Albanian public broadcaster, RTSH, prepares for the Festivali i Kenges 58 in Tirana on December 19, 20 and 22 as the winner will represent Albania at the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in May in Rotterdam. The innovation in the regulations compared to previous years is that this year the results will also be determined by an international committee, which has already invited important personalities to staff it.
International panel for the first time at Festivali i Kenges
On December 22, we will probably have the first Eurovision 2020 entry. Probably not, as there were times in the past that the FiK winner did not subsequently participate in Eurovision with the song he won at the Albanian festival, but with another which considered to be better (see Elhaida Dani, 2015).
The results at Festivali i Kenges with some minor variations are determined each year by a special jury comprising people from the home music scene. This year, RTSH, having managed to get very popular contestants, decided to have an international jury.
A well known Greek author has been invited to the international committee of FiK 58
EurovisionFun reveals for the first time that among those invited by RTSH to the international committee, it is a well-known Greek creator. Of course the problem for everyone are the dates (very close to Christmas) and the fact that the Festival lasts four days.
We will be watching with interest FiK 58, which this year includes the most popular names in the Albanian music scene.
The 20 candidates for the Festivali i Kenges to claim the Rotterdam ticket are:
1. Albrei Hadergjonaj
2. Aldo White
3. Arilena Ara
4. Bojken Lako
5. Devis Xherah
6. Eli Fara & Stress
7. Elvana Gjata
8. The Era of Russia
10. Genc Tukiqi
11. Kanita Suma
12. Kamela Islamaj
13. Castro Zizo
14. Olta Boka
15. Renis Gjoka
16. Robert Berisha
17. Sara Bajraktari
18. Tiri Gjoci
19. Valon Shehu
20. Wendi Mancaku
Elvana Gjata, a successful singer in her home country, Arilena Ara who has become famous with the song “Nentori”, as well as Olta Boka who represented her country at Eurovision 2008, taking the seventeenth place!
This year in Tel Aviv, Jonida Maliqi with “Ktheju Land”, the song she won at FiK 2018, brought Albania to the final, finishing 17th with 90 points.