Twenty-two acts competed during the first two nights of Albania’s Festivali i Kenges. But only fourteen have survived the semi-final to reach the Saturday night showdown. Who will emerge victorious inside Tirana’s Palace of Congresses? An Albanian jury and the public will decide. But ahead of that we wanted to know who you think should snatch the crown and represent Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv?

We gave you less than 24 hours to vote and now the results are in. After counting nearly 2,700 votes, our readers have three clear standouts: Jonida Maliqi, Soni Malaj and Lidia Lufi.

Below you can review the results. Remember: FiK 57 will be live streamed on RTSH from 20:45 CET. You can watch it on the “RTSH Tani” app, and also via the RTSH 1 web site.

Who should win FiK 57? (Poll Closed)

  1. Jonida Maliqi – “Ktheju tokës” 24.56% (662 votes)
  2. Soni Malaj – “Më e fortë” 21.63% (583 votes)
  3. Lidia Lufi – “Rrëfehem” 20.04% (540 votes)
  4. Orgesa Zaimi – “Hije” 9.42% (254 votes)
  5. Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti – “Dua ta besoj” 9.05% (244 votes)
  6. Marko Strazimiri & Imbro – “Leyla” 3.19% (86 votes)
  7. Klint Çollaku – “Me jetë” 2.63% (71 votes)
  8. Alar Band – “Dashuria nuk mjafton” 2.45% (66 votes)
  9. Dilan Reka – “Karma” 2.26% (61 votes)
  10. Eranda Libohova – “100 pyetje” 1.97% (53 votes)
  11. Eliza Hoxha – “Peng” 1.22% (33 votes)
  12. Elton Deda – “Qetësisht” 0.59% (16 votes)
  13. Bojken Lako – “Jeto jetën” 0.48% (13 votes)
  14. Gjergj Leka – “Një ditë tjetër” 0.48% (13 votes)

Total Votes: 2,695

Tonight’s running order has already been released. Marko & Imbro will open the show, while Klint Callaku will close it.

Our readers’ favourites are scattered in between with Jonida singing fifth, Orgesa seventh and Soni ninth.

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Lourdes
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Lourdes

Congrats to Jonida!! And I’m so happy for Lidia!! Totally deserved!

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Jonida it is! I believe Albania made a great choice. Well deserved second place to Lidia too.

JonidaForAlbania2019
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JonidaForAlbania2019

JONIDA WON!!!! WOOHOO!!

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Congratulations to Jonida. 🙂

M_K
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M_K

Since my favourite was kicked out during the semis I’m overall quite happy with the result. Her performance was great tonight and I like the song.

Lourdes
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Lourdes

It turned to a funeral now!!! We want the resuuuuults!

M_K
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M_K

That was an unnecessary cover version of “Hallelujah”.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Halleluuuuu-jah!
Next, the result. (Please)

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Fine! I’ll just make some Tea!

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Closest FiK result ever? I wonder.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Eranda won the “critics prize”. Now the scoreboard awaits…

M_K
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M_K

Overall, it’s a good show, but I’m a little disappointed that there is no ventriloquist.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Maybe they could include her on the staging for Eurovision?

(please don’t)

M_K
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M_K

I guess I can be okay with the current top two.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I have no idea how many votes have to be counted yet, but Jonida is leading with Lidia and Eranda following her very closely.

Crystal
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Looking at the Wikipedia entry for last year’s FiK, it looks like there is a five-member jury that decides the winner, although I don’t know if this year’s procedure has been overhauled, as I don’t speak a word of Albanian. Judging from last year’s procedure, I think they’ve announced the scores from three or four jury members, as I clearly heard Rona Nishliu’s name announced during one of the scoring reveals.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I also can’t understand a word in Albanian, but I guess it’s just like you said. If they’re saving just one jury member, it seems one of these 3 will win.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

So at commercial break, it is:
1. Jonida
2. Lidia
3. Eranda

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Ah, when technical problems strike the scoreboard…

Colin
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Colin

How much till they announce the winner?

