Albania Festivali i Këngës 55

Albania tonight: Festivali i Këngës #55 – Semi-final 2

Tonight the second Semi-final of Albania's Festivali i Këngës takes place. 12 participants will compete for one of the 14 places in the final

Albania's Festivali i Këngës #55 has it's second semi-final tonight, with 12 contestants singing live with the RTSH orchestra. The qualifiers from the two semi-finals will be made public shortly after.

Festivali i Këngës - Semi-final 2

  • Albulena Jashari – "Fjalët ia lë zemrës" (I leave the words to the heart)
  • Classic Boys – "Dashuria për jetën" (The love for life)
  • Dilan Reka – "Mos harro" (Don't forget)
  • Elson Braha – "Edhe një herë" (One more time)
  • Fabiola Agalliu & Agnesa Çavolli – "Shkon e vjen" (You come and go)
  • Lindita Halimi – "Botë" (World)
  • Linda Rukaj – "Vija e lumit" (The course of the river)
  • Lorela – "Me ty" (With you)
  • Luka & Serxhio Hajdini – "Koha plaket" (Time ages)
  • Rezarta Smaja – "Pse prite gjatë" (Why did you wait so long?)
  • Tiri – "Më zgjo" (Wake me up)
  • XUXI – "Metropol" (Metropoly)

Festivali i Këngës #55

This year's Festivali i Këngës will again be held in December, with two semi-finals and one final:

  • 21 December 2016: Semi-final 1
  • 22 December 2016: Semi-final 2
  • 23 December 2016: Final

After both of the semi-finals have taken place, three juries will select 14 songs to proceed to the final:

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

The winner of Festivali i Këngës #55 – and the Albanian representative at Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine 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 13 times Albania has participated, they have qualified for the Grand final 7 times.

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