Andri Xhahu has been confirmed as the commentator and spokesperson for Albania for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv.
For the eight time Andri Xhahu will be entering the commentary booth to provide coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel. The well-known television presenter has become the voice and face of the Eurovision Song Contest in Albania, establishing himself as one of the longest-serving commentators at the competition.
Andri will also once again be taking on the role as the spokesperson for Albania. He will reveal the results of the Albanian final during the Grand Final on May 18.
Since their debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004, Albania has had only two commentators and three different spokespersons. Leon Menkshi was the countries commentator from 2004 to 2011 before handing over to Andri Xhahu in 2012, Leon was also the spokesperson from 2006 to 2011.
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Jonida Maliqi is a singer and television host from Tirana, Albania. Her music career started in her childhood, where she was enrolled in a music school and participated in various international festivals. She has participated in the Albanian song festival Festivali i Këngës, now also their Eurovision selection, three times. In 1999, she took second place with the song “Do jetoj pa ty,” and she took third place in 2004 with “Frikem se më pëlqen”. She finally won the entire show in December last year, giving her the chance to represent her country at the Eurovision Song Contest.
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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.