Live: Festivali i Këngës Grand Final

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Tonight, Albanian broadcaster RTSH will broadcast the Grand Final of the 50th Festivali i Këngës, live from Tirana, Albania at 20:30CET.

Tonight’s show will once again be hosted by Enkeleida ZekoHygerta Sako and Nik Xhelilaj. A total of twenty acts will be on stage tonight with the winner going on to represent Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012! Who will it be? Join us as we cover the Albanian National Final and find out who will represent Albania in Baku!

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The Jury members will be deciding the outcome tonight and they are Aldo Shllaku, Edi Xhani, Ndriçim Xhepa, Redon Makashi, Zana Shuteriqi and Zhani Ciko. The show will start shortly, and you may watch the show here.

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Good evening Europe and welcome to the Grand Final of this year’s Festivali i Këngës. Tonight, a total of 20 songs will be fighting for the first prize which will be announced at the end of the show. Tonight, the participants are:

01. Bojken Lako – “Të Zakonshëm”

02. Saimir Braho – “Ajër”

03. Mirjeta Billo – “Vlen Sa Një Jetë”

04. Hercina Matmuja – “Aty Ku Më Le”

05. Xhensila Myrtezaj – “Lulet Mbledh Për Hënën”

06. Toni Mehmetaj – “Ëndërra e Parë”

07. Iris Hoxha – “Pa Ty … Asnjë Sekond”

08. Gerta Mahmutaj – “Pyet Zemrën”

09. Bashkim Alibali – “Këngën Time Merr Me Vehte”

10. Altin Goci – “Kthehem Prapë”

11. Elton Deda – “Kristal”

12. Endri Prifti and Stefi Prifti – “Iluzion”

13. Rona Nishliu – “Suus”

14. Kamela – “Mbi Yje”

15. Frederik Ndoci – “Oh..Jeta Ime”

16. Mariza Ikonomi – “Më Lër Të Të Dua”

17. Elhaida Dani – “Mijëra Vjet”

18. Rudina Delia – “Më Kërko”

19. Samanta Karavello – “Zgjomë Një Tjetër Ëndërr”

20. Dr. Flori – “Personale”

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The judges are explaining the format once again and introducing the judges, who are going to decide the winner of the 50th Festivali i Këngës, the Albanian representaive at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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01. Bojken Lako – “Të Zakonshëm”

The first song to open the show tonight is Bojken Lako with “Të Zakonshëm”. The song was written and composed by Bojken, himself. The song is a rock song, a very good opening act. Bojken sings it very good, but sometimes it sounds too loud. Personally I do not like the song. Is this song good enough to win? 

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02. Saimir Braho – “Ajër”

The second act tonight is Saimir Braho with “Ajër” (Air). The song was written by Saimir himself, together with Irma Kurti. The music was composed by Ilir Dangëllia. Saimir performed last night, an Festivali i Këngës winner hit. His song is a ballad. He sings it very well. The songs talks about a love story. Will he be good enough to win the 50th Festivali i Këngës?

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03. Marjeta Billo – “Vlen Sa Një Jetë”

Third up is Marjeta Billo with “Vlen Sa Një Jetë” (Worths as much as a Life). The song was written by Arben Duka and composed by Klodian Qafoku. It is a very nice rhythmic song. Marjeta’s voice is very powerful and fits to the music. The orchestra follows the music very good also. The song talks about Love and by far, it is the best we have tonight. Could Marjeta wave the Albanian flag in Baku?

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04. Hercina Matmuja – “Aty Ku Më Le”

It’s Hercina Matmuja’s time. She is performing fourth with “Aty Ku Më Le” (There, where you left me). She performed on the first semi-final where she got through. Her song was written by Agron Tufa and composed by Shpëtim Kushta. It is a very powerful song and Hercina follows it very well. Her performance tonight is much stronger than her first one. Is she good enough to win the 50th Festivali i Këngës?

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05. Xhensila Myrtezaj – “Lulet Mbledh Për Hënën”

The fifth act is Xhensila Myrtezaji with “Lulet Mbledh Për Hënën” (I collect flowers for the moon) which is written by P.Papingji and composed by Genti Lako. After her performance in the first semi-final, Xhensila was a favorite to win the contest. Her performance tonight is much stronger than the first one. Her vocals is very good, the orchestra follows the song very good, too. Xhensila was discovered as an artist just 6 months ago, participating in Top Fest and right now she is a favorite to represent to represent Albania in Eurovision, pretty good! Is she good enough to represent Albania in Baku?

