Jonida Maliqi wins Festivali i Këngës in Albania

Albania 2019 - Jonida Maliqi

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.

Full results:

1 Jonida Maliqi “Ktheju tokës” 228
2 Lidia Lufi “Rrëfehem” 219  
3 Eranda Libohova “100 pyetje” 181  
4 Dilan Reka “Karma” 169  
5 Soni Malaj “Më e fortë” 166  
6 Klinti Çollaku “Me jetë” 163  
7 Elton Deda “Qetësisht” 156  
8 Marko Strazimiri & Imbro “Leyla” 142  
9 Bojken Lako “Jeto jetën” 138  
10 Gjergj Leka “Një ditë tjetër” 131  
11 Eliza Hoxha “Peng” 127  
12 Alar Band “Dashuria nuk mjafton” 134  
13 Orgesa Zaimi “Hije” 121  
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. 

2 Comments

  1. Dear ESC Daily
    May I wish everyone in the sphere of the Eurovision Song Contest a Happy New Year and an easier 2019. Also my I send my very best of luck to Israel in hosting this years Eurovision Song Contest after their victory last year in Lisbon, Portugal.

    Once again may I wish everyone a Happy New Year

    Bonne Annee

    Yours Truly

    David James Toft
    United Kingdom

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