Albania: Anxhela Peristeri to fly the flag in Rotterdam

Albania: Anxhela Peristeri to fly the flag in Rotterdam

The Festival i Këngës 59 final is over with Anxhela Peristeri crowned winner and her song ‘Karma’ becoming the first selected song  for Eurovision 2021. 

The Albanian national selection concluded tonight with the last decisive show of Festival i Këngës 59  that declared Anxhela Peristeri as the Albanian Eurovision 2021 hopeful with her entry ‘Karma’.  The show was hosted by  Blendi Salaj and Jonida Vokshi and directed by  Martin Leka.

All three shows of the  national selection were held in an open air venue in Tirana due to covid-19 restirctions while all performances were pre-recorded. A total of 25 acts performed in the first two night of the competition, with 18 of them qulifying to this evening’s final, once the jury votes were counted. The acts that competed in the final show were:

  1. Sardi Strugaj – Ka me t’ba me kajt
  2. Xhesika Polo – Më mbron
  3. Orgesa Zaimi  Valixhja e kujtimeve
  4. Wendi Mancaku –Ves I shpirtit im
  5. Era Rusi – Zjarri im
  6. Gjergj Kaçinari – Më jep jetë
  7. Rosela Gjylbegu – Vashëzo
  8. Devis Xherahu – Peng
  9. MIRUD – Nëse vdes
  10. Giliola Haveriku – E lirë
  11. Viktor Tahiraj – Nënë
  12. Kamela Islamaj – Kujtimet s’kanë formë
  13. Florent Abrashi – Vajzë
  14. Inis Neziri – Pendesë
  15. Evi Reçi – Tjerr
  16. Anxhela Peristeri Karma
  17. Festina Mejzini – Kush je ti dashuri
  18. Kastro Zizo – Vallja e jetës

Besides the contestants,  Eugent Bushpepathe Albanian ESC 2018 representative who finished 11th with his entry “Mall”, appeared on stage performing  Leonard Cohen’s song Hallelujah. 

The final result was determined 100% by a jury, which declared winner Anxhela Peristeri with her song “Karma”while 2nd came Sardi Strugaj  delivering the song “Ka me t’ba me kajt” and in 3rd place finished  Festina Mejzini with her entry  Kush je ti dashuriBesides the winner’s award , Evi Reçi won Tirana’s Special Award for her song  Tjerr.


About Anxhela Peristeri

Anxhela Peristeri  is an Albanian singer, born in Korytsa 24 March 1986, with Greek roots also as her father is of Greek origin. She finished high school in Tirana and after moved to Greece in Athens to continue her University studies.

In Greece she developed a significant music career by singing on stage next to big names of the Greek music scene and participated in the Greek x-factor. Earlier in December 2001, Peristeri participated in Festivali i Këngës with the song “Vetëm ty të kam”.

Despite her rising career in Greece in 2014 she decide to return to Albania. In December 2016, she debuted at Kënga Magjike 2016 with the song “Genjeshtar”, where she finished in 2nd place. Then in December 2017, she won the 19th edition of Kënga Magjike with the song “E Çmendur”. In December 2019, she competed in the 21st edition with the song “Dikush i imi” and eventually finished in the third place.

Enjoy below Anxhela’s winning performance of ‘Karma’:

Angelo D.

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