After a mammoth Grand Final from the Palace of Congress, Jonida Maliqi was victorious and will be representing Albania in Tel Aviv in May. The winning song is called “Ktheju tokës”.
In Albanian, the 2018 winning song is called “Ktheju tokës”, however, Albania has been known to revamp songs into English before the main Contest. Jonida Maliqi was one of the fan favourites throughout the contest, even in her difficult semi final. However, it is not known what the qualification scores were.
In the grand final, Lidia Lufi took second place and Eranda came third.
|1||Jonida Maliqi||“Ktheju tokës”||228|
|3||Eranda Libohova||“100 pyetje”||181|
|5||Soni Malaj||“Më e fortë”||166|
|6||Klinti Çollaku||“Me jetë”||163|
|8||Marko Strazimiri & Imbro||“Leyla”||142|
|9||Bojken Lako||“Jeto jetën”||138|
|10||Gjergj Leka||“Një ditë tjetër”||131|
|12||Alar Band||“Dashuria nuk mjafton”||134|
|14||Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti||“Dua ta besoj”||113|
About Jonida Maliqi
Maliqi is a well known Albanian born performer, having won 7 awards over 10 years at Kënga Magjike. These awards included best performer in 2003 and 2005. She also got best song in 2008 for “Njëri nga ata”. She has experience at the Albanian big stage, and will now move on to the biggest international podium: Eurovision.
This was the ninth attempt of Jonida to represent Albania. The years she competed in full are: 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007 and finally winning in 2018. However, only 3 of these years she competed as a lead singer.
Her first singing year was 1999 with the song “Do jetoj pa ty” where she came runner up, then she returned in 2004 with the song “Frikem se më pëlqen” and she came third, eventually winning in 2018 for the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv.
Festivali i Këngës Grand Final
The Grand Final was riddled with technical issues which saw 2 acts perform again. Marko Strazimiri & Imbro and Eranda Libohova had to perform again after various issues stopped them from carrying out the performance to the best of their abilities. In the end Eranda had the better of the reprise results, as she came within reach of winning, and was in fact leading at some points while the jury votes were being given out.