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Albania 2020: Here is the lineup for Festivali i Këngës 58

Albania's broadcaster has just revealed the artists that will compete at this year's Festivali i Këngës, the country's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The lineup is built of 20 acts and features big names from the country's music scene

Albania is getting ready to host the very first national selection of the season by presenting this year's Festivali i Këngës. In order to get the show's 58th ediiton some hype, the broadcaster RTSH has revealed the lineup for December's national selection.

A jury led by Zhani Ciko has selected the 20 participants who will compete for the honour of representing Albania at Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.

Festivali i Këngës 58 – Artists

  • Albërie Hadërgjonaj
  • Aldo Bardhi
  • Arilena Ara
  • Bojken Lako
  • Devis Xherahu
  • Eli Fara & Stresi
  • Elvana Gjata
  • Era Rusi
  • Eugent Lito (Gena)
  • Genc Tukiqi
  • Kanita Suma
  • Kamela Islamaj
  • Kastro Zizo
  • Olta Boka
  • Renis Gjoka
  • Robert Berisha
  • Sara Bajraktari
  • Tiri Gjoci
  • Valon Shehu
  • Wendi Mancaku

Festivali i Këngës #58 is bringing 20 acts and feature some big names from the Albanian music industry: Olta Boka represented Albania at Eurovision 2008 with Zemrën E Lamë Peng. Arilena Ara was the winner of Albanian X Factor's second season. Several former representatives at Festivali i Këngës includes Bojken Lako, Elvana Gjata, Era Rusi, Genc Tukiqi, Kamela Islamaj and Tiri Gjoci.

Festivali i Këngës is usually held in the end of December, on the days just before Christmas, but the exact format and dates for the 58th edition have not been announced yet. Since Albania's 2004 debut in Eurovision Song Contest it is used to select their representative for the following year's contest.

Update: Albania's broadcaster has now unveiled the dates for this year's Festivali i Këngës. There will be three live shows: 19, 20 and 22 December 2019. All the songs will be released on 19 November.

Albania 2019: Jonida Maliqi - "Ktheju Tokës"

Albania in Eurovision Song Contest

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 16 times Albania has participated, they have qualified for the Grand final 9 times.

Albania 2019: Jonida Maliqi - "Ktheju Tokës"
Source: RTSH

About the author: Pedro Santos (Portugal)

Pedro comes from Lisbon, Portugal. He's 26 years old and graduated in journalism. He has attended Eurovision Song Contest twice - 2018 and 2019 - but his first Eurovision memory takes him back to 2007 when Sarbel delivered his catchy "Yassou Maria" performance. Pedro's favorite Eurovision song is Albania's 2015 "I'm Alive" by Elhaida Dani which is also his favorite Eurovision edition.



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