🇦🇱 More Festivali i Këngës 61 details revealed

🇦🇱 More Festivali i Këngës 61 details revealed

Christmas is fast approaching, which also means the return of Albanian music festival Festivali i Këngës! The festival will help select the Albanian representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool. We have now learnt one of the hosts for the festival, as well as the dates it will take place.

What you need to know about Festivali i Kënges 2022!

It has been confirmed by Albanian broadcaster RTSH that one of the hosts for Festivali i Kënges will be Arbana Osmani. Arbana also confirmed on her Instagram post that the festival will take place over four days instead of three. The dates for Festivali i Këngës 61 are the 19th, 20th, 21st of December, with the final taking place on December 22nd.

Earlier this month, RTSH confirmed that an SMS vote will now be used to select the Albanian representative for Liverpool, which would mean that the winner of the festival may not be the one heading to Liverpool, if not selected by the public.

Festivali i Këngës 61 participants

Earlier this month it was also confirmed which artists would be taking part in this edition of Festivali I Këngës. The participating artists, the name of their entries, as well as the composer and lyricists of their entry are as follows:

ArtistEntryComposerLyricist
2 Farm  “Atomike”Klevis Bega, Renan Berati, Redvis MaziKlevis Bega, Renan Berati, Redvis Mazi
Alban Kondi & Lorela Karoshi“Melodi”Alban KondiAlban Kondi
Albina Kelmendi“Duje”Enis MullaEnis Mulla
Anduel Kovaçi“Malli”Irkenc HykaIrkenc Hyka
Arsi Bako“Sonte Dua Të Tem Me Ty”Osman MulaEvis Mula
Melodajna Mancaku“Gjysma E Zemrës Sime”Wendi MancakuMelodajna Mancaku
Elsa Lila“Evita”Elsa LilaElsa Lila
Enxhi Nasufi“Burrë”Alandy (Andrew Vornicu)Enxhi Nasufi,
Alandy (Andrew Vornicu)
Erma Mici“Kozmosi I Dashurisë”Erma MiciErma Mici
Evi Reçi“Ma Kthe”Ervin GonxhiErvin Gonxhi
Fabian Basha“Një Gotë”Alban Kondi,
Fabian Basha
Alban Kondi
Fifi
 (Filloreta Raçi)
“Stop”Fifi
 (Filloreta Raçi)
Fifi
 (Filloreta Raçi)
Franc Koruni“Në pritje”Franc KoruniFranc Koruni
Genti Hoxha“Ajër”Jeris KasoElio Shuli
Gjergj Kaçinari“Dje”Gjergj KaçinariGjergj Kaçinari
Luna Causholli“Jetën Ta Fal”Endri ShaniPandi Laço
LYNX“Nëse ke besim”LYNXLYNX
Manjola Nallbani“Dua”Kledi BahitiManjola Nallbani
Permit of Stay“Fobia”Ergys MetaErgys Meta
Petrit Çarkaxhiu“Emri Yt Mirësi”Petrit ÇarkaxhiuPetrit Çarkaxhiu
Rezearta Smaja“N’Eden”Eriona RushitiEriona Rushiti
Rovena Dilo“Motit”Aldo ShqalshiRovena Dilo
Sara Kapo“Para Teje”Sara KapoSara Kapo
Serxhio Hajdini“Vështirë”Serxhio HajdiniSerxhio Hajdini
Urban Band“Në Çdo Hap”Klodian RexhepajKelly (Florian Carkanji)
Vanesa Sono“Aroma Jonë”Vanesa SonoVanesa Sono

Albania’s Eurovision journey

In 2004, Albania made its debut into the Eurovision Song Contest with Anjeza Shahini with “Image of You” which managed to place 7th in the final. Since their debut, Albania has participated 18 times, and made the final 10 times, with their best result in 2012 where Rona Nishliu placed 5th with “Suus”. In 2022, Ronela Hajati represented Albania with “Sekret”. However, despite being a fan favorite, Albania did not manage to make the final, placing 12th with 58 points from both the juries and televoters.

What do you make of this news from Albania? Will you be watching FiK this year? Who would you like to see take part in the selection? As always, let us know what you think by commenting below. Also, be sure to follow “That Eurovision Site” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tiktok as we prepare for Eurovision 2023!

News Source: RTSH/Arbana Osmani

Photo Credit: EBU/Nathan Reinds

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