Albanian broadcaster RTSH has announced this year’s Festivali i Këngës participants. The winner of Festivali i Këngës this year will go on to represent Albania at next year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Turin. As always there is a mix of old and new faces taking part in this year’s competition.
List of participants for Festivali i Këngës 60.
This year is the 60th edition of Festivali i Këngës. This year twenty artists will take part in the competition. Below is a full list of confirmed participants for Festivali i Këngës 60:
- Alban Ramosaj
- Denis Skura
- Evi Reçi
- Gjergj Kaçinari
- Janex (Xhejn Kumrija)
- Kastro Zizo
- Rezarta Smaja
- Ronela Hajati
- Saimir Çili
- Stefi dhe Endri Prifti
- Urban Band
- Eldis Arrnejti
- Ester Zahiri
- Kejsi Rrustja
- Olimpia Smajlaj
- Viola Xhemali
- Xhuljana Pjetra
Fans will recognize names such as Mirud who participated last year with his song “Nëse vdes”, as well as Evi Reçi who took part with her song “Tjerr”. You can watch Evi’s performance from last year here:
Details about this year’s show:
Festivali i Këngës will take place a little later this year. The shows will air on the 27th 28th and 29th December 2021. You can find out more about this by checking out our article here:
Albania’s Eurovision History
Despite Albania only making its debut in the Contest in 2004, the Balkan nation has had varied success. Debuting with a 7th place finish with Anjeza Shahini’s “The Image of You”, Albania has qualified for the final 10 of 17 times. Their best result came in 2012, with Rona Nishliu giving Albania its first Top 5 position with “Suus”.
In 2021, Anxhela Peristeri represented Albania in Rotterdam with her song “Karma”. Qualifying for the final in 10th place, Peristeri finished in 21st place. In total, Albania managed to receive 57 points combined from both the jury and the televote.
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News Source: RTSH
Photo Source: EBU/ Andres Putting