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This week: Festivali i Këngës 60 selects Albania’s representative for Eurovision

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It wouldn’t be December and Christmas time without a festive sprinkling of Festivali i Këngës! This week, over three nights, twenty acts will compete for the right to represent Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 by winning the 60th edition of Albania’s annual music festival. Beginning today, 27th December at 21:00, the 20 acts will take to the stage to present their entries. Tomorrow, 28th December at 21:00, the acts will return for Nostalgia night, taking us on a trip through the 60 years of Festivali history. Then on Wednesday 29th December at 21:00, at least 17 acts will perform in the Grand Final.

🇦🇱 Albania – Festivali i Këngës 60

Show: Festivali i Këngës – Contestants Night, Nostalgia Night, Final Night
When: 27th, 28th and 29th December – 21:00 CET
Where to watch: RTSH or the live stream

14 established artists and 6 new artists will take to the stage on Contestants Night and Nostalgia Night. At least 17 of these will proceed to Final Night, although early reports in Albanian media suggested that all 20 acts would compete in the final – unlike previous editions.

The three shows will be hosted by Ardit Gjebrea (father of Anna Gjebrea who represented Albania at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021), Isli Islami, Kelvi Kadilli, Xhemi Shehu and Eurovision 2019 representative, Jonida Maliqi.

On the final night, the jury will select their favourite entry to represent Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy.

This year’s competing entrants are:

Established acts

  • Alban Ramosaj – “Theje”
  • Denis Skura – “Pse nuk flet, mama?”
  • Endri & Stefi Prifti – “Triumfi i jetës”
  • Evi Reçi – “Më duaj”
  • Gjergj Kaçinari – “Në ëndërr mbete ti”
  • Janex – “Deluzional”
  • Kastro Zizo – “Kujë”
  • Kelly – “Meteor”
  • Mirud – “Për dreq”
  • Rezarta Smaja – “E jemja nuse”
  • Ronela Hajati – “Sekret”
  • Sajmir Çili – “Nën maskë”
  • Shega – “Një”
  • Urban Band – “Padrejtësi”

Newcomer acts

  • Eldis Arrnjeti – “Refuzoj”
  • Ester Zahiri – “Hiena”
  • Kejsi Rustja – “Vallëzoj me ty”
  • Olimpia Smajlaj – “Dua”
  • Viola Xhemali – “Eja si erë”
  • Xhuli Pjetraj – “Baladë”

Ronela Hajati was the favourite with our editors, but you can have your say with Eurovision Prediction and discover who you and over 500 others believe will win in Albania.

Nathan Waddell

I am the Editor in Chief of ESCXTRA, a huge Melodifestivalen fan and love sports. You can find me singing along to Scandinavian Eurovision entries, listening to the latest chart music on Spotify or watching the football and tennis on two different screens at once.

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