|Birth name||Rona Nishliu|
August 25, 1986 |
Titova Mitrovica, SAP Kosovo, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia (present-day Kosovska Mitrovica)
|Genres||Pop, jazz, soul|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, radio personality|
Rona Nishliu[a] (born August 25, 1986 in Titova Mitrovica, Yugoslavia - present-day Kosovo[b]) is a Kosovar singer and radio presenter of Albanian ethnicity. She represented Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan, where she placed fifth and achieved the best placement for Albania to date. She became an Albania citizen on 12 January 2012.[dead link]
Early life and career 
Early life and beginnings 
Rona Nishliu was raised in her birth town. At the age of thirteen her family moved to Pristina due the political issues in her hometown. She was a contestant on Albanian Idol in 2004 and placed in the top five. She then worked on Radio Blue Sky in Pristina as a presenter.
Eurovision Song Contest 2012 
Nishliu represented Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan after winning the national selection on December 29, 2011 with the entry Suus. She is the first singer from Kosovo to represent Albania in the contest. Because of the Qafa e Vishës bus tragedy, RTSH deferred the first semifinal by more than two hours on May 22, resulting in low ratings during Nishliu's appearance. It did not affect Nishliu's own participation in the contest, as she got second place in the semi-final and advanced to the finals. Albania used its jury votes to vote for the other 17 countries in the semifinal, and it used the jury votes again on May 26. RTK also did not air highlights from the first semifinal due to the bus crash. She ended up winning fifth place in the final with 146 points - Albania's best result to date.
Public image 
In Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro she is known as a pop singer/musician. The audience in Pristina and Tirana know her also as an experimental jazz singer. Her interpretation is characterized with nuances of soul music influences as well. Her vocal range and interpretative power are her strongest points.
Nishliu is depicted for her humanitarian spirit, taking part in numerous humanitarian concerts for the people in the need. While being a student, she organized few Humanitarian Concerts, including the one entitled to help displaced Kosovo Albanian families of Kosovska Mitrovica living in poverty. In 2009 she took place as a guest lecturer in UNDP Kosovo's activity on Awareness Raising on the Importance of Volunteerism for the Youngsters in Vučitrn. She is an activist of the National Association of Autism in Kosovo, she is also a Chairperson of the Institute for Sustainability and Development of Youth in Kosovo.
- Flakaresha (with Vesa Luma and Teuta Kurti)
- Të Lashë
- A ka arsy (Ft. Bim Bimma)
- Shko pastro pas saj
- Zonja Vdekje
- Se Vetem Zemra Flet Sakte
|a.||^ Albanian: Rona Nishliu, Serbo-Croatian: Rona Nišliju, Рона Нишлију.|
|b.||^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 99 out of 193 United Nations member states.|
- DEKRET PËR DHËNIE TË SHTETËSISË SHQIPTARE NR. 7226 "President of Albania". President.al. Retrieved 2012-08-24.
- ESC 2012 Final Results
- [dead link]
- Radio Blue Sky
- 11:50. "Albania to broadcast tonight's Semi-Final deferred | News | Eurovision Song Contest - Baku 2012". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 2012-08-24.
- "Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Grand Final | Year page | Eurovision Song Contest - Baku 2012". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 2012-08-24.
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|Awards and achievements|
with Feel the Passion
|Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest
Adrian Lulgjuraj and Bledar Sejko with Identitet