The broadcaster responsible for the Albanian participation in the Eurovision Song Contest – RTSH have announced the artists who will compete in the upcoming Festivali i Këngës (FiK).
The broadcaster has also announced the voting details regarding how Albania’s representative will be selected. The contest in 2023 is due to take place in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
Runners and Riders
Here are the artists and songs who will be competing in FiK 61.
- 2 Farm – “Atomike”
- Alban Kondi & Lorela Karoshi – “Melodi”
- Albina Kelmendi – “Duje”
- Anduel Kovaçi -“Malli”
- Arsi Bako – “ Sonte dua të jem me ty”
- Melodajna Mancaku – “Gjysma e zemrës sime”
- Elsa Lila – “Evita”
- Enxhi Nasufi – “Burrë”
- Erma Mici – “Kozmosi i dashurisë”
- Evi Reçi – “Ma kthe”
- Fabian Basha – “Një gotë”
- Fifi – “Stop”
- Franc Koruni – “Në pritje”
- Genti Hoxha – “Ajër”
- Gjergj Kaçinari – “Dje”
- Luna Causholli – “Jetën ta fal”
- LYNX – “Nëse ke besim”
- Manjola Nallbani – “Dua”
- Permit of Stay – “Fobia”
- Petrit Çarkaxhiu – “Emri yt mirësi”
- Rezearta Smaja – “N’Eden”
- Rovena Dilo – “Motit”
- Sara Kapo – “Para teje”
- Serxhio Hajdini – “Vështirë”
- Urban Band – “Në çdo hap”
- Vanesa Sono – “Aroma jonë
Eurovision? Albania decides!
Unlike previous years, the 61st Song Festival at RTSH comes with a change related to the song that will represent Albania in Eurovision, the winner of which will be chosen by the public’s votes via SMS. This is the first time a televote has been used in FiK since 2016 in which the televote only contributed 7.7% of the overall vote.
There will be a jury but they will award separate awards for Third, Second and First. They will award one prize for young artists and alternative groups and one prize for career.
Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest
Since their debut at the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 in Istanbul, Turkey, Albania has participated at the contest a total of 18 times. Their highest placement was in 2012 when Rona Nishliu placed 5th in the Grand Final with her song “Suus”.
In Turin earlier this year, Ronela Hajati represented Albania with her up-tempo banger ‘Sekret ‘.The song quickly became a fan-favourite among Eurovision fans worldwide, but failed to qualify to the Grand Final. She placed 12th in the first Semi-Final with a total of 58 points.
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