Albania: 22 artists take part in Festivali i Këngës

RTSH, the Albanian broadcaster, have this evening revealed the names of 22 people who will be competing in the 56th edition of Festivali i Këngës. The Grand final is due to take place on Saturday 23rd December.

Albania is traditionally the first of the national finals to take place in the calendar, and it takes place during the Christmas holidays. Semi final 1 is on Thursday 21st December and Semi final 2 is on Friday 22nd December.

In total, over 70 singers applied for this years edition of the show, and this format has been used to select Albania’s participant for Eurovision since 2003.

The participants for Festivali i Këngës 56 are as follows (please note, songs to be revealed at a later date by RTSH):

  1. Artemisa Mithi
  2. Bojken Lako
  3. David & Genc Tukiqi
  4. Denisa Gjezo
  5. Elton Deda
  6. Ergi Bregu-Latifllari
  7. Eugent Bushpepa
  8. Evans Rama
  10. NA & Festina Mezini
  11. LYNX
  12. Inest Neziri
  13. LORELA
  14. Manjola Nallbani
  15. Mariza Ikonomi
  16. Orgesa Zaimi
  17. Redon Makashi
  18. Rezarta Smaja & Luis Ejlli
  19. Stefi dhe Endri Prifti
  20. Tahir Gjoci
  21. Voltan Prodani
  22. Xhesika Polo

There are 2 returning entries in this 22 strong line up. LYNX competed in the 2014 edition of Festivali i Këngës with the song Princesha. They came 15th in the national final. The other returning act is Rezarta Smaja. In 2015 she competed in Festivali i Këngës with the song Më rrëmbe and placed 7th in the national final for that year.