Albania to broadcast tonight's Semi-Final deferred

Albania to broadcast tonight's Semi-Final deferred
Tonight's show will be broadcast from the Baku Crystal Hall. Photo: Vugar Ibadov (Eurovision.az)
Tirana, Albania -

RTSH, the Albanian national public broadcaster participating in the Eurovision Song Contest, has requested the EBU the permission not to transmit the first Semi-Final live, after a serious bus accident in the country. The EBU decided to accept RTSH's decision to transmit the first Semi-Final deferred, and to only apply the jury voting.

Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of the EBU, says: "We express our deepest sympathy with those who are affected by this terrible tragedy and have the utmost respect for the request of RTSH."

The decision has no consequences for Albania's participation in the contest. RTSH has informed the EBU they will transmit the second Semi-Final and the Final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest live.


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  • Posted on 24 May 2012 at 16:20
    Rona you are the best. BBC, Die Press Austria, Corriere della Sera classified you like the best singer with the best song. You are compared with Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Bjork. You song is so meningful e full of emotions, not like the others who are just some boring comemrcial music. I wish you good luck, and of course I will vote for you :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24 May 2012 at 15:59
    My condolences to the Albanians and spesific to the families who lost they angels!!! Love from Kosova. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24 May 2012 at 15:52
    Rona Nishliu is the best singer in ESC and she has amazin voice.She have to win.Please vote for Albania :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24 May 2012 at 15:50
    Rona is the best singer in the ESC and she has amazing voice.Vote for Albania please. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 May 2012 at 16:46
    All thoughts and prayers are with the Albanian people. You also have a wonderful song this year and Rona Nishliu has a tremendous voice. I wish you all the best in the final on Saturday! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 May 2012 at 16:04
    the albainia son i think is not soo god but the girl like singing the song she i profefinol report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 May 2012 at 13:47
    How terrible! Heartfelt condolences from Azerbaijan... Keep strong Albania! Good Luck, Rona! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 May 2012 at 12:48
    I heard about this news yesterday and I was thinking about Albania at Eurovision as well.

    My prayers go out to the families who's children were lost at this accident. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 May 2012 at 01:12
    They made a good decision. Condolences to the families and friends. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 May 2012 at 00:17
    It was a terrible coincidence for Albania. A crying ballad on a national mourning day. Yesterday afternoon 13 people (11 students) died and 25 heavily injured in a bus accident and no one could keep the tears from dropping when hearing this song when all Albanians are crying for their loss.

    Condolences to the families and a great performance from Rona ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 May 2012 at 22:58
    Thank you Europeeeeeeeee. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 May 2012 at 22:40
    Deepest condolences to all Albanians. God embraced them! Rona is unbelievably strong to perform after this. I am sad not to be able to vote for her since Serbia is not in this semifinal, this is such a stupid rule, everybody should be able to vote all the time... such a wonderful song report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 May 2012 at 22:00
    My Condolences to the families and to all Albanians! A very sad day, and yes , we all feel the song with all our heart.....

    Rona, is the best artist and the best singer. She deserves to be in top 3 at least. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 May 2012 at 20:59
    Dont cry for the Victims ok.Just sing and be what we are you.After the eurovision you can cry ok.Thank you people..... With love from Prishtina report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 May 2012 at 20:51
    Dont Cry for the Victims Rona.Just sing and be happy.We gona cry for you.See you in Final Rona.And after the eurovision you can cry for tham.Thank you peopleeeeeee. report to the moderator