Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko win Festivali i Këngës!

Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko win Festivali i Këngës!
Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko will represent Albania in Malmö. (Photo: RTSH)
Tirana, Albania -

Albania has made a choice. Since they joined in 2004 they've always chosen their Eurovision Song Contest entry in December through their national competition Festivali i Këngës. This year's final has just ended producing the following winners: Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko with the song Identiet!

For the last three evenings the Festivali i Këngës has been held at the Palace of Congresses in Tirana where 26 songs were originally presented for this year's competition. Seventeen acts performed in tonight's final, among them Kejsi Tola who represented Albania in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow and the very first performer from Albania in Eurovision, Anjeza Shahini.

This was the line-up for the final (winner in bold, ranking and points between brackets):

  1. Ardian Bujupi - I Çmendur Pas Teje (I'm Crazy About You) (11th-10p)
  2. Valon Shehu - Nuk Do Të Ndal (I'm Not Gonna Stop) (15th-0p)
  3. Merland Kademi - Këtu Fillon Parajsa (Heaven Starts Here) (5th-40p)
  4. Kelly - Ylli Im Polar (My Polar Star) (12th-3p)
  5. Rezarta Smaja - Ti... (You...) (7th-36p)
  6. Kejsi Tola - S'jemi Më Atje (We're Not There Anymore) (4th-42p)
  7. LYNX - Si Ty Askush (Nobody Like You) (14th-1p)
  8. Hersi Matmuja - Kush Ta Dha Këtë Emër (Who Gave You His Name) (3rd-48p)
  9. Rosela Gjylbegu - Dëshirë (Wish) (10th-11p)
  10. Flaka Krelani - Labirint I Zemrës (Labyrinth Of The Heart) (6th-39p)
  11. Vesa Luma - S'jam Perfekt (I'm Not Perfect) (16th-0p)
  12. Anjeza Shahini - Love (2nd-62p)
  13. Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko - Identiet (Identity) (1st-74p)
  14. Bojken Lako - Lotë? Jetë? Dashuri? (Tears? Life? Love?) (8th-27p)
  15. Selami Kolonja - Ku Je? (Where Are You?) (17th-0p)
  16. Dr.Flori & Fabi - Jam Ti! (I'm You) (9th-11p)
  17. Xhejn & Enxhi Kumrija - Arti I Një Fundi (The Art Of An Ending) (13th-2p)

Ani Çuedari and her song Më Ler Një Ëndërr were disqualified due to an authorship request. Among the guest stars in the interval, the winners of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest Ell/Nikki from Azerbaijan and last year's winner of Festivali i Këngës, Rona Nishliu and a message from the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest Mr.Jon Ola Sand.

The results depended on the jury voting only. Among the experts in the jury, the Italian Head of Delegation at the Eurovision Song Contest, Mr.Nicola Caligiore who greeted and gave the points in English for all the viewers from the Eurovision.tv webcast. This is how the final results were shown on the screen:

Third place for Hersi Matmuja and her song Kush Ta Dha Këtë Emër (Who Gave You His Name). The runner-up was the first ever entrant for Albania in Eurovision Anjeza Shahini with her song Love. And the winner is Identiet (Identity) performed by Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko, a powerful balkan-rock song.

You can watch the show on demand on our ESCTV!

Last year Albania achieved its best placing to date in the Eurovision Song Contest, fifth with Rona Nishliu and the song Suus. Now Adrian and Bledar will try to improve that success in Malmö with Identiet.


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  • Posted on 13/April 2013 at 12:40
    Plagiarism has been discussed topic for many songs... I remember the Serbian winner of Eurovision in 2007, Maria Serifovic with Molitva, which was almost the same with the Albanian Soni Malaj's "Ndarja" song...

    The two links are below:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oSn8CfYi4o


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4isJoPDHKRs

    Even though, I do not believe they are the same.

    Congratulation Albania for this year report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7/April 2013 at 05:08
    Good musicians! A good spot! The rebellions, but how does it work on stage? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/March 2013 at 12:43
    Song-ok
    Can it win-No
    Should it win-No report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9/March 2013 at 22:44
    Lupusvook I agree with you, it is very similar to the song of

    Bajaga i Instruktori - Plavi safir, sond goes just a little bit faster, but If you listen carefully you'll see similarities.

    http://youtu.be/Tzaf-JIvtt4 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9/March 2013 at 22:40
    Lupusvook I agree with you, it is very similar to the song of

    Bajaga i Instruktori - Plavi safir, sond goes just bit little faster, but If you listen carefully you'll see similarities.

    http://youtu.be/Tzaf-JIvtt4 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16/February 2013 at 22:33
    I like this song very much, even though, sadly, many youtube rankers don't seem to appreciate it.
    I'd also like to express my admiration to Albania for being one of the few countries regularly having the courage to chose a song in their own language. You make the ESC interesting and vivid! Keep going on :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11/February 2013 at 20:48
    plagiat of serbian song from 1988,but nice one :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DSjERASwaA report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11/February 2013 at 20:47
    plagiat of serbian song from 1988,but nice one :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DSjERASwaA report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9/February 2013 at 19:46
    No end to hook me, but as always Albania manages well his songs can finish me liking! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6/February 2013 at 21:41
    so much disapointment.i expected something extremely good from my country this year and all i get is this?Why would you do something like that?Come on people,that's just the worst song they could send.JUST WHY?i bet this is gonna be the worst of all for sure.disapointment disapointment.. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1/February 2013 at 21:41
    LOVE OR HATE THEY ARE GONNA MAKE IT LIKE LAST YEAR NO ONE OF YOU SUPPORTED AND BELIEVED IN RONA NISHLIU AND SHE TOOK THE 5TH PLACE...
    YOU WILL REMEMBER ME
    althought that we shoudlsend RITA ORA to represent all of us(Albanians) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27/January 2013 at 20:26
    I don't see this song getting too far simply because it sounds like '80 rock with some ethnic elements, but maybe with some help from diaspora the song will at least qualify for the finals. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5/January 2013 at 19:19
    very nice... good luck Albania report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29/December 2012 at 01:59
    @kristina1990
    Honestly, I don't see how it is of any importance to you or this matter, where I am from. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28/December 2012 at 06:56
    I wish you success and good estimation! Hello from Ukraine) report to the moderator