It’s Jonida Maliqi for Albania!

FiK57 Festivali i kenges albania eurovision 2019Albania’s selection show Festivali i Kenges concluded tonight to give us the first Eurovision song for 2019. That honour goes to Jonida Maliqi who won the three day long competition with song ‘Ktheju tokes’. She will join the other artists announced for Eurovision 2019: Tamta (Cyprus) and Srbuk (Armenia).

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FiK57 Semi Final Results!

FiK57 Festivali i kenges albania eurovision 2019Albania’s selection show Festivali i Kenges began a few nights ago and we now have the line up for the final which will take place later this evening. 14 acts have made it through to the final, and there were a few upsets as one of the fan favourites Mirud did not advance to the Final. Continue reading

Albania Reveal One Minute Snippets of FiK57 Songs!

FiK57 Festivali i kenges albania eurovision 2019The Albanian selection show Festivali I Kenges is just two weeks away. In anticipation of this, broadcaster RTSH have revealed one minute snippets of each of the 22 competing songs in this year’s contest. Read on to hear them! Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Israel and Albania to Return to Eurovision in 2018!

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39 countries have confirmed their participation Eurovision 2018. Among them are Albania and Israel who announced this week their intentions to compete in the Contest in Lisbon in May next year.  Continue reading

Edona Vatoci Withdraws from FiK 2016!

edona fik albania 2016We are just two weeks away from the 55th edition of the Albanian Eurovision selection show Festivali i Kenges. Last month Albanian broadcaster RTSH revealed the 24 acts competing in the two semi finals and finals that will be contested just before Christmas.  However today one of the acts, Edona Vatoci has been forced to withdraw from the contest. Continue reading

Albania choose new song!

Last night saw Albanian representative Elhaida Dani take to Facebook to announce that the writer of the song ‘Diell’ had decided to withdraw the song for personal reasons. The bizarre announcement stated that ‘The author of the song ‘Diell’, for personal and irrevocable reasons, has decided to withdraw the song and unfortunately it will be impossible for me to perform it in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.’

The Albanian broadcaster RTSH has since chosen a replacement song named ‘I’m Alive’ and will debut soon.

What do you think of the decision to change songs? Do you think the author really withdrew, or did Albania think they had better chances with a new song? Let us know your thoughts below.