Merry Fikmas! We wouldn’t be celebrating the end of the year any other way, as the final of Festivali i Këngës 59 took place. Tonight, it was revealed that Anxhela Peristeri won the competition and will represent Albania at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest.
Anxhela won Festivali i Këngës won tonight’s competition with the song ‘Karma‘, which was composed by Kledi Bahiti, whilst the lyrics was written by Olti Curri.
Festivali i Këngës concludes after three shows
After two consecutive nights of music, Albania selected their representative from eighteen artists and entries. The entries in tonight’s competition are as follows:
- Anxhela Peristeri – Karma – Winner
- Devis Xherahu – Peng
- Era Rusi – Zjarri im
- Evi Reçi – Tjerr
- Festina Mejzini – Kush je ti dashuri – 3rd Place
- Florent Abrashi – Vajzë
- Giliola Haveriku – E lirë
- Gjergj Kaçinari – Më jep jetë
- Inis Neziri – Pendesë
- Kamela Islamaj – Kujtimet s’kanë formë
- Kastro Zizo – Vallja e jetës
- Mirud – Nëse vdes
- Orgesa Zaimi – Valixhja e kujtimeve
- Rosela Gjylbegu – Vashëzo
- Sardi Strugaj – Kam me t’ba me kajt – 2nd Place
- Viktor Tahiraj – Nënë
- Wendi Mancaku – Si ajo
- Xhesika Polo – Më mbron
With the song selected, why not watch our initial thoughts to the first song revealed for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, by watching our reaction video:
Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest
Albania debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004 and has participated every year since. Anjeza Shahini was the first to fly the country’s flag at the contest with her song ‘The Image of You‘. She finished in 7th place with 106 points.
Over the years, Albania qualified for the final on 8 occasions. So far, their best result is Rona Nishliu’s 5th place achieved in Baku in 2012 with her iconic ballad ‘Suus‘.
In 2020, Albania was due to be represented by Arilena Ara, with her song ‘Fall From the Sky‘. She had controversially won Festivali i Kenges 58 with “Shaj” the previous December, which had been translated for the contest. It was set to participate in the second semi-final of the 2020 contest prior to the contest’s cancellation.
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