After a thrilling final, Festivali i Kenges 58, the national final used as a vehicle to chose the Albanian representative in the Eurovision Song Contest concluded tonight and it was announced that Arilena Ara will be going to Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The contest is scheduled to take place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
The national final took place on the Albanian broadcaster RTSH (Radiotelevizioni Shqiptar). This broadcaster has been responsible for the selection of the Albanian representative since the nations debut in 2004.
The Runners and Riders.
Let us remind ourselves of the contestants in tonight’s Grand Final.
|1||Valon Shehu||“Kutia e Pandorës”|
|3||Robert Berisha||“Ajo nuk është unë”|
|4||Tiri Gjoci||“Me gotën bosh”|
|7||Gena||“Shqiponja e lirë”|
|8||Kamela Islamaj||“Më ngjyros”|
|9||Albërie Hadërgjonaj||“Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua”|
|10||Elvana Gjata||“Me tana”|
|11||Olta Boka||“Botë për dy”|
|12||Era Rusi||“Eja merre”|
Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest
Albania debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004 and has participated every year since. Anjeza Shahini was the first to fly the country’s flag at the contest with her song ‘The Image of You‘. She finished in a very respectable 7th place with 106 points.
Over the years, Albania qualified for the final on 8 occasions. So far, their best result is Rona Nishliu’s 5th place achieved in Baku in 2012 with her iconic ballad ‘Suus‘. Last year, Albania found success with Eugent Bushpepa and his song ‘Mall‘. He ended the night on 11th place with 184 points, giving Albania their third best result at the contest.
In Tel Aviv, Jonida Maliqi brought Albania its second consecutive qualification with ‘Ktheju Tökes’. Jonida qualified from the second semi-final in 9th place, and finished 17th overall in the Grand Final with 90 points.
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