Sabrina
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Sabrina

RTSH’s website says the show will last 50 more minutes.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Indeed. The scoreboard started up and then froze. It was hilarious. 😛

Sabrina
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Sabrina

It seems the host decided to tell us the story of his life. I wonder if they’ll bring the ventriloquist back today.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

I hope not. I much prefer his storytelling to those creepy puppet acts.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

I would prefer interprerative dance, set to the music of Franz Schubert. Oh, wait…
Seriously, I should produce these shows one day. 😛

Lourdes
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Lourdes

Send Eugent again!!!! The best!

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

The Youth Jury Award went to “Leyla” apparently.

Lourdes
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Lourdes

Really? Gjergj Leka was robbed!!! 😛

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Perhaps they liked the Titanic film music. Or the story. Or the cute young singer?

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Hahaha, I actually like the song and the singers. Not to win, but they would get a 6th or 7th place.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Eugent performing “Mall” keeps giving me goosebumps. Amazing vocalist.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Or… just send Eugent Bushpepa again.
FiK57 cancelled! 😛

Tibor
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Tibor

I still like that song.

Sera
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Sera

Mirud for the win!!

What do you mean he’s not qualified? Hahaha what? No seriously come on, it’s not funny anymore… WHAT?? SHUT UP!! *cries hysterically*

lele tz
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lele tz

How is decided which Songs are played a second time?

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Two songs had technical sound issues. They were the ones that had to perform again.
Beginner’s mistakes, I know.

Weßbrot
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Weßbrot

They only played the two songs twice that had heavy sound issues the first time.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Lidia nailed it again. If she wins, I hope they drop the original studio version and revamp it inspired by the way it was performed wih an orchestra.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Wow, Lidia was so encaptivating. After the bad start, this is turning into a great final.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

And Klint also gave his best performance yet.

They’ll repeat “Leyla”, I suppose Eranda will come back too.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

#ThatLeylaSong sounds like Leyla was on the Titanic! 🙂
Klint is perhaps my personal favourite, but my personal favourites hardly ever win.

Colin
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Colin

You know what, I’d second your previous assessment that Klint has the WOW factor! Previously, I was referring to the song (studio version) alone, but paired with THAT performance, it is easily a big grower. I wouldn’t mind seeing him (or Lidia for that matter) win.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I agree. I would be glad if they pick Jonida, Lidia (but revamp it please!), Klint or Orgesa.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

My connection failed right when she was singing, but based on what I could watch I believe Jonida saved her best performance for the final. Eliza was great too.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Yep, she did give her best indeed.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

By the way, almost everybody look much more comfortable today. Soni for instance was clearly having a good time on stage, while on the other nights she was more concerned of looking fierce. Artemisa and Febi looked more relaxed too.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

And Dilan Reka just sounded much better too! What a night!

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Yes! I haven’t even lowed the volume when he was singing! I still think his voice is annoying, but tonight he did a decent job.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Jonida was great, but some of Twitter didn’t like her outfit! Ah well

Jo.
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Jo.

#TeamJoJo

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Okay, I just tuned in and Eranda is singing. But the sound quality is appalling here – are there technical problems?

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Lots of complaints on Twitter about this. It’s not just me.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Her mic was so low. I wonder if she’ll have the chance to perform again.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Depends if they want her to win, I suppose.
Can’t believe that basic sound mixing error went on for 3 whole minutes. That’s very bad directing, in my opinion.

Chills
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Chills

One thing I like about FIK is that it starts off bad in the first semis and then it becomes really exciting at the grand final.

Regina Phalange
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Regina Phalange

I’m still disgusted by the elimination of Klodiana and Mirud, therefore it’s hard for me to watch the final.

Alex
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Alex

Lidia Lufi should really win.

Lourdes
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Lourdes

I agree with you. Her voice is stellar and the song is so beautiful. It would only need a revamp, with a more modern production, in my opinion. The transition to the powerful chorus reminds me of Aminata ‘Love injected’.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Owh, stop using the Doctor’s TARDIS! 😛

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

That was originally a reply to a comment. Not sure what happened.

