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.


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


Year Edit Artist Song Composer Writer
1999 Kënga Magjike 01 Elsa Lila "Vetëm një fjalë" Alfred Kaçinari Jorgo Papingji
2000 Kënga Magjike 02 Irma Libohova & Eranda Libohova "Një mijë ëndrra" Kristi Irma Libohova
2001 Kënga Magjike 03 Rovena Dilo & Pirro Çako "Për një çast më ndali zemra" Pirro Çako Timo Flloko
2002 Kënga Magjike 04 Mira Konçi "E pathëna fjalë" Shpëtim Saraçi Pandi Laço
2003 Kënga Magjike 05 Ema Bytyçi "Ku je ti" Adrian Hila Adrian Hila
2004 Kënga Magjike 06 Irma Libohova "Prapë tek ti do të vij" Irma Libohova Floran Kondi
2005 Kënga Magjike 07 Gentiana Ismajli "Nuk dua tjetër" Adrian Hila Adrian Hila
2006 Kënga Magjike 08 Armend Rexhepagiqi "Kur dashuria vdes" Armend Rexhepagiqi Aida Baraku
2007 Kënga Magjike 09 Aurela Gaçe "Hape veten" Florjan Mumajesi Timo Flloko
2008 Kënga Magjike 10 Jonida Maliqi "Njëri nga ata" Kaliopi Aida Baraku
2009 Kënga Magjike 11 Eliza Hoxha & Rosela Gjylbegu "Rruga e zemrës" Darko Dimitrov Eliza Hoxha
2010 Kënga Magjike 12 Juliana Pasha & Luiz Ejlli "Sa e shite zemren?" Pirro Çako Pirro Çako
2011 Kënga Magjike 13 Redon Makashi "Më lër të Fle" Redon Makashi Redon Makashi
2012 Kënga Magjike 14 Alban Skenderaj "Rrefuzoj" Alban Skenderaj Alban Skenderaj
2013 Kënga Magjike 15 Besa "Tatuazh në zemër" Darko Dimitrov Alban Skenderaj


  • 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
  • In 2010 & 2011,the voting was direct-voting,so the partipitants showed their votes openly.


  • In 1999, When Adelina Ismajli performed with her Song ,,F*** the Government", She taked the Last Place From the competition, Because it was the most controversial Song of the Year.
  • In 2004, there was a bomb threat that delayed the contest for one and a half hours. 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 because of being late for the rehearseals.

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