14 finalists revealed for Festivali i Këngës 56 after second semi-final

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The second night of Festivali i Këngës 56 was a much sharper affair than the first, as 11 more acts took to the stage. And once all the acts had performed, the jury revealed which acts they had sent through to tomorrow night’s final!

The always unpredictable Albanian jury are 100% responsible for this year’s result. The qualifiers from both semi-finals were confirmed tonight, with 14 making it through.

It wasn’t an even split — eight finalists came from the first semi-final which was dominated by older rock vocalists, while only six finalists came from the more youthful and poppier second semi-final.

Among those who qualified were Wiwi Jury favourites, Eugent Bushpepa, Inis Neziri and Orgesa Zaimi.

You can see the full list of who the jury selected for tomorrow night’s grand final below:

Festivali i Kenges 56: Finalists

  • Artemisa Mithi — “E dua botën”
  • Bojken Lako — “Sytë e shpirtit”
  • Denisa Gjezo — “Zemër ku je”
  • Elton Deda — “Fjalët”
  • Eugent Bushpepa — “Mall”
  • Inis Neziri — “Piedestal”
  • Manjola Nallbani — “I njëjti qiell”
  • Mariza Ikonomi — “Unë”
  • NA & Festina Mezini — “Tjetër jetë”
  • Orgesa Zaimi — “Ngrije zërin”
  • Redon Makashi — “Ekziston”
  • Rezarta Smaja & Luiz Ejlli — “Ra një yll”
  • Tiri Gjoci — “Orë e ndalur”
  • Voltan Prodani — “E pamundur”

Last year’s finalists LYNX, as well as Xhesika Polo are among those who missed out on the final this year.

Poll Results: First semi-final

We still don’t know the full results of the first semi-final, but y’all certainly had your favourite.

Eugent Bushpepa won our poll this morning with his song “Mall”. Eugent received 330 votes – or 41% – putting him well clear of the others.

Second and third were much closer, with Mariza Ikonomi pipping Manjola Nallbani. Mariza took 152 votes with “Unë”, whilst Manjola received 131 with “I njëjti qiell”.

  1. Eugent Bushpepa – “Mall”: 330 votes (41%)
  2. Mariza Ikonomi – “Unë”: 152 votes (19%)
  3. Manjola Nallbani – “I njëjti qiell”: 131 votes (16%)
  4. Rezarta Smaja & Luiz Ejlli – “Ra një yll: 71 votes (9%)
  5. Redon Makashi – “Ekziston”: 29 votes (4%)
  6. Elton Deda – “Fjalët”: 19 votes (2%)
  7. Bojken Lako – “Sytë e shpirtit”: 19 votes (2%)
  8. Endri & Stefi – “Mesazh”: 14 votes (2%)
  9. Genc & David Tukiçi – “Të pandarë”: 12 votes (2%)
  10. Voltan Prodani – “E pamundur”: 12 votes (2%)
  11. Evans Rama – “Gjurmët”: 9 votes (1%)

Total votes: 798

Were you surprised by the results tonight? Do you think a losing semi-finalist should have made it in? Who do you want to win FiK 56? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below.

Make sure to check back tomorrow for our Festivali i Kenges 56 final poll!

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