Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

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Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Country Albania
National selection
Selection processFestivali i Këngës 57
Selection date(s)Semi-finals:
20 December 2018
21 December 2018
Final:
22 December 2018
Selected entrantJonida Maliqi
Selected song"Ktheju tokës"
Selected songwriter(s)Eriona Rushiti
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (9th, 96 points)
Final result17th, 90 points
Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Albania participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song "Ktheju tokës", performed by Jonida Maliqi. The Albanian broadcaster Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) organised the national final Festivali i Këngës 57 in order to select the Albanian entry for the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.[1]

Before Eurovision[edit]

On May 16th, 2018 RTSH made a open call for songs to take part in Festivali i Këngës 57. The submission process closed on June 30th, 2018.

Competing entries[edit]

The list of competing artists and songs were revealed on 17 October 2018.

Artist[1] Song[1] Composition Lyrics
Alar Band "Dashuria nuk mjafton" Elgit Doda Klea Huta
Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti "Dua ta besoj" Febi Shkurti
Aurel Thëllimi "Të dua ty" Ardita Bufaj & Aurel Thëllimi Aurel Thëllimi
Bojken Lako "Jeto jetën" Bojken Lako Xhevdet Bajraj
Bruno Pollogati "Nuk ka stop" Bruno Pollogati Endrit Mumajesi
Dilan Reka "Karma" Gridi Kraja Florian Zykaj
Eliza Hoxha "Peng" Eliza Hoxha
Elona Islamaj "Në këtë botë kalimtarë" Elona Islamaj
Elton Deda "Qetësisht" Elton Deda
Eranda Libohova "100 pyetje" Genti Myftaraj Pandi Laço
Gjergj Leka "Një ditë tjetër" Gjergj Leka
Jonida Maliqi "Ktheju tokës" Eriona Rushiti
Kelly "A më ndjen" Kelly
Klinti Çollaku "Me jetë" Endrit Shani Pandi Laço
Klodiana Vata "Mbrëmje e pafund" Edmond Zhulali Jorgo Papingji
Kujtim Prodani "Babela" Kujtim Prodani
Lidia Lufi "Rrëfehem" Enis Mullaj Lidia Lufi
Lorela Sejdini "Vetmi" Lorela Sejdini
Marko Strazimiri & Imbro "Leyla" Adrian Hila
Mirud "Nënë" Elhaida Dani Durim Morina
Orgesa Zaimi "Hije" Gentian Lako
Soni Malaj "Më e fortë" Irkenc Hyka Lindon Berisha
Vikena Kamenica[nb 1] "Natën e mirë" Vikena Kamenica
  1. ^ On 3 December 2018, it was announced that Vikena Kamenica would withdraw from Festivali i Këngës 57. Artemisa Mithi and Febi Shkurti replaced her.[2]

Semi-finals[edit]

Festivali i Këngës 57 featured a change with the semi-finals: all the acts would perform twice in the semi-finals. On 20 December 2018 they performed with the RTSH Symphonic Orchestra, while on 21 December 2018 they performed the final version of their entries.[3]

  Finalist

Final[edit]

The final took place on 22 December 2018. From the semi-finals, a total of 14 entries qualified.