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06. Toni Mehmetaj – “Ëndërra e Parë”

It’s time for the sixth act. It’s “Ëndërra e Parë” (The first dream) sung by Toni Mehmetaj. The song was written by Agim Doçi and composed by Edmond Zhulali.  He got through to the final in the second semi-final, where he performed first. Tonight he appears in a black suit. The song is a catchy Pop/Ballad. He seems very nervous though. The vocals are fine, but his performance in 2nd semi-final, was certainly better. Is he good enough to win tonight?

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07. Iris Hoxha – “Pa Ty … Asnjë Sekond”

It’s time to hear Iris Hoxha. Her song is called “Pa Ty…Asnjë Sekond” (Without You .. Any Second). The song was written by L.Shqiponja and composed by Edmond Rrapi.  Her voice is absolutely stunning, she follows the song perfectlly. The song isn’t very attractive but the way she sings it makes you love it. Iris came from Italy especially for Festivali i Këngës? Is she good enough to win Festivali i Këngës?

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Now it’s time for a break, a very long one …

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Okay, we’re back. It’s time to continue the competition.

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08. Gerta Mahmutaj – “Pyet Zemrën”

The eighth act tonight is Gerta Mahmutaj with “Pyet Zemrën” (Ask Your Heart) written by Rozana Radi and composed by Flamur Shehu. She opened this year’s contest in the first semi final and qualified for the final. Tonight, she is wearing a white dress. Her song is very catchy but personally I don’t think the jury is going to vote this song. Her voice is very well and the orchestra follows the song very good. She is trying to communicate with the public, but currently they are all sleeping.. Anyway, what do you think? Is Gerta good enough to wave the double-headed eagle flag in Baku?

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09. Bashkim Alibali – “Këngën time merr me vehte”

The ninth act tonight is Bashkim Alibali with “Këngën Time Merr Me Vehte” (Take my song with you). The song is written by by Jorgo Papingji and composed by Bashkim Alibali himself. He qualified to the final from the first semi-final. His performance tonight is better than the firs tone, but once again it’s nothing special to represent Albania in Eurovision Song Contes though. Do you think he could do well tonight?

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10. Altin Goci – “Kthehem prapë”

The tenth act tonight is Altin Goci with “Kthehem prapë” (Ill be back). Altin participated in the first semi-final. His song is written by Klodi Shehu and composed by himself. The song has the 80’s rhythms. He sings is very well though. We did an interview with Altin a few weeks ago, you can read it by clicking “here”. After all, we are trying to select a song for Eurovision Song Contest 2012 not 1980. Do you think he could do well tonight?

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11. Elton Deda – “Kristal”

Alright, alright it’s time for the hot favorite tonight. The judge of “The Voice of Albania” Elton Deda is singing his “Kristal” (Crystal) song. The song was written by Sokol Marsi and composed by Elton himself. He is wearning a black suit. Orchestra follows the song very well, and Elton sings it very good. He bids to win tonight, together with Rona and Samanta. But, is he good enough to represent Albania in Baku? What do you think?

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12. Endri Prifti and Stefi Prifti – “Mbi çdo Iluzion”

It’s time for the Stefi Brothers. They are singing “Mbi Çdo Iluzion” (Upon every illusion). The song was written by Timo Flloko and produced by Voltan Prodani. The songs starts very booooring, but later it gets better. Stefi Brothers have been on Festivali i Këngës stage for many years. Could they win tonight? Hope dies the last.

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13. Rona Nishliu – “Suus”

It’s Rona’s time. Many fans are waiting for this. Rona bids to win tonight. Her performance in the first semi-final surprised everyone.  Her performance got over ten thousand views on Youtube and it’s currently the most discussed one. Her song is called “Suus” (from Latin: Personal) which is written by Rona herself and composed by Florent Boshnjaku. Tonight, she looks much better than the first one. Her vocals are great, but still she sounds a little bit too loud and basically it’s a mourning song. If this song wins, it’s gonna open a lot of discussions. For more, she is the only participant from Kosovo. Could she represent Albania in Baku? Let’s see…

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14. Kamela – “Mbi Yje”

The fourteenth act tonight is Kamela with “Mbi Yje”. The song is composed by Alban Male and written by I.Sojli. Kamela ranked third in the 48th Festivali i Këngës held three years ago, where Juliana Pasha won. Kamela’s voice is great tonight. And she looks very beautiful. She is wearning a black dress and she has got no shoes on, don’t know why.. The song is very cute too. Could she win the 50th Festivali i Këngës? 

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Ahh, it’s time for another break .. it’s gonna last 5 minutes.

