Albania’s prestigious Festivali i Këngës kicks off tonight with the first semi-final at the Pallati i Kongreseve in Tirana. The director of the show Martin Leka has promised that it will be a spectacular show, while hosts Liberta Spahiu, Turjan Hyska and Floriana Garo are busy perfecting their lines. And as ever the artists and RTSH orchestra will do their best to make it a night to remember. Alexander Rybak, winner of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, will be the interval act during the Grand Final.
How to watch FiK53 Semi-Final 1
The first semi-final of Festivali i Këngës 53 will begin at 20:30 CET. You’ll be able to watch it live on RTSH’s official website. Click here for RTSH’s stream.
Semi-Final 1 running order:
1. Enver Petrovci – Të vranë bukuri (Destroyed your beauty)
2. Revolt Klan – Më mungon (I miss you)
3. Julian Gjojdeshi – Himn jetës (Anthem of life)
4. Sigi Bastri & Florent Abrashi – Eklips mbi oqean (Eclipse over the ocean)
5. Marsela Çibukaj –S’muj (I can’t)
6. Saimir Braho – Kristal (Crystal)
7. Klajdi Musabelliu – Vetëm te ti besoj (I only believe in you)
8. Erga Halilaj – Ti s’më njeh (You don’t know me)
9. Besiana Mehmeti & Shkodran Tolaj – Kështjella (The castle)
10. Estela Brahimllari – Kjo natë (This night)
11. Lindita Halimi – S’të fal (I don’t forgive)
12. Grupi Offchestra – Bajram (Eid festival)
13. Venera Lumani – Dua të jetoj (I want to live)
Albanian actor Enver Petrovci will open the 53rd edition of Festivali i Këngës, while The Voice of Albania 2 winner Venera Lumani will close the show. Thirteen contestants will compete tonight and nine songs will advance to the Festivali i Këngës 53 Grand Final.
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 is the 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! Kelly, Marsela Çibukaj & Bojken Lako all took part in Festivali i Këngës 51.
GET TO KNOW THE FiK 53 HOSTS
Floriana Garo is not new to the viewers of Festivali i Këngës as she co-hosted FiK 51 with Enkel Demi. Born in Durrës, Garo is a television presenter and model. But you probably guessed that from her fierce look. She is the presenter of the entertainment show Jo Vetem Mode on Klan and a weather presenter on ABC News. In addition, she has also been the brand ambassador for Albania’s Cortefiel clothing since 2011. She also represented Albania in the Miss World 2012 beauty pageant.
Turjan Hyska is an Albanian singer, songwriter, and producer. He is most famous for the TV shows that he created, which include Tale with King (later known as Tale with Pirates), Mos u nxeh, Family Challenge, Sketch Show and Apartment 2XL (his most popular show which has had six seasons). He is currently hosting Vizion Plus’ talk show Oktapod.
Born in Pristhina, Liberta Spahiu is a known TV presenter on Kosovo Klan’s shows Prive and Supermodel. Prive is an entertainment show popular both in Kosovo and Albania. She is known for her great fashion sense. Love the bangs…
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