Albania picks first song for 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

Jonida Maliqi will represent Albania at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. She was declared the overall winner of the 57th Festivali i Këngës with her song “Ktheju tokes”.

14 acts competed for the prize with the result being decided by a jury of music ‘experts’. The winning song scored 228 points. Lidia Lufi came a close second singing “Rrëfehem” and picking up 219 points using one of the most bizarre voting systems ever seen (10-20, 22, 25 and 30 points).

Traditionally, the Festivali i Këngës winner undergoes radical surgery ahead of Eurovision, though Maliqi stated after the show this evening that she plans to perform her song in Albanian when she gets to Tel Aviv.

Jonida Maliqi began her singing career at Festivali i Këngës aged 13. She’s entered three times, coming second in 1999. She’s worked in stage musicals, hosted ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and served as a judge on ‘The Voice of Albania’.

Jonida Maliqi Ktheju tokes228
Lidia LufiRrefehem219
Eranda Libohova100 pyetje181
Dilan RekaKarma169
Soni MalajDo vij166
Klint CollakuMe jete163
Elton DedaQetesisht156
Marko Strazimiri & Imbro Leyla142
Bojken LakoJeto jeten138
Gjergj Leka Besoj131
Eliza HoxhaPeng127
Alar BandDashuria nuk mjafton124
Orgesa ZaimiHije121
Artemisa Mithi & Febi ShkurtiDua ta besoj113


  1. Our annual Christmas present from Albania. She’ll sing in Albanian they always do. I started watching the web stream of this last night but gave up, mainly because of the large number of ads, but also because the sound quality on the web stream at least was appalling.
    It will change quite radically before it gets to ESC, they’ll sort out the neckline of her dress for a start, it will fit properly by next May. At least they’ll only have to lose about 10 seconds this year, last year they had to trim the better part of a minute to get it inside 3 minutes.
    I suppose it’s everyone’s number 1 (of 1) at the moment.

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