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Albania's Festivali i Këngës #56: Listen to the songs

The songs and videos for Albania's Festivali i Këngës #56 have been revealed. The winner of the Albanian festival will represent Albanian at Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon

The songs for this year's Albanian selection, Festivali i Këngës #56, have been revealed. 22 songs have been selected out of 70 received by a five-person jury: Markelian Kapidani, Luan Zhegu, Ben Andoni, Sokol Marsi and Edmond Rapi.

Festivali i Këngës #56 – Lineup

  • Akullthyesit – "Divorci"
  • Artemisa Mithi – "E dua botën"
  • Bojken Lako – "Sytë e shpirtit"
  • David Tukiçi & Genc Tukiçi – "Të pandarë"
  • Denisa Gjezo – "Zemër ku je"
  • Elton Deda – "Fjalët"
  • Ergi Bregu-Latifllari – "Bum Bum"
  • Eugent Bushpepa – "Mall"
  • Evans Rama – "Gjurmët"
  • Inis Neziri – "Piedestal"
  • Lorela Sejdini – "Pritem edhe pak"
  • LYNX – "Vonë"
  • Manjola Nallbani – "I njejti qiell"
  • Mariza Ikonomi – "Unë"
  • NA & Festina Mezini – "Tjetër jetë"
  • Orgesa Zaimi – "Ngrije zërin"
  • Redon Makashi – "Ekzistoj"
  • Rezarta Samja & Luis Ejlli – "Ra një yll"
  • Stefi & Endri Prifti – "Mesazh"
  • Tiri Gjoci – "Orë e ndaluar"
  • Voltan Prodani – "Pse të desha"
  • Xhesika Polo – "Përjetë"

Many of the this year's festival's participants have competed in the competition earlier, including three former winners of the festival: David Tukiçi (1969), Manjola Nallbani (1989, 1992 and 1993) and Luiz Ejlli (2004).

Festivali i Këngës #56 – Songs & Videos

Akullthyesit – "Divorci"
Artemisa Mithi – "E dua botën"
Bojken Lako – "Sytë e shpirtit"
David & Genc Tukiqi – "Të pandarë"
Denisa Gjezo – "Zemër ku je"
Elton Deda – "Fjalët"
Ergi Bregu-Latifllari – "Bum Bum"
Eugent Bushpepa – "Mall"
Evans Rama – "Gjurmët"
Inis Neziri – "Piedestal"
Lorela Sejdini – "Pritem edhe pak"
LYNX – "Vonë"
Manjola Nallbani – "I njejti qiell"
Mariza Ikonomi – "Unë"
NA & Festina Mezini – "Tjetër jetë"
Orgesa Zaimi – "Ngrije zërin"
Redon Makashi – "Ekzistoj"
Rezarta Samja & Luis Ejlli – "Ra një yll"
Stefi & Endri Prifti – "Mesazh"
Tiri Gjoci – "Orë e ndaluar"
Voltan Prodani – "Pse të desha"
Xhesika Polo – "Përjetë"

Festivali i Këngës #56

This year's Festivali i Këngës will again be held in December live from the congress hall "Pallati i Kongreseve" in central Tirana, with two semi-finals and one final:

  • 21 December 2017: Semi-final 1
  • 22 December 2017: Semi-final 2
  • 23 December 2017: Final

Host of all three shows is Adi Krasta. Adi also hosted the festival in 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2006.

Three juries have selected 14 songs to proceed to the final. There were three juries with different weight:

  • Professional jury: Selects 8 finalists
  • Public jury: Selects 3 finalists
  • Media jury: Selects 3 finalists

The  winner of Festivali i Këngës #56 – and the Albanian representative at Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal will be decided by the professional jury (60% of the votes) and the public jury (40% of the votes).

Festivali i Këngës is organized by the Albanian national broadcaster Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH). Since its start in 1966, all artists have been asked to perform live, with a jury selecting the winner. Since 2003 the winner of the festival is Albania's representative to Eurovision Song Contest. 

When Albania in 2004 finally applied EBU to participate in Eurovision Song Contest, they agree to let the winner of the country's most popular festival represent Albania.

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Since debuting in 2004, Albania has been participating in Eurovision Song Contest every year. Best result is a 5th place in 2012, where Rona Nishliu sang "Suus". 

Out of the 14 times Albania has participated, they have qualified for the Grand final 7 times.




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