Albania: Song Submissions for Festivali i Këngës have opened!

Just a few weeks after Eurovision 2022 took place in Turin, Italy, the song submissions for Festivali i Këngës are now open! Festivali i Këngës is an annual music competition organised by Albania’s national broadcaster (RTSH). It has been broadcast every year since its debut in 1962 and since 2004 it also determines the country’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest.

The requirements for artists to submit an entry are as follows:

  • The final version of the song.
  • The entry must be no longer than 4 minutes.
  • The final version of the instrumental track, with and without backing vocals.
  • The lyrics of the song.
  • The names of the producers of the song, the lyricist and the composer.
  • Artistic photographs, biography of the singer or band, including other activities, awards and features.

Last year’s winner of Festivali i Këngës, Ronela Hajati with the song “Sekret”, finished twelfth in the first semi-final with 58 points.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding Albania’s participation in Eurovision 2023!


Albania: Arilena Ara performed “Fall From The Sky” as she would present it at Eurovision 2020!

In the popular Albanian TV show, E diela shqiptare, Arilena Ara appeared and sang Fall From The Sky, the song with which she would represent her country at Eurovision 2020, as she would present it on the stage of the contest.

Arilena’s outfit remains impressive, while as you will see in the video, she appears in a giant cage, which is flying!

Arilena did not reveal whether she will participate again in FiK to claim the Albanian representation in Eurovision 2021.

You can see the appearance of Arilena Ara in the video below, after 5:57:00

Albania: FiK 58 song titles and creators announced

A few hours before Albanian public broadcaster releases the FiK 58 candidate songs, the titles and their creators were announced! Among them are Albania’s representative at Eurovision 2018 Eugent Bushpepa, as well as Darko Dimitrov from North Macedonia, who has signed on Albanian entries  in 2015, as well as the relevant of North Macedonia in 2018 and 2019.

Below is a list of the titles and creators of FiK 58 songs:

  • Wendi Mancaku – “Ende” (Still)
    Lyrics: Endrit Mumajesi
    Music: Wendy Mancaku
  • Valon Shehu – “Kutia e Pandorës” (Pandora’s box)
    Lyrics: Elvis Preni
    Music: Eugent Bushpepa
  • Tiri Gjoci – “Me gotën bosh” (With an empty glass)
    Lyrics: Pandi Laço
    Music: Everest Ndreca
  • Sara Bajraktari – “Ajër” (Air)
    Lyrics: Adrian Hila
    Music: Adrian Hila
  • Robert Berisha – “Ajo nuk është unë” (This is not me)
    Lyrics: Filloreta Raçi
    Music: Filloreta Raçi
  • Renis Gjoka – “Loja” (The game)
    Lyrics: Ilir Krasniqi
    Music: Renis Gjoka
  • Olta Boka – “Shkrime në mur” (Slogans on the wall)
    Lyrics: Genc Salihu
    Music: Florent Boshnjaku
  • Nadia & Genc Tukiçi – “Ju flet Tirana” (Tirana is calling you)
    Lyrics: Agim Xheka
    Music: Genc Tukiçi
  • Kastro Zizo (né Kleviz Bega) – “Asaj” (Hers)
    Lyrics: Gramoz Kozeli, Kleviz Bega
    Music: Gramoz Kozeli, Klevis Bega
  • Kanita – “Ankth” (Anxiety)
    Lyrics: Lindon Berisha
    Music: Boban Apostolov
  • Kamela Islamaj – “Më ngjyros” (Paint me)
    Lyrics: Megi Hasani
    Music: Kamela Islamaj
  • Gena – “Shqiponja e lirë” (Free eagle)
    Lyrics: Endrit Mumajesi
    Music: Gena
  • Era Rusi – “Eja Merre” (Come and get it)
    Lyrics: Naxhije Berisha
    Music: Darko Dimitrov
  • Elvana Gjata – “Me tana” (With everything)
    Lyrics: Elvana Gjata
    Music: Elvana Gjata
  • Eli Fara & Stresi – “Bohem” (Bohemian)
    Lyrics: Rozana Radi
    Music: Eli Far
  • Devis Xherahu – “Bisedoj me serenatën” (Talking to the serenade)
    Lyrics: Jorgo Papingji
    Music: Devis Xherahu
  • Bojken Lako – “Malaseen” (Without seeing me)
    Lyrics: Bojken Lako
    Music: Bojken Lako
  • Arilena Ara “Shaj” (Sweet like the curse)
    Lyrics: Lindon Berisha
    Music: Darko Dimitrov
  • Aldo Bardhi – “Melodi” (Melody)
    Lyrics: Naxhije Berisha
    Music: Aldo Bardhi
  • Albërie Hadërgjonaj “Ku ta gjej dikë ta dua” (Where can I find someone to love)
    Lyrics: Timo Flloko
    Music: Adrian Hila

Interval Acts by famous Eurostars

A few days ago, we informed you that the explosive Eleni Foureira will make her appearance at FiK 2019.

The news now seems to be confirmed with the sexy singer getting ready to set fire to the stage once again.

He may not have won this year’s Contest, but he made the most success of any artist. The reason for Mahmood to land on the FiK stage for a strong appearance.

Finally, a great Italian artist also announces her presence in Albania’s largest festival.

Guisy Ferreri, who has been to San Remo in the past, will also come to the FiK stage to impress us once again with her distinctive voice.

The two FiK semifinals will take place on December 19th and 20th, while the Grand Final, where we will also learn Albania’s 17th representative at the Eurovision Song Contest, will take place on December 22nd. The host of the Festivali i Kenges 58 will be Alketa Vejsiu, and as we have already informed you, this year, FiK included a three-member International Jury.

Albania: Festivali i Kenges 58 final on December 22nd

Albania’s public broadcaster, RTSH, has announced the dates of the Festivali i Kenges 58, the country’s national final for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Specifically, the two semifinals will take place on December 19th and 20th, while the Grand Final, where we will also learn Albania’s 17th Eurovision Song Contest representative, will take place on December 22nd. Alketa Vejsiu will be the host of Festivali i Kenges 58.

The 20 candidates for the Festivali i Kenges to claim the Rotterdam ticket are:

1. Albërie Hadërgjonaj
2. Aldo Bardhi
3. Arilena Ara
4. Bojken Lako
5. Devis Xherahu
6. Eli Fara & Stresi
7. Elvana Gjata
8. Era Rusi
9. Gena
10. Genc Tukiqi
11. Kanita Suma
12. Kamela Islamaj
13. Kastro 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 well known in with the song  “Nentori“, as well as Olta Boka who represented her country at Eurovision 2008, occupying the 17thte place stand out among the candidates.

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.