Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012

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Eurovision Song Contest 2012
Country  Albania
National selection
Selection process Festivali i Këngës 50
Selection date(s) Semi-final
26 December 2011
27 December 2011
Final
29 December 2011
Selected entrant Rona Nishliu
Selected song "Suus"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (2nd, 146 points)
Final result 5th, 146 points
Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2011 2012 2013►

Albania participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Albanian entry was selected through Festivali i Këngës, a national selection that consisted of two semifinals and a final, organised by the Albanian broadcaster Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH). Rona Nishliu represented Albania with the song "Suus", which qualified from the first semi-final and went on to place 5th in the final, scoring 146 points.[1][2]

Festivali i Këngës 50[edit]

Festivali i Këngës 50
Dates
Semi-final 26 December
27 December
Final 29 December 2011
Host
Venue Pallati i Kongreseve, Tirana, Albania
Presenter(s) Enkeleida Zeko
Hygerta Sako
Nik Xhelilaj
Director Martin Leka
Participants
Number of entries 28
(14 in the first semi-final)
(14 in the second semi-final)
Vote
Voting system 100% Jury
Once again, the winner will be decided by a professional jury.
Winning song Rona Nishliu - "Suus"
Festivali i Këngës
◄49 50 51►

RTSH confirmed participation for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in the show called "Historia nis këtu" (The Story Begins Here). This year's Festivali i Këngës had its 50th anniversary, and it was held in December 2011, as it is known as the "End of Year Festival".[3][4][5] The shows were hosted by Enkeleida Zeko, Hygerta Sako & Nik Xhelilaj. The guest of honor in Semi-Final 1 was Eddy Wata who sang "Señorita" and "I Love My People".

Participants[edit]

On 22 October 2011, RTSH revealed the participants of Festivali i Këngës 50[6] and on 17 December 2011, RTSH announced all song titles, lyric composers and music composers.[7]

Semi-Final 1[edit]

Draw Artist Song Lyricist / Composer
1 Gerta Mahmutaj "Pyete zemrën" Rozana Radi / Flamur Shehu
2 Entela Zhula "Ndjehem Bosh" Entela Zhula / Edmond Veizaj
3 Bashkim Alibali "Këngën time merr vehtë" Jorgo Papingji / Bashkim Alibali
4 Samanta Karavello "Zgjomë një tjetër ëndërr" Pandi Laço / Gent Myftaraj
5 Endri & Stefi Prifti "Iluzion" Timo Flloko / Voltan Prodani
6 Rona Nishliu "Suus" Rona Nishliu / Florent Boshnjaku
7 Rudina Delia "Më kërko" Rudina Delia / Luan Zhegu
8 Marjeta Billo "Vlen sa një jetë" Arben Duka / Klodian Qafoku
9 Claudio La Regina "Kur të pasha" Claudio La Regina / F. Scaravaglione
10 Herciana Matmuja "Aty ku më le" Agron Tufa / Shpëtim Kushta
11 Orinda Huta "Dorëzohem" Tyrin Hyska / Alban Kondi
12 Altin Goci "Kthehem prap" K. Shehu / Altin Goci
13 Elton Deda "Kristal" Sokol Marsi / Elton Deda
14 Evans Rama "Ti nuk mundesh" I. Hoxha / Fabian Asllani

Semi-Final 2[edit]

Draw Artist Song Lyricist / Composer
1 Toni Mehmetaj "Ëndrra e parë" Agim Doçi / Edmond Zhulali
2 Dr. Flori "Personale" Dr. Flori / Dr. Flori
3 Kamela Islamaj "Mbi yje" I. Sojli / Alban Male
4 Frederik Ndoci "Oh... jeta ime" Frederik Ndoci / Lejla Agolli
5 Marsida Saraçi "Eja më merr" Arbër Arapi / Enis Mullaj
6 Bojken Lako & Breza "Të zakonshëm" Bojken Lako / Bojken Lako
7 Sindi Berisha "Braktisur" P. Truja / Kristi Popa
8 Mariza Ikonomi "Më ler të të dua" Jorgo Papingji / Sokol Marsi
9 Kujtim Prodani "Digjem" A. Biba / Kujtim Prodani
10 Iris Hoxha "Pa ty" L. Shqiponja / Edmon Rrapi
11 Saimir Braho "Ajër" I. Kurti & Saimir Braho / Ilir Dangellia
12 Goldi Halili "Rroj për dashurinë" Agim Doçi / Fatrin Krajka
13 Xhensila Myrtezaj "Lulet mbledh për hënën" P. Papingji / Genti Lako
14 Elhaida Dani "Mijëra vjet" Sokol Marsi / Endri Sina

