Over in Albania another fifteen acts performed in the second semi-final of Festivali i Këngës 54 — Albania’s selection show for Eurovision 2016. Semi final 2 saw plenty of potential winners  — including our favourites Besa and Flaka — and both of them advanced to the final. Say, what?! Yes, despite saying that the finalists would not be revealed until Sunday morning, producers went ahead and made the announcement at the end of tonight’s show. Rather than 18 finalists — as previously planned — they went with 22. You can check out the performances from the second semi-final and the qualifiers below.  

FiK 54 Qualifers:

1. Adrian Lulgjuraj 
2. Sigi Bastri
 
3. Dilan Reka
4. Luiz Ejlli
5. Nilsa Hysi
6. Erga Halilaj
7. Florent Abrashi
8. Teuta Kurti
9. Kozma Dushi
10. Aslaidon Zaimaj
11. Egert Pano
12. Kristi Popa
13. Klodian Kaçani
14. Jozefina Simoni
15. Genc Tukiçi
16. Evans Rama
17. Besa Krasniqi
18. Enxhi Nasufi
19. Flaka Krelani
20. Renis Gjoka
21. Lindi Islami
22. Eneda Tarifa

Semi-Final 2 Performances:

1. Kristi Popa – Ajo ç’farë ndjej (What I feel)

2. Klodian Kaçani & Rezarta Smaja – Dashuri në përjetësi (Love in eternity)

3. Revolt Klan – Dashurinë s’e gjejmë dotë (We can’t find love)

4. Jozefina Simoni – Një det me ty (A sea with you)

5. Andi Tanko – Dielli vazhdon të më ngrohë (The sun continues to warm me)

6. Niku & Entela Zhula – Muza (Muse)

7. Genc Tukiçi – Sa të dashuroj (How much I love you)

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8. Evans Rama – Flakë (Flame)

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9. Besa Krasniqi – Liroje zemrën (Free your heart)

10. Enxhi Nasufi – Infinit (Infinite)

11. Flaka Krelani – S’je për mua (You’re not for me)

12. Renis Gjoka – Ato që s’ti them dotë (What I cannot tell you)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpV3jaXW2Z4

13. Lind Islami – Për një mrekulli (For a miracle)

14. Eneda Tarifa – Përrallë (Fairytale)

15. Klajdi Musabelliu – Ndodh edhe kështu (It also happens this way)

The grand final of Festivali i Këngës 54 will be held tomorrow night (December 27) at 21:00 CET. It will be streamed live on Eurovision.tv’s stream here.

What do you think of the performances? We wanna hear your opinions, so comment below! 

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Gentrit
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Gentrit

It would be amazing if Italy and Albania co-hosted Eurovision. Back to the roots, descent staging, massive orchestra, no sci-fi effects.

Robyn Gallagher
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Now that I’ve seen all the performances, I think the reason everyone’s make-up looked so crazy is because it was stage make-up, not television make-up. It was deliberately bold and dramatic, designed to look good for for the audience sitting metres away, not for the TV cameras doing close-ups. Obviously this is totally the wrong style for a televised concert!

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

I’ve just watched all the qualifying performances. I’ve gone right off Besa. The promise of the studio version just didn’t translate to a live performance. I’m now on Team Flaka, but Aslajdon is another big fav.

esc_romania
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esc_romania

my top 3:
1.) Eneda tarifa
2.) Rezarta Smaja & Klodian Kacani
3) Besa Krasniqi

EscSpaniol
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EscSpaniol

Flaka,Eneda,Enxhi for me love them Hope I will be able to watch the final tonight

esc_britain
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esc_britain

Eneda Tarifa with Përrallë is by far the best, even though there are many good songs (quite surprising considering I don’t like much Albanian entries) however there is a high standard. Eneda has just an absolutely amazing and strong voice and her song pulls you in and keeps you intrigued – worthy of a top 5 in Eurovision in my opinion. I would also be happy if any of the others here win: Nilsa with Asaj is just a really beautiful song, it’s calm but suspense, it was the first of the 30 songs I heard from the national final… Read more »

Eurovision & Disney
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Eurovision & Disney

My winners…

Enxhi
Flaka
Besa

All of these girls had killer songs, with killer performances, hopefully one should give Albania the comeback for last year that it deserves, I just hope Albania doesn’t go through an identity crisis and change their song again, although last year it was for the better, I really see these three being real players at Stockholm. 🙂 <3 <3 🙂 Good luck everyone!

Jim
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Jim

Enxhi has the typical cheesy Eurovision song. I have heard this song a thousand times in the contest. Please not again. Besa is good but not good enough and she sang bad. Flaka’s song is so unique and moder it should win. It is a song that would slay in the charts and boy she can sing (Actually almost everyone in FIK has an amazing voice). And her name means flame in Albanian. Another one beside aSLAYdon with which they can make a word game.

Paulos
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Paulos

Erga Hallilaj <3 Nilsa Hysi
Eneda Tarifa <3

EF0912
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EF0912

My Favorites:
Eneda Tarifa
Enxhi Nasufi
Nilsa Hysi
Flaka and Besa disappointed me – the orchestra doesn’t really go with the songs and Besa’s vocals were shaky.
Who I think will Win:
Klodian and Rezarta
Teuta Kerti
Or someone forgettable
I don’t have much faith in the FiK jury so I’ve a feeling that many of us will be disappointed tonight. I really hope not and one of my favorites win.

