20-year old Luiz Ejlli will represent Albania at the 51st Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, Greece. With Zjarr e ftohte ('Fire and cold'), Ejlli is the third Albanian representative at the contest and the first man to represent the country.
Zjarr e ftohte was written by Klodian Qafoku, lyrics are from Dr. Flori. As in previous years, it's expected the song will be re-produced and re-written in English. The 2004 Idols winner Luiz Ejlli came close to victory at the Festivali i Kënges already last year.
In an almost ever-lasting final of Festivali i Kënges, 20 participants competed from two semifinals, each containing 17 performers. At the end, Era Rusi came second with Nuk je ëndërr, Evis Mula with Ku ta gjej unë këngën came third. The rest of the outcome was not announced, the winner was chosen by televoting and jury.
Due to Ledina Celo's disappointing result in Kyiv, Albania enters the semifinal of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest on 18th May, 2006.