Albania – After Ukraine last week, we have now our second Eurovision 2014 song and it’s from Albania, where the second national final of the season has concluded with the victory of Herciana Matmuja and the song Zemërimi i një nate!
After two presentation shows and many duets, it came down to a long Saturday final with 16 songs fiercy competing with one another. After they were all performed, a very long interval act featuring the Italian band La Voce del Silenzio, Elhaida Dani the recent winner of the Voice of Italy and Emmelie de Forest, came the time for the votes and even though they were very split Herciana Matmuja kept getting top 4 with all juries, and with the last three 12 pts she smashed the voting to a clear victory!
Klodian Kacani who got the biggest cheers on the second semifinal finished second with his song Me ty while Sajmir Braho finished third with the song Grua. You can read more about Festival i Këngës 52 on the article and live feed we made here!
Herci Matmuja was also quite the favorite in the Eurovision Times comment section and she proved that you can win while having a bad draw, as she went first. But the FiK audience, who cheered before she even started her song, were strongly behind her during the vote.
Herci’s win also proves that you need to do Festival i Këngës a few times before winning it. In December 2011, she finished dead last with 0pt singing Aty ku më le (There where you left me) but in December 2012 she finished 3rd with 48pts with Kush ta dha këtë emër? (Who gave you this name?) and is now the winner for the 52nd Festival i Këngës, the one in December 2013, with the song Zemërimi i një nate (One night’s anger).
This is her winning reprise of Zemërimi i një nate:
You can also rewatch the national final on the official Eurovision site here!