Edita Abdieski (born November 14, 1984) is a Swiss pop singer. She rose to fame during the debut series of the German X Factor show, which she won in November 2010.
Abdieski is the eldest child born to a Macedonian Albanian father and a Montenegrin Albanian mother. Raised in Bern alongside three younger siblings, she spent much of her childhood in the Bern borough of Bümpliz-Oberbottigen, where she was enrolled at primary and secondary school. Her father died of cancer in 1992. At eleven, Abdieski became part of her first school band and by the age of thirteen, she began writing songs. After leaving school, she was trained as qualified office employee, but as she hoped to embark on a professional singing career, Abdieski enrolled at the Swiss Musical Academy in Bern much against the wishes of her mother, who was sceptical about her daughter's ambition, prompting Abdieski to leave home and move into a girls' flat-sharing community in 2002. To fund her academical training, she was forced to take four side jobs at times.
2002-2009: Career beginnings
In 2002, a producer asked Abdieski and school friend Vanessa Tancredi to collaborate on a mundart album, a collection of songs in Swiss German dialect. Barely trained in mundart singing, Abdieski even so accepted the offer to record a full-length album, and during the following two years, the pair worked with production duo Thomas Fässler and Ben Mühlethaler on what would eventually become the debut album of Vanessædita.
Meanwhile, Abdieski was hired as a backing vocalist for the Swiss poprock band Lunik and worked with musician Santiago Cortés on his debut album Welcome to My Airline (2005). The album's leading single, "Don't Leave Me," sung and co-written by Abdieski, reached number forty on the Swiss Singles Chart. Still with Vanessædita, Abdieski was cast in the leading role of Kimberly in the musical Dance Me! The Streetdance Musical in fall 2005. A same-titled album, on which she appeared along with her ensemble, was released in January 2006 but failed to chart.
After Vanessædita's contract signing with Muve Recordings, their album Z'Debü ("The Debut") was finally released in Switzerland in March 2006. Although its first single "Wenn ig nume wüsst" entered the top fifty of the Swiss Singles Chart, the pop soulinfluenced album underperformed commercially, only reaching number eighty-two on the Swiss Albums Chart. In 2007, Abdieski and Tancredi disbanded amicably, citing musical differences. Abdieski later stated, that after one album, she had become aware that mundart singing was "not [her] thing."
2010: X Factor
Abdieski auditioned for the debut series of X Factor in 2010, singing Joss Stone's "Tell Me 'Bout It". She was mentored by Till Brönner and was announced the winner on November 9, 2010, winning a record deal with Sony Music.
|Episode||Theme / Date||Song title||Original performer||Result (Placement)|
|Casting||Free choice||"Tell Me 'bout It"||Joss Stone||to Bootcamp|
|Bootcamp||Free choice||"Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)"||Pixie Lott||to Judges' House|
|Judges' House||Free choice||"With a Little Help from My Friends"||Joe Cocker||to the Live Shows|
|Live show 1||Playlist 2010 (21 Sept 2010)||"Empire State of Mind"||Alicia Keys||13.92% (4/9)|
|Live show 2||Blockbuster Night (28 Sept 2010)||"Street Life"||Randy Crawford||12.91% (5/8)|
|Live show 3||Kings and Queens of Pop (5 Oct 2010)||"Respect"||Aretha Franklin||15.33% (3/7)|
|Live show 4||Mystery Night (12 Oct 2010)||"Heavy Cross"||Gossip||18.15% (3/6)|
|Live show 5||Laut und leise (Loud and Quiet) (19 Oct 2010)||"Just Like a Pill"||Pink||19.43% (3/5)|
