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December
2017

Eugent Bushpepa wins Festivali i Kenges 56 in Albania

Eugent Bushpepa wins Festivali i Kenges 56 in Albania

After a long night and 16 songs, we finally have a winner in Albania. The winner is Eugent Bushpepa with the song Mall. The winner from the RTSH broadcast was chosen by 100% jury vote. 

The show started at 21:00 CET and lasted up until :00 CET, and was broadcast from the Palace of Congresses in Tirana. So it was a long night for performers, hosts and jury members. This show was at a much higher standard compared to previous years. Eugent breaks tradition from previous years, as the last 2 years have been solo females, so this song could do extremely well for Albania in Lisbon.

The Results

So Eugent placed 1st, then Redon Makashi placed 2nd and Iris Neziri placed 3rd. No jury scores are available at the moment, but those are the op 3 placings from the show tonight. You can find more information about the show in the live blog we published during the evening.

The Winner

Eugent is a famous Albanian rock musician. He was born in 1984, but has not lived his whole life in Albania. He moved to Italy for several years before returning to Albania to host a talk show at Top Channel. On Top Show, he is a resident singer and covers many famous songs. To date he has no albums but 12 singles, and has won 4 top music awards in Albania. He is one of Albania’s top music stars.

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24
December
2017

Albania: Eugent Bushpepa wins Festivali i Kenges 56 (updated)

Albania: Eugent Bushpepa wins Festivali i Kenges 56 (updated)

After a long night and 16 songs, we finally have a winner in Albania. The winner is Eugent Bushpepa with the song Mall. The winner from the RTSH broadcast was chosen by 100% jury vote. 

The show started at 21:00 CET and lasted up until :00 CET, and was broadcast from the Palace of Congresses in Tirana. So it was a long night for performers, hosts and jury members. This show was at a much higher standard compared to previous years. Eugent breaks tradition from previous years, as the last 2 years have been solo females, so this song could do extremely well for Albania in Lisbon.

The Results

So Eugent placed 1st, then Redon Makashi placed 2nd and Iris Neziri placed 3rd. No jury scores are available at the moment, but those are the op 3 placings from the show tonight.

The Winner

Eugent is a famous Albanian rock musician. He was born in 1894, but has not lived his whole life in Albania. He moved to Italy for several years before returning to Albania to host a talk show at Top Channel. On Top Show, he is a resident singer and covers many famous songs. To date he has no albums but 12 singles, and has won 4 top music awards in Albania. He is one of Albania’s top music stars.

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23
December
2017

Nine different nationalities present in San Marino’s national final

Nine different nationalities present in San Marino’s national final

San Marino has revealed the full list of participants for its national final. Eleven artists will take part, who together possess no less than nine different nationalities. Only one of the participants comes from San Marino.

Broadcaster SMRTV had previously revealed three wildcard participants. Among the eight acts now added to the list are several previous preselection participants, including Franklin Calleja and Jessika Muscat from Malta, and Judah Gavra from Israel.

San Marino ‘s national Eurovision selection participants:

  • Emma Sandström (Finland)
  • Giovanni Montalbano (Italy)
  • Irol (San Marino)
  • Camilla North (Norway)
  • Franklin C​alleja (Malta)
  • Jenifer Besky (Germany)
  • Jessika M​uscat (Malta)
  • Judah Gavra (Israel)
  • Sebastian Schmidt (Germany)
  • ​Sara de Blue (Austria)
  • Tinashe Makura (Zimbabwe)

In recent years, San Marino went for an internal selection to pick their act for Eurovision. Now they came up with a new strategy. For San Marino it is a struggle to take part at the Eurovision Song Contest each year. It makes sense, that the delegation from the microstate is looking a bit envious at the bigger countries with big productions, like Russia.

Capicchioni: “Very difficult for small countries to do Eurovision”

Towards ESCDaily, Alessandro Capicchioni, the Head of Delegation from San Marino explains the financial difficulties for a small nation to take part: “It is very difficult. When you consider that we have only a hundred employees, and how many people are working on Eurovision alone from SVT… The budget of Eurovision is also bigger than our whole tv budget. So you can understand that the numbers don’t fit the word ‘easy’”

The only way that San Marino can take part is if someone like Ralph Siegel or Serhat steps in, the delegation explained in 2016. But now they found another way to be able to take part and still cover most of the expenses. “We always look for sponsors and participate in the most economical way,” says Capicchioni. “Russia has a great production, but we can not afford that. The EBU can not help any more than giving all countries the same chances. Of course, it is a balance of power, the big countries have more to say at the table. But the EBU is able to keep all countries of Europe under one roof. A political struggle, but also something very huge in terms or organisation, also for small countries like San Marino.”

