Albania in mourning, first semi not broadcast

by Stella Floras 485 views

Albania mourns the death of 12 University students who were killed when their bus dived into a ravine on Monday. As a result the Albanian broadcaster was granted permission not to broadcast the first Eurovision Song Contest semi-final tonight. Subsequently, there will be no televoting and the jury votes from last night’s Dress Rehearsal will be the ones determining the country’s favourites.

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Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain.

I joined in 2006 as a junior editor after being invited by Barry Viniker, I soon became Senior Editor and during the 2007 contest in Helsinki I was appointed Head of Communications. Today I hold the post of Head of Human Resources and I am proud to be working with the best editorial team in the world.