BB
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BB

Nilsa Hysi
Aslaidon Zaimaj
Klodian Kaçani & Rezarta Smaja
Enxhi Nasufi
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If one of them win… that would be very nice !

eve
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eve

I don’t get the hype around Besa, her song is nice but doesn’t go anywhere and her vocals where shaky, if she goes to Stockholm she won’t make the final, I think the ones to beat are Enxhi (which really impressesd me last night) Eneda (my fave) and Klodian/Rezarta. I love Nilsa’s song but I don’t think she can make it

MTD
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MTD

Whoever wins here, we should wait for the eventual Albanian entry forward in March.

Neeeeeeext!

MTD
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MTD

So, having semis with 15 songs each, and having a Final with 22…I mean, the math is ridiculous.

Aaran
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Aaran

Enxhi is my favourite!

ESCUniverse
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ESCUniverse

Enxhi ftw <3

ESCUniverse
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ESCUniverse

Enxhi ?

ESCUniverse
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ESCUniverse

ENXHI MUST WIN!!! ????

Bouke
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Bouke

ENEDA TARIFA <3333

Griffin
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Griffin

Only Aslaidon Zaimaj that should be represent Albania, his vocal and song amaze me (his song was heavily influenced from Linkin Park IMO) and just need a revamp to make it more modern and commercial. Besa’s vocal was weak eventhough the song is nice but i though it would be drowned at stage, and Flaka’s song was boring but she has amazing voice.

aSLAYdon for Albania! *like Luis said

Antranig Shokayan
Editor

The live orchestra didn’t help but I think Besa’s still the one to beat!

mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

nilsa made it yessss <333333333333
totally didn't think she would make it
her vocals were not up to par in the first semi
if she can improve by tomorrow she's totally ensured herself a top 5 placement in the final

Sparrow
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Sparrow

@Robyn there is a difference between good heavy/ stage make up and bad heavy/stage make up, the latter is what was seen tonight.

John
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John

Albania do best when they are confident and/or bold – the only top tens they’ve had are with Anjeza and Rona. Anjeza was a strong ground-breaking Albanian pop song with a strong performance. Rona was an outlier that paved the way for Aminata. There’s only one song that stands out as being top ten in all of these and that’s FLAKA.

Be brave Albania – it’s the future.

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

Btw, I think that heavy make-up look is part of Flaka’s brand. It’s just that her song has such a stripped-down, modern electronic sound that anything bold really stands out against it.

Moshe Melman
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Please check song number 7 . Of you want to see the videoclip it leads you to song number 6

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

The 22 finalists include the top 12 wiwi jury picks… and seven of the bottom nine. But that’s totally to be expected – the FiK jury obviously holds guitar solos and gravelly rock vocals in higher regard 😀

Sparrow
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Sparrow

I’m completely over Flaka’s song. Actually the only song I’m not over is Besa’s. So my vote would go to her.

HAHA I was thinking the same thing, not only with Flaka’s makeup but everyone’s. Terrible effort by the make up team.

Luis Fuster
Editor

aSLAYdon Zaimaj. Please Albania, think of the word games we can make with that

William Lee Adams
Admin

@Laburnum — Initially I thought she looked like Jujubee…now I am seeing Kardashian! https://www.instagram.com/p/_xTjXJOmB1/?taken-by=wiwibloggs

Laburnum
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Laburnum

Lets take a moment to wish the makeup artist of Flaka an eternity in hell.

Toad
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Toad

Flaka must win

Silvan
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Silvan

Klodian and Rezarta have the only decent song… I really don’t like Besa and Flaka despite everyone seem to love it. Whatever the winner will be, i can’t see Albania qualifying for the Final though

Deven O'Kearney
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Deven O'Kearney

I think that while Besa is the best of the bunch, as William said in the review, the song is very flat. It doesn’t display much vocal potential. Leading to the risk that if she goes to Stockholm and comes after a song of a similar quality, where the singer blows it out of the water, vocally and has a better overall package, I wonder where that leaves her. How will that affect her chances of qualifying.

Then again, the very opposite could easily happen and she’ll qualify no bother.

Alex
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Alex

Adrian must win!!!!

DenizNL
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DenizNL

I agree Besa didn’t sound great with the Orchestra, but I am happy she, Dilan, Nilsa and Erga are in the final.

William Lee Adams
Admin

Eneda, Flaka, Besa for me. My only issue is that these songs don’t sound good with orchestra…if they could just use electronic backing (as they would at Eurovision!!) they’d all be amazing.

Steven
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Steven

ENEDA OR FLAKA MUST WIN!

D
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D

I think the most likely winners are Enxhi or Eneda, and I’d be very happy with both of this. I’m still hoping for Besa and Nilsa, but I don’t think it’s likely. Honestly, I like most of the songs sung by females that are in the final.

Having 22 songs in their national final seems a bit much. I’m not gonna be able to watch anyways but even if I was I’d definitely pass. It’s gonna take forever.

Bronson
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Bronson

Orgesa Zaimi :'(