Final – 22 December 2018
Draw Artist Song H. Zacharian A. Marku R. Nishliu A. Krajka P. Kuke O. Toqi R. Dilo S. Kushta D. Çene Total Place
1[nb 1] Marko Strazimiri & Imbro "Leyla" 14 18 19 15 18 10 25 12 11 142 8
2 Gjergj Leka "Një ditë tjetër" 20 12 10 20 11 14 11 15 18 131 10
3 Elton Deda "Qetësisht" 18 17 17 19 14 15 17 19 20 156 7
4[nb 2] Eranda Libohova "100 pyetje" 22 22 22 25 19 17 18 11 25 181 3
5 Jonida Maliqi "Ktheju tokës" 19 30 30 18 30 19 30 30 22 228 1
6 Eliza Hoxha "Peng" 11 16 20 12 15 13 14 10 16 127 11
7 Orgesa Zaimi "Hije" 10 14 16 13 13 12 13 18 12 121 13
8 Bojken Lako "Jeto jetën" 12 15 25 10 16 16 16 13 15 138 9
9 Soni Malaj "Më e fortë" 17 19 18 17 20 18 15 25 17 166 5
10 Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti "Dua ta besoj" 13 13 12 11 10 11 19 14 10 113 14
11 Dilan Reka "Karma" 16 25 14 14 25 22 22 17 14 169 4
12 Alar Band "Dashuria nuk mjafton" 15 11 11 16 12 20 10 16 13 124 12
13 Lidia Lufi "Rrëfehem" 30 20 15 30 22 30 20 22 30 219 2
14 Klinti Çollaku "Me jetë" 25 10 13 22 17 25 12 20 19 163 6
  1. ^ Marko Strazimiri & Imbro had to perform again after all the performances, due to technical issues during their performance.
  2. ^ Eranda Libohova had to perform again after all the performances, due to technical issues during her performance.

Promotion[edit]

Jonida Maliqi made several appearances across Europe to specifically promote 'Ktheju tokës' as the Albanian Eurovision entry. On 6 April, Maliqi performed during the Eurovision in Concert event at the AFAS Live venue in Amsterdam, hosted by Cornald Maas and Marlayne, to over 4500 spectators.[5] On 14 April, Maliqi also performed during the London Eurovision Party, which was held at the Café de Paris venue in London and hosted by Nicki French and Paddy O'Connell.[6] Maliqi also performed at the Eurovision Pre-Party Madrid on 20 April.

At Eurovision[edit]

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 28 January 2019, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Albania was placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 16 May 2019, and was scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[7]

Once all the competing songs for the 2019 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Albania was set to perform in position 14, following the entry from Russia and preceding the entry from Norway.[8]

Semi-final[edit]

Albania performed fourteenth in the second semi-final. It was announced as having finished in the top 10 and subsequently qualifying for the grand final. It was later revealed that Albania placed ninth in the semi-final, receiving a total of 96 points: 58 points from the televoting and 38 points from the juries.

Voting[edit]

Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation's jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation's televoting results will be released shortly after the grand final.[9]

Points awarded to Albania[edit]

Points awarded to Albania (Semi-final 2)
Televote
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Jury
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)
Televote
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Jury
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Albania[edit]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprised the Albanian jury:[9]

  • Gent Rushi – Chairperson – pedagogue, jazz musician
  • Eranda Libohova – singer
  • Dilan Reka – singer
  • Julka Gramo – singer, moderator, entertainer
  • Vikena Kamenica

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Adams, William Lee (17 October 2018). "Albania: Festivali i Këngës 57 reveals 22 acts and song titles ahead of December 22 final". Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Vikena Kamenica nuk do të jetë pjesë e Festivalit të 57-te në RTSH". festivali-rtsh.al (in Albanian). 3 December 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Albania: Festivali i Këngës 57 reveals 22 acts and song titles ahead of December 22 final". 17 October 2018. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Ja renditja e këngëve në natën e parë të Fest' 57" (in Albanian). 5 December 2018. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  5. ^ "This was Eurovision in Concert 2019 in Amsterdam". Eurovision.tv. 6 April 2019.
  6. ^ "18 Eurovision 2019 acts to perform in London on Sunday 14 April". 13 April 2019.
  7. ^ Jordan, Paul (28 January 2019). "Eurovision 2019: Which country takes part in which Semi-Final?". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Exclusive: This is the Eurovision 2019 Semi-Final running order!". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 2 April 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  9. ^ a b Groot, Evert (30 April 2019). "Exclusive: They are the judges who will vote in Eurovision 2019!". Eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 30 April 2019.

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