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LIVE: Albania Decides – The Final of Festivali i Këngës 2011


  Albania – Tonight the grand final of the traditional  Festivali i Këngës will be held in Tirana. The festival, which is also the countries’ selection method for the Eurovision Song Contest, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Tonight a total of 20 artists will compete for the honor of representing the Balkan country at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Baku. A jury will determine the winner.

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The Participants:

  • Gerta Mahmutaj – Pyete zemrën
  • Bashkim Alibali – Këngën time merr vehtë
  • Samanta Karavello – Zgjomë një tjetër ëndërr
  • Endri & Stefi Prifti – Iluzion
  • Rudina Delia – Më kërko
  • Rona Nishliu – Suus
  • Marjeta Billo – Vlen sa një jetë
  • Herciana Matmuja – Aty ku më le
  • Altin Goci – Kthehem prap
  • Elton Deda – Kristal
  • Toni Mehmetaj – Ëndrra e parë
  • Dr. Flori – Personale
  • Kamela Islamaj – Mbi yje
  • Frederik Ndoçi – Oh.. jeta ime
  • Bojken Lako – Të zakonshëm
  • Mariza Ikonomi – Më ler të të dua
  • Iris Hoxha – Pa ty
  • Saimir Braho – Ajër
  • Xhensila Myrtzaj – Lulet mbledh për hënën
  • Elhaida Dani – Mijra vjet

The Songs: You can watch the performances of the first semi-final and the second semi-final on YouTube.

The Favourites: According to Albanian media Samanta Karavello and Elton Deda are the big favourites to win. According to our National Final poll the runaway winner is Rona Nishliu with her entry Suus.

The Mode: A jury of “experts” will choose the winner, the audience has no say in the outcome. The jury members are: Aldo Shllaku, Edi Xhani, Ndriçim Xhepa, Redon Makashi, Zana Shuteriqi and Zhani Ciko.

The Poll: Have your say in our National Final Poll

The Time: 20:30 CET to 23:00 CET

The Webcast: A webcast will be available on RTHS’ official website of the Festival or here! The show starts at 20:30 CET. You can also watch the show right here:

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77 comments on “LIVE: Albania Decides – The Final of Festivali i Këngës 2011

  1. oh no ok it’s just awards for vocals, live etc. And now the actual points per jury! Exciting!

  2. Rona got 12 points!

  3. Another 12 are in the bag.

  4. Rooonaaa… Baku is looking closer!

  5. well she sure is leading, Elton and Saimir are the two challengers but they fail to gain from her!

  6. I believe that “Suus” is going to Eurovision!
    It’s time for us to celebrate!

  7. Rona has won

  8. the balkans WILL be extremely strong in this year’s esc oh my god, extraordinary song for Albania, their best ever in esc and quite very likely a top 5 from me

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