Arilena Ara with "Shaj", will represent Albania in ESC 2020

Albania has decided. Arilena Ara with the song "Shaj" ("Curse") will represent this country in the next edition of Eurovision Song Contest after winning the final of Festivali i Kënges 58, held in the Pallati I Kongreseve of the capital city, Tirana, from 20:30h CET. "Shaj" also opens the list of songs that will compete in Rotterdam.

In this way, she defeats Elvana Gjata, the favorite to victory, supported by the fact that the video of  "Me tana", her song at the Festivali i Këngës, got more than a million and a half views in short time after the publication in youtube. Elvana has been second, and Sara Bajaktari with "Ajer" has closed the podium.

A jury composed of five-member has chosen the winner. The Eurovision well-know composer, Dimitri Kontopoulos Christer Björgman, Melodifestivalen Executive Producer, Felix Bergsson, Icelandic Head of Delegation in Eurovision, were the international members, while Rita Petro and Michaela Minga from Albania, have completed the jury.

Finalist of Festivali i Këngës 58:
  • Arilena Ara – "Shaj"
  • Elvana Gjata – “Me tana”
  • Bojken Lako – “Malaseen”
  • Sara Bajraktari – “Ajër”
  • Kamela Islamaj – “Më ngjyros”
  • Era Rusi – "Eja merre"
  • Valon Sheku – "Kutia e Pandores"
  • Tiri Gjoci – "Me goten bosh"
  • Robert Berisha – "Ajo nuk eshte une"
  • Olta Boka – "Bote per dy"
  • Albërie Hadërgjonaj – “Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua”
  • Gena – Shqiponja e Lire
Eleni Foureira, runner-up in Eurovision 2018, has been a special guest of the show, hosted by Alketa Vejsiu. Also performing was Albanian musical legend Ema Qazimi, the winner of Festivali i Këngës 20 and San Remo star Giusy Ferreri.

Arilena became a well-know artist when she won X Factor Albania 2012. After that, she started a  successful musical career and now is one of Albania’s leading music stars.Also was a "coach" in Third Edition of The voice kids Albania. 
    Source: RTSH