Details of Albania’s FiK 57 Revealed!

FiK57 Festivali i kenges albania eurovision 2019Albania’s selection show Festivali i Kenges is usually the first event in the Eurovision calendar and this year is no different. Earlier this week the Albanian broadcaster RTSH revealed details of the 57th edition of the contest which has chosen the country’s Eurovision artist and song since 2003.In 2018, the competition will again be held over the course of three consecutive nights in the lead up to Christmas. There will be two semi finals which will be held on 20 and 21 December, culminating in the final to be held on 22 December. 22 acts will compete in this year’s edition and this includes some familiar names like Orgesa Zaimi, Elton Deda and Bojken Lako who all performed at the contest the previous year. The full list of performers along with the song titles are below. The actual songs and who will perform in each of the semi finals has yet to be determined. Vikena Kamenica withdrew from the contest on 3 December 2018 and was replaced by Artemisa Mithi and Febi Shkurti with song ‘Dua ta besoj’.

FiK57 Contestants and Songs

Aurel Thellimi- ‘Te dua ty’
Bojken Lako- ‘Jeto jeten’
Bruno Pollogati- ‘Nuk ka stop’
Dilan Reka- ‘Karma’
Eliza Hoxha- ‘Pengu’
Elona Islamaj- ‘Ne kete bote kalimtare’
Elton Deda- ‘Qetesisht’
Eranda Libohova- ‘100 pyetje’
Gjergj Leka- ‘Besoj’
Gralar Band- ‘Dashuria nuk mjafton’
Jonida Maliqi- ‘Ktheju tokes’
Kelly- ‘A me ndjen’
Klint Collaku- ‘Me jete’
Klodiana Vata- ‘Mbremje e pafund’
Kujtim Prodani- ‘Babela’
Lidia Lufi- ‘Rrefehem’
Lorela Sejdini- ‘Vetmi’
Marko Strazimiri and Imbro- ‘Leyla’
Mirud- ‘Nene’
Orgesa Zaimi- ‘Hije’
Soni Malaj- ‘Do vij’
Vikena Kamenica- ‘Naten e mire’ (withdrawn 3 Dec 2018)

Artemisa Mithi & Febi Shkurti- ‘Dua ta besoj’ (added 3 Dec 2018)

2019 will mark Albania’s sixteenth appearance at Eurovision. Over the years they’ve had mixed results, but 2018 saw one of their best ever results when Eugent Bushpepa’s song ‘Mall’ finished in 11th place with 184 points.

Check out the promotional video below:

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