|Live show 6||A Night at the Club (26 Oct 2010)||"Release Me"||Agnes||27.42% (1/4)|
|"Why Don't You Love Me"||Beyoncé Knowles|
|Live show 7||Michael Jackson & Friends (2 Nov 2010)||"Blame It on the Boogie"||The Jackson Five||41.53% (1/3)|
|"You Are So Beautiful"||Diana Ross|
|Live show 8||Finale (9 Nov 2010)||"Run"||Leona Lewis||74.10% (1/2)|
|"Wo Willst Du Hin"||Xavier Naidoo|
|"I've Come to Life"||Edita Abdieski|
2010: First Studio Album One
In November and December 2010, Edita was recording her debut studio album which will be called One. The record will be released in March 2011. It will include her top ten hit "I've Come to Life" and her 2nd single "The Key" which was written by Jörgen Elofsson who has also written songs for Celine Dion Britney Spears and Il Divo. Another highlight will be a feature with Latin star Ricky Martin. The track is called "The Best Thing About Me Is You" and features writing from another Swedish heavyweight, Andreas Carlsson. Keeping up the Scandinavian presence are Norwegian production/songwriting teams Dsign Music and Tracksville ("When The Music Is Over"), as well as writers Mads Hauge ("Another Universe") and Torgeir Bjordal ("I Don't Know"). In January Edita won the DIVA Award in the category "Talent of the Year". Abdieski shot the video for her single "The Key" in Teneriffa. On January 25, 2011 it was confirmed that another track on One will be called "Give A Little Love, Get A Little Love". The song was written by Ben Cullum, Jamie Cullum's brother.
2011: Edita Club Tour and new album
In June 2011, Edita was on her first Club Tour in four German and two Swiss cities. She presented two new songs called "Done With You" and "Really Love Me", which she wrote by herself. The two songs are from her expected upcoming second studio album.
|Year||Title||Chart positions (peak)||Sales|
|Year||Title||Chart positions (peak)||Album|
|2010||"I've Come to Life"||9||27||8||37||One|
|Year||Title||Chart positions (peak)||Album|
|2011|| "The Best Thing About Me Is You"
(Ricky Martin feat. Edita)
|-||-||-||-||Música + Alma + Sexo|
|2010||Edita Abdieski||Diva Award - Talent of the Year||Won|
|2011||Prix Walo - Newcomer of the Year||Nominated|
- X Factor (Germany season 1)
- 1.0 1.1 dpa (2010-11-10). Edita Abdieski gewinnt Castingshow X Factor. Focus. Focus.de. Retrieved on 2010-11-10.
- 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Soulstimme will auf den Gurten. St. Galler Tagblatt. Tagblatt.ch (2010-11-05). Retrieved on 2010-11-10.
- Hebeisen, Ane (2010-11-10). Pop-Olymp oder RTL 2?. Der Bund. DerBund.ch. Retrieved on 2010-11-10.
- 4.0 4.1 Zivadinovic, Maja (2010-11-09). Schulden, Streit Versöhnung mit Mama. Blick. Blick.ch. Retrieved on 2010-11-10.
- 5.0 5.1 5.2 Christ, Stefanie (2010-10-29). Edita Abdieski: "Ich war nie ein Fan von Castingshows". Berner Zeitung. Tagesanzeiger.ch. Retrieved on 2010-11-10.
- Interview mit Vanessædita. Hung Medien. Swisscharts.com (2006-03-19). Retrieved on 2010-11-10.
- SANTIAGO CORTÉS - DON'T LEAVE ME (SONG). Hung Medien. Swisscharts.com. Retrieved on 2010-11-12.
- DanceMe Ensemble - Dance Me - The Streetdance Musical. Amazon.de. Retrieved on 2010-11-12.
- Discography Vanessædita. Hung Medien. Swisscharts.com.
- Die vergessene Ex-Partnerin von Edita Abdieski. Basler Zeitung. BazOnline.ch (2010-11-11). Retrieved on 2010-11-11.
|X Factor Germany|
|Series||1 · 2 · 3|
Current: Till Brönner · Sarah Connor · Das Bo
Former: George Glueck
|Winners||Edita Abdieski · David Pfeffer|
|Related singles||"I've Come to Life" · "I'm Here"|
|Runners-Up||Big Soul · Raffaela Wais|
|Related articles||The X Factor · VOX|