Albania: Kledi Kadiu will be the host of Festivali i Këngës 62!

A little while ago RTSH, the public broadcaster of Albania, announced the name of the host of the 62nd Festivali i Këngës which will take place in about a month!

Dancer, choreographer and presenter Kledi Kadiu has been announced as the presenter of Festivali i Këngës 62. He is best known in Albania as well as in Italy for his career as a dancer. He was a dance teacher in the Italian talent show, “Amici di Maria De Filippi” from 2011 to 2017, while he was also a judge in the Albanian “Dancing with the Stars”.

Festivali i Këngës 62 is set to take place at Pallati i Kongreseve in Tirana from December 19 to 22. A total of 37 artists will take part both to win the festival and to represent Albania at Eurovision 2024. We remind you that some time ago it was announced that the jury of the festival will determine the winner of Festivali i Këngës 62 and the audience the representative of the country. Below is the running order of the first two nights:

First Night
  1. Stivi Ushe – “Askush si ty” (Nobody like you)
  2. Besa Kokëdhima – “Zemrën n’dorë” (Heart in hand)
  3. Mal Retkoceri – “Çmendur” (Crazy)
  4. Eldis Arnjeti – “Një kujtim” (A memory)
  5. Shpat Deda – “S’mund të fitoj pa ty” (I can’t win without you)
  6. Jehona Ponari – “Evol” (Evolve)
  7. PeterPan Quartet
  8. Festina Mejzini – “Melos”
  9. Kastro Zizo – “2073”
  10. Luan Durmishi – “Përsëritja” (Repetition)
  11. Melodajn Mancaku – “Nuk jemi ne” (It’s not us)
  12. Olsi Ballta – “Unë” (I)
  13. Andi Tanko – “Herë pas here” (From time to time)
  14. Sergio Hajdini – “Uragan” (Hurricane)
  15. Santino De Bartolo – “Dua të rri me ty” (I want to stay with you)
  16. Olimpia Smajlaj – “Asaj” (Her)
Second Night
  1. Big Basta & Vesa Luma – “Mbinatyrale” (Supernatural)
  2. Elsa Lila – “Mars”
  3. Jasmina Hako – “Ti” (You)
  4. Michela Paluca – “Për veten” (For myself)
  5. Anduel Kovaci – “Nane’”
  6. Irma Lepori
  7. Sardi Struga – “Boshatisur” (Empty)
  8. Erina & The Elementals – “Jetën n’Skaj” (Life on the edge)
  9. Kleansa Susaj – “Pikturë” (Painting)
  10. Arsi Bako – “Zgjohu” (Wake up)
  11. Tiri Gjoci – “Në ëndërr” (In a dream)
  12. Besa Krasniqi – “Esenciale” (Essential)
  13. Bledi Kaso – “Çdo gjë mbaroi” (Everything is over)
  14. Troy Band – “Horizonti i ëndrrave” (The horizon of dreams)
  15. Martina Serreqi – “Vetëm ty” (Only you)
The previous winner of Festivali i Këngës and Albania’s representative in Eurovision 2023, were Albina & Familja Kelmendi with the song “Duje”, ending up in 22nd place, while also bringing their country back in the Grand Final:

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Albania: The public will choose the 2024 Eurovision representative, while the jury the winner of Festivali i Këngës 62!

A while ago the RTSH press conference for the Festivali i Këngës 62 that is going to take place in December was concluded and we learned some very interesting things!

The first and most important change is the method of selecting the winner. Some time ago we learned that the audience and the committee will choose together the winner of the festival, and at the same time the representative of Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2024. However, at the press conference, it was mentioned that the system will remain the same as last year. This means that the jury of the festival will choose the winner of Festivali i Këngës 62 and the TV audience the representative of the country. The two winners may not be the same, as happened last year when the winner of Festivali i Këngës was Elsa Lila, while the representatives of the country were Albina & Familja Kelmendi.

Then it was mentioned that on the third day, the “big” artists will perform with singers who no longer participate, while the “new” artists will sing in a duet, a song from Eurovision. The finalists will be announced after the end of the third night. Last but not least, one of the presenters of this year’s Festivali i Këngës will be Andriana Matoshi.

Withrdawals after the press conference

After the end of the press conference and the announcement of the regulations, two singers decided to withdraw from Festivali i Këngës 62. These two artist were Samanta and Kejsi Tola, who will be replaced by Irma Lepuri and the PeterPan Quartet respectively .

Festivali i Këngës 62 is expected to take place around the end of December and will include 27 artists, 14 in the “big” category and 13 newcomers.

Source: RTSH

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Albania: Elsa Lila returns to Festivali i Këngës 62!

After last year’s triumph with the song “Evita”, Elsa Lila is reportedly returning to Festivali i Këngës 62, in order to claim her fourth win in the Festival! Read more

Eurovision 2023: The Grand Final allocation for the Second Semi Final qualifiers!

