Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010

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Eurovision Song Contest 2010
Country  Albania
National selection
Selection process Festivali i Këngës 48
100% Jury
Selection date(s) Semi-finals
24 December 2009
25 December 2009
26 December 2009
Final
27 December 2009
Selected entrant Juliana Pasha
Selected song "Nuk mundem pa ty"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (6th, 76 points)
Final result 16th, 62 points
Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Albania selected its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 through the Festivali i Këngës competition, organised by Albanian national broadcaster Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH). The 2009 Festivali i Këngës was held over four nights, from 24 to 27 December 2009, and selected the Albanian entry for the 2010 Contest, to be held in May 2010 in Oslo, Norway.

Festivali i Këngës 48[edit]

Festivali i Kenges 2010.jpg

RTSH will change the format of the Festivali i Këngës contest. The contest will be held over four nights, beginning on 24 December and ending with the final on 27 December 2009 at the Palace of Congresses, in Tirana, and will be broadcast live on TVSH, TVSH Sat and over Radio Tirana.[1]

From the 78 songs submitted to RTSH for the contest 38 have been selected to participate in the Contest. These songs will be split into two groups, based upon the experience of the singers: the "big" group will feature songs by experiences singers, while the "young" group will have less experienced artists competing.[2][3]

The 2009 Contest features the return of many former artists to Festivali i Këngës: Anjeza Shahini, the winner of the 2003 contest, Rovena Dilo, winner of the 2000 contest, Besa Kokëdhima, Juliana Pasha, Flaka Krelani, Mariza Ikonomi and Kejsi Tola, winner of last year's contest all return in the "Big" group.[2][3] On 12 December it was announced that a number of changes had been made to the line-up: Jorida Zaimaj was originally to take part in the Youth group with "Për ty". After her withdrawal 18 songs remain in the line-up. Besa Kokëdhima and Eliza Hoxha were to compete in the Big Group, however will also withdraw. Kokëdhima's song, "Kalorësi i dashurisë", was originally to be sung by Rona Nishliu and Pirro Çako, however was not performed, with Çako performing another song, "Një tjetër jetë", in its place.[4] Hoxha's position remained vacant, leaving 18 songs in the "Big Group".[5]

The hosts of the shows will be rock singer Alban Skënderaj and German TV host and singer Miriam Cani.[6][7]

Semi-finals[edit]

On 24 December the 18 songs in the "big" group will perform for the first time. On 25 December the 18 songs from the "Youth" group will perform, with a jury selecting two songs to progress to the final. On 26 December the "big" group will perform again, this time in an alternative version.[5][8]

Big Group Presentation Evening[edit]

Performance of Anjeza Shahini

On 24 December the "Big Group" songs performed for the first time. The show began with a choir performing modern versions of Christmas songs. Interval acts were performed throughout the show, including flamenco and performances by host Miriam Cani.[4]

Big Group Presentation Evening - 24 December 2009
Draw Artist Song Composer - Lyricist
1 Anjeza Shahini "Në pasqyrë" Sokol Marsi, Sokol Marsi & Jorgo Papingji
2 Teuta Kurti "Mall i pashuar" Faton Dolaku, Pleurat Kurti
3 Claudio La Regina "Ave Maria" Scaravaglione
4 Kamela Islami "Gjëra të thjeshta" Kristi Popa, Florion Zyko
5 Bojken Lako & Banda Adriatica "Love Love Love" Bojken Lako
6 Pirro Çako "Një tjetër jetë" Pirro Çako, Ardit Gjebrea
7 Dorina Garuci "Sekreti i dashurisë" Klodian Qafoku, Arben Duka
8 Juliana Pasha "Nuk mundem pa ty" Ardit Gjebrea, Pirro Çako
9 Denisa Macaj "Aria" Adrian Hila, Pandi Laço
10 Erga Halilaj "Party" Dorian Nini, Adrian Nini
11 Era Rusi "Fjalë dhe gjunjë" Arsen Nasi, Pandi Laço
12 Flaka Krelani "Le të bëhet çfarë të dojë" Edmond Zhulali, Jorgo Papingji
13 Mariza Ikonomi "Vazhdoj këndoj" Mariza Ikonomi
14 Erti Hizmo & Lindita Halimi "Nuk të dorëzohem" Gent Myftaraj, Pandi Laço
15 Guximtar Rushani "Gëzuar" Agim Poshka, Olsa Maze
16 Stefi & Endri Prifti "U dogja mrekullisht" Stefi Prifti, Marina Prifti
17 Rovena Dilo "Përtej kohës" Endri Sina, Rovena Dilo
18 Kejsi Tola "Ndonjëherë" Voltan Prodani, Timo Flloko

Youth Group Semi-final[edit]

The "Youth Group" semi-final was held on 25 December. Two songs from the 18-strong line-up were chosen by a seven-member jury to progress to the final, along with the 18 songs of the "Big Group".

