Albania 2021: Festivali i Këngës 59

Albania: Festivali i Këngës #59 lineup revealed

Albania's broadcaster has just revealed the artists that will compete at this year's Festivali i Këngës 59, as their national selection for Eurovision Song Contest 2021

Albania is getting ready to host the very first national selection of the season by presenting this year's Festivali i Këngës. The Albanian broadcaster RTSH has revealed the lineup for December's national selection, Festivali i Këngës #59.

26 participants will compete for the honour of representing Albania at Eurovision Song Contest 2021 which is set to be held in Rotterdam.

Since Albania's 2004 debut in Eurovision Song Contest it is used to select their representative for the following year's contest.

There are some well known artists on the list:

  • Orgesa Zaimi has participated in the competition several times (FiK #54, FiK #56, FiK #57). Zaimi was also backing singer for Albania's Eurovision entry in 2009, and member of the Albanian jury for Eurovision 2017.
  • Inis Neziri came in 3rd place in Festivali i Këngës #56
  • Era Rusi who has participated in Festivali i Këngës three times (FiK #44 (2nd place), FiK #48, FiK #58)

Arilena Ara won Festivali i Këngës #58 and was set to represent the nation in Eurovision 2020 with the song Fall From The Sky. But Arilena Ara is NOT in the lineup for FiK 59.

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.

About the author: Steven Spiteri (Malta)

authorSteven has been a huge Eurovision fan since 1995. He comes from a small town called Birkirkara located in Malta and graduated in Business & Administration. Steven follows all the national finals and Eurovision Song Contests every year especially Melodifestivalen and Eesti Laul. He has an endless list of favorites but the all time favorite entry would be Italy's 2016 entry "Nessun grado di separazione" by Francesca Michielin whilst Lisbon 2018 is his favorite Eurovision edition.

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