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23
December
2017

Albania: Eugent Bushpepa wins Festivali i Kenges 56

Albania: Eugent Bushpepa wins Festivali i Kenges 56

After a long night and 16 songs, we finally have a winner in Albania. The winner is Eugent Bushpepa with the song Mall. The winner from the RTSH broadcast was chosen by 100% jury vote. 

The show started at 21:00 CET and lasted up until :00 CET, and was broadcast from the Palace of Congresses in Tirana. So it was a long night for performers, hosts and jury members. This show was at a much higher standard compared to previous years. Eugent breaks tradition from previous years, as the last 2 years have been solo females, so this song could do extremely well for Albania in Lisbon.

The Winner

Eugent is a famous Albanian rock musician. He was born in 1894, but has not lived his whole life in Albania. He moved to Italy for several years before returning to Albania to host a talk show at Top Channel. On Top Show, he is a resident singer and covers many famous songs. To date he has no albums but 12 singles, and has won 4 top music awards in Albania. He is one of Albania’s top music stars.

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23
December
2017

Albania: Live blog of Festivali i Kenges 56

Albania: Live blog of Festivali i Kenges 56

The first national final of the season is already upon us. Albania select their representative for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Last year, Albania failed to qualify for the Grand Final, so this year, will the Albanian public and jury select a song that will gain them qualification?

The show in Albania starts at 20:45 CET (19:45 GMT), and is bring broadcast from the Palace of Congresses in Tirana. The host of the show is Adi Krasta. In total there are 8 qualifiers from Semi final 1 and 6 qualifier from semi final 2. The final result will be 100% decided by the Albanian jury. Viewers outside of Albania can watch the show live on RTSH 1. The finalists (in performance order) are as follows:

  1. Redon Makashi – Ekziston
  2. NA & Festina Mezini – Tjetër jetë
  3. Voltan Prodani – E pamundur
  4. Denisa Gjezo – Zemër ku je
  5. Tiri Gjoci – Orë e ndalur
  6. Orgesa Zaimi – Ngrije zërin
  7. Rezarta Smaja & Luiz Ejilli -Ra një yll
  8. Artemisa Mithi – E dua botën
  9. Manjola Nallbani – I njëjti qiell
  10. Inis Neziri -Piedestal
  11. Bojken Lako – Sytë e shpirtit
  12. Mariza Ikonomi – Unë
  13. Eugent Bushpepa – Mall
  14. Elton Deda – Fjalët

All songs will be sung in Albanian, with the winning song (most likely) being translated into English and remixed ready for the Eurovision Song Contest.

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20:40 CET (19:40 GMT): I hope you are all as ready as I am for the first national final of 2018. If the semi finals are anything to go by, we are in for a long show. So sit back, relax and enjoy the commentary I (Sadie) shall be providing here on ESCDaily.

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23
December
2017

Albania: Luiz Ejlli reaches the final night of FiK56

Albania: Luiz Ejlli reaches the final night of FiK56

Luiz Ejlli is among the 14 qualifiers of the grand final of Festivali i Këngës 56. The winner of that final, which will be held on Saturday night, will represent Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

Just like last year, FiK consisted of two semi finals, but the results of both shows were kept a secret until the second show was over. This is also because all results were added up together for both shows. That is why the first semi final delivered more qualifiers than the second show.

Luiz Ejlli previously represented Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006, but he failed to qualify from the semi final. He took part in the Albanian preselection in many other occasions, but never managed to win the competition again.

Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation’s jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency.

Results semi final 1 (qualifiers in bold)

1 Elton Deda “Fjalët”
2 Mariza Ikonomi “Unë”
3 Endri & Stefi “Mesazh”
4 Evans Rama “Gjurmët”
5 Genc & David Tukiçi “Të pandarë”
6 Voltan Prodani “E pamundur”
7 Eugent Bushpepa “Mall”
8 Rezarta Smaja & Luiz Ejlli “Ra një yll”
9 Bojken Lako “Sytë e shpirtit”
10 Manjola Nallbani “I njëjti qiell”
11 Redon Makashi “Ekziston”

Results semi final 2 (qualifiers in bold)

1 Orgesa Zaimi “Ngrije zërin”
2 Denisa Gjezo “Zemër ku je”
3 NA & Festina Mezini “Tjetër jetë”
4 Lorela Sejdini “Pritëm edhe pak”
5 Artemisa Mithi “E dua botën”
6 Ergi Bregu “Bum bum”
7 Akullthyesit “Divorci”
8 Xhesika Polo “Përjetë”
9 Inis Neziri “Piedestal”
10 Tiri Gjoci “Orë e ndalur”
11 LYNX “Vonë”

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