Tonight: Albania decides!

Tonight: Albania decides!
Mariza Ikonomi, one of tonight's contestants. Source: RTSH
Tirana, Albania -

Tonight, at 20:30 CET, the final of Festivali i Këngës will take place. The winner, who will be selected out of 20 acts, will go on to represent Albania in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. You can watch the show live on the RTSH website!

Traditionally, the Albanian Eurovision Song Contest representatives have always been selected through the Festivali i Këngës, and this year will be no exception to this rule. Two semi-finals have already taken place, on December 26th and 27th, with 10 out of 14 songs qualifying for tonight's final in each show, respectively.

Thus, this is the line-up of tonight's Final:

  • Gerta Mahmutaj - Pyete Zemrën
  • Bashkim Alibali - Këngën Time Merr Me Vete
  • Samanta Karavello - Zgjomë Një Tjetër Ëndërr
  • Endri & Stefi Prifti - Iluzion
  • Rona Nishliu - Suus
  • Rudina Delia - Më Kërko
  • Marjeta Billo - Vlen Sa Një Jetë
  • Herciana Matmuja - Aty Ku Më Le
  • Altin Goci - Kthehem Prapë
  • Elton Deda - Kristal
  • Toni Mehmetaj - Ëndrra E Parë
  • Dr. Flori - Personale
  • Kamela Islamaj - Mbi Yje
  • Frederik Ndoci - Oh... Jeta Ime
  • Bojken Lako - Të Zakonshëm
  • Mariza Ikonomi - Më Lër Të Të Dua
  • Iris Hoxha - Pa Ty... Asnjë Sekondë
  • Saimir Braho - Ajër
  • Xhensila Myrtezaj - Lulet Mbledh Për Hënën
  • Elhaida Dani - Mijëra Vjet

Tonight's show will, just like the semi-finals, be presented by Nik Xhelilaj, Hygerta Sako and Enkeleida Zeko. The winner will be chosen by an expert jury.

Among the contestants are several well-known names, including Frederik Ndoci, who represented Albania in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest with Hear My Plea, and Dr. Flori, who wrote the lyrics for the Albanian entry in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, Zjarr E Ftohtë, sung by Luiz Ejlli. One of the record participants of Festivali i Këngës, Mariza Ikonomi (pictured), is also giving it another try this year - after 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009, this is already her eighth participation!

As one of the biggest and most popular music festivals in Albania, Festivali i Këngës has taken place every year since 1962, making this year's competition the 50th anniversary edition. This fact was celebrated yesterday evening in an additional retrospective show featuring some of the evergreens out of the history of the festival.

Be sure not to miss the live show, which will be broadcast live on the web on the RTSH website, starting from 20:30 CET!


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  • Posted on 29 December 2011 at 23:47
    Well done Rona you deserved to win and good luck in the ESC Contest in 2012
    and you are also a talented singer report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 December 2011 at 23:39
    ronaaa wooonnn :) she is amazingggg :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 December 2011 at 22:31
    I hope Toni Mehmetaj wins! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 December 2011 at 21:16
    Good Luck Albania report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 December 2011 at 21:14
    Good luck..Hope albania will be in right way to select great entery :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 December 2011 at 15:29
    Rona Nishliu - Suus, this song will probably win 2012. If the contest is about singing, then this song should win. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 December 2011 at 13:26
    Rona Nishliu - Suus !!!!!!! The best song from Albania EVER! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 December 2011 at 12:47
    Good luck Albania!
    Choose a good song tonight :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 December 2011 at 11:39
    Definitely , Rona or Xhensila should represent Albania in Eurovision 2012 ;They are AMAZING ;)
    Rona's Song : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVvDxR8k5LY
    Xhensilda's Song : http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nRIJpumTSYU report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 December 2011 at 03:31
    My Favorite is Gerta Mahmutaj - Pyete Zemrën :)) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 December 2011 at 01:27
    How great, we get to know the second song of next years contest, then soon we can look forward to people ranking the song and etc. which is always fun.

    If I know my Eurovision calender, then after Albania's selection, then it will be Denmark on the 21st January, so we better enjoy it tonight, or else we are gonna wait really long long time for the next song.

    anyways good luck Albania, please come up with something great for once, like in 2006, which is still think was underrated back then. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 December 2011 at 00:27
    Oh, Mariza is so cute! :) But I'm not sure this year with her song :/.

    I've heard Dr. Flori's song yet and is catchy, I liked it. So Dr. Flori is one of my potentials too. Not only women hahahah.

    So.... Good Luck Albania! Choose the best option to reach top 10 on final!!! =) report to the moderator