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Hersi Matmuja

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Albania

Hersi Matmuja

Singer and songwriter Hersi Matmuja has been in the music industry since the age of 13, when she provided the singing voice for the character Melody in the Albanian dubbed version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid II.

Prior to her win in Festivali i Kenges in 2013, Hersi won the award for the Youth Category at the festival in 2006 at the age of 16. Her win at Festivali i Kenges in 2013 earned her the right to represent Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Her winning song was translated to English for the contest to the title “One Night’s Anger”. Unfortunately her song did not qualify for the grand final of the competition.

A few months after the contest she graduated from Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, Italy where she studied canto.

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Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest

Albania made their debut at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004, the same year the televised semi final was originally introduced to the competition. Albania succeeded in their first showing with Anjeza Shahini’s “The Image of You”, sailing through the semi final in 4th place and eventually landing in a respectable 7th place at the grand final. Albania have competed in the Eurovision Song Contest every single year since their debut. Since the success in their original attempt, they have reach the grand final a further six times. They bettered their 2004 score in 2012 with Rona Nishliu’s song “Suus” who finished the contest in fifth place with 146 Points, their first time reaching the top 5 and their best placing to date.

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