Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005

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Eurovision Song Contest 2005
Country Albania
National selection
Selection processFestivali i Këngës 43
Selection date(s)Semi-finals:
16 December 2004
17 December 2004
Final:
18 December 2004
Selected entrantLedina Çelo
Selected song"Tomorrow I Go"
Finals performance
Final result16th, 53 points
Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2004 2005 2006►

Albania participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 in Kyiv, Ukraine, with the song "Tomorrow I Go" performed by Ledina Çelo. Its selected entry was chosen through the national selection competition Festivali i Këngës organised by Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) in December 2004. This marked the second time that Albania participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since its debut in 2004. Due to the top 10 result in the previous contest, the nation automatically qualified for the grand final, which took place on 21 May 2005. In the grand final, it performed as number eight and placed 16th out of the 24 participating countries, scoring 53 points.

Background[edit]

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced in 2003 that Albania would debut at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004.[1] Therefore, the country's national broadcaster, Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH), chose the annual competition Festivali i Këngës as the selection method to determine Albania's representative for the contest.[2] The first entry was performed by Anjeza Shahini with the song "The Image of You", which finished in the seventh place.[3]

Before Eurovision[edit]

Festivali i Këngës[edit]

RTSH organised the 43rd edition of Festivali i Këngës to determine Albania's representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2005.[4] The competition consisted of two semi-finals on 16 and 17 December, respectively, and the grand final on 18 December 2004.[5] The three live shows were hosted by Albanian-Sudanese singer Hueyda El Sayed and Albanian presenter Leon Menkshi.[4] Guest performances were featured from Albania's Eurovision Song Contest 2004 representative Anjeza Shahini, Italy's Eurovision Song Contest 1988 representative Luca Barbarossa and the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 Ruslana from Ukraine.[6]

Competing entries[edit]

Participating entries[5]
Artist(s) Song Composer[7]
Agim Poshka "Të kam, s'të kam" Agim Poshka
Aleksia Jani "Zotit" Aleksia Jani
Aurel Thëllimi "Erë e marrë" Erion Sheme
Barbana Dini "Jeta këtu s'mbaron" Bardbyl Hysa
Besiana Mehmedi "Grafikë dashurie" Nexhat Mujovi
Çlirim Denaj "Ti ike" Çlirim Denaj
Elsida Sinaj "Harresë kujtimesh" Roland Guli
Estela Risto "Vështirë të flas, vështirë të puth" Agron Xhunga
Floriana Muça "Përtej dashurisë" Mark Luli
Ingrid Jushi "Vetëm një natë" Falmur Shebu
Joe Artid Fejzo "Me ty" Joe Artid Fejzo
Jonida Maliqi "Frikem se më pëlqen" Adrian Hila
Julian Lebkoçaj "Do të fal" Julian Lebkoçaj
Klajdi Musabelli "Puthjen nuk ta kam harruar" Vladimir Kotani
Kozma Dushi and Ermira Kola "Të bashkëjetoj më ty" Petrit Terkuçi
Kujtim Prodani "Jetën ndryshe e shikoj" Kujtim Prodani
Ledina Çelo "Nesër shkoj" Adrian Hila
Luiz Ejlli "Hëna dhe yjet dashurojnë" Shpetim Saraci
Mariza Ikonomi "Kur dashuron" Edmond Zhulali
Marsida Saraçi "Më duaj gjatë" Edmond Rrapi
Monika Trungu "Ti më bën të pasur" Gazmend Mullhi
Olsa Spata "Pritje" Spartak Tili
Redon Makashi "Ndjej" Redon Makashi
Rosela Gjylbegu and Arbër Arapi "Pëshpëritje zemrash" Shpetim Saraçi
Rovena Stefa "Kthehem prap" Alfred Kaçinari
Saimir Çili "Ëndërr e gjallë" Saimir Çili
Saimir Braho and Enkela Braho "Përpara se ti të vish në këtë botë" Saimir Braho
Samanta Karavello "Buzëqeshja" Valentin Veizi
Shpat Kasapi "Jam, kam të fal" Gramoz Kozeli
Soni Malaj "Eja ne Ballkan" Shefqet Hoxha
Tergita Gusta "Me ty, pa ty" Endri Sina
Vesa Luma, Rona Nishliu
and Teuta Kurti
"Flakaresh" Armend Rexhepagiq

Shows[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

The semi-finals of Festivali i Këngës took place on 16 December and 17 December 2004, respectively.[5] 16 contestants participated in each semi-final, with the highlighted ones progressing to the grand final.[5]

Final[edit]

The grand final of Festivali i Këngës took place on 18 December 2004.[5] Ledina Çelo emerged as the winner with "Nesër shkoj" and was simultaneously announced as Albania's representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2005.[6][9]

Key:   Winner   Second place   Third place

Final – 18 December 2004[5]
Draw Artist Song
1
Kujtim Prodani "Jetën ndryshe e shikoj"
2
Redon Makashi "Ndjenjë"
3
Rovena Stefa "Kthehem prapë"
4
Sajmir and Enkela Braho "Para se të vish në këtë botë"
5
Joe Artid Fejzo "Me ty"
6
Tergita Gusta "Me ty, pa ty"
7
Marsida Saraçi "Më duaj gjatë"
8
Luiz Ejlli "Hëna dhe yjet dashurojnë"
9
Julian Lekoçaj "Do të fal"
10
Mariza Ikonomi "Kur dashuron"
11
Samanta Karavello "Buzëqeshje"
12
Ledina Çelo "Nesër shkoj"
13
Jonida Maliqi "Frikem se më pëlqen"
14
Klajdi Musabelliu "Puthjen nuk ta kam harruar"
15
Monika Trungu "Ti më bën të pasur"
16
Rosela Gjylbegu and Arbër Arapi "Pëshperitje zemrash"
17
Vesa Luma, Teuta Kurti
and Rona Nishliu
"Flakareshë"
18
Ingrid Jushi "Vetëm një natë"

At Eurovision[edit]

The Eurovision Song Contest 2005 took place at Palace of Sports in Kyiv, Ukraine, and consisted of a semi-final on 19 May and the final on 21 May 2005.[10] According to the Eurovision rules, all participating countries, except the host nation and the "Big Four", consisting of France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, were required to qualify from the semi-final to compete for the final, although the top 10 countries from the semi-final progress to the final.[11] Due to the top 11 result in the previous year, Albania automatically qualified for the grand final and performed eighth, following Moldova and preceding Cyprus.[12][13][14]

Voting[edit]

The tables below visualise a breakdown of points awarded to Albania in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, as well as by the nation in the semi-final and grand final. In the grand final, the nation finished in 16th place, being awarded a total of 53 points, including 12 from Macedonia and 10 from Greece and Switzerland.[15] The nation awarded its 12 points to Macedonia in the semi-final and to Greece in the grand final of the contest.[15][16]

Points awarded to Albania[edit]

Points awarded to Albania (Final)[15]
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Albania[edit]

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