Albania’s National broadcaster, Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) has just revealed the names of the 28 participants who will compete at the 53rd Festivali i Këngës for the chance to represent Albania at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.

FiK53 PARTICIPANTS

  1. Jozefina Simoni
  2. Gjergj Leka
  3. Marsela Çibukaj
  4. Lindita Halimi
  5. Rezarta Smaja
  6. Mjellma Berisha
  7. Revolt Klan
  8. Julian Gjojdeshi
  9. Erga Halilaj
  10. Kozma Dushi
  11. Xhejn & Enxhi Kumrija
  12. Ana Gramo
  13. Agim Poshka
  14. Florent Abrashi & Sigi Bastri
  15. Bojken Lako
  16. Kelly
  17. Venera Lumani
  18. Emi Bogdo
  19. Klajdi Musabelliu
  20. Besiana Mehmeti & Shkodran Tolaj
  21. Andos Sinani
  22. Offchestra
  23. Elhaida Dani
  24. Altin Goci
  25. Saimir Braho
  26. Grupi Aurora
  27. Besa Krasniqi
  28. Enver Petrovci

Besiana Mehmeti and Shkodran Tolaj, Rezarta Smaja, Saimir Braho, Venera Lumani, Xhejn & Enxhi Kumrija have all decided to return to Festivali i Këngës after failing to represent Albania in 2014.

The very first winner of The Voice of Italy, Elhaida Dani is also back after a three year break. She could be a hot favourite to win the whole competition. But there’s loads more returnees to make sure she doesn’t have an easy run, including Lindita Halimi  from 48, Agim Poshka and Emi Bogdo from 49, Klajdi Musabelliu from 43 and Altin Goci from 50. And there’s more! Kozma Dushi, Kelly, Marsela Çibukaj & Bojken Lako all took part in Festivali i Këngës 51.

Amongst the “new” faces are Erga Halilaj, one of Hersi’s backing singers in Copenhagen, and Gjergj Leka a jury member from the 46th edition.

Festivali i Këngës 53 is scheduled to be held on December 26, 27 and 28 at the Pallati i Kongreseve in Tirana.

What do y’all think of the line-up? Are you happy? Or are some of your favourite Albanian artists missing from the list? Let us know below.

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Alex
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Alex

@D: Moldova had 25 acts in its 2011 final… but then again, Moldova does have a tendency to take things to another level.

ZoboCamel
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ZoboCamel

Don’t really know many of these artists either way, but I’m saddened not to see Klodian Kacani on this list. He was by far my favourite in the Albanian NF last year.

D
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D

I assume FiK is bringing back the semi-finals? There’s no way there’s gonna be a final of 28 acts.

Dez
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Oooh, some awesome names there. I can recognize Rezarta, Elhaida, and Venera, amongst others. I think this will be a great FiK

Alex
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Alex

Yayy. I am so happy that many good names are in the list.
I can say that Elhaida Dani, Venera Lumani and Florent & Sigi are the strongest contestants. Lets hope for it!!!

arben
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arben

sure victory

arben
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arben

Elhaida Dani; Te kerkoj.music Aldo SHllaku, lirics Sokol Marsi

Calvin
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Calvin

Elhaida Dani! Huzzah!

Gentos
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elhaida dani!!!

Patrick Melbler
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Kejsi Tola where are you? 🙁

jr esc nl
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jr esc nl

yes! very happy with elhaida dani