Sekret

2021 song by Ronela Hajati

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"Sekret"
An image depicting a female and the song's title
Single by Ronela Hajati
Language
  • English
  • Albanian
Released5 March 2022 (2022-03-05)
Genre
Length3:01
LabelIndependent
Songwriter(s)Ronela Hajati
Producer(s)Marko Polo
Ronela Hajati singles chronology
"Leje"
(2021)
"Sekret"
(2022)
"Gips"
(2022)
Alternative cover
First edition cover
First edition cover
Music video
"Sekret" on YouTube
Eurovision Song Contest 2022 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Languages
Finals performance
Semi-final result
12th
Semi-final points
58
Entry chronology
◄ "Karma" (2021)

"Sekret" (Albanian: [sɛˈkɾɛt]; transl. "Secret") is a song by Albanian singer and songwriter Ronela Hajati. It was composed and written by Hajati herself and produced by Marko Polo. Originally released as a single on 5 March 2022, it represented Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, after winning the 60th edition of Festivali i Këngës in December 2021.

Background and composition

"Sekret" was composed and written by Hajati herself and produced by Albanian producer Marko Polo.[2] Combining traditional and modern elements, "Sekret" is an Albanian-language upbeat "ethno" pop song whose instrumentation includes folk instrumentation.[3][4] In an interview in January 2022, Hajati revealed that the song would undergo a revamp with Dutch producer Diztortion in London.[5]

"Sekret" was independently released as a single on digital platforms and to streaming services on 2 December 2021.[6] For the purpose of Hajati's Eurovision Song Contest 2022 participation, the song was remastered and made available in form of the aforementioned formats on 5 March 2022.[7][8]

Music video and promotion

An accompanying music video for "Sekret" premiered on the official YouTube channel of the Eurovision Song Contest on 4 March 2022.[9][10] Filmed in Gjirokastër and along the Vjosë River at Byllis and Tepelenë, the video is a tribute to the Albanian mythological snake of Bistricë.[11][12] Regarding the video's theme, it was aimed to increase public awareness and conservation efforts for the threatened Vjosë River, which is often dubbed as Europe's last living wild river.[12]

To further promote the song, Hajati went on to perform "Sekret" at the Eurovision pre-parties in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Madrid and Tel Aviv between March and April 2022.[13][14][15][16] She also performed the song live during Romania's national final for the Eurovision Song Contest, Selecția Națională 2022, on 5 March.[17]

Reception

Spanish singer Chanel incorporated "Sekret" on her exclusive Spotify playlist Eurovisión: Las favs de Chanel.[18]

At Eurovision Song Contest

Before Turin

The Albanian national broadcaster, Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH), organised the 60th edition of Festivali i Këngës to choose the nation's representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy.[19] It consisted of two semi-finals on 27 and 28 December, respectively, and the grand final on 29 December 2021.[20][21] Prior to her participation at Festivali i Këngës, Hajati stated that it has always been her dream to participate at the Eurovision Song Contest.[22] While music critics were favorable towards both Hajati's vocal delivery and the song's ethnic nature, the singer has been regarded by media as a strong contender to win the contest.[23][24][25][26][27] A postcard video introduced Hajati's performances, portraying the close relationship she had with her father, Marash Hajati, who had led the national broadcaster, RTSH, for several years.[3] During her warrior-inspired performances, Hajati wore a black and gold costume, which featured bold epaulettes and a tight corset, to convey her strength.[3] Onstage, the singer was accompanied by numerous dancers and a variety of dark imagery was displayed on the LED backdrop.[3] In the grand final of the contest, Hajati was announced as the winner of the contest and the Albanian representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.[28]

In Turin

The Eurovision Song Contest 2022 took place at the PalaOlimpico in Turin, Italy, and consisted of two semi-finals held on the respective dates of 10 and 12 May and the grand final on 14 May 2022.[29] According to the Eurovision rules, all participating countries, except the host nation and the "Big Five", consisting of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals to compete for the final, although the top 10 countries from their respective semi-finals progress to the grand final.[30] In March 2022, it was announced that "Sekret" would be performed first in the first semi-final of the contest.[31]

Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from Tidal and YouTube.[32][2]

Track listing

  • Digital download[6]
  1. "Sekret" (Festivali i Këngës) – 3:33
  • Digital download[8]
  1. "Sekret" (Eurovision Song Contest) – 3:01

Charts

Chart performance for "Sekret"
Chart (2022) Peak
position
Albania (The Top List)[33] 3

Release history

Release dates and formats for "Sekret"
Region Date Format(s) Version Label Ref.
Various
2 December 2021 Festivali i Këngës Independent [6]
5 March 2022 Eurovision Song Contest [8]
Cyprus
25 April 2022 Panik [34]
Greece
[35]

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