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We are back, let’s continue with Albania’s Eurostar Frederik Ndoci

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15. Frederik Ndoci – “Ohh..Jeta Ime”

It’s time for the Albanian Eurovision star Frederik Ndoci. His song is called “Ohh.Jeta ime” (Ohh, my life) which is written by Frederik himself and composed by Lejla Agolli. His voice is powerful as always, and again he is accompanied by his sisters. The song is a strong ballad but I don’t think it could win the festival. But, what do you think? Could Frederik represent Albania in Eurovision again, this time with a better result?

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16. Mariza Ikonomi – “Më Lër Të Të Dua”

It’s time for the beautiful voice of Mariza Ikonomi with “Më Lër Të Të Dua” (Let Me Love You). The song was composed by Sokol Marsi and it’s written by Jorgo Papingji. It is a very good relaxing song. Her voice is great as always and tonight she brings a better performance than the one. Is Mariza good enough to wave Albanian flag in Baku?

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17. Elhaida Dani – “Mijëra Vjet”

It’s Elhaida’s turn. Even though I didn’t add her to the “Favorite’s list” but she is there. Her song is called “Mijëra Vjet” (Thousands of Years) which is composed Endri Sina and written by Sokol Marsi. She is wearning a long black dress. Her voice tonight is very good and the orchestra follows her very well. Could she win Festivali i Këngës and represent Albania in Baku?

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18. Rudina Delia – Më Kërko

The eighteenth act tonight is Rudina Delia with “Më Kërko” (Look up for me). The song was written by Rudina herself and composed Luan Zhegu.She is wearning a blue dress tonight. Unlike some other ballads, Rudina’s song has some more modern rhythms and sounds better than a few others tonight. Her voice sounds very well too. The song in general is a Powerful Ballad. Is Rudina good enough to win the 50th Festivali i Këngës?

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19. Samanta Karavello – “Zgjomë Një Tjetër Ëndërr”

It’s Samata’s turn. She is a favorite to win tonight as well. Her song is called “Zgjomë Një Tjetër Ëndërr” (Wake Me Up in an Another Dream). Ballads are not quiet Samanta’s style but still, she does a great job on this song. The song was written by Pandi Laço and composed by Gent Myftaraj. Her vocal tonight is improved, and she does a very good job with it. Samanta was announced as a favorite to represent Albania in Baku, a few weeks ago. So, could she win the 50th Festivali i Këngës and wave the Albanian flag in Baku?

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20. Dr. Flori – “Personale”

Alright, alright, alright it’s time for the last song tonight. It’s Dr. Flori’s turn. His song is called “Personale (Personal)” and he is the only hip hop artist tonight. The song was written and composed by Dr. Flori himself. I won’t comment about his voice beacuse after all it’s a rap song. The song talks about sad love story and he keeps it very well. The chorus is very good but I personally don’t think he would win tonight. Even though Dr. Flori has many fans in Albania, the “professional jury” wouldn’t rate this song very high. Do you think he should win tonight?

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It’s time for another break, hopefully the last..

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We are back. Don’t forget we are going to bring you the results in a Scoreboard made especially by ESCDaily.com where you will see which judge voted which song.

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A kid choir sung “Ja na erdhi viti i ri”, a traditional Albanian song for the New Year.

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Now there is a medley of Eurovision songs by Anjeza Shahini (2004) singing her song “The Image of You” who was ranked seventh. Now Ledina appears on stage with her Eurovision song “Tomorrow I Go”, ranked 16th. Luiz Ejlli (2006) is missing, so they are showing his performance at Eurovision. Frederik appears on stage now singing his “Hear my Plea”. Olta Boka (2008) is on stage too, singing her beautiful “Zemrën e Lamë Peng” which was ranked 16th, she looks great too. Ahh, here is Kejsi (2009) with “Carry me in your dreams” who was ranked 17th, she looks great too.

Attention, attention Juliana is on stage. Juliana Pasha (2010) with “It’s All About You” who was ranked 16th.She’s currently a judge on “The X Factor Albania”

Aha, save the best for the end, Aurela is on stage. Remember her? Aurela Gaçe (2010) represented Albania in Dusseldorf with “Feel The Passion”. She gave birth to her first child last month, she named her “Grace”. She looks amazing by the way.. She it’s playback…

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Another act on stage, ballad dancers I think …

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Eurostars are singing “Lemza” by Vaçe Zela

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Ahh, it’s the result time. There will be 5 prizes and the three first prices.

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Best interpretation – Rona Nisliu for “Suus”.

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Best Lyrics – Sokol Marsi for “Kristal” (Sung by Elton Deda).

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Best Melody – Endri Sina for Mijëra Vjet (Sung by Elhaida Dani).

