Get to know Dilan Reka from Albania!

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As we’re getting closer to OGAE Second Chance Contest 2017, we would like to introduce you to the next of the participants. Today, it is Dilan Reka from Albania!

Dilan Reka started to sing very young. At the age of just two and a half, he sang at a festival in Tirana. Following that, he took part in many other festivals in Albania and abroad. When he was 12, he sang at a recital concert for the very first winner of Festivali i Këngës from 1962 – Vaçe Zela, at the Theater of Opera and Dance.

In 2015, Dilan took part in the fourth season of X Factor Albania. During the live shows he performed such hits as “I believe I can fly”, “Purple Rain”, and “Lay me down”. His participation ended up with a huge success as he finished in 3rd place.

Later than year, he took part in Festivali i Këngës for the first time. He entered the song “Buzëqesh” (Smile), written for him by Endri Sina. His debut performance finished in 7th place in the competition.

A year later he took part in Festivali i Këngës again. Following his Top 10 finish a year before, he was now among the favorites. The song he performed was called “Mos harro” (Don’t forget), with music by Edmond Zhulali and lyrics by Agim Doçi. Although his performance was very well received, it came 35 points short of the winner – Lindita Halimi, ending up in 3rd place (third in jury vote, 2nd in televote).

The song “Mos Harro” was chosen by OGAE Albania to represent theri country in OGAE Second Chance Contest 2017. What do you think about it? Let us know!

Sources: eurowizja.org, escbubble.com, wikipedia.org; Photo source: dziennik-eurowizyjny.blog.pl