Yssy
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Yssy

Jonida sounds like that singer I saw a few years ago for Albania that had such great vocals and who’s song had many key changes. I forgot that singer’s name but I remember watching her thinking “wow Albania does want to win this thing”.

ALEX
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ALEX

and yet that song didn’t even make it to the finals.

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Rona Nishliu?

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Jonida is the only finalist there

aaron
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aaron

Only worthy one may I add

ESC JOSH
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ESC JOSH

There are like 5 songs that I wouldn’t mind winning.. this is easily the strongest year of FiK. The modernisation has really helped!!

ALEX
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ALEX

Jonida will fail to qualify for final if she wins tonight. Sounds too much like pervious lAlbania songs. Top Eurovision songs are usually dance and pop. Last year a chicken song won, and dance song came in 2nd. Albania needs to try something new and stop sending balads. They need to try something differnt to appeal to the televoters that Albania never is able to secure from European voters. :/

Loco
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Loco

It’s not like appealing to juries is not a good strategy, it’s worth half of everything. If they have a good singer with a ballad or rock, they can rely more on juries. It’s rare to get a singer that has the ability to sing upbeat songs properly. Last year was a very rare year since both Netta and Eleni could sing uptempos well, but more often than not it’s just not the case.

ALEX
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ALEX

The results speak for themselves. Albania never gets televotes because they have boring songs, nobody voted for Eugent, Elihada, and all the others. I am just saying, they need televotes too. Last year was not rare, many years they have pop songs win.

Loco
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Loco

Yeah, by singers who could sing them though. This year Albania’s uptempo candidate is Soni, but can she sing her song? It’s obvious she is struggling with it. It would flop in Eurovision. The song is one thing, but the singer is another. There have also been many ballads winning Eurovision. Between Soni and Jonida, I’d rather hear Jonida than Soni, even though I like Soni’s song better, but she can’t sing it. When you get a song like that, you have to be able to sing it. If you can’t, the support will default to the safer ballad songs,… Read more »

Loco
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Loco

Elhaida was voted by European public, her problem was with losing her voice, turning the juries off. She had a catchy ballad, should have done well with juries, but again, the singing proved critical. Soni will be penalized by the FIK juries for that no doubt. And I doubt the journalist jury will go for her either. If there is a televote, depending on how much it’s worth, that’s where Soni may do well. People like Jonida too though, so I have a feeling any televote would be split and the juries will still be the deciding factor.

Colin
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Colin

KLINT ÇOLLAKU – “ME JETË” – It’s nice. Quite relaxing and lovely. No big wow factor, though. ERANDA LIBOHOVA – “100 PYETJE” – A bit old fashioned and, yes – French sounding. I guess it really relies on the lyrics (which 100 questions), musically it’s okay. DILAN REKA – “KARMA” – It wants to be intense and impactful, but it comes off as shouty and annoying. ELIZA HOXHA – “PENG” – Elegant song which could easily be described as just another diva ballad, but I really like how it builds-up and the contrast between slow verses and explosive chorus. ELTON… Read more »

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Exactly the same notes here again, except that I do think Klint has a vocal “wow” factor (if he can hit all of the notes).

Catriona Colville
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Catriona Colville

Jonida surely. Soni’s song always sounded like a Fuego clone, and last night’s staging confirmed it. They weren’t even hiding it. But I know Soni is the fanwank because she has a “banger”. We’ll have plenty of Fuego clones from now through to March, no need to worry, banger fans.

ALEX
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ALEX

Jonida will fail at the final. Albania’s balads are not winning any televotes. like never have and never will. They need a song to appeal to those people, Jonidas will not. If she wins, no eurovision final.

Colin
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Colin

JONIDA MALIQI – “KTHEJU TOKËS” – It indeed reminds a bit of Jamala; it’s very atmospheric, grandiose. With a strong performance it could go far, maybe even top 10. SONI MALAJ – “MË E FORTË” – Decent song, energy is there, but if she translates it, it’s likely just one of the typical dance entries. ORGESA ZAIMI – “HIJE” – Original, bit disjointed, but it will attract attention. ARTEMISA MITHI & FEBI SHKURTI – “DUA TA BESOJ” – Surprisingly effective, harmony is great and it’s very easy to sing along to. Both this and Hije would be something completely different… Read more »

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

My notes are very similar to these.

