Kënga Magjike

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Kënga Magjike
Km festival logo.png
Logo of the Festival
Genre Pop music, folk music, classical music, etc.
Dates November
Location(s) Albania (Kosovo in 2004)
Years active 1999–present
Founded by Ardit Gjebrea
Website
Official Kënga Magjike
Ardit Gjebrea at Kënga Magjike 2009
Banner at the Palace of Congresses where Kënga Magjike 2016 was held

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. It is currently produced and aired by Klan TV.

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. It was originally aired as a three or four night event similar to Festivali i Këngës, however 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 festival's official website. A jury was also used when determining which songs made it to the next stage. This format was later replaced by the current system, where groups of songs are presented weekly in the E Diela Shqiptare (The Albanian Sunday) show on Klan TV hosted by Ardit Gjebrea. Established singers automatically pass to the semi finals stage, while newcomers must rely on the verdict of a professional jury. Once the semi finalists are determined and their acts are performed in the semis, it is the singers themselves who must vote for each other in a 1-through-30 (skipping 23, 25, 27, 28 and 29) point system to determine both the songs that will reach the finals and their final ranking. The professional jury, the organizers of the festival and the TV station are tasked with determining the titles of the prizes that each finalist will be awarded.

Following criticism for the use of playback in the delivery of songs, the organizers decided to limit the use of playback to just the weekly presentation stage in 2015. Established singers are allowed to use playback in this phase, while newcomers must sing live in order to receive a verdict by the jury. Nonetheless, the semi finals and the final must all be delivered live by both established and debuting singers.

The festival has been praised for the diversity of music it has brought to the public, providing a great mixture of singers and bands from Albania with those from neighboring countries, a large portion coming from Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and other areas. Kënga Magjike has also been the stage for many comebacks of famous Albanian singers that reside in other countries, as well as artists which have contributed to the Albanian music industry in the past. Songs from this contest have resulted in numerous memorable hits for Albanians throughout the world. Compared to its main competitors, Kënga Magjike features more bubble-gum and commercialized music, contrasting with the predominantly alternative and rock genres featured in Top Awards on Top Channel, while not being as exclusively prohibitive as Festivali i Këngës, which typically admits only professional vocalists.

The main host of Kënga Magjike has always been Ardit Gjebrea. Sometimes he has hosted the show alone, while in other occasions there have been other co-hosts, such as Natalia Estrada (2001 & 2002) and Brigitte Nielsen (2003).

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
2015 Ardit Gjebrea & Almeda Abazi
2016 Ardit Gjebrea & Crown Princess Elia of Albania

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)
2015 Aurela Gaçe "Akoma jo" Not yet Adrian Hila (m&l)
2016 Rozana Radi "Ma thuaj ti" You tell me Elgit Doda (m) & Rozana Radi (l)

Notes[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.

In 2015, the voting results revealed that the 2nd place and the 3rd place had a difference of only 1 point.

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