Rona Nishliu is a well known artist in her home country as well as in FYR of Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro, especially on jazz scene. This year, she will be representing Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest where she once attempted to take part via participating in Festival i Këngës in 2004. Finally 2012 is her lucky year.
As the music remains in her passion, she became popular when she was young, with the appearence in Ethet & Krasta talent show. Besides her musical talent, she also worked at UNDP activity on Awareness Raising for the Importance of Volunteerism for Youngster in Kosovo as a guest lecturer in 2009.
Albania selects their representative with a special contest named Festival i Këngës which has already had its 50th anniversary this year. There were four shows broadcasted, 1st semi-final, 2nd semi-final, 50th Anniversary show and the final show. Beside the semifinal shows, the special show for the 50th anniversary was related to the show's long history. Winners of the show between 1962 and 2000 sang once again for the honour of Festival i Këngës. The shows were broadcasted via RTSH's website and satellite.
All shows were hosted by Enkeleida Zeko, Hygerta Sako & Nik Xhelilaj. Fourteen entries participated in each semifinal and ten from each semifinal qualified to the final where the winner was decided by an expert jury. The top five standings were:
1. Rona Nishliu - 77 points
2. Elton Deda - 55 points
3. Saimir Braho - 50 points
4. Samanta Karavello - 47 points
5. Altin Goci - 38 points
Ateroj aeroplani im
Në pistë pa drita t'shpirtit tënd
Me bërryla ngjiten sot
Ata që dje s'jetonin dot
Por të djeshmet s'kanë rëndësi
Nga detëra të trazuar u përpinë
Ëëë të nesërmet nuk do t'sjellin gjë
Vec shpresë pa shpresë e marrëzi.
Më lerni të qaj, të qaj, të qaj
Se ktë gjë më së miri di ta bëj tani! -
Se ktë gjë, më së miri di ta bëj tani.
I land my plane
On lightless runway of your soul
Elbow their way through today
Those who yesterday couldn't live
But yesterdays have no significance
From the turbulent seas were swallowed up
Hmmm, tomorrows won't bring anything
Besides hopeless hope and insanity
So just let me cry...cry...cry...
‘cause this is what I do best now!-
‘cause this is what I do best now.
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