Less than three weeks from now and the Festivali i këngës starts. From the 20th December we will be reporting live from Tirana and the Pallati i kongreseve (More info here).
Until then, we would like to present you most of the participants. Their careers, former participations and relations to the Festivali i këngës and the Eurvision Songcontest, their teams behind the song and our view on their chances of success in the National Final.
In the presentation of this years profiles of the upcomming Festivali i Këngës, we have come to one of the really big favourites to represent Albania in Eurovision in Germany next year.
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Composer: Alban Skënderaj & Miriam Cani
Text: Alban Skënderaj
Song: Ende ka shpresë (There is still hope)
Profiles: This isn't the first time the couple Alban and Miriam appear on the Festivali i Këngës scene, as they were the hosts of the last edition. They have taken part as singers individually as well. Alban got the 7th place in FiK 2006 with the song Eklips, while Miriam got to the final in FiK 2005 with the song Shko. Alban Skënderaj was also one of the jury members in FiK 2007, where he as the last jury member to hand out his points gave 0 points to the leaders, and giving Olta Boka full score, which was disputed afterwards. Miriam Cani moved to Germany at the age of six. Later she took part in the German version of the talent show Popstars, where the girl group Preluders was formed. In 2009 Alban and Miriam released the duet Let me die with you, which you can listen to below.
This year: Both singers have had a hit song in Albania this year, Alban with Si më parë, and Miriam with Mos më ndal. But their big goal is to win FiK and to represent Albania in ESC. Alban has told Panorama that they have worked on this song for a long time, and that it will be a powerful love ballad.
What is to be expected?: This is the entry that has gotten the most attention this year before FiK so far. Even though a lot of attention would have been put on Alban and Miriam anyway, the big subject has been Linda Halimis allegations about the prize has already been handed out to the couple. Whether there is any truth in this or not, their chance of winning is concidered as very big, and the popular couple is likely to be very well recieved. Maybe we'll see and hear the ballad There's still hope in Düsseldorf?
Alban Skenderaj & Miriam Cani - Let me die with you 
Alban - Njëherë në jetë
Alban Skenderaj - Eklips (live at the FiK 2006)
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