Albania: The ‘Festivali i Kenges 59’ competing entries are out!
The Albanian national broadcaster, RTSH, is speeding up the preparations of the next edition of Festival i Kenges, releasing the competing entries of the upcoming Albanian national selection.
Following the revelations of the 26 contestants, RTSH, went on today making public the entries that will compete in 59th edition of Festival i Kenges set to take place next December.
The entries we will see on stage in the Albanian national selection to determine the Eurovision 2021 entry are:
Festivali i Kenges 59 will run over three shows that will take place 17-26 December in Tirana. The exact dates will be finalized depending on the weather conditions and the COVID 19 restrictions during that time.
The traditional music event will feature a total of 26 contestants that will take to the stage while the event will be conducted by Blendi Salaj and Jonida Vokshi and will be directed by Martin Leka. All three shows will ufold in an open air venue, namely next to the Italia Square in Tirana due to the COVID-19 restrictions in the country.
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 .