Dancing with the Stars (Albania)

Dancing with the Stars Albania
Format Dance competition
Presented by Alketa Vejsiu, Genti Zotaj (Season 1)
Amarda Toska, Ermal Mamaqi (Season 2)
Judges Ilir Shaqiri
Iva Tiço
Arian Çani (Season 1 & 2)
Country of origin AlbaniaAlbania
No. of seasons 2
Producer(s) International Theatre, Tring Digital, Vizion Plus
Original channel Vizion Plus
Original run 18 February 2010 – Present
External links

Dancing with the Stars Albania is a Albanian reality show filmed in Tirana, Albania and aired on Vizion Plus and Tring Digital. Twelve VIPs and professional dancers form twelve couples that contest in one of the most successful TV formats. The show is a production of International Theatre, in collaboration with Tring Digital and Vizion Plus, according to the original patent distributed by BBC Worldwide.

]] of the Reality TV show "Mos e Beso Po Deshe" on Vizion Plus. He has stated that he is an adventourius type of person that enjoys emotions previously unknown. He likes the intriguing idea of being a protagonist, rather than spectator, so he has agreed to be also one of 12 players of "Dancing with the stars". In the first edition of “Dancing with the Stars Albania”, he took the third place.


Vasjan Lami & Rovena

Vasjan Lami is a famous movie actor who acts in the National Theatre of Albania as well. Born in Tirana on May 21, 1957, in order to realize his dream of becoming actor, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and graduated in the Drama Disclipine. Vasjan performed for the first time on stage in 1978 as Agroni in the drama Spring Flood. In cinema, he first performs in the movie The Old Man and the Opponent. Since then he continued a career in film and theater. Today, he counts over 70 roles and is one of most interesting actors according to the Albanian public. "The theater and movie can not be separated since I believe that both have different emotions and beauty", he is quoted as saying. The mos beautiful role for him has been Garibaldi in Force of Habit, a role which was conducted in the summer of 2009 at the scene of the National Theatre. Football and fishing are his passions in the spare time.

Viktor Zhusti & Isida Mullaymeri

Viktor Zhusti is a famous actor of the stage and the screen. He was born in Athens in 1942 and has grown up in Albania. Viktor, as a movie actor has performed in many Albanian films such as Taulanti Requires a Sissy in 1984, where he portrayed the role of Pirro, then he played in The Second November (1982), Mountains in Verdure (1971), When Shooting a Movie (1981), and There Comes a Day (1986). His gallery of characters is quite broad and encompasses contrasting characters, all executed with finesse. The actor has left footprints in the theater as well. He became quite popular in the comedy Rain in the Beach playing as Alberi (1982). After the 90s, he immigrated to Greece only to return to Tirana in 2008 where he played on stage as the protagonist of the comedy All in Habits (2008). His latest role was in the staging of Who is Afraid of Virginia Wolf (2009–2010). He takes part in the first edition of “Dancing with the Stars Albania” as the oldest participant of the contest.

Soni Malaj & Mirko Luccarelli

Soni Malaj is a prominent, dark-haired singer of Albanian music with a typical Mediterranean charm. She began her career at the age of 15 as a founding member of the first Albanian female musical group called Spirit Voice. One song that immediately became a hit was Fuoristrada. But after the breakup of the group, Soni followed a career as a solo singer only to publish a solo album entitled Queen of the Night. From this moment Soni's hit songs increasingly occupied the hearts of Albanian fans inside and outside Albania. Since the age of 16, she regularly exercises at the gym. She has a strong character inherited from her birthplace, Tropoje, Albania. Precisely this character has to bear with the various challenges that she had to face during her career.

Julian Deda (Juli) & Ledia Sulaj

Julian Deda is one of the most distinguished comedians of recent years in Albania. He was born in Shkodra in 1981 and dreamed to become an actor which he did by graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana at the drama discipline. Juli’s talent stood out when he was still a student, especially because of the ability to interpret characters in comical roles, a talent which Juli inherited from his father, the Albanian humor icon Zef Deda. Immediately after graduation, Juli showed up in various comical roles in several television shows, with whom managed to win the hearts and sympathy of the public. In 2008, Juli interprets in the monodrama Final Toilet of Italian author Roberto Lerici. Recently he left many projects on hold to co-host the humor improvisation show Apartmenti 2XL on Vizion Plus. Juli is married and has a daughter and son.

