important Golden Ticket to Hollywood.
3. In her interview with Ryan Seacrest prior to her audition she revealed how she had lost over 150lbs for her audition.
4. Since losing the weight Lindita has worked alongside her husband as a personal trainer.
5. Lindita made it to the Top 51 contestants of American Idol, narrowly missing out on the live finals round.
6. Lindita is known to speak her mind and this recently sparked a feud with Albanian Eurovision predescessor Eneda Tarifa. The two ladies exchanged insults on social media back in early 2016 when Lindita had this to say about Eneda’s Eurovision song Fairytale:
‘People are tired of depressing, dramatic and shouty songs. We live in a time where we want rhythm, relaxation and happiness, to forget problems. Enough with depressing songs!! They are old-fashioned now. It seems like we always hit the replay button.’
When Lindita won with a similarly styled song, Eneda retaliated, criticising her successor on Facebook for her hypocrisy.
7. As well as competing in American Idol, Lindita made the top 10 of the third series of Albanian Idol aka Ethet.
8. It would seem that Lindita is a sucker for a singing competition as she also competed in two editions of Top Fest, which she won on her second attempt in 2006.
9. Lindita is the queen of ballads having released a number of singles including Albanian language songs’Ndihmë’and ‘S’të fal’, as well as ‘Cold World’ and collaboration with Nora Istrefi and Big D called ‘All Mine’
10. Lindita was the first singer to reveal her Eurovision song when she won Festivali I Kenges 55 just before Christmas and although she performed her song ‘Bote’ in Albanian, she has revealed that she is working on an English language translation of this due for release soon.
Check out our YouTube playlist for Lindita below.