Jonida Maliqi has met with the .of Tirana as she tries to seek funding to ensure best possible performance at Eurovision.
This years Albanian entrant Jonida Maliqi has met with the Mayor of Tirana Erion Veliaj to seek help in funding her participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. The singer told Mr Veliaj that she needed financial support to ensure that she could create the best possible staging for her performance at of “Ktheju Tokës”, and make Albania proud.
At the meeting today in Tirana, the Mayor has promised to support her participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. He will help to organise a concert that will take part on Skanderbeg Square which will help to raise funds for Jonida.
Jonida will be hoping to replicate the success of Eugent Bushpepa. Eugent Bushpepa and his song “Mall” made it through to the final and went on to finish 11th with 184 points. They received 12 points in the jury vote from Azerbaijan and 12 points from the televote in Macedonia and Italy.
Source: Eurovision Albania
Albania made their debut at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004, the same year the televised semi final was originally introduced to the competition. Albania succeeded in their first showing with Anjeza Shahini’s “The Image of You”, sailing through the semi final in 4th place and eventually landing in a respectable 7th place at the grand final. Albania have competed in the Eurovision Song Contest every single year since their debut, making 2018 their 15th appearance. Since the success in their original attempt, they have reach the grand final a further six times. They bettered their 2004 score in 2012 with Rona Nishliu’s song “Suus” who finished the contest in fifth place with 146 Points, their first time reaching the top 5 and their best placing to date.