This year RTSH — Albania’s Eurovision broadcaster — is blowing the dust off of Festivali i Këngës. They’ve introduced a sleek new web site and, for the first time ever, producers have revealed the 30 competing songs ahead of the semi finals. Most importantly they have chosen numbers that sound far more contemporary than in years past. Only one of the acts will win the right to sing at Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm and we want to know who you think it should be.
You can listen to all competing entries here, or you can listen to them below and then vote in our poll. You can vote for as many contestants as you like, but please remember that you can only vote once. Be sure to check the box next to every act you want to support before submitting your votes. Voting ends Friday 25 December at 17:00 CET — just two days before the grand final of Festivali i Këngës 54. Suksese! as they say in Albanian.
Festivali i Këngës 54 Semifinalists
Semi final 1
Egzon Pireci — “Triumf”
Simbol — “Artiste”
Voltan Prodani — “Dëgjoje këngën o atë”
Adrian Lulgjuraj — “Jeto dhe ëndërro”
Sigi Bastri — “Engjëll i lirë”
Dilan Reka — “Buzëqesh”
Luiz Ejlli — “Pa mbarim”
Nilsa Hysi — “Asaj”
Orgesa Zaimi — “Një shishe në oqean”
Erga Halilaj — “Monolog”
Florent Abrashi — “Të ndjek ç’do hap”
Teuta Kurti — “Në sytë e mi”
Kozma Dushi — “Një kafe”
Aslaidon Zaimaj — “Merrmë që so”
Egert Pano — “Mos mik”
Semi final 2
Kristi Popa — “Ajo ç’farë ndjej”
Klodian Kaçani & Rezarta Smaja — “Dashuri në përjetësi”
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