🇦🇱 Kalush Orchestra and Gala Dragot to perform at Festivali I Këngës 61

🇦🇱 Kalush Orchestra and Gala Dragot to perform at Festivali I Këngës 61

Festivali I Këngës 61 kicks off in just under one week. As the festival draws closer we have received more and more information about it. It has now been confirmed that last year’s Eurovision Song Contest winners from Ukraine Kalush Orchestra will perform at the Festival next week. It has also been announced that, Eurosong 2023 participant Gala Dragot will also perform as an interval act in Albania next week.

What we know about Festivali I Këngës 61 so far!

Festivali i Këngës returns once again to select Albania’s representative for Eurovision 2023, the festival will take place benne December 19th and December 22nd. There will be some changes to the format this year! Most notably, the Eurovision representative will be chosen through a public SMS vote rather than a jury selection like in previous years.

Earlier this week the format of the contest was confirmed. Nights 1 and 2 artists will perform their songs, half the first and the other half the second. night 3 will be a covers night, with final taking place on night 4.

Furthermore, an extra night has been added to the schedule this year. Albanian TV presenter Arbana Osmani will present all four shows. Osmani also revealed that the special guests over the course of each night will be Margarita Xhepa, Kledi Kadiu, Ambeta Toromany and Gala Aliaj (who is currently competing to represent Belgium as part of their 2023 national final)

Who is taking part in Festivali I Këngës 61?

The participating artists, the name of their entries, as well as the composer and lyricists of their entry are as follows:

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
 (Filloreta Raçi)
 (Filloreta Raçi)
 (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.

Are you excited for FiK this year? Who are you the most excited to see perform? 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: Eurovision Albania

Photo Credit: (L-R) VRT, Maxim Fesenko

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