Tonight the first entry of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest has been chosen in the final of Albania's Festivali i Këngës. Out of 22 entries, which had qualified in two semi-finals on the preceding nights, an expert jury chose Eneda Tarifa. She will fly the Albanian flag in Stockholm with the song Përrallë, which translates as Fairytale.
In an exciting show, the act representing Albania in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest has been chosen tonight: It's Eneda Tarifa! She will sing Përrallë in Stockholm, a song composed by Olsa Toqi.
Eneda Tarifa already participated in the Albanian national selections for the 2004 and 2008 Eurovision Song Contest. Currently she is not only famous for being a singer but also for hosting the show Portokalli on Top Channel.
After the final of Festivali i Këngës, she spoke to Eurovision.tv about her feelings after being crowned the winner, and she revealed some of her plans for Stockholm:
Aslajdon Zaimaj came second, and Flaka Krelani third. The selection was made solely by an expert jury. One of the members was Olta Boka, who had represented Albania in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest.
You can view Eneda's performance below.
This was the full running order of tonight's show:
- Sigi Bastri – Engjëll i lirë
- Rezarta Smaja & Klodian Kaçani – Dashuri në përjetësi
- Dilan Reka – Buzëqesh
- Adrian Lulgjuraj – Jeto dhe ëndërro
- Erga Halilaj – Monolog
- Evans Rama – Flakë
- Jozefina Simoni – Një det me ty
- Egert Pano – Mos ik
- Genc Tukiçi – Sa të dashuroj
- Kozma Dushi – Një kafe
- Luiz Ejlli – Pa mbarim
- Teuta Kurti – Në sytë e mi
- Besa Krasniqi – Liroje zemrën
- Nilsa Hysi – Asaj
- Kristi Popa – Ajo çfarë ndjej
- Flaka Krelani – S'je për mu
- Enxhi Nasufi – Infinit
- Lindi Islami – Për një mrekulli
- Florent Abrashi – Të ndjek çdo hap
- Eneda Tarifa – Përrallë
- Renis Gjoka – Ato që s'ti them dot
- Aslajdon Zaimaj – Merrmë që sot
Before the final, two semi-finals took place, on December 25 and 26. During the interval, some of the biggest stars of the Albanian music scene performed: Aleksander Gjoka, Redon Makashi, Françesk Radi, Luan Zhegu and Mefarete Laze.
At the end of the show, the entries ranked tenth to first were announced. This is the top ten of the jury vote:
- Eneda Tarifa
- Aslajdon Zaimaj
- Flaka Krelani
- Rezarta Smaja & Klodian Kaçani
- Enxhi Nasufi
- Nilsa Hysi
- Dilan Reka
- Teuta Kurti
- Renis Gjoka
- Evans Rama
The presenters of the show were Pandi Laço, at the same time the screenwriter of the festival, and Blerta Tafani, a journalist and main news anchor at TVSH.
Festivali i Këngës can already look back on a long history: It has been held every year since 1962. Since 2004, when Anjeza Shahini represented her home country with The Image Of You, it has also served as the Albanian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Did you miss the show? Then do not despair - you can watch the final of Festivali i Këngës again on our WebTV Player.