Arilena Ara About
Arilena Ara (born 17 July 1998) known by her artistic name Arilena is an Albanian singer. She is the winner of season 2 of the Albanian X Factor.
Arilena Ara was born in Shkodër. She first participated in Gjeniu i Vogël (“Little Genius”), a talent-singing contest for children and placed third in the competition.
After her father’s death, she took part in season 2 of Albanian X Factor broadcast from 28 October 2012 to 31 March 2013 on TV Klan. She auditioned in Tirana performing an acoustic version of Ana Johnsson’s “We Are”. She was mentored by judge Altuna Sejdiu in the “Girls” category. In the final, she sang Mary J Blige’s “No More Drama” and Rihanna’s “Man Down” and “S&M” as a duet with her coach Tuna winning the season. Recently she participated in a TV Show called “Dance With Me” 2. Her partner was Labi (an Albanian journalist from Kosovo best known for “Një kafe me Labin” or “A cup of coffee with Labi”). On 26 February 2014 she released her first video single “Aeroplan”, becoming a chart topping hit in Albania. After her success with “Aeroplan” which had 2 million views within 12 hours, her new hit “Business Class” had 1 million views in its first 9 hours. She later released her third song titled “Vegim” dedicated to the passing of her father. In 2016 she released another song, Nëntori, which gained some popularity outside Albania as well (e.g. being included on radio rotation in Romania, Russia). It topped the Romanian Airplay 100 in August 2017.
From 2019, she will be a coach on the third series of The Voice Kids Albania.