Final[edit]

Draw Artist Song Lyricist / Composer Points Place
1 Bojken Lako & Breza "Të zakonshëm" Bojken Lako / Bojken Lako 18 10
2 Saimir Braho "Ajër" I. Kurti & Saimir Braho / Ilir Dangellia 50 3
3 Marjeta Billo "Vlen sa një jetë" Arben Duka / Klodian Qafoku 0 14
4 Herciana Matmuja "Aty ku më le" Agron Tufa / Shpëtim Kushta 0 14
5 Xhensila Myrtezaj "Lulet mbledh për hënën" P. Papingji / Genti Lako 8 13
6 Toni Mehmetaj "Ëndrra e parë" Agim Doçi / Edmond Zhulali 10 12
7 Iris Hoxha "Pa ty" L. Shqiponja / Edmon Rrapi 19 9
8 Gerta Mahmutaj "Pyete zemrën" Rozana Radi / Flamur Shehu 0 14
9 Bashkim Alibali "Këngën time merr vehtë" Jorgo Papingji / Bashkim Alibali 0 14
10 Altin Goci "Kthehem prap" K. Shehu / Altin Goci 38 5
11 Elton Deda "Kristal" Sokol Marsi / Elton Deda 55 2
12 Endri & Stefi Prifti "Iluzion" Timo Flloko / Voltan Prodani 25 6
13 Rona Nishliu "Suus" Rona Nishliu / Florent Boshnjaku 77 1
14 Kamela Islamaj "Mbi yje" I. Sojli / Alban Male 25 6
15 Frederik Ndoci "Oh... jeta ime" Frederik Ndoci / Lejla Agolli 0 14
16 Mariza Ikonomi "Më ler të të dua" Jorgo Papingji / Sokol Marsi 13 11
17 Elhaida Dani "Mijëra vjet" Sokol Marsi / Endri Sina 0 14
18 Rudina Delia "Më kërko" Rudina Delia / Luan Zhegu 0 14
19 Samanta Karavello "Zgjomë një tjetër ëndërr" Pandi Laço / Gent Myftaraj 47 4
20 Dr. Flori "Personale" Dr. Flori / Dr. Flori 21 8

At Eurovision[edit]

During the Semi-Final Allocation draw which was held on 25 January 2012, it was announced Albania were scheduled to compete in the first half of the first semi-final on 22 May.[8] On 20 March 2012 the Running Order draw was held, which determined the order of which the participants performed. Albania performed 5th in the first semi-final and has advanced to the final for the second time in 3 years.[9]

In Albania, both the semi-finals and the final were broadcast on TVSH, RTSH Muzikë and Radio Tirana with commentary by Andri Xhahu. The Albanian spokesperson revealing the result of the Albanian vote in the final was Andri Xhahu.

The telecast of the first semifinal was delayed by more than 2 hours due to breaking news coverage of the Qafa e Vishës bus accident. As a result, Albania used its jury votes during the first semifinal and in the final on 26 May.

Points Awarded by Albania[10][edit]

Points Awarded to Albania[edit]

Semi-Final 1[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

Finals[edit]

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]

  1. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Grand Final". Eurovision.tv. 
  2. ^ Brey, Marco (29 December 2011). "Rona Nishliu to represent Albania!". 
  3. ^ Link, Alb (2011-05-14). "Eurosong, Gace nuk hyn ne finale (Albanian)". Alblink. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Sahiti, Gafurr (2011-10-02). "Albania: FiK 50 to span over 4 nights!". Esctoday.com. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Sahiti, Gafurr (2011-09-25). "Albania: No confirmation yet for Eurovision 2012". Esctoday.com. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Hondal, Victor (2011-10-22). "Exclusive: Participants for Festivali i Këngës revealed". Esctoday.com. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Sahiti, Gafurr (2011-12-17). "Exclusive: FiK song titles and lyricists announced". Esctoday.com. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Hondal, Victor. "Insignia exchange and semifinal allocation draw.". EscToday.com. 
  9. ^ "Results of the 2012 Running Order draw revealed!". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  10. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2012
  11. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Semi-Final (1), Eurovision
  12. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Grand Final, Eurovision