Albania’s journey to Eurovision Song Contest

RTSH first showed interest in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003, applying forAi??that year’s contest.

The first Albanian entrant to the Eurovision Song Contest was decided through the long-standing Albanian song contest,Ai??Song Festival, an annual activity organized by Albania Radio Television. The winner ofAi??the 42nd Song FestivalAi??would go on to represent Albania in its first Eurovision Song Contest. The winner wasAi??Anjeza ShahiniAi??with the song “Imazhi yt” (The image of you).

The Albanian entry for theAi??Eurovision Song Contest 2005Ai??was again selected through the Song Festival. The winner ofAi??Festivali I KAi??ngAi??s 43Ai??wasAi??Ledina Ai??eloAi??with Ai??”Tomorrow I Go”.

The winner ofAi?? 44th Song Festival wasAi??Luiz EjlliAi??with ‘Fire and cold’, it was the first Albanian entry at Eurovision to be sung in Albanian.

The 2007 entry wasAi??Frederik NdociAi??with “Hear My Plea”.The song was performed at Eurovision in both English and Albanian.

The winner ofAi??Festivali I KAi??ngAi??s 46Ai??was ai??i??Hearts trapped in timeai??i?? byAi??Olta Boka. She sang for Albania at theAi??Eurovision Song Contest 2008Ai??inAi??Belgrade,Ai??Serbia. At the contest she qualified Albania for the final, placing 9th .

In 2009 Albania was represented byAi??Kejsi TolaAi??with the song ai??i??Carry Me in Your Dreamsai??i?? which was composed by Edmond Zhulali and Agim DoAi??i. The song was performed in English .

Juliana Pasha represented Albania at Eurovision 2010 in Oslo with the song “Canai??i??t live without you”.The song is a typical up-tempo composition, and has been compared toAi??Christina Aguilera’s “Keeps Gettin’ Better”Ai??andAi??Britney Spears’ “Womanizer”.

The winner of 2011’s Song Festival wasAi??Aurela GaAi??e, winning for the third time after 10 years. Her song was “Feel the Passion”, represented Albania in the Eurosong .

Albania competed in the 2012 competition with the song “Suus”, which was performed by Rona Nishliu.

In the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest Albania was represented with the song “Identitet” which was performed byAi??Adrian LulgjurajAi??andAi??Bledar Sejko.

Herciana MatmujaAi??wonAi?? ai??i??the 52nd Song Festival of Albaniaai??i?? and was therefore chosen to represent Albania onAi??Eurovision 2014Ai??with her song’One Night’s anger’

Elhaida DaniAi??wonAi??Festivali i KAi??ngAi??s 53Ai??with the song I’m Alive “representing albania in the Eurosong 2015.

ThenAi??Eneda TarifaAi??won the 54th Song Festival with her song “Fairy tale” which meant she would represent Albania in theAi??Eurovision Song Contest 2016Ai??and was the first country to reveal both the artist and song together.

AlbaniaAi??participated in theAi??Eurovision Song Contest 2017Ai??with the song “World”, written by Lindita Halimi, Klodian Qafoku and Gerald Xhari. The song was performed byAi??Lindita Halimi.

This year Albania is represented in the Eurosong by Eugent Bushpepa.var 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