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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: 

Peng – Devis Xherahu
Valixhja e kujtimeve  Orgesa Zaimi
Kush je ti dashuri – Festina Mejzini
E morën botën – Franc Koruni
Pendesë – Inis Neziri
Kam me t’ba me kajt  Sardi Strugaj
Më jep jetë  Gjergj Kaçinari
Nëse vdes Durim Morina (Mirudi)
Tjerr – Evi Reçi
Vashëzo  Rosela Gjylbegu
Vallja e jetës – Klevis Bega (Kastro Ziso)
Do t’ja dal – Klint Çollaku
Karma – Anxhela Peristeri
Vesi i shpirti tim  Wendi Mancaku
Ty – Fatos Shabani
Vajzë – Florent Abrashi
Njësoj – Enxhi Nasufi
 
Kujtimet s’kanë formë – Kamela Islamaj
Zjarri im  Era Rusi
Jo – Erikson Lloshi
Më mbron – Xhesika Polo
Ora e jetës – Manjola Nallbani
E lirë – Giliola Haveriku
Nënë – Viktor Tahiraj
Vendi im – Agim Poshka
Meteor – Stefan Marena

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 .

 

News Source: RTSH

 

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