Genta Ismajli & Dion Gjinika

Genta Ismajli, artistically known as "Genta" is an Albanian singer born in Kosovo on 4 December 1984. A few months after her birth, her parents decided to move to Chicago, United States. At first, she became famous with the song "Go," and at 19 she returned to Kosovo and introduced the song "Twiddle," which quickly became hit. She quickly became very popular in the local scene of Albania and Kosovo. Occasionally, she travels to the United States where she composes albums in English. Many of the songs on these albums are written by Kara DioGuardi, a famous American author. Genta is known for her impressive and energetic dance performances. In the first edition of “Dancing with the Stars Albania”, she took second place.

Eli Fara & Gerd Vaso

Eli Fara is a famous Albanian folklore singer of serenades. She was born in Korca, on May 21, 1967. She became aware of her greta voice in childhood, but only in 1989 she won fame by snatching the first prize in the spectacle Evenings of Folk Music with songs such are Qeraxhiu i Grebenese and 25 Gërshetat. From this year the singer began to take part in many concerts in the country and abroad. A few years later she moved to the United States, but never left the public scene. Until now, she has published six albums, among which: Nostalgia, Beyond, The Heart Says, I Want It By Myself, and Autumn. Eli loves her daughter, Marina and the music. Although she has a good relationship with dance, before becoming a contestant in this competition she said: "When holding a step, however small, it seems to having more..."

Oni Pustina & Greta Hushi (later on replaced by Linda)

Oni Pustina is one of the most famous Albanian models in Italy. Born in Tirana, on April 1, 1970 he has participated in the well known Italian television show called You Have Got Mail by Maria De Filippi in the role of one of the postmen. He is also one of the popular images of calendars and advertisements inside and outside the country. Oni has recently entered cinema as one of his passions. In 2009 he performed in the movie East–West-East, directed by Gjergj Xhuvani. In the first edition of “Dancing with the Stars Albania”, he was proclaimed the winner.

season 1 elimination order

celebrity job partner eliminated in
Viktor Zhusti actor Isida Mullaymeri round 1
Jonida Shehu journalist Davide Zongoli round 2
Oni Pustina model Greta Hushi WINNER
Roland Hysi singer Loreta Bala round 4
Eli Fara folkhore singer Gerd Vaso round 5
Klodiana Shala athlet Ervis Nallbani round 6
Julian Deda comedian Ledia Sulaj round 7
Vasjan Lami actor of theatre Rovena withdrew
Ligia Zacarias model Julind Dervishi round 8
Soni Malaj singer Mirko Luccarelli 3RD PLACE
Nik Xhelilaj actor Olta Ahmetaj round 3
Genta Ismajli singer Dion Gjinika 2ND PLACE


couple 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Genta & Dion 24 25 27 23 25 29 27+5=31 30+29=59 30+29+30=89
Nik & Olta 19 23 22 21 23 22 21+2=23 24+21=45 26+23+29=78
Soni & Mirko 22 25 23 26 25 26 27+6=33 25+27=52 27+28+27=82
Ligia & Julind 21 24 25 22 27 24 25+3=28 24+24=48
Vasjan & Rovena 26 22 25 28 26 26 27+4=31*
Julian & Ledia 18 18 21 22 24 21 23+1=24
Klodania & Ervis 23 21 24 22 21 22
Eli & Gerd 13 17 14 17 13
Roland & Roleta 15 18 17 19
Oni & Greta 18 21 16
Jonida & Davide 13 15
Viktor & Isida 12'11'
  • vasjan had a physical injury and was not longer in the contest.

Season 2: Contestants

Agnesa Vuthaj & Simone Pigliacelli

Arian Konomi & Odeta Dishnica

Eloise Le Petit & Fatjon Lito

Big Basta & Olta Ahmetaj

Vesa Luma & Endrit Shkoza

Shpat Kasapi & Isida Mollaymeri

Mimoza Ahmeti & Ervis Nallbani

Hervin Çuli & Rovena Shqevi

Çiljeta Xhilaga & Dion Gjinika

Olsi Mingomataj & Jonida Boka

Olta Gixhari & Janer Veranes

Enver Petrovci & Loreta Bala

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