Jonida Maliqi to represent Albania

The results are out and the singer representing Albania next year will be Jonida Maliqi , singing the song Ktheju tokës which translates as ‘Restore the earth’. 

The winning song was also chosen as your favourite in our readers poll.

The final of RTSH started off well, however there were a few technical issues with 2 of the songs Eranda Libohova’s “100 pyetje” and Marko Strazimiri & Imbro “Leyla” getting to be resung as the vocals couldn’t be heard by viewers at home.

Jonida is no stranger to fame, having hosted the fourth season of Dancing with the Stars Albania, and has also served as a judge on the fifth season of The Voice of Albania in 2016.

The lyrics are as follows:

You sing and weep,In the hands the tears gather,

I keep …One day she lives,

In the other dying,

How much, little hope,

Single, without identity.Return to your soil,

O man that has the heart,Return to your soil,

You know a heart awaits you.

One day she lives,In the other dying,

How much, little hope,

Single, without identity.Return to your soil,

O man that has the heart,Return to your soil

You know a heart awaits you.

The results are as follows:

1Jonida Maliqi“Ktheju tokës”228
2Lidia Lufi“Rrëfehem”219
3Eranda Libohova“100 pyetje”181
4Dilan Reka“Karma”169
5Soni Malaj“Më e fortë”166
6Klinti Çollaku“Me jetë”163
7Elton Deda“Qetësisht”156
8Marko Strazimiri & Imbro“Leyla”142
9Bojken Lako“Jeto jetën”138
10Gjergj Leka“Një ditë tjetër”131
11Eliza Hoxha“Peng”127
12Alar Band“Dashuria nuk mjafton”134
13Orgesa Zaimi“Hije”121
14Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti“Dua ta besoj”113

You can see the winning song below:

Albania came 11th this year with Eugent Bushpepa’s ‘Mall’

The best scoring song to date was in 2012 when the country was represented by Rona Nishliu with “Suus”

What do you think of the song? How do you think it could do in the Eurovision? Let us know in the comments section below!

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