The show began with a medley of recent Eurovision winning songs, including "Believe" (2008), "Fairytale" (2009), "My Number One" (2005) and "Wild Dances" (2004). During the interval act a jazz ensemble and host Alban Skënderaj performed. The two performers who qualified to the final were Goldi Halili and Iris Hoxha.[9][10]

Youth Group Presentation Evening - 25 December 2009
Draw Artist Song Composer - Lyricist
1 Stefan Marena "Retë s'na ndajnë" Roland Guli, Meri Guli
2 Brikena Asa "Sa dua unë" Gjergj Jorgaqi
3 Onanta Spahiu "Dashurisë i erdhi vjeshta" Renuar Nimani, Arjan Kadare
4 Jona Koleci "Stinë dashurië" Mark Luli, Olda Toqi
5 Nazmie Selimi "Mendohu dhe njëherë" Alfred Kaçinari
6 Goldi Halili "Tirana Brodway" Agim Krajka, Goldi Halili
7 Iris Hoxha "Zërin tim ta ndjesh" Edmond Rrapi, Ledi Shqiponja
8 Supernova "Gabimi" Briz Musaraj, Arjan Aliko
9 Ardita Tusha "Je larg" Edmond Mancaku
10 Selina Prelaj "Të dy e dimë" Selina Prelaj, Agim Doçi
11 Vitmar Basha "Një tjetër jetë" Vitmar Basha
12 Lutus "Botë pa sy" Endrit Shani, Kristi Ndrio
13 Kelly "Ajo" Florian Carkanj
14 Dorina Toçi "Një fjalë të ngrohtë" Petrit Tërkuçi, Demir Gjergji
15 Borana Kalemi "Ti" Borana Kalemi, Anila Jole
16 Amanda Ujkaj & Violeta Lulgjuraj "Vitet më të bukura" Luigj Dedvukaj, Sokol Marci
17 Yje të panjohur "Si dy të huaj" Florian Zyka
18 Çlirim Leka "Nëna ime" Çlirim Leka

Duets Presentation Evening[edit]

On 26 December the 20 finalists performed their songs once again, this time in a different version and in duets with another artist. The show began with a duet between the contest's hosts Alban Skënderaj and Miriam Cani. The title of Mariza Ikonomi's song "Vazhdoj këndoj" was changed to "La, la, la" for the remainder of the contest.[11]

Duets Presentation Evening - 26 December 2009
Draw Artist Song Composer - Lyricist
1 Iris Hoxha & Kelly "Zërin tim ta ndjesh" Edmond Rrapi, Ledi Shqiponja
2 Guximtar Rushani & Agim Poshka "Gëzuar" Agim Poshka, Olsa Maze
3 Era Rusi & Julian Bulku "Fjalë dhe gjunjë" Arsen Nasi, Pandi Laço
4 Goldi Halili & Aleksander Gjoka "Tirana Brodway" Agim Krajka, Goldi Halili
5 Erti Hizmo, Lindita Halimi & Redon Makashi "Nuk të dorëzohem" Gent Myftaraj, Pandi Laço
6 Mariza Ikonomi & Vedat Ademi "La, la, la" Mariza Ikonomi
7 Kejsi Tola & Voltan Prodani "Ndonjëherë" Voltan Prodani, Timo Flloko
8 Claudio La Regina & Franco Scaravaglione "Ave Maria" Scaravaglione
9 Erga Halilaj, Adrian Nini & Ronela Hajati "Party" Dorian Nini, Adrian Nini
10 Teuta Kurti & Malda Susuri "Mall i pashuar" Faton Dolaku, Pleurat Kurti
11 Dorina Garuci & Dr. Flori "Sekreti i dashurisë" Klodian Qafoku, Arben Duka
12 Bojken Lako, Banda Adriatica & Ajkuna "Love Love Love" Bojken Lako
13 Rovena Dilo & Eranda Libohova "Përtej kohës" Rovena Dilo
14 Pirro Çako, Rosela Gjylbegu & Eliza Hoxha "Një tjetër jetë" Pirro Çako, Ardit Gjebrea
15 Denisa Macaj & Olta Boka "Aria" Adrian Hila, Pandi Laço
16 Stefi Prifti, Endri Prifti & Burn "U dogja mrekullisht" Stefi Prifti, Marina Prifti
17 Juliana Pasha & Soni Malaj "Nuk mundem pa ty" Ardit Gjebrea, Ardit Gjebrea & Pirro Çako
18 Anjeza Shahini & Eneida Tarifa "Në pasqyrë" Sokol Marsi, Sokol Marsi & Jorgo Papingji
19 Kamela Islami & Kristi Popa "Gjëra të thjeshta" Kristi Popa, Florion Zyko
20 Flaka Krelani & Jonida Maliqi "Le të bëhet çfarë të dojë" Edmond Zhulali, Jorgo Papingji

Final[edit]

The final of Festivali i Këngës 48 was held on 27 December. The 18 "Big Group" songs and the two "Youth Group" qualifiers performed once again, with a seven-member professional jury selecting the winner. The winner was Juliana Pasha with the song "Nuk mundem pa ty".[12][13][14]

Final - 27 December 2009
Draw Artist Song Composer - Lyricist Points Place
1 Pirro Çako "Një tjetër jetë" Pirro Çako, Ardit Gjebrea 106 4
2 Erga Halilaj "Party" Dorian Nini, Adrian Nini 66 12
3 Denisa Macaj "Aria" Adrian Hila, Pandi Laço 92 7
4 Rovena Dilo "Përtej kohës" Rovena Dilo 69 10
5 Dorina Garuci "Sekreti i dashurisë" Klodian Qafoku, Arben Duka 78 8
6 Anjeza Shahini "Në pasqyrë" Sokol Marsi, Sokol Marsi & Jorgo Papingji 118 2
7 Erti Hizmo & Lindita Halimi "Nuk të dorëzohem" Gent Myftaraj, Pandi Laço 66 12
8 Juliana Pasha "Nuk mundem pa ty" Ardit Gjebrea & Pirro Çako 133 1
9 Guximtar Rushani "Gëzuar" Agim Poshka, Olsa Maze 43 17
10 Kejsi Tola "Ndonjëherë" Voltan Prodani, Timo Flloko 58 15
11 Teuta Kurti "Mall i pashuar" Faton Dolaku, Pleurat Kurti 19 19
12 Flaka Krelani "Le të bëhet çfarë të dojë" Edmond Zhulali, Jorgo Papingji 99 5
13 Bojken Lako & Banda Adriatica "Love Love Love" Bojken Lako 98 6
14 Goldi Halili "Tirana Brodway" Agim Krajka, Goldi Halili 64 14
15 Stefi & Endri Prifti "U dogja mrekullisht" Stefi Prifti, Marina Prifti 45 16
16 Iris Hoxha "Zërin tim ta ndjesh" Edmond Rrapi, Ledi Shqiponja 67 11
17 Claudio La Regina "Ave Maria" Scaravaglione 17 20
18 Era Rusi "Fjalë dhe gjunjë" Arsen Nasi, Pandi Laço 41 18
19 Mariza Ikonomi "La, la, la" Mariza Ikonomi 76 9
20 Kamela Islami "Gjëra të thjeshta" Kristi Popa, Florion Zyko 116 3

At Eurovision[edit]

Juliana Pasha performing "It's All About You" at Eurovision.

Albania competed in the first semi-final of the contest on 25 May, with Pasha performing 12th on stage, following the Maltese entry and preceding the Greek entry.

Juliana Pasha performed her song "Nuk mundem pa ty" in English at the contest, as "It's All About You" and won got enough points to go to the finals, finishing in 6th position. The final, revamped version of the song was released on 16 March.[15]

At the final, Pasha performed 15th on stage, following Turkey and preceding Iceland. At the end of the voting Albania finished in 16th position, receiving 62 points.

Points Awarded by Albania[16][edit]

Points Awarded to Albania (Semi-Final 1)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points Awarded to Albania (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ Brey, Marco (2009-12-12). "Albania: RTSH publish details about national final". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  9. ^ Laufer, Gil (2009-12-25). "Live: Semi final in Albania". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 27 December 2009. Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  10. ^ Klier, Marcus (2009-12-25). "Results: Two acts qualified in Albania". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 27 December 2009. Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  11. ^ Laufer, Gil (2009-12-26). "Live: Second presentation show in Albania". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 29 December 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  12. ^ Klier, Marcus (2009-12-27). "Albania sends Juliana Pasha to Eurovision". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 29 December 2009. Retrieved 27 December 2009. 
  13. ^ Crump, Stephen (2009-12-28). "Juliana Pasha selected for Oslo!". Oikotimes. Archived from the original on 3 January 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  14. ^ Brey, Marco (2009-12-27). "Juliana Pasha to represent Albania in Oslo!". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 27 December 2009. 
  15. ^ Hondal, Victor (2010-03-16). "Final version of It's all about you presented". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 23 March 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  16. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2008

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