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Monday 20 December 2010

Profile #6: Kejsi Tola

Only 3 days from now and the Festivali i këngës starts. 
Until then, we would like to present you the most interesting participants. Their careers, former participations and relations to the Festivali i këngës and the Eurovision Songcontest, their teams behind the song and our view on their chances of success in the National Final.We are reporting live from Tirana and the Pallati i kongreseve (More info here)

Today it's the former ESC participants turn:
Singer:Kejsi Tola
Composer: Kristi Popa
Text:Florian Zyka
Song: Pranë (Near/Close)
Draw: Semi final 2, number 15

Profile: Kejsi Tola won the Albanian Idol format "Ethet" three years ago, right after her success in that show she managed to win the Festivali i këngës 2008 with "Më merr në ëndërr", a composition of Edmond Zhulali, who had also composed the song of Flaka Krelani and Doruntina Disha a year before, finishing "only" second behind Olta Boka, thanks to Alban Skenderaj's jury votes. Kejsi had the audience on her side and this time the jury made Edmond Zhulali win again since 2003, when his composition "Imazhi yt" for Anjeza Shahini made it to Istanbul. Kejsi finished 11th in Moscow, if we only count the televotes. The juries had her on 22th place and she ended up 17th.

This year: After starting studying Kejsi first stated to not take part in the Festivali i këngës in the near future, as she had to concentrate on the studies. It seems she realized that you have enough time as a student. More importantly, she competes with a song by Kristi Popa. Now this is getting interesting, as he's the guarantee for a magical song. His previous compositions for Mariza Ikonomi and Kamela Islami, made their fan bases grow abruptly.

What is to be expected?:You all know of Kejsi's powerful voice. This in combination with Kristi Popa? At least I can feel awesomeness by now, without listening to the song. Even if Kejsi had already won in recent time, she does actually have chances, depending on the song she was given. Maybe the dark horse in this competition. I'm strongz praying Popa does not let us down.

 Carry me in your dreams (ESC 2009)

 Ndonjëherë (live at FiK 2009)

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