The first semi-final has just finished, with the first ten finalists being:

Before the press conference that is currently taking place these ten countries chose the half in which they will appear in the Grand Final on Saturday.

This is the half each qualifier drew, from semi final 2:

🇦🇱 Albania will perform in the FIRST HALF of the Grand Final

🇨🇾 Cyprus will perform in the FIRST HALF of the Grand Final

🇪🇪 Estonia will perform in the FIRST HALF of the Grand Final

🇧🇪 Belgium will perform in the SECOND HALF of the Grand Final

🇦🇹 Austria will perform in the FIRST HALF of the Grand Final

🇱🇹 Lithuania will perform in the SECOND HALF of the Grand Final

🇵🇱 Poland will perform in the FIRST HALF of the Grand Final

🇦🇺 Australia will perform in the SECOND HALF of the Grand Final

🇦🇲 Armenia will perform in the SECOND HALF of the Grand Final

🇸🇮 Slovenia will perform in the SECOND HALF of the Grand Final

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Eurovision 2023: Watch the exclusive rehearsal footage from the remaining Semi Final 2 acts’ second rehearsals!

The preparations on Liverpool for the 67th Eurovision Song Contest are on fire and it’s now a wrap for the 6th day of the technical rehearsals. After their first technical rehearsals, the representatives of the 11 remaining acts participating in the 2nd Semifinal on May 11, took the stage of the M&S Bank Arena for their second rehearsals.

About the first 5 countries from SemiFinal 2 that had their second rehearsals yesterday:

The second rehearsals gave the opportunity to the delegations to fix any mistakes spotted on the first rehearsals and help the artists feel more safe and familiar with the Eurovision big stage.

Because accredited journalists are not allowed to watch both the first and second rehearsals this year, we have very little information about what this year’s artists have prepared for the Eurovision stage. EBU has just uploaded through the official Eurovision channel in YouTube a recap of today’s rehearsals. More specifically, we will have the chance to watch exclusive TV footage of today’s rehearsals.

The countries that had their second rehearsals today were the following:

  1. Cyprus
  2. Iceland
  3. Greece
  4. Poland
  5. Slovenia
  6. Georgia
  7. San Marino
  8. Austria
  9. Albania
  10. Lithuania
  11. Australia

You can watch the recap of today’s rehearsals below:

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Eurovision 2023: The Third Day’s rehearsal schedule!

The big moment for all Eurofans has arrived. The wait has come to an end, as we are now in the most important days before the live shows. Rehearsals officially begun yesterday for the 67th Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

The rehearsals are divided into two phases; the first phase will last three days, from Sunday 30/04 until Tuesday 02/05 and will include the first rehearsals of all the countries taking part in the two semi-finals of the competition. The second phase will last from Wednesday 03/05 until Saturday 06/05 and includes the second rehearsals of the countries of the two semi-finals as well as the rehearsals of the countries competing directly in the Final, namely the Big 5 and last year’s winner Ukraine.

Last year’s changes in the way rehearsals are covered continue this year, as the Press Center opens on Monday after the first and second rehearsals, which means that the information we will have for the first week of the competition will come exclusively from the material to be provided by the EBU to the accredited journalists.


The last eleven countries from the second semi-final will make their first appearance on stage at the M&S Bank Arena. These countries are:

  • Estonia 11.30 – 12.00
  • Iceland 12.10 – 12.40
  • Greece 12.50 – 13.20
  • Poland 13.30 – 14.00
  • Slovenia 15.10 – 15.40
  • Georgia 15.50 – 16.20
  • San Marino 16.30 – 17.00
  • Austria 17.10 – 17.40
  • Albania 17.50 – 18.20
  • Lithuania 18.30 – 19.00
  • Australia 19.10 – 19.40

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From Monday 8/5, the press center opens normally for accredited journalists, who will have the opportunity to watch the general rehearsals before the live shows as was the case in previous years.

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The Netherlands: All the performances of “Eurovision in Concert 2023”!

Eurovision in Concert 2023 took place in AFAS Live in Amsterdam, last night, with 29 of this year’s entrants performing live.

The concert was hosted by Cornald Maas and Hila Noorzai. Cornald has been the Dutch Eurovision commentator since 2006. Hila is a radio DJ and member of the committee that selected this year’s Dutch representatives (Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper). She also hosted the Eurovision 2021 press conference in Rotterdam.

The artists that performed last night were the following:

Albania – Albina & Kelmendi Familija

Balcan sounds and consistent vocals is what we got from Albina and the Kelmendi Family! Might be the suprise entry of this year.

Armenia – Brunette

Brunette singing about her Future Lover with ethereal vocals and the crowds singing along. Beautiful performance!

