Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Country  Albania
National selection
Selection process Festivali i Këngës 55
Selection date(s) Semi-finals:
21 December 2016
22 December 2016
Final:
23 December 2016
Song:
13 March 2017
Selected entrant Lindita
Selected song « World« 
Selected songwriter(s) Lindita Halimi
Klodian Qafoku
Gerald Xhari
Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2016 2017

Albania will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Albanian broadcaster Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) organised the national final Festivali i Këngës 55 in order to select the Albanian entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine. The country will be represented by an English version of the song Botë, written by Klodian Qafoku and Gerald Xhari and performed by Lindita.

Background

Prior to the 2017 Contest, Albania had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest thirteen times since its first entry in 2004.[1] The nation’s best placing in the contest was fifth, which it achieved in 2012 with the song « Suus » performed by Rona Nishliu. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004 contest, Albania had, to this point, featured in seven finals. In 2016, Albania failed to qualify for the final and placed sixteenth with the song « Fairytale » performed by Eneda Tarifa.

The Albanian national broadcaster, Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH), broadcasts the event within Albania and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. The Albanian competition Festivali i Këngës has been organised every year since 1964 and has been used as Albania’s Eurovision selection method since its debut in 2004. Details regarding the 55th edition of Festivali i Këngës were announced on 8 August 2016;[2] however, the Albanian broadcaster formally confirmed their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on 24 September 2016.[3]

Before Eurovision

Competing entries

Artist Song English Translation Music (m) / Lyrics (l)
Albulena Jashari « Fjalët ia lë zemrës » I leave the talking to the heart Marsela Çibukaj & Briz Musaraj (m) / Gerald Xhari (Big Basta) (l)
Classic Boys « Dashuria për jetën » The love for life Endri Sina (m) / Saimir Braho (l)
Dilan Reka « Mos harro » Don’t forget Edmond Zhulali (m) / Agim Doçi (l)
Edea Demaliaj « Besoj në ëndrra » I believe in dreams Fabian Asllani (m) / Edea Demaliaj (l)
Edona Vatoci « Mirëmëngjës » Good morning Edona Vatoci (m&l)
Elson Braha « Edhe një herë » One more time Adrian Hila (m) / Pandi Laço (l)
Erlind Zeraliu « Dhimbja e gëzimit » The pain of joy Vasil Tole (m) / Fatos Arapi (l)
Fabiola Agalliu & Agnesa Çavolli « Shkon e vjen » You come and go Sokol Marsi (m) / Fabiola Agalliu (l)
Festina Mejzini « Atje lart » Up there Eriona Rushiti (m&l)
Flaka Krelani « Osiris » Osiris Qëndrim Krelani (m&l)
Franc Koruni « Macka » The pussycat Franc Koruni (m&l)
Genc Salihu « Këtu » Here Genc Salihu (m&l)
Lindita Halimi « Botë«  World Klodian Qafoku (m) / Gerald Xhari (Big Basta) (l)
Linda Rukaj « Vija e lumit » The course of the river Linda Rukaj (m&l)
Lorela « Me ty » With you Alban Kondi (m) / Turjan Hyska (l)
LYNX « Sot » Today LYNX (m&l)
Luka & Serxhio Hajdini « Koha plaket » Time ages Serxhio Hajdini (m) / Luka Hajdini (l)
Neki Emra « Dashuri dhe urrejtje » Love and hatred Neki Emra (m) / Albatros Rexha (l)
Orges Toçe « Shi diamantësh » Diamond rain Orges Toçe (m&l)
Rezarta Smaja « Pse prite gjatë » Why did you wait so long? Xhevdet Gashi (m) / Arsim Bujaku (l)
Tiri « Më zgjo » Wake me up Enis Mullaj (m) / Sokol Marsi (l)
Xhejni Lito « Pritja » The wait Indrit Lelo (m&l)
Xhesika Polo « Eva jam unë » I am Eve Marko Polo (m) / Alex Seitaj (l)
XUXI « Metropol » Metropolis Genti Lako (m) / Ana Gramo (l)
Yll Limani « Shiu » The rain Yll Limani & Ilirjana Blakaj (m&l)

Semi-finals

  Finalist

Final

Final – 23 December 2016
Draw Artist Song Jury votes
Televote
Total Place
Altin Basha
Vikena Kamenica
Alma Bektashi
Arben Duka
Vlashent Sata
Nertila Koka
Fatrin Krajka
Total
1 Franc Koruni « Macka » 2 1 4 4 1 12 12 11
2 Lorela « Me ty » 3 4 1 8 8 12
3 Xhesika Polo « Eva jam unë » 4 1 5 5 14
4 XUXI « Metropol » 3 3 3 1 5 10 3 2 30 30 5
5 Fabiola Agalliu & Agnesa Çavolli « Shkon e vjen » 2 5 7 7 13
6 Dilan Reka « Mos harro » 1 3 10 5 3 7 10 4 43 7 50 3
7 Lindita Halimi « Botë » 7 10 10 7 3 10 3 10 10 5 5 80 5 85 1
8 Flaka Krelani « Osiris » 2 4 4 2 5 10 27 3 30 5
9 Rezarta Smaja « Pse prite gjatë » 5 4 1 5 3 2 20 4 24 7
10 Edea Demaliaj « Besoj në ëndrra » 5 7 2 2 7 23 23 9
11 Yll Limani « Shiu » 10 7 7 2 1 2 4 7 40 10 50 3
12 LYNX « Sot » 2 1 1 2 4 3 13 1 14 10
13 Orges Toçe « Shi diamantësh » 4 1 10 5 1 3 24 24 7
14 Genc Salihu « Këtu » 5 4 5 10 7 7 7 7 52 2 54 2

At Eurovision

The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will take place at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine and will consist of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May and the final on 13 May 2017.[4] According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the « Big 5 » (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final.

References

  1. ^ « Albania Country Profile ». EBU. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  2. ^ « Albania: Festivali i Këngës 55 submissions to open 10 October ». esctoday.com. Esctoday. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  3. ^ « Albania: RTSH confirms participation in Eurovision 2017 ». Esctoday. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  4. ^ Jordan, Paul (9 September 2016). « Kyiv to host Eurovision 2017! ». eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 

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