The Albanian national broadcaster, RTSH, released today the competing entries of the 58th editionof  Festivali i Këngës, the festival through which the 17th Albanian Eurovision representative will be determined.

Almost each year Albania is the first country to select its entry and song that will represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest.  The competing acts will perform in two semi final rounds on the 19th and 20th December with the grand final to take place on December 22.

Listen below to the competing songs:

  1. Albërie Hadërgjonaj – Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua
  2. Aldo Bardhi – Melodi
  3. Arilena Ara – Shaj
  4. Bojken Lako – Malaseen
  5. Devis Xherahu – Bisedoj me serenatën
  6. Eli Fara & Stresi – Bohemë
  7. Elvana Gjata – Me tana
  8. Era Rusi – Eja merre
  9. Gena – Shqiponja e lirë
  10. Genc Tukiçi & Nadia Tukiçi – Ju flet Tirana
  11. Kamela Islamaj – Më ngjyros
  12. Kanita Suma – Ankth
  13. Kastro Zizo – Asaj
  14. Olta Boka – Shkrime në mur
  15. Renis Gjoka – Loja
  16. Robert Berisha – Ajo nuk është unë
  17. Sara Bajraktari – Ajër
  18. Tiri Gjoci – Me gotën bosh
  19. Valon Shehu – Kutia e Pandorës
  20. Wendi Mancaku – Ende

Among this year’s 20 contestants we see past Eurovision participants either as singers or composers and several names of the Albanian pop music scene. Olta Boka represented Albania back in 2008  wit the song  Zemrën e lamë peng finishing 17th, while the composer of the competing entry Kutia e Pandorës είναι is Eugent Bushpepa who represented the country with song  Mall at Eurovision 2018. where he came 11th.

Arilena Ara with her song Nëntori entered the charts in several countries while Elvana Gjata , who is making a comeback to the festival after 16 years,  is one of the most famous pop stars in Albania’s music scene with more than 645 million views in total on youtube. Eli Fara is listed in the singers of Albanian tradition music while  Bojken Lako is making his 9th participation in the contest.

During the competition  Eurostars such has Eleni Foureira and  Mahmood will perform as guest alongside with  Giusy Ferreri. The show will be presented to us by Alketa Vejsiu.

The Eurovision Story So far

In 2004 Albania debuted in the contest  with Anjeza Shahini with the entry “The Image of You”, which came 7th . The country hasn’t scored a victory yet in its 15 participations up to date. Its best result was achieved in 2012 with Rona Nishliu and her 5th placing in Baku with her song “Suus”. 

In 2019 Jonida Maliqi won the Festivali i Kenges 2018   and became the 16th Albanian representative in Eurovision. Her song Ktheju Tokes ended in the 17th place of the Grand final.