Étoile
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Étoile

Mirud eliminated, that’s a surprise. I’m still putting my bet on Jocinda. I’m happy that Klint and Orgesa are there (I love her attitude, she is so fun). Good luck picking the first artist Albania.

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Well, third artist
Armenia picked Srbuk as the first artist for 2019 and Cyprus chose Tamta as the second artist (and first song – Replay)
Albania, however, will have the first song being released to us 🙂

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

I voted for Elton, just because.

Mirud had two vocally off performances, so that is likely why he is out. Aurel going out was likely because of the song’s repeating refrain and lack of development… – oh but wait, a large portion of you (not all) last year weren’t interested in my technical reviews, and wanted me to go away from here. I suppose: revenge is sweet.

James
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James

I didn’t quite understand what Mirud was going for with his Night 2 performance. He started sitting on top of a bench before going solo center stage. I honestly thought Aurel had a decent enough performance that could at least sneak him through to the final. The only criticism I can honestly give, which apparently I’m getting downvoted for, is how sloppy the camera work was for some for the acts I’ve watched so far. I get trying to go big but it just came up short, at least for me. I didn’t quite get the one with the backup… Read more »

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Yes, the camerawork at certain points got noticed by me too, especially on night 2.
I’m sure Wiwi will try to interview Mirud – and can perhaps ask him what he was going for with the staging?
Aurel was marked down (here) on Song Content, not on performance. So the issue was with the actual music, if that makes sense. (Too many repeating cadential refrains, and not enough development.)

Pasadena
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Pasadena

Yeah I think Mirud’s staging worked better on Night 1, when it was just him and his voice. On Night 2 it got too messy, and I think that’s possibly why he was eliminated.

Toffeenix
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Toffeenix

For the last two years, Albania have been my seventh-favourites at Eurovision. Now that Mirud and Aurel are gone I don’t think they can back that up. I’m hoping for Jonida, Alar or Klinti.

Lurpak
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Lurpak

Leyla, the performance was really awesome

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

Definitely jonida maliqi now that mirud is out of the picture. It stands out from the rest and i am certain we are going to have plenty of pop songs that will try to do the exact same thing as “më e fortë ” does, but in a better way next may. It would be very hard for Albania to qualify because of that.

JJ Abrahames
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JJ Abrahames

Only Orgesa

Evan
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Evan

“WHAT HAPPENED TO MIRUD?!?!?!,” he screamed into the void.

Mirud was my fave as I think he had the best combo of song and voice. I think Artemisa & Febi become my favorite without him, though they need some work on their stage presence. Soni and Jonida are also good and Soni perhaps gives them the best chance to qualify for the Eurovision final. A song I initially liked a lot — Dilan Reka’s — sounds awfully shrill live. His voice just does not hold up.

Dave
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Dave

Mirud is out. No comments seriously. I hope they fail this year because of this corrupt national selection. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Colin
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Colin

WHAT??? Mirud and Aurel are out in such a huge final??? WTF are they smoking??? Seriously – Leka, Lako and Reka have really weak songs and they are all in!
My winners now – Jonida, Artemisa/Febi, Eliza Hoxha

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

They likely all have music degrees. 🙂
I have no idea who will win, and I’m loving it.

Colin
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Colin

Likely, yes. However, it shouldn’t be a factor since this is a song contest.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Actually, it is a music festival. 😉
With a competition, sure.

eurovision6
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eurovision6

Albania is the first non qualifier then.. what a shame

Escfan
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Escfan

Well not really they still have some great songs

blondboybc
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blondboybc

After watching performances from both nights, I’m still with Jonida…Sorry, Soni is basically a copy of “Fuego”…nothing original here. Can see the FiK juries going for Jonida, now that Mirud and Aurel are out. She need to lose those dancers…distracting and unnecessary.