Eurovision in Liverpool is now less than a month away. In the run-up to rehearsals we will be getting to know a little more about this year’s artists, their discography and their Eurovision journey so far. The next act we will be previewing is Albania’s Albina and Familja Kelmendi.
Albina and Familja Kelmendi’s Eurovision journey so far….
Albina and Familja Kelmendi were selected to represent Albania through a public vote during the Albanian music festival Festivali I Këngës. Albina and Familja Kelmendi’s song “Duje” was selected to represent Albania at the contest
Albina and Familja Kelmendi will perform 14th in the second half of the second Eurovision 2023 semi-final on May 11th. You can check out Albina and Familja Kelmendi’s song here
Albina and Familja Kelmendi performed live at Israel Calling, Polish Eurovision Party and Eurovision In Concert in Amsterdam and London Eurovision Party. While in Amsterdam, Angus managed to speak with the group about their Eurovision experience so far.
What do we think of “Duje”
The team at That Eurovision Site has been doing their reviews for this year’s contest. Angus and Janek gave their thoughts on “Duje”, which you can see here.
Who are Albina and Familja Kelmendi?
Albina Kelmendi is a Kosovo-Albanian singer. She placed second in The X Factor Albania in 2014 when she was just 16 years old.
Following on from her participation in X Factor, Albina released her debut single “Ëndrrën mos ma merr”. In 2022 Albina later went on to release her debut album “Nana loke”. Alongside her recent album Albina also released the single “Emri im” in the run-up to Eurovision.
Albina will be representing Albania alongside her family. Joining her on stage will be her siblings Albin, Sidorela and Vesa, as well as her parents Albana and Bujar.
Their Eurovision 2023 song “Duje is written by Enis Mullaj and Eriona Rushiti.
Albania’s Eurovision Journey
In 2004, Albania made their debut into the Eurovision Song Contest with Anjeza Shahini with “Image of You” which managed to place 7th in the final. Since their debut, Albania has participated 18 times, and made the final 10 times, with their best result in 2012 where Rona Nishliu placed 5th with “Suus”. In 2022, Ronela Hajati represented Albania with “Sekret”. However, despite being a fan favourite, Albania did not manage to make the final, placing 12th with 58 points from both the juries and televoters.
What do you think of “Duje”? Can Albina and Familja Kelmendi bring Eurovision to Albania? Let us know your thoughts! Also, be sure to follow “That Eurovision Site” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok as we prepare for Eurovision 2023!
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