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Albania
Albania

Broadcaster(s) RTSH
Capital city Tirana
Population 3,600,000
Area 28,748 km²
Internet TLD al
Member station RTSH
National selection events Festivali i Kenges2004 –
Appearances
Appearances 9
First appearance 2004
Best result 5th: 2012
Worst result 17th SF: 2007 SF

History

Albania has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest nine times. The Albanian broadcaster, Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH), has been the organiser of the Albanian Eurovision entry since the country’s debut in the contest in 2004, and has used the long-standing Albanian song contest, Festivali i Këngës, to select the Albanian Eurovision entry.

2004


The first Albanian entrant to the Eurovision Song Contest was decided through the long-standing Albanian song contest, Festivali i Këngës. The winner of Festivali I Këngës 42 would go on to represent Albania in its first Eurovision Song Contest. The winner was Anjeza Shahini with the song “Imazhi yt” (Your reflection). This was translated into English, and performed at Eurovision as “The Image of You”. She qualified for the final, coming 4th, and received 106 points in the final, placing 7th of 24 countries competing. This placing allowed Albania to skip the semi-final of the 2005 contest, automatically qualifying for the final.

lyrics

How strange the feeling in your soul
When love invades your very being
Another “me” or so I’m told
And life takes on another meaning

Day after day, I go through the motions
Stumbling my way, life is a blur
Slave of my love, of my emotions
You’re in my eyes, you’re in my heart

One kiss, one heart, in time,
a kiss, the moment, is mine
I close my eyes, I breathe
I’m Queen of the world of Make Believe

You make me feel, a little crazy
You make me see, your tears are true
You make my days and nights so hazy
You make me feel the image of you

You make me feel, a little crazy
You make me see, your tears are true
You make my days and nights so hazy
You make me feel the image of you

You make me feel, a little crazy
You make me see

One kiss, one heart, in time,
a kiss, the moment, is mine
I close my eyes, I breathe
I’m Queen of the world of Make Believe

You make me feel, a little crazy
You make me see, your tears are true
You make my days and nights so hazy
You make me feel the image of you

You make me feel, a little crazy
You make me see, your tears are true
You make my days and nights so hazy
You make me feel the image of you

You make me feel,
a little crazy
You make me see,
your tears are true
You make me feel,
image of you

I know, it’s just, a dream
I feel, l love, this life
I know, it’s just, a dream
I feel, l love, this life

2005

The Albanian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 was again selected through Festivali I Këngës. The winner of Festivali I Këngës 43 was Ledina Çelo with “Nesër shkoj” (Tomorrow I will leave), translated as “Tomorrow I Go” in English. Çelo could not replicate Shahini’s 7th place, receiving only 53 points and placing 16th.

lyrics

Please don’t be sad
It’s like you’ve always dreamed, I wear the white veil
Oh, mother bless me, please don’t you cry
Tomorrow I go
The last night falling

Do you recall
How I would imagine a white wedding dress?
And now finally my time, it’s here
I know that I will miss
Your sweet words singing

Maybe I’ll cry
Still I hope you will sing, sing for me

Ti-ti-da, eh ti-ti-da
Lift the drum beat, raise your voice
Ti-ti-da, eh ti-ti-da
May the whole world shake as one
Let the song begin
Celebrate the dance within
Ti-ti-da-ti

Maybe I’ll cry
Still I hope you will sing, sing for me

Ti-ti-da, eh ti-ti-da
Lift the drum beat, raise your voice
Ti-ti-da, eh ti-ti-da
May the whole world shake as one
Let the song begin
Celebrate the dance within
Ti-ti-da

Eh ti-ti-da, eh ti-ti-da
Lift the drum beat, raise your voice
Ti-ti-da, eh ti-ti-da
May the whole world shake as one
Let the song begin
Celebrate the dance within
Ti-ti-da-ti

Ha…
Ti-ti-da… Ti-ti-da…
Let the song begin
Celebrate the dance within
Ti-ti-da-ti

2006


The winner of Festivali I Këngës 44 was Luiz Ejlli with “Zjarr e ftohtë” (Fire and cold), however the song was not translated into English for Eurovision, and was the first Albanian entry at Eurovision to be sung in Albanian. In the semi-final of the 2006 contest he received 58 points, placing 14th of 23 in his semi-final and failing to qualify for the final.

lyrics

I’m lost trying to forget,
do not burden my days,
everything is in vain,
I don’t understand.
I’m tired of forgetting,
with the time i kill my memories,
in fire we’re so cold.
You’ve got to go,I kill myself,
I see you and you blind me,
we’re in fire, and we search for cold.
And in passion we are,
stopping ourselves,
I’m frightened of my heart which loves you so.

And I feel,
fire and cold,
I can’t do it anymore,
my hope is lost in You,
Darling,
help me,
I go away because I love You,
Fire and cold,
I tire in vain,
I’m always there in your lips,
I’m lost there,
because my soul feels You.

Everything in vain,
My heart looks for a station,
and in you it stops.
Because all the thoughts, dreams,
live only in You,
I want to kiss you but I can’t,
Without You,
my life I can’t understand,
I’m frightened of my heart which loves You so.

2007


The 2007 entry was Frederik Ndoci with “Hear My Plea”, performed at Festivali I Këngës 45 as “Balada e gurit” (The stone ballad). The song was performed at Eurovision in both English and Albanian. In the semi-final of the 2007 contest he received 49 points, placing 17th of 28 in his semi-final and failing to qualify for the final.

lyrics

I say farewell, the final call
I turn and walk away, I leave it all
I find that life regains its glow
But the journey’s long, the going’s slow

A million miles later
I crave a love that’s greater
Take me home again, ha…

Hear my plea
Take the longing of my heartbeat
Make the melody

Hear my plea
As it quivers in the tear drops
That you shed for me

I beg you, hear my plea
Take the longing of my heartbeat
For eternity

Ha…
(Ah… ah… ah… ah… he…)
Ha…

Hear my plea
Take the longing of my heartbeat
Make the melody

Hear my plea
As it quivers in the tear drops
That you shed for me

I beg you, hear my plea
Take the longing of my heartbeat
For eternity

I beg you, hear my plea
The pain, the suffering of today
Tomorrow’s memory

Ah…

2008


Olta Boka is the winner of this year’s Festivali i Këngës and thus the artist representing Albania in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest. She won the first prize with her song Zemrën E Lamë Peng.Olta Boka, at only 16 years of age, is the youngest Albanian singer to ever make it to the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Olta began her singing career at the tender age of nine, with the formation of Choir of Angels led by National Opera Music Master Suzana Turku.In the period between 2002 and 2005 Olta took part and received many prizes in a number of children’s festivals, organized in Albania, Bulgaria, Greece and Kosovo.Olta’s career made a huge leap forward following her participation at the Albanian Radio Television Song Festival 2007, where she captured the spotlight by winning the first prize and securing her participation at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Zemrën E Lamë Peng which translates in to English as Hearts Trapped In Time.

lyrics

The clock ticks like a heart
The clock runs crazy, it has no hands
You stole the time from my life
The coldness of your voice fell on my heart
Covering the last shelter of love
Ha… ha…
And the hands of time stop there

Day after day, we
Beat after beat, we looked in vain
For the perfect clock which a heart can never be

Night after night, we
Beat after beat, we grew apart
But no, we couldn’t because we both put our hearts at stake
Ah…

The clock ticks like a heart
The clock runs crazy, it has no hands
You stole the time from my life
(The coldness of your voice) fell on my heart
Covering the last shelter of love

Ha… ha…
And the hands of time stop there

Day after day, we
Beat after beat, we looked in vain
For the perfect clock which a heart can never be

Night after night, we
Beat after beat, we grew apart
But no, we couldn’t because we both put our hearts at stake
Ha…

2009


Albania will have one of the youngest performers this year but none the less a total professional, having won several prizes and having a career of more than six years!She was born on the 5th of February in 1992 and will now represent Albania in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.Kejsi is studying in the artistic lyceum of Jordan Misja in Tirana.

Her career started when she was 11-years-old in the Young Voices of Albanian Festival Song contest winning the first prize, and two time winner of the young voices of the Shkodra Festival Contest.In the first Contest of Young Geniuses she was one of the ten finalists. In 2008 she won the Best New Artist prize in the Friday Fever Song Contest of Albanian modern music, and in 2008 winner of the Albanian Radio Television Song Contest with the song Carry Me In Your Dream which will represent Albania at Europe’s favorite TV-show.“I love singing and this is very important for me. Music gives me an inner strength, which I sometimes don’t show up in my daily life, but that comes out when on stage.” These are the words of Kejsi waiting to sing her dream in the Olimpiyski Indoor Arena in Moscow.

lyrics

My love for you grows with each passing day
I’m by your side when you’re away
When I miss you and long for your care
I close my eyes and you there.

All that I ask is one moment in time
No strings attached, no drawing lines
You fill my thoughts even when you’re not here
I close my eyes, close my eyes and I feel
You’re there!

Take my love, take my heart
Carry me with you in your dreams
No, no never let go
Wonder of love – Magical glow.

Take my love, take my heart
Carry me with you in your dreams
No, no never let go
Wonder of love – Magical glow.

All that I ask is one moment in time
No strings attached, no drawing lines
You fill my thoughts even when you’re not here
I close my eyes, close my eyes and I feel
You’re there!

Take my love, take my heart
Carry me with you in your dreams
No, no never let go
Wonder of love – Magical glow.

Search for me in your dreams
Search for me, it’s where I’ll be.

Take my love, take my heart
Carry me with you in your dreams
No, no never let go
Wonder of love – Magical glow.

2010


The winner of Festivali I Këngës 48 was decided on 27 December, with Juliana Pasha taking the victory over former winner Anjeza Shahini. She represented Albania at Eurovision 2010 in Bærum with the song “Nuk mundem pa ty”. The song is a typical up-tempo composition, and has been compared to Christina Aguilera’s “Keeps Gettin’ Better”  and Britney Spears’ “Womanizer”.Albania came 6th in the first semi-final with 76 points, thus qualifying for the final. In the final, Juliana gave a strong performance and finshed 16th with 62 points which included 12 points from FYR Macedonia.

lyrics

You are the one
You give me that something I need
It is me, and I’m calling
You are the one
Making it easy to be
In love with you I’m falling
We been down
Don’t you know we been down here, and I feel it
Even now,
Time that we make a deal, and seal it

It’s all about you
The things that I do
The rest of the world don’t understand me
You are all I dream
Everything that I need
Because when you are gone, I feel so empty
It’s all in the way you look at me
You’re driving me crazy
It’s all about you
All the things that I do
You are my life
Because you make it amazing

I am the one
Who doesn’t know how to say no..
To you I’m so easy
I am the one
Who’s letting my ego just go
For you complete me

We have been down
But something tells me it’s only getting better
So stick around
I want to know what it feels like forever
And ever

It’s all about you
The things that I do
The rest of the world don’t understand me
You’re all that I dream
Everything that I need
Because when you are gone I feel so empty
It’s all in the way you look at me
You are driving me crazy
It’s all about you
All the things that I do
You are my life
Because you make it amazing

I am never alone with the loving you give me
Wherever I go I’m hoping you miss me
Don’t want to ever go back
Never ever go back
Baby you’re my destiny
Oh yea.

2011


Aurela Gace was born in Vlora on October 16th, 1974. She started singing at the age of 4, in the children’s festival in her native city of Vlora. From Festival to festival she continued to win different awards. She graduated with a degree in Drama, at the Academy of Arts in Tirana.At the age of 19, she participated in the music festival on national TV in Tirana with her song Pegasus. Later on, she competed in the Spring Festival 94 and won the first award.Aurela’s real success began with her song Night in Fest 95. She also won the first prize in Fest 99 with her song S’jam Tribu, and in Fest 01 with her song I Feel.

She performed live concerts around Albania and released various albums from 1998 on. Aurela’s style of singing varies from pop to folk. In 2002, Aurela moved in USA where she currently resides. She quickly gained popularity there, in the Albanian community.Aurela’s comeback in the Albanian Song Festival, where she first started her career, was in 2005 as a special guest, and a year later she was awarded with the first prize in the Magic Song Festival with a song titled Open Yourself.She is the winner of the last Albanian Radio Television Song Festival, and will represent Albania in Düsseldorf in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest with her song Feel The Passion with the lyrics of Sokol Marsi, composed by Shpetim Saraci.

lyrics

Feel my heart Feel the words beat low
I sing my song and the eco flows
And wherever I go
I just want you to know
You’r the blood in my veins
and the love in my soul

You are my ware rippling in the sea
You drive my tears and you make me grieve
But wherever I go
I just want you to know
Oh sweet song of mine
Ehhh…
I’m like an eagle in the open sky
I will never land I’m flying high

Let me share my song with you
Just feel the passion
Love the message shining through
A chain reaction
It brings my haven down to earth
And this is why
It drives me mad but it gives me life
I’m free to fly
Ehhh…

And when I feel that I thirst for you
I’ll dab my lips with your morning dew
But wherever I go
I just want you to know
Sweet song live forever
And I’ll live with you

2012


Rona Nishliu is not only a famous pop singer, she is also a devoted experimental jazz musician. She won the honour of representing Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest at the second attempt, and she will sing Suus in Baku.

Rona Nishliu was born in Mitrovica. Already as a high school graduate, she became known for her appearance in the talent show “Ethet & Krasta Show” which was held in Tirana during 2004. Music remains her passion. She took part in Festivali i Këngës, which is the Albanian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, in 2004 together with Teuta Kurti and Vesa Luma, and the trio was awarded the first junior prize.Even though Rona Nishliu is known for being a pop singer in Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro, she is actually a devoted experimental jazz musician, too. Her interpretation is characterized with nuances of soul music influences as well. Her vocal range and interpretative power are her strongest points.

Humanitarian work is an important field of action for Rona Nishliu. As a student she organized humanitarian concerts in Kosovo, and in 2009 she took part as a guest lecturer in the UNDP activity on Awareness Raising for the Importance of Volunteerism for Youngsters in Vushtri. Apart from that, she actively supports people with Autism, and she is a chairperson of the Institute for Sustainability and Development of Youth in Kosovo.

lyrics

In this world, love lives no more
Time has no time for us anymore, no
Noo, oh
Noo… oh…
Time has no time for us anymore

My airplane lands
On your souls’s runway without lights.
They elbow their way and rise today,
Those who couldn’t live yesterday.

But yesterdays have no importance
they were devoured by stormy seas.
Oh, tomorrows won’t bring anything,
Only hope without hope and madness…

Let me cry… cry… cry…
Cause this is the best I can do now
Cause this is the best I can do now

Let me cry… cry… cry…
Cause this is the best I can do now
Cause this is the best I can do now

Let me cry… cry… cry…
Cause this is the best I can do now
Cause this is the best I can do now

2013

Albania competed in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Identitet” which was performed by Adrian Lulgjuraj and Bledar Sejko. The song “Identitet” was chosen as the winner through the Festivali i Këngës.  Albania preformed 14th in the Second Semi-Final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö and did not make it into the grand final.

lyrics

Identity 

I came from far away
Under the dust of time I found clouds and curse
I was standing too close 
I touched only flame and fire 
I spoke only in silence
I wanted some life, glory 
And when I shared the dream
I found a ray of light … a little breath like you … (two times)

Coming from far away 
You’re thirsty, you’re craving
When you see everything changes
Life itself going by 
You’re searching in this language 
It’s the place where you were born and raise
You shared bravery
And you gave love through years
You ran… found freedom … (two times)

We were raised by this land
We’ll speak in one language 
So there will be no more tears
You’ll be found anywhere around the world
You won’t be a stranger any more 
Let it be a new beginning
We together in brotherhood
When I shared the dream, 
I found a ray of light … a little breathes like you … 
You ran… found freedom… 

A ray of light … a little breathes like you…
You ran… found freedom…

2014

On December 28, 2013, Herciana Matmuja won Festivali i Këngës 52 (the 52nd national final of Albania) and was therefore chosen to represent Albania on Eurovision 2014 with her song ‘Zemërimi i një nate’. In the time before Eurovision 2014 she recorded both a English and Albanian version of “Zemërimi i një nate”. Albania failed to qualify for the second year in a row.

lyrics

So say say say say you’ll be there when the words are done
Don’t give in your pride,
Keep calm and think twice

Free your mind from the doubts that are tickling
Free your heart, and let the peace enlighten your feelings
Sun will rise, and the light will be clearing
The tides of the night
keep calm and think twice

Say no, let go, night will fade and the day will glow
I know, you know, that the morning is brighter so
Please say say say say you’ll be there when the words are done
Don’t give in your pride
Let go and don’t cry

Free your mind from the doubts that are tickling
Free your heart, and let the peace enlighten your feelings
Sun will rise, and the light will be clearing
The tides of the night
Keep calm and think twice

Wait a tick tiny tick, you’ll forget it (just wanna make it right)
Wait a tick tiny tick, you’ll regret it (I want to let it out)
Anything isn’t it you want to get it,
Maybe tomorrow, will be late to get by

Albaniathe real results

Draw Participant Entry % of max points Edition Points Position
06 Albania One Night’s Anger
Hersi
10.19% 2014 22
(SF)
15
(DNQ)
14 Albania Identitet
Adrian Lulgjuraj & Bledar Sejko
13.60% 2013 31
(SF)
15
(DNQ)
03 Albania Suus
Rona Nishliu
29.67% 2012 146 5
03 Albania Feel The Passion
Aurela Gaçe
19.58% 2011 47
(SF)
14
(DNQ)
15 Albania It’s All About You
Juliana Pasha
13.60% 2010 62 16
19 Albania Carry Me In Your Dreams
Kejsi Tola
9.76% 2009 48 17
03 Albania Zemrën E Lamë Peng
Olta Boka
10.91% 2008 55 17
11 Albania Hear My Plea
Aida & Frederik Ndoci
9.96% 2007 49
(SF)
17
(DNQ)
06 Albania Zjarr E Ftohtë
Luiz Ejlli
13.06% 2006 58
(SF)
14
(DNQ)
08 Albania Tomorrow I Go
Ledina Celo
11.62% 2005 53 16
09 Albania The Image Of You
Anjeza Shahini
25.24% 2004 106 7

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