It’s the Albanian Eurovision selection that has taken huge strides this year, delivering a variety of songs that cut across genre and pull the contest into 2017.
And now, as local media imalbania.com reports, a professional jury — and only a professional jury — will decide the results of Festivali i Kenges 56 and who will get the opportunity to sing for Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
This marks a quick reversal of last year’s contest, where RTSH, for the first time, added a public vote into the mix. At the time there was a great deal of drama, as the public was initially promised 40% of the vote…but ultimately contributed to just 1/13th of the final tally (while 12 jurors made up the remainder). Removing it shouldn’t make that much of a difference then.
“In this edition the public will not vote,” Klozeta Kurti, the PR of the Festival, said.
“The main idea of publishing the songs on YouTube and on the radio was to let the public get to know the songs and support them on the stage.”
FiK 56 finalists announced on Friday
Kurti also confirmed that the finalists will be revealed only on Friday, at the end of the second semi-final.
“There won’t be a voting [announcement] in the first night. At the end of the second semi-final the songs that made it through to the final will be revealed.”
Yesterday RTSH revealed the semi-final allocation and running order for the two shows. Tonight’s show will include fan favourites Mariza Ikonomi, Eugent Bushpepa and Manjola Nallbani.
FIK 56: FIRST NIGHT RUNNING ORDER
- Elton Deda – “Fjalët”
- Mariza Ikonomi – “Unë”
- Endri & Stefi Prifti – “Mesazh”
- Evans Rama – “Gjurmët”
- David & Genc Tukici – “Të pandarë”
- Voltan Prodani – “E pamundur”
- Eugent Bushpepa – “Mall”
- Rezarta Smaja & Luis Ejlli – “Ra një yll”
- Bojken Lako – “Sytë e shpirtit”
- Manjola Nallbani – “I njëjti qiell”
- Redon Makashi – “Ekziston”
Special guests will also join the show.
Tonight we’ll see Riccardo Cocciante, the Italian singer who coached Elhaida Dani on The Voice of Italy, and they will sing “Notre Dame de Paris” together.
The show will be hosted by Albanian journalist and television host Adi Krasta, who has hosted the festival five times before — in 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2006.
How to watch FiK56 online and outside of Albania
The show will start tonight at 20:40 CET and is scheduled to run for two hours. Here is a video by Eurovision Albania explaining how you can watch Festivali i Kenges this evening.