It’s hard to believe that we are just one day away from having the first Eurovision 2020 song confirmed. Albania’s FiK58 got underway on Thursday and Friday evening with the two semi final shows. 20 songs competed over the two nights and on Friday night an international jury panel made up of three experts decided which 12 would advance to Sunday’s live final.
The twelve songs that made the cut were:
Albërie Hadërgjonaj- ‘Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua’
Arilena Ara- ‘Shaj’
Bojken Lako- ‘Malaseen’
Elvana Gjata- ‘Me tana’
Era Rusi- ‘Eja merre’
Gena- ‘Shqiponja e lirë’
Kamela Islamaj- ‘Më ngjyros’
Olta Boka- ‘Botë për dy’
Sara Bajraktari- ‘Ajër’
Robert Berisha- ‘Ajo nuk është unë’
Tiri Gjoci- ‘Me gotën bosh’
Valon Shehu- ‘Kutia e Pandorës’
The other eight performers meanwhile have been eliminated. This includes: Aldo Bardhi, Devis Xherahu, Eli Fara & Stresi, Kanita Suma, Kastro Zizo, Nadia and Genc Tukiçi, Renis Gjoka and Wendi Mancaku.
Other non competing performances saw the return of the 2019 Albanian representative Jonida Maliqi and Italian singer and Eurovision 2019 runner up Mahmood who sang his Eurovision hit ‘Soldi’ and most recent single ‘Barrio’.
FiK will conclude with the live final tomorrow evening. The fan favourite that wowed audiences the world over is Elvana’s ‘Me tana’. The Eurovision fandom on Twitter commended her for her polished choreography, astounding vocals and star quality.
But can she turn it into an FiK win and represent Albania in Rotterdam in May? Only time will tell.