Stores are selling baubles, overly keen people already have lights on their houses, and Band Aid can almost be heard in the distance — which means one thing and one thing only. It’s nearly FiKmas, guys! Festivali i Këngës 57 is around the corner, and we can almost hear that orchestra getting ready, and this year’s edition has some big changes planned.
As the national final season builds, we’re getting more news about Albania’s show that will decide Eugent Bushpepa’s successor. Let’s not forget that Eugent got Albania’s third best result ever, so those are some big shoes to fill!
Today in a press conference in Tirana, the team at RTSH announced some changes aimed at making the show more accessible to younger viewers. Artistic Director Inva Mula said:
“My objective is to restore the freshness, the enthusiasm of the Song Festival on RTSH to a public who, perhaps for many reasons, is disconnected. We want them to look back and have the desire to attend the Festival and perhaps to sing along with the most beautiful songs. For this reason, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, we will established a group with the best students of the 15 high schools of Tirana. They will follow the songs and will become a jury that will evaluate the best song.”
Getting the youth vote
FiK57 is getting the kids involved as a whole other jury, and this isn’t the only trick they’re using to make the show more accessible to younger viewers.
In the first show on December 20th, songs will be performed with the traditional FiK orchestra. The second programme a day later, however, will see the songs performed in a Eurovision-style arrangement and will make use of staging techniques. In the final we can expect a more traditional FiK experience.
Of course, the second part of the festival is what intrigues us most. With RTSH opting for a more Eurovision-based plan, we’ll get a vibe for the performance in Tel Aviv.
FiK voters will get a feel for the song as both a potential Eurovision entry as well as a FiK winner. In the past, Albania has been criticised for “de-vamping” FiK winning songs for their Eurovision version. Now FiK entries will need to have all that figured out in advance.
While last year full songs and music video were released before the shows, this time we won’t hear the whole songs before the live shows. Much like Melfest, Festivali i Këngës 57 will give us clips beforehand, to build excitement for the live performance. We won’t be able to make our top lists before the show, but it will certainly bring more impact to the beginning of Eurovision 2019’s national final season!
The competing acts for Festvali i Këngës 57 were released earlier in October and include returning favourites, veterans and newcomers.
What do you think? How do will these differences affect the show? Sound off below, and get super excited for FiKmas with us!
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