We are only some days away from the first national final for the Eurovision season 2018-19. Festivali i Këngës , the Albanian  national selection is set to take place for the 57th time on December 20 -22. 

In this year’s edition of  Festivali i Këngës a total of 22 entries will be competing to win the golden ticket that leads to Tel Aviv next May. The Albanian national broadcaster, RTSH, through its official instagram account released 1 minute snippets of the competing songs. Listen below to the songs in the same running order they will appear on stage during the live show:

The list of competing acts and entries has as following:

  1. Bojken Lako – Jeto jeten
  2. Alar Band – Dashuria nuk mjafton
  3. Lidia Lufi – Rrefehem
  4. Kujtim Prodani – Babela
  5. Gjergj Leka – Besoj
  6. Dilan Reka – Karma
  7. Mirud – Nene
  8. Soni Malaj – Do vij
  9. Jonida Maliqi – Ktheju tokes
  10. Elton Deda – Qetesisht
  11. Elona Islamaj – Ne kete bote kalimtare
  12. Klodiana Vata – Mbremje e pafund
  13. Klint Çollaku – Me jete
  14. Artemisa Mithi dhe Febi Shkurti – Dua ta besoj
  15. Kelly – A me ndjen
  16. Bruno Pollogati – Nuk ka stop
  17. Marko Strazimiri dhe Imbro – Leyla
  18. Lorela Sejdini – Vetmi
  19. Eliza Hoxha – Pengu
  20. Eranda Libohova – 100 pyetje
  21. Aurel Thëllimi – Te dua ty
  22. Orgesa Zaimi – Hije

Notable that Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti replaced Vikena Kamenica with their song Naten e Mire, as the female act withdrew to an overloaded schedule that didn’t allow to followe the festival’s guidlines.  On the other hand Orgesa Zaimi and Dilan Reka έχουν πάρει κι άλλες φορές μέρος κατά το παρελθόν.

During the first night of the festival, December 20,  the acts will perform their entries live with the Albanian National Symphonic Orchestra . Festivali i Kenges will unfold in a three day program which will include two semi final shows with 11 acts each one and a grand final.  These are the confirmed Festivali i Këngës 57 dates:

  • Show 1 – 20 December 2018
  • Show 2 – 21 December 2018
  • Grand Final – 22 December 2018

In 2018 Eugent Bushpepa won the Festival i Këngës 2017 with his entry Mall and represented the country in Lisbon, where he finished in the 11th place in the Grand Final.

Stay tuned on the INFE Network for more news about the Festival i Këngës and Albania’s national selection for Eurovision 2019.