After the first two nights of Festivali i Këngës #62 we now know the 31 songs who will compete for the Eurovision ticket.
Festivali i Këngës was first held In 1962, when Albania joined the contest in 2004 they started using it as a national selection as well. In 2023 the rules changed, now the jury panel of 11 specialists will decide the winner of the contest, but the televote decides the Eurovision representative. We saw the results immediately as Elsa Lila won the contest, but Albina & Familja Kelmendi won the Eurovision ticket.
On night 3 the qualifiers for the final will be announced. This isn’t as important for the artists who want to attent Eurovision, as the televote can vote for songs that got eliminated aswel.
Familiar names performed as Elsa Lila, the jury winner of FIK #61, Kastro Zizo, Sergio Hajdini and Melodajn Mancaku.
The festival is hosted in the Palace of Congress in Tirana. The two nights were hosted by Adriana Matoshi, Kledi Kadiu, and Krisa Çaushi. Between acts, Xhuliano Dule preformed a stand-up comedy act.
Here is the list of all the artists and their songs.
Askush si ty – Stivi Ushe
Herë Pas Here – Andi Tanko
Nan’ – Anduel Kovaci
Zgjohu – Arsi Bako
Zemrën n’dore – Besa Kokëdhima
Esenciale – Besa Krasniqi
Mbinatyrale – Big Basta & Vesa Luma
Cdo gjë mbaroi – Bledi Kaso
Një kujtim – Eldis Arnjeti
Mars – Elsa Lila
Jetën n’Skaj – Erina & The Elementals
Melos – Festina Mejzini
Ti – Jasmina Hako
Evol – Jehona Ponari
2073 – Kastro Zizo
Vallëzoj me dritën – Kejsi Tola
Pikturë – Kleansa Susaj
Përsëritja – Luan Durmishi
Cmendur – Mal Retkoceri
Vetëm ty – Martina Serreqi
Nuk jemi ne – Melodajn Mancaku
Për veten – Michela Paluca
Asaj – Olimpia Smajlaj
Unë – Olsi Ballta
N’Majë – Samanta Karavello
Dua të rri me ty – Santino De Bartolo
Boshatisur – Sardi Strugaj
Uragan – Sergio Hajdini
S’mund t’fitoj pa ty – Shpat Deda
Në ëndërr – Tiri Gjoci
Horizonti i ëndrrave – Troy Band
Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest
Albania joined the contest in 2004 and have since not missed a edition. They have qualified for the final 11 times out of 19. Rona Nishliu sang Suus in 2012, which finished 5th, the best result of the country since their debute.