Albania’s Festivali i Këngës — the first Eurovision selection show of the season —kicks off tonight with the first semi-final at the Pallati i Kongreseve in Tirana. The director of the show Rezart Aga has promised that it will be spectacular, and hosts Ledina Çelo and Kasem Hoxha want you to feel the heat and their chemistry. As ever the artists will sing accompanied by the RTSH orchestra, who are keeping it old school and keeping it real!
The first semi-final begins at 20:45 CET. You’ll be able to watch it on the RTSH official live stream and, if that fails, on this alternative stream. Remember to use the hashtag #FiK55 during the shows!
National broadcaster, RTSH (Radio Teleivizion Shqiptar) has revealed the running order to wiwibloggs. Fan-favourite Flaka Krelani will open the show, while LYNX will close.
Semi-Final 1 running order:
1. Flaka Krelani – Osiris (Osiris)
2. Xhejni Lito – Pritja (The wait)
3. Genc Salihu – Këtu (Here)
4. Erlind Zeraliu – Dhimbja e gëzmit (The pain of joy)
5. Xhesika Polo – Eva jam unë (I am Eva)
6. Festina Mejzini – Atje lart (Up there)
7. Edea Demaliaj – Besoj në ëndrra (I believe in dreams)
8. Neki Emra – Dashuri dhe urrejtje (Love and hatred)
9. Yll Limani – Shiu (The rain)
10. Franc Koruni – Macka (The pussycat)
11. Orges Toçe – Shi diamantësh (Diamond rain)
12. LYNX – Sot (Today)
After the two semi-finals, the professional jury will select eight songs for the final, the public jury will select three songs, and the media jury will select the final three. At the grand final, the winner will be decided by the professional jury and the public jury, given a 60%/40% split.
Twenty-four acts will be competing at Festivali i Këngës 55, down from 30 last year. The smaller number of competing acts is part of a number of changes broadcaster RTSH is introducing, aimed at restoring public confidence in the competition. This will also include the introduction of a public jury vote along with the expert jury.
In this year’s edition, the internationally renowned Albanian soprano singer, Inva Mula will be the guest of honour.
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