First Eurovision 2019 Song Available! Hear the Albanian Entry Ktheju tokes’ By Jonida Maliqi

After 2 impressive nights full with music and inspiration we finally know Festivali i Këngës 57 winner.

14 entries out of 22 participated have made it through the final night and performed once again their entries in this running order.

  1. Dilan Reka – Karma
  2. Gjergj Leka – Besoj
  3. Orgesa Zaimi – Hije
  4. Lidia Lufi – Rrëfehem
  5. Soni Malaj – Më e fortë
  6. Elton Deda – Qetësisht
  7. Eliza Hoxha – Peng
  8. Marko Strazimiri & Imbro – Leyla
  9. Jonida Maliqi – Ktheju tokës
  10. Bojken Lako – Jeto jetën
  11. Klinti Çollaku – Me jetë
  12. Eranda Libohova – 100 pyetje
  13. Alar Band – Dashuria nuk mjafton
  14. Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti – Dua te besoj

At the end of the a great line of preformances Jonida Maliqi won the festival and will represent Albenia in 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with hew song “Ktheju tokes”.

Jonida participated many times in Festivali i Këngës.  she came 4th  in 2008 with “S’ka fajtor në dashuri”, 8th in 2007 with “Pa identitet”, and 3rd in 2005 “Frikem se më pëlqen”

“Ktheju tokes” talks about the common issue in the country the Albanian emigration, (especially after the Kosovo War). Jonida shares how’s this subject is close to her heart and you can notice that immediately through her powerful live performance. Comparing “Ktheju tokes” to Jamala‘s winning song “1944” is inevitable, both have a dark unique sound and criticize an important issue. but is it enough for Jonida to restore the same success? we’ll soon to find out as she moves forward for the real thing and will perform on the big stage in Tel-Aviv this May.

Albania is the 1st Country to reveal their entry for Eurovision 2019. Most likely the song will go through “Albanization” process which means a new revamped version and/or English lyrics to make sure the right message will be delivered for the Millions of viewers worldwide.


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