Albania in mourning, first semi not broadcast

by Stella Floras 534 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.

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.