Anxhela Peristeri wins Albania’s Festivali I Këngës!

| December 23, 2020

Anxhela Peristeri has just won Albania’s long-running Festivali I Këngës, which is used to select Albania’s Eurovision entry. The winning entry Karma will likely get a revamp for Eurovision 

After 3 shows, the winner was finally decided by a jury. On the first night all songs were performed in the studio version and on the second night all entries were performed in acoustic version. after the first 2 night, 18 finalists were selected, these were: 

  • Anxhela Peristeri – Karma
  • Devis Xherahu – Peng
  • Era Rusi – Zjarri im
  • Evi Reçi – Tjerr
  • Festina Mejzini – Kush je ti dashuri
  • Florent Abrashi – Vajzë
  • Giliola Haveriku – E lirë
  • Gjergj Kaçinari – Më jep jetë
  • Inis Neziri – Pendesë
  • Kamela Islamaj – Kujtimet s’kanë formë
  • Kastro ZIZO – Vallja e jetës
  • MIRUD – Nëse vdes
  • Orgesa Zaimi – Valixhja e kujtimeve
  • Rosela Gjylbegu – Vashëzo
  • Sardi Strugaj – Ka me t’ba me kajt
  • Viktor Tahiraj – Nënë
  • Wendi Mancaku – Ves I shpirtit im
  • Xhesika Polo – Më mbron

Albania in Eurovision

Albania joined the Eurovision in 2004, when the contest was held in Istanbul, passing 7th in the final. 7 out of their 16 participations sadly failed to qualify. Rona Nishliu managed to get 5th place with 146 points in 2012, which is their best place to date. Since joining the contest, Albania has always used ‘Festivali I Këngës’ to select their Eurovision entrant. Arilena Ara was selected to represent Albania in 2020 before the contest got cancelled. 

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