Update – RTSH has officially confirmed the artists and the song titles for Festivali i Këngës 2020! You can check out the full lineup in the instagram post from the RTSH instagram page below.
There are familiar faces returning to FiK this year, including the likes of Mirud, Inis Neziri and Orgesa Zaimi. Unfortunately, this officially confirms that the 2020 Albanian representative, Arilena Ara, will not return to Eurovision in 2021.
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Lista e Këngëve Konkurruese Fest 59!🎵🎶🎙🎻 Festivali i 59-të i Këngës në Radio Televizionin Shqiptar, do të mirëpresë 26 pjesëmarrësit e këtij edicioni. Komisioni vlerësues i përbërë nga artistët, si : Alma Bektashi, Jonida Maliqi, Agim Doçi, Klodian Qafoku, Eugent Bushpepa kanë përzgjedhur 26 këngët konkurruese, si më poshtë: 1. Peng- Devis Xherahu 2. Valixhja e kujtimeve- Orgesa Zaimi 3. Kush je ti dashuri- Festina Mejzini 4. E morën botën- Franc Koruni 5. Pendesë- Inis Neziri 6. Kam me t’ba me kajt- Sardi Strugaj 7. Më jep jetë- Gjergj Kaçinari 8. Nëse vdes- Durim Morina (Mirudi) 9. Tjerr- Evi Reçi 10. Vashëzo- Rosela Gjylbegu 11. Vallja e jetës- Klevis Bega (Kastro Ziso) 12. Do t’ja dal- Klinti Çollaku 13. Karma- Anxhela Peristeri 14. Si ajo- Wendi Mancaku 15. Ty- Fatos Shabani 16. Vajzë- Florent Abrashi 17. Njësoj- Enxhi Nasufi 18. Ajo vajza- Kamela Islamaj 19. Zjarri im- Era Rusi 20. Jo- Erikson Lloshi 21. Më mbron- Xhesika Polo 22. Ora e jetës- Manjola Nallbani 23. E lirë- Giliola Haveriku 24. Nënë- Viktor Tahiraj 25. Vendi im- Agim Poshka 26. Meteor- Stefan Marena
With the new Eurovision season underway, we are all looking forward to a very merry FIKmas, as the first Eurovision event on the calendar is the long running Albanian national selection, Festivali i Këngës. One question on our minds is “Who’s going to be taking part this year?”
Well, instagram fan page Eurovision Albania could give us the answer. Earlier today, they released a list of artists with the title “Fest 59”, hinting that this could be the line up for the upcoming edition of Festivali i Këngës.
It is worth noting that there has been no official confirmation on the official lineup from the national broadcaster RTSH, so the list given below may not be the final lineup.
You may have noticed that last year’s FiK winner Arilena Ara is not on list above. Could it be that she decided not to try again this year? There are also many familiar faces in the list above, including the likes of Mirud, Inis Neziri and Orgesa Zaimi. We will have to wait and see if the official announcement of RTSH matches the list above, and we cannot wait!
Albania debuted in the contest in 2004, where Anjeza Shahini came in a respectable 7th place with 106 points with the song The Image of You. Since then, they have qualified for the final 7 out of a possible 14 times, with their best placement occurring in 2012 where Rona Nishliu came in 5th place with 146 points with the song Suus.
Prior to the cancellation of the contest, Arilena Ara won the ticket to Rotterdam for 2020 with Fall From the Sky and was set to perform 12th in the 2nd semi final, following Denmark and preceding Finland.
What do you think of line up for this year? Tell us in the comments below!