Jonida Maliqi, Eurovision 2019

Jonida Maliqi, Eurovision 2019

The Eurovision Song Contest will be tonight on Saturday May 18th 2019. Coverage will be on BBC1, fronted by Graham Norton, from 8pm till 11:40pm.

Everything you need to know about Albania’s 2019 Eurovision performer, who began her singing career at 13.

With music and lyrics written by Eriona Rushiti, Albania’s entry for Eurovision this year is called Ktheju tokës. In English this is translated as ‘Return to the Land’, which is explained by the song’s central focus: emigration from Albania. The lyrics are expected to remain in Albanian for the competition itself.

In the grand scheme of things, Albania are relative newcomers to the Eurovision Song Contest, making their first appearance in 2004. They’ve never won – but in 2012 their entry, Rona Nishliu, did receive the unofficial fan-voted ‘Barbara Dex Award’, an honour given to the worst dressed performers…

Nevertheless, Albania wasted no time in their preparation for Eurovision this time around, becoming the first country to announce both their artist and song for the contest. Having won Festivali i Këngës – Albania’s selection song contest for Eurovision – Jonida Maliqi will be performing Ktheju tokës (Return to the Land) at Eurovision this year.

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