Jonida Maliqi will be performing on The Voice Kids Albania this Friday, as the former judge returns to The Voice.
Albania’s entrant for Eurovision 2019 will be performing this week on The Voice Kids Albania. Jonida Maliqi will be performing her entry “Ktheju Tokës” on the show, three years after she last appeared on the series. Jonida was formerly a judge in the fifth season of The Voice of Albania, before going off to pursue other areas of the music industry.
Jonida was selected to represent Albania in December 2018 with the song “Ktheju Tokës”. She 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.
The show will be broadcast on Friday evening on Top Channel.
Source: The Voice Kids 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.