Albania: Next edition of Festivali i Këngës confirmed

Albanian broadcaster RTSH has confirmed that they will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, and they will once again use the Festivali i Këngës format to pick their act for Stockholm.

Festivali i Këngës, the most prestigious Albanian music competition, has taken place every year since 1962. Since the country’s first participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, in 2004, the festival has also served as the national selection for Europe’s Favorite TV Show.

Albanian public broadcaster RTSH has issued an open call for songs for the 54th Festivali i Këngës. Singers and songwriters can submit their entries at Radio Tirana on September 29th and 30th. After that, a jury will pick the acts to take part in this year’s edition of Albania’s most long standing music competition.

Last year, Elhaida Dani won the Albanian national final with her song ‘Djell’. This song was later changed to ‘I’m Alive’, with which she reached the final in Vienna.