Australia – Voyager

Voyager give what they promise! Rock and electronic sounds, so 2025! What is concerning though, is that even though their song is supposed to be very uplifting, the crowd was too static. Also falsetto was not always on point.

Austria – Teya & Salena

That’s not a song where you can show off some unreal vocals, however it’s the song that will definitely make you dance! And Teya & Salena deliver, solid vocals and much much fun! One of my personal favourites and if you ask me, a finalist and highly likely a Top5 entry!

Azerbaijan – TuralTuranX

TuralTuranX “tell us more” about their entry this year, however I’m still not getting it. A song that I could listen to the radio without complaining, but wouldn’t catch my eye/ear at the contest.

Belgium – Gustaph

The queerest entry of the year! His vocals are as good as the studio version! He is a fun guy! This is the kind of entries that I would like to qualify, even though that’s not the style of songs that I normally listen to!

Czechia – Vesna

I can only comment on their vocals. They were okay. However, this entry started off as a potential winner, but I’m not getting that vibe, at least not yet. But hey! It’s just a party performance! Let’s wait for their contest rehearsals!

Denmark – Reiley

Danish heart-throb Reiley, had his best performance to date. Some minor vocal issues, but overall a nice performance!–QEIyag

Estonia – Alika

Nice song and great vocals! But for me, it’s no more than just that. I wouldn’t be surprised if Estonia got disqualified.

Finland – Käärijä

Normally, that’s a song that I can’t stand listening to for more than 10 seconds. Strangely, combined to his eccentric looks and his super nice personality, I could now handle listening to his entire Amsterdam performance! Personal opinion aside, I can totally see why this is a contender for the win.

France – La Zarra

Unfortunately, after a statement in her personal Twitter account, La Zarra announced that she has to cancel her appearance in Amsterdam, due to personal circumstances.

Germany – Lord of the Lost

I can’t be objective, I don’t like this style of music. I can only be objective about their vocal abilities, which are on point I must admit!

Iceland – Diljá

That’s a song that I would add to my daily playlist, however, this song lacks something that I still don’t know what it is! Diljá’s voice is great admitedly!

Ireland – Wild Youth

Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” x “Ritmo De La Noche” x “We Are One” would be a great mashup! I low-key like this song and I loved their Amsterdam performance. But something tells me that they will struggle to qualify this year. Let’s see what happens!

Latvia – Sudden Lights

Another performance that sounds exactly like the recorded version of their song! I didn’t see the love from the AFAS Live crowd.

Lithuania – Monika Linkytė

Monika definitely sounds even better than the studio version of the song. She will try to claim a high placement in the rankings of the jury voting in this year’s contest! In the beginning I didn’t quite like “Stay“, I can now say that I love her vocals on this track!

Malta – The Busker

They were not bad, not at all sounding bad live, but were they as good as it needs to be to qualify to the final show of Eurovision Song Contest? Song-wise I think not.

Moldova – Pasha Parfeni

Despite the technical issues with his Madrid performance, Pasha, the Moldovan 2012 representative and returning artist of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, managed to pull off his performance. Great vocals and energy overall!

Netherlands – Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper

It’s really sad to see my 2nd place to perform questionably in their own country’s party concert. Their vocals sound a bit off at times and as a duo their vocals don’t seem to connect on their live performance. I hope they fix it till their semi-final, I don’t want to see them become the shocking non-qualifier of the year.

Norway – Alessandra

Very much improved vocally, Alessandra, gets carried away by the strength of her song and her fans are absolutely loving it! The whistle note was so-so. She will improve, I am sure!

Romania – Theodor Andrei

Theodor has a nice voice, but this song is totally “Off and On” so one would either like it or not. I don’t.

San Marino – Piqued Jacks

Their are very very good vocally. Their lead vocalist sounds like Klaus Meine, frontman of Scorpions band. Their song is not at all bad after all.

Slovenia – Joker Out

I simply love this band and this song! One of my favourites! I love how they sound in each and every appearance they make before the contest. I hope they continue delivering up until the Eurovision finals!

Spain – Blanca Paloma

A blend of flamenco and modern sounds, bringing Spanish tradition to 2023. Her vocals are absolutely amazing. I just don’t get the hype around this entry, it is a great entry for Spain, but definitely not a top 3 entry as many fans are claiming over at social media!

Sweden – Loreen

Her vocals are out of this world! Another amazing performance of the former Eurovision 2012 winner and potential 2023 winner! And for those that claim that she sings with the assistance of an Auto-Tune device, I can assure you that even when she rehearsed in the corridors of Malmö Arena or Friends Arena during the Melodifestivalen season, she sounded exactly the same, or even better than the studio version! My winner for sure!

Switzerland – Remo Forrer

I absolutely love his Amsterdam (and every single one of his) live performance! I can’t wait to see this song complete and staged and Remo joined by his four dancers! I think he will qualify! But let’s wait and see!

