Kënga Magjike

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Ardit Gjebrea at Kënga Magjike 2009

Kënga Magjike (Magical Song in English) is a major musical event in Albania. Throughout its history, different broadcasters have been credited with the production and airing of this event, including RTSH, Klan TV, TVA, RTV NRG (Albania) and RTV21, RTK (Kosovo), as well as many radio stations.

Kënga Magjike was created by singer, composer, host and organizer Ardit Gjebrea and began airing in 1999. It usually airs on the November of each year, with a few exceptions. In 2005, a new format of presenting the songs was introduced. Each song was broadcast one month prior to the semi finals and the final in a special edition called "Duke Pritur Kënga Magjike..."; "(Awaiting Kënga Magjike...)", giving the viewers a chance to vote for the songs that would pass on to the semi finals through phone, text or online in the official website: http://www.kengamagjike.com. A jury is also used when determining which song makes it to the next stage.

While the contest is criticised for the use of playback in the delivery of each song in the competition, it has been praised for the diversity of music it has brought to the public. The biggest achievement of Kënga Magjike is the great mixture of singers and bands from Albania with those in neighboring countries, a large portion coming from Kosovo as well as other areas. Kënga Magjike has also been the stage for many comebacks of famous Albanian singers who reside in other countries, as well as artists which have contributed to the music industry in the past. Songs from this contest have resulted in many hits for Albanians throughout the world.

Compared to its main competitors, Kënga Magjike is considered to feature a more bubble-gum type of music than Top Fest, a reality-style song contest on Top Channel heavy on alternative and rock music, while not being dominated by power-ballads and strong-themed songs like the ones appearing in Festivali I Këngës.

The main host of Kënga Magjike has always been Ardit Gjebrea. Sometimes he has hosted the show alone, while in other occasions there has been a female co-host, such as Natalia Estrada (2001 & 2002) and Brigitte Nielsen (2003). There has always been a jury which determines most of the prizes that are awarded to the singers. In the beginning, the jury was used to determine the classification of the songs, however this system was changed to allow the singers to vote for each other and determine the winners themselves.

Hosts[edit]

Year Host(s) Venue Director
1999 Ardit Gjebrea Albania Palace of Congresses Pali Kuke
2000 Ardit Gjebrea
2001 Ardit Gjebrea & Natalia Estrada
2002 Ardit Gjebrea & Natalia Estrada Vera Grabocka
2003 Ardit Gjebrea & Brigitte Nielsen
2004 Ardit Gjebrea Kosovo 1 Tetori Auditorium
2005 Ardit Gjebrea & Denada Dajlani Albania Palace of Congresses Agron Vulaj & Astrit Idrizi
2006 Ardit Gjebrea
2007 Ardit Gjebrea
2008 Ardit Gjebrea, Artemisa Ozaj & Anis Brahimi
2009 Ardit Gjebrea
2010 Ardit Gjebrea
2011 Ardit Gjebrea & Songül Öden
2012 Ardit Gjebrea, Olta Gixhari & Armina Mevlani Pali Kuke & Gaetano Castelli
2013 Ardit Gjebrea
2014 Ardit Gjebrea & MAD TV presenters

Winners[edit]

Year Artist Song Translation Authors
1999 Elsa Lila "Vetëm një fjalë" Only one word Alfred Kaçinari (m), Jorgo Papingji (l)
2000 Irma Libohova & Eranda Libohova "Një mijë ëndrra" One thousand dreams Kristi (m), Irma Libohova (l)
2001 Rovena Dilo & Pirro Çako "Për një çast më ndali zemra" My heart stopped for a second Pirro Çako (m) & Timo Flloko (l)
2002 Mira Konçi "E pathëna fjalë" The unspoken word Shpëtim Saraçi (m), Pandi Laço (l)
2003 Ema Bytyçi "Ku je ti" Where are you Adrian Hila (m&l)
2004 Irma Libohova "Prapë tek ti do të vij" I'll return to you Irma Libohova (m) Floran Kondi (l)
2005 Genta Ismajli "Nuk dua tjetër" I don't want anyone else Adrian Hila (m&l)
2006 Armend Rexhepagiqi "Kur dashuria vdes" When love dies Armend Rexhepagiqi (m) & Aida Baraku (l)
2007 Aurela Gaçe "Hape veten" Open yourself Flori Mumajesi (m) & Timo Flloko (l)
2008 Jonida Maliqi "Njëri nga ata" One of them Kaliopi (m) & Aida Baraku (l)
2009 Eliza Hoxha & Rosela Gjylbegu "Rruga e zemrës" Heart's path Darko Dimitrov (m) & Eliza Hoxha (l)
2010 Juliana Pasha & Luiz Ejlli "Sa e shite zemren?" How much did you sell your heart? Pirro Çako (m&l)
2011 Redon Makashi "Më lër të Fle" Let me sleep Redon Makashi (m&l)
2012 Alban Skenderaj "Rrefuzoj" I refuse Alban Skenderaj (m&l)
2013 Besa "Tatuazh në zemër" Tattooed heart Darko Dimitrov (m) & Alban Skenderaj (l)
2014 Aurela Gaçe & Young Zerka "Pa Kontroll" No control Adrian Hila (m&l)

Trivia[edit]

  • In 2003, the jury was made up only of females, a first in the history of Albanian festivals.
  • In 2004, the contest was held in Kosovo for the first time. It is referred to as the 2004 edition, even though it happened in January 2005.
  • In 2009, the voting results revealed that the 1st place and the 2nd place have a difference of only 5 points.In the previous years the difference between the 1st and 2nd place, were usually 60 points or more
  • Since 2010, the voting was direct-voting, so the participants showed their votes openly.

Scandals[edit]

  • In 1999, when Adelina Ismajli performed her song "Fuck the Government", She took last place in the competition because it was the most controversial song of the year.
  • In 2004, a bomb threat delayed the contest for an hour and a half. Luckily the threat turned out to be fake and only brought more attention to the event.
  • In 2010, Linda Halimi, Nora Istrefi & Big D were disqualified due to being late for rehearsals.

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