Ledina Celo to sing for Albania in Kiev

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Ledina Celo will represent Albania at the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest. With Nesër shkoj, Ledina Celo won the 43rd edition of the Festivali i Kenges, hosted by Huejda El Sajed and Leon Menkshi.

A total of 32 artists appeared at the start of this year's Festivali i Kenges. 18 of them survived the semifinals that were held on Thursday and Friday. Tonight, all of them have performed their song during the final night. A professional jury in combination with televoting decided over the outcome of the Albanian national final.

This is the top 3 of the Albanian national final:
1. Ledina Celo – Nesër shkoj
2. Luis Ejlli – Hëna dhe yjet dashurojnë
3. Jonida Maliqi – Frikem se më pëlqen

Ledina Celo will represent Albania at the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest. Ledina Celo is a well known and establishd singer in Albania. Last year, she was the host of the Festivali i Kenges, in which Albania for the first time selected a Eurovision Song Contest representative.

Runner-up and Albanian idol Luis Ejlli won a ticket for the Mediterranean Song Contest. The winners in the youth category were the three girls from Kosovo Vesa, Teuta & Rona with Flakaresha.

Guest singers at the show were Anjeza Shahini, who reminded the Albanians once again of her successful Eurovision Song Contest apearance by singing The image of you, Italian singer Luca Barbarossa (who appeared for Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 1988) and Ruslana. This year's Eurovision Song Contest winner performed her winning song Wild dances and encouraged the audience in the Palace of Congresses in Tirana to sing along with her latest single Dance with the wolves which she dedicated to all Albanians.

Ledina Celo's rhythmic song Nesër shkoj is three and a half minute long and will thus have to be remixed before entering the Eurovision Song Contest. The song might well be translated into English, as it happened with Anjeza Shahini's song last year.

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