Albania: “Public voting in Festivali i Këngës”

For the first time the Albanian public will have a say in who represents them at the Eurovision Song Contest. In the final of Festivali i Kenges 55, the winner will be decided by 60% professional jury voting and 40% public jury.

Replacing the traditional 100% jury vote will be two different voting methods for the semi finals and the final. For the semi finals a total of 14 singers will be selected to make it through to the final. A total of 24 songs will be performed over two nights in two different semi finals. 14 qualifiers will then be selected by a jury vote, press vote and public vote. A professional jury will select 8 of the finalists, followed by 3 songs selected by the press and 3 by a jury made up of the public.

The decision on which 24 songs will be competing in Festivali i Kenges will be made by Shpëtim Saraçi, Alfred Kaçinari, Florent Boshnjaku, Bojken Lako and Gent Rushi. The singer who have made it through to the semi finals are expected to be revealed at the start of December.