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Price of Criticism – Frederik Ndoci for Ohh..Jeta ime

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Best Orchestration 

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It’s time for the jury to vote. The voting procedure will be 1-7 than 8, 10 and 12

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Ndriçim Xhepa

 

12 Rona Nishliu Suus
10 Saimir Braho Ajër
8 Elton Deda Kristal
7 Endri&Stefi Prifti Iluzion
6 Altin Goci Kthehem prapë
5 Kamela Mbi Yje
4 Samanta Karavello Zgjomë një tjetër ëndërr
3 Dr. Flori Personale
2 Xhensila Myrtezaj Lulet mbledh për hënën
1Iris Hoxha Pa Ty

Redon Makashi

12 Samanta Karavello Zgjomë një tjetër ëndërr
10 Elton Deda Kristal
8 Bojken Lako & Breza Të Zakonshëm
7 Rona Nishliu Suus
6 Saimir Braho Ajër
5 Endri&Stefi Prifti Iluzion
4 Altin Goci Kthehem prapë
3 Iris Hoxha Pa Ty
2 Mariza Ikonomi Më Lër të të dua
1 Toni Mehmetaj Ëndërra e parë

Zana Shuteriqi

12 Rona Nishliu Suus
10 Elton Deda Kristal
8 Saimir Braho Ajër
7 Samanta Karavello Zgjomë një tjetër ëndërr
6 Altin Goci Kthehem prapë
5 Kamela Mbi Yje
4 Bojken Lako & Breza Të Zakonshëm
3 Toni Mehmetaj Ëndërra e parë
2 Dr. Flori Personale
1 Iris Hoxha Pa Ty

Edi Xhani

12 Rona Nishliu Suus
10 Saimir Braho Ajër
8 Mariza Ikonomi Më Lër të të dua
7 Elton Deda Kristal
6 Samanta Karavello Zgjomë një tjetër ëndërr
5 Iris Hoxha Pa Ty
4 Altin Goci Kthehem prapë
3 Dr. Flori Personale
2 Endri&Stefi Prifti Iluzion
1 Toni Mehmetaj Ëndërra e parë

Robert R.

12 Altin Goci Kthehem prapë
10 Rona Nishliu Suus
8 Kamela Mbi Yje
7 Endri&Stefi Prifti Iluzion
6 Xhensila Myrtezaj Lulet mbledh për hënën
5 Elton Deda Kristal
4 Samanta Karavello Zgjomë një tjetër ëndërr
3 Mariza Ikonomi Më Lër të të dua
2 Saimir Braho Ajër
1 Toni Mehmetaj Ëndërra e parë

Zhani Ciko

12 Rona Nishliu Suus
10 Elton Deda Kristal
8 Saimir Braho Ajër
7 Iris Hoxha Pa Ty
6 Samanta Karavello Zgjomë një tjetër ëndërr
5 Altin Goci Kthehem prapë
4 Toni Mehmetaj Ëndërra e parë
3 Dr. Flori Personale
2 Bojken Lako & Breza Të Zakonshëm
1 Endri&Stefi Prifti Iluzion

Aldo Shllaku

12 Rona Nishliu Suus
10 Dr. Flori Personale
8 Samanta Karavello Zgjomë një tjetër ëndërr
7 Kamela Mbi Yje
6 Saimir Braho Ajër
5 Elton Deda Kristal
4 Bojken Lako & Breza Të Zakonshëm
3 Endri&Stefi Prifti Iluzion
2 Iris Hoxha Pa Ty
1 Altin Goci Kthehem prapë

THE VOTING

Rona Nishliu Suus 1/ 77
Elton Deda Kristal 2 /55
Saimir Braho Ajër 3 /50
Samanta Karavello Zgjomë një tjetër ëndërr 4 /47
Altin Goci Kthehem prapë 5 /38
Kamela Mbi Yje 6 /25
Endri&Stefi Prifti Iluzion 7 /25
Dr. Flori Personale 8 /21
Iris Hoxha Pa Ty 9 /19
Bojken Lako & Breza Të Zakonshëm 10 /18
Mariza Ikonomi Më Lër të të dua 11 /13
Toni Mehmetaj Ëndërra e parë 12 /10
Xhensila Myrtezaj Lulet mbledh për hënën 13 /8
Marjeta Billo Vlen sa një jetë 14 /0
Hercina Matmuja Aty ku më le 15 /0
Gerta Mahmutaj Pyete Zemrën 16 /0
Bashkim Alibali Këngën time merre vehtë 17 /0
Frederik Ndoci Oh..Jeta ime 18 /0
Elhaida Dani Mijëra vjet 19 /0
Rudina Delia Më Kërko 20 /0