Ukraine – TVORCHI

I love TVORCHI and their song and their Amsterdam performance. They sounded really really good, I am a fan of their style of music, but I don’t see this entry winning. Let’s see another country winning this year!

United Kingdom – Mae Muller

Come on, she doesn’t sound as atrocious as most of the Twitter people claim. And at least she enjoys it and the crowd loves her! I hope she will do much better in Liverpool!


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Netherlands: Eurovision in Concert 2023 takes place tonight in Amsterdam!

Eurovision in Concert 2023 takes place in The Netherlands tonight , with 29 of this year’s entrants performing live.

The concert will be hosted by Cornald Maas and Hila Noorzai. Cornald has been the Dutch Eurovision commentator since 2006. Hila is a radio DJ and member of the committee that selected this year’s Dutch representatives (Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper). She also hosted the Eurovision 2021 press conference in Rotterdam.

The full line-up is as follows:

  1. Albania – Albina & Kelmendi Familija
  2. Armenia – Brunette
  3. Australia – Voyager
  4. Austria – Teya & Salena
  5. Azerbaijan – TuralTuranX
  6. Belgium – Gustaph
  7. Czechia – Vesna
  8. Denmark – Reiley
  9. Estonia – Alika
  10. Finland – Käärijä
  11. France – La Zarra
  12. Germany – Lord of the Lost
  13. Iceland – Diljá
  14. Ireland – Wild Youth
  15. Latvia – Sudden Lights
  16. Lithuania – Monika Linkytė
  17. Malta – The Busker
  18. Moldova – Pasha Parfeni
  19. The Netherlands – Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper
  20. Norway – Alessandra
  21. Romania – Theodor Andrei
  22. San Marino – Piqued Jacks
  23. Slovenia – Joker Out
  24. Spain – Blanca Paloma
  25. Sweden – Loreen
  26. Switzerland – Remo Forrer
  27. Ukraine – TVORCHI
  28. United Kingdom – Mae Muller

In addition, Katrina Leskanich (Eurovision 1997, UK, winner, “Love Shine a Light“) will  appear as a special guest.

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Albania: Albina & Familja Kelmendi have filmed their postcard for Eurovision 2023!

The filming of the postcards of the 37 participants of Eurovision 2023 are now taking place throughout Europe. The next representatives to film their postacard are no others than, Albina & Familja Kelmendi from Albania!

After a few months of preparations and a revamped version of “Duje”, the family had to pause their rehearsals with Sacha Jean-Baptiste, in order to film their postcard for Eurovision 2023!

The filming of the postcard of the Albanian representatives, a short introduction video that will be shown just before their performance in the second Semi-Final, took place at the Grand Park in Tirana and as we can see in the backstage video that BBC posted, the whole family is present in an outdoor barbeque and there will also be some takes with a drone

The following acts have confirmed the filming of their postcards:

  • Albania: Albina & Familja Kelmendi – “Duje”
  • Austria: Teya & Salena – “Who The Hell Is Edgar”
  • Croatia: Let 3 – “Mama ŠČ”
  • Germany: Lord of the Lost – “Blood and Glitter”
  • Lithuania: Monika Linkytė – “Stay”
  • Moldova: Pasha Parfeni –“Soarele și Luna”
  • Poland: Blanka – “Solo”
  • Slovenia: Joker Out – “Carpe Diem”

Albania is set to perform 14th in the second semi-final which is going to take place on May 11 in Liverpool.

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Albania: Details about Albina & Familja Kelmendi’s stage performance revealed!

The composer of “Duje”, gave an interview to RTSH, the public broadcaster of Albania, and revealed some first details about the stafing of the Alba nnian entry for Eurovision 2023.

Eriona Rushiti, who is the composer behind the Albanian song, talking about “Duje” and its staging, explained that the live performance that we are going to see on Liverpool isbeing made with great interest:

“This year, they are working very well for the stage. Especially since there are six people on stage, everything must be correct, the message must be conveyed clearly. I hope that the live song will have a lot of impact.”

Also, talking about this year’s stage director, Sacha Jean-Baptiste, she stated that:

“Sacha has been with her group in Pristina for a week. They work with every frame … how we will move the cameras and the lights. She worked with the choreography for all six members. I believe it will be very nice.”

Eriona Rushiti, also talked a bit about the revamp of the song and the reason it took place in Istanbul:

“That particular studio was chosen due to the fact that it was possible to use the “live” string orchestra and many instruments that were needed for the song. Especially since they know our culture. We couldn’t choose a studio from another country that doesn’t know our beat and the culture we have. The song took on a more modern spirit. We stayed true to the version that was presented at the RTSH Festival, but some other elements were strengthened.”

Albina & Familja Kelmendi are going to perform in the seconf half of the second semi-final of Eurovision 2023 in May 11.

Below you can watch our reaction video to “Duje”: