Albania – Tonight Albania chose Aurela Gaçe and her song “Kënga ime” as their 2011 Eurovision entry. Aurela won the traditional Festivali i Këngës in Tirana tonight against 17 other competitors. She was proclaimed winner by a jury of experts and will thus fly the Albanian flag in Düsseldorf next May. Aurela has already won the Festival i Kenges in 1999 and 2001 (back then Albania did not participate in Eurovision) and has achieved more second and third places than any other artists. She was born in a little village in Southern Albania and has entered several music competitions and festivals already at a very young age. She emigrated to New York a few years back, where she performs mainly for the Albanian diaspora. Seen as one of Albania’s most versatile artists, she sings many different genres ranging from pop music to traditional folk and soul. This summer she had a big hit in Albania with her song “Origjinale”.
Aurela won with 82 points ahead of fan-favourites Alban Skenderaj & Miriam Çani with 66 points.
Here is the winning performance:
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