Top Fest is a music competition organised by Top Channel. It began airing in 2004 and has been held since. It is annually held in Tirana, Albania.The songs are usually performed in Albanian with artists from Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and other Albanian-speaking territories. From its 7th edition (2010), the participants perform their entries 100% live.
Since 2010, the show has been split into three phases. The first phase airs all accepted entries, performing their entries in playback. The second phase is the Semi-Finals, usually split in three shows, where the winners from phase one perform. The qualifiers from the semi-finals perform in the final, usually 10 to 13 acts. The winner is chosen in the Finale-night, usually held in late-May or early-June.
The contest has been always held in the Congress Palace of Tirana and the personnel, has varied through the years. Since the first edition of the contes to 2009, the festival was directed by the Rock performer Bojken Lako, also known for his participation in other festivals. From 2010 to the final contest in 2015, the festival was directed by Ergys Lubonja.
The festival has been presented by many famous personalities: The first presenters were Evis Mula, Arbana Osmani and Alban Dudushi. Since 2006, Ledion Liço presented or co-presented the contest until the last edition.
|2004||Evis Mula, Arbana Osmani & Alban Dudushi||Congress Palace of Tirana||Bojken Lako|
|2005||Arbana Osmani, Alban Dudushi|
|2006||Arbana Osmani, Alban Dudushi, Ledion Liço & Xhemi Shehu|
|2007||Alban Dudushi, Arbana Osmani & Ledion Liço|
|2008||Ledion Liço & Arbana Osmani|
|2009||Ledion Liço & Arbana Osmani|
|2010||Ledion Liço & Arbana Osmani||Ergys Lubonja|
|2011||Ledion Liço, Marina Vjollca & Luana Vjollca|
|2012||Ledion Liço, Marina Vjollca & Luana Vjollca|
|2013||Ledion Liço, Marina Vjollca & Luana Vjollca|
|2014||Ledion Liço, Marina Vjollca & Luana Vjollca|
|2015||Dojna Mema & Ledion Liço|
The contest has produced many artists, like Alban Skënderaj, Elhaida Dani, and many others, who were established and rose fame after their participation in Top Fest.
|2005||Albania||Alban Skënderaj||"Vetëm ty"||Only you||Alban Skënderaj|
|2006||Albania & Kosovo||Alban Skënderaj & Kthjellu||"Diçka"||Something|
|2007||Albania||Greta Koçi||"Sa më lodhe"||You annoyed me||Genti Lako & Arben Dusha|
|2008||Albania||Besa Kokëdhima||"Engjëjt vrasin njëlloj"||Angels kill the same||Olti Curri|
|2009||Kosovo||Linda Halimi||"Ëndërroj"||I dream||Flori Mumajesi|
|2010||Albania||Eneda Tarifa||"Me veten"||With myself|
|2011||Albania||Elvana Gjata||"Me ty"||With you|
|2012||Albania||Elhaida Dani||"S'je më"||You're not anymore||Kledi Bahiti|
|2013||Albania||Samanta Karavello||"Loti i fundit"||The last teardrop|
|2014||Albania||Soni Malaj||"Me të jeton"||It lives with him..||Rozana Radi & Gent Myftaraj|
|2015||Kosovo||Ermal Fejzullahu, Lumi B & Ledri Vula||"Shko"||Go||Big Bang, Lumi B & Ledri Vula|
|2016||Albania & Kosovo||Era Istrefi||Bonbon||Candy||Big Bang & Era Istrefi|
Although the contest was, at first very popular and generated many positive opinions from music experts, because the opportunity for new Albanian talented artists, the organisers of the event, for unspecified reasons, declared that the 12th edition of the festival would be the very last one. The reasons behind the discontinuation of the event remain unknown, however, the falling audiences of the last editions might have determined the end of the festival.
In 2016, Top Fest was substituted by another event, Top Music awards, an award ceremony that priced the achievings of the ethnic Albanian artists and singers accross the Balkans, but one year later, that event was also discontinued.
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