Albania: RTSH reveals the contestants of the 59th Festivali i Këngës
The Albanian national broadcaster, RTSH , has unveiled the candidate acts of the 59th edition of Festivali i Këngës, the show via which the country will select its Eurovision 2021 representative.
The Albanian national selection moves on to the next stage as RTSH has made public the participants of Festivali i Këngës 59. A total of 26 contestants will compete in December’s show in order to earn the right to represent the nation at Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam.
A special committee made up by Alma Bektashi, Jonida Maliqi, Agim Doçi, Klodian Qafoku, Eugent Bushpepa listened and evaluated the songs submitted to RTSH and picked out the ones to compete in the country’s national final.
Thus the potential ESC 2021 hopefuls are the following 26 acts and songs:
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 achieve to win in its 15 appearances until now. Its best result was came 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 and went on represent Albania at its 16th participation in the competition. Her song Ktheju Tokes ended in the 17th place of the Grand final.
This year Arilena Ara was set to perform her song Fall From Sky on the Eurovision stage in Rotterdam, but saw her journey remaining unfinished due to the coronavirus pandemic after the contest’s unprecedent cancellation .