Aurela Gaçe wins Albanian ticket to Germany

Aurela Gaçe wins Albanian ticket to Germany
Aurela Gaçe (photo: Facebook)
Tirana, Albania -

Aurela Gaçe was just proglaimed winner of the 49th Festivali i Këngës in Tirana, Albania, and shall thus represent the country at the 56th Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf, Germany. She won the competition with the song Kënga Ime.

Saimir Braho with Shtegëtar I Jetës Sime finished third, Miriam Cani & Alban Skenderaj with Ende Ka Shpresë second. Aurela Gaçe won the competition with the dramatic song Kënga Ime, which means My Song.

Gaçe (36) is a household name in Albania and won the Festivali i Këngës before in 1999 and 2001. Back then, Albania was not taking part yet in the Eurovision Song Contest. The singer lives in New York. Back in 2004, she performed the Albanian and US anthems at an event attended by former president Bill Clinton. She released five albums to date, the last one in 2008.

Kejsi Tola, who represented Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 with Carry Me In Your Dreams, entered the competition but did not manage to qualify for the final to take a second chance on the international stage. Earlier this year, Albania was represented by Juliana Pasha and It's All About You. She finished 16th in the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo. Read more about Albania's history at the contest.


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  • Posted on 20/March 2011 at 17:19
    I dislike it too........... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/March 2011 at 01:41
    For them who dont know yet,here is the english version of the song.It will be sing in english and there is another chance for u Europe to understand our song.
    We always helped u to understand our wonderful songs now is ur turn tu value our song,to feel it's PASSION and of course VOTE FOR IT.
    Even it is in english(smth i didnt want) Im glad for one thing that the song has still the rapresentative caracteristic of Albania which is our FOLK MELODY.
    To all those who dont know she is a wonderful folk singer cos she cames from Vlora,a city which its folk songs are International Heritage from UNESCO also the city where was declared the indipendency soooo she is very very very charged.
    Just FEEL THE PASSION and sing this song.VOTE VOTE VOTE ALBANIA ALBANIA ALBANIA and only ALBANIA......
    Thanks to all them who like our song,different from last years i see here is a big support for albanian song this year,great greeat report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16/March 2011 at 23:57
    sorry my albnian friends, but i really do not like your entry this year..You have a very good singer, but the song just doesn't work report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16/March 2011 at 16:42
    People you have to listen to aurela song ORIGJINALE sounds good and i hope this time albanians will not be judicated politacly in ESC report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14/March 2011 at 12:27
  • Posted on 14/March 2011 at 01:10
    I don`t like the song though nice voice! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/March 2011 at 14:26
  • Posted on 12/March 2011 at 22:05
    Albania has no chance to win with her... Before this country had good performers Olta Boka, Tola, Juliana Pasha but they didn't take any place. I am really in love with this country, so I know that you have better singers that she is. So why she? The performance of Alban Shkendraj was better to my opinnion.
    But I will support this country anyway) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10/March 2011 at 13:13
    I liked this song, and her voice is very nice and music also very nice report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8/March 2011 at 07:20
    Amazing song, perfect voice. 12 points from Armenia report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6/March 2011 at 16:44
    well.. at least she has a good voice.. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6/March 2011 at 12:56
    6 points from Armenia report to the moderator
  • Posted on 3/March 2011 at 12:00
    Aurela Gaçe will represent ALBANIA in Europe's Song Contest, in Düsseldorf (Germany) with the song "Feel the passion" (English Version).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVd0rMyUTU8 (Albanian Version)
    Audio song and clip in English Version will be launched on 12 March.
    -Not because it is our representative song, but it's just wonderfull :)
    Powerful song with nice folk motives :))) Go ALBANIA !!! :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26/February 2011 at 10:29
    I didn't like it. Sorry. But I must say, she really sings great! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21/February 2011 at 06:33
    great voice but the song doesnt catch me - maybe you have to understand the lyrics... report to the moderator