Albanian broadcaster RTSH has revealed the full jury scores from Festivali i Këngës 58.
Twelve songs competed in last night’s final in Tirana, Albania, with the winner, Arilena Ara, selected entirely by jury voting.
On the jury were:
- Rita Petro
- Mikaela Minga
- Christer Björkman – Former Head of Delegation for Sweden at Eurovision
- Dimitris Kontopoulos – Songwriter and producer
- Felix Bergsson – Head of Delegation for Iceland
Click on the juror’s names to see how they voted. Three of the five jurors gave the maximum 18 points to runner up Elvana Gjata, with one juror giving their 18 points to Arilena Ara and the other juror giving 18 points to Bojken Lako.
The full results have also now been revealed, with only 3 points separating first and second place.
- Arilena Ara
- Elvana Gjata
- Sara Bajraktari
- Bojken Lako
- Era Rusi
- Kamela Islamaj
- Albërie Hadërgjonaj
- Tiri Gjoci
- Valon Shehu
- Robert Berisha
- Olta Boka
The guest performers at yesterday’s show were Eleni Foureira and Giusy Ferreri. Eleni represented Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon with the song “Fuego”. The singer, who was born in Albania, finished 2nd in the final in Portugal, giving Cyprus their best result to date in the competition. Giusy first came to public attention after finishing second on the X Factor. She has gone to release five albums and has topped the Italian Singles Chart five times.
Arilena Ara will represent Albania at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. It’s possible that her song “Shaj”, which was sung entirely in Albanian at Festivali i Këngës 58, will be revamped to contain English lyrics.
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. 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.